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Surgery July category listing 07/09

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07/30/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. category listing

20090192344 - Surgical devices for manipulating tissue: A surgical kit can be used to manipulate tissue within the body of a patient to create a working space within the body to allow a surgeon to easily access and work within the body using various surgical instruments. A surgical kit can include an implant comprised of a magnetic... Agent: K&l Gates LLP

20090192345 - Bone conducting hearing aid with connection: and a proximal housing wall part which comprises the opening, whereby the proximal wall part further comprise a relief portion which extends into the area between the vibrator and the coupling part of the rod and where, the distance between the relief portion and the coupling part of the rod... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090192346 - Treatment of anal incontinence and defecatory dysfunction: A method of treating anal incontinence in a patient comprises providing a sling having a central portion and first and second arms, creating a subcutaneous tunnel between a first buttock incision and a second buttock incision in the patient, mechanically widening the subcutaneous tunnel to create a pocket for the... Agent: Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP

20090192347 - Methods and systems for treatment of prolapse: Described are implants, tools, and related methods, for use in pelvic surgery to treat conditions such as prolapse, including embodiments of methods that involve a tissue path above the arcus tendineus.... Agent: Kagan Binder, PLLC

20090192348 - Capsule endoscope, method of controlling the same, and information manager: A capsule endoscope swallowable in a body is provided, and includes an image pickup device for picking up an image in the body. A transmitter externally transmits information of the image. By use of an acceleration sensor, a capsule moving speed is detected in the body. A CPU as pixel... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090192351 - Capsule endoscope and capsule endoscope system: When a program is started upon turning on a power, a capsule endoscope (CE) is activated under a normal shooting mode and starts shooting images with light sources on. Using a remote controller for mode change, a mode change command is emitted to the CE. The image data thus obtained... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090192349 - Common bile duct surgical imaging system: A method and apparatus for imaging features of a CBD in a patient introduces a fluorescent contrast agent into the CBD. A light source transmits both a visible light and a fluorescent light into a patient's abdominal cavity via the laparoscope. Cameras attached to or integrated into the laparoscope detect... Agent: Hickman Palermo Truong & Becker, LLP

20090192350 - Wireless video stylet with display mounted to laryngoscope blade and method for using the same: A scope adapted for insertion and manipulation in a difficult pathway is disclosed. The scope comprises at least one module for manipulating the scope. The scope may further comprise an illumination source, an image sensor, a power source, and a viewing member for viewing images of a cavity or other... Agent: Sheridan Ross PC

20090192352 - Operating anoscope for transanal endoscopic microsurgery: A surgical kit and method for transanal endoscopic surgical techniques. A medical instrument having an obturator tip with an insufflation channel and a tube for an optical device. A medical instrument having an insufflation channel and tube for an optical device, whereby a pressure system is used, such that auxiliary... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20090192354 - Device for and method of cleaning and disinfecting endoscope: An endoscope cleaning and disinfecting device that cleans and disinfects an endoscope including plural types of channels having different fluid passing characteristics using a fluid includes a fluid supplying unit that supplies the fluid to the endoscope channels, a measuring unit that measures the pressure or the flow rate of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090192353 - Power supply starter for capsule endoscope: A power supply starter (51) provided with a magnetic body (51e) is mounted on an inner lid portion (42) while a sterilizing sheet (43) is opened for enabling application of a magnetic field from outside of the inner lid portion (42) (inside of the inner lid portion (42)) by the... Agent: Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C.

20090192355 - Scope for managing difficult pathways and method to improve visibility of the same: A scope adapted for insertion, manipulation and improved visibility in a difficult pathway is disclosed. The scope comprises at least one module for manipulating the scope. The scope may further comprise an illumination source, an image sensor, a power source, and a viewing member for viewing images of a cavity... Agent: Sheridan Ross PC

20090192356 - Rotatable operation device for endoscope: A rotatable operation device for an endoscope includes a fixed shaft projected outward from an operating portion, a cylindrical shaft projected from a rotatable operating member. The cylindrical shaft is rotatably fitted on the fixed shaft, and an end side surface of the cylindrical shaft contacts a fixed surface defined... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090192357 - Endoscope: An endoscope includes an insertion portion which has a bending portion, a wire which is fixed to an end of a distal side of the bending portion and is pushed along the insertion portion, an operating portion which is provided on a proximal side of the insertion portion opposite to... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090192358 - Systems, processes and computer-accessible medium for providing hybrid flourescence and optical coherence tomography imaging: Apparatus and method can be provided for obtaining information regarding at least one portion of a biological structure. For example, using a first arrangement, it is possible to generate a first electro-magnetic radiation to be forwarded to the portion and receive, from the portion, a second fluorescent radiation associated with... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Department

20090192359 - Flexible surgical retractor: A surgical retractor including a slab-shaped member having a first edge and a second opposing edge, wherein a deformable elongate member is provided affixed to said first edge, said elongate member comprising an external wall defining an internal chamber, wherein the external wall is configured to be compressible and moldable... Agent: Keusey, Tutunjian & Bitetto, P.C.

20090192360 - Atraumatic surgical retraction and head-clamping device: The present invention is directed to a device for minimizing or preventing damages due to ischemia that can occur within supported or retracted dermal and/or subdermal living tissue, most particularly during surgical procedures, by one or a combination of several means including cyclically applying and reducing supporting or retracting pressure... Agent: Edward Allen Riess

20090192363 - Method and system for delivering clinical lab quality and professional interpretation to home and clinic testing: A diagnostic testing system includes a network node comprising a controlling entity communicatively coupled to a network. The controlling entity communicates with a patient, a laboratory facility, and a medical decision maker over the network. The controlling entity controls the transfer of diagnostic data between the patient, the laboratory facility,... Agent: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky And Popeo, P.c

20090192361 - Remote vision testing data collection: This invention is related to systems and methods of providing sensory ability data from one or more remote locations to a central location. One embodiment of the present invention includes a method comprising the steps of testing the sensory ability of a subject to produce testing data thereof, the testing... Agent: Nike, Inc. C/o Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

20090192362 - System and method for corroborating transitory changes in wellness status against a patient population: A system and method for corroborating transitory changes in wellness status against a patient population through remote patient care is provided. A population that includes patients under remote patient care is managed. Physiometry for each patient over corresponding temporal periods is regularly obtained and contains recorded physiological measures. A wellness... Agent: Pauly, Devries Smith & Deffner, L.L.C.

20090192364 - Infant monitoring system: An infant monitoring system includes a bladder configured for communication with an infant having a mass and measurable biological functions and properties. The bladder contains a substantially non-toxic fluid adapted to transmit fluid pressure. The infant monitoring system also includes a single pressure sensor that selectively monitors the fluid pressure.... Agent: Delphi Technologies, Inc.

20090192365 - Methods for analyses of health imbalances and formulations of corrective dietary supplementation: Methods for accurately analyzing dietary nutritional deficiencies and/or imbalances in subjects, including those presumed healthy are described. The methods formulate and dispense a personalized regimen(s) of dietary nutritional supplements and/or physical programs to complement the subjects' individual needs for sustainable health. Generally, the subjects' needs are analyzed by considering a... Agent: Kenneth E. Horton Kirton & Mcconkle

20090192366 - Systems and methods for processing sensor data: Systems and methods for processing sensor data are provided. In some embodiments, systems and methods are provided for calibration of a continuous analyte sensor. In some embodiments, systems and methods are provided for classification of a level of noise on a sensor signal. In some embodiments, systems and methods are... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear, LLP

20090192367 - Analyte detection system with periodic sample draw and body fluid analyzer: An embodiment of a system for analyzing a body fluid of a patient comprises a fluid transport network having a patient end configured to provide fluid communication with the body fluid in the patient and a fluid delivery point spaced from the patient end. A pump system is coupled to... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090192368 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192369 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192370 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192371 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192372 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192373 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192374 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192375 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192376 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192377 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192378 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192379 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090192380 - Systems and methods for processing sensor data: Systems and methods for processing sensor data are provided. In some embodiments, systems and methods are provided for calibration of a continuous analyte sensor. In some embodiments, systems and methods are provided for classification of a level of noise on a sensor signal. In some embodiments, systems and methods are... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear, LLP

20090192381 - Minimally invasive physiologic parameter recorder and introducer system: An implantable monitoring device includes a flexible lead body that includes at least one sensing element. The device also includes a rigid main body connected to the flexible lead body at an attachment point. The rigid main body is generally centered about a longitudinal axis defined by the flexible lead... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090192382 - Magnetic resonance system, antenna system, method for designing a magnetic resonance system and method to generate magnetic resonance exposures: A magnetic resonance system obtaining magnetic resonance exposures of an examination subject, has an examination tunnel, a whole-body antenna with two connection terminals. The whole-body antenna cylindrically extends around the examination tunnel along a longitudinal axis. The system has a radio-frequency supply device in order to respectively supply the whole-body... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090192383 - Method and device for obtaining information about a mammalian body: This invention relates to a device for retrieving information about one or more states of a mammalian body comprising: (a) a magnetic resonance imaging device comprising a first set of one or more radio-frequency coils for measuring the body temperature Ti at a selected location of a mammalian body, (b)... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090192384 - Medical unit and method for improving examination and treatment workflows: The invention relates to a medical unit comprises a 3D radar array for the detection of positional or movement data of objects in an examination space and a processing unit for the evaluation of the detected data, with the processing unit being connected to the medical unit and to the... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090192385 - Method and system for virtual roadmap imaging: A system and method of producing virtual roadmap image of a patient is described. CT-like image data may be obtained for a patient, with or without a contrast agent, and differenced so as to form a roadmap mask. The roadmap mask is in the form of a 2-dimensional digitally reconstructed... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20090192386 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and method of controlling the same: In an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus including an ultrasonic probe, a scan controller, a storage unit, and an image generation unit, the scan controller receives a trigger signal every heartbeat period, scans each of a predetermined number of blocks of a particular diagnostic region of a body under examination with an... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090192387 - Continuous acquisition and processing of ultrasound color data: A method displays ultrasound color flow image data in a plurality of output frames by continuously acquiring color flow image data. Each output frame includes a plurality of scan lines that collectively represent a field of view for an ultrasound image. The method includes sequentially transmitting a plurality of ultrasound... Agent: Mr Holdings (hk) Ltd C/o Stoel Rives LLP Attn: Kory D. Christensen

20090192389 - Innovative components for an ultrasonic arc scanning apparatus: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to various aspects of imaging systems, including permeable and impermeable barriers separating liquid compartments, one of which contains the object to be imaged and the other an ultrasonic transducer, a fluidic bearing between a transducer carriage and guide supporting the carriage, a linear... Agent: Sheridan Ross PC

20090192388 - Ultrasonic transmission member: An ultrasonic transmission member including one end part and the other end part and transmitting an ultrasonic wave input into the one end part to the other end part is formed by preparing a main mold having a casting cavity corresponding to a whole outer shape of the ultrasonic transmission... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090192390 - Common bile duct surgical imaging system: A method and apparatus for imaging features of a CBD in a patient introduces a fluorescent contrast agent into the CBD. A light source transmits both a visible light and a fluorescent light into a patient's abdominal cavity via the laparoscope. Cameras attached to or integrated into the laparoscope detect... Agent: Hickman Palermo Truong & Becker, LLP

20090192391 - Navigation-assisted fitness and dieting device: A navigation-assisted fitness device broadly comprising a location determining component, a fitness monitoring component and a display. The location determining component determines location data for a user of the device as the user exercises. The fitness monitoring component is coupled with the location determining component and calculates fitness information for... Agent: Garmin International, Inc. Attn: Legal - Ip

20090192392 - Method, system, and apparatus for statistical evaluation of antihypertensive treatment: A novel method, system, and apparatus—the RDH Method—for evaluating antihypertensive treatment efficacy across patient populations is disclosed. In accordance to one embodiment, the RDH is a population vector index and graphical method that provides the means for the statistical assessment of antihypertensive treatment reduction, duration, and homogeneity using ambulatory blood... Agent: Aboy&associates PC | Dr. Mateo Aboy #64040 Www.aboypatentlaw.com

20090192393 - Determining locations of ganglia and plexi in the heart using complex fractionated atrial electrogram: Software and apparatus are provided to automatically detect and map ganglionated plexi that are found within areas of complex fractionated electrograms in cardiac chambers. Electrogram signal are analyzed to count the number of complexes whose amplitude and peak-to-peak intervals meet certain criteria. Functional maps indicating a spatial distribution of the... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090192394 - Method and apparatus for predicting patient outcomes from a physiological segmentable patient signal: A method and apparatus for predicting patient outcome from a physiological segmentable signal of a patient. In one embodiment, the method comprises the steps of obtaining the physiological segmentable signal of the patient; segmenting the physiological segmentable signal into a plurality of separate segmentable components; calculating a time series of... Agent: K&l Gates LLP

20090192395 - Signal compression based on curvature parameters: For a sampled signal, storing characteristic points generated based on parameters corresponding to curvature of the signal. The characteristic points include a time of occurrence of a lobe in a curvature series based on the signal and a corresponding amplitude of the signal. The characteristic points provide a compressed version... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090192396 - Apparatus and method for detecting a fetal heart rate: An apparatus and method for detecting the heart rate of a fetus. The apparatus includes three detectors detecting heart beats of the fetus, each detector including at least two electrodes detecting ECG signals, the detectors being positioned on an abdomen of a mother in use. The apparatus also includes a... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090192397 - Cardiac event detection over varying time scale: Disclosed is a “tracker system” that includes implanted electrical leads which are part of an implanted cardiotracker plus external equipment that includes external alarm means and a physician's programmer. The tracker system is designed to monitor the degradation of a patient's cardiovascular condition from one or more causes. These causes... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee

20090192398 - Method and apparatus for monitoring t-wave alternans: An implantable medical device and associated method assess T-wave alternans by sensing a cardiac electrogram (EGM) signal and selecting a pair of consecutive T-wave signals from the EGM signal. A first amplitude and a second amplitude from each of the consecutive T-wave signals are determined. The differences between the first... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090192399 - Apparatus and method to detect heart-rate and air conditioning system having the apparatus: Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method to detect a heart-rate and an air conditioning system having the apparatus. As peak points of vital signs acquired from a user are detected via determination of a period, a reliable heart rate variability is calculated based on the peak points. As the... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090192400 - Biological information display method and biological information display apparatus: A method of displaying a plurality of ST values constituting biological information of a subject displayed on a screen, includes: defining color gradations corresponding to degrees of the plurality of ST values to be acquired; acquiring the plurality of ST values from the subject; determining display elements for the acquired... Agent: Sughrue-265550

