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11/26/2009 > 72 patent applications in 52 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20090292157 - Radiation shielded syringe assembly and uses thereof: The application relates to radiation shielding (12) for use with radiopharmaceutical syringes (14). For example, in at least some regards, the invention relates to a syringe radiation shield that includes a sleeve (18) having a syringe receptacle defined therein to accommodate a barrel (26) of the syringe. In addition, this... Agent: Mallinckrodt Inc.

20090292158 - Apparatus using magnetic fields to uniformly induce electrical fields for therapeutic purposes: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for delivering an electric field to a body by delivering a first magnetic field from a first coil in a first orientation to a body and directed at a desired target within the body, and delivering a second magnetic field from a... Agent: Vedder Price, PC

20090292159 - Methods of using magnetic fields to uniformly induce electric fields for therapeutic purposes: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for delivering an electric field to a body by delivering a first magnetic field from a first coil in a first orientation to a body and directed at a desired target within the body, and delivering a second magnetic field from a... Agent: Vedder Price, PC

20090292160 - Electromagnetic cardiac assist device and method: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for assisting with contraction of the heart muscle. For example, in one embodiment of the invention, one or more flexible strips are attached to the surface of the heart, each strip having a plurality of electromagnets alternating with a plurality of... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20090292161 - Multi-mode hearing prosthesis: A multi-mode hearing prosthesis for enhancing the hearing of a recipient, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive a sound signal component; a frequency spectral analysis module configured to analyze the sound signal component and to categorize the component into at least a high- or lower-frequency component; a bone... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP

20090292162 - Non-surgical embryo transfer method and apparatus: A device having a catheter and a hub which facilitates the transfer of an embryo containing solution into the uterus of a mammal, for example, a small mammal such as a rat or mouse. The catheter's shape and tip is designed to simplify insertion and minimize injury to the mammal.... Agent: Stockwell & Smedley, Psc

20090292156 - Algorithm and program for the handling and administration of radioactive pharmaceuticals: An algorithm and associated program for performing method steps in the maintaining of records and generating of reports used in the processing of radioactive pharmaceuticals. The algorithm is used as the basis of a program which can accomplish this method automatically. The method involves the determination of dose, the acquisition... Agent: Venable LLP

20090292163 - Devices and methods for achieving the laparoscopic delivery of a device: Devices and methods are disclosed for delivering an instrument laparoscopically to a targeted tissue. Embodiments of the device comprise a handle, a lift system and two arms extending therebetween and are capable of achieving the parallel closure of the instrument around the targeted tissue. Further, the methods described can be... Agent: Ice Miller LLP

20090292164 - Endoscope device: An endoscope device comprising: an elongated tubular insertion part; a plurality of arm members which is provided in the distal portion of the insertion part so as to protrude forward and is capable of treatment with a treatment tool inserted thereinto; an observation main body provided in the distal portion... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090292165 - Endoscopic surgical apparatus: An endoscopic surgical apparatus includes a treatment accessory configured to be inserted through a channel of an endoscope, including a treatment portion with a treatment function, and having a movement function, a setting unit configured to set a reference position as a reference in treatment by the treatment accessory and... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090292167 - Capsule medical apparatus and method of charging capsule medical apparatus: A capsule medical apparatus includes a function executing unit, a secondary battery, a power input unit, and a connecting circuit. The function executing unit performs a predetermined function. The secondary battery supplies electric power to the function executing unit. The power input unit receives electric power to charge the secondary... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090292166 - Medical device: A medical device for examination or treatment based on a reference point A1, including: a virtual endoscopic image generation section configured to generate a virtual endoscopic image from a plurality of different sight line positions using three-dimensional image data of a bronchus that is obtained in advance; an image retrieving... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090292168 - Wavelength multiplexing endoscope: Various embodiments for providing solid state illumination in conjunction with wavelength multiplexing imaging schemes for mono and stereo endoscopy or borescopy are provided. In one embodiment, the current disclosure provides a device configured for insertion into a body cavity. The device can include a tubular portion having a proximal end... Agent: Workman Nydegger 1000 Eagle Gate Tower

20090292169 - Electronic endoscope apparatus: An electronic endoscope apparatus includes: an image pickup apparatus mounted at a distal end portion of an insertion portion; an operation portion provided consecutively at the insertion portion, with a frame member incorporated therein; and an electrical cable extended from the operation portion for connection with an external device. In... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090292171 - Medical device: A medical device for examination or treatment based on a reference point, includes: a virtual endoscopic image generation section configured to generate a virtual endoscopic image of a bronchus from a plurality of different line-of-sight positions using three-dimensional image data of the bronchus of a subject that is obtained in... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090292170 - Stereo-endoscope: A stereo-endoscope is provided having a hollow shank with two axially parallel optical channels, which channels run through the hollow shank and respectively form at least a section of an image path to respective oculars of a binocular observation device arranged on the proximal end of the hollow shank. Moreover,... Agent: Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP

20090292172 - Expandable delivery devices and methods of use: A system including an overtube configured to radially expand facilitates insertion of instruments in a patient. The system is directed to an overtube comprising an elongated body having a distal end and a proximal end, the overtube configured to radially expand from an insertion configuration to an expanded configuration, and... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090292174 - Display device and in-vivo information acquiring system using the same: A display device includes: a display unit that displays examination procedure information indicating an examination procedure of a subject; and a control unit that acquires position-related information of a capsule endoscope inserted into the subject, calculates a position of the capsule endoscope based on the acquired position-related information, determines a... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090292173 - Lumen passability checking device and method of manufacturing lumen passability checking device: A lumen passability checking device has a capsule shape and a size capable of being introduced into a body. The lumen passability checking device includes a first insoluble portion that is made of a material insoluble in the body, and that is provided as a thin portion, excluding a part... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090292175 - Medical device: A medical device for examination or treatment based on a reference point, including: an image pickup section capable of picking up an image of a bronchus in a patient; a VBS image generation section configured to generate a virtual endoscopic image of bronchus in a patient from a plurality of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090292176 - Wound retractor device: A wound retractor device (1) comprises a distal ring member (2) for insertion into a wound opening (3), a proximal ring member (4) for location externally of the wound opening (3), and four strap members (5) extending between the proximal ring member (4) and the distal ring member (2). The... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090292177 - Method and apparatus for positioning a tissue recovery instrument in confronting adjacency with a target tissue volume: A target tissue volume is accessed with a cannular instrument, the tip surface of which supports a precursor electrode assemblage which is electrosurgically excitable. The instrument tip initially is inserted through an incision made in the skin of a patient utilizing a pair of retractor components, the tips of which... Agent: Mueller And Smith, Lpa Mueller-smith Building

20090292181 - Integrated physiology and imaging workstation: A physiology workstation includes a communications interface conveying physiology signals and ultrasound data representative of a region of interest. The ultrasound data is obtained by an ultrasound device in real-time during a procedure. Also included is a physiology processing unit, an ultrasound processing unit, and a display unit displaying the... Agent: Dean D. Small The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20090292179 - Medical system having a medical unit and a display monitor: A medical system includes a display monitor and a medical unit. The medical unit is adapted to measure a physiological parameter of a patient. The medical unit is adapted to wirelessly connect to the display monitor, wherein the display monitor is adapted to display the physiological parameter. In one implementation... Agent: Thompson Hine L.L.P. Intellectual Property Group

20090292180 - Method and apparatus for analysis of psychiatric and physical conditions: A method, apparatus and software for diagnosing the state or condition of a human, animal or other living thing, which always generates physiological modulating signals having temporal-spatial organization, the organization having dynamic patterns whose structure is fractal, involving the monitoring of at least one physiological modulating signal and obtaining a... Agent: D. Peter Hochberg Co. L.p.a.

