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Surgery August inventions list 08/11

Below are recently published patent applications awaiting approval from the USPTO. Recent week's RSS XML file available below.
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20110207985 - Promoters exhibiting endothelial cell specificity and methods of using same for regulation of angiogenesis: Isolated polynucleotide sequences exhibiting endothelial cell specific promoter activity, novel cis regulatory elements and methods of use thereof enabling treatment of diseases characterized by aberrant neovascularization or cell growth are disclosed.... Agent: Vascular Biogenics Ltd.

20110207986 - System and method for radiation dose reduction in molecular breast imaging: A system and method is provided for analyzing detector data acquired during molecular breast imaging (MBI) that reduces a patient's radiation does without a reduction in image quality. The method processes and combines initial images acquired by the two gamma-camera detectors of the MBI system to produce a hybrid or... Agent:

20110207987 - Methods and devices for delivering appropriate minimally-invasive extraocular radiation: The present invention also features a brachytherapy system comprising a spiral cut tube having a first end and a second end; a radioactive brachytherapy source (RBS) disposed on the first end of the spiral cut tube; and a handle and a generally hollow cannula disposed on the handle, wherein a... Agent: Salutaris Medical Devices, Inc.

20110207988 - Method, apparatus and computer program for non-invasive brain stimulation when target muscles are suitably active: The present invention introduces a magnetic stimulation method in which a desired biosignal value or a range of values for at least one target is determined. Upon stimulation, magnetic field pulses of short duration are applied to the brain and the biosignal, such as electromyograph (EMG), value (S) of each... Agent: Nexstim Oy

20110207989 - Devices and method for treatment of degenerative joint diseases with electromagnetic fields: Described herein are devices and methods for treating degenerative joint diseases with electromagnetic fields using one or more waveforms that are configured to modulate Ca2+ binding to calmodulin and thereby modulate calmodulin-dependent nitric oxide signaling within joint and other affected tissue for the purpose of reducing pain and inflammation, as... Agent:

20110207990 - Methods and apparatus for aligning antennas of low-powered intra - and extra - oral electronic wireless devices: The present invention relates generally to the design and optimal placement of transmitting and receiving directional antennas, a priori, as used in intra-oral to extra-oral (or visa versa) wireless electronic systems regardless of the type and purpose of the data transmitted between the antennas (intra-oral and extra-oral). Systems related to... Agent:

20110207991 - Method and apparatus for providing therapy using spontaneous otoacoustic emission analysis: A method and apparatus for providing therapy using spontaneous otoacoustic emission (SOAE) analysis is described. In one embodiments, a method for utilizing the voice-ear-brain connection to achieve self-healing includes capturing audio emissions of at least one ear of a patient, determining a frequency spectrum of the audio emissions, identifying a... Agent:

20110207992 - Implantable urethral prosthesis having table member: An implantable urethral prosthesis for the treatment of male incontinence and method of implementing the same includes a support portion, an inflatable member, a reservoir-pump and a restrictor. The support portion includes at least a first set of two arms extending from the support portion, each arm of the first... Agent:

20110207993 - Method for artificial insemination of cows: The present invention is related to a method of artificial animal reproduction by which healthy cows and heifers are impregnated on the first attempt at artificial insemination. The sperm is deposited at the time the uterine horns are at the optimum time to conceive.... Agent:

20110207996 - Devices and methods for cardiac annulus stabilization and treatment: Devices and methods generally provide enhanced stabilization, exposure and/or treatment of a cardiac valve annulus. Methods generally involve introducing a stabilizing member beneath one or more leaflets of a heart valve to engage the annulus at an intersection between the leaflets and the interior ventricular wall of the heart. Force... Agent: Guided Delivery Systems, Inc.

20110207995 - Inductively powered remotely adjustable gastric banding system: A power management system provides wireless power to operate components of a remotely adjustable gastric banding system. The power management system comprises an external power component transmitting power, and an implantable power management component receiving power and converting the power for use in powering one or more components of the... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20110207994 - Methods and devices for treating morbid obesity using hydrogel: An environmentally sensitive hydrogel material swells or collapses in response to a parameter such as pH level associated with consumption of food by a patient. This swelling or collapsing is harnessed to treat morbid obesity or some other condition of the patient. The swelling or collapsing of the hydrogel may... Agent:

20110207997 - Locatable catheter: A catheter having a sensor at a distal end thereof, useable to detect and create signals from an electromagnetic field. The sensor is constructed and arranged to leave a lumen of the catheter open such that it may be used to pass instruments therethrough once a target location has been... Agent: Superdimension, Ltd.

20110207998 - Capsule medical apparatus: A capsule medical apparatus capable of injecting a medical agent into a living tissue includes a casing, a pressing member that presses the surface of the living tissue, a driving unit that causes the pressing member to protrude from the casing in a predetermined direction and to press the surface... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20110207999 - Torque transmission device having control wire: A torque transmission device is a steerable device for an endoscope, and includes a first link element having a first guide lumen. A second link element is disposed at a distal end of the first link element in a longitudinal axis direction, and has a second guide lumen. A control... Agent:

20110208000 - Medical system: A medical system includes: a first operation apparatus used when a first doctor operates a medical instrument; a second operation apparatus that outputs a control instruction signal for controlling a motion of the medical instrument, and is operated by a second doctor; at least one medical action information detection section... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20110208001 - Endoscope: Provided is an endoscope with a handle and an endoscope shaft connected to the handle, which has a bendable section and a rigid section, adjoining it, with a support extending in the longitudinal direction of the endoscope shaft, wherein the bendable section has a flexible outer tube the end of... Agent: Henke-sass, Wolf Gmbh

20110208002 - Endoscope apparatus: An endoscope apparatus includes a display portion coupled to an operation portion, configured to be moved relative to the operation portion and configured to display an observation image obtained by the endoscope apparatus, a bending operation portion provided at the operation portion and configured to be moved in a basic... Agent:

20110208003 - Suction conduit device of endoscope that prevents clogging: In a suction valve in which a suction conduit is connected from a treatment instrument insertion channel through a branch portion so as to open/close this suction conduit, there is no passage between a side face of a valve-portion passage in the valve and a side face of a piston... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20110208004 - Endoscopic led light source having a feedback control system: An external endoscope light source system includes light emitting diodes for providing a light output to an endoscope. The light is provided to a fiber optic cable for transmission to the endoscope. A fiber optic receives a portion of the light output and provides the output to a color sensor... Agent:

20110208005 - Surgical retractor: A surgical retractor and a method of minimally invasive surgery, wherein the surgical retractor includes ribs and a mechanism for transferring of linear and rotational movements of the ribs and wherein each rib can be easily replaced without use of any additional tools.... Agent:

20110208006 - Surgical retractor: A surgical retractor and a method of minimally invasive surgery, wherein the surgical retractor includes ribs and a mechanism for transferring of linear and rotational movements of the ribs and wherein each rib can be easily replaced without use of any additional tools. According to embodiments of the present invention,... Agent: Microdel Idea Center Ltd

20110208007 - Rapid laparoscopy exchange system and method of use thereof: A system for positioning an interchangeable tool in a body cavity that includes a channel having a lumen in direct communication with the body cavity; a tool introducer having a longitudinal axis and a distal end and wherein the tool introducer is capable of traveling through the channel lumen; and... Agent: Eon Surgical Ltd.

20110208008 - Surgical retractor: A surgical retractor and a method of minimally invasive surgery, wherein the surgical retractor includes ribs and a mechanism for transferring of linear and rotational movements of the ribs and wherein each rib can be easily replaced without use of any additional tools. According to embodiments of the present invention,... Agent: Meni-med Ltd

20110208010 - Motion energy harvesting with wireless sensors: A system and method for generating power when one or more motion sensitive structures are moved. The system may include one or more sensing components which, acting alone or in combination, are capable of generating data related to one or more physiological parameters. The system may also include wireless communication... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20110208009 - Physiological signal quality classification for ambulatory monitoring: Physiological signal quality classification methods and systems designed to improve ambulatory monitoring. Physiological signals are classified as good, noisy or weak based on signal properties. Once classified, signals are processed differently depending on their classification in order to encourage reliance on reliable physiological data, discourage reliance on unreliable physiological data... Agent:

20110208011 - System and method for guiding of gastrointestinal device through the gastrointestinal tract: Systems and methods for guidance of a gastrointestinal device through a gastrointestinal tract are provided. A gastrointestinal guidewire is positioned through the gastrointestinal tract, by introduction of an introducing element into the gastrointestinal tract. One end of the gastrointestinal guidewire is attached to the introducing element, and the other end... Agent:

20110208012 - Therapy program modification based on a therapy field model: Techniques for modeling therapy fields for therapy delivered by medical devices are described. Each therapy field model is based on a set of therapy parameters and represents where therapy will propagate from the therapy system delivering therapy according to the set of therapy parameters. Therapy field models may be useful... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110208013 - Body parameter sensor and monitor interface: A system for sensing a physiological parameter in a human or animal, and storing a processed sensing signal at a sensor with which the sensing was performed. The system includes a physiological sensor adapted to output a sensor signal representative of a sensed physiological parameter, for processing by a remote... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20110208014 - Determination of extent of congruity between observation of authoring user and observation of receiving user: A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: acquiring a result of an observation of an authoring user; acquiring a result of an observation of a receiving user; comparing the result of the observation of the authoring user with the result of the observation of the receiving user;... Agent: Searete LLC, A Limited Liability Corporation Of The State Of Delaware

20110208016 - Device for quantification and monitoring of cardiovascular function during induced stress or physical activity and at rest: Method and device for the quantification and monitoring of cardiovascular function comprising continuous determination of significant individual cardiovascular function parameters through a multisensory, operator-independent platform during a sample period at rest, recording the data determined, continuously monitoring these data during pharmacological stress or exercise activity, comparing the memorized data with... Agent:

20110208018 - Sepsis monitor: Sensors are attached to a living being so as to generate corresponding sensor signals. A monitor is in communications with the sensors so as to derive physiological parameters responsive to the sensor signals. Predetermined limits are applied to the physiological parameters. At least one indicator responsive to the physiological parameters... Agent:

20110208017 - System and method of aquiring blood-vessel data: A system and method is provided for substantially synchronizing the acquisition of blood-vessel data to an identifiable portion of heartbeat data. Specifically, a data-gathering device is adapted to acquire heartbeat data and blood-vessel data from a heart-monitoring device and a data-gathering probe, respectively. In a preferred embodiment of the present... Agent:

20110208015 - Wireless patient monitoring system: A device for obtaining physiological information of a medical patient can include a blood pressure device that can be coupled to a medical patient and a wireless transceiver electrically coupled with the blood pressure device. The wireless transceiver can wirelessly transmit blood pressure data received by the blood pressure device... Agent: Masimo Corporation

20110208019 - Wireless-type subject in-vivo information acquiring apparatus: Provided is a wireless-type subject in-vivo information acquiring apparatus that is introduced into a body cavity of an individual to be examined and acquires subject in-vivo information, and that includes a transmission antenna that has an antenna orientation direction in which a transmission signal that transmits acquired subject in-vivo information... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20110208022 - Device and methods for sampling prostate fluid: Disclosed are devices and methods to improve sampling of prostate secretions for purposes of diagnoses, staging, assessment of malignant potential, prognosis.... Agent: Intersect Partners ,llc A Limited Liability Corporation

20110208020 - System with a reservoir for perfusion management: A system for perfusion management that monitors, maintains, diagnoses, or treats perfusion deficiencies.... Agent:

20110208021 - Systems, devices, and methods including implantable devices with anti-microbial properties: Systems, devices, methods, and compositions are described for providing an actively controllable implant configured to, for example, monitor, treat, or prevent microbial growth or adherence to the implant.... Agent:

20110208023 - Systems, devices, and methods including implantable devices with anti-microbial properties: Systems, devices, methods, and compositions are described for providing an actively controllable implant configured to, for example, monitor, treat, or prevent microbial growth or adherence to the implant.... Agent:

20110208025 - Cyanotic infant sensor: A pulse oximetry sensor comprises emitters configured to transmit light having a plurality of wavelengths into a fleshy medium. A detector is responsive to the emitted light after absorption by constituents of pulsatile blood flowing within the medium so as to generate intensity signals. A sensor head has a light... Agent:

20110208024 - System and method of resolving outliers in nirs cerebral oximetry: A system and method for non-invasively estimating the tissue blood oxygen saturation level of a human subject, including so-called “outliers”, whose physiological make-up causes previously-known techniques to generate invalid tissue blood oxygen saturation estimations. The system includes a computing device and a sensor. The sensor includes a light source configured... Agent:

20110208026 - Cyanotic infant sensor: Systems, devices, methods, and compositions are described for providing an actively controllable implant configured to, for example, monitor, treat, or prevent microbial growth or adherence to the implant.... Agent:

20110208027 - Methods and systems for providing therapeutic guidelines to a person having diabetes: A method is disclosed for providing therapeutic guidelines to a person having diabetes. The method comprises measuring a blood glucose (bG) level of the person for two or more days, wherein at least one bG measurement is taken per day, and the at least one daily bG measurement corresponds to... Agent: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.

20110208028 - Device for measuring impedance of biologic tissues: A device for measuring impedance of biological tissue may include a pair of electrodes for contacting the biological tissue, and a drive circuit coupled to the pair of electrodes and configured to drive an alternating current (AC) through the biological tissue and to sense an AC voltage. The AC voltage... Agent: Stmicroelectronics S.r.l.

20110208029 - Device for stimulating living tissue by microelectrodes and removable module and use thereof: The disclosure relates to a device for stimulating living tissue, comprising an array of stimulating microelectrodes that are placed in a defined configuration side by side and able to be selected by applying an electrical signal for stimulation by one of the microelectrodes. According to the disclosure, an additional conducting... Agent: Universite De Bordeaux 1

20110208030 - Tank filters placed in series with the lead wires or circuits of active medical devices to enhance mri compatability: A TANK filter is provided for a lead wire of an active medical device (AMD). The TANK filter includes a capacitor in parallel with an inductor. The parallel capacitor and inductor are placed in series with the lead wire of the AMD, wherein values of capacitance and inductance are selected... Agent: Greatbatch Ltd.