20090192401 - Method and system for heart sound identification: Methods, systems, and computer readable media are provided for identification of heart sound components in an audio signal of heart sounds. Time domain kurtosis and frequency domain kurtosis are used to distinguish peaks corresponding to the primary heart sounds, S1 and S2, from murmur peaks. Timing based error correction may... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20090192402 - System and method providing biofeedback for anxiety and stress reduction: An apparatus, system and method for non-contact monitoring of respiratory and/or cardiac functions that is used to provide appropriate biofeedback to a monitored subject in order to reduce stress and anxiety is discussed. Respiratory and/or cardiac waveforms are generated based on monitored physiologic functions. The generated waveforms are analyzed and... Agent: Lahive & Cockfield, LLP Floor 30, Suite 3000

20090192403 - System and methods for performing surgical procedures and assessments: The present invention involves systems and related methods for performing surgical procedures and assessments, including the use of neurophysiology-based monitoring to: (a) determine nerve proximity and nerve direction to surgical instruments employed in accessing a surgical target site; (b) assess the pathology (health or status) of a nerve or nerve... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090192405 - Intraluminal guidance system using bioelectric impedance: A system using bioelectric impedance to guide a flexible elongate transluminal device through an occlusion in a vessel. The device can be a guidewire or a device for performing an atherectomy, discectomy, ablation or similar technique. The device includes a first electrode disposed on a distal portion of the device.... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090192404 - Methods and devices for measuring impedance in a gastric restriction system: Methods and devices are provided for gathering impedance data related to implantable restriction devices. In general, the methods and devices can enable patients, health care providers, and others to use gathered data as a feedback mechanism to non-invasively monitor efficacy of an implantable restriction device in a patient and to... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery/nutter, Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20090192406 - Electroacupuncture system and method: An electroacupuncture system for measuring and treating meridian energy balance in a patient. The system can include a pressure sensitive probe and return path contact, both of which are connected to an electrical potential source. The probe and contact are meant to be applied to a patient to diagnose and... Agent: Senniger Powers LLP

20090192407 - Device and method for radial pressure determination: At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to a method of measuring ear canal wall pressure comfort level comprising: inserting an expandable pressure exertion device into an orifice; expanding the device inside the orifice in increments of pressure; and saving a threshold level where a user indicates that the pressure... Agent: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

20090192408 - Surgical site marker delivery system: A marker delivery system is provided that includes a delivery tube and a push rod. The delivery tube is defined by distal and proximal ends and includes a distal opening that communicates with a lumen extending through the delivery tube and a curved distal end portion. The distal opening is... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20090192411 - Method and apparatus for penetrating tissue: A tissue penetrating system has a housing member. A plurality of penetrating members are positioned in the housing member. A tissue stabilizing member is coupled to the housing. A penetrating member sensor is coupled to the plurality of penetrating members. The penetrating member sensor is configured to provide information relative... Agent: Goodwin Procter LLP Attn: Patent Administrator

20090192409 - Rapid blood expression and sampling: Body fluid sampling device comprising a skin-piercing element having a collection zone for receiving body fluid, the device further comprising a fluid receiving means remotely spaced apart from the collection zone so that body fluid in the collection zone will not contact the fluid receiving means initially. The collection zone... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090192410 - Universal diagnostic system: A portable medical analyzer comprising a sampling module with a sample port for receiving body fluid, an assay sensor module for analysis of the body fluid, an analytical detector module with detection of information from the assay, and a communications module for transferring the information to a remote location via... Agent: Goodwin Procter LLP Attn: Patent Administrator

20090192413 - Guidewire interconnecting apparatus: A male coupler for a guidewire, the guidewire having a hollow walled tube, the male coupler comprising a connector section, coupled with the guidewire, a portion of the connector section having a diameter smaller than the diameter of the hollow tube, at least one conducting ring coupled with the connector... Agent: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division

20090192412 - Sensor mounted flexible guidewire: A flexible guidewire comprising a hollow tube, having a proximal section and a distal section, the distal section having a distal tip, the outer diameter of the distal section gradually decreasing toward the distal tip, the outer diameter of the distal tip being larger than the smallest outer diameter of... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090192414 - Motion guide device, its control system and control program: A device for inducing a user's motion such that the user's motion rhythm and scale coincide, respectively, with a target rhythm and scale is provided. According to the inventive motion induction device, a first oscillator is generated which attains mutual entrainment with a motion oscillator in such a way as... Agent: Rankin, Hill & Clark LLP

20090192415 - Gastric restriction device data handling devices and methods: Methods and devices are provided for handling data in an implantable restriction system. In general, the methods and devices allow collection, analysis, storage, and transmission of pressure measurements. Pressure measurement data can be compressed before storing it. Additionally, not all pressure data need be recorded or retained, such as data... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery/nutter, Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20090192417 - Apparatus and method for the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders: The present invention concerns apparatus for the detection and/or assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders of a user, the apparatus comprising: control means for providing a goal-orientated task to a display, said task being formulated to elicit a movement from a user in response to said task; input means via which a... Agent: Licata & Tyrrell P.C.

20090192416 - Mobile balancing prosthesis: The invention is directed to a mobile balancing device and the use of said balancing device for the balance training of a body; the invention is further directed to a method for mobile balance training, e.g. for athletes or patients.... Agent: Joyce Von Natzmer Pequignot + Myers LLC

20090192418 - Moving body inspection apparatus and method of comparing phases between movement waveforms: In a moving body inspection apparatus, sequential waveform data obtained from a movement sensor is analyzed, wherein a plurality of waveforms from the waveform data is generated; phases compared among a plurality of movement waveforms; and a result of comparing phases are displayed. A partial waveform in a frequency analysis... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

  
07/23/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. category listing

20090187061 - Seed magazine: The invention provides magazines for radioactive brachytherapy seeds. The seed magazines provided herein include housing, seed holder, and pusher components, and optionally have a slidable shield to protect a user from radiation.... Agent: Dla Piper LLP (us )

20090187062 - Fixture of the head for transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulator: A transcranial magnetic stimulator according to the present invention includes fixing means for detachably fixing a magnetic field generating means and contains a fixture of a head which covers a head of an examinee to be fixed engaged with a shape of the head that is inherent to an examinee;... Agent: Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20090187064 - Cardiac sleeve apparatus, system and method of use: Cardiac assist sleeve and methods for using and making the cardiac assist sleeve that includes first elongate strips and second elongate strips of memory alloy that change shape to change a volume of cardiac assist sleeve.... Agent: Brooks, Cameron & Huebsch, PLLC

20090187063 - Inflatable ventricular partitioning device: This invention is directed to a device and method of using the device for partitioning a patient's heart chamber into a productive portion and a non-productive portion. The device is particularly suitable for treating patients with congestive heart failure. The device has an inflatable partitioning element which separates the productive... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP

20090187065 - Automatic gain control for implanted microphone: An implantable hearing instrument is provided that reduces the response to unnaturally high vibrations (e.g., due to a patient's own voice), without necessarily or substantially affecting the response to desired signals. The implantable hearing instrument system is operative to selectively alter/lower the gain of signals that have a magnitude above... Agent: Marsh, Fischmann & Breyfogle LLP

20090187066 - Apparatus and method for treating urinary incontinence: An apparatus and method for treating urinary incontinence in a female subject includes an elongated urethral sling having a central support portion intermediate first and second end portions. The central support portion includes first and second ends. The first and second end portions are respectively coupled to and extend from... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20090187067 - Implant for treating effort-related urinary incontinence in women: An implant for the treatment of urinary incontinence of the type produced as a knitted, woven or other type of strip in polypropylene or similar biocompatible material to be placed under a patient's urethra, has at each end an anchoring area which comprises a deployed structure including one or more... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

20090187068 - Device for sample taking or transfer in genital organs with an improved ultrasound visibility: A device whose main part is a catheter or probe which is advantageously made up by an echogenic tube on its whole length, and which is proportionally transparent. The structure is made up by a material chosen from among the group comprising amorphous thermoplastic polymer matrices incorporating a braid, strand... Agent: Young & Thompson

20090187069 - Flexible endoscope system and functionality: An enhanced flexibility auxiliary endoscope assembly for use with an endoscope, the assembly including at least one flexible elongate element and a flexible sleeve having a first lumen for accommodating a distal portion of an endoscope capable of assuming at least a first curvature and a second lumen for accommodating... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090187070 - Injection needle for endoscope, and inner tube having needle body fixed to its distal end: An injection needle for an endoscope includes an insertion portion including, an outer tube, and an inner tube movably arranged forward and backward within the outer tube, and which has a coil member and a needle body fixed to a distal portion of the inner tube, and an operating portion... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090187071 - Capsule endoscope system and method for implementing time shift function therein: A capsule endoscope system and related method for capturing an image of the inside of a human body using a capsule endoscope and storing or displaying the captured image in real time to implement a time shift function. The endoscopy capsule captures an image of an inside of a human... Agent: Workman Nydegger 1000 Eagle Gate Tower

20090187072 - Endoscope and system and method of operation thereof: An endoscope including a rigid section having opposed first and second ends and an opening situated between the first and second ends, the rigid section defining a longitudinal axis; a handle portion coupled to a first end of the rigid section and having first and second scissor-type handles suitable for... Agent: Thorne & Halajian Applied Technology Center

20090187074 - Epicardial access and treatment systems: Epicardial access and treatment systems are described herein where such devices may utilize multiple expanding frame members coupled to a flexible or rigid deployment catheter shaft. The multiple frame members may extend distally to collapse into a low-profile configuration and may further expand or open radially to create a working... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090187073 - Medical device and process of installing medical device in patient: A medical device includes: a medical instrument introduced into a body cavity and having a contact portion that is fixed in contact with a wall within a body, and a wire; an extracorporeal device installed on a body surface and having a hole portion through which the wire can be... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090187075 - Guide wire engaging ureteroscope: This document discusses, among other things, a ureteroscope having a notch or other structure at a distal end configured to engage a guide wire and facilitate cannulation.... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20090187076 - Pipe connection structure in endoscope and producing method thereof: A pipe connection structure for an endoscope is provided with a pipe made of a corrosion-resistant alloy material, and a piping block made of a corrosion-resistant alloy material, the piping block having a pipe insertion hole. An end of the pipe is fitted in the pipe insertion hole and the... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090187077 - Battery-powered light source device for endoscope: A battery-powered light source device 5 has an DC/DC converter 61 that boosts the supply voltage of a battery 51 and supplies electrical power to a lamp 31, and, inside this DC/DC converter 61, are provided a comparator 65 that compares a specific reference voltage to the output voltage of... Agent: Paul J. Esatto, Jr. Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20090187078 - Light source apparatus: The present invention relates to a light source apparatus for a laryngoscope. The light source apparatus is remotely operated. In an embodiment, it comprises a magnetically operated reed switch. A co-operating magnet in the laryngoscope blade actuates the reed switch when the blade is brought into proximity with the light... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090187079 - Surgical instrument access device: Embodiments of an access device system useful for single or limited port procedures comprises a retractor and a gel cap removably coupled to the retractor. The gel cap comprises a gel pad that acts as an artificial body wall, through which instruments may be inserted into a body cavity, either... Agent: Applied Medical Resources Corporation

20090187080 - Distraction and retraction assemblies: An assembly (40) allowing retraction of soft tissue away from a reference plane; the assembly including at least one retracting element (51) each comprising a distal end having a formation allowing anchorage of the at least one retracting element (51). The assembly also includes a proximal end (50) of the... Agent: Lowrie, Lando & Anastasi, LLP

20090187081 - Endonasal speculum: A short (60-70 mm) endonasal speculum for performing operations within and around the sellar region of the human head includes two side members each of which is composed of a handle and an elongated blade. The handles are attached to each other by a hinge and one of the handles... Agent: Robert Schuler

20090187082 - Systems and methods for diagnosing the cause of trend shifts in home health data: A system and method for determining the cause of a trend shift in physiological data received from a patient under observation includes receiving physiological data on a plurality of measured physiological parameters from the patient and performing a statistical analysis on a portion of the physiological data to determine a... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20090187083 - Catheter: A catheter and associated method for taking a plurality of samples from within a length of a blood vessel. The catheter includes an elongate central body arranged to be inserted into and positioned along a central region of a blood vessel. A plurality of collection areas are defined along the... Agent: Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC Intellectual Property Department

20090187084 - Flexible carbohydrate-bearing polymer: A sensor for the detection or measurement of a carbohydrate analyte in fluid comprises components of a competitive binding assay the readout of which is a detectable or measurable optical signal retained by a material that permits diffusion of the analyte but not the assay components, the assay components comprising:... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090187085 - System and method for estimating physiological parameters by deconvolving artifacts: There is disclosed a system and methods to estimate physiological parameters. In accordance with embodiments a method is disclosed which includes generating distribution data for a plurality of signals. The method may also include deconvolving one of the plurality of signals from the other plurality of signals to produce clean... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090187086 - Integrated white led illuminator and color sensor detector system and method: An improved illuminator (103) for producing broadband light and delivering said light to a target (125) for measuring the color of the target which incorporates an integrated system comprising a solid-state white LED source (105) to illuminate the target with continuous, broadband illuminating light (114). After interaction with the sample,... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. (pa)

20090187087 - Analysis of metabolic gases by an implantable cardiac device for the assessment of cardiac output: Analysis of metabolic gases by an implantable medical device allows the assessment of the status of a congestive heart failure patient by providing for the assessment of cardiac output. The present invention is directed to an implanted medical device configured to measure concentrations of metabolic gases in the blood to... Agent: Steven M Mitchell Pacesetter Inc

20090187088 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090187089 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090187090 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090187091 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090187092 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090187093 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090187094 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090187095 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090187096 - Sensor array for nuclear magnetic resonance imaging systems and method: The present invention generally provides improved devices, systems, and methods for measuring materials with NMR and/or MRI. Exemplary embodiments provide a sensor array for NMR mapping of the material. For example tissue can be measured with the sensor array mounted on a probe body having a distal portion which can... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090187098 - Devices, systems and methods for diagnosing and treating sinusitis and other disorders of the ears, nose, and/or throat: Various diagnostic procedures and devices are used to perform imaging studies, mucus flow studies, air/gas flow studies, anatomic dimension studies, endoscopic studies and transillumination studies. Devices and methods for visually confirming the positioning of a distal end portion of an illuminating device placed within a patient include inserting a distal... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew LLP Acclarent, Inc. (73608)