20090292178 - System and method of monitoring users during an interactive activity: A game system is disclosed and may include an exercise device and at least one sensor that may be configured to be worn by a user of the exercise device during an activity. The system may further include a game console that may be connected to the exercise device and... Agent: Qualcomm Incorporated

20090292182 - System and method for determining path lengths through a body lumen: A system and method for determining the path length through a body lumen, for example to a specified location, is described. A location detection system may identify the location in space of an in-vivo device over time. A path-length detection unit may use data from the location detection system to... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20090292183 - Biological information, acquisition method and instrument, and physiologically-active substance measurement method and instrument: A biological information acquisition method for acquiring information on a living body on a basis of a quantified value of a physiologically active substance originated from the living body, includes a step of collecting the physiologically active substance from a body surface of the living body.... Agent: Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

20090292184 - Sensor inserter assembly: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted for placement on skin and is adapted to receive a portion of an electrochemical sensor. The sensor control unit also includes two or more conductive contacts disposed... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090292185 - Sensor inserter assembly: An analyte monitor includes a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit. The sensor control unit typically has a housing adapted for placement on skin and is adapted to receive a portion of an electrochemical sensor. The sensor control unit also includes two or more conductive contacts disposed... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090292186 - Method and system for non-invasive optical blood glucose detection utilizing spectral data analysis: Systems and methods are disclosed for non-invasively measuring blood glucose levels in a biological sample based on spectral data. A variety of techniques are disclosed for improving signal-to-noise ratio in the acquisition of spectral data and calculating attenuance of light attributable to blood in a sample. Disclosed techniques include (1)... Agent: Thompson Coburn LLP

20090292187 - Device for assessing ischemia in nerve root tissue using oxygen saturation: A retractor has an oximeter sensor at its tip, which allows measuring of oxygen saturation of a tissue being retracted by the retractor. The tip includes one or more openings for at least one source and detector. A specific implementation is a spinal nerve root retractor with an oximeter sensor.... Agent: Aka Chan LLP

20090292188 - Analyte sensors and methods of use: An analyte sensor system including a substrate, a first electrode disposed on a first surface of the substrate, a second electrode disposed on a second surface of the substrate, a third electrode provided in electrical contact with at least one of the first or second electrodes, where at least a... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090292189 - 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

20090292190 - Blood glucose measuring device and method of measuring average postprandial blood glucose: A practical measuring device and a measuring method that allow simply measuring average postprandial blood glucose from urinary glucose. The blood glucose measuring device includes a measuring unit that measures postprandial urinary glucose from subject's urine at a predetermined time after meal, a processing unit that calculates average postprandial blood... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090292191 - Material for implantation: The present invention includes a method for implanting a cardiac pacemaker. The cardiac pacemaker has leads with a plurality of spaced apart patches disposed on the leads, each patch having a distance of separation from its nearest adjacent patch of about 10 nm to about 10 μm. The invention also... Agent: O''melveny & Myers LLP Ip&t Calendar Department La-13-a7

20090292192 - Multi-conductor connection device for a medical sensor: An electrode assembly is provided. The electrode assembly is arranged for receiving a connector. The electrode assembly includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a bridge member extending between the first and second electrodes. The bridge member includes a first conductive trace extending from the first electrode, and a... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090292193 - Electrodes or sensors encapsulating embodiment for wearable physiological information monitoring straps and garments and their construction methods: The present invention describes physiological sensors embodiment having a pressure ring around the sensors. The pressure ring embodiment is compressible and stretchable and non shearable. One or more electrode sensors embodiments are integrated to a stretchable strap that can be worn by a person on the torso. This system is... Agent: Ravindra Wijesiriwardana

20090292194 - Chiropractic care management systems and methods: An adherent device may be placed on a patient's chest for monitoring heart rate variability for chiropractic care. The device may comprise an adherent patch configured to adhere to the patient continuously for an extended period, for example an extended period of one week, and the HRV can be determined... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090292196 - Electron avalanche putative energy field analyzer: A device and method of detecting and analyzing a vital field places an avalanche diode in the path of vital waves in the vital field. The vital waves interfere with the electron avalanche process in the avalanche diode. Control circuitry and an avalanche initiator cause electron avalanches at a known... Agent: Etherton Law Group, LLC

20090292195 - System, devices, and methods for detecting occlusions in a biological subject including spectral learning: Systems, devices, and methods are described for detecting an embolus, thrombus, or a deep vein thrombus in a biological subject.... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20090292197 - Magnetic resonance device and method: The invention relates to a device for MR imaging of a body (7) placed in an examination volume, the device (1) comprising means (2) for establishing a substantially homogeneous main magnetic field in the examination volume, means (3, 4, 5) for generating switched magnetic field gradients superimposed upon the main... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090292198 - Non-invasive brain injury evaluation: A non-invasive method for measuring intracranial pressure (ICP) is provided. A numerical model such as finite element model is developed in order to calculate the ICP, strain or stress for patients who suffers from hematoma, edema or tumor. The method can further provide local maximum principle strain that can provide... Agent: Lynn E Barber

20090292199 - Catheter: An improved catheter is provided. The catheter may include a deflectable member located at a distal end of the catheter. The deflectable member may comprise an ultrasound transducer array. The catheter may include a lumen extending from a proximal end of the catheter to the distal end. The lumen may... Agent: Kevin J. Boland W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

20090292200 - Apparatus and method for marking an irradiation field on the surface of a patient's body: The present invention is related to an apparatus for marking an irradiation field on the surface of the patient's body, which was produced by means of a virtual 3D model of a patient's body, with a laser system for determining the coordinates of at least two reference points on the... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20090292201 - Coordinate system registration: A system includes a component that updates a registration between an image space coordinate system and an interventional space coordinate system based on interventional device position information within a patient obtained from intermediate image data indicative of the interventional device location and a position sensor (160) that is located on... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090292202 - Investigation of body structures: A pulsed radiation beam is directed toward a body structure having a configuration or physical characteristic that changes over time, the radiation being pulsed at a pulse modulation frequency. A detector detects acoustic oscillations set up in the body resultant from the incident pulsed radiation and produces an output signal... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090292203 - Ultrasonic imaging apparatus and ultrasonic imaging system: An ultrasonic imaging apparatus includes a plurality of transmission/reception units each having a probe connector, a transmission/reception section, and a power supply, a plurality of display units each having an image display section and a power supply, a plurality of operation units each having an operation section and a power... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche (20459) Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090292204 - Method and device for recognizing tissue structure using doppler effect: An apparatus, method and system comprising an imaging tool for imaging an interventional device and its target organ using Doppler ultrasound are disclosed. The apparatus comprises an imaging tool and an interventional medical device; in some embodiments the imaging tool itself may be an interventional device or may comprise components... Agent: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

20090292206 - Image processing apparatus and computer program product: A tissue-image creating unit creates a tissue image including depth values by volume rendering from three-dimensional tissue data stored in a three-dimensional data storage unit. A blood-flow data converting unit scatters a blood flow in three-dimensional blood-flow data stored in the three-dimensional data storage unit into particles, and converts the... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090292205 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: In an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus comprised of an ultrasonic probe; frame data acquiring means for time sequentially acquiring a plurality of RF signal frame data in a process of change in a pressure state of a subject tissue of an object to be examined while pressing the ultrasonic probe on... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090292207 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus in which degradation in calculation accuracy and increase in calculation time can be prevented while an ultrasonic image with high resolving power is generated by using appropriate acoustic velocities for respective regions within an object. The apparatus includes: a transmitting and receiving unit for processing reception... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090292208 - Automated detection of asymptomatic carotid stenosis: Peak blood velocity measurement for automated stenosis detection is provided. Ultrasound measurements of the peak blood velocity are corrected by a calculation of the Doppler angle, which exists from misalignment of the ultrasound transducer axis and the true blood velocity. The direction of the blood velocity and the Doppler angle... Agent: Lumen Patent Firm

20090292209 - Intracardiac catheters with image field electrodes: An intracardiac catheter for ultrasound guided ablation and EP mapping. Ablation and mapping electrodes 34, 36, 38, 39 are carried on the surface of an outer catheter 30 and an ultrasound array is mounted inside an inner catheter 20. Backloading the inner catheter into the outer catheter provides the ultrasound... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090292211 - Methods and apparatus for optical spectroscopic detection of cell and tissue death: A method for detecting death process of a cell or tissue of a living subject. In one embodiment, the method includes the steps of illuminating the cell or tissue of the living subject with a coherent light, collecting fluorescent light returned from the illuminated cell or tissue of the living... Agent: Morris Manning Martin LLP

20090292210 - Task-less optical mapping of brain function using resting state functional connectivity: A method for utilizing an optical system for mapping brain function includes determining a time series of light intensity measurements for spatially distributed source and detector pairs, receiving light measurements over a period of time, and producing at least one map of a respective strength of each of a plurality... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche (15060) Armstrong Teasdale, LLP

20090292212 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20090292213 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC

20090292214 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20090292215 - Sleep quality indicators: A method for diagnosis includes acquiring a physiological signal from a patient (22) during a period of sleep, and segmenting the signal to define a time sequence of quasi-stationary segments, each of the segments having a respective frequency spectrum. Respective levels of membership of the segments in a plurality of... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090292216 - Noise cancellation mechanism: In a biometric sensor provided for use with an exercise apparatus and having a pair electrodes for sensing a biopotential signal, a common-mode rejection circuit can be used to cancel noise in the signal resulting from various sources including motion of the apparatus.... Agent: Michael B. Mcmurry