20110208031 - Neutral particle nanopatterning for nonplanar multimodal neural probes: A neural probe includes a probe, wherein a tip of the probe is tapered; an insulating layer covering the probe, and one or more metallic traces, wherein the metallic traces are provide along the length of the probe. The probe also includes one or more contacts provided on the tip... Agent: University Of Houston

20110208032 - Detection device, detection method, vein sensing device, scanning probe microscope, distortion detection device and metal detection device: Provided are a detection device and a detection method that are based on a novel principle and able to detect blood vessels and other various targets with high sensitivity and accuracy. A detection device includes: m electrodes that generate at least around one straight line m rotationally symmetric electric charges... Agent:

20110208036 - Coupled antenna impedance spectroscopy: It has been found advantageous to deploy coiled antennas as transmitters and receivers for acquiring the dielectric spectrum of materials. This method of impendence spectroscopy has been used to determine the concentration of glucose and other small polar molecules in vitro, as well as in vivo by placement on the... Agent: Physical Logic Ag

20110208033 - Fracture risk assessment: The present disclosure relates to a bone fracture risk assessment method and system. The method may include generating a volumetric model corresponding to a three-dimensional image of a bone structure for each bone structure in a set of bone structures. The method may further include defining a vector of variables... Agent: Southwest Research Institute

20110208034 - Medical examination and/or treatment apparatus: A medical examination and/or treatment apparatus having an apparatus for position acquisition assigned to a control facility has at least one transmitter that is disposed on a movable part that can be controlled by way of the control facility and transmits a signal and at least one receiver disposed on... Agent:

20110208035 - Subject information processing apparatus: Generally, a photoacoustic signal has a wavelength longer than a general ultrasonic signal. That is, it does not matter even if at the time of acquisition of the photoacoustic signal, an element pitch of a probe is several times as large as at the time of acquisition of the ultrasonic... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20110208037 - System and method for identifying a landmark: A system (1010, 1110) for identifying a landmark is disclosed. The system includes a field generator (1016, 1116) for generating a magnetic field, an orthopaedic implant (1030, 1130) located within the magnetic field, the implant having at least one landmark (1028, 1128), a removable probe (1029, 1129) with a first... Agent: Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20110208039 - Direct and indirect surface coil correction for cardiac perfusion mri: Method of correcting cardiac perfusion MR imaging for inhomogeneities (430) caused by non-uniform receiver coil fields using proton density weighted images (410) and B-Spline Free-Form Deformation (425).... Agent: Siemens Corporation

20110208038 - Systems and methods for matching and imaging tissue characteristics: Systems and methods for matching a characteristic of multiple sectors of a moving tissue to verify an overlap thereof are disclosed herein. In an exemplary method, tissue data for at least a first sector and a second sector of a moving tissue is acquired. A characteristic of at least a... Agent: The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York

20110208040 - Molecular imaging: An imaging system includes a radiation source (110) that emits radiation that traverses an examination region and a detector (116) that detects radiation traversing the examination region and a subject disposed therein, and produces a signal indicative of the energy of the detected radiation. A data selector (122) energy discriminates... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110208042 - Material for creating multi-layered films and methods for making the same: The present invention provides multilayered materials, such as films usable in particular in medical devices in the form of vascular grafts, biocompatible coverings, and/or inflatable bladders, prosthesis for the endoluminal treatment of aneurysms, particularly aortic aneurysms including both abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA's) and thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA's).... Agent: Nellix, Inc.

20110208041 - Transducer/sensor assembly: An imaging transducer assembly is combined with a sensor of a medical positioning system, forming a transducer/sensor assembly. In one embodiment, the sensor includes a coil proximally coupled with the imaging transducer. A cable having first and second wires are proximally coupled to the coil. A non-conductive potting layer is... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110208044 - Apparatus and method for image guided accuracy verification: A method includes receiving during a first time interval image data associated with an image of a dynamic body. The image data includes an indication of the positions of a first marker and a second marker on a garment coupled to the dynamic body. The first marker and second marker... Agent:

20110208043 - Global motion invariant signatures for fast and accurate motion tracking in a digital image-based elasto-tomography system: A method for converting digital images of an actuated breast into an accurate description of breast surface motion from a digital image-based elasto-tomography system comprises the steps of artificially placing a high density of fiducial markers on the breast surface, whereby the fiducial markers have different qualities and are placed... Agent: Boundary Life Sciences

20110208045 - Marking clip for an area of the inside wall of the stomach or intestine: The invention relates to marking clips for an area of the inside wall of the stomach or intestine. These are characterized in particular by the fact that damaged or treated areas of the inside wall of the stomach or intestine can be easily identified and in this way can be... Agent:

20110208046 - System and method to adaptively control contrast-enhanced diagnostic imaging procedure: A system and method are provided for determining individualized scan and injection protocols for contrast-enhanced diagnostic imaging. Taking into account parameters specific to the scan subject, injection-related parameters, and scan parameters, the system and method can determine an optimal timing for a scan sequence to begin, to ensure that the... Agent:

20110208047 - Multi-dose injection system: A multi-dose injection system (108) is disclosed that allows for safe and easy use of bulk containers, a multi-use tubing set (110), and syringes (86a, 86b) across multiple patients. The bulk containers may include a saline bottle (118) and a contrast bottle (120) for administration to a series of patients... Agent:

20110208049 - Imaging probe: The design of a compact, handheld, solid-state and high-sensitivity imaging probe and a micro imager system is reported. These instruments can be used as a dedicated tool for detecting and locating sentinel lymph nodes and also for detecting and imaging radioactive material. The reported device will use solid state pixel... Agent:

20110208048 - Radiation imaging system and processing method therefor: A radiation imaging system which captures a radiographic image obtains examination information including the patient information of a patient as a target for the imaging and imaging information defining the contents of imaging executed for the patient, controls the radiation imaging of a patient in accordance with the examination information,... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20110208052 - Breast ultrasound annotation user interface: The present invention refers to a graphical user interface (501) and a corresponding method for rapid and consistent input, modification and display of annotation text to be linked with and displayed in at least one image visualized on a monitor screen or display (102) of a medical or other kind... Agent:

20110208051 - Detection and diagnostic system and method: An apparatus for detecting the presence of substances, compositions, constituents, proportionalities, of examined objects, and abnormalities and diseases associated with human tissue responsive to detected amplitudes and/or frequencies, such as resonant frequencies from the object/body being examined. Data in a database is utilized to identify the unbalanced condition, the foreign,... Agent:

20110208050 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: According to the ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, the display unit for displaying an ultrasound image and the object checking unit for checking a state or probing portion of an object are located in the same direction, so that an examiner views the ultrasound image and the state of the object without... Agent: Medison Co., Ltd.

20110208053 - Systems and methods for assessing risk of chromosomal disorders: Certain aspects and examples are directed to systems and methods for assessing risk of chromosomal disorders. Certain embodiments are directed to systems and methods that use nuchal translucency values from both twins to provide a fetus specific risk of a chromosomal disorder in at least one fetus of the twins... Agent: Wallac Oy

20110208054 - Ablation device and method for creating an elongate lesion using selectively actuated transducer controlled by lesion completion sensor: Device, system and method for evaluating the effectiveness of tissue ablations of a heart of a patient. The tissue is clamped between a pair of opposing jaws. A portion of the tissue is ablated at a first generally linear position on the tissue by applying ablative energy to two of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110208055 - Method and system for ultrasound therapy: An ultrasound ablation system can include an imaging device (50) for capturing first imaging of a region of interest, a processor (75) for receiving a selection of a planned target volume using the first imaging, and an ultrasound transducer (170) for performing first ultrasound ablation on the planned target volume.... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110208056 - Volumetric quantification for ultrasound diagnostic imaging: Volumetric quantification is provided in medical diagnostic ultrasound. By acquiring both B-mode and color flow data without stitching or acquiring in real-time at tens of volumes a second, more reliable quantification may be provided. Using multiple regions of interest in a volume may allow for more accurate and/or complete flow... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20110208058 - Applying renyi entropy to detect changes in scattering architecture: A method for imaging a region of interest (ROI) within a body. The method includes applying ultrasound energy to the ROI, receiving ultrasound data for the ROI in response to the applied ultrasound energy, executing a moving window analysis on the received ultrasound data to generate a plurality of windows... Agent: Washington University In St. Louis

20110208057 - Subject information processing apparatus: A subject information processing apparatus having a first device array for transmitting/receiving an elastic wave; a first signal processor for generating a tomographic image from a signal received by the first device array; a second device array for receiving an elastic wave which is generated by irradiating light onto a... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20110208059 - Ultrasound probe: An ultrasound probe for diagnostic images includes a set or array of electroacoustic transducers generating an ultrasonic beam and defining at least one scan plane or a predetermined scan volume, and one or more layers matching acoustic impedance characteristics of the transducers with acoustic impedance characteristics of tissues under examiantion.... Agent: Esaote S.p.a.

20110208060 - Non-contact biometric monitor: A non-contact system utilizing an air-propagated ultrasound for monitoring biometric parameters is disclosed. A non-contact sensor transmits an ultrasonic wave toward a subject. The wave is reflected by the subject's skin surface back toward the sensor. Electronics in the sensor measure the small changes in displacement of the skin surface... Agent:

20110208061 - Ultrasonic lesion identification using temporal parametric contrast images: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system acquires a sequence of image data as a bolus of contrast agent washes into and out of a region of interest (ROI) which may contain a lesion. The image data of contrast intensity is used to compute a time-intensity curve at each point in the... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110208062 - Ultrasound systems and methods for orthopedic applications: Medical diagnostic instruments/systems are provided that include (i) a proximal handle configured and dimensioned to permit an operator to manually grasp the instrument; (ii) an ultrasound probe including a longitudinal shaft extending distally from the handle and terminating in a distal end, and an ultrasound transducer mounted with respect to... Agent: Aloka Company, Ltd.

20110208063 - Non-contact frequency domain near infrared absorption (fnir) device for assessing tissue damage: A device for measuring the progress of healing of a wound over time includes at least one diode laser source that provides respective input wavelengths into at least one source fiber, a first optical switch that sequentially switches wavelengths among the respective input wavelengths into the at least one source... Agent: Drexel University

20110208064 - Curcumin derivatives for amyloid-beta plaque imaging: The present invention provides curcumin-derived near infrared (NIR) imaging probes. Upon interacting with amyloid β aggregates, these probes undergo a range of changes, qualifying them as “smart” probes. The inventors have demonstrated that probes of the invention have the capacity to monitor the progression of Alzheimer's disease in an in... Agent:

20110208065 - Optical tomography system using short-pulse laser for early cancer diagnostics: Time-resolved optical tomography systems using a short pulse laser, may be used in detection and treatment of cancer and tumors. Information is conveyed about tissue interior by the temporal variation of the observed scattered, and reflected measured when short-pulse lasers interact with scattering-absorbing media like tissue. Multiple scattering-induced temporal signature... Agent: Florida Institute Of Technology

20110208066 - Noninvasive blood pressure measurement and monitoring device: The main application for this novel device and method is in an intensive care environment where continuous monitoring of blood pressure on critically ill patients is important. Since the proposed method is inexpensive it can also be used by patients at home or even by healthy people (e.g. athletes). The... Agent:

20110208067 - Vascular patency management using electric fields: The invention relates to the management of vascular patency by the use of implanted devices delivering one or more energies to a target vascular tissue wherein such energy delivery sources are substantially located in the vicinity of a target vascular region. The invention preferably employs electric currents as energy and... Agent: Philometron, Inc.

20110208068 - Sphygmomanometer and charging unit for sphygmomanometer: A sphygmomanometer includes an expandable/contractable air bag supplied with air; a bag-shaped cover body for accommodating the air bag and for attaching the air bag to a site to be measured; an expansion and contraction mechanism for expanding and contracting the air bag; and a power supply unit arranged in... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20110208069 - Blood pressure information measurement device: A blood pressure information measurement device instantaneously changes cuff pressure in a specified pressure section in order to detect a control target value in artery volume constant control. An artery volume signal is detected in that period, and an inflection point of the detected artery volume signal is detected by... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20110208070 - Blood pressure information measurement device: During a period of servo control, an artery volume of a peripheral site is detected by an artery volume sensor arranged at a peripheral site (site on the peripheral side than a measurement site) of a person to be measured. If an amount of change in the artery volume of... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20110208071 - Smart non-invasive array-based hemodynamic monitoring system on chip and method thereof: A non-invasive array-based hemodynamic monitoring system on chip is disclosed. The non-invasive array-based hemodynamic monitoring system on chip comprises a CMOS MEMS pressure sensor array, a readout circuit, and a signal control system. The CMOS MEMS pressure sensor array is configured to sense a pulse wave of a blood vessel.... Agent: National Taiwan University

20110208072 - Device for determining the blood volume and/or blood volumetric flow and method for operating the same: The invention relates to a device (1) for determining the blood volume and/or blood volumetric flow of a circulation section, comprising a fluid storage unit (2) for storing a measuring fluid (3), an injection device for the injection of the measuring fluid into the circulatory system, at least one pump... Agent:

20110208073 - Arteriosclerosis evaluating apparatus: The disclosed is an arteriosclerosis evaluating apparatus capable of easily separating pulse wave data detected at one measurement site into an incident wave and a reflected wave and capable of easily determining and evaluating the degree of arteriosclerosis. The pulse wave transmitted through an artery is detected at one site... Agent: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

20110208074 - Digital ekg machine & portable wireless printer: The extended lens is used to make sure each section is properly recording on the miniature CD. The main components of the portable printer are the CD slot, which will hold the miniature CD. The alpha keyboard is used to record the patient name and date of birth or accuracy.... Agent:

20110208076 - Ecg monitoring sytstem with docking station: An ECG monitoring system for ambulatory patients includes a battery-powered ECG monitor which attaches to a patient to receive patient electrical signals. A processor continuously processes received ECG signals and stores the signals in memory in the monitor. A wireless transceiver in the ECG monitor transmits the processed ECG signals... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110208075 - System and method for guide wire detection: A system for detecting a protrusion of a conductor within an anatomy is provided. The system can include a conductor, an insulator and a protrusion module to indicate a protrusion if the conductor protrudes from the insulator within the anatomy. The conductor can comprise a guide wire, a stylet, a... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110208077 - System and method for exploiting atrial eelctrocardiac parameters in assessing left atrial pressure using an implantable medical device: Techniques are provided for assessing left atrial pressure (LAP) based on atrial electrocardiac signal parameters, particularly intra-atrial conduction delay (IACD) and P-wave duration. In one example, a pacemaker or other implantable device senses an intracardiac electrogram (IEGM) or a subcutaneous electrocardiogram (ECG), from which IACD and P-wave duration are derived.... Agent: Pacesetter, Inc.

20110208078 - Methods of identifying and/or assessing cardiac arrhythmias using an implantable medical device: Apparatus using one or more modes of statistical analysis with one or more monitored parameters of a patient's heart to identify and/or assess arrhythmias. Through use of the one or more modes of statistical analysis, a medical professional can be aided during evaluation of patient data for diagnosis of the... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110208079 - Real time atrial fibrillation monitoring: An atrial fibrillation (AF) monitor extracts two P wave features and an R-R interval feature from a sequence of ECG waveforms. The features are used by a classifier to classify a heart rhythm as AF or non-AF. The AF classification results may be further processed to reduce false alarm reporting.... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110208080 - Categorizing automatically generated physiological data based on industry guidelines: Methods and systems for mapping a physiological signal into clinical guideline parameters are disclosed. A physiological signal having a characteristic that may represent an anomaly is received and mapped to a clinical guideline condition space. Probabilities are determined that the mapped signal with which the anomaly may be associated represents... Agent: 3m Innovative Properties Company

20110208081 - Apparatus and method: A breath testing apparatus having a sampling device (10) and a sensor (50), wherein said sampling device is detachable. A method of analysing the breath of a patient is also provided.... Agent:

20110208082 - Method and apparatus for detecting the respiratory activity of a person: A method and a device are provided for detecting the respiratory activity of a person and for controlling the time progression of breathing gas pressure, especially in accordance with physical parameters and considering parameters indicating the momentary physiological condition of the breathing person. The device for detecting the respiratory activity... Agent: Map Medizin-technologie Gmbh

20110208083 - Device and method for adjusting impedance based on posture of a patient: An implantable medical device includes electrodes that are configured to be positioned within at least one of a heart and a chest wall of a patient. The device also includes an impedance measurement module, a patient position sensor, and a correction module. The impedance measurement module measures an impedance vector... Agent: Pacesetter, Inc.