20090187097 - Electrocardiogram reconstruction from implanted device electrograms: A method of reconstruction of the standard 12-lead surface EKG given values of the electrical potential from an implanted medical device is described. This implanted device can be oriented in an arbitrary fashion and reconstruction technique is obtained through physical measurement of the orientation of the implanted device or correlation... Agent: Peter G. Carroll Medlen & Carroll, LLP

20090187099 - Timing controller for combined photoacoustic and ultrasound imager: The present disclosure is directed to a combined photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasound imaging system capable of generating PA and ultrasound images simultaneously. These images can be combined and displayed in real-time. The PA images are acquired by firing a illumination system into a sample being imaged and beamforming the received... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090187100 - Method for imaging intracavitary blood flow patterns: Heart diseases are detected by producing a series of ultrasound images that depict the blood flow pattern in the left ventricle at successive phases of the cardiac cycle. The blood flow pattern images are produced by injecting a diluted contrast agent and tracking the contrast agent particles as they flow... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20090187101 - 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

20090187102 - Method and apparatus for wide-screen medical imaging: A medical imaging system comprises a detector for detecting imaging data associated with a subject. A display has first and second dimensions and a position sensor detects an orientation of the display. The orientation is associated with the first and second dimensions. A processor module determines the orientation of the... Agent: Dean D. Small The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20090187103 - Contrast agent destruction effectiveness determination for medical diagnostic ultrasound imaging: The effectiveness of contrast agent destruction is determined. Locations of ineffectively destroyed contrast agents are identified. The response from undestroyed contrast agents may be distinguished from response from tissue due to saturation or from rapid perfusion. The locations may be highlighted on resulting images, indicating to the user locations not... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090187104 - Ultrasound imaging apparatus and a method for generating an ultrasound image: A controller makes a scan part scan a three-dimensional first scanning region so as to acquire volume data in the first scanning region and makes the scan part to consecutively scan a second scanning region that is smaller than the first scanning region and is included in the first scanning... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090187105 - Ultrasound image processing apparatus and ultrasound diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasound image processing apparatus includes first and second connecting portions to which first and second ultrasound probes are removably connected, the probes including first and second ultrasound transducers driven by first and second different ultrasound scanning systems respectively. The ultrasound image processing apparatus also includes an ultrasound image signal... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090187106 - Synchronized combining for contrast agent enhanced medical diagnostic ultrasound imaging: Contrast agent enhanced medical diagnostic imaging is provided. Frames of data from common phase periods are grouped. Motion correction is performed within each common phase group. An image representing contrast agents is formed from a combination of the frames within each common phase, motion corrected group.... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090187107 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and control program thereof: A transmission/reception unit executes first ultrasonic transmission using a sound pressure that does not substantially destroy the contrast medium bubbles and is required to obtain an ultrasonic image of the subject and a second ultrasonic transmission using a sound pressure that is required to destroy the contrast medium bubbles and... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090187108 - Systems and methods for analysis and treatment of a body lumen: A catheter is provided for placement within a body lumen, the catheter including a flexible conduit that is elongated along a longitudinal axis, the flexible conduit having a proximal end and a distal end. The catheter further includes at least one delivery waveguide and at least one collection waveguide positioned... Agent: Mills & Onello LLP

20090187109 - Method and apparatus for examining tissue for predefined target cells, particularly cancerous cells, and a probe useful in such method and apparatus: A method, apparatus and probe for examining tissue for the presence of target cells, particularly cancerous cells, by subjecting the tissue to be examined to a contrast agent containing small particles of a physical element conjugated with a biological carrier selectively bindable to the target cells. Energy pulses are applied... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.

20090187110 - Method for determining a cardiac function: A method for determining a cardiac function, comprising (i) determining base anatomical characteristics associated with the subject, (ii) determining pulse delay to a first body site (PD01) and a second body site (PD02) as a function of the anatomical characteristics, wherein the distance via the arterial tree from the aortic... Agent: Ralph C. Francis Francis Law Group

20090187111 - Gas analyzer: The subject invention is directed to a breath analyzer which is capable of detecting toxic gas levels from breath analysis. The subject invention includes a mouthpiece which is in communication with a plurality of discrete chambers, such as first and second discrete chambers, each being provided with a separate probe... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP

20090187112 - Patient monitor: A patient monitor is disclosed for detecting patient movement or abnormal breathing. Images of a patient are obtained by a stereoscopic camera. These images are then processed by a 3D position determination module which determines measurements indicative of positions of at least part of a patient. The obtained measurements are... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20090187113 - Infant breath collector: A breath collection apparatus is provided that includes a facemask to cover the nose and mouth of a patient to direct the breath into a collection bag or collection vial. A valve assembly containing a flexible valve member is provided between the facemask and the collection container to direct a... Agent: Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver

20090187114 - Electroencephalogram interface system and activation apparatus: An electroencephalogram interface system (1) includes a biological signal detection section (4) for detecting an electroencephalogram signal from a user (3) and a control section (5) for distinguishing a component of an event-related potential which is contained in the electroencephalogram signal and causing a device to operate based on the... Agent: Mark D. Saralino (pan) Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

20090187115 - Temperature measurement device: A device for non-invasive measurement of the internal temperature of a physical body or thermal resistivity, the body comprising a thermally conductive medium between an internal region with a substantially constant internal temperature and an external surface with a surface temperature. The device comprises: a patch comprising one or more... Agent: Hoffman Wasson & Gitler, P.c Crystal Center 2, Suite 522

20090187116 - Method for harvesting bone marrow and its medical apparatus: Using a bended puncturing needle, a through hole from the greater trochanter of a long tubular bone to the bone marrow cavity is formed, the catheter 61a, 61b is passed into the through hole, a physiological salt solution is injected from one of the catheter 61b, and the physiological salt... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20090187117 - Packing material and medical instrument set package: A medical instrument set package includes a blood treating implement (medical instrument set) housed inside a packing material. The blood treating implement includes a plurality of bags, a blood collecting needle, and a filter, which are connected together by tubes. The packaging material (15) includes a packing material body (16)... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090187119 - Method and system for monitoring consumable item usage and providing replenishment thereof: Method and system for providing a subscription based replenishment transaction of consumable items such as glucose test strips including a data network, a user terminal operatively coupled to the data network, the user terminal configured to receive and transmit data over the data network, and a server terminal operatively coupled... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. Bozicevic, Field & Francis LLP

20090187118 - Multiple needle system: A needle system comprising a lancet or syringe having multiple thin needles for accessing bodily fluids so as to inflict less pain and promote faster healing.... Agent: Stanley Kim

20090187120 - Implantable sensor and associated methods: Implantable sensors and methods for detecting changes in a characteristic of a soft tissue is disclosed. In one embodiment, an implantable sensor for detecting indicators of cartilage wear in a joint is provided. The implantable sensor includes a sensing element for detecting a signal indicative of a characteristic of the... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090187121 - Diary and method for medical monitoring: A medical-monitoring diary device comprising a housing, a display supported by the housing, a wrist strap extending from the housing such that the diary can be worn on a user's wrist, a processor housed within the housing coupled to the display, and a memory coupled to the processor in which... Agent: Intellectual Property Group Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

  
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20090182187 - Method and apparatus for treatment planning using implanted radioactive sources: A pre-computed importance function providing ex ante assessment of optimal placement of a single radioactive source is used for sequential placement of multiple radioactive sources. As each source is placed, the importance function may be modified to reflect the dose implemented by that source and all sources already placed. The... Agent: Boyle Fredrickson S.c.

20090182188 - Devices, methods and systems for establishing supplemental blood flow in the circulatory system: Devices, systems and methods for establishing a blood flow conduit between a chamber in a heart of a patient and a remote location. A blood inflow cannula having an outer surface and proximal and distal end portions. The distal end portion is configured for insertion into the chamber of the... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP

20090182189 - Architectural strategies to obtain light characteristics appropriate for human circadian stimulation: One aspect of the invention relates to a method of stimulating the circadian system of a subject comprising the step of reflecting light off of a surface towards the subject.... Agent: Foley Hoag, LLP Patent Group (w/huv Hmv)

20090182190 - Surgical tools and methods for treating incontinence and related pelvic conditions: Pelvic implant system having a sling implant that can be inserted into a patient's pelvic cavity with an introducer needle device. The introducer needle device includes a handle portion having an actuator. An elongate needle portion extends away from the handle and has an engagement hook proximate a distal end... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20090182191 - Stoma protective cap: The stoma protective cap for protection of the stoma, encompassing a plate (4) which has a curvature (3), which curvature (3) is formed such that it spans a cavity across the stoma and the plate encompasses at least one retaining region (1) which enables a fastening on clothing so that... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP

20090182192 - Treating tool for endoscope: An endoscope treatment instrument having a needle for puncturing a biological tissue in a body cavity includes an indicator region provided on the outer surface of the needle including an indicator shape having miniature concave portions, and a plain region without the indicator shape provided in connection with at least... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090182193 - Imaging system for a surgical device: A surgical device includes a jaw portion and a shaft portion that is pivotably coupled to the jaw portion. The shaft portion defines an interior space having first and second openings on respective radially-opposite sides of the shaft portion. A camera assembly is coupled to the shaft portion and is... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20090182194 - Positioning system for securing 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

20090182195 - Endoscopic guide system: Various devices for use in endoscopic surgery and methods for manufacturing the same are provided. In one embodiment, an endoscopic guide device is provided and includes an injection molded rail and a c-shaped channel defining a track extending through the rail. The channel includes a plurality of slots formed in... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery/nutter, Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20090182196 - Method and apparatus for manually guiding an endoscope: An endoscopic guidance system is provided. The system comprises an endoscope and a first rail assembly having a rail member and a first rod secured thereto. The first rod is rotatable relative to the rail member by rotation means. A sleeve assembly is also provided. The sleeve assembly is coupled... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20090182197 - Tools for use in small intestine: Apparatus (10) is provided for use with a biologically-compatible-fluid pressure source. The apparatus includes an inflatable guide member (30), configured to be mounted in a vicinity of a small intestinal site, and to form a pressure seal upon inflation. An elongate carrier (24) is configured to be slidably advanced through... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090182199 - Endoscope and method for assembling components of an optical system: An endoscope has a tubular shaft whose interior contains components, in particular lenses, spacers, diaphragms, prisms and filters of an optical system, said components being at least partially surrounded by a support piece made of shrunk material. It is proposed that the components be surrounded by a transparent and tube-sleeve-shaped... Agent: Wesley W. Whitmyer St.onge Steward Johnston & Reens LLC

20090182198 - Multiple band dispenser endoscope sheath: A protective sheath comprising a cap member configured for attachment to the distal end of an endoscope and a flexible, elongate outer sleeve attached to the cap member and adapted to unfold over the endoscope in a proximal direction along a substantial portion of the endoscope to protect the endoscope... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090182200 - Medical device: Apparatuses of the type broadly applicable to numerous medical applications in which it is desirable to insert one or more steerable or non-steerable catheters or similar devices into a working channel of an associated device, such as an endoscope, catheter, etc., or passageway of a patient, are disclosed. The apparatuses... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20090182201 - Atraumatic arthroscopic instrument sheath: An arthroscopic inflow and outflow sheath providing an improved inflow and outflow system reducing the diameter of a continuous flow system while providing fluid management during arthroscopy. The improved arthroscopic inflow and outflow sheath comprises an elongated atraumatic sheath having an inner surface, outer surface, proximal end, and distal end.... Agent: Crockett & Crockett, P.C.

20090182202 - Optical waveguide sheath: The illumination system is a cannula comprising a transparent or semi-transparent material capable of carrying light from the proximal end of the cannula to the distal end of the cannula, thereby illuminating a surgical field. The surgical field is thus illuminated through components that do not occupy space that may... Agent: Crockett & Crockett, P.C.

20090182203 - Tissue retraction device: A self-retaining retractor is described. The retractor can be sized for small patients, such as young children or infants or some animals. The retractor has two blades that are capable of holding tissue separated during a procedure, such as a tracheotomy.... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090182204 - Body composition, circulation, and vital signs monitor and method: The invented non-invasive vital signs monitor is in a flexible, nominally flat planar form having integral gel electrodes, a sticky-back rear surface, an internal flex circuit capable of sensing, recording and playing out several minutes of the most recently acquired ECG waveform data and a front surface that includes an... Agent: Ater Wynne LLP

20090182205 - Mobile terminal for measuring biological signal: A mobile terminal for measuring a biological signal is disclosed. The mobile terminal for measuring a biological signal includes an electrocardiogram electrode unit having a first electrode provided in a front surface of a body of the mobile terminal and a second electrode provided in a first side surface of... Agent: Cha & Reiter, LLC

20090182206 - Wireless device and system for monitoring physiologic parameters: A system for monitoring blood pressure and other physiologic parameters is provided. The system is designed such that it can be delivered to the patient with ease and minimal invasion. The system contains at least one self contained implantable sensing device consisting of a sensor, an electrical circuit for signal... Agent: Hartman & Hartman, P.C.

20090182207 - Ingestible animal health sensor: An ingestible bolus configured to be maintained in a stomach of an animal may be formed from a substantially cylindrical enclosure shell. Ballast weight and a power source may be disposed therein. The ballast weight may be configured to cause the bolus to be maintained in contact with a stomach... Agent: Stoel Rives LLP - Slc

20090182208 - Physiological signal measuring sensor and manufacturing method for the same: A physiological signal measuring sensor that minimizes the measurement error due to a soldering tolerance during the manufacturing process, and a manufacturing method for the same is disclosed. The physiological signal measuring sensor includes a printed circuit board, a light receiving chip mounted to the upper surface of the printed... Agent: Cha & Reiter, LLC

20090182210 - Method and apparatus for determining a deterioration of respiratory function: In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, a system is provided for the monitoring of blood analytes using optical probes in the circulatory system. The probes can be inserted on the venous side of the circulatory system. In another embodiment, methods and apparatuses can be used for processing continuous... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090182209 - Method and apparatus for spectrophotometric based oximetry: A near infrared spectrophotometric (NIRS) sensor assembly for non-invasive monitoring of blood oxygenation levels in a subject's body is provided that includes a pad, at least one light source, a near light detector, a far light detector, and a cover. The light source is operative to emit near infrared light... Agent: O''shea Getz P.C.

