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Surgery May archived by USPTO category 05/12

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05/31/2012 > 85 patent applications in 58 patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category

20120136194 - Automated treatment planning for radiation therapy: This patent generally relates to developing treatment plans for use in external beam radiation therapy, and more particularly to a method, a system and a computer readable media that contains programming for the development of external beam radiation therapy treatment plans. Embodiments of the invention include (1) automatically setting beam... Agent:

20120136195 - Drug delivery system of target drug and method of implementing the same: A drug delivery system of a target drug and method of implementing the same. Said drug delivery system of target drug comprising: a plurality of drug-carrying magnetic particles, a magnetic field generation device, and an ultrasound generation device. Said magnetic field generation device generates a magnetic field to guide said... Agent:

20120136196 - Mobile imaging unit with environmental containment: A system comprises: an isolation tube (42, 82) extending into a clean area (14), the isolation tube having a closed end (44) and an opposite open end (46) that is open to a contamination area (12) adjacent the clean area in order to receive an imaging subject from the contamination... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120136197 - Hearing prosthesis having a flexible elongate energy transfer mechanism: Aspects of the present invention are generally directed to using a flexible conductor for transmitting energy to a recipient's cochlea. The flexible conductor may be used to transmit mechanical energy, such as sound vibrations, to the cochlea from an actuator implanted, for example, in a recess in the mastoid bone... Agent:

20120136198 - Light treatment apparatus: A light treatment apparatus for simulating a psychophysical borderline experience comprises a light emitting apparatus for emitting light perceivable by the human eye as well as a control apparatus for controlling the light emission apparatus. Said light emission apparatus has at least one permanent light source as well as at... Agent:

20120136199 - Cushioned resilient intravaginal urinary incontinence device: An intravaginal device has an insertion end, a withdrawal end, a longitudinal axis, and a device interior, and it includes a first structural material formed into a device frame and a second cushioning material having a thickness surrounding portions of the device frame. The first structural material includes a working... Agent:

20120136201 - Cardiac support device: A highly compliant and elastic cardiac support device is provided. The device is constructed from a biocompatible material is applied to an external surface of a heart. The device can be used to resist dilatation of the heart, to provide acute wall support, or to enhance reduction in the size... Agent: Mardil, Inc.

20120136202 - Method and apparatus for external stabilization of the heart: The present disclosure is directed to an external cardiac basal annuloplasty system (ECBAS or BACE-System: basal annuloplasty of the cardia externally) and methods for treatment of regurgitation of mitral and tricuspid valves. The BACE-System provides the ability to correct leakage of regurgitation of the valves with or without the use... Agent: Mardil, Inc.

20120136200 - Surgical stabilizer and closure system: A system for stabilizing the heart via a helical needle, providing access to the interior of the heart via an introducer sheath, and forming a purse string suture using suture delivered by the helical needle. A helical needle projects distally from the device and terminates in a sharp distal tip.... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20120136203 - Device for treatment of premature ejaculation or stimulation of a male organ: A device for treatment of premature ejaculation or stimulation of a male organ includes an elastic sleeve mounted within a housing, at least one aperture formed on the elastic sleeve, and at least one liquid-absorbing member held between the housing and the elastic sleeve over the at least one aperture.... Agent:

20120136205 - Dildo for sexual stimulation: The object of the invention relates to a dildo for sexual stimulation, comprising a tubular body (1) with a hollow structure made of a smooth material, such as silicone or rubber, having a shape and size similar to a penis, filled with a non-Newtonian fluid (2), the viscosity of which... Agent: Innovaciones Sostenibles Del Sur, S.l.u.

20120136204 - Enhanced device for the artificial insemination of sheep, goats, deer and/or domestic and wild animals: An artificial insemination device is formed by a semen-filled tube or tube at one end of a pipette with a syringe attached to the other end. A fitted insemination point is fitted to the free end of the semen-filled straw. The semen-filled tube is attached with the adjustable openings in... Agent:

20120136206 - Method of treating peyronies disease: A method of treating Peyronie's disease manifested in an erect penis having a first penis side with an unaffected length and a second penis side with an affected length that is shorter than the unaffected length includes attaching an elastic device subcutaneously to the first penis side; and providing the... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20120136207 - Endoscopic methods and devices for transnasal procedures: Medical devices, systems and methods that are useable to facilitate transnasal insertion and positioning of guidewires and various other devices and instruments at desired locations within the ear, nose, throat, paranasal sinuses or cranium.... Agent: Acclarent, Inc.