20110208084 - Method and apparatus for brain damage detection: The present invention comprises method and apparatus for detecting injury resulting in pathological processes affecting tissue within a portion of the body in a mammal, particularly a human brain. Said method comprises the steps of applying a first and a second pair of electrodes around the periphery of the portion,... Agent:

20110208085 - Quick cycle biopsy system: A biopsy apparatus includes a cannula, a cutting sheath, a pressure generating device and a valve. The cannula has a lumen, a proximal portion, a closed distal end, and an orifice located on a circumferential surface of the cannula. The orifice is configured to receive a tissue sample into the... Agent: C.r. Bard, Inc.

20110208086 - Biopsy device with auxiliary vacuum source: A biopsy system comprises a biopsy device, a fluid canister, and an auxiliary vacuum source. The biopsy device comprises a body, a needle, a hollow cutter, and a primary vacuum pump. The primary vacuum pump is operable to induce a vacuum in the lumen of the cutter. The fluid canister... Agent:

20110208089 - Full core biopsy device: A biopsy device includes coaxially disposed inner and outer needles in which the outer needle tip is configured for obtaining a tissue sample. The inner surface of the outer needle includes a tissue retention feature which may include a countersink and/or a feature formed in the inner surface. The device... Agent: Promex Technologies, LLC

20110208088 - Needle tip for biopsy device: A biopsy device includes a body portion, a cannula, a cutter, and a tissue stop having a proximal face. The cannula has a transverse aperture that is defined in part by a proximal edge and a distal edge. The cutter is movable to a distal position to sever tissue protruding... Agent:

20110208087 - Tissue harvesting, mincing, and transport device: A device comprises a needle, probe, holster, and tissue collection chamber. A motor simultaneously powers a vacuum pump, translates and rotates a cutter, and translates a plunger. The needle includes a piercing tip and an interior shelf that divides the needle into a cutter lumen and lateral lumen. The cutter... Agent:

20110208090 - Spring loaded biopsy device: A biopsy device comprises a body, a needle, a cutter, and a motor. The cutter is translatable within the needle to sever tissue protruding through a lateral aperture formed in the needle. A cutter actuation mechanism comprises a split nut, a cutter retraction nut, and a resilient member. The resilient... Agent:

20110208091 - Pricking device and method for taking a blood sample: The invention relates to a pricking device (1) for taking a blood sample, comprising a movable holding device (10) for pricking means (5), a linear guide element (11) for guiding the movable holding device, means (12) for driving the movable holding device and a release device (31) for releasing the... Agent: Gerresheimer Wilden Gmbh

20110208092 - Guidewire: An object of the present invention is to provide a guidewire capable of obtaining a sufficient tip load, and also preventing as much as possible a distal portion from being twisted or bent. The guidewire has an outer coil and an inner coil. The outer coil has a taper coil... Agent: Asahi Intecc Co., Ltd.

20110208093 - Systems and methods for joint replacement: Systems and methods for joint replacement are provided. The systems and methods include a surgical orientation device, a reference sensor device, and at least one orthopedic fixture. The surgical orientation device, reference sensor device, and orthopedic fixtures can be used to locate the orientation of an axis in the body,... Agent: Orthalign, Inc.

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20110201866 - Brachytherapy method of treating skin tumors using a tailor-made radioactive source: The present invention refers to a method of treating a cancerous or non-cancerous skin lesion of a subject, e.g. a human patient, by epidermal radioisotope therapy, a specialized type of brachytherapy, comprising the steps of (a) defining and marking an area of skin to be treated; (b) covering said area... Agent: Itm Isotopen Technologien Muenchen Ag

20110201867 - Drop-in pig injector: A radiopharmaceutical containment or pig, in certain embodiments, may include a plurality of cavities or chambers to accommodate a syringe and other medical devices. For example, a syringe may be housed in a first chamber of the radiopharmaceutical containment, and a tube coupled to the syringe may be housed in... Agent:

20110201868 - Magazine for chain components for a chain with radiation sources and a system consisting of a chain component and a magazine for chain components for a chain with radiation sources: A magazine for chain components of a chain with radiation sources comprises a housing as well as a first means for receiving chain components that is mounted in a pivotal manner in the housing and has recesses for receiving the chain components, a tension spring for driving the means for... Agent:

20110201869 - Method and apparatus for enhanced transdermal diffusion: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for enhanced transdermal diffusion of substances (such as pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and cosmeceutical) by application of anisotropic magnetic fields having distinctive, complex characteristics.... Agent: Obj Limited

20110201871 - Heart help device, system, and method: An implantable device for improving the pump function of the heart of a human patient by applying an external force on the heart muscle is provided. The device comprises at least one pump device having a pump. The pump comprising: a piston adapted for reciprocating movement, an operating device for... Agent: Milux Holding Sa

20110201870 - Heart help pump, system and method: The present invention relates to a heart pump apparatus comprising a turbine pump for assisting the heart of a human patient. The invention is based on the realization that a turbine without a centre axis would improve the capacity of the heart help pump apparatus. The present invention also relates... Agent:

20110201872 - Implant for treatment of vaginal and/or uterine prolapse: An implant suitable for treatment of treatment of vaginal and/or uterine prolapse and/or pelvic floor reconstruction. The implant comprises a vaginal support member substantially sized or shaped to the portion of the vaginal wall to be supported and at least two extension portions projecting from the support member, wherein at... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20110201873 - Variable sling for urinary continence: An apparatus for treating urinary incontinence in a patient includes at least one adjustable lifting device for supporting a patient's urethra to restore urinary control. The adjustable lifting device can post-operatively and non-invasively adjust the level of lift of a patient's urethra, to thereby affect the patient's incontinence. The adjustable... Agent: Milux Holding Sa

20110201876 - Minimally invasive implant and method: Apparatus and methods are provided for treating urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and other pelvic defects or dysfunctions, in both males and females, using one or more lateral implants to reinforce the supportive tissue of the urethra. The implants are configured to engage and pull (e.g., pull up) pelvic tissue to... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20110201874 - Remotely adjustable gastric banding system: An implantable device comprises a reservoir for holding a fluid and a sensor positioned between the gastric band and the reservoir. The sensor monitors a parameter of the fluid when filling and draining the inflatable portion of the gastric band. A first flow control device controls a flow of the... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20110201875 - Remotely adjustable gastric banding system: An implantable device comprises a reservoir that contains a fluid for filling an inflatable portion of a gastric band. A device is coupled to the reservoir and includes stored potential energy having a first state and a second state. The first state represents a higher level of potential energy and... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20110201877 - Sling assemblies for treating urinary incontinence and methods related thereto: A surgical fastener for use in surgical procedures comprises a first member, a second member, and an anchor. Surgical materials may be secured within the surgical fastener. Methods of securing the surgical fastener to an anatomical structure are disclosed herein.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20110201878 - Self-inflating sexual aid: The present invention is to provide a self-inflating sexual aid, which includes a closed bag having an airtight sealed edge while a receiving space is formed therein, and a reactive powder and a sachet containing a reactive liquid inside the receiving space. When squeezed, the reactive liquid flows out of... Agent:

20110201879 - Stimulation of penis erection: A penis erection stimulation system comprises one or more infusion needles disposed within and implanted along with one or more housings adjacent the patient's left and right corpora cavernosa. A reservoir and a pump are also implanted inside the patient's body to supply the infusion needle with infusion liquid. A... Agent: Milux Holding Sa

20110201880 - Inflatable penile prosthesis with spool valve: According to various embodiments, an inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) includes a rigidly constructed spool valve assembly that is used to direct fluid into and evacuate fluid out of the inflatable penile cylinders. The fluid transfer system transfers fluid from the fluid reservoir to the inflatable penile cylinders and includes the... Agent:

20110201881 - Laser guided endoscopic surgical tool: A surgical instrument that includes a probe that is extended into a body cavity made in, for example, the wrist of a subject and a handle held by a surgeon outside the body cavity, where the surgical instrument includes both an optical system and surgical tool operable by the surgeon... Agent:

20110201884 - Endoscope: An endoscope includes an operation portion, an optical image conducting member arranged in the inner space of the operation portion, a display portion coupled to the operation portion so as to be movable relative to the operation portion, an electric connecting member extending between the inner spaces of the operation... Agent:

20110201882 - Endotracheal tube exchanger and detachable stylet assembly therefor: An endotracheal tube exchanger with a detachable stylet, comprising a support housing and a detachable stylet assembly removably interconnected with the support housing. The stylet assembly includes an elongated stylet tube having a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end having provided therein a camera and at least... Agent: Ai Medical Devices, Inc.

20110201883 - Entry guide for multiple instruments in a single port surgical system: An access port for use in single port surgery includes a cannula to provide minimally invasive access to a surgical site and an instrument guide that fits closely within the cannula. The instrument guide includes guide channels that are open to the outside surface of the instrument guide. Each of... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20110201885 - Environment property estimaton and graphical display: A surgical robot including an imaging system comprising at least one camera, a processor in communication with the imaging system, a manipulation system in communication with the processor, and a visual display in communication with the processor. The processor is operable to calculate a stiffness estimate for an area of... Agent: The Johns Hopkins University

20110201886 - Remote endoscope handle manipulation: Systems and methods permit remote endoscope handle manipulation. This can include a control housing configured to removably attach to an endoscope. A manipulator, associated with the housing, can be configured to engage with a control device of the endoscope with the endoscope attached to the housing. An actuator, drivingly coupled... Agent: The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York

20110201887 - Interlocking nested cannula: An interlocking nested cannula set (231) has a plurality of telescoping tubes cooperatively configured and dimensioned to reach a target location relative to an anatomical region. Each tube has a pre-set interlocking shape. A nesting of an inner tube (30) within an outer tube (40) includes a gap (50) between... Agent:

20110201888 - Medical devices and methods: The present invention generally provides methods and devices for removing fluid from a medical device, such as a access device having a viewing port. The viewing port may comprise a lens formed of a generally transparent piezoelectric material, and one or more electrodes may be operatively associated with the lens... Agent:

20110201889 - Illuminated cannula: The illumination system comprises an arthroscope, endoscope or other suitable surgical tool and an attachable cannula comprising a transparent or semi-transparent material capable of carrying light from the proximal end of the cannula to the distal end of the cannula, thereby illuminating the surgical field. The surgical field is thus... Agent: Invuity, Inc.

20110201890 - Laryngoscope guide and related method of use: A method of using a laryngoscope guide including a guiding conduit for advancing an introducer. The method can be used to intubate a subject by positioning the laryngoscope guide in an airway; advancing the introducer in the conduit until an end of the introducer enters the glottis, while viewing images... Agent: Spectrum Health Innovations, LLC

20110201891 - Introducer seal assembly with low profile gimbal seal: A surgical seal assembly for use with a surgical access device includes a seal housing defining a central longitudinal axis and having a longitudinal passage dimensioned to permit passage of a surgical instrument through the seal housing, a gimbal mount disposed within the seal housing and having a gimbal seal... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20110201892 - Expandable thoracic access port: A surgical access assembly includes a body having first and second body members. Each body member has an opposed side and an outer side. The body members are coupled to one another by a connector and are moveable with respect to one another between an approximated position and a spread... Agent:

20110201893 - Expandable thoracic access port: A surgical access assembly includes a body having first and second side panels opposing one another and first and second end panels interconnecting the side panels. The first and second end panels are moveable between a folded position and an expanded position to correspondingly move the first and second side... Agent:

20110201895 - Device for surgical operations on a prolapse: A device for surgical operations on a prolapse, comprising a hollow stretcher body (2) having a prevalent development direction along a longitudinal axis (A) and being insertable in an orifice, the stretcher body (2) exhibiting a through-window (7), defining an area of intervention and realising a communication between an internal... Agent: Thd S.p.a.

20110201894 - Expandable thoracic access port: A surgical access assembly includes first and second wings disposed in opposed relation relative to one another. Each wing includes a body portion, a distal portion and first and second portions. A side wall section hingedly connects the body portions of the wings to one another at the first portion... Agent:

20110201896 - Expandable surgical access port: A surgical access assembly is disclosed that is configured and dimensioned for positioning within an opening in tissue providing access to and internal body cavity to facilitate the passage of a surgical instrument into an internal work site. The surgical access assembly includes first and second arms and third and... Agent:

20110201897 - Retractor system for anterior cervical spine surgery: A retractor system includes a retractor blade that is securable to a portion of a patient's anatomy during a surgical procedure. The retractor system includes a manipulator that is releasably securable to the retractor blade for positioning and securing the retractor blade. The retractor system includes a flexible securement arm... Agent:

20110201902 - Health condition determining device: A health condition determining device accumulates data measured or input by an evaluation subject for each index of a plurality of items including a lifestyle index, which is an index related to body activity or lifestyle habit, and a biomarker, which is an index related to physiological state of the... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20110201903 - Method and apparatus for determining familial risk of disease: Personal and family health history information can be used to assess familial risk of disease. For example, information can be collected about the disease history of a person and the person's first- and second-degree relatives and then analyzed to determine the familial risk of common diseases such as coronary heart... Agent:

20110201900 - System for monitoring and visualizing a patient treatment process: A patient treatment monitoring system includes an interface for receiving multiple different types of patient medical information including data derived from a patient monitoring device and a patient medical imaging device. A data processor processes the received multiple different types of patient medical information to be suitable for presentation in... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20110201901 - Systems and methods for predicting patient health problems and providing timely intervention: A system and method is provided which predicts patient health problems so that timely help may be provided to the patient. In one embodiment, a patent monitors one or more of their biometric characteristics using a biometric data reader for at least several days. The biometric data is then passed... Agent:

20110201899 - Systems for inducing change in a human physiological characteristic: Systems and methods for inducing a change in a human physiological characteristic. The physiological characteristic may correspond to an emotional state of a dialogue participant. The dialogue participant may be an individual participating in a conversation. The outcome of the conversation may be related to a business objective, such as... Agent: Bank Of America

20110201898 - Wireless healthcare smart grid: One implementation encompasses an apparatus, which comprises: at least one sensor; at least one controllable element; and at least one server operatively coupled to the at least one sensor and to the at least one controllable element, the at least one server configured to receive input data from the at... Agent:

20110201907 - Chair and ancillary apparatus with medical diagnostic features in a remote health monitoring system: A medical examination chair includes a group of sensors including electrodes in finger-tip sensors, various other types of sensors incorporated in straps for the patient in the chair and load cells supporting the chair, all of which provide data which is partially processed in the electronics mounted in the chair... Agent: Commwell, Inc.

20110201905 - Decision support method for casualty treatment using vital sign combinations: A device and control software and system capable of accepting patient vital sign readings from an oximeter and applying a predetermined decision algorithm that incorporates unique combinations of vital signs and will allow the care giver to continuously monitor and have continuous feedback regarding certain patient vital functions, body trauma... Agent:

20110201904 - Electro diagnostic functional assessment unit (efa-2): An electro diagnostic functional assessment unit (EFA-2) that diagnoses age of and treats soft tissue injuries. The EFA-2 utilizes sensor(s) including EMG, Range of Motion, FCE, pinch and grip, and allows for monitoring of muscles and muscle groups to ascertain compliance, pain and function. The EFA-2 also monitors disc pathology... Agent:

20110201906 - Medical guide wire assembly: Medical guide wire assembly comprising a guide wire having a proximal end and a distal end, at least one physiology parameter sensor, and that the proximal end of the guide-wire is provided with an elongated connector part, having connection electrodes, for insertion into a connector housing provided with an elongated... Agent: St. Jude Medical Systems Ab

20110201909 - Analyte detection devices and methods with hematocrit-volume correction and feedback control: Disclosed are devices, arrangements and methods for quantifying the concentration of an analyte present in bodily fluid, including: an assay pad having at least one chemical reagent capable of producing a detectable signal in the form of a reaction spot upon reaction with the analyte; a light source; a detector... Agent: Intuity Medical, Inc.