20090182211 - Signal processing apparatus: The present disclosure describes a method and an apparatus for analyzing measured signals using various processing techniques. In certain embodiments, the measured signals are physiological signals. In certain embodiments, the measurements relate to blood constituent measurements including blood oxygen saturation.... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090182212 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090182213 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090182214 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090182215 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090182216 - Moisture control in a transdermal blood alcohol monitor: Moisture may build up inside an alcohol monitor that is securely attached to a human subject 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 which has very high humidity flows along... Agent: Stanley J. Gradisar

20090182217 - Analyte sensor: Systems and methods of use for continuous analyte measurement of a host's vascular system are provided. In some embodiments, a continuous glucose measurement system includes a vascular access device, a sensor and sensor electronics, the system being configured for insertion into communication with a host's circulatory system.... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear, LLP

20090182219 - Method for planning a combined examination of an examination object: s

20090182218 - Sensor for detecting biological electro-magnetic signal and the diagnostic device using the same: The invention relates to a material for the detection of biological electro-magnetic signals made of a epidermis of a living organism and a diagnostic device using the same, and more particularly, to a material for the detection of biological electro-magnetic signals made of a epidermis of a living organism, through... Agent: Jhk Law

20090182220 - Source affine reconstruction for medical imaging: Performing medical imaging. The generation of medical images, which includes a Source AFFine Image REconstruction (SAFFIRE) algorithm, is based on an iterative implementation of minimum mean-square error (MMSE) estimation within an affine-transformed solution space and utilizes a matched filter bank initialization coupled with energy normalization of each successive estimate. An... Agent: Workman Nydegger 1000 Eagle Gate Tower

20090182221 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and position setting support method thereof: According to the present invention, in a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus that receives magnetic resonance signals emitted from a patient by using a reception coil and reconstructs an image of the test subject from the received magnetic resonance signals, first and second cameras image positions of the patient and the... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090182222 - Magnetic resonance imaging appatatus and image reconstruction method: In a calculator system of a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus, a filter setting unit sets a shape of a filter superimposed on k-space data to match a shape of a data collecting area in a k-space. A filter processing unit performs a filtering process on the k-space data using the... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090182223 - Method for automatically selecting region of interest covering heated area: A method for automatically selecting a region of interest covering a heated area, in the context of high intensity focused ultrasonic technology achieves automatic selection of the region of interest on the basis of the phase recognition completed in a magnetic resonance data acquisition and the position of the focus... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090182226 - Catheter tracking system: A system guides a medical instrument or like implement through an anatomical body such as a human patient. The system may include a drive system which moves the implement through the anatomical body, and a controller that directs the operation of the drive system. The system may also include a... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

20090182224 - Method and apparatus for invasive device tracking using organ timing signal generated from mps sensors: Apparatus for generating an organ timing signal relating to an inspected organ within the body of a patient, including a medical positioning system, and a processor coupled with the medical positioning system, the medical positioning system including at least one reference electromagnetic transducer placed at a reference location, at least... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090182225 - Safety marked fibers and catheters: A device and method are presented that allow for accurate insertion, positioning and withdrawal of a laser fiber/catheter for minimally invasive laser treatment by utilizing a single mark in the form of a continuous spiral on either a fiber jacket or a catheter (introducer) or both. Viewed from a fixed... Agent: Bolesh J. Skutnik Ceramoptec Industries, Inc.

20090182227 - Multi-function catheter and use thereof: A catheter for delivering an agent to an area of treatment is presented. The catheter includes a catheter body, a balloon assembly coupled to the catheter body, a first lumen, and a second lumen. The balloon assembly has spaced-apart balloons that define an area between the balloons. The first lumen... Agent: Dla Piper LLP (us )

20090182229 - Ultrasound system with highly integrated asic architecture: An ultrasound system and method of configuring an ultrasound system. In one embodiment, the system includes an array of transducer cells grouped in acoustical subelements. Transducer cells in different acoustical subelements are operable according to different pulser timing signals. An integrated circuit structure includes an array of circuit support cells.... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20090182228 - Wireless ultrasound system display: Ultrasound imaging arrangement including an ultrasound scanner, an ultrasound imaging system arranged to control the scanner and at least one display physically separated from the imaging system. A system is provided to enable the transmission of images from the imaging system to each display using IEEE standard 802.15.3. For example,... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090182230 - Method and apparatus for real-time temperature measuring for high-intensity focused ultrasound(hifu) therapy system: The invention is disclosed to design a real-time pulse/echo system to perform 1-D real-time temperature measurement and integrate in the high-intensity focused ultrasound system. In the invention, a modified echo-time shifting algorithm is developed to calculate the corresponding phase shift from echo signal, which correlates with the instantaneous temperature change... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20090182231 - Method and system for treating acne and sebaceous glands: A method and system for ultrasound treatment of acne and sebaceous glands are provided. An exemplary method and system are configured for targeted treatment of sebaceous glands in various manners, such as through use of therapy only, therapy and monitoring, imaging and therapy, or therapy, imaging, and monitoring, and/or through... Agent: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (main)

20090182232 - Ultrasonic imaging device and the information processing method thereof: An ultrasonic imaging device, comprising: a receiver, for receiving ultrasonic signals which carry information about human body; a processor, for analyzing and processing the received ultrasonic signals in order to get image and/or sound signals; a controller, for issuing at least one instruction; and a recorder, for recording the image... Agent: Mindray C/o Stoel Rives LLP

20090182235 - Incoherent retrospective dynamic transmit focusing: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces an image with an extended focal range and reduced speckle by transmitting a plurality of beams spaced along an array for multiline reception. The receive multilines of a plurality of transmit beams are spatially aligned with phase adjustment between the respective receive multilines to... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090182234 - Method for assessing mechanical properties of an elastic material: A method for assessing mechanical properties of an elastic material includes obtaining volumetric ultrasound data sets of the elastic material in two different states of compression. First ultrasound image data of a first hypersurface region of interest (ROI) is selected from a first of the data sets, and second ultrasound... Agent: Dean D. Small The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20090182233 - Ultrasound system with integrated control switches: An ultrasound imaging system with a digital scanning architecture for configuring connections that transmit pulser timing signals among transducer subelements. The system provides multiple operating states that each generate a different wave pattern. An integrated circuit structure includes a plurality of circuit support cells, each including pulser circuitry for operation... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20090182236 - Noise reduction and aliasing compensation in a doppler mode image: The present invention relates to an ultrasound system and a method of forming a Doppler mode image. The ultrasound system comprises a transmission/reception unit operable to transmit/receive ultrasound signals at a pulse repetition frequency (PRF) to form an n number of Doppler signals. The ultrasound system further comprises a signal... Agent: Jones Day

20090182237 - Dual frequency band ultrasound transducer arrays: An acoustic probe transmits/receives acoustic pulses with frequencies both in a high frequency (HF), and a selectable amount of lower frequency (LF1, LF2, . . . , LFn, . . . ) bands. The radiation surfaces of at least two of the multiple frequency bands have a common region. The... Agent: Cohen, Pontani, Lieberman & Pavane LLP

20090182238 - Method of predicting a blood pressure trend by blood pressure measurements: The present invention discloses a method of predicting a blood pressure trend by blood pressure measurements, and the method allows users to select a number of times for measuring blood pressures as a cycle according to a doctor's recommendation or a personal preference, and automatically calculates and stores an average... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20090182239 - Pulse wave measuring device: According to the invention, a pulse wave measuring device includes: a connector that is disposed on a main unit; an external sensor that includes an external light-emitting module radiating light to a human body to be measured and an external light-receiving module receiving at least one of reflected light and... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090182240 - Apparatus and sensor for measuring biological signal and apparatus and method for measuring pulse wave velocity: Provided is an apparatus for measuring a biological signal. The apparatus includes a first surface having a first sensor which is attached to a predetermined part of a user's body and measures a first biological signal generated by the predetermined part; and a second surface having a second sensor which... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090182241 - Apparatus for sensing and processing electrical cardiac signals and method of remote sensing and processing of electrical cardiac signals: The present invention relates to an apparatus (10) for sensing and processing electrical cardiac signals, said apparatus (10) comprising a plurality of electrical signal sensing electrodes (20a, 20b, 20c, 20d, 20e) associated with an electronic processing circuit (30), said electrical signal sensing electrodes (20a, 20b, 20c, 20d, 20e) being consecutively... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20090182242 - Apparatus and method for non-invasive, passive fetal heart monitoring: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for monitoring the fetal condition in an objective, quantitative, and non-invasive manner by enabling continuous and highly specific data collection during pre-natal development and the intra-partum period. In an embodiment, monitoring the fetal condition comprises monitoring a fetal heart rate, a fetal... Agent: The Johns Hopkins Universityapplied Physics Labora Office Of Patent Counsel

20090182243 - Body fat measuring apparatus capable of easily and accurately measuring visceral fat amount: A body fat measuring apparatus includes: an upper limb unit including a hold portion that can be held in a hand of a subject and a main portion; and a lower limb electrode to be contacted with a lower limb of the subject. The hold portion includes an upper limb... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20090182244 - Portable measuring system having an optimized assembly space: A portable measuring system which analyzes a liquid sample for at least one analyte. The portable measuring system has a substantially moisture-proof housing with an internal atmosphere. The housing prevents moisture from the air and water vapor from penetrating into the housing. The portable measuring system also has at least... Agent: Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP

20090182245 - Guide device for localising a neoplasia to be removed during a surgical procedure: A guide device (1, 101) is disclosed for localising a neoplasia that is to be removed during a surgical procedure. The guide device comprises a support (2, 102) that supports a cannula (4) hollow on the inside, provided with a percutaneous tip (40) adapted to penetrate the patient's body, and... Agent: Young & Thompson

20090182246 - Guide wire: A guide wire includes an elongated wire body and a radiopaque part capable of forming an X-ray image and located at the distal end portion of the wire body. The radiopaque part has a radiopaque member and a resin coating layer. The radiopaque member is composed of a metallic material... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090182247 - Support device and palpation device and methods of use: Methods and a palpation device. A subject pose determining method includes placing a subject onto a surface of a platform having a first radio-frequency transceiver and a second radio-frequency transceiver. The subject is a human being. A first radio-frequency transponder is placed onto an upper extremity of the subject. A... Agent: Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts

20090182248 - Systems and methods for monitoring an activity of a patient: A system for monitoring an activity of a patient is provided. The system includes at least one electromagnetic transmitter configured to transmit at least one electromagnetic signal, and at least one electromagnetic receiver configured to receive at least one electromagnetic signal. The system further includes a processor configured to determine... Agent: Armstrong Teasdale LLP (12553 - 1000) Patrick W. Rasche

  
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20090177026 - Systems and methods for slings for treating urinary incontinence: Systems and methods consistent with embodiments of the present invention may delineate a system for treating urinary incontinence. The system may include a sling for contacting a portion of a patient. The system may also include a plurality of sutures coupled to the sling and a plurality of members including... Agent: Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20090177028 - Non-blood contact cardiac compression device, for augmentation of cardiac function by timed cyclic tensioning of elastic cords in an epicardial location: One embodiment of a device to augment the pumping function of a weakened heart. A set of connectors with elastic properties are positioned immediately proximate to the outer surface of the heart. Each of the elastic connectors is attached at one end to a circumferential band firmly attached to the... Agent: Anthony John White

20090177027 - Partially erodable systems for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea: The invention relates to devices and methods for reforming tissue surrounding the airway of a subject suffering from obstructive sleep apnea so as to open the airway and alleviate the occurrence of apneic events. Devices comprise a combination of resiliently deformable material and bioerodible material. The deformable portion of the... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP

20090177029 - Sexual stimulation device: A sexual stimulation device having an outer skin containing heated, raised ridges surrounding an internal mechanism including two housings, a drive motor, a disc mechanically engaged with the drive motor, a shaft having a planar surface with substantially perpendicular protrusions attached at one end, and angled surfaces attached to the... Agent: Factor & Lake, Ltd

20090177030 - Endoscopic incision system: An endoscopic incision system includes: an endoscope; a cylindrical member for covering at least a distal end of an insertion section of the endoscope; and at least an incision section for incising a living tissue, the incision section being provided to a distal end of the cylindrical member and being... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090177031 - Medical systems, devices and methods for endoscopically suturing perforations: Medical systems, devices and methods are disclosed for suturing a perforation in tissue, that may be employed endoscopically and/or laparoscopically, and that offer simple, reliable and controllable placement of suture around a perforation for complete closure thereof. One embodiment of the medical system generally includes an endoscope, an endcap, a... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090177033 - Capsule camera with variable illumination of the surrounding tissue: The application relates to an ingestible capsule and method for in vivo imaging and/or treatment of one or more diseased areas of interest within the gastrointestinal tract of an animal or human being. The capsule comprises an image sensor; a lens system for focusing images onto the image sensor; at... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090177034 - Endoscope system: An endoscope system of the invention includes an elongated insertion portion; an image pickup portion provided with an objective optical system having an optical axis diagonal to a longitudinal axis direction of the insertion portion and that picks up an image of a subject present in a field of view... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090177032 - Method and apparatus for magnetically controlling endoscopes in body lumens and cavities: A magnetically navigable endoscope system includes an endoscope having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end having a magnetic body; a component which transmits an image, associated with the distal end; a display component for displaying the image; a magnetic field generating apparatus for generating a magnetic... Agent: Harness, Dickey, & Pierce, P.l.c

20090177035 - Endoscope instruments systems and methods for closed chest epicardial ablation: Endoscopic surgical instruments, lens elements and methods of treating or ablating tissue such as epicardial surfaces of cardiac tissue. An endoscopic surgical instrument includes an elongate shaft, a lens attached to the distal end of the shaft, and a coupling element extending from or attached to the lens. The distal... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090177036 - In-body position detecting system: A medical capsule device (100) includes a first pad (109), an apparatus outside the body (200) includes a plurality of second pads (such as 201a), and at least one of the medical capsule device (100) and the apparatus outside the body (200) includes a modulating unit (106) which applies a... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090177037 - Remote control of medical devices using real time location data: A method of determining the quality of contact between a remotely navigated medical device and a cyclically moving anatomical structure includes measuring movement of the device, and processing the measured movement of the device to determine the contact between the device and the moving anatomical structure.... Agent: Harness, Dickey, & Pierce, P.l.c

