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Surgery December patent applications/inventions, industry category 12/09

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20090326314 - Brachytherapy apparatus for asymmetrical body cavities: The present disclosure provides a brachytherapy apparatus, system and method that delivers partial breast irradiation treatment for post-lumpectomy patients via introduction of a catheter-like device through a trocar. The apparatus may be introduced post-surgically with local anesthesia under image guidance into the previous excision site and into a cavity by... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090326315 - Neurotrophic factor production promoting device: A neurotrophic factor production promoting device is provided, which is able to promote production of a neurotrophic factor or neurotrophic factor-like substance in an affected area by a simple technique that, regardless of the place of treatment, can be performed without transplantation of cells or injection into the affected area,... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090326317 - Instrument for intra-uterine transfer via the natural vagino-uterine route: Instrument for intra-uterine transfer by the natural vagino-uterine route, including a catheter (6) including a tube carrying at one end a transfer head (8), said tube having passing through it a passage for feeding substances, said transfer head (8) being provided with at least one orifice for substances to be... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20090326316 - Methods of assessing the risk of reproductive failure by measuring telomere length: The invention features a method of identifying oocytes with a risk of reproductive failure and/or aneuploidy based on a telomere length assay.... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20090326318 - Medical robotic system providing an auxilary view including range of motion limitations for articulatable instruments extending out of a distal end of an entry guide: A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with surgical tools and a camera extending out of its distal end. To supplement the view provided by an image captured by the camera, an auxiliary view including articulatable arms of the surgical tools and/or camera is generated from sensed or otherwise... Agent: Patent Dept Intuitive Surgical, Inc

20090326319 - Endoscope apparatus: An endoscope apparatus includes an accessory including an actuation portion configured to be actuated, an operating unit for operating the actuation portion, an endoscope including an accessory insertion pass wherein the accessory is adapted to be inserted through the accessory insertion pass from a proximal end portion of the accessory... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090326321 - Miniaturized imaging device including multiple grin lenses optically coupled to multiple ssids: A miniaturized imaging device and method of viewing small luminal cavities are described. The imaging device can be used as part of a catheter, and can include at least one solid state imaging device (SSID) including multiple imaging arrays respectively, and multiple graduated refractive index (GRIN) lenses optically coupled to... Agent: Thorpe North & Western, LLP.

20090326320 - System and method for visualizing tissue during ablation procedures: Systems for visualizing cardiac tissue during an ablation procedure are provided. In general, the systems include an imaging module configured to measure absorbance data at first and second wavelengths wherein the ratio of these absorbance values identifies the nature of the tissue (e.g., lesion, de novo tissue, etc.). The imaging... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20090326322 - Medical robotic system with image referenced camera control using partitionable orientational and translational modes: A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with articulatable instruments such as surgical tools and a camera extending out of its distal end. The camera instrument is manipulatable by a camera manipulator, which has a first mechanism for pivoting a focal point of the camera instrument about a pivot... Agent: Patent Dept Intuitive Surgical, Inc

20090326323 - Capsule medical device and capsule medical device system: Smooth guiding through the inside of a body cavity is carried out by a magnetic field applied from the outside of the body. The provided capsule medical device (1) includes a bio-information detecting device (5) for detecting bio information of the inside of a body cavity; a magnet (12) for... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090326324 - Robotic system for assisting in minimally-invasive surgery, which can position a surgical instrument in response to orders from a surgeon, is not attached to the operating table and does not require pre-calibration of the insertion point: Robotic system for assisting in minimally-invasive surgery, which can position a surgical instrument in response to orders from a surgeon, is not attached to the operating table and does not require pre-calibration of the insertion point. The system includes: a manipulator robot having three active degrees of freedom, which is... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20090326325 - Multijointed bending mechanism and multijointed medical equipment having multijointed bending mechanism: A multijointed bending mechanism having a first bending piece, a second bending piece connected to the first bending piece so as to be rotatable around a first rotation shaft, a third bending piece connected to the second bending piece so as to be rotatable around a second rotation shaft, at... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090326326 - Endoscope head apparatus: The present invention discloses an endoscope head apparatus comprising a head mechanism, an elastic element, a support portion, a first wire, a second wire and a bilaterally flexible body. The elastic element is connected to the head mechanism and has a first accommodating space therein. The support portion is connected... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090326327 - Adapter for objective lens: High-precision observation is made possible while allowing contact between a distal end of an objective lens and an optical element without damaging the distal end of the objective lens and the optical element even when attaching to and detaching from the distal end of the objective lens. Provided is an... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090326328 - Protective cap for arthroscopic instruments: A protective cap for use on arthroscopic instruments and sheaths disposed over arthroscopic instruments. The cap protects the distal end of the instrument from accidental damage caused by other instruments used during a surgical procedure. The portion of the cap that covers a view port on an arthroscope is transparent... Agent: Crockett & Crockett, P.C.

20090326329 - Box for endoscope: In a light source box disposed to project in a predetermined direction from an endoscope operation section and mounting a rear supporting body on a front supporting body, a cylindrical conductive body forming a notch is disposed in a battery storage section of the rear supporting body. On the rotating... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090326330 - Apparatus for inserting a surgical device at least partially through a wound opening: An apparatus (1) for inserting a wound retractor device (2) at least partially through a wound opening. The apparatus (1) comprises a conveying device (4) and a holder element (5). The conveying device (4) is insertable at least partially through the wound opening to convey the would retractor device (2)... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090326331 - Examination apparatus: An apparatus and method for an examination apparatus that includes a manually movable structure having a first movement from a free state to a compressed state and a second reversing movement from the compressed state to the free state. Also included is a plurality of fingers that are disposed adjacent... Agent: Roger A. Jackson, Esq.

20090326332 - Button port: The present disclosure relates to a surgical apparatus for positioning within an incision in tissue. In one aspect of the present disclosure, the surgical access apparatus includes an elongated seal member configured to removably receive at least one surgical object, and a deployment member. In another of the present disclosure,... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20090326333 - Assessing outcomes for breast cancer patients: This document provides methods and materials related to assessing the likely outcome for mammals (e.g., humans) with cancer (e.g., breast cancer). For example, methods and materials for using the ratio of HOXB13 polypeptide expression to IL-17BR polypeptide expression to determine the likelihood of a breast cancer patient to experience breast... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090326334 - Health condition detection, storage, and presentation: Health-related devices often record and represent health-related information describing a patient in many manners, and the disparities and variance among such representations may interfere with the accuracy of a recorded electronic medical record and with communication among healthcare providers. These aspects of health information representation and communication may be facilitated... Agent: Eschweiler & Associates, LLC National City Bank Building

20090326338 - Method and apparatus for analyzing gas component derived from living body and disease determination supporting apparatus: A method of analyzing a gas component derived from living body, includes: extracting a first gas component from a gas contained in an atmosphere by a first method and removing the extracted first gas component from the gas to defecate the atmosphere; obtaining a mixed gas of the defecated atmosphere... Agent: Kimble Intellectual Property Law, PLLC

20090326337 - Multifunctional nanoscopy for imaging cells: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for sensing characteristics of an object. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus comprises an array, wherein the array comprises a plurality of nanoscale hybrid semiconductor/metal devices which are in proximity to an object, each hybrid semiconductor/metal device being configured to produce a voltage in response... Agent: Thompson Coburn LLP Attn: Richard E. Haferkamp

20090326336 - Process for comprehensive surgical assist system by means of a therapy imaging and model management system (timms): A method of performing surgery on a patient comprising the step of comparing a chosen patient's data to statistical data in a repository of patient data to develop a patient specific model, wherein the data comprises information from two or more sub databases selected from the group consisting of workflow... Agent: Louis A. Piccone

20090326335 - Pulse oximeter with wait-time indication: The present disclosure provides a system and method for determination and indication of the time remaining before a patient's physical characteristics are displayed on a monitor. The indication may be a numeric count-down, a progress bar, a clock face, an audible signal, or any other time and/or progress indication. The... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326341 - Apparatus for motor training and exercise of the human body: and means (41-45) for returning at least two feedbacks of information related to the acquired, or acquired and processed, data and parameters, adapted to facilitate correction of the voluntary human action being performed, the information return means being designed to utilize at least one sensory channel.... Agent: Modiano & Associati

20090326339 - Connected healthcare devices with real-time and proactive capture and relay of contextual information: A portable healthcare device is connected to a networked healthcare service to form a connected healthcare system that is configurable to address a particular predicted or emergent healthcare condition or provisioned to address a number of emergent healthcare conditions. A portable sensor detects the predicted or emergent healthcare condition. A... Agent: Lee & Hayes, PLLC

20090326340 - Patient monitor alarm system and method: Provided herein is a patient monitoring alarm escalation system and method, according to embodiments, which may include a medical device configured to measure physiological data received via a patient monitor configured to initiate an alarm in response to predefined measurements of the physiological data. The medical device is configured to... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326343 - Fluid handling cassette having a spectroscopic sample cell: A fluid handling module is configured for removable engagement with a reusable main fluid handling instrument. The module includes a module housing and a first fluid passageway extending from the module housing. The first fluid passageway has a patient end remote from the housing. The first fluid passageway is configured... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090326342 - Method, arrangement and sensor for non-invasively monitoring blood volume of a subject: A method, arrangement and sensor for monitoring blood status of a subject are disclosed. In-vivo measurement signals indicative of absorption caused by blood are acquired at a plurality of measurement wavelengths. Based on the in-vivo measurement signals, successive values are determined for a hemoglobin parameter indicative of the concentration of... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20090326344 - System and method for optical continuous detection of an analyte in bloodstream: A method for performing a blood assay includes the steps of positioning an optical biosensor in fluid communication with a blood vessel whereby blood from the blood vessel contacts the biosensor. The biosensor includes at least one material adapted to bind to an analyte. The method also includes the steps... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20090326349 - Consistent signal selection by signal segment selection techniques: According to embodiments, techniques for selecting a consistent part of a signal, including a photoplethysmograph (PPG) signal, are disclosed. A pulse oximetry system including a sensor or probe may be used to obtain a PPG signal from a subject. Signal peaks may be identified in the PPG signal. Characteristics of... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326348 - Method for improved oxygen saturation estimation in the presence of noise: The present disclosure relates, according to some embodiments, to devices, systems, and methods for estimating a physiological parameter in the presence of noise. For example, the disclosure relates, in some embodiments, to devices, systems, and methods for assessing (erg., estimating, measuring, calculating) oxygen saturation (SpO2). Methods of assessing SpO2 may... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326346 - Optical perfusion sensor detector: A reflectance optical perfusion sensor may include at least one light source and a plurality of detector elements arranged in a planar or nonplanar configuration, such as a three-dimensional array. The detector elements may sense light emitted by the at least one light source and reflected by a blood mass... Agent: Shumaker & Sieffert , P.a

20090326345 - Result validation in non-invasive cerebral oxygenation level monitoring: Methods, systems, and related computer program products for optically monitoring a chromophore level in a body part of a patient are described. An optical source introduces optical radiation into the body part, and an optical detector receives optical radiation that has propagated through at least a portion of the body... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20090326347 - Synchronous light detection utilizing cmos/ccd sensors for oximetry sensing: This disclosure describes a system and method for measuring a physiological parameter, such as a SpO2 measurement, generated by a monitoring device having a plurality of sensors. Embodiment described herein disclose a monitoring device, such as a pulse oximeter having an array of sensor elements and an oxygen saturation module... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326352 - Method and device for measuring parameters of cardiac function: A device for non-invasively measuring at least one parameter of a cardiac blood vessel in a patient is provided. The device comprises at least one light source that emits light in the 400 nm to 1000 nm wavelength range; at least one photodetector adapted to receive light emitted by the... Agent: Valentine A Cottrill Susan Tandan

20090326351 - Signal processing mirroring technique: Embodiments may include systems and methods capable of processing an original signal by selecting and mirroring portions of the signal to create a new signal for further analysis. In an embodiment, the signal may be a photoplethysmograph (PPG) signal and the new signal may be further analyzed using continuous wavelet... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326350 - Tissue perfusion sensor control: An optical perfusion sensor may monitor blood oxygen saturation of blood-perfused tissue, which may be referred to as tissue perfusion, until a tissue perfusion value is within a threshold range of a reference value, and, in some examples, for at least a minimum period of time. The tissue perfusion value... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090326353 - Processing and detecting baseline changes in signals: According to embodiments, systems and methods for detecting the occurrence of events from a signal are provided. A signal processing system may analyze baseline changes and changes in signal characteristics to detect events from a signal. The system may also detect events by analyzing energy parameters and artifacts in a... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326354 - Noninvasive sensor housing: A flexible sensor pad includes a cavity to hold a sensor unit with an attached cable. According to one aspect of the present invention, a light-shielding layer is coupled to a bottom surface of the sensor pad, surrounds the sensor unit, and extends past two sides of the sensor pad.... Agent: Aka Chan LLP

20090326355 - Integrated test system for monitoring bodily fluids: An integrated diagnostic instrument (10) for analyzing a fluid sample includes a housing (12), a sensor pack (122), a disk drive mechanism (200) and a lancing mechanism (16). The lancing mechanism includes a lance holder (110) adapted to removably engage a base of a lance (86), a plunger (66) coupled... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP

20090326356 - Cardiac signal sensor control: An optical perfusion sensor may monitor blood oxygen saturation of blood-perfused tissue, which may be referred to as tissue perfusion, until a tissue perfusion value is within a threshold range of a reference value, and, in some examples, for at least a minimum period of time. The tissue perfusion value... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090326357 - Method, system, and computer program product for calculating daily weighted averages of glucose measurements (or derived quantities) with time-based weights: A method and system for calculating daily weighted averages of glucose measurements (or derived quantities) with time-based weights are disclosed. The present invention computes an average daily glucose value using the time based weights based on only consecutive glucose measurements in the plurality of glucose measurements with acceptable time intervals... Agent: Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP One Dayton Centre

20090326359 - Method of in vivo detection and/or diagnosis of cancer using fluorescence based dna image cytometry: The invention relates to a method of determining in vivo in a human or animal subject the amount of nuclear DNA by first localizing cell nuclei of living tissue and subsequently measuring the nuclear UV absorbance using confocal scanning microscopy. The invention relates also to a method for detecting cancerous... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090326358 - Non-invasive fast-response biodosimeter: Our invention disclosures a biodosimeter and method of measurements a dose of radiation and/or biological-chemical substances absorbed by human or animal body, microbes, plants. The invention describes a multiparametric analysis system to evaluate biochemical and physical patterns related to a range of doses of radiation and/or biological-chemical substances following exposure... Agent: Henryk Malak

20090326361 - Computer aided method and apparatus: A computer aided method and apparatus are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the method includes acquiring image data of a scanned location of a subject by performing a nuclear magnetic resonance scan thereon, and displaying via a user interface an image formed by the image data; determining particular feature... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090326360 - Method for estimating the growth potential of cerebral infarcts: The invention relates to a method for automatic estimation of the growth potential of cerebral infarcts, particularly in the acute phase, that is to say in the six hours following survival of the stroke. The method includes sequences of diffusion MRI images are obtained, the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) is... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090326363 - Fused image modalities guidance: An improved system and method (i.e. utility) for registration of medical images is provided. The utility registers a previously obtained volume onto an ultrasound volume during an ultrasound procedure to produce a multimodal image. The multimodal image may be used to guide a medical procedure, In one arrangement, the multimodal... Agent: Marsh, Fischmann & Breyfogle LLP

20090326365 - Medical robot for use in a mri: A medical robot for use inside a magnetic resonance imager includes a horizontal motion assembly, a vertical motion assembly and a controller. The horizontal motion assembly includes a motion joint, an ultrasonic motor operably connected to the motion joint and an encoder operably connected to the ultrasonic motor. The motor... Agent: Dowell & Dowell P.C.

20090326366 - Method for visually monitoring an irreversible electroporation treatment, and magnetic resonance imaging apparatus with integrated electroporation treatment device: In a method for implementing an irreversible electroporation treatment with an electroporation device having at least two treatment electrodes, magnetic resonance exposures are acquired for visual monitoring of the treatment, and magnetic resonance-compatible electrodes are used as treatment electrodes. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus has an electroporation device integrated therein,... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090326364 - Mri compatible robot with calibration phantom and phantom: A medical robot for use inside an MRI includes a horizontal motion assembly, a vertical motion assembly and a controller. The horizontal motion assembly and the vertical assembly each includes a motion joint, an ultrasonic motor operably connected to the motion joint and an encoder operably connected to the ultrasonic... Agent: Dowell & Dowell P.C.

20090326362 - Registration of multi-modality images: A system for generating registered diagnostic images (58, 62), such as nuclear and magnetic resonance (MR) images, of a subject includes a nuclear imaging device (10) for generating emission diagnostic images (58) and optionally also intermediate transmission or emission images (56). A second imaging device (12), such as an MR... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090326367 - Magnetic resonance imager, method and program which continuously applies steady-state free precession to k-space: A magnetic resonance imager for forming images of a moving portion of a patient includes imaging coils. The imager includes a computer that causes the imaging coils to apply continuously steady-state free precession to k-space of a magnetic resonance image series of the patient and acquire the image series, and... Agent: Ansel M. Schwartz Attorney At Law

20090326369 - Method for ascertaining the position of a medical instrument in a body: The present invention relates to a method for ascertaining the position of the head of a medical instrument in a vascular system, wherein the instrument can be inserted into the vascular system of a body and describes a path at least partially inside the vascular system, and the position of... Agent: Don W. Bulson (brai)

20090326368 - System and method for integrating electromagnetic microsensors in guidewires: A system and method of integrating electromagnetic microsensors into interventional endovascular devices such as guidewires for tracking guidewires within vessels of a body with the use of a surgical navigation system.... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20090326370 - Interface unit for use with injectors and imaging systems and related devices: A system for producing a contrast-enhanced medical image of a patient includes a source of a contrast or enhancement medium, a pressurizing unit in fluid connection with the source of contrast or enhancement medium, an energy source operable to apply energy to a region of the patient, an imaging unit... Agent: Gregory L Bradley Medrad Inc

20090326371 - Surgical probe apparatus and system: A system for detecting and locating sources of radiation emissions. A hand-held probe includes a detector configured to generate a low-level electrical signal relating to a radiation source proximate the detector, and a probe wireless link configured to transmit a message containing gamma data relating to the low-level electrical signal.... Agent: Eley Law Firm Co.