20110201908 - Intermittent extracorporeal spectrophotometry: An apparatus for intermittent measurement of blood parameters using spectrophotometry is provided. In exemplary embodiments, blood is temporarily withdrawn from the patient and passed through a cuvette, allowing spectrophotometric analysis. This blood may then immediately returned to the patient in a sterile fashion. The technique allows for real-time analysis of... Agent:

20110201910 - Integrated receiver for continuous analyte sensor: A system is provided for monitoring glucose in a host, including a continuous glucose sensor that produces a data stream indicative of a host's glucose concentration and an integrated receiver that receives the data stream from the continuous glucose sensor and calibrates the data stream using a single point glucose... Agent: Dexcorn, Inc.

20110201911 - Receivers for analyzing and displaying sensor data: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus for processing, transmitting and displaying data received from an analyte sensor, such as a glucose sensor. The system may include a display device with at least one input device. In response to movement of or along the input device, the display device may... Agent: Dexcom, Inc.

20110201912 - Tank filters placed in series with the lead wires or circuits of active medical devices to enhance mri compatibility: A TANK filter is provided for a lead wire of an active medical device (AMD). The TANK filter includes a capacitor in parallel with an inductor. The parallel capacitor and inductor are placed in series with the lead wire of the AMD, wherein values of capacitance and inductance are selected... Agent: Greatbatch Ltd.

20110201913 - Connecting structure of snap electrode and electric wire: A structure of electrically connecting a snap electrode for medical purposes is easily attached/detached to/from various monitoring pads attached to a human body to measure electrocardiogram (ECG), electromyogram (EMG), brain wave and nervous system signals and electrically connected to medical equipment, to an electric wire using a pressing method instead... Agent: Daehan Medical Systems Co., Ltd.

20110201915 - Cardiac and or respiratory gated image acquisition system and method for virtual anatomy enriched real time 2d imaging in interventional radiofrequency ablation or pace maker replacement procecure: The present invention refers to the field of cardiac electrophysiology (EP) and, more specifically, to image-guided radio frequency ablation and pacemaker placement procedures. For those procedures, it is proposed to display the overlaid 2D navigation motions of an interventional tool intraoperatively obtained from the same projection angle for tracking navigation... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110201914 - Reflection-mode photoacoustic tomography using a flexibly-supported cantilever beam: Noninvasively imaging biological tissue using a handheld device. A light pulse is focused into a predetermined area inside an object using a flexibly mounted cantilever beam, acoustic waves emitted by the object in response to the at least one light pulse are detected by a transducer, and an image of... Agent: Washington University In St. Louis

20110201917 - Method and apparatus using magnetic resonance imaging for cancer identification: Embodiments provide a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technique and optionally software—collectively referred to as the “shutter-speed” model—to analyze image data of cancer patients. Embodiments provide a minimally invasive, yet precisely accurate, approach to determining whether tumors are malignant or benign by distinguishing the characteristics of contrast reagent activity in benign... Agent: Oregon Health & Science University

20110201916 - Movement correction in mri using a camera: Provided are methods and systems for movement correction in an MRI environment. In one aspect, provided are systems and methods for movement correction, comprising receiving a first plurality of images from a first scan of a subject with a first camera, receiving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images obtained concurrently with... Agent:

20110201918 - Radiotherapy and imaging apparatus: A radiotherapy system comprises a patient support, moveable along a translation axis, an imaging apparatus, comprising a first magnetic coil and a second magnetic coil, the first and second magnetic coils having a common central axis parallel to the translation axis, and being displaced from one another along the central... Agent: Elekta Ab (publ)

20110201919 - Radiotherapy and imaging apparatus: Radiotherapy apparatus comprises a source of radiation mounted on a chassis, the chassis being rotatable about a rotation axis and the source being adapted to emit a beam of radiation along a beam axis that intersects with the rotation axis; a patient support, moveable along a translation axis; a set... Agent: Elekta Ab (publ)

20110201920 - Radiotherapy and imaging apparatus: A radiotherapy system comprises a patient support, moveable along a translation axis, an imaging apparatus, comprising a first magnetic coil and a second magnetic coil, the first and second magnetic coils having a common central axis parallel to the translation axis, and being displaced from one another along the central... Agent: Elekta Ab (publ)

20110201923 - Method and system of electromagnetic tracking in a medical procedure: A tracking system (300) for a target anatomy of a patient (305) can include a first marker (10) having a size and shape for insertion into the patient to reach the target anatomy where the first marker has a first electromagnetic (EM) sensor (50) and an imageable region (90), a... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110201922 - Optical probe having a position measuring system: This invention relates to an optical probe (200) and an optical imaging system, including an optical guide (201) having a proximal end and a distal end, an actuation means having driving coils (204) and a magnet, with of which being attached to the optical guide. By supplying a driving current... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110201921 - Therapy delivery system including a navigation element: An electromagnetic receiver assembly is included in a navigation element for a therapy delivery system. If the system is modular, the navigation element may be an insertable module thereof and/or include a lumen to receive another insertable module.... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110201925 - Method and apparatus for determining the vascularity of an object located in a body: A method for determining a vascularity of an object located in a body is proposed. A multidimensional volume image of a target area of the body including the object is acquired. The object is segmented in the volume image. An expanded volume of the object is calculated by expanding structure... Agent:

20110201924 - Method and apparatus for improving image clarity and sensitivity in optical tomography using dynamic feedback to control focal properties and coherence gating: Methods for optical imaging, particularly with optical coherence tomography, using a low coherence light beam reflected from a sample surface and compared to a reference light beam, wherein real time dynamic optical feedback is used to detect the surface position of a tissue sample with respect to a reference point... Agent: The General Hospital Corporation

20110201926 - Local embolization via heating of thermosensitive polymers: Precision in thermotherapy is obtained by providing a reverse gelling polymer composition which gels when its temperature is raised above body temperature. The composition is injected into the blood supply of the tissue being treated, at the beginning of thermotherapy. The temperature increase caused by the heating gels the composition,... Agent: Pluromed, Inc.

20110201927 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes a housing and an arm extending in a direction of front and back of the apparatus above the housing. The arm configured to rotate upwardly and downwardly and attaching to an attachment provided above the housing. The apparatus further includes an operation panel provided at... Agent:

20110201928 - Method of characterizing the pathological response of tissue to a treatment plan: A method of characterizing the pathological response of tissue to a treatment plan, including: obtaining a set of sequential morphology renderings of the tissue, wherein each rendering corresponds to a particular point in time during the treatment plan; generating a set of representative values of a biomechanical property of the... Agent:

20110201930 - Continuous transversus abdominis plane block: A procedure and kit are provided for performing an ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane (TAP) procedure. The patient's abdomen is scanned with an ultrasound probe to identify and mark the external oblique, internal oblique, and TAP. An introducer sheath is placed over a fluid delivery needle such that the distal end... Agent: Kimberly-clark Worldwide, Inc.

20110201929 - Method for using high intensity focused ultrasound: A plurality of concepts related to HIFU therapy are disclosed, including a technique to spatially track and display the relative positions of a HIFU focal point and an imaging plane from an ultrasound imager, so that a clinician can ensure that the HIFU focus remains in the image plane during... Agent: University Of Washington

20110201931 - Ultrasound methods, systems and computer program products for imaging contrasting objects using combined images: A system for identifying a presence of an object in a tissue region of interest includes a controller configured to obtain first and second image data sets from the region of interest. A contrast identification module is configured to identify a contrasting region of altered stiffness in the first image... Agent:

20110201935 - 3-d ultrasound imaging: In an ultrasound imaging system (UIS), an ultrasound scanning assembly (USC) provides volume data (VD) resulting from a three-dimensional scan of a body (BDY). A feature extractor (FEX) searches for a best match between the volume data (VD) and a geometrical model (GM) of an anatomical entity. The geometrical model... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110201934 - Low voltage ultrasound system with high voltage transducers: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system has a low voltage ultrasound signal path including front-end circuitry which drives probe signal conductors with low voltage transmitters and has low voltage receivers or preamplifiers with inputs coupled to the signal conductors. The transmit high voltage is produced in the system main frame and... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110201932 - Method of characterizing tissue of a patient: A method for characterizing tissue of a patient, including receiving acoustic data derived from the interaction between the tissue and the acoustic waves irradiating the tissue; generating a morphology rendering of the tissue from the acoustic data, in which the rendering represents at least one biomechanical property of the tissue;... Agent:

20110201933 - Point source transmission and speed-of-sound correction using multi-aperture ultrasound imaging: A Multiple Aperture Ultrasound Imaging system and methods of use are provided with any number of features. In some embodiments, a multi-aperture ultrasound imaging system is configured to transmit and receive ultrasound energy to and from separate physical ultrasound apertures. In some embodiments, a transmit aperture of a multi-aperture ultrasound... Agent:

20110201937 - Ultrasonic probe: The invention discloses a technique, by which a suitable radius of curvature can be obtained so that small type ultrasonic probe will be closely fitted to human body and by which an ultrasonic probe adaptable for human superficial tissues can be provided. According to this technique, the invention provides a... Agent: Panasonic Corporation

20110201936 - Ultrasound probe: An ultrasound probe according to one embodiment includes a plurality of ultrasound vibrators, a switching part, and an amplification part. The ultrasound vibrator transmits ultrasound and receives ultrasound echoes reflected within a subject. The switching part is configured to cause aperture movement of ultrasound beams by selectively switching signals from... Agent: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

20110201938 - Ultrasonically guided puncturing needle: An ultrasonically guided puncturing needle stabbed in a subject being irradiated with an ultrasonic wave, the needle includes a cylindrical needle-like member having concaves and convexes formed on a peripheral surface of the needle-like member to reflect the ultrasonic wave, and a film formed on the peripheral surface on which... Agent:

20110201942 - Device and method for optically examining the interior of a body part: A device for optically examining the interior of a body part by transillumination is provided. The device comprises: an illumination unit (2) adapted for emitting polarized light (8) towards a body part (5) to be examined; and a detector unit (6) adapted for detecting light in transmission. A polarizer (10)... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110201939 - Methods and systems for guiding an emission to a target: Disclosed are methods and systems for guiding emissions to a target. The methods and systems utilize, in part, Markerless Tracking software to detect a beam of energy, such as a laser, toward a target such as a tissue that is the subject of a medical procedure.... Agent: Vantage Surgical System

20110201941 - Optical scanning probe assembly: The present invention relates to an optical scanning probe assembly for microscopic guide optic scanning and inspection of tissues suitable for application in, e.g. in vivo medical inspection and biopsy. The assembly comprises an outer housing (3) comprising: i) a spring element for a scanning motor, the spring element formed... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110201940 - Renal function analysis method and apparatus: A method for measuring a glomerular filtration rate of a mammalian subject comprises a source of reporter and marker fluorescent molecules. The fluorescent molecules are introduced into the vascular system of the mammalian subject. Over a period of time, a measurement of the intensities of the reporter and marker fluorescent... Agent:

20110201943 - Kinetics of physiological response to activity during activities of daily living: A physiological response to activity (PRA) during a subject's activities of daily living (ADL) can be used, such as to generate useful diagnostic information about the subject. This can involve using a template, such as an impulse response template. The technique can be used with an implantable or other ambulatory... Agent:

20110201944 - Neurological monitoring and alerts: A system for providing alerts of neurological events occurring in a human subject is provided. The system includes: a monitoring module adapted to detect and sample a neurological signal; an event detection module coupled to the monitoring module for detecting one or more types of predetermined reportable events based on... Agent:

20110201945 - Hemodynamic stability detection during arrhythmia using respiration sensor: Detected changes in respiration parameters, either alone or in conjunction with other physiological signals, can be used to discriminate between hemodynamically stable and hemodynamically unstable tachyarrhythmias.... Agent:

20110201946 - Reducing data acquisition, power and processing for hemodynamic signal sampling: Methods, systems and devices are provided for reducing the amount of data, processing and/or power required to analyze hemodynamic signals such as photoplethysmography (PPG) signals, pressure signals, and impedance signals. In response to detecting a specific event associated with a cyclical body function, a hemodynamic signal is continuously sampled during... Agent:

20110201947 - Oxidized paraoxonase 1 and paraoxonase 1/hdl particle number ratio as risk markers for cardiovascular disease: The present invention provides methods and markers for characterizing a subject's, particularly a human subject risk of having cardiovascular disease. The present invention also provides methods of characterizing a subject's risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In another embodiment, the present invention provides methods for characterizing a subject's risk of experiencing... Agent: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

20110201949 - Anchored implantable pressure monitor: An anchored implantable pressure monitor.... Agent: Vital Sensors Holding Company, Inc.

20110201948 - Implantable pressure monitor: An implantable pressure monitor.... Agent: Vital Sensors Holding Company, Inc.

20110201950 - Monitoring of acute stroke patients:

20110201951 - System for cardiac arrhythmia detection and characterization: A system for heart performance characterization and abnormality detection includes an interface that receives a signal representing electrical activity of a patient heart occurring during individual heart cycles of multiple sequential heart cycles. A signal processor decomposes the received signal into multiple signals comprising a heart cycle signal primary wave... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20110201952 - Method and apparatus for sensing improvement using pressure data: A method and apparatus for sensing improvement using pressure data. The method and apparatus may be used in an implantable medical device to confirm that an EGM event signifies a true mechanical cardiac activity and not just electrical oversensing. The mechanical activity may be used to create a mechanical marker... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110201953 - Method and system for patient evaluation: A method includes receiving audio files from a computer using a portable electronic device. The audio files are electrocardiograms obtained during exercise tests performed on patients and converted to an audio format. The method also includes performing audio playback of the audio files, receiving user input at the portable electronic... Agent: General Electric Company

20110201954 - Method and system for patient evaluation: A method includes obtaining electrocardiograms during exercise tests performed on patients, converting the electrocardiograms to audio files, transferring the audio files to a portable electronic device for playback, and receiving a patient list from the portable electronic device. The patient list includes a list of a group of the patients... Agent: General Electric Company

20110201955 - Apparatus and method for detecting lung sounds using an implanted device: Adventitious lung sounds indicative of lung congestion are detected using an implantable sensor. The sensor is adapted to be positioned adjacent to a pulmonary system and to output signals indicative of lung sounds in response to pulmonary system activity. A controller receives the signals and processes the signals to detect... Agent:

20110201957 - Carbon dioxide monitoring system: A CO2 monitoring system (20) is described which is operable to monitor the CO2 content of respiratory gases during intubation, CPR, or ventilation treatment of a patient. The patient's respiratory gases are sensed for CO2 content (17) and characteristics of a CO2 waveform are detected (30), such as waveform baseline,... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110201956 - Direct lung sensor systems, methods, and apparatuses: Devices, systems, and methods for diagnosing physiological parameters of the lungs and treating associated medical conditions are disclosed herein. In particular, certain embodiments permit detection of air flow in lung passageways, air leaks, gas concentration (in particular oxygen), and temperature measurements. Measurements obtained using the devices, systems, and methods disclosed... Agent:

20110201958 - System and methods for the measurement of lung volumes: A system and method for determining FRC, TGV, TLC and RV includes a hand-held unit with a shutter assembly designed to minimize measured air displacement due to shuttering. Measurements of flow and pressure are used to derive the lung parameters.... Agent: Pulmone Advanced Medical Devices, Ltd.