20090177038 - Electronic endoscope: A connector includes a cable attachment ring that fits onto a signal cable, a circuit board attachment part that catches a circuit board, and a connecting pillar that connects the cable attachment ring and the circuit board attachment part. The cable attachment ring is detachable from the signal cable, and... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090177039 - Shaft rotating device: A shaft rotating device for rotating a shaft of a medical instrument about its longitudinal axis relative to a handle of the medical instrument comprises an operating element for rotating the shaft. The operating element is arranged at a proximal portion of the shaft and it is in driving connection... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20090177040 - Instrument shaft: A shaft for a flexible endoscopic instrument is provided in which the shaft comprises a generally tubular frame member, the tubular frame member providing the shaft with at least one flexible section along the length of the shaft, the flexible section having a greater flexibility than at least one other... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090177041 - Articulating surgical device and method of use: Various embodiments of an elongate surgical device configured to travel along a tortuous body lumen to a surgical site are provided herein. In one embodiment, the device can include a tensioning element extending through a channel formed along a length of the device and the tensioning element can translate an... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery/nutter, Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20090177042 - Color image acquisition with scanning laser beam devices: An apparatus may include an interface to allow a scanning beam device to be coupled. The apparatus may include at least four lasers optically coupled with the interface. Each of the at least four lasers may provide a different wavelength visible spectrum light to the scanning beam device through the... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP

20090177043 - Objective optical system for endoscopes and endoscope system using the same: An objective optical system for endoscopes is provided for the purpose of carrying out a fluorescence observation. At least two excitation light cutoff filters in which the transmittance of excitation light in its wavelength band is 0.1% or less are arranged and an optical element with power is interposed between... Agent: Arnold International

20090177044 - Disposable speculum: A disposable plastic vaginal speculum constructed for heavy duty use and/or for long duration gynecological procedures including intrauterine device insertion and vaginal surgical procedures. The hinge region of the speculum, as well as other regions, are reinforced so that the speculum can bear forces of a magnitude normally bearable only... Agent: Paul D. Bianco Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco Pl

20090177046 - patient monitoring and treatment medical signal interface system: A medical signal interface device bidirectionally conveys signals between a patient and patient monitoring devices. The device comprises a bidirectional electrical signal interface that receives and buffers patient parameter monitoring signals received from a patient via patient attached leads and outputs treatment related signals used in applying invasive or non-invasive... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090177047 - Health wellness modeler: A system for modeling the wellness of an individual. The system can include one or more electronic data processing elements. Additionally, the system can include a population profile integrator configured to execute on the electronic data processing element for integrating pre-determined health indicators with statistically-valid health data derived from a... Agent: Akerman Senterfitt

20090177048 - Miniature, wireless apparatus for processing physiological signals and use thereof: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for processing plural of physiological signal input from external sensors are received by the signal-receiving element in a synchronized pattern.... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090177045 - System and method for data aggregation and prioritization: A computer enabled system and method aggregates data describing a particular subject. The data is then divided into a predetermined group of categories which are graphically displayed according to a predetermined pattern. Distortions in the data or anomalies in the data are made visually apparent. Associated with the display is... Agent: Strasburger & Price, LLP

20090177050 - Integrated medical imaging systems: An image acquisition system operable to obtain an image of at least a portion of a body, includes an imaging system including at least one energy sensor to measure energy from the body, an image creating system adapted to create an image based at least in part from a signal... Agent: Gregory L Bradley Medrad Inc

20090177049 - Piezoelectric film: A method for producing a biocompatible material of the formula NaxKyNbO3, 0≦x≦0.8, 0.2≦y≦1, x+y=1 includes the steps of a) providing a Na-precursor and a K-precursor for NaxKyNbO3, b) mixing the precursors in solution wherein said precursors first react to form a sol and thereafter a gel, c) heat treating the... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090177051 - Systems and methods for providing sub-dressing wound analysis and therapy: Thus, systems and methods providing sub-dressing wound analysis and therapy are provided. One embodiment of the invention may include a treatment system including a wound dressing comprising perforations. The system may also include a light receptor and an excitation light source. When the wound dressing is deployed on a wound,... Agent: Weiss & Arons, LLP

20090177052 - Methods of using raman spectral information in determining analyte concentrations: A non-invasive method of determining the concentration of an analyte uses Raman spectral information. A high-intensity, narrow band of light (10) is applied to one side (12a) of skin tissue (12). The high-intensity light (10) enters the skin tissue and generates a Raman signal (16). A reflective material (22) is... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP

20090177053 - Coaxial led light sources: An emitter device may include at least two emitters, such as LEDs. The coaxially disposed emitters may emit light in substantially the same area so that no apparent distance is perceived between individual emitters, as in emitter devices in which the emitters are disposed adjacent one another. The coaxially disposed... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090177054 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177055 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177056 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177057 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177058 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177059 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177060 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177061 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177062 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177063 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177064 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177065 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177066 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090177067 - Glucose sensor and glucose level measuring apparatus: The present invention relates to a glucose sensor (2) including an electrode (32) which includes a conductive component and glucose dehydrogenase immobilized to the conductive component. As the glucose dehydrogenase, use is made of a protein complex including a catalytic activity subunit which has glucose dehydrogenase activity, and an electron... Agent: Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

20090177068 - Method and apparatus for providing derived glucose information utilizing physiological and/or contextual parameters: Various methods and apparatuses for measuring a state parameter of an individual using signals based on one or more sensors are disclosed. In one embodiment, a first set of signals is used in a first function to determine how a second set of signals is used in one or more... Agent: Bodymedia, Inc. C/o Portfolioip

20090177069 - Catheter with electrodes for impedance and/or conduction velocity measurement: An apparatus comprises a catheter comprising a first electrode. The apparatus also comprises a second electrode electrically attached to a person and coupled to the first electrode via the person's tissue. Logic is coupled to the electrodes and generates an electrical signal that is provided through the electrodes and computes... Agent: Conley Rose, P.C. David A. Rose

20090177070 - Catheter tip electrode assembly and method for fabricating same: An electrode assembly for a sensor catheter tip includes a first electrode and a second electrode each having a central axis. The two electrodes are axially aligned and spaced apart along the axis. Each of the first and second electrodes comprises a contact aperture spaced from the center axis, and... Agent: Robert J. Kapalka Tyco Technology Resources

20090177072 - Non-contact cardiac mapping, including moving catheter and multi-beat integration: A non-contact cardiac mapping method is disclosed that includes: (i) inserting a catheter into a heart cavity having an endocardium surface, the catheter including multiple, spatially distributed electrodes; (ii) measuring signals at the catheter electrodes in response to electrical activity in the heart cavity with the catheter spaced from the... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090177071 - Non-contact cardiac mapping, including preprocessing: A non-contact cardiac mapping method is disclosed that includes: (i) inserting a catheter into a heart cavity having an endocardium surface, the catheter including multiple, spatially distributed electrodes; (ii) measuring signals at the catheter electrodes in response to electrical activity in the heart cavity with the catheter spaced from the... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090177073 - Electrode and a method for determining electrical biopotentials: A set of electrodes suitable for being attached to the skin of an animal or human being at locations normally used for attaching single-lead electrodes with a single sensor point. The electrodes of the set of electrodes have at least three sensors arranged to define two linearly independent directions, which... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090177074 - Intraluminal multifunctional sensor system and method of use: An intraluminal sensor designs for multifunctional characterization of injured, stunned, infarcted myocardium, atherosclerotic plagues and tumors are disclosed. Various embodiments of the present invention comprise the sensor tips for a catheter. The tips comprises differential sensor arrangements, and use built-in electromagnet assemblies for a single or multiple axis sensing of... Agent: Robert W Strozier, P.l.l.c

20090177076 - Mri of a continuously moving object involving motion compensation: A magnetic resonance examination system has an object carrier (14) to move an object to be examined relative to the field of view. A monitoring system (33) monitors examination circumstances under which magnetic resonance signals are acquired from the object within the field of view. In particular the monitoring system... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090177075 - Resolution enhanced t1-insensitive steady state imaging (re-tossi): Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with RE-TOSSI are described. One system embodiment includes an MRI apparatus configured to produce a RE-TOSSI pulse sequence and to acquire T2-weighted images in response to the RE-TOSSI pulse sequence. An example RE-TOSSI pulse sequence includes a TOSSI portion and a non-inverting, non-TOSSI portion.... Agent: Kraguljac & Kalnay

20090177077 - Mri-compatible patches and methods for using the same: An MRI-compatible patch for identifying a location includes a flexible base layer, a flexible substrate and at least one of MRI-visible fiducial element. The flexible base layer is mountable on and substantially conformable to a patient's body surface. The base layer has opposed upper and lower primary surfaces. The flexible... Agent: Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec

20090177078 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and method: In the magnetic resonance imaging apparatus, an imaging control means for controlling a magnetic field generation means, a transfer means, and a signal processing means executes an imaging sequence for applying multiple readout gradient magnetic fields to measure multiple nuclear magnetic resonance signals, after one-time application of an exciting RF... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20090177079 - Medical imaging system having an integrated injection device: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to an MRI system (1) having a magnetic resonance imaging scanner (2) and having an injection device (3), which comprises an injector head (4), for injection of at least one liquid during an MRI examination. According to various embodiments of the invention, provision... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

20090177080 - Noninvasive locking of distal holes in cannulated intramedullary nails in surgery: A system and a method for facilitating a locking of distal holes in a cannulated intramedullary nail are disclosed. The system includes a transmitter, an internal guide, an extension, and schematic renderings of the distal holes and the extension. The transmitter is capable of representing an origin of a local... Agent: Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

20090177081 - Image guided robotic system for keyhole neurosurgery: A novel image-guided system for precise automatic targeting in minimally invasive keyhole neurosurgery. The system consists of a miniature robot fitted with a mechanical guide for needle, probe, or catheter insertion. Intraoperative, the robot is directly affixed to a head clamp or to the patient skull. It automatically positions itself... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090177082 - System comprising a gamma probe and a control device: The invention relates to a system comprising a medical gamma probe and a control device, which is configured for acquisition of user input for gamma probe operation, and for signal evaluation, including optional signal output in conjunction with measured signals detected by the gamma probe, wherein the medical gamma probe... Agent: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

20090177083 - Pressing member, ultrasonic probe and ultrasonic diagnosing device: An object is to provide a pressing member, an ultrasonic probe and an ultrasonic diagnosing device that enhance the efficiency of uniformly pressing a subject and achieve a high-precision elastic image. Therefore, the contact surface of the pressing member with the subject is formed so that the vertical direction of... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090177084 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: A compressed state evaluation unit 19 acquires values of distortion changes Δε1 and Δε2 corresponding to reference regions R1 and R2 set in two different tissues from an elasticity calculation unit 13 to obtain the ratio Δε2/Δε1 thereof, and evaluates a compressed state based on the obtained the ratio. The... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090177085 - Histotripsy for thrombolysis: Methods for performing non-invasive thrombolysis with ultrasound using, in some embodiments, one or more ultrasound transducers to focus or place a high intensity ultrasound beam onto a blood clot (thrombus) or other vascular inclusion or occlusion (e.g., clot in the dialysis graft, deep vein thrombosis, superficial vein thrombosis, arterial embolus,... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090177086 - Method and apparatus for selectively enhancing ultrasound image data: Noise may be reduced in ultrasound images that comprise at least a fluid area and a tissue area. The image data comprises pixels having input intensity values. Edge pixels associated with an edge within the tissue area are detected. The input intensity values of at least a portion of non-edge... Agent: Dean D. Small The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20090177087 - Ultrasonic imaging apparatus: An ultrasonic imaging apparatus performs a plurality of times an action to transmit ultrasonic pulses to a subject, receives said plurality of times the reflected ultrasonic pulse train of said ultrasonic pulses reflected from said subject, generates one line of sound ray information by using said plurality of reflected ultrasonic... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090177088 - Ultrasonic probe: A short axis scanning type ultrasonic wave probe configured such that: a plurality of strip shaped piezoelectric elements is arranged in a long axis direction, which is a crosswise direction of the piezoelectric elements, so as to form a flat piezoelectric element group; the piezoelectric element group is housed within... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20090177089 - Three-dimensional image reconstruction using doppler ultrasound: A method for imaging of an anatomical structure includes acquiring a plurality of ultrasonic images of the anatomical structure. At least one of the images includes Doppler information. One or more contours of the anatomical structure are generated from the Doppler information. A three-dimensional image of the anatomical structure is... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090177090 - Endovascular devices and methods of use: A method for evaluating flow characteristics in a vessel of a patient includes the steps of positioning a catheter having a balloon at a measuring location within the vessel; transmitting an ultrasound signal into the vessel while the balloon catheter is within the measuring location; evaluating a reflection of the... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP

20090177091 - Velocity measuring method and velocity measuring device using the same: The present invention is to provide a velocity measuring method and a velocity measuring device for carrying out the method. The velocity measuring method includes: a step (S4) for expanding N time series signals by using 0-th to (N−1)-th degree discrete Legendre function as a base; a step (S5) for... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090177092 - Noninvasive sensor system and method for detection of internal pathologic conditions: The present invention is directed to a system for non-invasively detecting the presence or absence of a trauma in a tissue region utilizing a dual-modality wand-detector. The wand integrates an electromagnetic transceiver and an ultrasound transducer to simultaneously obtain interrogation signatures from the tissue region by minimizing impedance mismatches that... Agent: Law Offices Of Burtanek & Bhattacharyya, Ltd.

20090177093 - Imaging probe housing with fluid flushing: An imaging probe for use in a catheter for ultrasonic imaging is provided. The catheter may be of the type including a sheath having an opening at a distal end for conducting a fluid there through. The imaging probe includes a distal housing coupled to a drive shaft for rotation,... Agent: Graybeal Jackson LLP

20090177094 - Systems and methods for tissue examination, diagnostic, treatment, and/or monitoring: Procedures, techniques, and systems for in vivo monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment of tissue during the same or concomitant medical procedure. In disclosed embodiments, during a same or concomitant procedure or examination, tissue can be scanned on a localized level using a real-time optical biopsy system. The real-time optical biopsy system... Agent: Withrow & Terranova, P.l.l.c.