20090326372 - Compound imaging with hifu transducer and use of pseudo 3d imaging: A medical imaging and therapy applicator is provided that may include any of a number of features. One feature of the medical imaging and therapy applicator is that it can image target tissue of a patient with ultrasound imaging transducers. Another feature of the medical imaging and therapy applicator is... Agent: Shay Glenn LLP

20090326373 - Method for assisting with percutaneous interventions: The present invention relates to a method for assisting with percutaneous interventions, wherein 2D x-ray images of an object region are recorded before the intervention using a C-arm x-ray system or a robot-based x-ray system at different projection angles and 3D x-ray image data of the object region is reconstructed... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090326376 - Method and system for determining placental volume: Method and system for determining a volume of a placenta in utero. The placenta in utero may be modeled as having a convex-concave shape (e.g., like that of a portion of a spherical shell). Volume of the placenta may be determined based on the width (or height) and thickness of... Agent: Gordon D. Kinder

20090326375 - Receive beamformer for ultrasound: A method of ultrasound receive beamforming includes receiving a first plurality of sensing signals from target tissue, forming a first plurality of digital sensing signals, and data processing the digital sensing signals along a first plurality of data paths to form a first plurality of delayed and apodized digital sensing... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20090326374 - Ultrasound observation device and method for controlling operation thereof: An ultrasound observation device includes a depth knob and a pulse generator. The depth knob is operated to switch the display depth of an ultrasound image on a monitor. Upon every rotation of the depth knob by a predetermined angle, the pulse generator generates a switching pulse. A control circuit... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC

20090326378 - Formation of an enhanced elastic image in an ultrasound system: There are disclosed embodiments for forming an enhanced elastic image in an ultrasound system. An elastic image of a target object may be formed by scanning N scan lines. A control unit divides the N scan lines into M scan lines groups by using an acquisition period necessary for transmitting... Agent: Jones Day

20090326377 - Ultrasound diagnosis apparatus: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus that can acquire ultrasound image data of an excellent spatial resolution and contrast resolution by electrically controlling focusing points of transmission/reception waves so as to form transmitting beams and receiving beams having a substantially uniform thin beam width along an elevation direction in an object. Transmission... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090326379 - High frame rate quantitative doppler flow imaging using unfocused transmit beams: An ultrasound imaging system with pixel oriented processing is provided in which a method of producing a Doppler velocity image is accomplished by emitting unfocused acoustic signals into a medium over substantially an entire field; receiving scattered and reflected ultrasonic signals on a transducer array in response to the emission;... Agent: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC

20090326380 - Portable ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: Disclosed herein is a portable ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus. The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes a body part, a handle coupled to the body part and having a curved shape, and a display unit coupled to the handle. The handle has a curved shape to improve close contact feelings with an operator's... Agent: Jones Day

20090326381 - System and method to facilitate health evaluation and medical diagnosis of a human subject: A method and system to facilitate health evaluation of a human subject using one or more thermal images of the human subject. The thermal images can be converted into electronic data and subjected to signal processing. Spatial distribution of the data can be calculated and determined to provide energy points... Agent: Greenberg Traurig (lv)

20090326384 - Device with integrated multi-fiber optical probe and methods of use: Biopsy instruments are integrated with a multi-fiber optical probe adapted to perform diagnostic measurements. In addition to being able to analyze, treat or remove tissue, such integrated devices characterize tissue by measuring the amount of scattering and absorption of light transmitted into the tissue. Each fiberoptic probe has an illuminating... Agent: Ronald I. Eisenstein

20090326382 - Optical imaging system and method: A device for determining a concentration-related quantity of a fluorescent contrast agent applied to an object (2), in particular a turbid medium. Said device generally comprises a source (4) of electromagnetic radiation for irradiating the object (2) at an excitation wavelength and at least one first detecting means (6, 7.1,... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090326383 - Systems and methods for hyperspectral imaging: An apparatus for analyzing a subject including a hyperspectral image module is provided. It is used to identify a suspect region of a subject by using a hyperspectral sensor (for obtaining a hyperspectral image of the subject), a control computer including a processor unit (PU) and a computer readable memory... Agent: Jones Day

20090326385 - Obtaining optical tissue properties: This application describes a medical device (230) for obtaining optical tissue properties of a target material. The medical device (230) comprises an elongated body (231) having a longitudinal axis (232) and an optical fiber being integrated within the elongated body (231). The optical fiber has a second fiber end (242,... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090326386 - Systems and methods for non-invasive blood pressure monitoring: According to embodiments, systems and methods for non-invasive blood pressure monitoring are disclosed. A sensor or probe may be used to obtain a plethysmograph or photoplethysmograph (PPG) signal from a subject. From the signal, the time difference between two or more characteristic points in the signal may be computed. The... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326387 - Electrocardiogram and respiration monitoring in animals: An ambulatory animal monitoring system includes a wearable structure constructed to be worn about a body of a non-human animal to be monitored. The system includes a plurality of electrical signal conduits each associated with the wearable structure and each connectable to a different one of a plurality of surface... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090326388 - Systems and methods for processing signals with repetitive features: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for detecting features of a signal. According to embodiments, by transposing segments of a signal, such as segments representing pulses in a PPG signal, such that they are stacked next to each other, various characteristics about the signal may be discerned such... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326389 - Medical therapy device: A system and a method for synchronizing operation between a patient monitoring device and a patient treatment device are disclosed. The patient monitoring device and the patient treatment device are operatively connected via a network, for example, a patient area network (PAN) or a local area network (LAN). A controller... Agent: Rissman Jobse Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20090326390 - Pressure and oxygen saturation monitoring devices and systems: Pressure and oxygen saturation monitoring devices and systems are disclosed. The devices, or portions thereof, can be implanted within a subject for monitoring blood pressure and oxygen saturation.... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090326391 - Wrist-type blood pressure meter: A wrist-type blood pressure meter for measuring blood pressure and heart rate of a person and displaying the measurement reading with segmented screens showing numeric figures and graphical plot. It has memory module and fingerprint module allowing more than one user to store and retrieve measurement readings according to time... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja

20090326392 - Method and system for non-invasive blood pressure estimation: A method for non-invasively estimating blood pressure is disclosed herein. The method includes inflating a cuff and collecting first oscillation amplitude data at a first plurality of cuff pressure levels while inflating the cuff. The method includes identifying an artifact in the first oscillation amplitude data. The method includes identifying... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20090326393 - Systems and methods for non-invasive continuous blood pressure determination: According to some embodiments, systems and methods are provided for non-invasive continuous blood pressure determination. In some embodiments, a PPG signal is received and locations of pulses within the PPG signal are identified. An area within a particular pulse is measured. The area may be of just the upstroke, downstroke... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326394 - Blood pressure cuff apparatus and system: A pressure cuff is disclosed herein. The pressure cuff includes a sleeve and a cuff bladder. The cuff bladder defines a bladder length of 9.2+/−2.1 centimeters and a bladder width of 24.6+/−4.2 centimeters. The bladder length and bladder width dimensions provide precise non-invasive blood pressure measurements when the pressure cuff... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20090326395 - Systems and methods for detecting pulses: According to embodiments, systems and methods are provided for detecting pulses in a PPG signal. Local minima and maxima points may be identified in the PPG signal. Each minimum may be paired with an adjacent maximum forming an upstroke segment. Noise may be removed by comparing adjacent segments and ignoring... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326396 - Dual body plethysmography apparatus and process for measuring blood flow between the thorax and abdomen (the trunk) and the body periphery: An apparatus is described (1) for measuring the blood flow (Vb) between the trunk and the extremities. Such an apparatus (1) comprises a whole body plethysmograph (102; 4, 12, 15, 40) for measuring the variations of gas volume in the lungs (ΔVL), a thoraco-abdominal plethysmograph (101, 2, 3) for measuring... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20090326397 - Clinical applications for electrical tomography derived metrics: Clinical applications for electrical tomography derived metrics are disclosed. One aspect of the present invention pertains to a method for generating clinical data by processing one or more metrics obtained via an electrical tomography. The method comprises receiving one or more metrics of an electrode stably associated with a tissue... Agent: Proteus Biomedical, Inc. Bozicevic, Field & Francis LLP

20090326400 - Ecg electrode and electrode support: An electrically non-conductive back plate for supporting the back of a patient in a supine position comprises on its front face facing the back of the patient a pair or more of ECG electrodes capable of maintaining electrically conductive skin contact with the patient's back. The pair of ECG electrodes... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090326399 - Magnetic field sensor, system and method for detecting the heart beat rate of a person in a vehicle, and system and method for detecting fatigue: A system for detecting the heart beat rate of a person in a vehicle, comprising: at least one magnetic field sensor (11, 12) mounted inside the vehicle in a position close to a person's seat in the vehicle; and signal processing circuitry (2, 13) arranged to receive an output signal... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20090326398 - Sensing biological data: A system is provided for obtaining and analyzing biological data of a subject. The system includes a biological data recording device that can sense biological signals of a subject over time and record the sensed biological signals as biological data. The system also includes an event time recording device that... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090326401 - Method and system for dynamical systems modeling of electrocardiogram data: Electrocardiogram data is received in association with a subject, the electrocardiogram data comprising a series of RR intervals and a series of QT intervals. A first value which indicates an amount by which uncertainty associated with the QT intervals is reduced given the RR intervals is generated. A second value... Agent: Fenwick & West LLP

20090326402 - Systems and methods for determining effort: According to embodiments, methods and systems for determining effort is disclosed. Effort may relate to a measure of strength of at least one repetitive feature in a signal. Effort may also relate to physical effort or work of a process (e.g., respiratory effort) that may affect the signal (e.g., a... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC Attn:IPLegal

20090326403 - Distinguishing closed and open respiratory airway apneas by complex admittance values: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for determining the occurrence of a closed or open apnea. Respiratory air flow from a patient is measured to give an air flow signal. The determination of an apnea is performed by applying an oscillatory pressure waveform of known frequency to a patient's airway, calculating... Agent: Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC

20090326404 - Single trial detection in encephalography: An EEG cap (8) having 64 or 128 electrodes (10) is placed on the head of the subject (11) who is viewing CRT monitor (14). The signals on each channel are amplified by amplifier (17) and sent to an analog-to-digital converter (20). PC (23) captures and records the amplified signals... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P.

20090326405 - Techniques for determining hearing threshold: A computerized method for determining a test subject's (TS) hearing threshold (HT). An acoustic stimulus (AS, 102) is applied the test subject's (TS) ear. The stimulus intensity is increased during a ramp, with a predetermined dependency on time, such that the intensity begins below the hearing threshold and ends above... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090326406 - Wearable electromyography-based controllers for human-computer interface: A “Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller” includes a plurality of Electromyography (EMG) sensors and provides a wired or wireless human-computer interface (HCl) for interacting with computing systems and attached devices via electrical signals generated by specific movement of the user's muscles. Following initial automated self-calibration and positional localization processes, measurement and interpretation... Agent: Microsoft Corporation

20090326407 - Electrophysiological analysis system and method: The invention relates to an electrophysiological analysis system which comprises a plurality of electrodes (E1-E4), power supply means (10, 30) for successively applying a substantially continuous voltage ranging approximately from 1 to 5 volts and lasting from 0.1 to 5 seconds to different slotted electrode pairs, collecting and storing means... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090326408 - Providing impedance plethysmography electrodes: A method of measuring lung impedance of a subject can include positioning current-injection electrodes on or within the subject in a configuration such that a current injected between the current-injection electrodes propagates substantially through a first lung of the subject, and not through a heart and a second lung of... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090326409 - Clothing sufficiency indicator: A clothing sufficiency indication system is presented for use in conjunction with a disposable absorbent article. The system includes a microclimate sensor adapted to be disposed on the disposable absorbent article, the microclimate sensor including a microclimate temperature sensing portion adapted to sense a microclimate temperature, wherein the clothing sufficiency... Agent: Kimberly-clark Worldwide, Inc. Tara Pohlkotte

20090326410 - Method of detecting and predicting ovulation and the period of fertility: A method of providing information relating to the fertility of a female mammal comprising the steps of: (i) taking multiple temperature readings from the female mammal during an extended period; (ii) identifying and disregarding temperature readings having one or more characteristics of irrelevant or faulty data; (iii) obtaining one or... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090326411 - Method for analysing pressure signals derivable from a body cavity: A method for analysing pressure-signals derivable from pressure measurements on or in a body of a human being or animal, includes the steps of sampling said signals and converting the signals to pressure-related digital data with a time reference, wherein the method comprises the further steps of: identifying from said... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090326412 - Biopsy device with rotating needle: A biopsy device configured to rotate a needle about a longitudinal axis when resecting tissue, and a method of performing a biopsy using the same. Also disclosed is a needle configured to resect tissue by a rotational motion, for example, when operating in conjunction with the device herein.... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090326413 - Single-handed biopsy system: An automatic tissue sampling apparatus for use with a biopsy needle set includes a housing defining a cavity and a forward end opening for passage of an inner needle and outer cannula. Two carriers are slidably disposed within the cavity and are configured to support one of the inner needle... Agent: Maginot, Moore & Beck, LLP Chase Tower

20090326414 - Cytological sampling brush: A cytological sampling brush includes a manipulation handle (2) at one of end of which are provided a first portion in the form of exocol sampling brush (4) and a second portion in the form of endocol sampling swab (5) at the center of the first portion in brush (4)... Agent: Young & Thompson

20090326416 - Detecting infection in reduced pressure wound treatment: Provided is a method of detecting infection in a wound caused by an infecting organism at a wound site. Also provided is a system for detecting an infection in a wound at a wound site. Additionally, a porous pad comprising luciferase is provided.... Agent: Kinetic Concepts, Inc. C/o Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

20090326415 - Microneedles and methods for fabricating microneedles: A plastic microneedle comprising: a body portion tapering from a larger end of the body portion towards a tip portion of the body portion; at least one side port; and a lumen extending from the larger end of the body portion and within the body portion of the microneedle, wherein... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500

20090326417 - Multifunctional monitoring device for absorbent articles: Monitoring the status of an absorbent article can be desirable to various users in various situations. A monitoring device for use with an absorbent article is provided. The monitoring device includes a sensing device and a signaling device. The sensing device is configured to sense a physiological indication related to... Agent: Dority & Manning, P.A.

20090326418 - Microphone matrix for recording body sounds: The invention provides a microphone matrix for recording body sounds, such as respiratory tract sounds. The matrix has a frame having one or more recesses or openings on one of its surfaces. A microphone assembly is disposed in each recess or opening in the frame. When a body portion is... Agent: The Nath Law Group

20090326419 - Methods for a movement and vibration analyzer: The present patent describes a method for a Movement and Vibration Analyzer (MVA) based on Fast Fourier Transform spectral analysis, and empirical mode decomposition (EMD) for Hilbert transform of a timeseries recorded with an accelerometer attached to a human being or an object. The medical application is the detection of... Agent: Sturm & Fix LLP

  
12/24/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090318745 - Shielding assemblies for infusion systems: A shielding assembly for an infusion system includes a plurality of compartments and a door for each compartment, and provides a radioactive radiation barrier for the compartments. One of the compartments contains a radioisotope generator of the infusion system and another of the compartments may contain a waste bottle of... Agent: Intellectual Property Group Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

20090318746 - Lubricious echogenic coatings: Medical devices can include a lubricious echogenic coating that is slippery when wet and provides visibility during ultrasonic imaging.... Agent: Steptoe & Johnson LLP

20090318747 - Low frequency neurostimulator for the treatment of neurological disorders: A system for treating neurological conditions by low-frequency time varying electrical stimulation includes an electrical device for applying such low-frequency energy, in a range below approximately 10 Hz, to the patient's brain tissue. An implantable embodiment applies direct electrical stimulation to electrodes implanted in or on the patient's brain, while... Agent: Neuropace, Inc.

20090318749 - Method and apparatus for pacing and intermittent ischemia: A system delivers multiple enhanced therapies to limit myocardial damage post-revascularization. The system includes a catheter that incorporates features for delivering cardiac protection pacing therapy (CPPT) and intermittent ischemia therapy. In one embodiment, a method for delivering cardiac protection therapies to a heart is provided. One or more catheters are... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090318748 - Pump for blood perfusion: In blood perfusion during cardiac surgery or ventricular assistance, for treating cardiac insufficiency, use is currently made of a centrifugal pump that generates a linear flow in the circulatory system, counter to the pulsating flow generated by the heart. According to the invention, a pulsating linear flow is achieved for... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20090318750 - Apparatuses for the amelioration of urinary incontinence in females: An apparatus for treating urinary incontinence, comprising: a node; a support section adapted for providing urethral support attached to the node; and, an anchoring section adapted for resisting movement of the apparatus attached to the node opposite the support section. Optionally, the support section is adapted to treat incontinence according... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.

20090318751 - Apparatus for communicating with a memory tag and use of the same: A work station comprises a surface (11) for supporting a sample (12); a temperature controller for controlling the temperature of the surface; and apparatus (16) for communicating with a memory tag via a wireless electromagnetic link. The apparatus is located beneath the surface in order to communicate with a memory... Agent: Kimberly A. Chasteen

20090318752 - Implants for the treatment of pelvic floor disorders: An implant for repairing pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence or prolapse, by lifting the prolapsed tissue or organ into a more anatomically correct position is provided. The prosthesis is shaped with a central support section and one or more lateral anchoring sections or arms extending outwardly from the... Agent: Rutan & Tucker, LLP.

20090318754 - Penis extension system integrated into an item of clothing: The invention relates to a penis extension system that can be integrated into the clothing of a user and worn as the user moves around, with the aim of increasing the size of the penis and the glans. Said system comprises a cradle which is used to receive the glans... Agent: Remenick PLLC

20090318753 - Vibrator with integrated clock and reminder system: The present invention is a vibrator with an integrated alarm/reminder clock that initiates the vibration function of the vibrator for a predetermined period of time. The core components of the device are: a housing, a motor that powers a vibrating mechanism contained within the housing, an alarm clock/reminder system and... Agent: Dany Metri

20090318755 - Therapeutic penis ring: The Therapeutic Vibrator is a small barrel-shaped container housing a motor and at least one battery for the electric power source. The Therapeutic Vibrator is typically activated by an on/off switch or push-button at one end of the barrel, and when activated, the barrel will vibrate delivering massage to a... Agent: Oliver Law Firm, Ps Inc.

20090318757 - Flexible visually directed medical intubation instrument and method: A flexible medical intubation instrument provided for placement into an animal or human patient comprises a catheter with at least a pair of longitudinally extending lumens or channels including a sensor and/or actuator channel and a working channel. In the sensor/actuator channel is provided a fixed or slideably removable sensor... Agent: Gallagher & Dawsey Co., L.p.a.