20110201959 - Systems for inducing change in a human physiological characteristic: Systems and methods for inducing a change in a human physiological characteristic. The physiological characteristic may correspond to an emotional state of a dialogue participant. The dialogue participant may be an individual participating in a conversation. The outcome of the conversation may be related to a business objective, such as... Agent: Bank Of America

20110201960 - Systems for inducing change in a human physiological characteristic: Systems and methods for inducing a change in a human physiological characteristic. The physiological characteristic may correspond to an emotional state of a dialogue participant. The dialogue participant may be an individual participating in a conversation. The outcome of the conversation may be related to a business objective, such as... Agent: Bank Of America

20110201961 - Morphological clustering and analysis of intracranial pressure pulses (mocaip): A system and method for recognizing the locations of the three ICP sub-peaks present in Intracranial Pressure (ICP) pulses and then calculating pulse metrics automatically and continuously. These metrics allow a comprehensive quantitative characterization of ICP pulse morphology including pulse amplitude, time intervals among sub-peaks, curvature, slope, and decay time... Agent: The Regents Of The University Of California

20110201962 - Statistical, noninvasive measurement of intracranial pressure: Tools and techniques for the rapid, continuous, invasive and/or noninvasive measurement, estimation, and/or prediction of a patient's intracranial pressure. In an aspect, some tools and techniques can predict the onset of conditions such as herniation and/or can recommend (and, in some cases, administer) a therapeutic treatment for the patient's condition.... Agent: The Regents Of The University Of Colorado

20110201964 - Biopsy device tissue sample holder with flow restriction device: A tissue sample holder for a biopsy device comprises an outer cup, a collection tray, and a flow restriction device. The outer cup defines a hollow interior. The collection tray separates the hollow interior into an upper chamber and a lower chamber while allowing fluid to pass between the two... Agent:

20110201963 - Hydrophobic filter assembly for biopsy system: A filter assembly comprises an outer member and an inner member. The outer member is configured to allow a vacuum to be communicated through the outer member. The outer member comprises hydrophobic material and an interior cavity. The hydrophobic material is configured to substantially repel fluids at atmospheric pressure. At... Agent:

20110201966 - Method for maintaining access to a biopsy site: A method for maintaining access to a biopsy site within a patient, includes forming a passageway from an opening in an exterior site on the patient to a desired location for a biopsy specimen within the patient; removing a tissue specimen from the desired location thereby leaving a biopsy cavity;... Agent: Senorx, Inc.

20110201965 - Mri compatible biopsy device: A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) compatible core biopsy instrument includes a detachable probe assembly to enhance the accuracy of placement at a biopsy site and avoid repeated insertions, even when used in a closed MRI magnet bore. In particular, the detachable probe assembly is configured for attachment to a localization... Agent:

20110201967 - Catheter deplyment device: An apparatus for deploying a needle within a lumen is provided. The apparatus includes a housing having a threaded bushing radially disposed therein. The bushing rigidly couples with a nose cone having a guide tip disposed at an end opposite the bushing for penetrating an arterial wall of a lumen.... Agent: Abbott Laboratories

20110201968 - Stetho-tool: A device allows users to have a penlight handy for medical procedures. In some embodiments, the device includes a cutting tool, such as shears or a closable blade, attached to the penlight. The device may be detachable from a holster which can be secured to a stethoscope tube.... Agent: Magenav, Inc.

20110201969 - Methods for constructing posture calibration matrices: A device can include a multi-dimensional posture sensor that provides an electrical sensor output representative of alignment of first, second, and third non-parallel axes of the device with the gravitational field of the earth, and a processor that includes a calibration circuit and a posture circuit. The calibration circuit measures... Agent:

20110201970 - Method and apparatus for diagnosing temporomandibular disorders: The present invention provides an improved method and apparatus for use in diagnosing temporomandibular disorders. The apparatus includes separate maxillary and mandibular appliances, which are sized and configured to fit over and be retained on a subject's incisors. The two appliances both include generally flat, T-shaped platforms that face each... Agent:

20110201972 - fall detection system and a method of operating a fall detection system: An alarm (35) provided by a fall detection system (2) may be caused by an accidental drop of the system. Therefore prior to issuing the alarm the fall detection system a confirmation is needed that a potential fall originates from a fall detection system that is worn by a user... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110201971 - Laughter measurement method and apparatus: A concrete means for accurately detecting laughter such as “suppressed laughter” which is hard to appear on an expression for quantifying. Provided is a concrete means for measuring changes with time of skin surface potential in the vicinity of a xyphoid of a subject or the vicinity of a region... Agent:

08/11/2011 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20110196186 - Methods and apparatus employing ionizing radiation for treatment of cardiac arrhythmia: Method and apparatus are disclosed employing ionizing radiation. for forming lines of ablation or lesions in cardiac tissue to treat atrial fibrillation or other electrophysiological problems with the heart. The apparatus may include a catheter in which the radiation source is advanced hydraulically after the catheter is in place within... Agent:

20110196187 - Magnetically sensitive drug carriers and delivery devices: Apparatuses for delivering compositions of matter comprising a magnetically sensitive drug carrier and a related drug and methods for causing the drug carriers to localize within the patient using an internal or external magnetic field are described.... Agent: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.

20110196188 - Methods and apparatus to create resonance in water and to destroy resonance in bacteria: A method to create resonance in water at the period 24/3−217 hour, wherein said water is exposed, during a limited time, to electromagnetic energy having the period 24/3−217 hour, resulting in that continued resonance in said water is maintained by electromagnetic energy in the air having the period 24/3−217 hour... Agent:

20110196191 - Cannula lined with tissue in-growth material and method of using the same: A cannula for moving fluids between a pump and the circulatory system of a patient. The cannula includes a liner having an intermediate portion between a proximal portion and a distal portion, and a lumen extending between the proximal and distal portions. At least the intermediate portion of the liner... Agent: Circulite, Inc.

20110196190 - Devices, methods and systems for establishing supplemental blood flow in the circulatory system: A cannula for insertion through a biologic tissue. The cannula includes a shaft having proximal and distal end portions with a lumen therebetween. The cannula further includes a tip having a proximal end portion, a distal tip end, and a lumen therebetween. The proximal end portion of the tip is... Agent: Circulite, Inc.

20110196189 - Extra-cardiac differential ventricular actuation by inertial and baric partitioning: A device for extra-cardiac actuation for the support of a failing heart is provided that utilizes the inertial component of a driving fluid to provide separately adjustable quantities of supportive energy to the left and right ventricles. By partitioning the inertial and baric forms of energy delivered to a single... Agent: Myocardiocare, Inc.

20110196192 - Heart help device, system, and method: A medical device for assisting in the maintaining of an opening created in the thoracic diaphragm is provided. The medical device comprises a diaphragm contacting part adapted to be placed in contact with the thoracic diaphragm and thereby assist in the maintaining of the opening created in the thoracic diaphragm.... Agent: Milux Holding S.a.

20110196193 - Heart help device, system and method: An implantable heart help device adapted for implantation in a human patient is provided. The device comprising a fixating member adapted to fixate said device to a part of the human body comprising bone. Further a method of fixating an implantable heart help device in a human patient is provided.... Agent: Milux Holding Sa

20110196194 - Implantable device for internal urinary control: The present invention relates to an implantable apparatus for obtaining urinary control and emptying of the urinary bladder, thereby preventing from or treating involuntary urinary retention. In general terms, the apparatus comprises an expandable member adapted to be implanted inside the urinary bladder of the patient for discharging urine, and... Agent: Milux Holding Sa

20110196197 - Apparatus for treating obesity: An apparatus for treating obesity comprising a volume filling device assembled from at least two segments and is provided and following implantation, the device is placed resting against the stomach wall of the patient to reduce the inner volume of the stomach, thereby affecting the patient's appetite.... Agent: Milux Holdings Sa

20110196196 - Cardiac disease treatment and device: A cardiac constraint device comprising a jacket of biological compatible material and an adjustment member. The jacket is adapted to be secured to the heart to snugly conform to an external geometry of the heart and assume a maximum adjusted volume to constrain circumferential expansion of the heart beyond the... Agent: Mardil, Inc.

20110196195 - Implantable subcutaneous access port: The present invention generally provides a gastric banding system, including an implantable access port having a substantially ellipsoid shape. The access port is pliable and smooth, to increase the comfort of the access port to the patient, and to increase the aesthetic effect of the access port. The ellipsoid shape... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20110196198 - Infusion of drugs: An at least partly implantable system for injecting a substance into a patient's body, in particular a penis erection stimulation system, comprises one or more infusion needles disposed within and implanted along with one or more housings adjacent the patient's left and right corpora cavernosa. A reservoir and a pump... Agent: Milux Holdings S.a.

20110196199 - Method and system for automatically maintaining an operator selected roll orientation at a distal tip of a robotic endoscope: In a robotic endoscope system, the orientation of a captured camera view at a distal tip of a robotic endoscope and displayed on a screen viewable by an operator of the endoscope is automatically maintained at a roll orientation associated with a setpoint so as not to disorient the operator... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20110196202 - Capsule guiding system: A capsule guiding system includes: a capsule medical device that is introduced into a subject and takes an in-vivo image in the subject; a capsule guiding unit that guides the capsule medical device; an image acquisition unit that acquires the in-vivo image of the subject from the capsule medical device;... Agent: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

20110196201 - Image processing system, external device, and image processing method: An image processing system includes an external device including an orientation specifying unit that specifies orientation of the body-insertable apparatus at the time of capturing the image data with respect to a reference direction, a rotation correcting unit that performs rotation correction on image data received by the input unit... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20110196200 - Multi-view endoscopic imaging system: Endoscopic illumination and imaging systems for enabling observation of both the forward and rearward directions in a lumen using only a single imaging device. According to one implementation, the system utilizes the effects of a partially reflective mirror to respectively transmit and reflect light from the different portions of the... Agent:

20110196203 - Pharyngeal intubation guiding device: A pharyngeal intubation guiding device includes lengthwise extending tongue-side and palate-side walls that cooperatively define a guiding duct. The tongue-side wall is configured to conform to the rear end of a patient's tongue to permit the guiding duct to confront the opening of the patient's larynx. The palate-side wall has... Agent:

20110196204 - Shape-conforming intubation device: The disclosure generally relates to an endotracheal intubation device 100 including a channel element 120 that defines a first channel 122 and additional retaining structure that defines a second channel 140. The device 100 is reversibly movable between a first relaxed position A (e.g., a generally extended or straight position)... Agent: Al Medical Devices, Inc.

20110196205 - Surgical portal locking system: A surgical portal apparatus includes a portal having an elongated portal member and defining a portal passage for reception of a surgical object, and a locking base. The locking base includes a flange segment defining a longitudinal axis and having a longitudinal opening for permitting reciprocal longitudinal passage of the... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20110196206 - Port fixation with varying thread diameter: A surgical portal device for use in an endoscopic procedure includes an elongated body portion dimensioned for insertion through tissue. The body portion includes an outer wall defining a longitudinal axis and having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal lumen configured to allow a surgical instrument to... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20110196207 - Introducer seal assembly: A seal assembly for use with an access device includes a seal housing defining a central longitudinal axis, an inner wall and an outer wall. The inner wall defines a longitudinal opening to permit passage of instrumentation through the seal housing. A gimbal mount is at least partially accommodated within... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20110196208 - Asymetrical surgical retractor: Surgical retractors, retractor insertion tools, and methods of use are disclosed. The surgical retractor includes a first protrusion end, a second insertion end opposite the first protrusion end, and an opening extending through the retractor body from a first end opening located at the first protrusion end of the retractor... Agent: Lanx, Inc.

20110196209 - Speculum blade extender: A speculum blade extender apparatus including a body composed of semi-rigid reusable material with first and second walls separated from and coupled together to form a cavity and extending laterally to form opposing lateral lips and extending distally to form a distal lip, such that the contact surface area of... Agent:

20110196210 - Surgical access system and related methods: A surgical access system including a tissue distraction assembly and a tissue refraction assembly, both of which may be equipped with one or more electrodes for use in detecting the existence of (and optionally the distance and/or direction to) neural structures before, during, and after the establishment of an operative... Agent: Nuvasive, Inc.

20110196211 - Calibration for multi-stage physiological monitors: A physiological monitor is provided for determining a physiological parameter of a medical patient with a multi-stage sensor assembly. The monitor includes a signal processor configured to receive a signal indicative of a physiological parameter of a medical patient from a multi-stage sensor assembly. The multi-stage sensor assembly is configured... Agent: Masimo Corporation

20110196212 - Methods and systems for health wellness management: Systems and methods for health wellness management programs comprising a method of positively transforming behavioral and health parameters associated with members of a community and segmenting the community into attitudinal, behavioral and health parameter values. The method further includes enrolling members of the community into a health wellness management program,... Agent:

20110196213 - Display for biological values: Methods for providing an estimated or predicted biological values in a sectioned display to assess the relative impact of a set of variables include collecting biological measurements, grouping the biological measurements based on the set of variables, evaluating the biological measurements to determine grouped estimated biological values or grouped predicted... Agent: Roche Diagnostics Gbmh

20110196214 - Fetal scalp blood analyzer: A hand-held analyzer for collecting a sample of blood from the scalp of a fetus and measuring the pH or other blood characteristic of the blood sample. The analyzer includes a probe with a proximal end and a gasket that facilitate a firm and positive placement of the probe against... Agent:

20110196215 - Living body monitoring apparatus: This living body monitoring apparatus includes an image acquirer which emits light to a living body and acquires a living body image by imaging the living body to which the light is being emitted, a concentration acquirer which acquires a concentration of a blood component of the living body by... Agent:

20110196216 - Electrode system for measuring an analyte concentration under in-vivo conditions: An electrode system for measuring the concentration of an analyte under in-vivo conditions comprises a counter-electrode having an electrical conductor, a working electrode having an electrical conductor on which an enzyme layer containing immobilized enzyme molecules for catalytic conversion of the analyte is arranged, and a diffusion barrier that slows... Agent:

20110196217 - Blood glucose level information processing apparatus, blood glucose level information processing method and blood glucose level information processing program: A blood glucose level information processing apparatus, method and program provide blood glucose values and blood glucose value information within a period or range desired by a user without imposing cumbersome operation on the user. The apparatus, method and program provide blood glucose values and blood glucose value information within... Agent: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha

20110196218 - Blood glucose level measuring apparatus and method, and measurement data management apparatus: A blood glucose level measuring apparatus and measurement data management apparatus are provided which can carry out measurement of the blood glucose level of a plurality of patients relatively rapidly and reliably, while also addressing emergency situations. The blood glucose level measuring apparatus includes a patient identifier, blood glucose level... Agent: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha

20110196219 - Fetal scalp blood analyzer: A hand-held analyzer for collecting a sample of blood from the scalp of a fetus and measuring the pH of the blood sample. The analyzer includes a probe with a blunt proximal end that facilitates a firm and positive placement of the probe against the scalp. The probe includes a... Agent:

20110196220 - Electrode assembly for medical purposes: An electrode assembly for medical purposes comprises a to first electrode 11electrically connected to a first connecting line 15, a second electrode 12electrically connected to a second connecting line 16, and a third electrode 13electrically connected to a third connecting line 17. The first, second and third electrodes are GI... Agent: Med Storm Innovation As

20110196223 - Proton tomography apparatus and method of operation therefor: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for charged particle tomographic imaging using a tomography system. The tomography imaging system is optionally simultaneously operational with a charged particle cancer therapy system using common elements, allows tomographic imaging with rotation of the patient, is operational on a patient in an... Agent:

20110196222 - Systems, devices, and methods including a dark-field reflected-illumination apparatus: Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing a monitor or treatment device configured to, for example, detect hemozoin, as well as to monitor or treat a malarial infection.... Agent: Tokitae LLC, A Limited Liability Company Of The State Of Delaware

20110196221 - Systems, devices, and methods including multi-harmonic optical detection of hemozoin nanoparticles: Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing a monitor/treatment device configured to, for example, detect hemozoin, as well as to monitor or treat a malarial infection.... Agent: Searete LLC, A Limited Liability Corporation Of The State Of Delaware

20110196224 - Flow insensitive magnetization preparation pulse for t2* contrast: A magnetic resonance system comprises a magnetic resonance scanner (10) including a main magnet (12) generating a static magnetic field biasing nuclear spins toward aligning along a direction of the static magnetic field, magnetic field gradient coils (14), a radio frequency coil (16), and a controller (20, 22) configured to:... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20110196225 - Magnetic resonance imaging device: In the MRS measurement using magnetic resonance for performing measurement of two regions in the same section, highly precise results are efficiently obtained with coincidence of axes with axes in positioning image. In measurement according to the PRESS method for a plurality of regions each localized (specified) with a set... Agent: Hitachi Medical Corporation

20110196226 - Apparatus having a combined magnetic resonance apparatus and radiation therapy apparatus: An apparatus having a combined magnetic resonance apparatus is proposed. The magnetic resonance apparatus features at least one main magnet for generating a main magnetic field in an examination space for a magnetic resonance measurement, and a radiation therapy apparatus, which is provided to generate a particle beam and which... Agent:

20110196227 - Apparatus with a combination of a magnetic resonance apparatus and a radiotherapy apparatus: An apparatus with a combination of a magnetic resonance apparatus is proposed. The apparatus has at least one main magnet for generating a magnetic field in an examination area for a magnetic resonance measurement and a radiotherapy apparatus which is designed for generating a particle beam. A direction of a... Agent:

20110196228 - Pet-mri hybrid apparatus and method of implementing the same: There is provided a PET-MRI hybrid apparatus and method for integrating a PET image and an MRI image so that anatomical, hemodynamical and molecular information on human tissues are simultaneously presented in a single image. The PET-MRI hybrid system comprises a first scanner for obtaining anatomical and hemodynamical information, and... Agent:

20110196229 - Adaptation probe for insertion into implanted electrode devices of active medical implants and set composed of an implantable electrode device and an adaptation probe: An adaptation probe for insertion into implanted electrode devices of active medical implants to enable them for use in high-frequency magnetic alternating fields of MRI systems comprises an elongated, flexible probe body, and at least one electrical assembly, which has one or more electrical components connected to an interface, in... Agent:

20110196230 - Radiation therapy apparatus control method and radiation therapy apparatus controller: A radiation therapy apparatus control method includes: calculating a plurality of degrees of similarity corresponding to a plurality of matching target areas based on a radiographic image; calculating a specific image position where a specific image area corresponding to a maximum value of the degrees of similarity out of the... Agent:

20110196231 - Fused ring thiophene dyes for imaging and therapy: The invention provides optical agents, including compositions, preparations and formulations, and methods of using and making optical agents. Optical agents of the present invention include oligomer dyes, and derivatives thereof, having a fused ring backbone structure having an oligothiophene core. In some embodiments, oligomer dyes of the present invention are... Agent:

20110196232 - Self-contained power-assisted syringe: A self-contained and hand-held power-assisted syringe is provided which is suitable for the controlled injection of fluid material during medical procedures such as coronary angiography procedures which utilize small-bore and small sized guide catheter systems. The present invention provides a greater degree of injection power on-demand than was previously possible... Agent:

20110196233 - Bidirectional introducer catheter: Methods and apparatus are described for a bidirectional introducer. An apparatus includes a bidirectional introducer, comprising a catheter including: a sheath; and a dilator located within and substantially coaxially with the sheath, the dilator having a distal end portion that includes at first section having a proximal first section end... Agent:

20110196234 - Method and device of detecting, locating and/or analyzing a radioactive source(s) in a material, e.g. a biological tissue: The invention relates to detection of radiations by means of any appropriate devices, particularly those comprising small probes used e.g. in diagnostics or in surgery, or in biomedical or pharmacological research. The aim of the invention is to improve the performance of probes and their working methods in terms i.a... Agent:

20110196235 - Ultrasound imaging system and method for providing assistance in an ultrasound imaging system: An ultrasound imaging system (1) comprising an ultrasound scanner (2) for acquiring a live ultrasound image (7) of a portion of the anatomy of a patient being examined with the ultrasound imaging system (1), an assistance means (9) for providing at least one primary demonstration video clip (27), and at... Agent:

20110196236 - System and method of automated gestational age assessment of fetus: An ultrasound system includes a transducer array comprising a multiplicity of transducer elements configured to acquire image data of an object, a display system for displaying an image of the object based on the acquired image data, and an image processor module. The image processor module is programmed to calculate... Agent:

20110196237 - Ultrasound pulse-wave doppler measurement of blood flow velocity and/or turbulence: Apparatus and methods for measuring and analyzing blood flow in vessels in the bodies of living subjects are provided. The true velocity vector, or a projection thereof onto a scan plane, for blood flowing at a location in a vessel is determined from multiple Doppler velocity components. The true velocity... Agent: Ultrasonix Medical Corporation

20110196238 - System and method for fetal heart monitoring using ultrasound: An ultrasound adapter system for performing ultrasound scanning on a target area of a subject over an extended period of time includes a flexible membrane formed to define an interior enclosure and an exterior. The system also includes an ultrasound gel arranged in the interior of the flexible membrane and... Agent:

20110196241 - Device for diagnosis and/or therapy of physiological characteristics of a selected portion of a body by optical reflectance or optical transmission: The invention relates to a device for diagnosis and/or therapy of a selected portion of a body by optical reflectance or optical transmission. The device according to the invention has a laminar body (12) containing a tissue-facing surface (13). The laminar body (12) integrally forms a transmitter opening destined to... Agent: Nemodevices Ag

20110196240 - Image processing apparatus, image processing method, image processing program and electronic apparatus: Disclosed herein is an image processing apparatus for extracting a characteristic point from an image, the image processing apparatus including: a first light radiation section; a second light radiation section; an image taking section; a skin-area detection section; and a characteristic-point extraction section.... Agent: Sony Corporation

20110196239 - Systems, devices, and methods for detection of malaria: Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing a monitor or treatment device configured to, for example, detect hemozoin, as well as to monitor or treat a malarial infection.... Agent: Tokitae LLC, A Limited Liability Company Of The State Of Delaware

20110196242 - Biological information detector and biological information measuring device: To provide a biological information detector or the like in which the detection accuracy or the measurement accuracy can be increased. A biological information detector includes a light-emitting part (14) for emitting light (R1) directed at a detection site (O) of a test subject; a light-receiving part (16) for receiving... Agent: Seiko Epson Corporation

20110196243 - Non-contact detection of physiological data using stochastic resonance: Obtaining physiological data from a living being using non-contact sensors is disclosed. The non-contact sensors are disposed within, for example, a vehicle seat or bed. Signals detected by the non-contacting sensors, which include both physiological signals and ambient noise, are transmitted to a processing device which is positioned nearby; such... Agent:

20110196244 - System and apparatus for the non-invasive measurement of blood pressure: The present invention relates to a system for the estimation of the systolic (SBP), diastolic (DBP) and average (MAP) blood pressure. Said system establishes a physiological model of the pulse wave combined with its energy for, afterwards, generating a fixed length vector containing the previous model's values with other variables... Agent: Sabirmedical, S.l.

20110196245 - Measurement of cerebral hemodynamic parameters: e

20110196248 - Apparatus and method for catheter navigation and tip location: Devices and methods for obtaining and using endovascular electrograms in a number of clinical applications and settings are disclosed. In one embodiment, methods are disclosed for triggering analysis of an endovascular ECG waveform based on the detection of a peak in a skin-based ECG waveform in order to determine a... Agent: Bard Access Systems, Inc.

20110196246 - Qrs onset and offset detection with adaptive temporal windowing: A heart monitor is disclosed. The monitor computes ST segment deviation as the difference in the value of an electrocardiogram signal at the ST and PQ points of a heartbeat. The ST point is found based on slope criteria and temporal criteria. The maximum (positive) slope of the QRS (maxQRS)... Agent: Angel Medical Systems Inc.

20110196247 - Rejecting oversensing due to noise: In general, this disclosure is directed to signal processing based methods to reject oversensing due to electromagnetic interference or other noise without compromising tachyarrhythmia detection sensitivity. A method comprises sensing a signal indicative of cardiac activity, detecting a cardiac event based on the signal, determining a count of fluctuations of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110196249 - Cardioverter/defibrillator and signal processing device for classifying intracardiac signals: The invention relates to methods of differentiating between ventricular tachycardias (VTs) and supraventricular tachycardias (SVT) with the assistance of morphology detection, and signal processing devices implementing such methods.... Agent:

20110196250 - Method and apparatus for determining cardiac performance in a patient with a conductance catheter: An apparatus for determining cardiac performance in the patient. The apparatus includes a conductance catheter for measuring conductance and blood volume in a heart chamber of the patient. The apparatus includes a processor for determining instantaneous volume of the ventricle by applying a non-linear relationship between the measured conductance and... Agent:

20110196251 - Leak determination in a breathing assistance system: Systems and methods for estimating a leak flow in a breathing assistance system including a ventilation device connected to a patient are provided. Data of a flow waveform indicating the flow of gas between the ventilation device and the patient is accessed. A specific portion of the flow waveform is... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20110196252 - Method for measuring dead lung space: A method for determining anatomical dead space in a respiratory tract of a living organism, include the steps of continuously and simultaneously measuring flow (F) and respiratory air density (D) during exhalation (EX) over time (T). The time is measured from the start of exhalation, in which the flow is... Agent:

20110196254 - Acquiring nerve activity from carotid body and/or sinus: An exemplary includes acquiring an electroneurogram of the right carotid sinus nerve or the left carotid sinus nerve, analyzing the electroneurogram for at least one of chemosensory information and barosensory information and calling for one or more therapeutic actions based at least in part on the analyzing. Therapeutic actions may... Agent:

20110196253 - Brain stimulation models, systems, devices, and methods: This document discusses, among other things, brain stimulation models, systems, devices, and methods, such as for deep brain stimulation (DBS) or other electrical stimulation. In an example, a target volume of activation (VOA) can be received, a test VOA can be simulated, and at least one of a target electrode... Agent: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

20110196255 - Devices, systems, and methods for measuring parallel tissue conductance, luminal cross-sectional areas, fluid velocity, and/or determining plaque vulnerability using temperature: Devices, systems, and methods for measuring parallel tissue conductance, luminal cross-sectional areas, fluid velocity, and/or determining plaque vulnerability using temperature. In at least one embodiment of a method to obtain parallel tissue conductance, the method comprises the steps of inserting at least part of a detection device into a luminal... Agent:

20110196257 - Method, system and apparatus for neural localization: Described herein are devices, systems and methods for determining if a nerve is nearby a device or a region of a device. In general, a device for determining if a nerve is nearby a device includes an elongate body having an outer surface with one or more bipole pairs arranged... Agent:

20110196256 - Pain sensory nerve stimulation apparatus: A pain sensory nerve stimulation apparatus includes: an electrode portion including: a first electrode, a tip end of which is adapted to be inserted into a skin; and at lease one second electrode which is disposed in a circumference of the first electrode without being electrically conductive with the first... Agent: Nihon Kohden Corporation

20110196258 - Nesting endoscopic ultrasound guided biopsy device: A biopsy device for insertion to a target site within a living body comprises a first longitudinal element including a first longitudinal element extending from a first element proximal end to a tissue piercing first element distal end and, the first longitudinal element defining a first lumen extending therethrough from... Agent:

20110196259 - In-situ tissue analysis device and method: A sensor is mounted to a needle at a location proximate to a tip of the needle. The sensor senses tissue density of tissue in contact with the tip as the needle passes through the tissue. Further, the sensor detects a change in tissue density as the tip passes from... Agent: The Regents Of The University Of Michigan

20110196260 - Catheter assembly: A catheter assembly is provided with a flexible tubular body having two lumens. A solid slidable member with a sharp distal end is disposed within one of the lumens. The slidable member is capable of sliding within the lumen of the tubular body between an exposed position in which the... Agent: Cook Incorporated

20110196261 - Lancing device with improved guidance mechanism: A lancing device having improved guidance features and a drive mechanism subassembly that is generically compatible with a variety of outer housing configurations, and an improved assembly method for fabricating a lancing device.... Agent:

20110196262 - Real-time assessment of absolute muscle effort during open and closed chain activities: Methods and apparatus based on vibromyography technology are provided that overcome the substantial limitations of current VMG muscle assessment approaches. Specifically, embodiments of the invention provide a means by which clinicians and trainers can perform real-time muscle assessment during typical functional activities (activities involving substantial human movements). In some embodiments,... Agent: The Research Foundation Of State University Of New York

20110196263 - Methods for assessment of pelvic organ conditions affecting the vagina: Methods for assessment of pelvic floor conditions based on tactile imaging are described. The vaginal wall is deformed using a transvaginal probe equipped with tactile pressure sensors and a motion tracking sensor. The vaginal wall coordinates and pressure patterns are obtained during the examination and used to build 3-D tactile... Agent: Artann Laboratories, Inc.

20110196264 - Body motion balance detection device, body motion balance detection program, body motion balance detection method, and body motion balance diagnosis method: A body motion measurement device capable of detecting a body motion balance without installing a pressure sensor is provided. The body motion measurement device includes an acceleration detection unit for detecting a change in acceleration by walking, a calculation unit for detecting a walking balance from the acceleration signal detected... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

08/04/2011 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20110190566 - Polymer microgel beads: The present invention relates to polymer microgel beads having a polymeric matrix with nanomagnetic particles dispersed substantially uniformly therethrough, wherein a steric stabiliser is associated with the particles, the steric stabiliser being a polymeric material that (i) does not form part of the polymeric matrix of the beads, and (ii)... Agent: University Of Sydney

20110190567 - Methods of securing a cannula assembly, implanting a circulatory assist system and crossing a tissue barrier: A transseptal cannula assembly for directing blood from the heart of a patient and a minimally invasive method of implanting the same. The transseptal cannula assembly includes a flexible cannula body having proximal and distal portions with a lumen therebetween, a tip coupled to the distal portion of the flexible... Agent: Circulite, Inc.