20090292218 - Ecg analyzing device: A device (10) for processing electrocardiogram signals and marker signals includes an input interface (30) for receiving electrocardiogram signals and marker signals detected by an implantable medical device; an analyzer unit (32) connected to the input interface (30) for processing the electrocardiogram signals and marker signals, and an output interface... Agent: Intellectual Property Dept. Dewitt Ross & Stevens Sc

20090292217 - Impedance cardiography system and method: An improved method and system for measuring and reporting heart valve activity combines information obtained from independent signals with information obtained from ICG signals, such that signals derived from heart valve activity may be used as confirmation that the ICG system is accurately identifying heart valve activity. The method and... Agent: Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP

20090292219 - Real time detection of upper respiratory system conditions in horses: Devices and methods allow for real time detection of an upper respiratory system condition in a horse. The device comprises a monitor of a size permitting positioning of the monitor in an upper throat region of a horse via a nasal cavity, and a sleeve operable to insert the monitor... Agent: Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP Intellectual Property Group

20090292220 - Respiration monitoring apparatus, respiration monitoring system, medical processing system, respiration monitoring method and respiration monitoring program: A respiration monitoring apparatus includes an image acquiring section that acquires an image of an imaging target region including a physical part of a subject that reciprocates in response to the respiration of the subject as picked up with inclination of a predetermined angle relative to the reciprocating direction at... Agent: Turocy & Watson, LLP

20090292221 - Eeg feedback controlled sound therapy for tinnitus: An automated method for treating tinnitus by habituation through use of neurological feedback, comprising the steps of connecting a subject through a set of attached headphones to an electronic sound player that is connected to a PC workstation presenting sound examples by software to the subject who can refine them... Agent: Dla Piper LLP (us)

20090292222 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC

20090292223 - Electro-oculography measuring apparatus, imaging apparatus, electro-oculography measuring method, program, and integrated circuit: An electro-oculography apparatus 100 includes: an eye potential measuring unit that measures an eye potential generated by an eye movement and outputs an eye potential original signal; a minimum filtering unit 121 or a maximum filtering unit 123 each of which outputs a first eye potential signal by applying one... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack L.L.P.

20090292224 - Positioning mechanism for an introducer device: A needle guide is disclosed, including a support member and a body portion. The body portion includes a proximate end that is connected to the support member. The body portion also includes at least one channel extending therethough. The channel is configured for receiving an introducer cannula. At least one... Agent: Hologic Cytyc-suros Division C/o Rader, Fishman & Grauer, PLLC

20090292225 - Medical device including a braid for crossing an occlusion in a vessel: The invention provides design, material, manufacturing method, and use alternatives for medical devices. An example medical guidewire includes an elongate core member including a proximal region and a distal region, a braid member disposed about at least a portion of the distal region of the elongate core member, a polymer... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090292227 - Fall detection algorithm utilizing a three-axis accelerometer: A three-axis accelerometer signal is used in a medical device for detecting that a patient has fallen. The accelerometer signal is sampled at a low sampling rate for determining a patient position. The accelerometer signal is sampled at a high sampling rate for determining an acceleration magnitude in response to... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090292226 - Medical system and method employing a drug delivery assembly: A medical system includes a muscular-tension-measuring device and a drug delivery assembly. The muscular-tension-measuring device is operatively connectable to a patient and includes a device output having a device output signal which varies with involuntary changes in muscular tension of the patient. The drug delivery assembly is operatively connectable to... Agent: Thompson Hine L.L.P. Intellectual Property Group

  
11/19/2009 > 72 patent applications in 52 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20090287035 - Method to enhance neural tissue operation: The invention relates to a method for modulation, augmentation and/or stimulation of neural tissue and/or neural tissue related functionality with stimulating neural tissue and/or neural tissue related functionality with stimuli by which neural activity related local perfusion changes, electro-neuro-chemical, biochemical, neural modulative or neuroplastical responses and/or alterations in ‘metabolism supply... Agent: Lucas & Mercanti, LLP

20090287036 - Methods and systems for using therapeutic, diagnostic or prophylactic magnetic agents: Systems and methods are disclosed for directing magnetizable particles comprising therapeutic agents to a target volume, or for guiding magnetizable particles comprising therapeutic agents from a first target volume to a second target volume, at a distance using a magnetic field, to enable the treatment of diseased areas including areas... Agent: Edell, Shapiro & Finnan, LLC

20090287037 - Remediation of functional cardiac mitral valve regurgitation: A dynamic device for reducing functional mitral regurgitation is described. The device is disposed externally to the heart and effectively acts as a splint for reducing further dilation of the heart in patients diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and for reducing tethering of the papillary muscle on the mitral valve. The device... Agent: Cochran Freund & Young LLC

20090287038 - Implanted-transducer bone conduction device: An implanted-transducer bone conduction device for enhancing the hearing of a recipient, comprising: a sound input element configured to receive an acoustic sound signal; an electronics module configured generate an electrical signal representing said acoustic sound signal; a transducer implanted within the recipient and mechanically coupled to the recipient's bone,... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP

20090287039 - Sleep inducing apparatus and electronic device using the same: An apparatus for inducing sleep includes an audio generator, a signal generator, and a signal processor. The audio generator generates audio signals. The signal generator generates electrical signals with a frequency between 0.4 HZ to 4 HZ. The signal processor adjusts amplitudes of the audio signals according to the frequency,... Agent: PCe Industry, Inc. Att. Steven Reiss

20090287040 - Peripheral seal for a ventricular partitioning device: A partitioning device for separating a patient's heart chamber into a productive portion and a non-productive portion which is suitable for treating patients with heart disease, particularly congestive heart failure. The partitioning device has a reinforced membrane with outwardly biased members to help seal the periphery of the membrane against... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP

20090287041 - Method and device to provide penis enlargement: A penis tensioning device effecting penis tissue modeling and penis enlargement, the device comprising an elongate tensioning, biasing member having a first portion (14) and a second portion; first retaining means connected to the first portion (14) and cooperable in tight-fitting engagement with a portion of the penis adjacent the... Agent: Manelli Denison & Selter

20090287042 - Penile pump with side release mechanism: A pump and valve assembly for an implantable prosthesis is provided with an internal actuating bar positioned such that when any portion of the housing is compressed, the check valves within are opened allowing for deflation of the cylinders. The pump and valve assembly also includes a textured surface over... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20090287045 - Access systems and methods of intra-abdominal surgery: An access system includes a proximal handle, an overtube coupled to the handle, and an endoscope port extending through handle and overtube sized for receiving an endoscope therethrough. The overtube includes anatomic wall securing system that secures a distal portion of the overtube within a hole in the anatomic wall.... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.C.

20090287043 - Electric medical instrument fitting which is attached to a medical instrument holding device: The electric medical instrument fitting is attached to a medical instrument holding device. The electric medical instrument fitting includes a fitting body, drive units for a plurality of second medical instruments, and an intermediate member. The fitting body has a fitting portion that enables attachment/detachment of a first medical instrument... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090287044 - Endoscopic apparatus: An endoscopic apparatus comprising an elongate tubular inserting portion; a plurality of arm portions provided on a distal end face of the inserting portion and protruded to the frontal direction which are provided with treatment tools inserted therein, the treatment tools being capable of conducting a treatment; a cylindrical sheath... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090287046 - Endoscopic surgical procedure and surgical apparatus: A minimally invasive endoscopic surgical procedure or an endoscopic surgical procedure through natural orifices which includes: introducing a spacial structure in a shrunken state into a body cavity by a spacial structure introduction portion; enlarging the spacial structure in the body cavity; setting the enlarged spacial structure in a predetermined... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090287047 - Endoscope apparatus: To facilitate a connection operation between a signal processing device and an endoscope apparatus in which a processing system that performs signal processing of image pickup signals of an electronic endoscope and a processing system that calculates an insertion shape of the endoscope are integrated, a scope connector 41 of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090287048 - Method and apparatus for imaging within a living body: A method and apparatus for imaging within a living body is described. The method includes directing a micro-guidewire along a primary path of the living body, the micro-guidewire having an imaging device including a SSID with an imaging array and a GRIN lens optically coupled to the imaging array. A... Agent: Thorpe North & Western, LLP.

20090287049 - Access systems including collapsible port body for intra-abdominal surgery: A natural orifice translucent endoscopic surgery (NOTES) comprises a thin, flexible body preferably made from a lubricious film. The port body also includes a coupler to removably attach the port body to an endoscope received through the port body. According to embodiments, the port body also includes a structurally modifiable... Agent: Gordon & Jacobson, P.C.