20090318756 - System and method for overlaying ultrasound imagery on a laparoscopic camera display: The present disclosure relates to a system for overlaying ultrasound imagery on a laparoscopic camera display. The system may include a laparoscope configured to capture a laparoscopic image of a surgical field and a laparoscopic ultrasound probe configured to capture an ultrasonic image of a structure in the surgical field.... Agent: Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC

20090318758 - Pluggable vision module and portable display for endoscopy: Various embodiments for providing removable and pluggable opto-electronic modules for illumination and imaging for endoscopy or borescopy are provided for use with portable display devices. Generally, various medical or industrial devices can include one or more solid state or other compact electro-optic illuminating elements located thereon. Additionally, such opto-electronic modules... Agent: Workman Nydegger 1000 Eagle Gate Tower

20090318759 - Transparent endoscope head defining a focal length: A catheter configured for imaging objects substantially in focus is described herein. An imaging device is disposed on the distal end of the catheter. The imaging device has an effective focal plane that is located in front of the imaging device. The catheter also includes a transparent focal instrument that... Agent: Thorpe North & Western, LLP.

20090318760 - System device and method for estimating the size of an object in a body lumen: A device, system and method for capturing in-vivo images allows for size or distance estimations for objects within the images. According to one embodiment of the present invention there may be provided, in an in-vivo device at least an imager, an illumination source to provide illumination for the imager, an... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20090318762 - Magnetically guiding system and magnetically guiding method: A magnetically guiding system includes: a capsule medical device that has a magnet provided therein; an information acquiring unit that acquires physical information about magnetic guiding of the capsule medical device; a magnetic field generating unit that generates a magnetic field for magnetically guiding the capsule medical device; and a... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090318761 - System and method for in vivo imaging: An in vivo imaging system including an ingestible in vivo imaging device for obtaining images and transmitting image data; a receiver for receiving said transmitted image data; a processor for processing said image data; and a controller for controlling movement of the in vivo imaging device based on processed image... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20090318763 - Endoscope and shaft system: An endoscope and shaft system include an access shaft and an endoscope which can be inserted into the access shaft, the proximal end of the access shaft has a grip part, and the endoscope is held in a connecting piece. The connecting piece can be detachably connected to the grip... Agent: Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP

20090318764 - Flexible tube device and endoscope: A flexible tube device has proximal and distal ends, for attachment of the proximal end to a handle assembly of an endoscope. The flexible tube device includes a spiral pipe formed by helically winding an elongate strip of metal. A tubular mesh material is disposed around the spiral pipe. A... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC

20090318765 - Endoscope: An endoscopic insertion tube is composed of an elongated flexible tube section, an articular section and a rigid tip end section in series from a proximal end which is connected to a manipulating head grip. At least an illumination window and an endoscopic observation window are provided on a distal... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090318766 - Device, system and method for in-vivo analysis: An in-vivo imaging device, typically an autonomous capsule, having a housing, the housing comprising a window; an illumination source located within the housing to illuminate a body lumen through the window; an imager to receive light reflected from the body lumen through the window; and a transmitter to transmit image... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20090318768 - Laryngoscope and method of use: A laryngoscope for use in viewing the vocal cords of a patient in performance of an endotracheal intubation includes a handle and a laryngoscope blade connected to the upper end of the handle to lift the patient's tongue and mandible for viewing the vocal cords and aid in the insertion... Agent: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

20090318767 - Laryngoscope blade and method of use: A laryngoscope blade for use in viewing the vocal cords of a patient in performance of an endotracheal intubation includes a laryngoscope blade portion connectable to a laryngoscope handle to lift the patient's tongue and mandible for viewing the vocal cords and aid in the insertion of an endotracheal tube;... Agent: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

20090318769 - Laryngoscope and method of use: A laryngoscope for use in viewing the vocal cords of a patient in performance of an endotracheal intubation. The laryngoscope includes a handle to be gripped by a medical professional in performing the endotracheal intubation; a blade portion extending from the handle to lift the patient's tongue and mandible for... Agent: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

20090318772 - Surgical lamp beam arrangement: A surgical lamp includes a lamp body with illuminants. Axes of bundled light beams emitted by the illuminants intersect a central axis at different positions along the central axis.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090318771 - Surgical lamp field shape: A surgical lamp includes a lamp body with illuminants emitting bundled light beams with axes intersect a central axis of the lamp body, and illuminants emitting bundled light beams with axes that do not intersect the central axis. The shape of the light field and the distribution of the light... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090318770 - Surgical lamp with suspension system: A surgical lamp that includes a lamp body having a central axis, and a suspension system for connecting the lamp body with a carrying system. The suspension system can include a first pivot joint around a first pivot axis that is perpendicular to the central axis, and the first pivot... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20090318773 - Involuntary-response-dependent consequences: Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of a human or other subject's response to stimuli and related phenomena.... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20090318774 - Vehicle, and physiological information gathering system with the same: Sensors detect physiological data of an occupant of a vehicle. A storage device accumulates the physiological data of the occupant detected by each of the sensors for storage. When a charging cable for charging a power storage device in a motive power output device is connected, a vehicle ECU transmits... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20090318780 - Apparatus and method for processing respiratory air temperature and pressure information: An apparatus or method can be configured to receive information indicative of respiratory air temperature of a subject from a respiratory air temperature piezoelectric film sensor and information indicative of respiratory air pressure of the subject from a respiratory air pressure piezoelectric film sensor, and to simultaneously process the received... Agent: Nikolai & Mersereau, P.A.

20090318777 - Apparatus for providing information for vehicle: The apparatus detects a mental condition of a user when a conversation content is inputted. The apparatus further collects service information based on a keyword extracted from conversation and a detected mental condition. For example, a user's interest is determined by considering a mental condition, i.e., a user's feeling, when... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090318779 - Mesh network stroke monitoring appliance: A heart monitoring system for a patient includes one or more wireless nodes forming a wireless mesh network; a wearable appliance having a wireless transceiver adapted to communicate with the one or more wireless nodes; and a statistical analyzer to determine heart attack or stroke attack, the statistical analyzer coupled... Agent: Tran & Associates

20090318775 - Methods and systems for assessing clinical outcomes: Described herein are methods and systems useful for characterizing clinical outcomes of a subject. Provided herein includes computer-assessed methods, medical information systems, and computer-readable instructions that can aid an end-user in diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of a clinical outcome.... Agent: Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

20090318778 - Non-invasive monitoring of physiological measurements in a distributed health care environment: A system for determining physiological characteristics.... Agent: Tim L. Burgess, P.C.

20090318782 - Object condition sensing: Embodiments are described for multi-sensor systems for real-time embedded monitoring of object senses and mixed-mode object conditions. In one or more embodiments, various sensors can separately provide disparate analog signals representing different measurable attributes regarding a sensed object. For example, sensors may separately sense temperature, pressure, or other biometric values.... Agent: Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby, Ps

20090318776 - Physical condition management system: A physical condition management system detects during-sleep biomedical information while the driver is sleeping and during-drive biomedical information while the driver drives a vehicle. A during-sleep physical condition information calculating section calculates during-sleep physical condition information from during-drive physical condition information and/or the during-drive biomedical information, and the during-sleep biomedical... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090318781 - Respiratory air temperature and pressure sensor: An apparatus and method can be configured to detect respiratory air temperature information and respiratory air pressure information from a patient using a first piezoelectric film and a second piezoelectric film, wherein at least a portion of the second piezoelectric film overlaps at least a portion of the first piezoelectric... Agent: Nikolai & Mersereau, P.A.

20090318783 - System and method of evaluating a subject with an ingestible capsule: A computerized method of analyzing measurements obtained from the gastrointestinal tract of subject comprising the steps of providing an ingestible capsule (20) having a sensor (22, 23, 24) for measuring a parameter of the gastrointestinal tract of a subject, having a subject ingest (118) the capsule, recording (130) measurements from... Agent: Phillips Lytle LLP Intellectual Property Group

20090318784 - Devices and methods for detecting b-haematin and haemozoin: In the application, the change in the magnetic state of the haemoglobin caused by the malarial infection is exploited by detecting suitable properties of haemozoin which are dependent on the application of a magnetic field. FIG. 1 shows apparatus, shown generally at (10), for performing magneto-optical detection using photo-acoustic techniques.... Agent: King & Schickli, PLLC

20090318785 - Real - time simultaneous measurement system, real - time simultaneous measurement apparatus, real-time simultaneous measurement method, and storage medium in which program is stored: A real-time simultaneous measurement apparatus includes: a hemoglobin information-receiving portion that sequentially receives hemoglobin information, which is information relating to the amount of hemoglobin in a head portion of a test subject, from a NIRS brain-measuring apparatus that receives a synchronization signal output by a synchronization signal output apparatus and... Agent: Cermak Kenealy Vaidya & Nakajima LLP

20090318786 - Channeled tissue sample probe method and apparatus: Sampling is controlled in order to enhance analyte concentration estimation derived from noninvasive sampling. More particularly, sampling is controlled using controlled fluid delivery to a region between a tip of a sample probe and a tissue measurement site. The controlled fluid delivery enhances coverage of a skin sample site with... Agent: Glenn Patent Group

20090318787 - Pulse oximetry and pulse oximeter: A pulse oximetry includes: irradiating living tissue with a plurality of light beams of different wavelengths; receiving the light beams transmitted through or reflected from the living tissue and converting the received light beams to electric signals which correspond to the different wavelengths; time-segmenting time series data of the electric... Agent: Sughrue-265550

20090318789 - Analyte monitoring system and methods: Methods and systems for providing data communication in medical systems are disclosed.... Agent: Hughes Hubbard And Reed LLP

20090318788 - Detection of cancer markers: The present invention relates to combining surface molecular imprinting (SMI) with the production of self-assembled monolayers (SAM) of hydroxyl alkanethiolate molecules on gold coated chip surfaces. In this technique, the sensing element is placed on the transducer and the whole assembly can then be miniaturized and integrated into a smart... Agent: Frommer Lawrence & Haug

20090318790 - Blood sensor and blood examining instrument including same: A blood sensor (20a) comprises a substrate (21); a spacer (22) attached to the top of the substrate (21); a cover (23) attached to the top of the spacer (22); a blood reservoir portion (24) defined by a substrate hole (21a) formed in the substrate (21), a part of a... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090318792 - Analyte monitoring system and methods: Methods and systems for providing data communication in medical systems are disclosed.... Agent: Hughes Hubbard And Reed LLP

20090318791 - Perfusion device with compensation of medical infusion during wear-time: A medical action device is adapted to cooperate with an object to be inserted into a body and to cooperate with a timing device, able to start timing from the moment the object is inserted. This information is fed to a control unit whereby the control unit gets an input... Agent: Novo Nordisk, Inc. Intellectual Property Department

20090318793 - Disposable patch and reusable sensor assembly for use in medical device localization and mapping systems: An patch and sensor assembly for use in an EP mapping system has two portions: a reusable portion and a disposable portion. The reusable portion houses the biosensors used in magnetic based location and mapping systems and the electrical lead necessary to communicate between the biosensor and the mapping system.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090318794 - Methods for measurement and analysis of brain activity: A computer assisted method is provided for diagnosing the in condition of a subject associated with particular activation in one or more regions of interest, the method comprising: having the subject perform a behavior or have a perception adapted to selectively activate one or more regions of interest associated with... Agent: Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

20090318795 - Imaging table with replaceable support parts: An imaging table is disclosed which allows for proper positioning of patients in a face down prone position. The table top includes an access hole towards the head of the table. Various modular components may be positioned within the access hole. The modular components are designed to fit with in... Agent: Law Office Of Brett N. Dorny

20090318798 - Flexible visually directed medical intubation instrument and method: A flexible medical intubation instrument provided for placement into an animal or human patient comprises a catheter with at least one longitudinally extending lumen or channel. A fixed or slideably removable sensor cable is at least partially contained within the channel, having a sensor for sensing a characteristic or condition.... Agent: Gallagher & Dawsey Co., L.p.a.

20090318796 - Patch and sensor assembly for use in medical device localization and mapping systems: An patch and sensor assembly for use in an EP mapping system has two portions: a reusable portion and a disposable portion. The reusable portion houses the biosensors used in magnetic based location and mapping systems and the electrical lead necessary to communicate between the biosensor and the mapping system.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090318799 - Position detection in a magnetic field: This patent document discusses assemblies and methods for remotely detecting a position of a surgical instrument in the presence of a magnetic field. In varying examples, a position detection system includes an encoder coupled to move in concert with the instrument. The encoder includes an a translucent substrate and light... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090318797 - System and method for deflecting endoscopic tools: i

20090318800 - Method and visualization module for visualizing bumps of the inner surface of a hollow organ, image processing device and tomographic system: A method is disclosed for visualizing bumps of the inner surface of a hollow organ. In at least one embodiment, the method includes acquiring recorded image data of the hollow organ using an imaging system; drawing a cutting edge in the image data along the surface of the hollow organ... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090318801 - Determining respiratory or circulatory health condition in animals for improved management: A method and system for managing at least one animal is disclosed. The method can include imaging, such as ultrasound imaging, a lung of a live animal, such as a ruminant animal or bovine animal. The imaging can be performed to determine a degree of respiratory damage from past respiratory... Agent: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP

20090318802 - 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

20090318803 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, ultrasonic image processing apparatus, and medical image processing apparatus: A plurality of strain gauges defined by gauge endpoints are set in each time phase using motion vector information of tissue, and a three-dimensional strain gauge image in which each strain gauge is disposed at a three-dimensional position corresponding to, for example, an ultrasonic image in each time phase is... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090318805 - Breathing circuit with embedded acoustic reflectometer: An instrument may continuously monitoring acoustic reflections from within and/or beyond an intubation tube positioned within the mouth of a patient while the patient is breathing. The instrument may include an acoustic reflectometer configured to detect the acoustic reflections. An acoustic flow channel may contain the acoustic reflectometer within it.... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090318804 - Cryotherapy planning and control system: The present invention relates to devices and methods for planning and supervising minimally invasive surgery. Included are enhancements to systems for planning, monitoring, and controlling cryosurgery.... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.

20090318810 - Operation control of an ultrasound system based on an impact pattern applied thereto: There are disclosed embodiments for controlling an operation of an ultrasound system based on an impact applied thereto. In the ultrasound system designed to operate in a plurality of diagnostic modes, a user may be verified based on the impact pattern applied to the ultrasound system. Also, a desirable diagnostic... Agent: Jones Day

20090318811 - Ultra sound system for forming strain images with instantaneous frequency: There is provided an ultrasound system for forming strain images by decreasing decorrelation of receive signals, which vary with time or space. More specifically, the decorrelation between the receive signals obtained without and with applying stress to a target object is reduced to decrease an error, which occurs during the... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090318809 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and program: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus comprises an ultrasonic probe configured to transmit ultrasound to a test body and receive an echo signal, an image generation unit configured to generate a plurality of tomograms with respect to the test body based on the echo signal, an image memory configured to record the... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090318806 - Ultrasonograph: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to the present invention includes: a transmitting section that generates a drive signal to drive a probe in order to transmit an ultrasonic wave toward a subject to be deformed periodically under stress; a receiving section for receiving an echo, produced when the ultrasonic wave... Agent: Mark D. Saralino (pan) Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

20090318807 - Ultrasonograph: The schedule memory unit 23 memorizes a time schedule set in advance for saving images. The avascularization unit 30 compresses the subject's brachial region to avascularize the brachial artery, releases the avascularization after a predetermined period of time, and simultaneously transmits a decompression start signal to the controller 17. The... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090318808 - Ultrasound device and system including same: An ultrasound device. The ultrasound device is portable and includes a shock and vibration resistant housing, an ultrasound module positioned within the housing, a processor positioned within the housing, and a display communicably connected to the processor. The ultrasound module is configured for transmitting control signals to a transducer, and... Agent: Reed Smith LLP

20090318813 - Applicators that house and support ultrasound transducers for transcutaneou delivery of ultrasound energy: An applicator for delivering ultrasound energy that comprises an ultrasound transducer adapted and configured to be electrically coupled to an ultrasound generator. A housing carries the ultrasound transducer for use. An element supports the transducer within the housing. The element includes an elastic material having a hardness of about 30... Agent: Daniel D. Ryan Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20090318812 - Ultrasound waveguide: In a medical therapy or diagnostic system, magnetic resonance (MR) techniques are used in order to determine the position of the focal point of an ultrasound wave with respect to a patient's body. Therefore, it is an object of the present invention to provide an ultrasound waveguide which could be... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090318814 - Method and apparatus for examination/diagnosis of lifestyle related disease using near-infrared spectroscopy: The present invention is a method and an apparatus for examination/diagnosis of lifestyle related disease, wherein the test sample from a human or other animal subject is irradiated with light having a wavelength region of a region of 400 nm-2,500 nm or a part of the region, of which the... Agent: Jhk Law

20090318815 - Systems and methods for hyperspectral medical imaging: Under one aspect, an apparatus for analyzing the skin of a subject includes a hyperspectral sensor for obtaining a hyperspectral image of the subject. The apparatus further includes a control computer that is in electronic communication with the hyperspectral sensor and which controls at least one operating parameter of the... Agent: Jones Day

20090318816 - Light catheter for illuminating tissue structures: A system for the illumination of tissue structures including tubular structures within the body and a method for the use of the system. The system includes a transparent, biocompatible catheter and a light source.... Agent: Popovich, Wiles & O'connell, Pa

20090318817 - Pulse detection apparatus and method for manufacturing the same: A pulse detection apparatus including: a support member that supports a pulse sensor so as to touch a human body with the pulse sensor; a cable that is electrically connected to the pulse sensor and mechanically connected to the support member; a first restriction member that is provided on the... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090318818 - Blood pressure monitoring system: A blood pressure monitoring system that includes a compact housing that contains a pneumatic circuit that is removably attached to an inflatable cuff by a hoseless connector so that the cuff can be inflated and deflated to provide blood pressure readings that are detected by a pressure sensor. A controller... Agent: Hiscock & Barclay, LLP

20090318819 - Pulse photometry probe: A pulse photometry probe includes: a light emitter having a first face from which light is emitted toward a living body; a light receiver having a second face which receives the light from the living body; a surface sheet which faces the first face of the light emitter and the... Agent: Kimble Intellectual Property Law, PLLC

20090318820 - Apparatus and method for identifying myocardial ischemia using analysis of high frequency qrs potentials: Detecting cardiac ischemia by detecting local changes in high frequency ECG parameters. Local changes may be, for example, local reduction in RMS of high frequency components, for example, during a stress test.... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.