20110190568 - Enhanced performance implantable microphone system: To improve the performance of an implantable hearing prothesis having an implanted microphone, the present invention discloses the use of an acoustic hearing aid to amplify the ambient sound signals. This results in a higher signal level for the implanted microphone, and hence improved performance.... Agent:

20110190569 - Non-invasive methods and devices for inducing euphoria in a patient and their therapeutic application: A novel non-invasive magnetic stimulator is used to modulate electrical activity of a patient's vagus nerve. Parameters of the stimulation are selected in such a way as to induce a state of euphoria in the patient. The methods and devices may be used for anesthesia, or to treat insomnia, depression,... Agent: Electrocore, LLC

20110190570 - Biofeedback interface device and methods for controlling heartrate in response to signals: Elevation in resting heart rate is associated with anxiety disorders and depression. Biofeedback techniques enable individuals to regulate involuntary physiological parameters such as heart rate. Embodiments of the invention described herein relate to a compact wearable biofeedback interface device which alerts the wearer when their measured heart rate exceeds a... Agent:

20110190571 - Method of supporting pelvic organs: A method of supporting pelvic organs in a patient includes forming a tissue incision providing access to the pelvic organs in the patient; inserting a knit material into the tissue incision; and supporting at least one of the pelvic organs in the patient with the knit material. The knit material... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20110190572 - Methods and compositions for vein harvest and autografting: The leading cause of graft failure is the subsequent development of intimal hyperplasia, which represents a response to injury that is thought to involve smooth muscle proliferation, migration, phenotypic modulation, and extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition. Surgical techniques typically employed for vein harvest—stretching the vein, placing the vein in low pH,... Agent: Vanderbilt University

20110190573 - Body implantable fabric having closed loop knit: A body implantable fabric includes an organ support device separated from a knit material and has a filament forming a chain of loops that extend along a length of the knit material. The chain of loops are coupled together by having each loop suspended by a neighboring loop, and at... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20110190574 - Female posterior wall prosthesis: A prosthesis comprising a flattened lobe (100), a neck (110) and a handle (120) sized and shaped to shield the posterior vaginal wall from frictional contact during coitus. This self-retaining prosthesis comprises a means to retain the flattened lobe (100) within the vagina and a means to prevent the handle... Agent:

20110190575 - Method and device for female therapeutic massage: An apparatus and method for adult oriented massage is presented. The apparatus includes a housing unit. An upper stimulation source is disposed within the housing unit. The upper stimulation source is operable for transferring a first percussive stimulation to a woman's lower abdomen proximate a top of a pubic bone.... Agent: Human Innovations, L.L.C.

20110190576 - Inflatable penile implant: A method of providing a user with a body implantable penile prosthetic includes providing a pump attachable to a pressure reservoir and a penile implant; pressurizing liquid in the pressure reservoir; configuring the pressure reservoir to release the pressurized liquid from the pressure reservoir to the penile implant at a... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20110190577 - Inflatable penile implant: A body implantable penile prosthetic assembly includes a pump and a release mechanism. The pump is connectable to a pressure reservoir and a penile implant, where the pressure reservoir contains a pressurized liquid at a first pressure when implanted. The release mechanism is connectable between the pressure reservoir and the... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20110190578 - Endoscope cap: The present application relates to a medical gripping device (1) with a flexible shaft (2) with a front end (13) and a rear end (14) and a web (5) comprising at least one web element, wherein the web (4) is attached to the front end (3) of the shaft (2).... Agent: Ovesco Endoscopy Ag

20110190580 - Analysis engine within a network supporting intravaginal monitoring: An intravaginal monitoring device in a supporting network, and including supporting devices such as servers, computing devices and phone (of both medical staff and patients), together participate to collect, exchange and display data relating to a female reproductive system. Therein, and within one or many of such systems, analysis operations... Agent:

20110190579 - Intravaginal monitoring device: The invention relates to an intravaginal monitoring device, method of intravaginal monitoring, and system and network for intravaginal monitoring. The intravaginal monitoring device and or network includes multiple modes of operation that enable non-pregnancy monitoring, pregnancy testing, pregnancy monitoring, STD detection, precancerous condition monitoring, cancerous condition monitoring, pre-birth monitoring and... Agent:

20110190581 - Intravaginal monitoring support architecture: An intravaginal monitoring device supporting network infrastructure, including a smart phone with applications supporting female's healthcare diagnostics. The intravaginal monitoring device communicates via a communication interface to local external devices. The intravaginal monitoring device also communicates with external (central) support servers, smart phones, healthcare professional's supporting systems and devices, research... Agent:

20110190582 - Intravaginal optics targeting system: Intravaginal monitoring devices (IMDs) with adjustable optics assemblies support local and remote control of mechanical and electro-mechanical mechanisms associated with multiple imagers and other sensors for tailoring an IMD to meet the specific dimensions and characteristics of various female reproduce systems. Such mechanisms also assist in guiding and analyzing pathways... Agent:

20110190583 - Medical fixed balloon, actuator for intraductal moving body, and endoscope: an inflation membrane inflated by supplying a fluid into an inside of the inflation membrane and whose outer peripheral surface is brought into contact with an inner wall of the body cavity, the inflation membrane having regions extended with a predetermined extension rate and having a plurality of low extension... Agent:

20110190584 - Surgical method and medical device: To perform treatment by readily introducing a device causing minimal invasion even where approach from the body surface is difficult, a medical device includes a guide that is inserted into a lumen; a first balloon at a distal end of the guide, connected to a first flow path extending to... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20110190585 - Surgical tool, particularly for use in laparoscopy: A surgical instrument (3), in particular for use in laparoscopy, comprises means for inducing the surface adsorption of ions in correspondence of said sheath (10) allowing to reducing burns due to electrical dispersions.... Agent: Universita Degli Studi Di Roma "tor Vergata"

20110190586 - Methods and systems for intravascular imaging and flushing: A method and apparatus for initiating intravascular imaging and flushing is described herein.... Agent: Volcano Corporation

20110190587 - Endoscope with first and second imaging and illumination units: A container body includes an illumination section and an image pickup section. A tube body is integrally provided to the container body. A distal end of a hollow duct line provided in the tube body penetrates the container body to have an opening on an outer surface of the container... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20110190588 - Surgical retractor instrument systems and methods of using the same: 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. The system also includes at least one actuating member operable to provide an oscillating motion to at least one of the first and second retractor... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20110190590 - Multi-lumen access port: An access device includes a body, a first tube, a second tube, and a mechanism. The first and second tubes extend through the body. The mechanism operably couples the first and second tubes such that at least one tube is pivotable about an axis with respect to the other tube.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20110190589 - Surgical access apparatus with seal and closure valve assembly: A surgical access apparatus includes an access housing, an access member extending from the access housing, a seal mount disposed within the access housing and having an object seal for forming a seal about the surgical object and a monolithic closure valve mounted to the housing distal of the seal... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20110190591 - Surgical retractor: The present invention is a surgical retractor that can be manipulated with only a digit of a single hand. The surgical retractor includes a shaft, which may be cylindrical, with a finger member attached to one side. The finger member may be an arc segment properly sized to keep a... Agent:

20110190592 - Bladeless optical obturator: The invention is directed to a bladeless trocar obturator to separate or divaricate body tissue during insertion through a body wall. In one aspect, the obturator of the invention comprises a shaft extending along an axis between a proximal end and a distal end; and a bladeless tip disposed at... Agent: Applied Medical Resources Corporation

20110190593 - Computerized systems and methods for stability-theoretic prediction and prevention of falls: A system, methods and computer-readable media are provided for the automatic identification of patients according to near-term risk of sudden kinematic injury (falling). Embodiments of the invention are directed to event prediction, risk stratification, and optimization of the assessment, communication, and decision-making to prevent falling in humans, and in one... Agent: Cerner Innovation, Inc.

20110190600 - Combined physiological sensor systems and methods: A combined physiological sensor and methods for detecting one or more physiological characteristics of a subject are provided. The combined sensor (e.g., a forehead sensor) may be used to detect and/or calculate at least one of a pulse blood oxygen saturation level, a regional blood oxygen saturation level, a respiration... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20110190594 - Device and method to monitor, assess and improve quality of sleep: A medical sleep disorder arrangement integrates into current diagnosis and treatment procedures to enable a health care professional to diagnose and treat a plurality of subjects suffering from insomnia. The arrangement may include both environmental sensors and body-worn sensors that measure the environmental conditions and the condition of the individual... Agent: Robert Bosch Gmbh

20110190596 - Endotracheal tube apparatus: An apparatus for monitoring EMG signals of a patient's laryngeal muscles includes an endotracheal tube having an exterior surface. Conductive ink electrodes are formed on the exterior surface of the endotracheal tube. The conductive ink electrodes are configured to receive the EMG signals from the laryngeal muscles when the endotracheal... Agent: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.

20110190598 - Health data dynamics, its sources and linkage with genetic/molecular tests: Method and system for the analysis and source localization of the dynamical patterns in medical and health data, and linking such dynamical patterns with the individual's genetic and/or molecular data. The invention makes use of optimally positioned sensors (sensor arrays) providing input data for signal processing, time-series analysis, pattern recognition... Agent:

20110190597 - Intervertebral disc analysis system and method: The invention pertains to an analysis device for measuring physical, chemical and/or biological parameters in an intervertebral disc. It comprises a probe adapted to be inserted in the intervertebral disc; the probe including at its distal end at least three different sensors. The intervertebral disc analysis system and method is... Agent:

20110190602 - Method for measuring blood oxygen at a finger and finger-clipped oximeter: The present invention provides a method for measuring blood oxygen at a finger, comprising the following steps: 10) measuring blood oxygen content and finger temperature of the human body; 20) giving corresponding prompts according to the blood oxygen content and the finger temperature measured in the step 10). The present... Agent: Beijing Choice Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.

20110190595 - Network supporting intravaginal monitoring device: The invention generally relates to intravaginal monitoring devices, supporting networks, web services, billing services, modes of operation of the devices and networks, and processing of data harvested by an intravaginal device and communication to the network. Methods, systems and networks for advertising are provided herein.... Agent:

20110190599 - System and method for diagnosing sleep apnea based on results of multiple approaches to sleep apnea identification: Various embodiments may provide methods and systems capable of evaluating physiological parameter data. The methods and systems may include a receiver capable of collecting a signal representative of a physiological status of a patient, a plurality of data analysis components, wherein each of the plurality of data analysis components is... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20110190601 - System for determining the left-ventricular ejection time tlve of a heart of a subject: In order to reliably determine the left-ventricular ejection time TLVE of a heart of a subject, at least two different measuring methods are employed. This includes in any case the derivation of a first waveform related to thoracic electrical bioimpedance or bioadmittance. A second waveform can be determined by using... Agent:

20110190604 - Nitric oxide sensors and systems: The present disclosure relates to nitric oxide sensors and systems.... Agent:

20110190603 - Sensor inserter having introducer: A sensor inserter assembly having an introducer configured with one or more holding members to releasably retain a sensor and/or a compressible member.... Agent:

20110190605 - Biological information detector, biological information measuring device, and method for designing reflecting part in biological information detector: To reduce the effect of directly reflected light on a contact-surface side of a contact member, a biological information detector includes a light-emitting part, a light-receiving part, a reflecting part, a protecting part for protecting the light-emitting part, and a substrate. The protecting member is formed from a material that... Agent: Seiko Epson Corporation

20110190606 - Fluid handling cassette: A fluid handling module that is removably engageable with a bodily fluid analyzer is provided. The module may comprise a fluid handling element, and a fluid component separator that is accessible via the fluid handling element and configured to separate at least one component of a bodily fluid transported to... Agent: Optiscan Biomedical Corporation

20110190607 - Methods and systems to correct for hematocrit effects: Described and illustrated herein are exemplary methods of operating an analyte measurement system having a meter and a test strip. Such methods may be exemplarily achieved by determining a first glucose concentration by measuring a first reflectance at about a first wavelength at a testing surface of the pad; measuring... Agent: Lifescan, Inc.

20110190608 - Optical sensor for medical device: An optical sensor for a medical device includes a fixed lens spacing between emit and receive modules to achieve target sensor sensitivity, while varying other sensor parameters in order to increase signal amplitude without increasing power demand. The size of at least one of emit and receive module lenses of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110190609 - Optical sensor for medical device: An optical sensor for a medical device includes a fixed lens spacing between emit and receive modules to achieve target sensor sensitivity, while varying other sensor parameters in order to increase signal amplitude without increasing power demand. An optical sensor connected to a housing of a medical device includes a... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110190610 - Optical sensor for medical device: An optical sensor for a medical device includes a fixed lens spacing between emit and receive modules to achieve target sensor sensitivity, while varying other sensor parameters in order to increase signal amplitude without increasing power demand. The arrangement of an opto-electronic component within an optical sensor receive module is... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110190612 - Continous light emission photoacoustic spectroscopy: Methods and systems are provided for analyzing microcirculation using photoacoustic spectroscopy by emitting continuous light at one or more frequencies. A photoacoustic spectroscopy monitor may utilize a slow modulation method to vary the wavelength of light emitted, such that different absorbers may be measured in a patient's tissue. The photoacoustic... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20110190611 - Oxygenation procedures for newborns and devices for use therein: The present invention relates to methods and systems for resuscitation of an infant which maintains healthy blood oxygen saturation values in the infant by titration of supplemental oxygen concentrations.... Agent:

20110190613 - Hybrid spectrophotometric monitoring of biological constituents: Systems, methods, and related computer program products for non-invasive NIR spectrophotometric (NIRS) monitoring of total blood hemoglobin levels and/or other blood constituent levels based on a hybrid combination of phase modulation spectrophotometry (PMS) and continuous wave spectrophotometry (CWS) are described. PMS-based measurements including both amplitude and phase information used in... Agent: O2 Medtech, Inc.,

20110190614 - Transcutaneous analyte sensor: The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for measuring an analyte in a host. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for transcutaneous measurement of glucose in a host.... Agent: Dexcom, Inc.