20090287050 - Eccentric dilation balloons for use of endoscopes: The dilation balloon of the subject invention preferably comprises a balloon portion mounted about a shaft that, when inflated, produces a configuration comprising a tapered distal end and a proximal end or butt that is substantially flat (preferably truncated) and is adapted to generally conform with the outer contours of... Agent: Saliwanchik Lloyd & Saliwanchik A Professional Association

20090287051 - Endoscope system and operation method for endoscope: According to the endoscope system of the present invention, when the image pickup device of the first endoscope device detects illumination light irradiated from the illumination device of the second endoscope device, the control device performs control so as to reduce light quantity of the illumination device of the second... Agent: Young & Thompson

20090287052 - Biopsy cap attachment and integrated locking device: Endoscope assemblies and methods for making and using the same. An example endoscope assembly may include an endoscope having a channel formed therein and a port that provides access to the channel, a cap disposed on the port, and an attachment assembly coupled to the cap. The attachment assembly may... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090287053 - Medical operation device: A medical operation device is attachable to an insertion portion of a medical instrument for observation. The medical operation device includes: rotary cylinder rotatably disposed in device main body that has insertion portion inserting hole through which insertion portion is inserted; insertion portion pressing member that presses insertion portion inside... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090287054 - Bending tube and medical apparatus: A bending tube, provided with a bending section capable of bending, the bending tube comprising: a main unit having a lumen; a pair of transfer members having distal ends of the transfer members being connected to a distal end of the bending section or the main unit disposed distally relative... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090287055 - Electric bending operation device and medical treatment system including electric bending operation device: An electric bending operation device can be mounted to an insertion portion of a medical instrument for observation including an electric bending portion. The electric bending operation device includes: an insertion portion mounting mechanism; a rotation mechanism; an insertion portion operation section; and a support column. The insertion portion mounting... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090287056 - Device to facilitate suctioning of fluid during gastrointestinal endoscopy: A device and method to facilitate efficient suctioning of fluid from a gastrointestinal lumen, such as a colonic lumen, through a suction channel of an endoscope during gastrointestinal endoscopy, such as a colonoscopy. The device comprises an elongated body member having a bulbous member at its first end and a... Agent: Richard A. Ryan Attorney At Law

20090287057 - Illumination optical system for endoscopes: d

20090287058 - Endoscopy systems: An endoscope insertion assembly for performing endoscopy, including an endoscope insertion tube operative for passage through a body cavity, and an optical assembly operative for inspection of the body cavity, the optical assembly being selectably insertable within the endoscope insertion tube.... Agent: Daniel J Swirsky

20090287059 - Laryngoscope and associated method of intubating a patient: A laryngoscope and associated method of intubating a patient. A laryngoscope includes a handle and a blade extending outwardly from the handle. The blade has a surface for contacting a tongue of a patient during an intubation procedure. The blade surface includes first, second and third sections. The first section... Agent: SmithIPServices, P.C.

20090287060 - Methods and devices to decrease tissue trauma during surgery: Methods and devices are disclosed to reduce the tissue trauma that occurs when a physician retracts or otherwise deforms a patient's tissues for surgery or other medical procedures. In one part, methods and devices are disclosed for cooling the tissue around the incision. In another part, methods and devices are... Agent: Withrow & Terranova, P.l.l.c.

20090287061 - Surgical access device for minimally invasive surgery: A method for employing a device to enable access at a surgical location adjacent to a spine, thereby allowing one or more surgical instruments to perform a minimally invasive spine operation, is provided herein. The device for providing access to the surgical location includes an elongate body that includes an... Agent: Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP Intellectual Property Department

20090287062 - Adjustable rail clamp: An adjustable surgical retractor system for clamping system to an operating table. The clamping mechanism includes an upper jaw, lower jaw, a drive member, an adjustable frame support post and releasable locking mechanism for adjusting the height of the surgical retracting frame. The releasable locking mechanism can be a mechanism... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd

20090287065 - Communication converter, its system and its method: A communication converter converts a communication system and/or a communication protocol to enable communications to be performed between medical equipment and a medical control device for controlling the medical equipment, and includes: a primary substrate on which a control unit for controlling the communication converter is arranged; n (n indicates... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090287064 - Computer implemented cognitive self test: A computer implemented method for cognitive testing, specifically for dementia-related afflictions. The method is administered on a computer workstation in an interactive, web-based format and screens the cognitive abilities of the patient. The method includes evaluation of five areas of cognitive domain including visuospatial skills and executive function by means... Agent: Luedeka, Neely & Graham, P.C.

20090287063 - Hygrometric determination of hot flashes: A method of measuring hot flashes based on the sensing of skin moisture incorporates a chip for sensing humidity. The method incorporates a chip for sensing humidity, and a RISC micro-controller. A single tiny low-power device of about the size of a quarter is embedded into a reusable plastic housing.... Agent: Benita J. Rohm Rohm & Monsanto

20090287067 - Integrated sensors for tracking performance metrics: Electronic devices and accessories having integrated sensors for tracking a user's performance metrics are provided. In one embodiment, the present invention can include a headset having integrated physiological sensors. The present invention also can include a sling having one or more integrated physiological sensors. The sling can secure a portable... Agent: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

20090287066 - Method for minimally invasive medical intervention: A workflow for a minimally invasive intervention, such as a treatment for a cancerous tumor, includes positioning a patient at a multi-functional imaging apparatus, obtaining pre-interventional images of the anatomy of the patient using a computed tomography or angiography imaging function, performing the minimally invasive intervention while the patient is... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090287068 - Cardiac signal display and event detection using multiresolution z-score transform: A system comprising a medical device including a processor and a Z-score transformation (ZST) module. The system also includes a display in communication with the processor. The processor is adapted to receive sensor data obtained from at least first and second sensors adapted to produce a time-varying physiologic electrical sensor... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090287069 - Methods and apparatus for repeated ischemic conditioning treatment of hypertension and other medical conditions: Methods for ischemic conditioning treatments of a chronic medical condition are provided. Baseline disease-related parameters of a patient with a chronic medical condition are measured. Ischemia is induced in the patient by occluding and releasing arterial flow in one or more extremities of the patient. Post-ischemia parameters in the patient... Agent: Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri, L.L.P.

20090287070 - Estimation of a physiological parameter using a neural network: A neural network is used to combine one or more estimates of a physiologic parameter with one or more associated signal quality metrics, creating a more accurate estimate of said physiologic parameter, as well as a second estimate of the accuracy of said physiologic parameter estimate.... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090287071 - Patient interface for spectroscopy applications: A patient interface and method of locating the patient interface for use particularly in spectroscopy applications. The patient interface includes a concave region and first and second convex regions. A wing extends from the concave region to help locate the patient interface properly. The convex regions provide additional adhesion support,... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property

20090287072 - Polymer compositions, coatings and devices, and methods of making and using the same: The disclosure provides for a biocompatible, thromboresistant coating including a chalcogenide compound that induces nitric oxide formation; and a biocompatible matrix incorporating the chalcogenide compound. Devices incorporating such coatings, and methods of making and using such coatings are also disclosed herein.... Agent: Julia Church Dierker Dierker & Associates, P.C.

20090287074 - 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

20090287073 - Silicone based membranes for use in implantable glucose sensors: Membrane systems incorporating silicone polymers are described for use in implantable analyte sensors. Some layers of the membrane system may comprise a blend of a silicone polymer with a hydrophilic polymer, for example, a triblock poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) polymer. Such polymeric blends provide for both high oxygen solubility and... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear, LLP

20090287075 - Biological signal measurement sensor: A biological signal measurement sensor is to be fixed to a living body with an adhesive. The biological signal measurement sensor includes: a surface, which is to be in contact with a part of the living body; and a first portion, which is opposite to the surface and to which... Agent: Kimble Intellectual Property Law, PLLC

20090287076 - System, devices, and methods for detecting occlusions in a biological subject: Systems, devices, and methods are described for detecting an embolus, thrombus, or a deep vein thrombus in a biological subject.... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20090287077 - System for detecting function of intestinal barrier and method for using the same: A system for detecting function of an intestinal barrier in a subject is provided, which includes: a contrast agent for being administered directly to an intestinal lumen of the subject, allowing a detecting device to detect in vivo or in vitro the signal indication produced by the contrast agent in... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20090287078 - Marker or filler forming fluid: A solution for forming a marker or filler mass for an intracorporeal site. The solution contains a polar, water soluble non-aqueous solvent such as dimethyl sulfoxide and a bioabsorbable, essentially water insoluble polymer such as polylactic acid, or copolymers of lactic acid and glycolic acid. The solution may be delivered... Agent: Edward J. Lynch, Patent Attorney