20090177095 - Triaxial fiber optic force sensing catheter: A fiber optic force sensing assembly for detecting forces imparted at a distal end of a catheter assembly. The structural member may include segments adjacent each other in a serial arrangement, with gaps located between adjacent segments that are bridged by flexures. Fiber optics are coupled to the structural member.... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.

20090177096 - Contact force sensor package, blood pressure meter with the same, and method for fabricating the contact force sensor package: A contact force sensor package includes a substrate layer having a vibration detection unit and a pair of first junction pads that are electrical connection ports which are provided on an upper surface of the substrate layer, a flexible circuit substrate layer having a pair of second junction pads provided... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090177097 - Exercise device, sensor and method of determining body parameters during exercise: A noninvasive light sensor for detecting heart beat signals has a circular support member engageable circumferentially with a body part of a person. Light emitters and light detectors are located around a circumference of the circular support member for respectively emitting light signals into different areas of tissue surrounding the... Agent: Leydig Voit & Mayer, Ltd

20090177098 - Examination system and examination method: The blood flow is examined by making multifractal analysis of a blood flow velocity distribution in a vascular network and detecting a deviation of the blood flow velocity distribution from the multifractal distribution. The blood flow velocity distribution is provided as an image by irradiating laser light to the vascular... Agent: Moore & Van Allen PLLC

20090177099 - Peripheral impedance plethysmography electrode and system with detection of electrode spacing: In a system and method for peripheral impedance plethysmography, an electrode for application to the patient's limb includes two outer current electrodes and two inner voltage electrodes. A distance between the two inner electrodes is automatically input into an analyzing device, either as a pre-stored value or as determined automatically... Agent: Blank Rome LLP

20090177100 - Cardiac rhythm management system with exercise test interface: This document discusses, among other things, cardiac rhythm management systems, devices, and methods providing an exercise test interface. A patient exercise episode is identified using at least one predetermined criteria. Data associated with the episode is obtained. A summary of the episode is displayed for a user. The displayed summary... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090177101 - Method of fetal and maternal ecg identification across multiple epochs: A method of utilizing maternal-fetal monitoring system to monitor the physiological properties of both a maternal patient and a fetus. The method places a series of ECG electrodes across the maternal patient's abdomen and receives ECG input waveforms across a plurality of separate channels. The method processes the channels using... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20090177103 - System and method for distinguishing between hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia using an implantable medical device: Techniques are described for detecting and distinguishing among ischemia, hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia based on intracardiac electrogram (IEGM) signals. In one technique, these conditions are detected and distinguished based on an analysis of: the interval between the QRS complex and the peak of a T-wave (QTmax), the interval between the QRS... Agent: Pacesetter, Inc.

20090177102 - System, method and device for predicting sudden cardiac death risk: A system and method for predicting sudden cardiac death. The system includes a patient monitoring station, a Holter analysis workstation, and a hospital information network. The Holter analysis workstation being operative to apply a plurality of data analysis algorithms to create a sudden cardiac death report. The method applies a... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20090177104 - System and method for distinguishing among cardiac ischemia, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia using an implantable medical device: Techniques are described for detecting ischemia, hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia based on intracardiac electrogram (IEGM) signals. Ischemia is detected based on a shortening of the interval between the QRS complex and the end of a T-wave (QTmax), alone or in combination with a change in ST segment elevation. Alternatively, ischemia is... Agent: Pacesetter, Inc.

20090177105 - System and method for distinguishing among cardiac ischemia, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia using an implantable medical device: Techniques are described for detecting ischemia, hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia based on intracardiac electrogram (IEGM) signals. Ischemia is detected based on a shortening of the interval between the QRS complex and the end of a T-wave (QTmax), alone or in combination with a change in ST segment elevation. Alternatively, ischemia is... Agent: Pacesetter, Inc.

20090177106 - Method and apparatus for discerning therapeutic signals from noise in physiological data: A data acquisition module for use in monitoring a plurality of physiological signals is disclosed herein. The data acquisition module may include a first signal processing path for biopotential data, a second signal processing path for therapeutic event data, and a processing unit that receives and processes the data from... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20090177107 - Detection of coronary artery disease using an electronic stethoscope: The disclosure describes an electronic stethoscope system that automatically detects coronary artery disease in patients. The system uses an electronic stethoscope to record acoustic data from the fourth left intercostal space of a patient. A processing technique is then applied in order to filter the data and produce Fast Fourier... Agent: Shumaker & Sieffert, P. A.

20090177108 - Method for monitoring the depth of anesthesia: A method for monitoring the depth of anesthesia is provided for detecting the conscious state of one being anesthetized in the recovery phase or induction phase of anesthesia course in order to facilitate an anesthesiologist to predict exactly the dosage of an anesthetic required. At first, an original electroencephalogram (EEG)... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090177109 - Methods and devices of multi-functional operating system for care-taking machine: The methods and devices of a multi-functional operating interface for a care-taking machine. The multi-functional operating interface of the care-taking machine includes: muscle stretch sensor, multiplexer amplifying wave filter, analog-to-digital signal converter, image processing unit, and muscle pattern database and control bus. Aided by the present muscle template training method... Agent: Venable LLP

20090177110 - Impedance measurement and demodulation using implantable device: An implantable medical device performs impedance measurement and demodulation, such as for obtaining lead impedance measurements, or thoracic impedance measurements, such as for extracting respiration, cardiac stroke, or fluid status information. A 4-point FIR filter demodulator can be used to demodulate a two-phase current excitation waveform. The demodulator can also... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090177111 - System and method for displaying contact between a catheter and tissue: A system and method for assessing and displaying a degree of contact between a sensor, an electrode, and tissue in a body is provided. Values for the sensor are read, and a degree of contact is calculated. This degree of contact is displayed to a clinician in a variety of... Agent: Sjm/afd-wiley

20090177112 - System and methods for performing neurophysiologic assessments during spine surgery: The present invention relates generally to an algorithm aimed at neurophysiology monitoring, and more particularly to an algorithm capable of quickly finding stimulation thresholds over multiple channels of a neurophysiology monitoring system.... Agent: Jonathan Spangler Nuvasive, Inc.

20090177113 - Interpretive report in automated diagnostic hearing test: A multimedia user interface for an automated diagnostic hearing test allows a patient to interact with the automated hearing test in order to conduct various hearing related tests. The patient is given instructions and guidance for every test, and can call the operator at any time for help. Warning messages... Agent: Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP Attn:IPDocketing

20090177114 - Echogenic needle aspiration device: An echogenic needle aspiration device. In one embodiment, the device includes an echogenic needle, the needle including a tubular sidewall having a non-circular transverse cross-section over at least a portion of its length. The non-circular cross-sectional shape of the needle may be provided, for example, by radially spacing one or... Agent: Kriegsman & Kriegsman

20090177115 - Biopsy device and method for the recovery of organic material sampled therewith: A biopsy device (1) is disclosed, comprising a syringe body (2) defining an aspiration chamber (23); a piston (4) mounted slidably inside the syringe body and provided with a plunger (42) tightly slidable inside the aspiration chamber (23); a needle cannula (6) mounted on the head (25) of the syringe... Agent: Young & Thompson

20090177116 - Body fluid sampling device and body fluid measuring device using the same: A body fluid sampling device (100) includes: a connecting portion (105) to which a body fluid container is connected; a suctioning portion (117) which suctions a gas in the body fluid container connected to the connecting portion, to introduce a body fluid into the body fluid container; a suctioning passage... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090177117 - Blood test method and blood test apparatus: It is intended to provide a blood test apparatus whereby the vicinity of a site to be punctured for collecting the blood can be negatively pressurized and the negative pressurization can be conducted at an appropriate time without resorting to a special operation, thereby facilitating a blood test. More specifically... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090177118 - Multi-lancet device: The invention concerns a device for collecting body fluids which has at least one lancet comprising a lancet body with at least two tips of different lengths. The device is characterized in that it has a selection means with the aid of which only one tip is selected before the... Agent: Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP

20090177119 - Articulating intracorporeal medical device: Guidewires and design, material, manufacturing method, and use alternatives for the same. An example method for advancing a guidewire to a target site in the anatomy of a patient may include providing the guidewire and advancing the guidewire through a blood vessel to a position adjacent the target site. Advancing... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090177120 - Coronary vein navigator: A system and method for navigating coronary vasculature involves use of a guide catheter system which includes a guide catheter, a navigator catheter longitudinally displaceable within the guide catheter, and a deflection arrangement provided at a distal end of the navigator catheter. The guide catheter is advanced to at least... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property (32469)

20090177121 - Postural awareness apparatus: A postural awareness apparatus includes a pad, a signal producing system, and an activator that activates the signal producing system when a compressive force applied to the apparatus exceed a predetermined compressive force. The activator includes a switch having an upper portion, a compressible element having defined therein an opening,... Agent: Venable LLP

  
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20090171137 - Intravascular blood pump and catheter: An intravascular system for pumping blood from a chamber of a heart and through an associated blood vessel coupled in fluid communication therewith. The system includes a pump device configured to be inserted into a blood vessel. The system further includes a catheter having a proximal end coupled to the... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP

20090171136 - Vad connector plug: A plug which may be positioned in place of a Ventricular Assist Device (“VAD”) within a VAD connector mounted to the heart. The VAD connector may have at least one VAD-engaging feature and may define an opening. The plug may have a body adapted to fill the opening of the... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20090171138 - Ultrasonic device for fertility control and management and navigation: A device for fertility control and management through the application of acoustic energy, preferably ultrasound. According to various embodiments of the present invention, such fertility management and control may optionally be applied for reducing or enhancing fertility and/or otherwise controlling one or more aspects of fertility and conception, including but... Agent: Dr. D. Graeser Ltd.

20090171141 - Anterior repair - needle path and incision sites: In one embodiment, a medical device includes a support portion having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion. An elongate member extends from the first end portion of the support portion and has a length sufficient to extend from the first end portion... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20090171143 - Devices and method for treating pelvic dysfunctions: In one embodiment, a method includes securing an implant that includes a pre-formed loop to a vaginal apex. An end of the suture is inserted through a selected portion of a pelvic tissue to dispose at least a portion of the implant within a pelvic region of the patient. The... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20090171139 - Devices and methods for delivering a pelvic implant: An apparatus according to an embodiment of the invention includes an elongate body having a distal end configured to releasably couple the elongate body to a delivery device. A lock tube is movably disposable within a lumen of the elongate body. A connector is disposed at a proximal end of... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20090171140 - Devices and methods for delivering female pelvic floor implants: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes an elongate body that defines a lumen and a suture coupled to the elongate body and at least partially disposed within the lumen. The suture extends at least partially from a proximal end of the elongate body and forms a loop configured to couple... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20090171142 - Devices and methods for treating pelvic floor dysfunctions: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a support portion disposable within a pelvic region and a strap extending from the support portion. The strap has a length and is configured to be disposed at least partially within a pelvic tissue. A sleeve is releasably disposed over at least a portion... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20090171144 - Therapeutic prosthetic device: A therapeutic prosthetic device for women or men configured to transmit tactile sensations through a stimulation material to the surface of a sex organ such as the vagina or penis. The therapeutic prosthetic device can include sensors and stimulators on the outer surface and inner surface and a controller. Sensors... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090171145 - Endoscope: An endoscope includes a flexible tube and a connection mouth ring. The flexible tube includes a helical tube, a braid tube disposed outside the helical tube, and an outer tube disposed outside the braid tube. The endoscope further includes a caulking member which caulks the end of the braid tube... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090171146 - Capsule endoscope: A capsule endoscope system includes a capsule endoscope which is introduced into a subject; a change unit which changes a position or posture of the capsule endoscope in the subject with respect to the subject; a storage unit which stores in advance a change procedure of the capsule endoscope as... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090171147 - Surgical instrument: A medical instrument having a proximal control handle and a distal tool that are intercoupled by an elongated instrument shaft that is meant to pass internally of an anatomic body, proximal and distal movable members that respectively intercouple the proximal control handle and the distal tool with the instrument shaft,... Agent: David M. Driscoll, Esq.

20090171149 - Capsule endoscope: A capsule endoscope includes a capsule casing and interior components housed therein whose total specific gravity is set such that the capsule casing floats in liquid introduced into a subject. The capsule endoscope also includes a gravity center position setting unit that sets a position of center of gravity of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090171148 - Capsule endoscope system having a sensing and data discriminating device and discrimination method thereof: A capsule endoscope system having a sensing and data discriminating device and the discrimination method thereof are proposed. After a sensor captures data, a data processor performs the extraction of a characteristic value from the data and then comparison and discrimination. Data are then divided into two types: one to... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee

20090171150 - Observation unit detachable type endoscope and endoscope main body: An endoscope main body of an endoscope includes a body cavity insert ion section, at least one operating arm section, a main body operating section, an arm section operating section, and an observation unit attachment/detachment mechanism. The insertion section includes a main body bending portion at the distal end portion... Agent: Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, PC

20090171154 - Bending instrument for an endoscope and endoscope set: A bending instrument for an endoscope which is used when a fibrescope is inserted into a gastrostomy catheter. The bending instrument comprises a sheath which covers a fibrescope shaft of the fiberscope, and a bending member which allows the fibrescope shaft to bend together with the sheath. A light-transmissive window... Agent: Tyco Healthcare - Edward S. Jarmolowicz

20090171152 - Insertion assisting instrument for medical device: By holding at least a part of the shape of the intracoelomic duct into which a medical device is inserted at insertion of the medical device into the deep portion of the intracoelomic duct by the insertion assisting instrument for a medical device of the present invention, excessive deformation of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090171153 - Insertion assisting tool for an endoscope: An insertion assisting tool when inserting an endoscope into the gastric fistula catheter that has been inserted in the fistula formed in the patient's body comprises a cylindrical body that can be engaged with a gastric fistula catheter wherein an endoscope can be inserted through a valve press member and... Agent: Tyco Healthcare - Edward S. Jarmolowicz

20090171155 - Oral cavity insertion instrument and pharyngoscope apparatus: An oral cavity insertion instrument which is to be attached to a monitor device having a long scope portion is provided. The oral cavity insertion instrument is adapted to be used by being inserted into an oral cavity and has a long cover member having a bore which extends in... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090171151 - Steerable, follow the leader device: A highly articulated robotic probe (HARP) is comprised of a first mechanism and a second mechanism, one or both of which can be steered in desired directions. Each mechanism can alternate between being rigid and limp. In limp mode the mechanism is highly flexible. When one mechanism is limp, the... Agent: Jones Day