20090318821 - Method for checking ecg signals and ecg measuring device: The invention relates to a method for checking ECG signals measured by an ECG measuring device having at least three electrodes for the presence of interference errors. At least three voltages are measured on a closed circulation path across the electrodes of the ECG measuring device. A monitoring value is... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090318822 - Methods and systems for analyzing t-wave alternants: Embodiments of the present invention relate to implantable systems, and methods for use therein, that can detect T-wave alternans and analyze the detected alternans to provide information regarding cardiac instabilities and predict impending arrhythmias.... Agent: Steven M Mitchell Pacesetter Inc

20090318823 - Air sampling apparatus and methods: An air sampling apparatus is disclosed, including a closed loop system for extracting air to be sampled into an analysis device such as a gas chromatograph, which is further coupled to an output. The closed loop sample extraction method reduces contaminants that can otherwise be introduced into air samples.... Agent: Ryan Kromholz & Manion, S.c.

20090318825 - Investigating neurological function: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for identifying degenerative disorders and particularly to the early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.... Agent: Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec

20090318824 - Neuralprobe and methods for manufacturing same: A neural probe and method of fabricating same are provided. The probe comprises a plurality of frames connected to each other and to a substrate by respective bimorphs. A probe base is connected by another bimorph to the frames. A probe tip extends from the probe base. The probe can... Agent: Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP

20090318827 - Body-based monitoring of brain electrical activity: Apparatus and methods for monitoring electrical activity within the brain of a person (“brainwaves”) employing electrodes or other sensors connected or placed proximate to portions of the body below the head to develop raw signals. The raw signals are filtered to produce analysis signals including frequency components relevant to brain... Agent: Steven C. Schnedler Carter & Schnedler, Pa

20090318826 - Method and apparatus of neurological feedback systems to control physical objects for therapeutic and other reasons: A method and apparatus using brainwaves to control real objects is provided. The method and apparatus comprise using sensors to detect the brain's electrical signals and transmit at least two brainwaves to an apparatus that converts the brainwaves into a format usable by a signal processor. The signal processor determines... Agent: Holland & Hart, LLP

20090318828 - System and method for a non-invasive blood pressure monitor: A non-invasive blood pressure system is disclosed herein. The non-invasive blood pressure system includes a pressure transducer configured to obtain pressure data comprising a transient baseline effects component. The non-invasive blood pressure system also includes a processor adapted to receive the pressure data from the pressure transducer. The processor is... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20090318829 - Sample collection and testing device with pivot arm: A device (10) for collecting and testing biological samples comprises a housing (12) having a pivot arm (14) pivotally attached thereto and moveable from sample collection configuration in which the pivot arm projects away from the housing and the sample collector is remote from the housing to a sample analysis... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090318830 - Multifunctional biopsy instrument: A biopsy instrument comprises a cutting head having first and second co-operable jaws movable with respect to a support between open and closed states, and a jaw drive for moving one or both of the jaws into the closed state to take a biopsy sample in response to an actuating... Agent: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

20090318831 - Endoscope apparatus: An endoscope apparatus according to the present invention includes an insertion portion having a distal end portion and at least two channels; an optical observation system provided on one surface of the distal end portion so as to face an axial direction different from a direction of an insertion axis... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090318832 - Biopsy devices with universal probe: A biopsy device comprises a probe that is configured to couple with a holster. The probe comprises a needle, a cutter, and a body portion. The needle is rotatable and translatable relative to the body portion. The holster has a locking feature that is configured to prevent the needle from... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, LLC

20090318833 - Needle structures and methods for fabricating needle structures: A needle comprising: a base portion; a stem portion extending from the base portion; a tip portion formed on the stem portion; wherein a length of the stem portion is chosen such that the needle can be used for intradermal or subcutaneous drug delivery, and the base portion, the stem... Agent: Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

20090318834 - Blood test device: A blood test device using a laser as a puncture means. More specifically, it is intended to provide a blood test device using a laser as a puncture means by which the skin can be fixed at a definite position by raising up the punctured skin under negative pressure and... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090318835 - Steerable guide wire with torsionally stable tip: A steerable guide wire includes a core wire having a proximal end and a distal end. A braided filament is affixed to the distal end of the core wire. An outer coil surrounds at least a portion of the core wire and the braided filament. A proximal end of the... Agent: O''melveny & Myers LLP Ip&t Calendar Department La-13-a7

20090318836 - Surgical orientation device and method: A device for detecting and measuring a change in angular position with respect to a reference plane is useful in surgical procedures for orienting various instruments, prosthesis, and implants with respect to anatomical landmarks. One embodiment of the device uses three orthogonal rate sensors, along with integrators and averagers, to... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

  
12/17/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090312593 - Radioactive device for treatment of a tumor: An apparatus in one example has a treatment balloon or similar device that may be implanted into a tumor bed or cavity, and filled with or carrying a radioactive material.... Agent: Carmen Patti Law Group , LLC

20090312594 - Devices to resist migration and rotation of implants used in brachytherapy and other radiation therapy: A therapeutic member for use in brachytherapy deliverable to an implant site by way of a needle comprises a single radioactive source encapsulated by a bio-absorbable material having an outer surface including one or more ribs encircling the single radioactive source, a leading edge endcap rib and a trailing edge... Agent: Fliesler Meyer LLP

20090312595 - System and method for memory modification: Systems and methods are described relating to activating at least one consolidated memory of an individual; presenting an indication of at least one memory-dampening agent to the individual; and presenting to the individual at least one artificial sensory experience for reconsolidation of the at least one consolidated memory.... Agent: Iv - Suiter Swantz PC Llo

20090312596 - Assay and kit for predicting implantation success in assisted fertilisation: The present invention relates to an assay for determining the implantation potential of a plurality of embryos each obtained or to be obtained by assisted fertilisation of an oocyte of a female subject, comprising measuring the levels of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) in the follicular fluid (FF) present in the... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090312598 - Catheter-based tissue remodeling devices and methods: Devices and methods utilizing a catheter to remodel soft tissue of a patient and, in a preferred embodiment, to reduce the volume of the left ventricle of a heart. In some embodiments, one or more sutures are passed through a wall of the ventricle. The ends of the one suture... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090312597 - Methods and devices for limiting gastric expansion: Disclosed are methods and devices for limiting expansion in at least one portion of gastric tissue.... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.

20090312599 - Sexual stimulation apparatus: A sexual stimulation apparatus comprising a phallic shaped member having a handle disposed at its base. The handle has a convex surface substantially facing away from the phallic shaped member. The convex surface has at least one projection member extending therefrom. In use, the convex surface sits snugly against the... Agent: Abelman, Frayne & Schwab

20090312600 - Endoscopic positioning system: It is one object of the present invention to provide an endoscope positioning system (EPS) for maneuvering, orienting and positioning an endoscope relatively to an organ being operated within a patient's body. The EPS is especially used during orthopedic operations such that the organ is constantly moved during the operation.... Agent: Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco Pl

20090312601 - Capsule endoscope system: A capsule endoscope system includes: a receiving device that receives in-vivo images captured by a capsule endoscope inserted into an organ of a subject; and an image display device that acquires ID information of one or more capsule endoscopes, acquires through the receiving device the in-vivo images captured by the... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090312602 - Pressing member, endoscopic treatment system, and endoscopic suturing device: An endoscopic treatment system 1 of the present invention includes an overtube 2 that is inserted into the body of a patient. An endoscope 7 and a suturing device 8 are inserted into the overtube 2. The overtube 2 has a long and flexible tube main body 3, and a... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090312603 - Endoscopic tissue anchor deployment: An endoscopic tissue anchor deployment device includes a handle, an elongated shaft defining an internal lumen, and an end effector attached to the distal end of the elongated shaft. A tissue anchor catheter is removably inserted through the lumen of the elongated shaft, the catheter having a tissue anchor assembly... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20090312604 - Portable simplified image display apparatus and receiving system: A portable simplified image display apparatus and a receiving system are provided, which can sensuously know the state of received strength of radio signals transmitted from a body-insertable apparatus, in either case of before examination or during examination. A viewer (7) includes a detector that detects received strength of a... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090312605 - Ergonomic handle and articulating laparoscopic tool: The present invention relates to a laparoscopic apparatus. The apparatus comprises a handle having a body portion, a top surface, opposite bottom surface, a proximal and distal end. The top surface of the base is contoured to compliment the natural curve of the palm. The apparatus further includes a shaft... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090312606 - Flexible device shaft with angled spiral wrap: Spiral-wound materials, spirals, and shafts made therefrom that have wraps with edges that may nest within one another are described. Such edges allow the spiral to achieve a smaller bending radius, meaning tighter turns and more flexibility due to the ability of adjacent wraps to nest within each other when... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20090312607 - Light source device, imaging apparatus and endoscope apparatus: A light source device includes a first light source 33, a second light source 35 having an emission wavelength that is different from the first light source 33, and a phosphor 43 that is disposed to be distant from the first light source 33 and the second light source 35... Agent: Kimble Intellectual Property Law, PLLC

20090312608 - Method and devices of imaging and biopsy: Certain embodiments include an endoscope and methods for imaging using the endoscope. The endoscope may include an imaging channel and a tip positioned at one end of the imaging channel, the tip adapted to collect light from a field of view that extends 360° around at least a portion of... Agent: Kauth , Pomeroy , Peck & Bailey ,llp

20090312609 - Light guide for endoscopes: A light guide for endoscopes is constituted by a plurality of multimode optical fibers, of which at least a portion is bundled. The light guide propagates illuminating light beam that enters from a first end facet thereof to a second end facet thereof, to emit the illuminating light beam onto... Agent: Studebaker & Brackett PC

20090312610 - Disposable speculums having single-sided support and operating mechanism: The embodiments disclosed herein relate to disposable speculums, and more particularly to disposable vaginal speculums having single-sided support and operating mechanisms. In an embodiment, a speculum includes an upper member having an upper blade and a hinge assembly; a lower member having a handle and a lower blade, wherein a... Agent: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

20090312611 - Surgical access methods for use with delicate tissues: Surgical methods providing access to delicate tissue, such as brain tissue or breast tissue, through a transcutaneous incision. A method may include making an incision adjacent a region containing delicate tissue, and providing a surgical assembly having: a retractor having a hollow sleeve extending from a proximal end to a... Agent: Hunton & Williams/new York Intellectual Property Dept.

20090312612 - Method, system and apparatus for monitoring patients: A method, system and apparatus for monitoring a subject are disclosed. The subject is provided with a plurality of monitoring units including a fixed monitoring unit at a predetermined location and a mobile monitoring unit attached to the subject, wherein the fixed monitoring unit fails to have separate measurement elements... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20090312613 - Non-invasively monitoring blood parameters: An apparatus for monitoring vital sign parameters in a biological entity is disclosed. In an embodiment, the apparatus includes at least one light source for transmitting light through the biological entity and at least one photodetector for receiving light transmitted through the biological entity. At least one light source and... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20090312614 - Transdermal analyte sensor assembly and methods of using the same: A transdermal test sensor assembly adapted to determine an analyte concentration of a fluid sample is disclosed. The assembly comprises a sensor support including at least one reservoir adapted to hold a liquid. The assembly further comprises a test sensor being coupled to the sensor support. The test sensor forms... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP

20090312615 - Device for determining the glucose level in body tissue: The apparatus for the non-invasive glucose detection comprises an electrical detection device (2) for measuring the response of the tissue or blood to an electric field at low frequencies below 1 MHz and at high frequencies above 10 MHz. The former is primarily dominated by skin hydration and sweat, while... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP

20090312616 - Transmission fluorometer: This disclosure relates generally to a system and method for noninvasive, non-destructive fluorescent measurement. More specifically, the disclosure provides a non-invasive metrology system and method to monitor levels of fluorescent chemicals in the blood. A major application for the invention is field-based non-invasive blood testing for micro-nutrient deficiency and diseases... Agent: Zarian Midgley & Johnson PLLC

20090312618 - Endoscopic device with biochip sensor: A device for performing minimally invasive procedures in vivo has an endoscope body that carries at least one sensor or actuator and at least one magnetic element allowing the body to be freely navigated in the body of a patient by an extracorporeally applied magnetic field. the body carries at... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090312617 - Needle injection catheter: The needle injection catheter includes a delivery tube and at least one hypotube that fits slidably within the delivery tube. The hypotube has at least three hollow needle portions extending outwardly at its distal end. The needle portions curve outwardly and have ends shaped to penetrate tissue. At least one... Agent: Belasco, Jacobs & Townsley LLP Howard Hughes Center

20090312619 - 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

20090312620 - Diabetes monitor: A diabetes monitor can provide diabetes information is invented in this invention. It comprises an input module, a storage module, and a knowledge base system module. This invention breaks through the design idea of traditional diabetes monitors. It not only can monitor the blood glucose values but also can generate... Agent: Hou-mei Henry Chang

20090312621 - Method and device for monitoring a physiological parameter: The present invention is related to a method and device for monitoring a physiological parameter, like the blood glucose level, using prediction of future evolution of the physiological parameter based on continuous traces. The present method and device can be employed as a decision support system for diabetic patients.... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090312622 - Device and method for determining a value of a physiological parameter of a body fluid: A device for determining a value of a physiological parameter of a body fluid of a body under investigation, the device comprising a fluid reservoir for containing a perfusate fluid, a body interface insertable into the body under investigation for a fluid communication between the fluid reservoir and the body... Agent: Smith Frohwein Tempel Greenlee Blaha, LLC

20090312623 - Catheter with contractable mapping assembly: The invention is directed to a mapping catheter useful for mapping tubular regions in and around the heart. The catheter comprises an elongated tubular catheter body. A mapping assembly is provided at the distal end of the catheter body. The mapping assembly comprises a tubular structure comprising a preformed generally... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP

20090312624 - Electrophysiological screens for cognitive modulators: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for analysis of electromagnetic activity of prefrontal cortex neurons in subjects are provided. The methods, apparatuses, and systems of the present invention can be used as a means to screen for cognitive modulators. They can be used to predict the effects of compounds such as psychostimulants... Agent: Warf/bhgl

20090312625 - Method for fast multi-slice mapping of myelin water fraction: Mapping of myelin water content in white matter may provide important information for early diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and the detection of white matter abnormality in other diseases. It is disclosed here that free induction decay (FID) of each voxel at multiple slice locations is acquired in the brain using... Agent: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (main)

20090312626 - Articles and methods for improving mri imaging: Described herein are articles and methods for improving MRI imaging. The articles and methods augment fat saturation, which improves the resolution of the MRI image and ultimately provides more precise and accurate diagnosis of diseases.... Agent: Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva. PC

20090312627 - Radio-labeled ingestible capsule: A method of determining the location of an ingested capsule comprising the steps of providing an ingestible capsule (15) having a shell (16) and a flexible fluid retaining sleeve (17) affixed to the sleeve and defining a chamber (19) between the shell and the sleeve, the fluid retaining sleeve having... Agent: Phillips Lytle LLP Intellectual Property Group

20090312628 - Biological observation apparatus and method: A biological observation apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention includes a sound wave radiating unit that radiates a sound wave into an object to be examined, a light radiating unit that radiates first light having a predetermined wavelength and second light different from the first light into... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090312629 - Correction of relative tracking errors based on a fiducial: Presented herein are methods, systems, devices, and computer-readable media for correction of relative tracking error based on a fiducial. One embodiment is a method for the correction of obtained emplacement data of two surgical instruments by the detection of a detectable fiducial coupled to first surgical instrument by a second... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090312631 - Device and method for detecting in-vivo pathology: Devices, systems and methods for detecting in vivo pathology are provided. An in vivo sensing device comprises a reacting layer with at least one type of binding agent attached thereon, a sensor configured for sensing an optical change occurring on the reacting substrate, and at least one illumination source. In-vivo... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20090312630 - Infusion systems including computer-facilitated maintenance and/or operation and methods of use: Methods for setting up, maintaining and operating a radiopharmaceutical infusion system, that includes a radioisotope generator, are facilitated by a computer of the system. The computer includes pre-programmed instructions and a computer interface, for interaction with a user of the system, for example, in order to track contained volumes of... Agent: Intellectual Property Group Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

20090312632 - Syringe plunger sensing mechanism for a medical injector: Embodiments of an injector, syringe, syringe interface, syringe adapter, and piston/plunger assembly for an injector (of contrast medium, for example) are described. Preferably, the syringe is adapted to engage a syringe interface mechanism such that the syringe may be connected to an injector without regard to any particular orientation of... Agent: Gregory L Bradley Medrad Inc

20090312633 - Reference means for precision radiation treatment: The present invention relates to a reference means (1) comprising at least one reference marker (4) which is applicable temporarily or permanently in a patient's body at a specified location relative to a tumor in the body in order thereafter, by means of the reference marker (4), to enable precision... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.L.P.