20090287079 - Hemostatic guiding catheter: A hemostatic guiding catheter is biased to curve toward the artery wall and the distal opening is shaped so its edge is congruent with the artery wall. One or more annular balloons are inflated to produce a barrier between the guiding/catheter and the artery wall stopping the flow of blood... Agent: Dr. Edgar Shriver

20090287081 - Submucosal fibroid ablation for the treatment of menorrhagia: Submucosal fibroids are selectively treated by introducing a visualization and ablation instrument into a patient's uterus. Many or all of the fibroids are visualized, and the submucosal fibroids are identified. The identified submucosal fibroids are then selectively targeted, typically using a needle on the visualization and ablation instrument. In this... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090287082 - System and method for ultrasonic harmonic imaging for therapy guidance and monitoring: An ultrasound system is provided which includes a therapy ultrasound transducer and a diagnostic ultrasound transducer and operates in accordance with a method to direct the application of the therapy ultrasound. The method includes operating the diagnostic ultrasound transducer to acquire a first ultrasound image; simultaneously operating the diagnostic ultrasound... Agent: Keith D. Nowak

20090287080 - Treatment instrument for endoscope and lymph node removing method: A treatment instrument for endoscope of the present invention includes a puncture needle having a barb. A lymph node removing method of the present invention includes: an insertion step, wherein an endoscope has an insertable insertion portion which is inserted into an esophagus or a trachea being a lumen inside... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090287083 - Cavitation detector: A method for detecting cavitation in an adipose tissue, the method comprising computing a level of correlation between at least two received ultrasonic signals, wherein the level of correlation is indicative of cavitation.... Agent: Eitan Mehulal Law Group

20090287084 - Method and apparatus for continuously monitoring intracranial pressure: A method and apparatus for continuously measuring the absolute intracranial pressure in a non-invasive manner is described by using an ultrasonic Doppler device which detects the pulsatility indexes of the blood flow inside the eye artery for both intracranial and extracranial eye artery portions. The eye in which the blood... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20090287085 - Device, system, and method of determining an acoustic contact between an ultrasonic transducer and a body: Device, system and method of determining an acoustic contact between an ultrasonic transducer and a body subject to ultrasonic energy generated by the transducer. For example, a method of determining an acoustic contact between an ultrasonic transducer and a body subject to ultrasonic energy generated by the transducer may include... Agent: Eitan Mehulal Law Group

20090287086 - Ultrasonic probe, ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic endoscopic apparatus: An ultrasonic probe in which a balance between basic performance and suppression of heat generation is achieved by suppressing heat generation of the ultrasonic probe without degrading sensitivity and relative bandwidth of the ultrasonic probe in transmission and reception of ultrasonic waves. The ultrasonic probe includes at least one vibrator... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090287087 - Devices for creating passages and sensing for blood vessels: Devices and methods are disclosed for creating passages in tissue and detecting blood vessels in and around the passages. The devices may be used to create opening in tissue without removing a sensing assembly from the tissue. The devices herein may be used for altering gaseous flow within a lung... Agent: Broncus Technologies, Inc. C/o Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090287088 - Luminal clip applicator with sensor and methods for occluding body lumens: A method for occluding a body lumen includes providing a clamping device having a pair of opposed pressure applying jaws, providing a sensor on one of the pressure applying jaws for sensing blood flow through a body lumen, and releasably securing a luminal clip between the pressure applying jaws. The... Agent: DohertyIPLaw Group LLC

20090287089 - Methods, devices and apparatus for imaging for reconstructing a 3-d image of an area of interest: Featured are methods, devices and apparatuses for imaging tissue, such as cardiac tissue, using any of a number of imaging techniques (e.g., ultrasonic imaging techniques) and a 3-D tracking system. In embodiments, such methods, devices and apparatuses are configured so that a 3-D image can be reconstructed from image data... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20090287090 - Image guided intracardiac catheters: An intracardiac catheter for ultrasound guided ablation and EP mapping. Ablation and mapping electrodes 34, 36, 38, 39 are carried on the surface of an outer catheter 30 and an ultrasound array is mounted inside an inner catheter 20. Backloading the inner catheter into the outer catheter provides the ultrasound... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090287091 - Image guided intracardiac catheters: An apparatus and a method for generating a high resolution image of a human body using a terahertz electromagnetic wave and an endoscope using the same are disclosed. In accordance with the present invention, a third laser beam and a terahertz electromagnetic wave excited by a first laser beam are... Agent: The Nath Law Group

20090287092 - Temperature compensated strain sensing catheter: A strain sensing assembly implements thermal management and/or temperature measurement techniques to adequately mitigate against and compensate for temperature changes in optical fiber strain sensors of a distal end of a catheter. In one embodiment, the distal end of the catheter includes an end effector such as an ablation head... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.

20090287093 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC

20090287094 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC

20090287095 - Method for determining cardiac output: In a method for determining cardiac output from an arterial blood pressure curve measured at the periphery, in which the blood pressure curve measured at the periphery is arithmetically transformed into the corresponding central blood pressure curve and the cardiac output is calculated from the central blood pressure curve, the... Agent: Chapman And Cutler

20090287096 - Blood pressure meter: In a blood pressure meter (1) including: a body which is connected through a tube with a cuff and which has a display section (14) which displays a blood pressure value determined by a control section (6) based on a variation in a pressure measurement value by a pressure sensor... Agent: Kanesaka Berner And Partners LLP

20090287097 - Method for estimating a central pressure waveform obtained with a blood pressure cuff: A physics-based mathematical model is used to estimate central pressure waveforms from measurements of a brachial pressure waveform measured using a supra-systolic cuff. The method has been tested in numerous subjects undergoing cardiac catheterisation. Central pressure agreement was within 11 mm Hg and as good as the published non-invasive blood... Agent: Milde & Hoffberg, LLP

20090287098 - Non-invasive blood pressure measurement safety protection method and apparatus: The present invention discloses a non-invasive blood pressure measurement apparatus and a safety protection method. In addition to a main pressure measurement circuit and a main microprocessor circuit, the measurement apparatus also includes an independently disposed assist pressure measurement circuit and an independently disposed assist microprocessor circuit. In normal measurement,... Agent: Mindray C/o Stoel Rives LLP

20090287100 - Multichamber sphygmomanometer with chamber selector: A multichamber sphygmomanometer is provided with a set of inflatable chambers (2) that may be selectively used and connected to the air pressure pump (20) by means of a chamber selector device (4). In an embodiment, the selector device (4) operates through assigned manual connections (5) and selective connections (6).... Agent: Amin Talati, LLC

20090287099 - Pulse rate measuring apparatus: From pulse wave data obtained from change in a blood flow, an average interval of a prescribed number of immediately preceding pulses or pulses in an immediately preceding prescribed time period is calculated. Next, an average-calculation range is determined on the basis of at least one of an amount of... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090287101 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20090287102 - Blood flow assessment of venous insufficiency: Impedance analysis can be used to measure calf muscle pump (CMP) function in a patient. This may be done by applying electrical signals via a first set of electrodes, and measuring the impedance via a second set of electrodes. The change in impedance as the patient undergoes calf extension or... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090287104 - Method and monitoring device for monitoring a contacting of electrodes of an ecg measuring device: A method for monitoring a contacting of electrodes of an ECG measuring devices is provided. At least three signals each from a first and a second input signal are generated. The first and the second input signal emanate from different electrodes and each electrode supplies one of the input signals... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090287105 - Non-invasive method and device to monitor cardiac parameters: m

20090287103 - Systems and methods for monitoring patient activity and/or exercise and displaying information about the same: Patient activity and heart rate (HR) are monitored. For each of a plurality of time periods, periods of patient exercise and/or patient activity, if any, are detected based on the monitored patient activity and HR and an activity threshold. A cumulative duration of exercise and/or a cumulative duration of activity... Agent: Steven M Mitchell Pacesetter Inc

20090287106 - Ischemia detection using a heart sound sensor: A system comprising an implantable medical device (IMD) includes an implantable heart sound sensor to produce an electrical signal representative of at least one heart sound. The heart sound is associated with mechanical activity of a patient's heart. Additionally, the IMD includes a heart sound sensor interface circuit coupled to... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090287107 - Analysis of eeg signals to detect hypoglycaemia: Features indicative of hypoglycaemia in EEG signals are detected by: —dividing EEG signals into a sequence of time segments, —for each time segment determining whether a pattern of EEG signals is present which is indicative of hypoglycaemia and, where a pattern of EEG signals indicative of hypoglycaemia is determined to... Agent: O'keefe, Egan, Peterman & Enders LLP

20090287108 - System for study and treatment of behavior dysregulation: A method for changing appearance of EEG or a relationship of brain wave patterns while achieving behavioral changes, the method including individualized assessing of dysregulated patterns of brain function using topographic quantitative electroencephalogram (LORETA [low resolution brain electromagnetic tomography] qEEG) or regular EEG recollection, modifying or priming neuroplasticity with transcranial... Agent: David Klein Dekel Patent Ltd.