20090171157 - Catheter based balloon for therapy modification and positioning of tissue: An apparatus and method for shielding non-target tissues and organs during thermotherapy, brachytherapy or other treatment of a diseased target tissue. The apparatus includes a catheter shaft having input and output lumens and at least one inflatable balloon. A plurality of input lumens within the catheter shaft allows the passage... Agent: John P. O'banion O'banion & Ritchey LLP

20090171156 - Endoscope insertion support tool and endoscope device: An endoscope insertion support tool includes an advancing and retracting member that is disposed in an insertion section of an endoscope, capable of advancing and retracting in a hollow passage, a distal end portion of which communicates with the outside, and has length projected from a distal end of the... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090171158 - Endoscope and attaching method of connection mouth ring to end of endoscopic flexible tube: An endoscope includes a flexible tube having a helical tube in which a thin strip plate is helically wound, a braid tube covering the outside of the helical tube, and a flexible outer tube covering the outside of the braid tube, a connection mouth ring plastically deformed and fixed to... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090171159 - Method and devices for minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures: A surgical device is provided, the device having a tubular outer body member with a handle at its proximal end and a flexible distal end segment extending from its distal end. The surgical device also has an operable end extending from the distal end of the flexible distal end segment.... Agent: Hunton & Williams LLP Intellectual Property Department

20090171160 - Endoscope main body and endoscope: An endoscope main body constituting an endoscope in a state in which an elongated detachable observation optical system is attached to the endoscope main body, and in a proximal end of an insertion section of the endoscope main body, a branch member is disposed. The branch member is provided so... Agent: Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, PC

20090171161 - Steerable endoscopic instruments: Flexible, steerable, endoscopic instruments include a handle, a flexible shaft, and an end effector. The handle includes an actuator for controlling the end effector. The handle also includes a steering mechanism for steering the endoscopic instrument. The steering mechanism includes one or more tensioning members configured to increase or decrease... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090171162 - Device for facilitating the medical examination of an orifice: A device for facilitating the examination of an orifice is disclosed. The device comprises mounting means (12) for a light source (14) for illuminating the orifice, a connector (28, 128, 228) for detachably mounting a dilator (16, 116, 216) for insertion into and dilation of an orifice, and dilator actuating... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090171164 - Methods and systems for identifying an avatar-linked population cohort: Avatars, methods, apparatuses, computer program products, devices and systems are described that carry out presenting to at least one member of a population at least one avatar associated with at least one instance of media content; measuring at least one physiologic activity of the at least one member of the... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20090171163 - Modular medical devices: Apparatus and method provide for forming a modular medical device by selecting a combination of medical device modules and combining them to form the modular medical device, for example by plugging them together or into a common bus. In one embodiment, the modules are selected from a group of modules... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20090171165 - Sleep evaluation device and sleep evaluation method therefor: A sleep evaluation device (1) has a sensor unit (2) that constantly detects body movements of a human subject on bedding, and has a determiner that, based on results of detection, determines a sleep state and an aroused state of the human subject. The determiner quantifies results of detection of... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090171170 - Medical monitoring with portable electronic device system and method: In an embodiment, a system is provided that includes a sensor configured to monitor a physiological parameter of the patient. The sensor is further configured to communicate with a portable electronic device configured to communicate over a wireless network. A method of operation of a sensor is provided that includes... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171169 - Monitoring network system: A monitoring network system includes: a plurality of monitoring apparatuses; and a remote monitoring apparatus, connected to the plurality of monitoring apparatuses. At least one of the monitoring apparatuses is configured to acquire biological signals from a patient and includes: a first holder, configured to hold a first ID; and... Agent: Sughrue-265550

20090171166 - Oximeter with location awareness: According to embodiments, systems and methods are provided for determining the location of a medical device. A system may include a plurality of wireless communication devices configured to receive signals from a medical device and a location server configured to receive information from the plurality of wireless communication devices and... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171167 - System and method for monitor alarm management: Embodiments disclosed herein may include a method and system for determining patient-specific alarm thresholds for monitoring the patient's physiological parameters. For example, in an embodiment, the patient's age, weight, height, diagnosis, medications and/or other factors may affect his or her normal heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, and/or other physiological parameters.... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171168 - Systems and method for recording clinical manifestations of a seizure: A method of comparing a patient's neurological data to data that is indicative of the patient's clinical manifestation of a seizure. In some embodiments, the method includes the steps of monitoring neurological data from a patient indicative of the patient's propensity for having a seizure; automatically recording clinical manifestation data... Agent: Neurovista / Shay Glenn

20090171171 - Oximetry sensor overmolding location features: The present disclosure relates to a frame for a sensor. In an embodiment, the frame includes a frame body and one or more surface features configured to position the frame body within a mold. In certain embodiments, some or all of the frame may be overmolded such that the overmold... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171172 - Method and system for pulse gating: The present disclosure relates to the acquisition and use of an arterial pulse signal that may be used to synchronize the measurement of other physiological characteristics. In one embodiment, a sensor is provided that emits light toward a pulsing artery and detects the transmitted light to generate a signal representative... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171175 - Personalized medical monitoring: auto-configuration using patient record information: According to various embodiments, methods and systems are provided for configuring a medical device connected to a network based on an identification. In one embodiment, a method is provided that includes receiving an identification, retrieving configuration parameters from a network based at least in part upon the identification, and selecting... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171176 - Snapshot sensor: According to embodiments, there is provided a non-invasive medical device and method for using the same. Specifically, there is provided a pulse oximetry system that includes a sensor configured to detect electromagnetic radiation which has passed through living tissue and a monitor coupled to the sensor for processing information collected... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171174 - System and method for maintaining battery life: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a patient monitoring system and method. Embodiments may include a patient monitoring device with a battery, one or more charge drawing components, and an operator interface. The operator interface may provide an option to place the patient monitor in a storage mode in... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171173 - System and method for reducing motion artifacts in a sensor: Embodiments disclosed herein may include a patient sensor which has a low-friction exterior coating. In an embodiment, the exterior surface of the sensor may come into contact with external items, such as, for example, bed linens, clothing, unintended parts of the patient's body, or other people. The low-friction coating disposed... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171177 - System and method for attaching a sensor to a patient's skin: A method and apparatus for affixing a sensor adjacent a tissue site is disclosed. In an embodiment, the spectrophotometric sensor comprises, a sensor body, one or more light emitters, one or more photodetectors, and a light scattering medium capable of increasing at least one of the effective detection area of... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171179 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor has, for example, a substrate, a recessed channel formed in the substrate, and conductive material disposed in the recessed channel to form a working electrode. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090171178 - Method and system for powering an electronic device: Methods and apparatuses for providing power supply to a device are provided.... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090171180 - Method and apparatus for configuring wearable sensors: A mobile device may use near field communication (NFC) technology to configuration a generic pool of wearable, wireless sensors that may occupy different physical locations on an end user s body. The wearable sensors have an embedded NFC tag in them such, that a mobile device, such as a mobile... Agent: Intel Corporation C/o Cpa Global

20090171181 - Apparatus for detecting brain function: It is possible for the tips of all the electrodes to make contact with the scalp with greater reliability even with respect to different subjects, by adaptation to individual differences in the heads of subjects, and the functional status of the brain can be detected with greater accuracy. A brain... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090171182 - Method and apparatus for mounting a data transmission device in a communication system: Method and apparatus for mounting a data transmission device in a communication system including and adhesive pad with pull tab and raised border portions is provided. The adhesive pad may also include a flexible band to fit around the patient's arm to firmly secure the adhesive pad onto the patient's... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090171183 - Patient scan time optimization for pet/spect imaging: An imaging system (10) comprises a data device (30), which controls radiation data acquisition from a subject positioned in an examination region (18) for an examination. A rebinning processor (40) bins the acquired data periodically into a histogram (42). A transform (70) transforms the histogram (42) into individual independent or... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090171184 - Mri surgical systems for real-time visualizations using mri image data and predefined data of surgical tools: MRI-Surgical systems include: (a) at least one MRI-compatible surgical tool; (b) a circuit adapted to communicate with an MRI scanner; and (c) at least one display in communication with the circuit. The circuit electronically recognizes predefined physical characteristics of the at least one tool to automatically segment MR image data... Agent: Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec

20090171185 - Positioning system for thermal therapy: Systems and methods are provided for positioning a therapeutic device relative to a target displaced on a platform. A base member has a first track extending along a length of the platform for defining a first pathway for translating the therapeutic device relative to the target. A curved frame is... Agent: Occhiuti Rohlicek & Tsao, LLP

20090171186 - Mri apparatus and magnetic resonance imaging method: An MRI apparatus acquires a blood signal about blood from a subject having the blood flowing from a first region to a second region via an imaging region. The apparatus includes a first longitudinal magnetization inverting device for inverting a longitudinal magnetization direction of the blood in the first region... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche (20459) Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090171187 - Catheter electrode that can simultaneously emit electrical energy and facilitate visualization by magnetic resonance imaging: An electrode for use on a medical device is disclosed. The electrode may have a main body of electrically conductive material extending along an axis and having a proximal end and a distal end. The body may be configured to emit electrical energy in accordance with a predefined diagnostic or... Agent: Sjm/afd - Dykema C/o Cpa Global

20090171188 - Flexible polymer electrode for mri-guided positioning and radio frequency ablation: An electrode for use on a medical device is disclosed. The electrode may have a main body of electrically conductive material extending along an axis and may have a proximal end and a distal end. The electrode may also include a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tracking coil disposed in the... Agent: Sjm/afd - Dykema C/o Cpa Global

20090171189 - Magnetic resonance coil fixed in place by air pressure: An air pressure fixed coil for magnetic resonance imaging has a surface on which an air pressure fixing device is arranged. The air pressure fixing device is in communication with a control switch, that is operable to actuate the air pressure fixing device to generate a negative pressure or to... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090171191 - Articular injection system: Systems for injecting fluids and/or other materials into a targeted anatomical location, in particular, an intra-articular space, include a handpiece assembly having a proximal end and a distal end, a needle extending from the distal end of the handpiece assembly, a fluid delivery module comprising a cassette and a fluid... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090171193 - Imaging-assisted articular injection system and method: Systems for injecting fluids and/or other materials into a targeted anatomical location, in particular, an intra-articular space, include a handpiece assembly having a proximal end and a distal end, a needle extending from the distal end of the handpiece assembly, a fluid delivery module comprising a cassette and a fluid... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090171190 - Medical device position detecting system, medical device guiding system, and position detecting method for medical device: Position detection of a medical device is prevented from being impossible even when the frequency characteristic of a magnetic induction coil is varied in accordance with the state of an external magnetic field for guiding the medical device. A medical device position detecting system is a medical device position detecting... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090171192 - Method of injecting fluids into multiple patients: Systems for injecting fluids and/or other materials into a targeted anatomical location, in particular, an intra-articular space, include a handpiece assembly having a proximal end and a distal end, a needle extending from the distal end of the handpiece assembly, a fluid delivery module comprising a cassette and a fluid... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090171194 - Methods of injecting fluids into joints using a handpiece assembly: Systems for injecting fluids and/or other materials into a targeted anatomical location, in particular, an intra-articular space, include a handpiece assembly having a proximal end and a distal end, a needle extending from the distal end of the handpiece assembly, a fluid delivery module comprising a cassette and a fluid... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090171195 - Functional imaging of autoregulation: The present invention provides a method for detailed delineation of variation of autoregulation and more particularly tissue metabolism. These enhanced capabilities allow for new insights into factors impacting on body function, detection and monitoring of disease states, understanding of drug actions and other physiological effectors such as diet and physical... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090171196 - Method and apparatus for encoding interventional devices: An imaging system comprises an image acquisition device configured to image certain internal anatomic structures of a patient, and an interventional device, at least a portion of which is configured to be inserted into the body of a patient. The interventional device includes one or more markers disposed on the... Agent: Sjm/afd - Dykema C/o Cpa Global

20090171197 - Surgical instrument calibration: A rotationally symmetric surgical instrument for use with a computer aided surgery system which is adapted so that it is easy to check its calibration and methods of checking the calibration of such instruments are described. The instrument includes a body having a working end which includes a working point... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090171198 - Powdered marker: The marker delivery system described has a delivery tube or cannula which has a bioabsorbable powdered mass and a radiographically detectable element within an inner lumen thereof. The powdered material is a starch such as USP (corn) starch or other suitable polysaccharide. The radiographically detectable element may be disposed within... Agent: Edward J. Lynch Patent Attorney

20090171199 - Method and instrument as well as use of instrument for permanent application of reference marker for precision aiming of treatment beam: A method for permanently applying via the urethra a reference marker in the prostate gland in order by means of the marker to allow precision aiming of a treatment beam at a cancer tumor therein, whereby a catheter comprising a duct and a reference marker disposed for movement in the... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20090171201 - Method and apparatus for real-time hemodynamic monitoring: The invention relates to an apparatus for monitoring hemodynamic performance of a cardiac chamber. In one embodiment, the apparatus takes real time measurements of the volume and pressure of the cardiac chamber and prepares a PV loop. The apparatus may include an intracardiac echocardiogram catheter with a pressure sensor positioned... Agent: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division

20090171200 - Ultrasound diagnosis apparatus: A surface point tracked by an echo tracking processor unit for each ultrasonic beam is a tracking point. A strain measurement unit measures an amount of strain of a bone based on the surface points. A delay time measurement unit measures a time for the amount of strain of the... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP

20090171203 - Cryotherapy insertion system and method: Methods and systems for inserting therapeutic probes into a patient are present. Embodiments include an automated probe insertion system and a probe insertion guide comprising a moveable probe guide sleeve; a positioner for positioning said probe guide sleeve; and a controller operable to receive a definition of a locus within... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.