20090312635 - Automated strontium-rubidium infusion system: This invention relates to medical engineering, in particular, to means of automation of the process of generating a diagnostic solution from a radionuclide strontium-rubidium generator and performing of remote controlled infusion, with automatic control over the key characteristics of the process. The automated strontium-rubidium infusion system comprises a container with... Agent: Houston Eliseeva

20090312634 - Gantry system: A apparatus particularly well suited for use in medical imaging includes radiation sensitive detectors (40, 50) which detect gamma radiation indicative of radionuclide decays in an examination region (30). The detectors (40, 50) are supported by generally c-shaped support (70) for rotation about a detector rotation axis (35). The support... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090312636 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus: An FSK modulator 20 applies FSK modulation processing to an RF wave supplied from an RF wave oscillator 22, by means of frequency shift keying (FSK) based on a periodical signal sequence supplied from a pattern generator 24, to thereby generate an FSK continuous wave. The continuous wave output from... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP

20090312637 - Ultrasound monitoring and feedback for magnetic hyperthermia: A method and system of magnetic hyperthermia control using ultrasound thermometry, the method comprising: acquiring a reference set of ultrasound data corresponding to a tissue of interest (121); applying a plurality of magnetic nanoparticles (210) at the tissue of interest (121); applying an electromagnetic field based on a set of... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090312638 - medical diagnostic device: An ultrasound measurement system including a handheld display and processing means, an ultrasound transducer, a processing means of a substantially similar weight to the handheld display and processing means, and a transmission cable interconnecting the handheld display and processing means with the ultrasound transducer and processing means, the cable being... Agent: Kevin McnamaraIPManager

20090312639 - Acoustic imaging method and apparatus: A method of and apparatus for ultrasound imaging whereby an acoustic transmit signal including at least one transmit acoustic frequency is transmitted such that at least some of the acoustic energy of the pulse is transmitted into a body to be imaged being of material which has a response to... Agent: Intellectual Property Dept. Dewitt Ross & Stevens Sc

20090312640 - Adjunctive ultrasound processing and display for breast cancer screening: An adjunctive ultrasound mammography system and associated methods are described comprising an adjunctive ultrasound display configured for quick, intuitive, interactive viewing of data derived from volumetric ultrasound scans, the data being displayed near a conventional x-ray mammogram display. Preferred embodiments for navigating among a thick-slice image array, a selected enlarged... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20090312641 - Method for determining the propagation speed of ultrasonic radiation in a layer of tissue and ultrasound system for performing this method: In a method for determining the propagation speed of ultrasonic radiation in a layer of tissue located in front of a structure reflecting ultrasonic radiation, wherein ultrasonic radiation is transmitted from a transmitter arranged immediately outside the layer of tissue through the layer of tissue onto the structure, and the... Agent: Lipsitz & Mcallister, LLC

20090312642 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic imaging method and program: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus in which one of an imaging method with advantageous time resolution and an imaging method with advantageous spatial resolution can be selectively used according to an imaging object. The apparatus includes a transmission control unit for controlling a drive signal generating unit to scan the object... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090312643 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic probe: An ultrasonic probe having a combination of plural types of functions and thereby easy to carry. The ultrasonic probe includes: a housing part for housing a first group of ultrasonic transducers and a second group of ultrasonic transducers in a first edge part and a second edge part having different... Agent: Studebaker & Brackett PC

20090312644 - Vital tissue discrimination device and method: A vital tissue discrimination device, which includes infrared spectrum acquiring section (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 14) for acquiring infrared spectrum information from a vital tissue and an operating section (11) for discriminating normal from abnormal of the vital tissue based on the... Agent: Venable LLP

20090312645 - Methods and devices for accessing anatomic structures: Described herein are methods and devices for performing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). A system comprising an elongate body housing a front-viewing endoscope and a tissue grasping instrument can be used to facilitate the insertion of a catheter into the ampulla of Vater. The distal end of the elongate body can... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090312646 - Optical detection of seizure, a pre-seizure state, and cerebral edema and optical fiber detection of the same: A method for using optical parameters to monitor for a physiological event and/or a state prior to the physiological event includes the steps of: illuminating neural tissue with diagnostic light of a predetermined frequency at a predetermined location; detecting magnitude of optical scattering by neural tissue of the diagnostic light... Agent: Law Offices Of Daniel L. Dawes Dawes Patent Law Group

20090312648 - Adaptive medical image acquisition system: A medical imaging system adaptively acquires anatomical images. The system includes a synchronization processor for providing a heart rate related synchronization signal derived from a patient cardiac function blood flow related parameter. The synchronization signal enables adaptive variation in timing of acquisition within successive heart cycles of each individual image... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090312647 - Electronic device and pulse rate calculating method: In an electronic device, a pulse rate measuring unit measures user's pulse rate. For example, the pulse rate measuring unit obtains a change in blood flow from a light passing through a user's fingertip, and measures user's current pulse rate based on it. A pulse rate memory unit has previously... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090312649 - Night respiration rate for heart failure monitoring: The invention refers to a monitoring device for monitoring and analyzing physiological signals. The monitoring device comprises a transthoracic impedance measurement unit and an evaluation unit connected to the transthoracic impedance measurement unit. The transthoracic impedance measurement unit is adapted to conduct a transthoracic impedance measurement and to generate a... Agent: Dalina Law Group, P.C.

20090312650 - Implantable pressure sensor with automatic measurement and storage capabilities: Methods for activating implantable medical devices within a patient's body are disclosed. An illustrative method includes activating an implantable medical device from a low-power state to an awake state in response to a scheduled time event, sensing one or more pressure measurements within the body, computing an average pressure measurement... Agent: Faegre & Benson LLP Patent Docketing - Intellectual Property (32469)

20090312651 - Electronic blood pressure measurement device calculating blood pressure value: A blood pressure measurement bladder (50) has a predetermined amount of air introduced and sealed therein. A CPU (30) measures in advance the P-V property. The blood pressure measurement bladder (50) is wrapped around a measurement site. By exerting pressure from the outer side to the blood pressure measurement bladder... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20090312652 - Electronic manometer for appropriately adjusting internal pressure of cuff and method for controlling the same: An electronic manometer detects pressure within a cuff at which an amplitude of change in a volume of an artery of a measurement subject becomes a maximum by detecting volume of an artery of a measurement subject while superimposing a vibration of high frequency during a period of raising the... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20090312653 - Electronic manometer for appropriately adjusting internal pressure of cuff and method for controlling the same:

20090312654 - Guidance method, apparatus thereof, recording medium storing program thereof, and device: A first evaluation mode and a second evaluation mode for evaluating with a criterion different from the first evaluation mode are set and the second evaluation mode is applied to acquired information before application of the first evaluation mode to output the evaluation result. A user recognizes that the evaluation... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090312655 - Electrostatic discharge protection for analog component of wrist-worn device: A heart rate monitor with analog and digital input mechanisms is provided with electro static discharge (ESD) protection which protects electrical components within the monitor. The heart rate monitor input mechanisms may include externally exposed sensors comprised of a conducting material, such as metal. The sensors may include push buttons,... Agent: Vierra Magen Marcus & Deniro LLP

20090312656 - Electrostatic discharge protection for wrist-worn device: Electro static discharge (ESD) protection is provided for electronic devices with integrated circuits, such as for example heart rate monitors. The ESD protection protects against voltage accumulation and discharge through device external parts that are connected to internal device circuitry. The ESD protection isolates the internal device circuitry and provides... Agent: Vierra Magen Marcus & Deniro LLP

20090312657 - Coupling and method for detecting heart rate: The invention relates to a coupling and method in a heart-rate measuring apparatus. The coupling in the heart-rate measuring apparatus (10) comprises means (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) for measuring heart rate and means for wireless data transmission (7). According to the invention, the heart-rate measuring device (10) comprises means... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090312658 - Detecting and using heart rate training zone: Methods and devices for comprising: obtaining an estimated heart rate training zone for a user; measuring the pulse rate of the user; and performing a plurality of computerized talk tests, such that a higher number of computerized talk tests are performed when the measured pulse rate is more in the... Agent: Gil Thieberger

20090312659 - Managing preload reserve by tracking the ventricular operating point with heart sounds: A system and method for managing preload reserve and tracking the inotropic state of a patient's heart. The S1 heart sound is measured as a proxy for direct measurement of stroke volume. The S3 heart sound may be measured as a proxy for direct measurement of preload level. The S1-S3... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090312660 - Recognition and localisation of pathologic animal and human sounds: A system and method are described for combining the respiratory status (e.g. amount and type of cough) with the localization of organisms having the respiratory status in real time. The organisms are able to suffer from a respiratory complaint, i.e. they have lungs such as mammals especially farm animals and... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20090312661 - Device for determining a condition of flow in a respiration system: A device for detecting the condition of flow in a respiration system combines the function of a nonreturn valve with the function of flow measurement in a common device. The device includes a valve arrangement (1) with a valve disk (9) and with a valve body (8), wherein the position... Agent: Mcglew & Tuttle, PC

20090312662 - Breath sampling device and method for using same: There is provided a breath sampling tube including an inner conduit, wherein at least a portion of the inner conduit is non-cylindrical and adapted to store liquids. There is also provided a breath sampling system including a gas analyzer and a breath sampling tube may include an inner conduit, wherein... Agent: Eitan Mehulal Law Group

20090312664 - Apparatus and method for obtaining eeg data: An apparatus for obtaining EEG data includes a signal processing component for receiving EEG signals from each of a plurality of electrodes and a data output component. The signal processing component is arranged to convert respective EEG signals in real time to a reduced data set and provide the reduced... Agent: Dickstein Shapiro LLP

20090312665 - Mental work load detector and motorcycle including the same: A mental work load detector arranged to sense the electroencephalogram of a person and estimate a mental work load on the perceptual-motor system and a mental work load on the perceptual-central processing system separately from each other includes a electroencephalogram sensor arranged to sense the electroencephalogram of a rider, an... Agent: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha C/o Keating & Bennett, LLP

20090312663 - System and method for neurometric analysis: A system, comprises a plurality of neurometric analyzing software modules operating on electroencephalogram (EEG) data, each module performing a defined task with respect to neurometric analysis of the EEG data and a database including normative neurometric data in combination with a server including an authorization module, the authorization module comparing... Agent: Fay Kaplun & Marcin, LLP

20090312666 - Skin conduction measuring apparatus: In this skin conduction measuring apparatus, bipolar pulse currents generated by current generator sections 11a to 11i are applied to plural measurement points of a skin 30 of a subject through nonpolarizable electrodes 3a to 3i. The conducted currents and voltages generated by the conduction are measured by a measuring... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack L.L.P.

20090312667 - Birth prediction reporting system for live stock animals: A system of accurately predicting birth of large-sized livestock such as cows sufficiently before the time of making delivery preparations and attending delivery is provided. Vaginal temperatures of livestock such as cows measured by temperature sensor/transmission modules 100 inserted in the vagina of the livestock are transmitted wirelessly, received by... Agent: Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20090312668 - Computational system and method for memory modification: Systems and methods are described relating to activating at least one consolidated memory of an individual; presenting an indication of at least one memory-dampening agent to the individual; and presenting to the individual at least one artificial sensory experience for reconsolidation of the at least one consolidated memory.... Agent: Iv - Suiter Swantz PC Llo

20090312669 - Blood expression device: An embodiment of a device for expressing blood from a wound site formed in dermal tissue is constructed in the shape of a cap removably mounted onto a lancing instrument. The blood expression device includes an annular support member and a plurality of movable fingers integrally formed onto the support... Agent: Young Basile

20090312670 - Wire guide having a rib for coil attachment: The present invention generally relates to a medical surgical device and specifically a wire guide for percutaneous placement within a body cavity. In one embodiment, the wire guide includes an elongated core member having a proximal stop and a distal stop and a rib positioned between the proximal stop and... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20090312671 - Evaluating system of masticatory efficiency and artificial food material: e

20090312672 - Flexibility assessment apparatus: A sit and reach flexibility assessment apparatus comprises a spine with a measuring rule, footplates mounted on either side of the spine and rotatable out of the and at approximate right angles to the plane of the spine, and heel rests mounted at the base of the footplates and rotatable... Agent: Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts

  
12/10/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090306453 - Implant for treating the internal walls of a resection cavity: The invention relates to an implant for treating a cavity that is created as a result of a resection, the implant being modular and the modules being interconnectable.... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090306454 - Devices and methods for stimulation of tissue: Devices, systems and methods are provided for directly stimulating tissues, particularly muscle tissues, to modulate muscle contractions (i.e. provide reanimation of the muscle or to suppress undesired muscle contractions). Reanimation of muscles may be desired when damage to the brain, nervous system or neuromuscular junctions have occurred, causing a muscle... Agent: Lumen Patent Firm

20090306455 - Method of providing magnetised particles at a location: A method of providing magnetised particles at a location using particles which can be switched between magnetic and non-magnetic states by exposure to a suitable magnetic field. The method comprises conveying the particles in their non-magnetic state to the location; and then exposing the particles to the suitable magnetic field... Agent: Blank Rome LLP

20090306456 - Apparatus and method for static magnetic field treatment of tissue, organs, cells, and molecules: An apparatus and method for static magnetic field treatment of plants, animals, and humans comprising the steps of configuring at least one composite static magnetic field by combining at least one of a bipolar static magnetic field and an axial static magnetic field, optimizing spatial distribution and amplitude of the... Agent: Len Taylor, Patent Attorney

20090306458 - Direct acoustic cochlear stimulator for round window access: A mechanical stimulator for evoking a hearing percept by directly generating waves of fluid motion of fluid in a recipient's scala tympani. The stimulator comprises a sound processing unit configured to process a received sound signal; and an implantable stimulation arrangement, comprising: an actuator configured to receive electrical signals representing... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP

20090306457 - Implantable hearing system: A system for rehabilitating the hearing of a recipient. The system comprises: an elongate hollow access device having a symmetrical shape about a longitudinal axis through the center of the device, and comprising first and second ends each having apertures therein which have their geometric centers positioned at the longitudinal... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP

20090306459 - Surgical procedure for the treatment of female urinary incontinece: tension-free inside-out transobturator urethral suspension: A new, quick, simple, efficient, safe, and reproducible surgical technique for the treatment of female urinary incontinence, in which the posterior urethra is suspended using a tape passed through the obturator orifices from inside (underneath the urethra) to outside (thigh folds). A variety of specifically designed surgical instruments are utilized... Agent: Jacobson Holman PLLC

20090306460 - Method and apparatus for controlling a bodily function: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for controlling urinary incontinence. An implantable stimulator is utilised to apply stimulation to a sphincter or neosphincter about the urethra, in order to maintain coaptation of the urethra and urinary continence. Feedback is utilised in order to vary the level of... Agent: Jones Day

20090306461 - Sperm cell separation methods and compositions containing aptamers or nucleic acid sequences for use therein: The present invention provides an aptamer or pool of aptamers (nucleic acid sequences) that bind(s) to a target molecule on the surface, accessible from the surface or inside of a mammalian sperm cell and a method for producing the aptamers. The method comprises contacting a collection of different nucleic acid... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20090306466 - Device: A holding device is used during a laparoscopic surgery to hold an internal organ such as a gall bladder in a desired position in an insufflated abdominal cavity while maintaining pneumopertioneum. The device is used in association with an instrument which is used to introduce the device through an access... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090306465 - Gastric band: A gastric band of a belt type is presented for attaching around a circumference of a patient's stomach, so as to define the diameter of the stomach opening. The band comprises outer and inner surfaces, wherein the inner surface engages the stomach, and at least the outer surface is formed... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.

20090306463 - Gastric ring: The gastric ring has two ends (11, 12) and, between these ends, an intermediate portion (13) of solid section for coming to bear simply against a stomach portion that is to be surrounded. The first end (11) forms an opening (115) in which the second end (12) can be inserted.... Agent: Dowell & Dowell P.C.

20090306464 - Implant for treating stress urinary incontinence and anterior vaginal wall prolapse: An implant and method for treating both stress urinary incontinence and anterior vaginal wall prolapse. The implant includes a central body having a central longitudinal axis and including a central base, two lateral supporting parts positioned on each side of the central base in regard to the central longitudinal axis,... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090306462 - System for controlling a controllable stomach band: The invention relates to system for controlling a controllable gastric band (1), comprising a control unit (11), wherein the gastric band (1) includes a nonextensible back (4) and a chamber (2) arranged on the stoma side of the back and capable of being filled with a fluid, which chamber is... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP

20090306467 - Method to preserve and restore erectile function: Disclosed herein are a method and apparatus for preservation and restoration of erectile function.... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090306468 - Sexual stimulation device: A sexual stimulation device (1) comprises a casing (2) with a vibrator unit disposed therein, the vibrator unit including an electric motor with an eccentric mass mounted on its output shaft. A connection loop (5) is integrally attached to the casing for connecting the device to the penis. A resiliently... Agent: Dykema Gossett PLLC

20090306469 - Endoscope system: An endoscope system includes at least an endoscope of the endoscope and an accessory, a placement unit on which the endoscope is adapted to be placed, a detecting unit configured to detect whether the endoscope is placed on the placement unit or not, an actuating unit for at least one... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090306470 - Medical apparatus: A medical apparatus of the present invention includes a medical device configured to be introduced into a body, and the medical apparatus further includes: an image pickup portion which is provided in the medical device and picks up an image of a subject to be examined in the body; a... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090306471 - Accessing a body cavity through the urinary tract: Some embodiments of the system described herein provide transvesical access to a body cavity (e.g., the peritoneum, the bladder, the ureter, the renal pelvis, or the retroperitoneum). For example, such a transvesical approach may provide access to the peritoneal cavity through an opening formed in the bladder wall or other... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090306472 - Systems and techniques for endoscopic dilation: Dilators configured to be used over the top of conventional endoscopes are disclosed. Dilator 100 includes a dilating surface 340 and an endoscope outlet 342 at its distal end, the inner diameter of which is chosen to closely approximate the outer diameter of the endoscope. In use, the endoscope may... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090306473 - Capsule medical apparatus: A capsule medical apparatus includes a needle driving unit that punctures an internal region of a subject with an injection needle and pulls out the injection needle from the internal region, a liquid injection unit that injects a liquid into the internal region through the injection needle, and a leak... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090306474 - In vivo camera with multiple sources to illuminate tissue at different distances: An in vivo endoscope illuminates tissue using multiple sources. Light from a short-range source exits a tubular wall of the endoscope through a first illumination region that overlaps an imaging region, and the light returns through the imaging region after reflection by tissue, to form an image in a camera.... Agent: Silicon Valley Patent Group LLP

20090306475 - Electronic endoscope: An electronic endoscope has an insert section to be introduced into a human body cavity. A distal portion of the insert section contains a CCD and a printed circuit board to which the CCD is bonded. In the insert section, a cable bundle being a bundle of coaxial cables extends.... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC

20090306476 - Automated control of irrigation and aspiration in a single-use endoscope: The present invention is an integrated and automated irrigation and aspiration system for use in an endoscopic imaging system. The system provides for the automated cleaning of poorly prepared patients during a colonoscopy procedure as well as automated cleaning of an imaging system of an endoscope. The invention analyzes images... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20090306477 - Optical system: The invention relates to an optical system that is capable of taking images having a wide angle-of-view in simplified construction, is of small-format size and well corrected for aberrations, and has high resolving power. The optical system is an imaging system that is to image an object plane (4) having... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20090306478 - Illumination device for use in endoscope: An illumination device for use in an endoscope includes a light source, an optical fiber and a wavelength conversion member. The optical fiber guides light to a tip end of an endoscope insertion portion of the endoscope. The wavelength conversion member is provided at an emission end of the optical... Agent: Kimble Intellectual Property Law, PLLC

20090306479 - Variable spectroscopy element, spectroscopy apparatus, and endoscope system: Compactness and easier assembly, as well as desired spectral characteristics, are achieved without requiring an accurate assembly process, by accurately detecting the spacing between optical substrates. A variable spectroscopy element (1) is provided, which includes two optical substrates (4a and 4b) that face each other with a spacing therebetween; optical... Agent: Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C.