20110190615 - Electrode patch monitoring device: An electrode patch monitoring device that enables fast and accurate application is described. According to some embodiments, the electrode patch monitoring device comprises an array of electrodes for monitoring bioelectrical data that are formed on a flexible substrate. The electrode patch monitoring device may be available in a plurality of... Agent:

20110190616 - Coded aperture masks for radiation-based medical imaging: This invention relates to a coded aperture mask for use in diagnostic nuclear medicine imaging. The coded aperture mask consists of a sheet of radiation opaque mask material having a series of apertures extending therethrough. The thickness of mask material has an attenuation percentage of less than 75% and, in... Agent: University Of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

20110190618 - Imaging neuroinflammation: The present invention concerns in vivo imaging and in particular in vivo imaging of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR). A tetracyclic indole in vivo imaging agent is provided that binds with high affinity to PBR, has good uptake into the brain following administration, and which preferentially binds to tissues expressing... Agent:

20110190617 - Photoacoustic imaging devices and methods of making and using the same: A photoacoustic imaging device includes an array of light sources configured and arranged to illuminate a target region and an array of ultrasonic transducers between the array of light sources and the target region. The array of transducers may be fixedly coupled to the array of light sources, and the... Agent: Stc.unm

20110190620 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and method: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus scans a region including a predetermined part of a subject to acquire magnetic resonance signals. The magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes a plurality of coil elements, a calculation device for calculating a proportion of the predetermined part to a first scan region of a first... Agent:

20110190619 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and method using squid detection and field-cycling: There is described an MRI system in which the detection of the NMR signal is performed by a resonant input at a median field range above 100 gauss and where the main field is cycled to a low field of below 50% of the resonant frequency after the excitation of... Agent:

20110190621 - Methods and systems for regional synchronous neural interactions analysis: Systems and methods for quantifying neurophysiologic activity of a subject. A set of subject data representing a time series of neurophysiologic activity acquired by each of a multiplicity of spatially distributed sensors arranged to detect neural signaling in the subject is received. A time series of data obtained from each... Agent:

20110190622 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and method: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus executes a pulse sequence for generating a phase shift of each spin, corresponding to a flow rate of the spin to thereby acquire magnetic resonance signals from a subject and determines a position of each blood vessel of the subject, based on each of the... Agent:

20110190623 - Thermally-activatable liposome compositions and methods for imaging, diagnosis and therapy: Disclosed are thermally-activatable liposomal compositions and methods for their use in the formulation and administration of therapeutic, prophylactic, and diagnostic agents. The disclosed liposome structures are capable of carrying a variety of biologically active reagents, and permitting their controlled release in vivo by exploiting properties of their thermoregulatable lability.... Agent: The Methodist Hopsital Research Institute

20110190625 - Cardiac mapping: A non-contact cardiac mapping method is disclosed that includes: (i) inserting a catheter into a heart cavity having an endocardium surface, the catheter including multiple, spatially distributed electrodes; (ii) measuring signals at the catheter electrodes in response to electrical activity in the heart cavity with the catheter spaced from the... Agent: Rhythmia Medical, Inc.

20110190624 - Optical system and method for localizing the fossa ovalis during trans-septal procedures: A system and method for identifying the location of a medical device within a patient's body may be used to localize the fossa ovalis for trans-septal procedures. The systems and methods measure light reflected by tissues encountered by an optical array. An optical array detects characteristic wavelengths of tissues that... Agent: Medtronic Ablation Frontiers LLC

20110190626 - Medical image diagnosis assisting apparatus and method, and computer readable recording medium on which is recorded program for the same: Extracting a lung field area and a branch structure area from a three-dimensional medical image, dividing a branch structure local area representing a portion of the branch structure area into a plurality of branch structure local sub-areas and estimating a lung field local sub-area in the lung field area functionally... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20110190627 - Method and device for marking a medium, and marker usable in such a method: To mark an area of interest in a target medium, an initially inactivated and ultrasound-activatable optical marker is added to the medium, and then an ultrasound activation beam is emitted, being focused on the area of interest in order to locally activate the marker, which then colors the area of... Agent: Institut Curie

20110190628 - Syringe with piston seal: A syringe comprises a syringe body (2) with a cylindrical part (3), a piston body (5) with a piston (7), and a piston seal that limits a movement of the piston body in proximal direction with regard to the cylindrical part. The piston seal has been provided in such a... Agent:

20110190629 - 3d motion detection and correction by object tracking in ultrasound images: An arrangement to determine physiologic data, position, orientation and/or geometry of an object of interest includes an ultrasound unit with a multiplicity of ultrasound transducers to monitor physiologic parameters, especially motion and deformation, of an object of interest encapsulated by a body in real-time in three dimensions of space and... Agent: Mediri Gmbh

20110190631 - Method and apparatus for quantification of cardiac wall motion asynchrony: A phase analysis technique provides for quantification of regional wall motion asynchrony from endocardial border contours generated from two-dimensional echocardiographic ventricular images. The technique produces results including a degree of radial ventricular asynchrony in heart failure patients with ventricular conduction delay to predict a magnitude of contractile function improvement with... Agent:

20110190630 - System and method for performing an electrosurgical procedure using an ablation device with an integrated imaging device: An ablation device includes an antenna assembly having a radiating portion configured to deliver energy from a power source to tissue. The radiating portion has an outer conductor and an inner conductor. The inner conductor is disposed within the outer conductor. The device also includes an imaging device operably coupled... Agent:

20110190633 - Image processing apparatus, ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, and image processing method: According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes a storage unit, setting unit, associating unit, and registering unit. The storage unit stores 2D or 3D first time series image data and second time series image data over a predetermined period. The setting unit sets a first ROI on the... Agent:

20110190634 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and medical image processing apparatus: In general, according to one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes an image generating unit configured to generate medical images from a multislice which covers an area including the heart of an object. Each slice is almost perpendicular to the long axis of the heart. Each medical image is a... Agent:

20110190632 - Ultrasonic diagnostic appratus and ultrasonic image processing method: Disclosed herein is an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic image processing method. The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes an ultrasonic transmission unit; An ultrasonic probe emits; An ultrasonic reception unit; An image processing unit; A sound velocity determination unit; and A control unit. Accordingly, there is an advantage in that the... Agent:

20110190635 - Ultrasound scanner with gel dispenser device attached to or integrated with at least one probe and use: The invention relates to an ultrasound scanner comprising a gel distributing device which is attached, or built into, at least one signal emitting probe. The ultrasound scanner is provided with a gel holder for gel used to transmit ultrasound waves for medical, paramedical and/or veterinary procedure purposes. The holder is... Agent:

20110190636 - Systems and methods for non-contact biometric sensing: A non-contact biometric sensing device is described. The device includes a processing device, a user interface communicatively coupled to the processing device, a display communicatively coupled to the processing device, a laser doppler vibrometer sensor communicatively coupled to the processing device, and an infrared camera communicatively coupled to the processing... Agent:

20110190639 - Bi-spectral peroperative optical probe: Optical probes for medical applications are provided. The probe is devised so as to be able to be held in one hand. A basic version of the probe includes: a first excitation lighting source suitable for causing a fluorescence radiation of predetermined substances; a second visible lighting source, the first... Agent: Commissariat A L'energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Altematives

20110190638 - Illumination apparatus for use in examining a body of living tissues: An illumination apparatus for use in examining a body of living tissues, the apparatus comprising a head for contacting the body of living tissues, a light source mounted in the head for illuminating the tissues, and an annular switch disposed around the light source, the annular switch being adapted automatically... Agent:

20110190637 - Medical measuring system, method for surgical intervention as well as use of a medical measuring system: The invention relates to a medical measuring system, surgical intervention methods, and the use of a medical measuring system. The measuring system comprises two two-dimensional imaging sensors, a light source that is rigidly connected to the camera system in order to project structured light onto objects, and a structure that... Agent: Naviswiss Ag

20110190640 - Pressure sensor with an interferometric sensor and an in-fiber bragg grating reference sensor: A pressure sensor (10 for medical applications comprises a silica optical fiber extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometric (EFPI) pressure sensor (2) and an in-fiber Bragg grating (FBG, 3). The cavity of the EFPI pressure sensor (2) is formed by the end face of the FBG (3), a glass capillary (5) and a... Agent:

20110190641 - Biological information measurement apparatus: Disclosed herein is a biological information measurement apparatus for rendering laser light incident on an examinee and measuring a state of internal tissue of the examinee based on light scattered within the examinee. The biological information measurement apparatus includes a laser light source for emitting the laser light, photoelectric conversion... Agent:

20110190642 - Method of detecting sleep apnea and treatment thereof: A method is presented for evaluating whether an episode of sleep apnea is occurring in a patient suffering from chronic sleep apnea disorder, for delivery of appropriate therapy. The method, performed by an implantable device, includes sensing the patient's EKG signal and using electrical energy generated by the heart to... Agent:

20110190643 - System for cardiac status determination: A system improves detection and diagnosis of blood pressure based cardiac function and tissue activities by analyzing and characterizing cardiac blood pressure signals (including non-invasive and invasive blood pressure, discrete values and continuous waveforms) using pressure signal variation and variability calculation and evaluation. The system combines blood pressure analysis with... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20110190644 - Living body pressing device, method of manufacturing same, and blood pressure measuring device: Provided are a living body pressing device which can perform effective pressing at both ends in the short-side direction of the device and is reduced in size, a method of manufacturing the living body pressing device, and a blood pressure measuring device. An air bag (2) of a living body... Agent: Citizen Systems Japan Co., Ltd.

20110190646 - Biological information measuring device: A biological information measuring device includes a setting part for setting a target value relating to exercise intensity, a measurement part for measuring biological information that can be converted to exercise intensity, and a correction part for correcting the target value according to a first measured value relating to exercise... Agent: Seiko Epson Corporation

20110190645 - Recovery determination methods and recovery determination apparatuses: Recovery determination methods and recovery determination apparatuses are described. According to one aspect, a recovery determination method includes accessing an input for a recovery marker which corresponds to a characteristic of an individual, wherein the input comprises data pertinent to the individual for the recovery marker while the individual is... Agent:

20110190648 - Electrocardiogram analysis and parameter estimation: A system, method and memory medium for operating on an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal. A multiscale short-time Fourier transform (STFT) is perform on a set of ECG samples {s(n)} to obtain a transform array. For each sufficiently energetic peak in the transform array, a refined window width value and a refined... Agent:

20110190647 - Respiration-gated cardiography: In a cardiographic apparatus (10), a plurality of electrodes (16) are configured for operative connection with a subject (14). A cardiograph (12, 12′, 12′) is connected with the plurality of electrodes to acquire cardiographic data. A respiratory gate (20, 22, 26, 36, 46, 50, 52, 54) is configured to identify... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N. V.

20110190649 - Systems and methods for on-site and real-time electrocardiographic imaging (ecgi): A computer-implemented method for electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI) is provided. The method includes computing a transfer matrix, measuring a plurality of electrical potentials, and computing an estimation of electrical potentials on a surface of interest based at least in part on the measured potentials and the computed transfer matrix. The transfer... Agent: Washington University In St. Louis

20110190650 - Computerized systems and methods for stability-theoretic prediction and prevention of sudden cardiac death: Systems, methods and computer-readable media are provided for automatic identification of patients according to near-term risk of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Embodiments of the invention are directed to event prediction, risk stratification, and optimization of the assessment, communication, and decision-making to prevent SCD, and in one embodiment... Agent: Cerner Innovation, Inc.

20110190651 - Apparatus and method for apnea detection: In an apnea detecting apparatus, a respiratory pace analyzer determines a respiratory pace of a user based on an ambient noise (including a breathing sound, a snore, and the like of the user) generated in a surrounding area and on information of a posture of the user in determining whether... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20110190652 - System and method for acquiring and displaying uterine emg signals: A system and method for acquiring and processing uterine EMG signals from a maternal patient. Raw uterine EMG signals are acquired and processed in a central unit designed to isolate the patient and any internal circuitry from electrical shock. The central unit has a circuit board that amplifies and filters... Agent: Reproductive Research Technologies, LLP

20110190654 - Quantifying autonomic tone with thoracic impedance: The disclosure describes techniques for quantifying the autonomic nervous system (ANS) health of a patient with thoracic impedance measurements. Thoracic impedance may be measured utilizing cardiac electrodes and an implantable medical device housing or other electrodes located on or within the patient. Since greater variability in thoracic impedance may indicate... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20110190655 - Scanning head including at least two electrodes for impedance measurement, arrangement, and related method: The present invention proposes a scanning head including at least two electrodes, in particular voltage measurement electrodes, for the impedance measurement on a patient's body. It moreover specifies a corresponding arrangement including a scanning head and suitable methods.... Agent:

20110190653 - Surgical forceps capable of adjusting seal plate width based on vessel size: A surgical forceps includes a housing having a shaft attached thereto and an end effector assembly disposed at a distal end of the shaft. The end effector assembly includes first and second jaw members having opposed seal plates, each of the seal plates having a width. At least one of... Agent:

20110190656 - Electrode: An object of the present invention is to provide a microelectrode capable of recording action potentials of nerve cellsneurons as large-amplitude waveforms and being appropriate for multi-channeling. The electrode 1 of the present invention comprises a conductive linear core material 2, an insulating coating layer 3a with which the outer... Agent: University Of Miyazaki

20110190657 - Glaucoma combinatorial analysis: The subject invention relates to combinatorial analyses of data from two or more diagnostic tests for the detection of eye diseases, simplified interpretation of test results, and assessment of disease stage and rate of change. Of particular interest is to develop combinatorial analyses to improve glaucoma detection and progression rate... Agent: Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.

20110190658 - Portable sound source reproducing apparatus for testing hearing ability and method using the same: A method of testing hearing ability using a sound source reproducing apparatus, the method comprises outputting at least one test sound representing at least one frequency band, acquiring a response of a testee to a degree of audibility of the at least one test sound, and testing hearing ability of... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20110190659 - Surgical instrument comprising an electrode: A surgical instrument can comprise a first electrode, a second electrode positioned about the first electrode, and a third electrode positioned about the second electrode. In various embodiments, a surgical instrument can comprise a biopsy punch shaft and one or more electrodes mounted to the outside of the shaft. In... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20110190660 - Biopsy devices: Tissue biopsy devices having improved safety, adaptability, and firing power and speed.... Agent: Mayo Foundation For Medical Education And Research

20110190662 - Rapid exchange fna biopsy device with diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities: A device for needle biopsy and delivery of a diagnostic or therapeutic agent is presented. The device includes a handle member having proximal and distal portions. A proximal handle member is disposed to the proximal portion of the handle member and a distal handle member is disposed to the distal... Agent: Beacon Endoscopic Corporation

20110190661 - Tissue splitting biopsy needle: Tissue splitting biopsy devices and methods use a needle portion and a sheath portion that are configured such as to allow simultaneous sectioning of a tissue to produce two tissue samples with corresponding surfaces using motion of the needle portion relative to the sheath portion. Most preferably, the needle portion... Agent: Epitome Pharmaceuticals Limited

20110190663 - Device and kit for collecting body fluids: The present invention provides for a device and a kit for collecting body fluids. The device includes a body fluid collection portion comprising a body fluid absorbing material. The body fluid connecting portion has a free edge and is hingedly connected at the edge opposite to the free edge to... Agent:

20110190664 - Highly flexible tubular device for medical use: The invention relates to an elongated torque tube for use in medical applications. The torque tube comprises an elongated tubular structure having a cylindrical cross section and defining a longitudinal axis and a circumferential axis, the elongated tubular structure including a helical cut having a finite thickness and extending along... Agent:

20110190665 - Electronic stethoscope system for telemedicine applications: An electronic stethoscope includes a housing configured for hand-held manipulation, a transducer supported by the housing and configured to sense auscultation signals at a first location, and a headset coupled to the housing and configured to deliver audio corresponding to the auscultation signals through earpieces on the headset. The electronic... Agent: 3m Innovative Properties Company

20110190666 - Tongue depressor with a force/pressure sensing element: A body force measurement system for both assessment and therapeutic usage comprising a non-rigid tongue depressor with a force sensing element attached to it and a means of converting the force sensed into quantifiable data. The system provides convenient method for making body force measurements consistent with current clinical practice... Agent:

20110190667 - Method and system for the derivation of human gait characteristics and detecting falls passively from floor vibrations: The gait monitor system and method provides various basic gait parameters including step count, cadence, and step duration, in addition to its ability to distinguish between normal, limping and shuffling gait modes, as well as determine falls. Moreover, this gait monitor may be provided with additional sensors, e.g. beam break... Agent:

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