20120136208 - Medical image processing apparatus method and program: An observation path setting unit sets an observation path. A viewpoint setting and changing unit sets a viewpoint on the observation path. When a virtual endoscopic image viewed from the viewpoint is generated, a visual range determination unit identifies, based on a three-dimensional medical image, the position of a wall... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120136209 - Methods and devices for providing information useful in the diagnosis of abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract: Disclosed are methods useful for providing information useful in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal abnormalities as well as ingestible devices useful for providing information useful in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal abnormalities.... Agent: Tel Hashomer Medical Research Infrastructure And Services, Ltd.

20120136210 - Assembly for endoscope: An assembly for the endoscope is composed of a tubular member, a positioning ring, and a sleeve. The tubular member on its external wall includes a first threaded portion and a second threaded portion spaced from the first threaded portion. The positioning ring includes a threaded part formed on an... Agent:

20120136212 - Illumination optical unit for endoscope and method of manufacturing the same: The periphery of a fluorescent body is reliably sealed, and entry of moisture or volatilized gas is prevented. An illumination optical unit includes an optical fiber, a fluorescent body, a ferrule as a holding member holding the fluorescent body and the optical fiber, a tubular sleeve member that covers the... Agent:

20120136211 - Illumination optical unit for endoscope, method of manufacturing the same, and adhesive for endoscope optical member: An adhesive disposed between a protective cover and a sleeve member is prevented from flowing in to a position where a fluorescent body should be originally arranged. An illumination optical unit includes an optical fiber, a fluorescent body, a ferrule as a holding member holding the fluorescent body and the... Agent:

20120136213 - Endoscope: A rigid, rod-shaped endoscope for medical applications includes a distal end having a light-permeable distal window and a light outlet disposed adjacent to the distal window, which includes a device configured to prevent the incidence of stray light onto sides of the deflection prism facing the distal window. An endoscope... Agent: Sopro-comeg Gmbh

20120136214 - Surgical hand access apparatus: A surgical access apparatus includes a liner base and an access housing for positioning outside the body. The liner base includes an inner member adapted for insertion through an opening within body tissue for positioning within the body; a sleeve member connected to the inner member and dimensioned to extend... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120136215 - Adjustable rail clamp with clamp locking device: An adjustable surgical retractor clamping mechanism for attaching mechanism to an operating table. The mechanism includes an upper jaw, lower jaw, a drive member, an adjustable frame support post and a releasable clamp for adjusting the height of the surgical retracting frame. The upper portion of the lower jaw has... Agent:

20120136216 - Film illumination system: An illuminator film system may include one or more pre-cut sections of optical film applied to a waveguide to allow light to exit the waveguide through the film in a predetermined manner. The one or more pre-cut sections may be removed and reapplied during a procedure to redirect the light.... Agent: Invuity, Inc.

20120136220 - Compositions and methods for enhancing brain function: Compositions and methods are provided that enhance cognition in a human to which the composition is orally administered. Remarkably, clinical studies have proven that contemplated compositions achieve the desired effects using a minimal number of active ingredients at or near threshold active dosages, wherein such compositions almost exclusively comprise huperzine... Agent:

20120136219 - Emotion script generating, experiencing, and emotion interaction: An emotion script generating apparatus, comprising means to receive emotion data, in which the emotion data is obtained according to measurable physiological parameters reflective of a user's emotions; and means to generate emotion script using the emotion data based on a predefined template. An emotion script experiencing apparatus, comprising means... Agent: International Business Machines Corporation

20120136218 - Remote healthcare system and healthcare method using the same: A remote healthcare system and healthcare method using the same are provided. A healthcare method includes accessing a healthcare system, acquiring vital information of a user who accesses the healthcare system, and displaying a progress state of a healthcare service and a health of the user as an image based... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

20120136221 - System and method for monitoring the health of a hospital patient: A system for monitoring the health of a hospital patient. The system includes a score engine configured to identify the status of a patient's health using one or more measurements relating to the patient, and a list manager configured to identify a medical practitioner associated with the patient. The system... Agent:

20120136217 - System and method for non-intrusive health monitoring in the home: A hand-held device, such as a remote control, is provided for operation of a consumer appliance and is equipped with one or more biometric sensors to capture and report on the health condition of a user of the hand-held device. The data captured by such a hand-held device may be... Agent: Universal Electronics Inc.