20090306480 - Systems and methods for tissue retraction: A retractor system for percutaneous surgery in a patient includes first and second retractor portions positionable opposite one another in an incision of the patient. An actuating member is coupled with and extends between ends of the retractor portions which are positionable above the incision. The actuating member is in... Agent: Medtronic Attn: Noreen Johnson -IPLegal Department

20090306481 - Medical surgical device for treating coloproctological pathologies: A medical surgical device for coloproctological pathologies comprises a tubular body (2), provided with a first end (5), which can be inserted into the anal cavity, and a second end (6), opposite the first end (5) and connected to a handle (7) for maneuvering the tubular body (2) inside the... Agent: Pearne & Gordon LLP

20090306484 - Monitoring physiological conditions: A method for unobtrusive screening the well-being of a person using a plurality of sensing devices, including detecting the presence of a person; identifying and tracking the person; using sensing devices, which includes at least one camera, to unobtrusively sense one or more body parameters of the person; calculating and... Agent: Raymond L. Owens Patent Legal Staff

20090306482 - Patient monitoring system and method: A patient monitoring system is disclosed herein. The patient monitoring system includes a processor configured to receive patient data from a monitored patient, to provide a plurality of computer-generated task based on the patient data, and to provide a computer-generated task priority for each of the computer-generated tasks. The patient... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20090306483 - Treatment planning systems: A treatment planning method comprises the steps of identifying a plurality of treatment locations and an overall dose to be applied to each, for each specific location identifying the global dose applied at that location by doses aimed at different locations, as a proportion of the dose applied at the... Agent: Westman Champlin & Kelly, P.A.

20090306486 - Sensing vector configuration in icd to assist arrhythmia detection and annotation: An apparatus comprises an implantable cardiac signal sensing circuit, configured to provide a sensed near-field depolarization signal from a ventricle and to provide a sensed a far-field intrinsic atrial signal using a far-field atrial sensing channel, and a controller circuit communicatively coupled to the cardiac signal sensing circuit. The controller... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090306485 - Wearable electronic system: This document describes the design and control of a modular wearable electronic system that integrates an electrical interconnection harness, human body electrode modules, physiological sensor modules, electronic circuit modules, control software, and power supply modules into a single assembly. The design is intended to allow medical sensors and electronic circuits... Agent: Jonathan Arnold Bell

20090306487 - Photoplethysmography: A photoplethysmograph device includes a light source for illuminating a target object. A modulator drives the light source such that the output intensity varies as a function of a modulation signal at a modulation frequency. A detector receives light from the target object and generates an electrical output as a... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C.

20090306489 - Apparatus and method for measuring a characteristic of a composition reactive to a magnetic field: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a sensor having a pulse oximeter sensor to measure an oxygen saturation level in a liquid, a magnetic source coupled to the pulse oximeter sensor, and a controller to control the pulse oximeter sensor and the magnetic... Agent: Akerman Senterfitt

20090306488 - Portable patient monitor: Embodiments of the present disclosure includes a portable pulse oximeter, such as a handheld pulse oximeter, that provides a user with intuitive key navigation for device operation, which reduces an amount of visual concentration needed to handle and operate the oximeter. In various embodiments, the portable pulse oximeter includes one... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090306490 - Methods and devices for non-invasive analyte measurement: Methods and compositions for the non-invasive determination of the concentration of an analyte are provided.... Agent: Dann, Dorfman, Herrell & Skillman

20090306491 - Implantable neural prosthetic device and methods of use: Neural stimulation devices are described that detect the neural activity from the spinal cord in a semi-invasive manner, where the device comprises at least one antenna array comprising an antenna. The antenna of the array is in electrical communication with the spinal cord of the patient. A device comprising more... Agent: Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

20090306492 - Restraining device for a percutaneous lead assembly: A device (1) for restraining attached couplers (4, 5) of a percutaneous lead assembly (7). The device (1) comprises a body (14) including two engagement means (8) positioned at opposite ends that engage with the respective couplers (4, 5) to resist disconnection, and an attachment means (9) to attach the... Agent: Daniel B. Schein, Ph.d., Esq., Inc.

20090306493 - Arrangement in a tonometer: The arrangement in a tonometer has a probe that is brought into contact with the surface of the eye and the intraocular pressure in the eye is derived from the variations in the velocity of the probe. The probe is formed of a piece of a non-magnetic substance. The arrangement... Agent: Fasth Law Offices (rolf Fasth)

20090306494 - System for magnetic resonance and x-ray imaging: A patient table for a common imaging system including Magnetic Resonance and X-Ray retains the patient stationary in position prior to, during and subsequent to the imaging and includes a base, a patient support portion cantilevered from the base and a mattress. A safety system is provided for controlling the... Agent: Ade & Company Inc.

20090306495 - Patient support table for use in magnetic resonace imaging: A patient table for a common imaging system including Magnetic Resonance and X-ray retains the patient stationary in position prior to, during and subsequent to the imaging and includes a base, a patient support portion cantilevered from the base and a mattress. The RF posterior coil portions for the head... Agent: Ade & Company Inc.

20090306496 - Automatic segmentation of articular cartilage from mri: A method for musculoskeletal tissue segmentation used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is provided. MRI image data is collected using at least two different contrast mechanisms. Voxel values from data from each contrast mechanism are used as elements of a feature vector. The feature vector is compared with classification boundaries... Agent: Beyer Law Group LLP

20090306497 - Calibration method for catheter tracking system using medical imaging data: This invention discloses an improved method for the calibration and tracking of an electromagnetic or acoustic based catheter within a catheter tracking space for use in cardiac intervention for a specific patient, utilizing prior-acquired medical imaging data for the patient.... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090306498 - Systems and methods for improving follicular unit harvesting: Tools and methods are provided for dissecting and/or removing biological units, such as hair follicles, from the body surface based on the images both above and below a body surface to reduce potential damage to the removed biological unit. The invention may be used in fully automated systems and also... Agent: Lena I. Vinitskaya Restoration Robotics Inc.

20090306499 - Self-detecting kinematic clamp assembly: Described are computer-based surgical methods and apparatuses for a self-detecting kinematic assembly. The self-detecting kinematic clamp assembly detects and indicates a degradation in pose. The self-detecting kinematic clamp assembly includes a tracking element for tracking a pose of the kinematic clamp assembly. The self-detecting kinematic clamp assembly includes a base... Agent: Proskauer Rose LLP

20090306500 - Workflow for minimally invasive heart treatment: A system and method of treating a patient is described, where an implantable device is introduced into the patient and guided to an appropriate location using a 2-dimentsional X ray taken prior to the introduction of the device, and a fluoroscopic image taken from the same aspect during the procedure,... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20090306501 - Method and apparatus for directed device placement in the cerebral ventricles or other intracranial targets: Apparatus for directed cranial access to a site includes a guidepiece and a receptacle. The receptacle includes a lower part having a rim and a base, and a hollow stem at the base adapted to be mounted in a hole in the skull; and an upper part having a rim... Agent: Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP

20090306502 - Head for imaging and treating organs of living organisms and production method thereof: An imaging and treatment head for imaging and treating an organ or tissue of a living being, and usable in particular for treating tumors of the prostate or the thyroid, said head comprising: imaging means (2), such as an ultrasonic probe, that are suitable for emitting waves or radiation so... Agent: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo

20090306503 - Adaptive volume rendering for ultrasound color flow diagnostic imaging: Adaptive volume rendering is provided for medical diagnostic ultrasound. The opacity of B-mode data is set relative to the opacity of Doppler data. The opacities for the different types of data are set as a function of ray depth. For example, the opacity of B-mode data near a tissue border... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090306507 - Anatomical feature extraction from an ultrasound liver image: There is disclosed an embodiment for extracting anatomical features from a 3-dimensional B-mode ultrasound liver image for image registration. A system extracts anatomical features from a 3-dimensional B-mode ultrasound liver image for image registration. An image forming unit forms a 3-dimensional ultrasound liver image based on ultrasound signals reflected from... Agent: Jones Day

20090306504 - Image displaying method and medical image diagnostic system: The image display method comprises a three-dimensional image creating step that creates a three-dimensional image based on volume data; a cutting plane setting step that sets a cutting plane that cuts the three-dimensional image at an arbitrary position; and a positional relationship display image creating step that creates a positional... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090306506 - Method of aquiring data in the mouth of a patient, such a device, an arrangement comprising a dentist's chair and such a device and the use of this device: A device (10) for acquiring data in the mouth of a patient, wherein the device (10) comprises an ultrasound sensor (20) and a support structure. The ultrasound sensor (20) is stored by means of the support structure when not in use and contains ultrasound deflection means (12) which are movable.... Agent: K.f. Ross P.C.

20090306505 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: Ultrasonic diagnostic equipment which displays a high contrast ultrasonic image enhancing the outline structure of an inspection object. More specifically, the motion vector of an object occurring between images used for addition is measured using a captured ultrasonic image, deformation processing is performed on accumulated addition image based on the... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090306508 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus disclosed herein comprises an ultrasonic probe which generates an ultrasonic beam, a volume data set collecting unit which collects a plurality of volume data sets corresponding to a plurality of three-dimensional scan ranges via the ultrasonic probe, the plurality of three-dimensional scan ranges partly overlapping one... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090306509 - Free-hand three-dimensional ultrasound diagnostic imaging with position and angle determination sensors: A freehand 3-D imaging system includes an integrated sensor configuration that provides position and orientation of each 2D imaging plane used for 3-D reconstruction without the need for external references. The position sensors communicate with the imaging system using either wired and wireless means. At least one translational and one... Agent: Burns & Levinson, LLP

20090306512 - Coherent image formation for dynamic transmit beamformation: Retrospective dynamic transmit beamformation is provided in medical ultrasound imaging. Using parallel receive beamformation, sets of data representing locations in at least a common field of view are obtained, each set in response to a transmit with a spatially distinct phase front. The common field of view receive data are... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090306510 - Ultrasound imaging apparatus: An ultrasound imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of transducer elements images an object by making use of the plurality of transducer elements whose received signals are given delays, transmitting a pulse ultrasonic wave to the object and receiving its reflected wave. The transducer elements are divided into a plurality of... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090306511 - Ultrasound imaging apparatus and method for generating ultrasound image: For a three-dimensional region including a treatment target site of a patient, a puncture needle scanning region R1 having a slice thickness d1 is set with reference to a cross section (a puncture cross section) including an insertion direction of a puncture needle. Subsequently, in the y-direction substantially perpendicular to... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.

20090306513 - Multi-plane/multi-slice processing for 2-d flow imaging in medical diagnostic ultrasound: A volumetric method for 2-D flow imaging is provided in medical diagnostic ultrasound. Flow data for a volume is acquired. For more rapid acquisition, broad beam transmission and reception along many scan lines distributed in the volume is used. The volumetric flow data is filtered, such as by calculating statistical... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090306514 - Ultrasound imaging apparatus and method for displaying ultrasound image: v

20090306515 - Automated pressing device and ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus using the device: An automated pressing device (3) for an ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus according to the present invention is constituted by being provided with a probe holding member (21) including an attaching portion (31) to which a probe (2) is detachably attached and a griping portion (32) to which the attaching portion is... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090306516 - Ultrasound probe and ultrasound diagnosis apparatus: The ultrasound probe includes a transducer unit having a plurality of transducers, an arm for holding one edge of the transducer unit so as to be extendable in a longitudinal direction, a rail body for holding the other edge of the transducer unit and a driving unit for driving the... Agent: Knoble, Yoshida & Dunleavy

20090306517 - Method and apparatus for mathematically characterizing ear canal geometry: The present subject matter provides apparatus and methods for physically fitting a hearing assistance device, including mathematically characterizing a person's ear canal. The apparatus includes an expandable balloon for positioning in the ear canal, the balloon including a hollow interior channel. A flexible catheter extends through the interior portion of... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20090306518 - Transducers, devices and systems containing the transducers, and methods of manufacture: A catheter assembly for an intravascular ultrasound system includes a catheter and an imaging core. The catheter includes a lumen extending along the longitudinal length of the catheter from the proximal end to the distal end and the imaging core is configured and arranged for inserting into the lumen. The... Agent: Boston Scientific Corporation Darby & Darby P.C.

20090306519 - Measurement with multiplexed detection: The invention relates to a device (1) for imaging an interior of a turbid medium (45) comprising: a) a measurement volume (15) for receiving the turbid medium (45); b) a light source (5) for irradiating the turbid medium (45); c) a photodetector unit (10) for detecting light emanating from exit... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090306520 - Quantitative methods for obtaining tissue characteristics from optical coherence tomography images: A method and apparatus for determining properties of a tissue or tissues imaged by optical coherence tomography (OCT). In one embodiment the backscatter and attenuation of the OCT optical beam is measured and based on these measurements and indicium such as color is assigned for each portion of the image... Agent: K&l Gates LLP

20090306521 - Noninvasive measurement of carotenoids in biological tissue: A method and apparatus are provided for the determination of carotenoid antioxidants and similar chemical compounds in biological tissue such as living skin. The method and apparatus provide a noninvasive, rapid, accurate, and safe determination of carotenoid levels which in turn can provide diagnostic information of the antioxidant status of... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20090306522 - Method and apparatus for detecting abnormal living tissue: Light scattering and absorption techniques for the detection of possible abnormal living tissue. Apparatus and methods for utilizing multiple blood content detection sensors and/or contact sensors for beneficially providing data to better guide an endoscope or colonoscope to locate abnormal tissue, tumors, or tissues that precede the development of such... Agent: Gibbons P.C.

20090306523 - Apparatus for measuring vascular viscoelasticity index: The present invention provides an apparatus for measuring a vascular viscoelasticity index, which measures a vascular viscoelasticity index α by a formula α={(Pb2−Pa2)−(Pb1−Pa1)}/(Va2−Va1) wherein Pb1 is the maximal value of the first pulse wave; Va1 is the local maximum value of a time derivative value of the first pulse wave;... Agent: Quinn Emanuel Koda & Androlia

20090306524 - Sensor for detecting the passing of a pulse wave from a subject's arterial system: In order to provide an easy-to-use technique for measuring blood pressure and/or other vital signs of a subject, a sensor for detecting the passing of a pulse wave from a subject's arterial system is suggested, the sensor being adapted to be located at a sensing position on the exterior of... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090306525 - Apparatus and method for defibrillation pulse detection using electromagnetic waves: A pulse detector that uses electromagnetic waves for detecting a patient pulse in conjunction with the administration of defibrillation and/or CPR. Electromagnetic waves are applied to a patient blood vessel and the reflected electromagnetic waves are analyzed for a Doppler shift, which is indicative of a pulse. In some applications... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090306526 - Method and apparatus for automatic analysis of t-wave alternans: The invention disclosed includes a method and apparatus for calculation of T-wave alternas in electrocardiographic (ECG) signals; said method comprises the following method steps: (a) collecting and storing an ECG signal; (b) detecting each heartbeat T-wave in the ECG signal using an automatic detection and segmentation algorithm; (c) classifying said... Agent: Aboy&associates PC Dr. Mateo Aboy #64040

20090306527 - Method of exhaled gas measurement and analysis and apparatus therefor: An exhalation collected in a breath bag capable of expanding and contracting is sucked into a gas inlet vessel 21 with a given volume (Va), and then the gas inlet vessel 21 is communicated by means of valve V2 with a cell 11 that is maintained at an atmospheric pressure... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090306528 - Adaptive temperature sensor for breath monitoring device: A system and method for sleep monitoring, diagnosing and sensing temperature and pressure for a breathing cycle of a patient including a sensing device suitable for both nasal and oral breath monitoring for measuring respiratory air wave and airflow information during a sleep apnea diagnostic session and processing the acquired... Agent: Davis & Bujold, P.l.l.c.

20090306529 - Adaptive temperature sensor for breath monitoring device: A system and method for sleep monitoring, diagnosing and sensing temperature and pressure for a breathing cycle of a patient including a sensing device suitable for both nasal and oral breath monitoring for measuring respiratory air wave and airflow information during a sleep apnea diagnostic session and processing the acquired... Agent: Davis & Bujold, P.l.l.c.

20090306530 - Detection of airway resistance: An airflow signal corresponding to the breathing of the patient is obtained. A section corresponding to inspiration, having a front portion and a middle portion, is found within the airflow signal. A peak value of the front portion is found, which is compared with a value representing the airflow of... Agent: Lambert Intellectual Property Law

20090306532 - Method for locating tracts of electrical brain activity: A method and apparatus for locating tracts of electrical brain activity. A source localization procedure may be performed including solving the inverse problem subject to one or more constraints resulting from a tractographic procedure, and a tractographic procedure may be performed that includes obtaining a probabilistic assessment of tract connectivity... Agent: Garth Janke Portland Intellectual Property, LLC

20090306531 - Methods and systems for controlling body parts and devices using ipsilateral motor cortex and motor related cortex: A system for controlling a body part includes a number of sensing devices that sense signals from a hemisphere of a brain. A signal translating unit translates the signals into a command signal for controlling the body part, which is on a same side of the body as the hemisphere... Agent: Washington University-snr C/o Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal L.l.p

20090306533 - Stroke inducing and monitoring system and method for using the same: The present invention is a system and method for realtime monitoring of neural responses to stroke. The system of the present invention provides a component for inducing a localized stroke and one or more sensors for monitoring molecular and cellular physiological events before, during and after the stroke. Methods for... Agent: Licata & Tyrrell P.C.