20090171202 - Integration of control software with a medical device and system: A medical device for diagnosis or treatment of tissue is disclosed. The device includes an electronically-controlled tool configured for diagnosis or treatment, an electrical connector, and a computer readable memory. The electrical connector is configured for connection with an electronic control unit and configured to receive control signals, including signals... Agent: Sjm/afd - Dykema C/o Cpa Global

20090171204 - Ultrasound system and method of providing ultrasound images: The present invention relates to an ultrasound system for providing ultrasound images in a duplex mode. The ultrasound system comprises a transmission/reception unit for alternately transmitting a first ultrasound beam and a second ultrasound beam to a target object. The first and second ultrasound beams are transmitted for first and... Agent: Jones Day

20090171205 - Method and system for locating blood vessels: A method and system for detecting blood vessels and precisely determining parameters in respect thereof, such as geometry, depth and diameter. Optical imaging, such as IR imaging, is used to obtain a general overview (16) of the blood vessel pattern in a region of interest from which a target vessel... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090171210 - Sonoelectric tomography using a frequency-swept ultrasonic wave: Sonoelectric tomography to achieve high-resolution bioelectric imaging. Bioelectrical signals originating from various locations in an object are ultrasonically encoded to carry different frequencies that vary with time via a frequency-swept signal or chirp. The frequency-sweeping parameters are chosen so that no frequencies are duplicated in the medium at any given... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche (15060) Armstrong Teasdale, LLP

20090171206 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, ultrasonic image processing apparatus, and ultrasonic image processing method: A peripheral region is detected by using original image data acquired by ultrasound scan. Blend processing is executed in the peripheral region such that a rate of a smoothed image increases and a rate of an original image decreases as a distance from a blood flow region increases.... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090171208 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, ultrasonic image processing apparatus, and ultrasonic image processing method: Multiresolution decomposition of image data before scan conversion processing is hierarchically performed, low-frequency decomposed image data and high-frequency decomposed image data with first to n-th levels are acquired, nonlinear anisotropic diffusion filtering is performed on output data from a next lower layer or the low-frequency decomposed image data in a... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090171207 - Ultrasonic diagonstic apparatus, ultrasonic image processing apparatus, and ultrasonic image processing method: Low-resolution image data for recognizing signal components macroscopically is generated, an effective diagnostic component and an ineffective diagnostic component are determined by using the low-resolution image data, and a correction coefficient is decided for every pixel such that the correction coefficient is set to 1 for the effective diagnostic component... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090171211 - Ultrasonographic device: An ultrasonographic device includes an ultrasonic wave transmitter/receiver section which transmits and receives ultrasonic waves to and from a test subject through a probe, a phasing addition circuit which controls the phase of the received ultrasonic wave and generates RF signal frame data, an RF signal frame data selection section... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090171209 - Ultrasound diagnostic device and method of displaying ultrasound images: The present invention relates to an ultrasound diagnostic device. The ultrasound diagnostic device comprises: a storage unit configured to store a plurality of consecutive image frames based on ultrasound echoes reflected from a target object; an image processing unit configured to form preview images of the image frames, wherein the... Agent: Jones Day

20090171212 - Interactive virtual visualization system for training and assistance in the use of ultrasound handheld transducers: This invention provides a system and method for constructing and implementing an interactive virtual visualization system suitable for training and assisting an ultrasound operator to acquire useful images using a handheld transducer. The system requires an actual ultrasound machine complete with image display, controls and ultrasound transducer. As a direct... Agent: Mirus Technologies, Inc.

20090171213 - Linear array ultrasound transducer with variable patch boundaries: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system has a two dimensional array arranged in multiple patches of multiple transducer elements. Each patch of transducer elements is coupled to a group of microbeamformer delay lines having outputs which can be coupled to a selected channel of a system beamformer, which beamforms the partially... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090171214 - Ultrasound system and method of forming ultrasound image signals with multiprocessing: The present invention relates to an ultrasound system. The ultrasound system comprises: a probe for transmitting an ultrasound beam along a plurality of scan lines in a target object and output receive signals based on ultrasound echoes reflected from the target object; a beam forming unit for applying delays to... Agent: Jones Day

20090171215 - Ultrasonic imaging apparatus: An ultrasonic imaging apparatus includes an image obtaining unit for irradiating an imaging region in a subject to which a contrast agent is injected with an ultrasonic wave and obtaining tomographic image information that draws the imaging region, an input unit for inputting scan parameter value information which is set... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche (20459) Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090171216 - Connections for ultrasound transducers: Described herein are electrical connections to acoustic elements, e.g., piezoelectric elements. In an exemplary embodiment, a transducer comprises an acoustic element, a passive layer attached to the acoustic element, and a conductive post embedded in the passive layer to provide a direct low resistance electrical connection to the acoustic element.... Agent: Boston Scientific Corporation Darby & Darby P.C.

20090171217 - Ultrasound system for diagnosing breast cancer: The present invention relates to an ultrasound system for diagnosing breast cancers. The ultrasound system comprises an ultrasound probe including an array transducer having an arcuate shape, the array transducer containing a plurality of elements arrayed in a longitudinal direction of the array transducer. The ultrasound probe further includes a... Agent: Jones Day

20090171219 - Biopsy guide mounting structure, ultrasonic probe, and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: A biopsy guide mounting structure mounts a biopsy guide to guide and hold a biopsy needle to an ultrasonic probe. The biopsy guide mounting structure includes a guide mounting portion provided at a side face of an end portion of the ultrasonic probe. The end portion has an ultrasonic wave... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche (20459) Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090171218 - Biopsy system: A biopsy assembly for collecting tissue samples by means of a biopsy needle when introduced in a body cavity. The biopsy assembly comprises an elongated member (101), with a longitudinal axis (102), configured with: a first needle guide (203) arranged to guide a needle in a direction transverse to the... Agent: Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

20090171220 - Methods for detecting and monitoring sleep disordered breathing using an implantable medical device: A method of identifying sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in a patient includes monitoring a hemodynamic pressure, deriving high, middle, and low values representative of the distribution of the hemodynamic pressure over a storage interval, measuring a ratio of a lower range to a full range of the hemodynamic pressure based... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090171221 - System apparatus for monitoring heart and lung functions: A system for monitoring heart and lung functions comprises an audio signal sensing unit, an audio signal processing unit, an electrocardiogram signal sensing unit, an electrocardiogram signal processing unit, and a microprocessor unit. The audio signal sensing unit senses audio signals, including a heart sound and a lung sound. The... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20090171222 - Apparatus and method for monitoring blood pressure cuff wear: A blood pressure cuff assembly is disclosed herein. The blood pressure cuff assembly includes a data storage device and cuff data stored on the data storage device. The cuff data pertains to a degree of wear of the pressure cuff assembly and/or an age of the pressure cuff assembly. A... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20090171223 - Surgical tourniquet cuff system: A surgical tourniquet cuff system includes a tourniquet cuff with a cuff connector for communicating pneumatically with the cuff and for releasably connecting to a tourniquet instrument connector to establish a pneumatic passageway between the cuff connector and the tourniquet instrument connector. A tourniquet instrument supplies pressurized gas through the... Agent: Hancock Hughey LLP

20090171224 - Sensor with integrated living hinge and spring: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to a sensor assembly. In various embodiments the sensor assembly includes a body having a first segment, a second segment, and a living hinge. The living hinge has a pivot axis and mechanically couples the first segment and the second segment. Further, the... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171225 - System and method for automated medical diagnostic interpretation and report generation: Automated medical diagnostic interpretation and report generation for a non-invasive medical diagnostic test, such as an echo cardiogram, is provided. Various dimension measurements and physiological measurements from an echo cardiogram machine are transferred automatically to a computer over an echo cardiogram machine interface. The dimensions and physiological measurements are automatically... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090171226 - System and method for evaluating variation in the timing of physiological events: In embodiments, methods and systems are provided for the calculation of one or more indices representing variability in the timing of events in a signal representing a physiological parameter. In embodiments, the method and system may utilize an infinite impulse response formulation for the calculation of the indices to minimize... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171227 - Systems for safe and remote outpatient ecg monitoring: A system and method providing outpatient ECG monitoring and safe home based cardiac tele-rehabilitation. The system includes a recordation module for recording ECG signals using at least one lead, a tele-rehabilitation module for home based exercise management for a patient's recovery from a heart disease, the tele-rehabilitation module including a... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP

20090171228 - Baseline processing for the detection of cardiac events: A system for the detection of cardiac events occurring in a human patient is provided. At least two electrodes are included in the system for obtaining an electrical signal from a patient's heart. An electrical signal processor is electrically coupled to the electrodes for processing the electrical signal and a... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee

20090171229 - Swimmer's starter platform with heart rate monitor: Some embodiments of the invention provide a swimmer's starter platform including a heart rate monitor. The heart rate monitor can include electrodes to acquire heart rate data and a transmitter. The starter platform can include a detachable display including a receiver. The detachable display can wirelessly receive the heart rate... Agent: Greenberg Traurig (phx)

20090171230 - System and method for analyzing waves of electrocardiogram: Electrocardiogram wave data in which a component of cardiac massage is removed from the electrocardiogram wave data is generated, so that the electrocardiogram wave at the time of cardiopulmonary resuscitation is identified. An electrocardiogram wave processing system of obtaining and processing the electrocardiogram wave data includes a wave identification unit... Agent: Mattingly & Malur, P.C.

20090171231 - Method of determining lung condition indicators: A method and a microprocessor controlled device for use in medical evaluation of the pulmonary system. The method and device incorporate two different non invasive evaluative techniques. Passive auscultation provides indicators of lung condition. Active auscultation, a different evaluative technique, provides information or indications generally not available or provided from... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20090171232 - Drowsiness detection system: A drowsiness detection system is disclosed. The way of detection is by an EEG detection circuit to detect brain waves of a human brain for getting an EEG signal. The EEG signal is sent to a micro-controller circuit to generate a control signal. In accordance with the control signal, a... Agent: Sinorica, LLC

20090171233 - Biofeedback system and display device: A biofeedback system and a display device for the use in the biofeedback system. Also disclosed is a method for a biofeedback treatment of a person or an animal. Biofeedback is a therapy method which is used in rehabilitation facilities, for example in the neurological rehabilitation. A neural signal magnitude... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090171234 - Devices, systems and methods for bioimpedance measurement of cervical tissue and methods for diagnosis and treatment of human cervix: Featured are apparatuses for measuring bioimpendence of tissues of the cervix, more specifically the mammalian cervix. Also featured are methods for examining the tissues of the cervix for clinical or diagnostic purposes such as during routine gynecological examinations to determine early onset of labor in pregnant patients or to assess... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20090171236 - Electrical bioimpedance analysis as a biomarker of breast density and/or breast cancer risk: Methods and systems are provided for the noninvasive measurement of the subepithelial impedance of the breast and for assessing the risk that a substantially asymptomatic female patient will develop or be at substantially increased risk of developing proliferative or pre-cancerous changes in the breast, or may be at subsequent risk... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20090171235 - Method and apparatus for complex impedance compensation and for determining tissue morphology based on phase angle: A compensation circuit has a predetermined, known complex impedance and is located in a handle of a catheter or in a distal end of a cable that connects to the catheter. The compensation circuit is probed with a pilot signal produced by a compensation control that is external to the... Agent: Sjm/afd - Dykema C/o Cpa Global

20090171237 - System and sensor for early detection of shock or perfusion failure and technique for using the same: According to various embodiments, a system, method, and sensor are provided that is capable of monitoring electrical impedance of oral or nasal mucosal tissue. Such sensors may be appropriate for assessing gut hypoperfusion, gut ischemia, or the onset of shock. The electrical impedance of the oral mucosa or other tissues... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090171238 - Thermal monitoring: A rectal thermal monitor for transrectal prostate temperature measurement includes a handle arranged in a proximal end portion of the monitor for gripping by a user, an elongate shaft extending from the handle, and an expandable distal probe portion arranged on a distal end of the shaft. The distal probe... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20090171239 - Sensory test device: There is disclosed a device for testing tactile sensitivity of tissue, such as nasal mucosa, comprising an elongated portion to which there is attached a thread. The thread is adapted to be brought into contact with the tissue to be tested, wherein the thread is curved or otherwise bent so... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090171240 - Fusion-based spatio-temporal feature detection for robust classification of instantaneous changes in pupil response as a correlate of cognitive response: A computationally efficient and robust approach for monitoring the instantaneous pupil response as a correlate to significant cognitive response to relevant stimuli derives data samples d(n) of the pupil diameter (area), v(n) of pupil velocity and a(n) of pupil acceleration from the pupillary response and segments the data samples into... Agent: Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

20090171241 - System and method for urinary tract cell collection, diagnosis, and chemotherapy: A system and method delivers and collects a wash medium into a lumen of the urinary tract system. Isolated saline delivery washes cells from a urethra that are collected for cancer diagnosis. BCG is delivered for local chemotherapy. The isolated delivery and collection is from a region bound by a... Agent: John P. O'banion O'banion & Ritchey LLP

20090171242 - Clutch and valving system for tetherless biopsy device: A biopsy device may include a needle, a cutter, and a handpiece. A vacuum pump may be provided in the handpiece for providing a vacuum to the needle and/or to the cutter. A motor may be provided in the handpiece to drive the vacuum pump and/or the cutter. A biopsy... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, LLC

20090171243 - Vacuum sensor and pressure pump for tetherless biopsy device: A biopsy device may include a needle, a cutter, and a handpiece. A vacuum pump in the handpiece may provide a vacuum to the needle and/or to the cutter. A pressure pump in the handpiece may also provide pressurized air to the needle and/or to the cutter. A motor in... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, LLC

20090171244 - Methods and apparatus of cone beam ct imaging and image-guided procedures: Disclosed are embodiments of methods of and systems for detecting and biopsying lesions with a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system. The system comprises, in some embodiments, a CBCT device configured to output a cone beam CT image of at least a portion of a patient's breast and a multi-axis... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090171245 - Swab extraction device and methods of using: This disclosure describes a swab extraction device that can be used to collect a medical specimen, transport the specimen to a laboratory, and process and analyze the specimen.... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090171246 - Method and implement for opening hole in soft material: An hole-opening implement (5 or 50) for opening a hole in a soft material (2) has a first cutting part and a second cutting part. To pierce the soft material with the hole-opening implement, both cutting parts advances in the soft material while cutting the soft material. Such a state... Agent: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.l.l.c.

20090171247 - Medical device for insertion into the human body, and method of manufacture: A medical device for insertion into the human body has improved sliding characteristics. The medical device for insertion into the human body includes a substrate having given shape, and an agent for improving the sliding characteristics having a hydrophilic block and a hydrophobic block, and coating the hydrophobic surface.... Agent: GlobalIPCounselors, LLP

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