20120136224 - Combining predictive capabilities of transcranial doppler (tcd) with electrocardiogram (ecg) to predict hemorrhagic shock: A real-time decision-support system predicts hemorrhagic shock of a patient by analysis of electrocardiogram (ECG) signals and transcranial Doppler (TCD) signals from the patient. These signals are subject to signal decomposition using Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT) to sets of wavelet coefficients and selecting significant signal features. Machine learning is applied... Agent:

20120136222 - Methods and systems for monitoring a ventilator patient with a capnograph: This disclosure describes systems and methods for monitoring the ventilation of a patient being ventilated by a medical ventilator. The disclosure describes a novel approach of displaying integrated ventilator information with capnography data. The disclosure further describes a novel approach for removing cardiogenic artifacts.... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120136223 - Multiple sensor assemblies and cables in a single sensor body: A multisystem sensor is disclosed that includes a first sensor subsystem and a second sensor subsystem. The multisystem sensor includes a sensor body having both sensor subsystems. The first sensor subsystem may monitor a first physiological characteristic and the second sensor subsystem may monitor a second physiological characteristic. The sensor... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120136225 - Method for spectrophotometric blood oxygenation monitoring of the lower gastrointestinal tract: A method and apparatus for non-invasively determining a blood oxygen saturation level and/or the presence of fecal matter within a subject's lower GI tissue is provided. The method includes the steps of: a) providing a spectrophotometric sensor operable to transmit light into the subject's tissue, and to sense the light;... Agent: Cas Medical Systems, Inc.

20120136228 - Method of informing sensor mounting time period and apparatus for informing sensor mounting time period: The sensor mounting time period informing apparatus is provided with the detecting part, the timer part, the discriminating part, and the informing part. The detecting part detects whether or not the sensor is mounted on the living body for measuring biological information. The timer part counts the elapsed time period... Agent: Nihon Kohden Corporation

20120136227 - Organic light emitting diodes and photodetectors: A system and method for determining physiological parameters of a patient based on light transmitted through the patient. The light may be transmitted via a broadband light source and received by a detector. The light may be selectively detected at a detector. Based on material characteristic of the detector, specific... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120136226 - Pulse oximetry for determining heart rate variability as a measure of susceptibility to stress: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for determining a physiologic parameter of a patient. Specifically, embodiments provided herein include methods and systems for determining or predicting the presence and/or severity of stress in a patient based on heart rate variability. The information relating to stress may... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120136229 - Strain monitoring system and apparatus: A system for monitoring strain as an indicator of biological conditions, such as spinal fusion, glucose levels, spinal loading, and heart rate. The system includes an inter-digitated capacitor sensor, and RF transmitter, and an associated antenna, all of which are microminiature or microscopic in size and can be implanted in... Agent:

20120136230 - Method and device for quick press on eeg electrode: Embodiments relate to methods and systems for monitoring bioelectric potentials. In some instances, an electrode is applied to a patient's skin. The electrode may be at least partly inserted into the patient's skin, such as by inserting at least part of one or more teeth underneath the skin.... Agent: Persyst Development Corporation

20120136232 - Non-intrusive wearable respiratory failure alarm apparatus and method thereof: A non-intrusive wearable respiratory failure alarm apparatus and method capable of detecting a user's respiratory failure state by estimating a change in a user's respiratory rate, while minimizing restrictions on a user's behavior are provided. The non-intrusive wearable respiratory failure alarm apparatus includes: a chest girth measurement unit including one... Agent: Electronics And Telecommunications Research Institute