20090306534 - Systems and methods for predicting effectiveness in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, including depression: The present invention pertains to the evaluation and/or treatment of psychopathological diseases. In one aspect, information regarding brain activity, coupled with behavior tests (e.g., determining performance in a computer-based task), may be used to predict the response of a subject to psychological treatment, e.g., with a psychoactive drug. For example,... Agent: Harvard University & Medical School C/o Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

20090306535 - Method and system for detecting electrophysiological changes in pre-cancerous and cancerous tissue and epithelium: Methods and apparatus are provided for determining the condition of selected regions of epithelial and stromal tissue. A plurality of electrodes are used to measure surface and transepithelial electropotential of tissue, especially breast tissue, as well as surface electropotential and impedance at one or more locations and at several defined... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20090306536 - Method and device for monitoring thermal stress: A method and device for monitoring thermal stress in a user is described. The device is designed to include a material having specific thermodynamic properties and physical dimensions defined as a function of those thermodynamic properties. A system for thermal stress monitoring including a thermal stress monitoring device configured within... Agent: Kimberly-clark Worldwide, Inc. Catherine E. Wolf

20090306537 - System and method for detecting the phase of a female menstrual cycle: A system for predicting a woman's current position in her menstrual or ovulation cycle includes a baseline voice characteristics storage module in which first set of characteristics of the woman's voice at a known time relative to her menstrual or ovulation cycle is stored, an analysis module for receiving for... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP

20090306538 - Use of a scalar value to assess neurological status: Methods, systems and devices for determining whether a patient has an abnormally high level of intracranial pressure is described. The method includes using a pupillometer to obtain pupillary response data from the patient. The pupillary response data can be representative of one or more pupillary response characteristics of the patient.... Agent: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky And Popeo, P.c

20090306539 - Pressure sensing catheter: This invention provides a pressure sensing catheter, and method for using the same, which eliminates the practitioners' need to fill the catheter with fluid manually prior to insertion, and thereby increases the accuracy and ease of the overall pressure-sensing procedure. The illustrative catheter includes, in its proximal end, a transducer... Agent: Loginov & Associates, PLLC

20090306540 - Chorionic villus sampling catheter: A catheter with a guide wire and handle is provided for sampling an area of interest, such as chorionic villi. The catheter contains a cannula of flexible plastic that is non-pyrogenic and latex-free, and a flexible obturator with an elongate cylindrical handle. The cannula is echogenic and can be easily... Agent: Bethew B. Jennings Iii A.f. Davis Law

20090306541 - Body tissue incision apparatus: The body tissue harvesting instrument is provided with a cutter which is disposed at the distal end of an insertion member that is inserted into the body of an organism, and which severs tissue inside the body. The cutter includes: a cutter body which projects from the distal end, and... Agent: Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation Attn: Gael Diane Tisack

20090306542 - Method and system for managing patient data: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for managing patient data. In one aspect, the invention relates to a system for managing patient data having many instruments. The instruments have a sampling member for sampling a body fluid from a patient and are in direct communication with at... Agent: Burns & Levinson, LLP

20090306543 - Specimen sample collection device and test system: A specimen sample collection device and test system includes a handle with a sufficiency indicator and locking teeth, an absorbent pad partially contained within the handle; a pad compression tube with outlet ports and locking holes insertable over the pad and handle; one or more collection tubes attachable to the... Agent: Rylander & Associates PC

20090306545 - Bronchoalveolar lavage catheter assembly: A catheter assembly configured for use in a non-bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage procedure. The catheter assembly may include an inner catheter member having an inner catheter lumen and an outer catheter member having an outer catheter lumen, where the inner catheter member is disposed longitudinally and coaxially through at least a... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja, PLLC Attn: Cfn Matters

20090306544 - Instillation/aspiration device: A three-in-one instillation aspiration device configured for (i) instillation of a sampling fluid from a sealed body, (ii) aspiration of the sampling fluid from a target site with collected material into the sealed body, and (iii) transport, without external exposure, of the collected sample to a diagnostic site.... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja, PLLC Attn: Cfn Matters

20090306546 - Kink-resistant guidewire having increased column strength: A guidewire a distal end and a proximal end, and a core wire having an inner core and an outer layer surrounding at least a portion of the inner core, the outer layer being tapered along the distal end of the guidewire, wherein one of the inner core and the... Agent: Rutan & Tucker, LLP.

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20090306548 - Therapeutic method and device for rehabilitation: The invention relates to embodiments of methods for extending a subject-controllable range of joint motion, and for increasing subject control of joint movement within a range of motion. Embodiments include fastening a powered device around a joint so as to be able to control the joint, allowing the subject to... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP

  
12/03/2009 > 110 patent applications in 68 patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category

20090299124 - Applicators and methods for intraoperative treatment of proliferative diseases of the breast: A device for administering brachytherapy to a patient includes a vessel that may be in the form of a hollow cylindrical cup, for fleshing into and substantially filling the open-ended cavity. The vessel has a closed outer end, which may be a removable cover, and a source guide penetrates the... Agent: Thomas M. Freiburger

20090299125 - Radioactive therapeutic apparatus: A method and device for applying a radioactive source to a tissue site is disclosed. The device facilitates the precise placement of, for example, 125Iodine seeds relative to the surgical margin, assures the seeds remain fixed in their precise position for the duration of the treatment, overcomes the technical difficulties... Agent: David M. Driscoll, Esq.

20090299126 - Systems and methods for treating autism spectrum disorders (asd) and related dysfunctions: Systems and methods for treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related dysfunctions are disclosed. A method in accordance with a particular embodiment includes determining that a patient suffers from an autistic disorder and, based at least in part on the determination, selecting a cortical signal delivery site. The method can... Agent: St. Jude Medical Neuromodulation Division Perkins Coie LLP

20090299127 - Magnet-field controlled active substance transfer for aerosol therapy: The present invention relates to aerosols containing magnetic particles, wherein the aerosols comprise magnetic particles and a pharmaceutical active agent. The invention furthermore relates to the use of such aerosols containing magnetic particles for directed magnetic field-guided transfer of the active agents contained therein in aerosol therapy.... Agent: Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

20090299128 - Device for the regeneration and prevention of degeneration of the cartilaginous tissue and subchrondral bone and the proliferation of chondrocytes by means of a pulsed electromagnetic field: Device for the regeneration and prevention of degeneration of the cartilage and subchondral bone and the proliferation of chondrocytes by means of electromagnetic waves comprising a device for generating a periodic signal u(t) and a power amplifier suitable for applying the signal u(t) to a pair of solenoids for the... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090299130 - Methods and compositions for improved fertilization and embryonic survial: Single nucleotide polymorphic site at position 11646 of the bovine FGF2 gene is associated with improved fertilization rate and/or improved embryo survival rate, as well as improved milk production. Also disclosed are nucleic acid molecules, kits, methods of genotyping and marker assisted bovine breeding methods.... Agent: Kening Li Pinsent Masons LLP

20090299129 - Recoverable intra-uterine system: The recoverable intra-uterine system comprises a housing capable of containing one or a plurality of elements selected from among the group comprising an embryo, male and/or female gametes, a fertilized oocyte, and unfertilized ovum and a combination of these elements, the housing having along an axis a distal end and... Agent: Hunton & Williams LLP Intellectual Property Department

20090299132 - Operating field securing device: An operating field securing device is configured as follows. Namely, An operating field securing device which secures an operating field when an internal organ is subjected to a predetermined procedure, the operating field securing device including a contact portion which comes in contact with the internal organ, and a manipulator... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090299131 - Organ manipulator apparatus: Organ manipulation devices for atraumatically grasping the surface of an organ and repositioning the organ to allow access to a location on the organ that would otherwise be substantially inaccessible. Methods of accessing a beating heart, retracting the heart using an organ manipulation apparatus, and stabilizing a surgical target area... Agent: Law Office Of Alan W. Cannon

20090299133 - Ventricular infarct assist device and methods for using it: This relates to surgical devices and methods of using them. In particular, the devices are used to support and to reform myocardial tissue in the region of and across an infarct. The devices provide tension across the infarct in varying degrees by attachment of the device to the myocardium at... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090299134 - Medical instrument: A medical instrument for endoscopic procedures that is provided with a hollow shaft, such that at least two channels are configured in the shaft and the channels can be coupled on the proximal end with supply conduits. To create a medical instrument of the aforementioned type which is of simple... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20090299136 - Endoscopic system for surgical instrument position control and position control method thereof: In an endoscopic system, when an affected area of a biomedical tissue in an image is treated with a scalpel and a holding pair of forceps which movably extend from a distal portion of an endoscope through the endoscope while the image taken by the endoscope in a body cavity... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090299135 - Surgical device and endoscope including same: A surgical device for use with an endoscope. The device includes an end cap removably affixable to a distal end of the endoscope such that at least a portion of the end cap distally extends beyond the distal end of the endoscope. The end cap defines a through bore for... Agent: K&l Gates LLP

20090299137 - Abdominal observation device: A medical imaging device enables observation within the abdominal and pelvic cavity at a wide field of view and enables medical procedures to be carried out within the wide field of view. The medical imaging device includes a central assembly and a sterile disposable cover, which is slipped over the... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20090299138 - Imaging apparatus and in-vivo image obtaining apparatus: An imaging apparatus includes a noise reduction circuit which eliminates a random noise generated in an analogue signal processing by equalizing, via an averaging processing, image data of correlated multiple images within one frame period which is captured by an image sensor and to which the analogue signal processing is... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090299139 - Endoscope: An endoscope has a long slender insertion section to be inserted in a body cavity. The insertion section is composed by connecting a flexible portion to a distal portion having a CCD image sensor with a bending portion. Inserted through the insertion section are an air/water tube, a signal cable... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090299141 - Laparoscopic surgical instrument: A laparoscopic surgical instrument configured to be ergonomic and anthropometrically correct, comprising: a) an ergonomic handle configured to orient a hand of a surgeon in a functional position, the handle comprising a wall structure defining an interior portion, and adapted to contain at least a portion of one or more... Agent: Thorpe North & Western, LLP.

20090299140 - Multi-stream image decoding apparatus and method: A capsule camera includes a wireless transmitter that transmits data and a receiving system having multiple receiving units to allowing storing multiple data streams simultaneously. The multiple stored data streams may be used at a later time to derive the best data stream for analysis, based on the network conditions... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLPIPSection

20090299142 - Operating device, monitor device, and capsule guiding system: An operating device operates a capsule endoscope with 6 degrees-of-freedom motion by using a magnetic field generator with respect to the capsule endoscope inserted into the subject. The operating device includes an operating unit including a fixed unit and a movable unit, and a force sensor incorporated in the operating... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090299143 - Actuating and articulating surgical device: Methods and devices are provided for controlling movement of a working end of a surgical device, and in particular for performing various surgical procedures using an instrument having an end effector that can be articulated relative to an elongate shaft of the device. A decoupling member can isolate the actuation... Agent: K&l Gates LLP

20090299144 - Capsule endoscope: A capsule endoscope includes a capsule-shaped casing and an imaging unit for taking an image of an inside of an organ in a state where the capsule endoscope is floating in liquid introduced inside the organ of a subject. Specific gravity of the capsule endoscope to the introduced liquid is... Agent: Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C.

20090299145 - Gear-shaped lifting cap for a laryngoscope: A lifting cap for attachment to a handle of a laryngoscope for facilitating oral endotrachael intubation. The lifting cap includes an undulating side wall that forms a plurality of finger-grip notches. The finger-grip notches enable a second user to securely grip the lifting cap while a first user grips the... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20090299146 - Laryngoscope blade: A laryngoscope blade which improves the transmission of light from the laryngoscope to enhance the amount of light reflected from an area of interest in a patient. The laryngoscope blade has a channel which extends at least partially though the blade and receives a light source. The channel has a... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090299147 - Articulated surgical retractor: A surgical retractor assembly that utilizes a tubular shaft and a connection nub. A pivot joint connects one end of the tubular shaft to the connection nub. The pivot joint enables the connection nub to move relative the tubular shaft along a path that is coplanar to the axis of... Agent: Lamorte & Associates P.C.

20090299148 - Retraction apparatus and method of use: A retraction apparatus and method are provided including slider assemblies for being slidably connected to a retractor body with end portions of the slider assemblies disposed within a central retractor opening. A retractor blade is slidably connected to one of the slider assembly end portions such that the depth of... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery

20090299153 - Event triggered infection monitoring: Implantable medical devices include a sensor module capable of detecting an indicator of infection in proximity to the device. The sensor module is activated following a detection of an event associated with the device, such as, for example, refill of an implantable infusion device or implantation. The sensor module is... Agent: Campbell Nelson Whipps, LLC

20090299149 - Individually mixed pet feed supply system: It used to be difficult to automatically mix—together with ordinary pet foods—nutrients and medications as additives based on a prescription from an animal hospital according to the condition of a pet. Also, it was not easy to submit from a personal computer or a mobile phone an order for custom-mixed... Agent: Lowe Hauptman Ham & Berner, LLP

20090299151 - Method and apparatus for providing glycemic control: Methods and system to provide glycemic control and therapy management based on monitored glucose data, and current and/or target Hb1AC levels are provided.... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090299152 - Method and apparatus for providing glycemic control: Methods and system to provide glycemic control and therapy management based on monitored glucose data, and current and/or target Hb1AC levels are provided.... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090299150 - Patient monitoring system with health status indicator: A patient monitoring system is disclosed herein. The patient monitoring system includes a computer adapted to assess the health of a patient, and to generate a health status indicator for the patient. The health status indicator comprising a visual gradient adapted to visually convey the assessed health of the patient.... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20090299155 - Continuous cardiac marker sensor system: The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for continuous measurement of a cardiac marker in vivo. In some embodiments, the system includes a continuous sensor and a communication device. The continuous sensor is configured to continuously measure a concentration of a cardiac marker in vivo and to provide... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear, LLP

20090299156 - Continuous medicament sensor system for in vivo use: Systems and methods for continuous measurement of a medicament in vivo are provided. In some embodiments, the system is configured to provide information associated with medicament titration and includes a continuous analyte sensor and a communication device. In some embodiments, the system is configured for continuous ambulatory drug testing, including... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear, LLP

20090299158 - Integrated pressure and temperature cannula: The invention is an integrated thermal and pressure device and method for detecting breathing patterns. The device has a manifold, two parallel nasal cannulas stemming from the manifold, and at least one flexible tube. The flexible tube stems from the manifold and provides an airtight connection with the manifold and... Agent: Mr. Paul Grandinetti Levy & Grandinetti

20090299154 - Optical sensor device and image processing unit for measuring chemical concentrations, chemical saturations and biophysical parameters: Optical sensor devices, image processing devices, methods and computer readable code computer-readable storage media for detecting biophysical parameters, chemical concentrations, chemical saturations, vital signs and physiological information such as a malignant condition are provided. In some embodiments, the optical sensor includes an array of photodetectors, where each photodetector is configured... Agent: Dr. Mark M. Friedman C/o Bill Polkinghorn - Discovery Dispatch

20090299157 - Pulse oximetry system with electrical decoupling circuitry: A pulse oximetry system for reducing the risk of electric shock to a medical patient can include physiological sensors, at least one of which has a light emitter that can impinge light on body tissue of a living patient and a detector responsive to the light after attenuation by the... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090299159 - System and method for monitoring autonomic balance and physical activity: An implantable device monitors the balance between sympathetic tone and parasympathetic tone as a function of an activity level. Cardio-neurological healthy users exhibit a generally sympathetic tone in conjunction with heavy activity level and a generally parasympathetic tone in conjunction with periods of low activity level. Deviations from expected results... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/bsc-crm

20090299160 - Information processing apparatus, information processing method, information processing program and recording medium: An information processing apparatus includes: an internal information acquisition unit for acquiring pieces of information acquired by a measuring tool attached to a subject's head and indicating blood component changes at measurement portions inside the subject's head; a noise removed signal extracting unit for removing noise components of a brain... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090299161 - Marker of wound infection: An indicator device adapted give a detectable signal when the antioxidant capacity of a sample of a mammalian wound fluid exceeds a predetermined minimum level which is characteristic of an infected wound. Also provided system for use in the diagnosis and treatment of wounds comprising the inventive diagnostic device and... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20090299163 - Method and apparatus for providing data communication in data monitoring and management systems: Method and apparatus for communicating with a sealed electronic device via the electronic device's existing data ports for programming, testing configuration or diagnosis of the electronic device such as a transmitter unit for use in a data monitoring and management system such as analyte monitoring and management system is provided.... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20090299162 - Signal processing for continuous analyte sensor: Systems and methods for dynamically and intelligently estimating analyte data from a continuous analyte sensor, including receiving a data stream, selecting one of a plurality of algorithms, and employing the selected algorithm to estimate analyte values. Additional data processing includes evaluating the selected estimative algorithms, analyzing a variation of the... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear, LLP

20090299164 - Implantation of implantable medical device: In general, the invention is directed to strategies pertaining to implantation of an implantable medical device between a scalp and a skull of the patient. The invention pertains to collection of data such as data pertaining to the skull of the patient, the scalp of the patient, the vascular structure... Agent: Shumaker & Sieffert , P.a

20090299165 - Implantation of implantable medical device: In general, the invention is directed to strategies pertaining to implantation of an implantable medical device between a scalp and a skull of the patient. The invention pertains to collection of data such as data pertaining to the skull of the patient, the scalp of the patient, the vascular structure... Agent: Shumaker & Sieffert , P.a

20090299166 - Mems flexible substrate neural probe and method of fabricating same: A method of fabricating a MEMS flexible substrate neural probe is provided. The method can include applying an insulation layer on a substrate, and depositing a plurality of metal traces on the insulation layer and electroplating each of the plurality of traces. The method also can include encapsulating the insulation... Agent: Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP

20090299167 - Microelectrode with laterally extending platform for reduction of tissue encapsulation: In some embodiments, an implantable microelectrode is provided with a shank comprised of a laterally extending platform whose thickness and/or configuration contributes to reduced tissue encapsulation, with at least one electrode site disposed at least partially on or in the laterally extending platform. Novel methods of designing, making, and using... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20090299169 - Methods for physiological monitoring, training, exercise and regulation: Computer executable software and device for guiding brain activity training comprising: logic which takes data corresponding to activity measurements of one or more internal voxels of a brain and determines one or more members of the group consisting of: a) what next stimulus to communicate to the subject, b) what... Agent: Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

20090299168 - Passive acoustic driver for magnetic resonance elastography: An acoustic driver system for use in applying an oscillating stress to a subject undergoing a magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) examination includes a flexible passive driver located in the bore of the magnet and in contact with the subject. A remotely located active driver is acoustically coupled to the passive... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20090299170 - Magnetic resonance scanner with pet unit: A magnetic resonance scanner including a PET unit includes a magnet system and a gradient system having a patient bore. In at least one embodiment, the magnet system and the gradient system are each split by an azimuthal gap and the PET unit is disposed within the gap.... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090299171 - Intraluminal access and imaging device: An intraluminal access and imaging device is configured to image a path of a vessel that includes a chronic total occlusion. The device includes an elongated member having a distal end and a proximal end. The distal end is configured to pass through an inner layer of the vessel so... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.IPLegal Department

20090299172 - Water diffusion imaging and uspio: The invention relates to a method of water diffusion imaging in magnetic resonance imaging in an area of diagnostic interest, characterized in that it comprises, in combination, the administration of a contrast product capable of generating a signal specifically in its specific location area, said location area being included in... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20090299173 - Method and arrangement relating to testing objects: The invention relates to an arrangement (100, 200, 500) and a method for testing a hold (120, 220, 520), such as an implant, attached to an object (130, 230, 530), such as a bone, the method comprising the steps of: bringing a member (110, 210, 510) into contact with said... Agent: Fox Rothschild LLP Princeton Pike Corporate Center

20090299174 - Instruments with location markers and methods for tracking instruments through anatomical passageways: Instruments and methods for tracking such instruments in a human patient. One embodiment of an instrument in accordance with the invention comprises an elongated body, such as an elongated flexible member, which has a distal section configured to be passed through a vessel or other passageway in a human. The... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20090299175 - Location tracking of a metallic object in a living body: A method and apparatus are provided for determining and tracking location of a metallic object in a living body, and then directing a second modality such as ultrasound waves to the determined location. The metal detector may be a radar detector adapted to operate on a living body. The adaption... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

20090299176 - Marker for position determination with a magnetic method: The invention relates to an arrangement and a method for determining the spatial distribution of magnetic particles in an examination area. Magnetic field means are used to generate a spatially inhomogeneous gradient magnetic field with at least one region with a low field strength, in which the magnetization of the... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090299177 - Risk stratification of patients with chronic myocardial infarction: The present invention is directed to novel radiopharmaceuticals, which can be used to image myocardium. In addition, the present invention is directed to methods for risk stratification of patients who have suffered at least one myocardial infarction.... Agent: Mallinckrodt Inc.