20090287109 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20090287110 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC

20090287111 - Endoscope collection vessel: A device for use with an endoscope is disclosed. The device includes a body that defines a vessel for collecting fluid that may escape through the port and/or valve of the endoscope. The body includes a bottom and a side wall. The bottom and the side wall form a portion... Agent: Calfee Halter & Griswold, LLP

20090287112 - Biopsy forceps with hold open jaw feature: Biopsy forceps having a handle located at the proximal end and an end jaw assembly located at the distal end are disclosed. The handle and jaw assembly are connected by a flexible catheter tube. The handle includes a body portion and an actuator portion that controls the jaw assembly. The... Agent: Bourque & Associates Intellectual Property Attorneys, P.A.

20090287113 - Reusable biopsy forceps: Reusable biopsy forceps having a handle located at the proximal end and an end jaw assembly located at the distal end. The handle and jaw assembly are connected by a flexible catheter tube. The handle includes a handle body, fluid inlet assembly, and catheter tube coupling. The jaw assembly consists... Agent: Bourque & Associates Intellectual Property Attorneys, P.A.

20090287114 - Biopsy device: Aspects of the present invention are generally directed to a biopsy device configured to engage target tissue within a patient and to remove a sample of the target tissue from the patient. The biopsy device comprises an elongate catheter configured to be inserted into a patient. A coring component is... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP

20090287115 - Butterfly needle assembly and method of use thereof: A butterfly needle assembly and method of use having a compressible member for uses such as drawing blood and infusing intravenous fluids or medication. The butterfly needle assembly also includes an intravenous needle, a body to which the compressible member is attached, a fastener for maintaining a desired position of... Agent: Head, Johnson & Kachigian

20090287116 - Lancing device: The invention relates to a lancing system for collecting samples of a body liquid having a receptacle for accommodating a lancet supply strip with a plurality of lancets, arranged transversely to the lengthwise direction of the lancet supply strip, a feed mechanism for transporting a lancet supply strip, placed in... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090287117 - Puncturing device: The invention relates to a piercing device for creating a puncture wound for collecting a sample of body fluid, comprising a rubber elastic pressure part to be pressed onto a body part from which a sample of body fluid is to be removed, and a piercing drive mechanism by means... Agent: Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP

20090287118 - Functional discography catheter: Catheter devices for diagnosing and treating discogenic pain are provided. The catheter devices comprise a tubular body configured for insertion into an intervertebral disc and a pressure measuring device disposed along the length of the tubular body, the pressure measuring device configured to measure the pressure within the intervertebral disc.... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP

20090287119 - Breast volume measurement device and system: A measuring device for measuring the volume of a breast of a woman. The measuring device includes a plurality of arc-shaped elements coupled together to allow each of the plurality of arc-shaped elements to pivot to different angular positions relative to the other of the plurality of arc-shaped elements. The... Agent: Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

20090287120 - Circulatory monitoring systems and methods: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20090287121 - Lumen passability checking device and methods of dissolving and manufacturing the device: A lumen passability checking device includes: a soluble unit made of a material that dissolves in a body and forming a structure of a capsule shape; and an insoluble unit made of a material that does not dissolve in the body and forming a thin film that covers the surface... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

  
11/12/2009 > 72 patent applications in 52 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office
  
11/05/2009 > 72 patent applications in 52 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20090275793 - Brachytherapy devices and related methods and computer program products: Methods of forming a low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy device include depositing a solution comprising a soluble form of a radioactive material on a substrate. A water-insoluble form of the radioactive material is formed on the substrate by chemical precipitation and/or thermal decomposition.... Agent: At&t Legal Department - Mb Attn: Patent Docketing

20090275794 - Portable electronic sound, physioacoustic, and colored light therapy system: The present invention is a portable integrated sound, physioacoustic, and colored light apparatus. This is a self-contained electrically powered device designed to stimulate and facilitate the human body's innate self-healing mechanisms. The active components are housed in a portable pyramidal-shaped lower enclosure (100) with a single recessed panel (102) on... Agent: Ip Strategies

20090275795 - Continent ostomy system with chemical neuromuscular control: An apparatus for providing continence to a gastrointestinal ostomy of a patient, wherein the apparatus includes a lumen sealing device, a chemical neuromuscular control agent, and a mechanism for controlled, localized delivery of the neuromuscular control agent. The lumen sealing device is positioned in contact with the mucosal wall of... Agent: Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP

20090275796 - Stimulation device: The present invention provides a device having a body, at least one accessory, at least one pump, and at least one tube located within the body and operatively connecting the accessory to the pump. The pump, inflates the accessory thus alters at least one aspect of the accessory. Additionally, the... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20090275797 - Hybrid laparoscopic-endoscopic surgical technique for delivering end effectors through a natural orifice: A method for performing a hybrid laparoscopic-endoscopic procedure is achieved by inserting a medical instrument laparoscopically through an abdominal wall and into a gastric cavity, inserting an overtube and endoscope transorally into the gastric cavity to provide an access path to the gastric cavity, passing an end effector transorally to... Agent: Welsh & Flaxman LLC

20090275798 - Overtube and endoscope system suitable for treatment such as submucosal dissection: An overtube includes: an endoscope insertion portion passing hole through which an insertion portion of an endoscope is passed; and at least one manipulator passing hole through which a manipulator insertion portion of a manipulator apparatus is passed. The manipulator insertion portion includes a driving portion which has at least... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090275799 - Axial visualization systems: Axial visualization systems which utilize axially aligned imaging instruments for visualizing through an imaging hood purged of blood via a transparent fluid are described where an imaging element extending from a support shaft may be aligned within a working lumen defined through a deployment catheter. The imaging element may be... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090275800 - Camera for positioning in the pylorus during bariatric procedures: A lumenal camera assembly includes housing and a pill cam supports the housing. The housing is shaped and dimensioned for placement within the pylorus.... Agent: Welsh & Flaxman LLC

20090275801 - Living body observation system and method of driving living body observation system: A living body observation system of the invention includes a living body information acquiring apparatus including: a living body information acquiring section; a wireless transmission section; a power source section for supplying driving power for driving the living body information acquiring section and the wireless transmission section; a magnetic field... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090275802 - Distally expandable dilation tube: A transitional dilator including: a dilator body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the dilator body defines a sleeve orifice configured to receive an implant placement tube; and a round tip formed on the distal end of the dilator body, wherein the round tip defines a converging... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20090275803 - Articulation mechanism for a vaginal speculum: An articulation mechanism for a vaginal speculum enables selective relative movement between an upper blade member and a lower blade member to affect vertical and angular spacing. The mechanism selectively enables quiet or clicking articulation according to at least one version.... Agent: Hiscock & Barclay, LLP

20090275804 - Hinged retractor with sheath: A hinged retractor includes a distal portion adapted to be located inside the body of a patient during a surgical procedure and a proximal portion adapted to be closer to the surgeon during a surgical procedure. The hinged retractor includes a first side including a first blade and a second... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd

20090275805 - On demand help/in-service for a medical device: The invention is a medical monitor including an electronic circuit configured to receive a signal from the physiological sensor. A microcomputer configured to process the signal from the physiological sensor generates a value representative of the physiological parameter. The microcomputer is also configured to cause the medical monitor to display... Agent: Hiscock & Barclay, LLP

20090275806 - Protable biomedical detective device: The present invention relates to a portable biomedical detective device comprising a carrier, a detective unit disposed in the carrier, an operating unit for converting biomedical signals of the detection into digitalized results, a display unit shown the digitalized results, and a power supply to drive the detective unit, the... Agent: Rabin & Berdo, PC

20090275808 - Integrated patient bed system: The present invention includes an integrated system and methods for patient treatment, the system includes a hospital bed; a plurality of patient diagnostic and treatment devices connected to a network, wherein each of the devices can communicate to a network and exchange information with the network about the care of... Agent: Chalker Flores, LLP