20120136231 - Wearable items providing physiological, environmental and situational parameter monitoring: A garment and/or garment system with health-monitoring (e.g., cardiovascular monitoring) capability, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.... Agent:

20120136233 - Biosignal detecting electrode and biosignal detecting device equipped therewith: Disclosed herein is a biosignal detecting electrode which includes a rotary part which is rotatably attached on a brace mountable on a living body and has a first side that joins to the brace and a second side opposite to the first side, and a plurality of electrode terminals attached... Agent: Sony Corporation

20120136234 - Apparatus: An apparatus includes two compression plates configured to compress a subject portion, and a compression release unit configured to move at least one of the two compression plates in a direction opposite to a direction in which the subject portion is compressed in a state in which the subject portion... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120136235 - Apparatus: An apparatus includes a bed configured to support a subject and having an insertion hole through which a subject portion that is part of the subject is inserted; a fixed compression plate and a movable compression plate configured to hold and compress the subject portion when the subject portion is... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120136237 - Compact, hybrid and integrated gamma/rf system used to form simultaneous pet or spect and mr images: The GAMMA/RF compact, hybrid and integrated system for PET-SPECT/MR simultaneous imaging of the invention comprises a GAMMA/RF device that integrates an RF coil, of the type used in conventional MR systems, with GAMMA radiation detector modules of the type used in PET or SPECT systems, so that combined PET or... Agent: Universidad Politecnica De Valencia

20120136238 - Hemoglobin contrast in magneto-motive optical doppler tomography, optical coherence tomography, and ultrasound imaging methods and apparatus: A novel contrast mechanism for imaging blood flow using magneto-motive optical Doppler tomography (MM-ODT), Optical Coherence Tomography, and Ultrasound. MM-ODT, OCT, and ultrasound combined with an externally applied temporally oscillating high-strength magnetic field detects erythrocytes moving according to the field gradient.... Agent: Board Of Regents, The University Of Texas System

20120136236 - Imaging method and apparatus: A method of generating an image of a segment of a lumen structure comprises acquiring volumetric image data that comprises image data representative of a longitudinal segment of a lumen structure, extracting the segment of lumen structure from the volumetric image, calculating a thickness of planar MPR slab that at... Agent:

20120136239 - System for magnetic resonance and x-ray imaging: A patient table for a common imaging system including Magnetic Resonance and X-Ray retains the patient stationary in position prior to, during and subsequent to the imaging and includes a base, a patient support portion cantilevered from the base and a mattress. A safety system is provided for controlling the... Agent:

20120136240 - Noninvasive method to measure intracranial and effective cerebral outflow pressure: A system for detecting and measuring increased global or local intracranial pressure includes various devices for performing controlled occlusion of jugular cranial blood outflow and generating occlusion data related to said controlled occlusion, a cranial blood outflow pressure measurement device and a processor for processing jugular cranial blood outflow occlusion... Agent:

20120136241 - Multi-modality nanoparticles having optically responsive shape: In certain embodiments novel nanoparticles (nanowontons) are provided that are suitable for multimodal imaging and/or therapy. In one embodiment, the nanoparticles include a first biocompatible (e.g., gold) layer, an inner core layer (e.g., a non-biocompatible material), and a biocompatible (e.g., gold) layer. The first gold layer includes a concave surface... Agent: The Regents Of The University Of California

20120136242 - Endovascular navigation system and method: An endovascular navigation and positioning system including a transducer on a distal end of an endovascular instrument, a control system connected to the transducer, the control system being configured to generate and receive at least one acoustic signal using the transducer, a pre-processor containing computer-readable instructions for manipulating the acoustic... Agent: Vasonova, Inc.

20120136243 - Method for calculating perfusion data: A method for calculating perfusion data, such as blood volume or blood flow from 2-D angiography data or DSA sequences, is proposed. An angiography scene is recorded using specific acquisition parameters to generate the 2-D angiography data or DSA sequences with administration of contrast agent based on a multiplicity of... Agent:

20120136244 - Physiological sensor delivery device and method: An intravascular sensor delivery device for measuring a physiological parameter of a patient, such as blood pressure, within a vascular structure or passage. In some embodiments, the device can be used to measure the pressure gradient across a stenotic lesion or heart valve. For example, such a device may be... Agent: Acist Medical Systems, Inc.