20090299178 - Catheter tip device and method for manufacturing same: A catheter tip device and methods for manufacturing a catheter tip device are disclosed, the device comprising a transducer module attached to a capsule, wherein the transducer module comprises a carrier including a recessed die-attach area, a transducer die located in the recessed die-attach area, and at least one conductive... Agent: General Electric Company Ge Global Patent Operation

20090299179 - Method for detecting cardiac transplant rejection: A method for detecting cardiac rejection in heart transplant patients is disclosed. The wall mechanics, such as wall shear, stress, and strain, of a heart ventricle of the transplant patient are measured. A property of the native vasculature is also measured. The measured property may include the wall mechanics or... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20090299180 - Distance-determining method and treatment apparatus which uses said method: A method of determining the real distance between an emitter/receiver face (212) of an imaging probe (2) and a target site, the probe emitting and receiving waves through a propagation medium and living tissue, the method comprising the following successive steps: determining the theoretical distance between the face and the... Agent: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo

20090299181 - Diagnostic imaging apparatus and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: A diagnostic imaging apparatus includes an image generation device for generating a plurality of images of a subject for display in a display device, the plurality of images including a first image generated for display at a first display magnification and other images generated for display at other display magnification... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche (20459) Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090299182 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic image display method: The signal intensity and the amount of variation with time of the received signal obtained by transmitting/receiving ultrasonic waves to/from the object are detected for each frequency band, the signals originating from the contrast medium and the biological tissues are distinguished on the basis of the signal intensity and the... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090299183 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus: The ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes: an ultrasound probe having an ultrasound transducer made up of one or more oscillation elements for transmitting and receiving ultrasound to and from a subject; and an ultrasound image observation apparatus including a connecting connector to which the ultrasound probe is detachably connected and a... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090299185 - Diagnostic ultrasound apparatus: A novel diagnostic ultrasound apparatus has a plurality of ultrasound probes 1, delay means pairs 4 and 7 arranged respectively in the plurality of ultrasound probes to electronically delay the timings of transmissions or receptions of ultrasonic waves by the ultrasonic transducers, position/orientation detecting means 10 and delay control signal... Agent: Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

20090299184 - Imaging or communications system utilizing multisample apodization and method: Methods systems and system components for optimizing contrast resolution of an imaging or sensing system utilizing multiple channels of broadband data associated with an array of transducers. Channels or data are filtered by passing the channels of data through finite impulse response (FIR) filters on each channel. The filters each... Agent: Law Office Of Alan W. Cannon

20090299186 - System and method for characterizing tissue based upon homomorphic deconvolution of backscattered ultrasound: A system and method are disclosed that facilitate characterizing vascular plaque tissue based upon spectral analysis of intravascular ultrasound echo signal segments. In particular, a power spectrum analysis of an integrated backscatter parameter renders a set of characterizing parameter values based on received intravascular ultrasound echo signal segments. The resulting... Agent: Leydig Voit & Mayer, Ltd

20090299187 - Ultrasound based method and apparatus to determine the size of kidney stone fragments before removal via ureteroscopy: A transducer is used to send an ultrasound pulse toward a stone and to receive ultrasound reflections from the stone. The recorded time between a pulse that is reflected from the proximal surface and a pulse that is reflected either from the distal surface of the stone or from a... Agent: Law Offices Of Ronald M Anderson

20090299188 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus: A PSK modulator 20 applies digital modulation processing to an RF wave supplied from an RF wave oscillator 22, by means of phase shift keying (PSK) based on a periodical signal sequence supplied from a pattern generator 24, to thereby generate a continuous wave. The continuous wave output from the... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP

20090299189 - Dual-frequency ultrasound imaging of contrast agents: A method and system for imaging a tissue having contrast agents dispersed therein by exciting nonlinear response of the contrast agents using dual-frequency ultrasound, including transmitting a dual-frequency ultrasound to a target zone having the contrast agents dispersed therein, both frequencies of the dual-frequency ultrasound being higher than a resonance... Agent: Lowe Hauptman Ham & Berner, LLP

20090299191 - Extravasation detection in an ultrasound system: Embodiments for detecting extravasation in an ultrasound system are disclosed. The ultrasound system includes a Tx/Rx unit to transmit an ultrasound beam to a target object and receive ultrasound echoes reflected from the target object to thereby output receive signals. The receive signals include first receive signals obtained before injecting... Agent: Jones Day

20090299190 - Ultrasound molecular sensors and uses thereof: The present invention relates to the use of polymers as contrast agents for ultrasounds. The idea is to have a molecular imprint in the polymer that is specific for a given molecule or analyte. When that molecule binds to the polymer it induces a conformational change that results in an... Agent: Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.

20090299194 - Minor axis motion type ultrasonic probe: The invention relates to a minor axis motion type ultrasonic probe with high sensitivity that suppresses propagation loss. The minor axis motion type ultrasonic probe of the invention comprises: a piezoelectric element group in which a plurality of piezoelectric elements are arranged in a line in a major axis direction... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20090299193 - Real time ultrasound probe: An external ultrasound transducer probe assembly capable of scanning a three-dimensional volume is provided. The ultrasound transducer probe assembly contains a plurality of ultrasonic transducers disposed along a longitudinal axis of the probe assembly. The plurality of ultrasonic transducers is disposed on a mechanism operable to reciprocally pivot the plurality... Agent: Richard W. Ellis, Esquire W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

20090299192 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and method of calibrating the same: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus 1 causes discharge means 4 to apply a discharge pulse (having a peak value equal to or greater than a collapse voltage) between electrodes of an ultrasound transducer 20 a plurality of time while inverting the polarity of the discharge pulse each time, to thereby accelerate... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090299195 - Multimodal catheter system and method for intravascular analysis: Methods, apparatus, and systems for intravascular analysis combine at least three analytical modalities. In one implementation, intravascular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography, and near infrared spectroscopy are combined to enable detection of multiple, different abnormalities in the arterial morphology during a single intravascular procedure.... Agent: Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.

20090299196 - System and method for large field of view, single cell analysis: A method and system for medical imaging employs an excitation source configured to cause an object having a plurality of cells to at least one of emit, reflect, and fluoresce light. An optical receptor is employed that is configured to receive the light from the object. A filter assembly receives... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20090299197 - Remote blood pressure waveform sensing method and apparatus: The invention as disclosed is a non-contact method and apparatus for continuously monitoring a physiological event in a human or animal, such as blood pressure, which involves utilizing a laser-based interferometer system in combination with a laser tracking system and a signal processor to produce a waveform that is representative... Agent: Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport

20090299198 - Estimating pulmonary artery diastolic pressure: A method for estimating pulmonary artery diastolic pressure, for a single heart beat, includes establishing a time window for sampling and storing pressure data points from a right ventricular pressure transducer. The time window may be established according to predetermined parameters and/or according to one or more triggering events. An... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090299199 - Electronic blood pressure monitor and data display method in electronic blood pressure monitor: A memory of an electronic blood pressure monitor stores blood pressure data measured in the past in association with measurement time data. Each time a subject operates a month update switch, representative blood pressure data of each month is read from the memory and displayed. Each time a day update... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20090299201 - Electrode lead integrity reports: In general, the disclosure relates to techniques for providing a combination of stored diagnostic information, including impedance trend data, into one displayable report that may be used to diagnose a possible condition with an implantable medical electrode lead. One example device includes a processor that is configured to obtain impedance... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20090299200 - Method for monitoring and communicating biomedical electromagnetic fields: The present invention provides a system and a method of monitoring and communicating biomedical data to a remote receiver. Specifically, the present invention provides a system and method that can monitor a biomedical-based electromagnetic field, e.g., heart rate variability (HRV) field, emitted from a human user (“sender”), and/or communicate the... Agent: Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C.

20090299202 - Methods and apparatus for locating the fossa ovalis and performing transseptal puncture: A method of identifying the fossa ovalis in a patient by positioning one or more electrodes against the tissue of the interatrial septum of the patient and acquiring unipolar and/or bipolar electrograms of the tissue of the interatrial septum while moving the electrodes to a plurality of positions against the... Agent: Sjm/afd-wiley Legal Department

20090299203 - Heart monitoring apparatus: Heart monitoring apparatus with sensing stage connectable to intracardiac electrode picking up electric potentials and adapted to process electric signals representing a time course of said potentials, a mechanical action detection stage adapted to generate a geometry signal having a time course reflecting heart chamber's geometry change, an evaluation unit... Agent: Dalina Law Group, P.C.

20090299204 - Mobile- and web-based 12-lead ecg management: The present invention provides a mobile and web-based 12-lead ECG management information system for processing clinical 12-lead ECG, comprising: (a) a clinical device for automatically extracting a SCP-ECG or XML-ECG file and processing signals; (b) an ECG database for saving data exported from the clinical device with web-based user interface,... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090299205 - Discrimination of ventricular tachycardia from supraventricular tachycardia: This disclosure describes various techniques for discriminating supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) from ventricular tachycardia (VT). As one example, a method includes detecting a tachycardia rhythm, identifying a rate of change in heart rate corresponding to the tachycardia rhythm, identifying a rate of change in heart rate variability corresponding to the tachycardia... Agent: Jason D. Kelly Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A.

20090299206 - portable electrocardiograph: A portable electrocardiograph, in which an exposed electrode is arranged on the end face of one end of a housing, characterized in that: the other end of the housing is of a comfortable structure for holding; the comfortable structure for holding is provided with the other exposed electrode; and the... Agent: Seyfarth Shaw LLP

20090299207 - Portable cardiac monitor including rf communication: A system and method for obtaining ECG signals from an ambulatory patient are disclosed herein. The system is configured to be inexpensive, small, and robust for outpatient monitoring. The system is configured to be a low power consuming device. The system provides options for a variety of settings and real-time... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20090299208 - Flow measurement system and biological information monitor: A flow measurement system includes: a respiration monitoring apparatus which measures a flow of a gas flowing through a flow path, to output a measurement value; and a gas monitoring apparatus which samples the gas to measure at least one of a concentration of a component of the gas and... Agent: Sughrue-265550

20090299209 - Method and device for the detection of microsleep events: Disclosed herein is a method of detecting a microsleep event in a subject. The method includes determining a number of eye openness factors by measuring a number of distances between an upper eyelid and a lower eyelid of at least one eye over a time period. Graphical representations of the... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20090299210 - Systems and methods for performing surface electromyography and range-of-motion test: A soft-tissue-injury diagnostic system for diagnosing soft tissue injury within a patient includes a set of hand-held inclinometers configured and arranged for measuring angles formed between a first inclinometer disposed in proximity to a patient joint and a second inclinometer disposed distal to the joint during controlled patient movements of... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20090299212 - System and method for analyzing progress of labor and preterm labor: Systems and methods for monitoring uterus contraction activity and progress of labor. The system of the subject invention can comprises (1) a plurality of sensors; (2) an amplifying/filtering means; (3) a computing means; and (4) a graphical user interface. Accurate clinical data, which can be extracted and provided to the... Agent: Saliwanchik Lloyd & Saliwanchik A Professional Association

20090299211 - System and method for estimating electrical conduction delays from immittance values measured using an implantable medical device: Techniques are provided for estimating electrical conduction delays with the heart of a patient based on measured immittance values. In one example, impedance or admittance values are measured within the heart of a patient by a pacemaker or other implantable medical device, then used by the device to estimate cardiac... Agent: Steven M Mitchell Pacesetter Inc

20090299214 - Method and apparatus for quantitative nerve localization: c

20090299213 - Nanobioelectronics: The present invention generally relates to nanobioelectronics and, in some cases, to circuits comprising nanoelectronic elements, such as nanotubes and/or nanowires, and biological components, such as neurons. In one aspect, cells, such as neurons, are positioned in electrical communication with one or more nanoscale wires. The nanoscale wires may be... Agent: Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

20090299215 - Measurement of sound pressure level and phase at eardrum by sensing eardrum vibration: A hearing assistance device for measuring sound pressure at a tympanic membrane of a user's ear, the device comprising a housing adapted to be worn at least partially in an ear canal of the user a laser source coupled to the housing and adapted to project a beam of laser... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20090299216 - System, apparatus and method for biomedical wireless pressure sensing: An implantable polymer-based pressure sensor featuring an electrical LC-tank resonant circuit for passive wireless sensing without power consumption on the implanted site. The sensor is microfabricated with parylene to create a flexible coil substrate that can be folded for smaller physical form factor during implantation, and can be stretched back... Agent: Steinfl & Bruno

20090299217 - Sampling apparatus for taking a number of samples: The invention relates to an apparatus for taking tissue samples and the like in the context of use of a kind of examination or treatment telescope (1) in the treatment of humans or animals, wherein the apparatus for taking tissue samples and the like is provided with a receptacle (8)... Agent: Dykema Gossett PLLC

20090299221 - Apparatus for cocking a biopsy device: A biopsy device includes a housing, a stylet carriage having a strike, a cannula carriage having a strike, and a cocking element comprising a catch carried by a resilient shaft that extends along an operational axis of the biopsy device. To arm the biopsy device, the cocking element is moved... Agent: Mcgarry Bair PC

20090299220 - Biopsy device having specimen length adjustment: A biopsy device having a sample size control assembly for selecting the specimen size to be collected. The sample size control assembly includes a rotatable nose on the exterior of the biopsy device for actuating the operation of the sample size control assembly. A needle assembly of the biopsy device... Agent: Mcgarry Bair PC

20090299218 - Compression plate for a mammography unit and a mammography unit: A laser device for projecting a position mark in the field of vision onto an object to be examined using a mammography unit is described, where the laser device can be adjusted in position together with a vertically adjustable compression plate of the mammography unit. The laser device may be... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20090299219 - Micro-invasive device: An apparatus for removing tissue and/or other material from a patient, particularly a breast of a patient, is provided. The apparatus generally includes a handpiece and a tissue removal mechanism connected thereto. The tissue removal mechanism includes a cannula having an open distal tip and an outer diameter of less... Agent: Stout, Uxa, Buyan & Mullins LLP

20090299222 - Guide wire treatment tool: A guide wire treatment tool includes an operation wire having a treatment part on the head thereof, and a sheath through which the operation wire is slidably inserted. A head chip having a through-hole, through which a guide wire is inserted, is provided on a head part of the treatment... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090299223 - Blood component collection apparatus and method: A blood component collection apparatus comprises a blood component collecting circuit which includes an anticoagulant line for feeding an anticoagulant and a line for collecting an initial flow of collected blood. In the blood component collection apparatus, air is intermediately present between the anticoagulant and the blood in the passage... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090299225 - Biosensor chip: There is provided a biosensor chip where the collecting amount necessary for the measurement is made small whereby burden of a user is reduced and, at the same time, a sample at a puncture opening is able to be easily collected and measured without an operation of making the sample... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090299226 - Integrated spot monitoring device with fluid sensor: A bodily fluid sampling device is operable to breach the skin surface and allow bodily fluid to emerge from the breach location. The bodily fluid sampling device further evaluates the amount of bodily fluid emerged from breach location and determines whether the amount is sufficient or insufficient for a particular... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20090299224 - Lancet device and method for sampling and injecting blood using the lancet device: There is provided a lancet device including a lancet chamber and a blood outlet capable of drawing needed amount of blood from skin of mammals including humans by a vacuum mechanism or a capillary mechanism of the lancet device, temporarily storing the blood, and injecting the blood through an injection... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090299230 - Apparatuses, systems, and methods for measuring portions of a body: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for measuring portions of a body are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a disposable subassembly and a reusable subassembly releasably coupled to the disposable subassembly. The disposable subassembly includes a flexible member for positioning relative to the portion of the body. The reusable... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20090299229 - Device to reduce the incidence of aspiration: The invention relates to a form of a passive or active annunciator that solves the problem of reminding a caregiver to reposition a patient at risk for aspiration usually located in an adjustable bed to some predetermined angular position. The annunciator may take the form of an inclinometer (100) that... Agent: HulseyIPIntellectual Property Lawyers, P.C.

20090299227 - Equine locomotor flexion algometry device (elfa): A cordless handheld equine leg flexibility testing device 100 has a handheld assembly module 10, a power source 12, a data storage module 20, and either a leg holder assembly 60 or a hoof holder assembly 40 which is removably attached to the handheld assembly module 10 and are interchangeable... Agent: David L. King, Sr.

20090299228 - Implant sensors: Exemplary orthopedic implants are disclosed. The orthopedic implants may include one or more sensors. Exemplary sensors include sensors to monitor bone growth, changes to the implant over time, and proper placement of the implant. The orthopedic implants may include a woven material. Sensor arrangements to detect a state of an... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20090299231 - Lumen passability checking device and lumen passability checking method: A lumen passability checking device includes: an outer structure having an external diameter substantially equal to that of a capsule medical device to be inserted into a body of a subject and having at least a part dissolved by a specific substance existing in a target organ within the subject;... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20090299233 - Device for measuring functional reach: A device for measuring functional reach is disclosed, which comprises three parts: a support, one end thereof being attached to an object; a ruler, one end thereof being connected to the support; and a vernier, being connected to the ruler and moving on the ruler forward and backward. The invention... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090299232 - Health management device: A method of analyzing a user's body or limb movement and to a health management system comprising a body or limb movement detecting means for detecting the movement of a user's body or limb(s), a movement analyzing means for analyzing O whether or not a result of the measurement carried... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

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