20090275807 - Method for managing alarms in a physiological monitoring system: A method for managing alarm events in a physiological monitoring system is described. The method includes validating the accuracy of alarm events by checking if the alarm events are noise events. The method further includes identifying a pattern in alarm sequence or an alarm rate of at least one alarm... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20090275809 - Portable modular kiosk based physiologic sensor system with display and data storage for clinical and research applications including cross calculating and cross checked physiologic parameters based upon combined sensor input: A portable modular kiosk based physiologic sensor system for clinical and research applications configured to simultaneously utilize multiple sensors with cross checking and cross calculation of physiologic parameters.... Agent: Blynn L. Shideler The Blk Law Group

20090275810 - Portable modular pc based system for continuous monitoring of blood oxygenation and respiratory parameters: A portable modular kiosk based physiologic sensor system for clinical and research applications configured to simultaneously utilize multiple sensors with cross checking and cross calculation of physiologic parameters and configured for continuous monitoring of blood oxygenation and respiratory parameters.... Agent: Blynn L. Shideler The Blk Law Group

20090275811 - Use of periodicity in medical data analysis: A patient management system is described that includes an implantable device for collecting one or more physiological parameter values and associated timestamps indicating the time at which the value is collected. The system is then configured to determine the periodic variation, if any, of a particular physiological parameter and use... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090275813 - External ear-placed non-invasive physiological sensor: In one embodiment, a non-invasive physiological sensor assembly is capable of attachment to a tissue site of the ear comprising of cartilaginous structures of the ear, providing low latency of physiological measurements as well as a secure attachment.... Agent: Shimokaji & Associates, P.C.

20090275812 - Flowometry in optical coherence tomography for analyte level estimation: Optical coherence tomography (herein “OCT”) based analyte monitoring systems are disclosed. In one aspect, techniques are disclosed that can identify fluid flow in vivo (e.g., blood flow), which can act as a metric for gauging the extent of blood perfusion in tissue. For instance, if OCT is to be used... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20090275814 - System and method for measuring constituent concentration: A system and method for measuring concentration of a constituent of a specimen are provided. The system includes an oscillator for outputting, towards the specimen, electromagnetic waves having respective different frequencies between 5 GHz and 300 GHz; a detector for detecting the electromagnetic waves that are reflected from the specimen;... Agent: Leydig Voit & Mayer, Ltd

20090275815 - Temperature-compensated in-vivo sensor: An in-vivo sensor assembly includes an assembly body having a body proximal end and a body distal end, a plurality of sensor elements including at least an analyte sensor element containing an enzyme that is a substrate of the analyte to be measured, a reference sensor element and a temperature... Agent: Mesmer & Deleault, PLLC

20090275816 - Device casing: The invention relates to portable electronic devices, particularly health-monitoring devices, and their casings. Such a device comprises a first case part and a second case part, which are arranged in the first position to lie tightly against each other, in order to protect the internal parts of the device, so... Agent: Mccormick, Paulding & Huber LLP

20090275817 - Method of calibrating an analyte-measurement device, and associated methods, devices and systems: The invention relates to a method for calibrating an analyte-measurement device that is used to evaluate a concentration of analyte in bodily fluid at or from a measurement site in a body. The method involves measuring a concentration, or calibration concentration, of an analyte in blood from an “off-finger” calibration... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090275818 - Apparatus and system for insertion of an implant: The present invention provides an apparatus for insertion of a flexible implant into a body section of an implant recipient, the apparatus comprising an elongate guiding section having a longitudinal axis and an inner volume for removably receiving the implant, an elongate first receiving member connected at its first end... Agent: Greer, Burns & Crain

20090275819 - Non-contact ultrasonic tonometer: A non-contact ultrasonic tonometer for measuring intraocular pressure of an examinee's eye, in non-contact manner by use of an ultrasonic wave comprises: a probe including a vibrator for making the ultrasonic wave incident on the examinee's eye and a sensor for detecting the ultrasonic wave reflected from the examinee's eye;... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20090275820 - Non-contact ultrasonic tonometer: A non-contact ultrasonic tonometer for measuring intraocular pressure of an examinee's eye in non-contact manner by use of an ultrasonic wave comprises: a probe including a vibrator for making the ultrasonic wave incident on the eye and a sensor for detecting the ultrasonic wave reflected from the eye; a detection... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20090275821 - Ti-corrected proton resonance frequency shift thermometry: An apparatus and method for correcting magnetic resonance temperature measurements is disclosed. In one aspect, the method identifies monitoring regions of interest outside a therapeutic region of interest. Next, a pulse sequence sensitive to changes in T1 and proton density is used to measure the temperature changes in these regions.... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20090275822 - Multi-contrast delayed enhancement cardiac magnetic resonance imaging: A series of MR image frames are acquired that depict a subject's heart at successive cardiac phases. Delayed enhancement of infarcted myocardium is depicted in some of the image frames by administering a contrast agent prior to data acquisition. Data acquisition is performed in a single breath hold by producing... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20090275823 - Cannula inserting system: The present invention provides a highly automated puncture system for inserting a cannula or a needle into a blood vessel of a person or an animal. The puncture system has an acquisition module that allows for determining at least one location of a blood vessel underneath the surface of a... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090275826 - Non-fouling surfaces for reflective spheres: The present invention relates to treating of reflective surfaces to prevent fouling. The present invention also relates to reflective materials treated to prevent fouling, as well as methods of using such reflective materials.... Agent: Nanosys Inc.

20090275827 - System and method for assessing the proximity of an electrode to tissue in a body: A method and system for assessing proximity between an electrode and tissue is provided. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU is configured to acquire values for first and second components of a complex impedance between the electrode and the tissue, and to calculate an electrical coupling... Agent: Sjm/afd - Dykema C/o Cpa Global

20090275824 - System and method for sensing gastric contractions: An exemplary implantable device includes an emitter to emit radiation to illuminate a portion of the stomach and a detector to detect emitted radiation reflected by the portion of the stomach where a contraction of the stomach alters the reflected radiation. For example, during contraction, blood is excluded from the... Agent: Pacesetter, Inc.

20090275825 - Tube for delivering a fluid to a predetermined location: A tube for delivering fluid to a remote location not normally in view or not practicably able to be viewed by an operator placing such tubes. The tube comprising a lumen connecting a fluid input aperture, disposed at a proximal end of the tube, and a fluid output aperture, to... Agent: James D. Stevens Reising Ethington P.C.

20090275828 - Method and apparatus for creating a high resolution map of the electrical and mechanical properties of the heart: A system method that tracks one or more points on the surface of a cardiac tissue throughout a cardiac cycle and collect various types of data points which are then subsequently used to generate a corresponding model of the tissue and display the model as a 3D color coded image... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090275829 - Contrast media injector kit: There is provided an integrated injector subassembly or kit. The integrated injector kit comprises: Y-tubing comprising an output arm that is for releasable connection with a patient line and first and second input arms that each independently and integrally connect with an output port of first and second fluid control... Agent: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P. A.

20090275831 - Image registration and methods for compensating intraoperative motion in image-guided interventional procedures: The invention provides methods and systems for guiding an interventional medical procedure using ultrasound imaging. Using improved image fusion techniques, the invention provides an improved method for the treatment of a flexible target volume and/or flexible surrounding structures.... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090275830 - Methods and systems for lesion localization, definition and verification: A method and apparatus for lesion or organ definition for the purpose of radiation treatment planning localization and treatment position verification. The apparatus uses a combination of an ultrasound imaging system and a diagnostic imaging system to acquire localization ultrasound images referenced in the coordinate space of the diagnostic imaging... Agent: Goodwin Procter LLP Patent Administrator

20090275832 - Lithotripsy system with automatic 3d tracking: A lithotripsy system capable of 3D tracking monitors the acoustic reflection from the stone in order to focus the shock wave on the stone regardless of shock wave displacement or stone movement. The tracking and focusing is based on a phased array concept, allowing the lithotripsy head to remain stationary... Agent: Daniel Gelbart

20090275835 - Modular apparatus for diagnostic ultrasound: A modular diagnostic ultrasound apparatus is provided comprising a core unit, system electronics and an I/O port. The core unit comprises a housing and a system electronics package within the housing. The system electronics has one or more concatenated filters, including a front end transmit/receive circuit, a processor, a back... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski L.l.p