20120136245 - Biopsy devices and methods: An improved system for mammography analysis and methods of using the same. In one aspect, the present invention provides a biopsy instrument having a side opening that generally coexists or is aligned with a central portion of a cyst, tissue or otherwise for deploying a marking device to the central... Agent:

20120136246 - Power injector syringe assembly: A power injector syringe assembly (170) is disclosed. The assembly (170) includes a coupling (130′) and a syringe cradle (180) that extends from the coupling (130′). The coupling (130′) and cradle (180) may be integrally formed. In any case, the coupling (130) includes a wedge-shaped mounting flange (144) to facilitate... Agent:

20120136247 - Methods of transvascular retrograde access placement and devices for facilitating the placement: The invention relates to methods of transvascular retrograde access placement into a central blood vessel and to devices that facilitate these methods. The method includes positioning a vascular catheter within the vessel such that its distal end faces a desired exit site on the vessel wall, passing a penetrating device... Agent:

20120136248 - Ultrasound diagnosis apparatus, image generating method, and image processing apparatus: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus according to an embodiment includes: a movement information obtaining unit that obtains movement information by adjusting a reception signal received by an ultrasound probe, by using a gain; an image generating unit that generates a color image in which color pixels are allocated based on the... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20120136249 - Method for measuring intracranial elasticity: A novel method to noninvasively measure intracranial pressure (ICP) and more generally brain elasticity is disclosed. ICP is determined using an algorithm coupled on a simulated artificial neural network (SANN) that calculates ICP based on a determination of a set of interacted ultrasound signals (IUSs) generated from multiple ultrasound pulses.... Agent:

20120136250 - Ultrasonic diagnostic device: In the present invention, the focused beam is transmitted to two positions as a means for displacing a tissue and exciting a shear wave. In addition, time control is performed in such a manner that a transmit beam serves as a burst-chirp signal, and ultrasound waves are transmitted and received... Agent: Hitachi Medical Corporation

20120136251 - Probe and device for detecting abnormality of intervertebral disc: The present invention provides a probe for detecting abnormality of an intervertebral disc including: a shaft connector; a vibration generator connected to the shaft connector; and an inspector connected to the vibration generator, wherein the vibration generator vibrates the inspector by using a piezoelectric element and a device for detecting... Agent: Gwangju Institute Of Science And Technology

20120136252 - Performing adaptive frame average process in ultrasound system: There are provided embodiments for performing a frame average process based on a change of a frame rate are disclosed. In one embodiment, an ultrasound system comprises: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to sequentially acquire ultrasound data corresponding to a living body; and a processing unit configured to sequentially... Agent: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.

20120136255 - Tissue malignant tumor detection method and tissue malignant tumor detection apparatus: To detect a malignant tumor more accurately by detecting a feature of a cancerous tumor pulsation more appropriately, a tissue malignant tumor detection method according to the present invention includes: segmenting, into blocks, a region scanned with ultrasound (S100); estimating, based on a scan signal, a tissue pulsation that is... Agent:

20120136253 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and control method thereof: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus to improve picture quality of images by automatically adjusting image parameters, and a control method thereof are provided. The ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes an image signal processor to perform envelope detection processing on ultrasound image data, and an image parameter processor to calculate a Time Gain... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20120136254 - Ultrasound system for providing an ultrasound image optimized for posture of a user: Embodiments of an ultrasound system for detecting a posture of a user and providing an optimal ultrasound image for the posture of the user are disclosed. The ultrasound system includes a display unit including a sensing unit installed in one side of a monitor. The sensing unit detects a position... Agent: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.