20090275833 - Ultrasonic probe and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus employing the same: The ultrasonic probe comprises a transducer for transmitting/receiving ultrasonic waves to/from an object to be examined, a probe head for securing the transducer, and a grip coupled on the probe head wherein the grip has a groove for detachably containing a position detecting means for detecting 3-dimensional positional information of... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090275834 - Ultrasonograph: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to the present invention includes: a transmitting section for driving an ultrasonic probe to transmit an ultrasonic wave toward a measuring region of a subject, including an arterial vascular wall; a receiving section for receiving a reflected wave, produced by getting the ultrasonic wave reflected... Agent: Mark D. Saralino (pan) Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

20090275837 - Ultrasonic measurement apparatus: A processing unit calculates first displacement related information concerning a first direction of an object to be measured by using data in either one of an increase period and a decrease period of a force applied to the objected to be measured, among first received data received by a first... Agent: Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

20090275836 - Ultrasonic probe: Disclosed is an ultrasonic probe having an organism contact portion that is shaped for use along a comparatively large curvature and can easily be used while closely contacting an organism, and that has an adequately reduced size. According to the technique of the invention, a first cylinder pulley 5, secured... Agent: Pearne & Gordon LLP

20090275838 - Shielding for intravascular ultrasound imaging systems and methods of making and using: A catheter assembly for an intravascular ultrasound system includes a catheter, an imaging core, and a shield-coupling capacitor. The catheter defines a lumen extending along a longitudinal length of the catheter. The imaging core is configured and arranged for inserting into the lumen. The imaging core includes a rotatable driveshaft,... Agent: Boston Scientific Corporation Darby & Darby P.C.

20090275839 - Ultrasonic probe: An electronic radial ultrasonic probe comprising an electronic radial array which comprises a plurality of ultrasonic transducers being continuously arrayed circularly around an insertion axis as center and also for which a transmission/reception of an ultrasonic wave is controlled by electronically selecting the plurality of ultrasonic transducer, comprises: a support... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090275840 - Blood vessel sensing catheter having working lumen for medical appliances: Devices and methods are disclosed for providing a sensing element to scan tissue and detect the presence of structures within the tissue to avoid the structures when performing a procedure on the tissue. A catheter includes a blood vessel sensing assembly and a working lumen adapted to receive a medical... Agent: Broncus Technologies, Inc. C/o Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090275841 - Multi-wavelength diagnostic imager: The present invention is a multi-wavelength diagnostic imager. In one embodiment, the present invention includes an apparatus and method for noninvasive evaluation of a target versus a non-target, comprising: one or more light sources having at least one emission spectra directed at the target wherein the position, orientation and intensity... Agent: Chalker Flores, LLP

20090275842 - Stabilization of visualization catheters: Systems for the stabilization of visualization catheters are described herein which facilitate the deployment and retraction of an imaging hood from a catheter. Such systems may include a deployment catheter and an imaging hood having one or more structural elements which may be integrated or advanced into the hood independently... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090275843 - System and method of determining arterial blood pressure and ventricular fill parameters from ventricular blood pressure waveform data: A system and method of determining hemodynamic parameters uses sensed ventricular blood pressure during a portion of ventricular pressure waveform following peak pressure. An estimated arterial diastolic pressure is based upon an amplitude of the sensed ventricular pressure corresponding to a time at which a first derivative of ventricular pressure... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090275844 - Monitor configuration system: A monitor configuration system which communicates with a physiological sensor, the monitor configuration system including one or more processors and an instrument manager module running on the one or more processors. At least one of the one or more processors communicates with the sensor and calculates at least one physiological... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090275845 - Method and device for the non-invasive detection of blood flow and associated parameters in particular arterial waveform and blood pressure: A method and a device for the non-invasive determination of blood flow and associated parameters in arteries, in particular the arterial waveform and the blood pressure. According to said method, a sensor having at least one deformable contact portion is placed on a tissue surface, essentially over an artery, and... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090275846 - Method of medical monitoring: The present invention relates to a method of medical monitoring, a medical monitoring system and a computer program to control a medical monitoring system. In order to provide an improved monitoring technique that allows a more effective recognition of monitored data a method of medical monitoring is suggested, the method... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090275847 - Sleepiness level detection method and apparatus: A sleepiness level detection method of determining a sleepiness level of a subject, includes: detecting a heart beat signal indicating a signal of heart beats from the subject and storing the heart beat signal in a storage device; detecting amplitude peaks of the heart beat signal and detecting an interval... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090275848 - Cardiac risk assessment: In a system for assessing cardiac risk of a patient, a measuring component measures a cardiac signal comprised of multiple cardiac cycles at multiple periods in time. A processing component calculates sensitivity of cardiac function to sympathetic drive at each of the periods in time from the measured cardiac signal.... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090275849 - Methods for detection of cardiac arrhythmias: A method for calculating a variability value that is indicative of AF by obtaining a signal sequence of a plurality of RR intervals by monitoring electrical activity of a patient's heart. Each RR interval is converted into an instantaneous heart rate value and sorted into ascending order. The difference between... Agent: Patentmetrix

20090275850 - Electrocardiographic (ecg) data analysis systems and methods: Computer-implemented methods, computer program products, and systems are disclosed for analyzing electrocardiogram (ECG) traces or other types of signals. In one aspect, a computer-implemented method of performing such an analysis on an ECG trace includes defining a match region within an ECG signal template comprising one cardiac cycle. The match... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090275851 - Endoscopic bite block: According to a preferred embodiment of the present invention there is provided a bite block assembly adapted for capnography and oxygen delivery to a subject, the bite block assembly including a first capnography passageway adapted for passage therethrough of exhaled breath from the subject to a capnograph and a second... Agent: Eitan Mehulal Law Group

20090275852 - Exhaled breath analysis method: The present invention provides a method for analyzing exhaled breath using a breath analysis apparatus, the breath analysis apparatus including: a vessel; an injection port of the exhaled breath; an outlet port of the exhaled breath; a cooling unit; an electrode zone; a counter electrode zone; and a chemical substance... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090275853 - Method and apparatus for monitoring physiological state of a subject: A method and apparatus for monitoring physiological state of a subject is disclosed. Physiological signal data obtained from a subject is decomposed into a plurality of signal subentities, such as subbands of the overall frequency band of the signal data. A first measure indicative of the entropy of the respective... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20090275855 - Multi-frequency impedance monitoring system: A system and method is provided to measure intrathoracic complex impedance and to identify and indicate disease conditions based on the impedance measurements. Multiple impedance vectors may betaken into account, and an optimal vector may be selected to provide the most useful impedance measurement for the identification and indication of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090275854 - System and method of monitoring physiologic parameters based on complex impedance waveform morphology: Changes in physiologic parameters may be detected in a patient by measuring the impedance of a tissue segment located in a selected electrode vector field, storing baseline impedance information based on the measured impedance, detecting changes in impedance characteristics from the baseline impedance information, and providing alerts for changes in... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090275856 - Method and system of measuring iap using a naso-enteric tube: A method and apparatus for measuring the intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) within a patient having a naso-enteric tube. The system senses the IAP of the patient by means of a sensing conduit that is filled with a sensing fluid. The sensing fluid in the sensing conduit may be saline, water or... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20090275857 - Diagnostic or treatment tool for colonoscopy: Apparatus (20) is provided for use in a gastrointestinal tract (40) of a patient, including an inflatable device (22) configured to be moved through the gastrointestinal tract (40) to a treatment site in response to a difference between fluid pressure proximal to the inflatable device (22) and fluid pressure distal... Agent: Houston Eliseeva

20090275858 - Adjustable spacer: A medical targeting and device introduction system includes an introducer having a cannula, and a hub. The cannula is defined, at least in part, by an inner lumen. The hub includes a latch to releasably secure the hub to a biopsy device. The hub includes a proximal end and a... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20090275859 - Specimen collecting: A kit for collecting specimen includes a tubular member sized for placement in the vaginal canal, a sampling member configured for receipt within the tubular member, and a container of collection medium suitable for preserving and transporting human tissue cells and related tissue secretions. The tubular member has a wall... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090275860 - Centesis instrument: A centesis instrument, wherein a patient applies a contact part to a palm, a finger, or an arm in the state of gripping an outer tube by hand and presses the outer tube against its measured portion. A third coiled spring is compressed to increase spring power. When the outer... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090275861 - Body fluid testing device: Body fluid testing device for analyzing a body fluid comprises a test media tape adapted to collect the body fluid. The test media tape comprises a tape and test media portions. A free tape portion without test medium is located between successive test media portions. The testing device further comprises... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090275862 - Guidewire and method of making same: In at least one embodiment of the present invention, a method for making a guidewire is provided. The method comprises removing material from a distal portion of a core wire to define a distal tip extending from a proximal portion of the core wire. A collar is positioned adjacent to... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

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