20120136256 - Ultrasonic probe, position display apparatus and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonic probe connected to an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus having a display unit configured to display an ultrasonic image is provided. The ultrasonic probe includes a transducer array aligned in a predetermined direction for and configured to transmit an ultrasonic beam to a target object and receive a reflected ultrasonic... Agent:

20120136258 - Retinal flow cytometry: The present invention provides methods and devices for performing flow cytometry. In one embodiment, blood circulating through one or more retinal blood vessels of a subject is illuminated in-vivo so as to excite a plurality of fluorescent-labeled cells contained in the blood. The fluorescence radiation emitted by the excited cells... Agent: The General Hospital Corporation D/b/a Massachusetts General Hospital

20120136257 - Snr through ambient light cancellation: Systems, methods, and devices for improved patient monitor signal processing with higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are provided. In accordance with an embodiment, an electronic patient monitor may include drive circuitry, a current-to-voltage converter, and feedback circuitry. The drive circuitry may drive an emitter of a medical sensor with dark periods... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120136259 - Polarization-sensitive spectral interferometry: A polarization sensitive spectral interferometer apparatus and method for analyzing a sample by optical energy reflected from the sample. The polarization sensitive spectral interferometer apparatus and method determines polarization properties of the sample by optical energy reflected from the sample.... Agent: Board Of Regents, The University Of Texas System

20120136260 - Assessing autonomic activity using baroreflex analysis: A method involves implantably detecting changes in posture of a patient's body. Baroreflex responses to the posture changes are determined. An autonomic tone of the patient is determined based on the baroreflex responses. Based on the autonomic tone, various patient susceptibilities to disease may be determined, including susceptibilities to heart... Agent:

20120136261 - Systems and methods for calibrating physiological signals with multiple techniques: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for calibrating the calculation of physiological parameters. Two or more calibration techniques may be used to determine a relationship between physiological measurements and a desired physiological parameter, such as a relationship between differential pulse transit time (DPTT) and blood pressure. Different calibration techniques may... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120136262 - Electronic sphygmomanometer and a method for blood pressure measurement by using an electronic sphygmomanometer: An electronic sphygmomanometer includes a cuff containing an air bladder, an air charger, an air discharger, a pressure sensor, a memory; a display, and CPU for executing programs stored in the memory and calculating a blood pressure value based on the pressure changes within the air bladder. The CPU further... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20120136263 - Detection of relaxation abnormality in heart tissue: A chronically implanted medical device, connected to a medical electrical lead that includes a sensor, is used to detect diastolic dysfunction. A LV accelerometer signal is sensed through the sensor. Based on the LV accelerometer signal, a determination is made as to whether diastolic dysfunction data exists.... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120136264 - System for ventricular function abnormality detection and characterization: A system for heart performance characterization and abnormality detection includes an interface for receiving signal data representing an electrical signal indicating electrical activity of a patient heart over multiple heart beat cycles. A filter extracts first signal component data in a first selected bandwidth and first heart cycle portion of... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20120136265 - Disposable heart rate indicator: A disposable heart rate indicator is provided. The disposable heart rate indicator has a power source for generating power to the heart rate indicator, at least two electrodes for detecting a person's heart beat, a processor and a light signal emitting head. The processor is operatively coupled to the at... Agent: Spektikor Oy

20120136266 - Automated ischemia analysis of ecg data: An ECG analysis system is responsive to patient ECG data for performing an analysis of the ECG data to determine whether acute MI is present. The system first analyzes the ECG data by standard ECG analysis to determine whether acute MI is present. This analysis is followed in a first... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120136267 - Apparatus and method for visually determining whether respiration is occurring: What is presented is an apparatus for visually determining whether respiration is occurring comprising a strip of material having a first side and a second side in which the first side has a layer of thermally sensitive material which undergoes a color change when exposed to a temperature variance caused... Agent:

20120136269 - Liquid separation apparatus for removing a liquid from a respiratory gas and respiratory gas analyzing system: A liquid separation apparatus for removing a liquid from a respiratory gas is provided. The liquid separation apparatus comprises a housing that comprises an input, wherein a sample withdrawn from the respiratory gas is delivered through the input; a first output wherein at least part of the sample of the... Agent:

20120136270 - Methods and systems for presenting an inhalation experience: Methods, computer program products, and systems are described that include detecting in an exhalant at least one indication of bioactive agent use by an individual and altering at least one artificial sensory experience at least partly based on the at least one indication of bioactive agent use by an individual.... Agent: Searete LLC, A Limited Liability Corporation Of The State Of Delaware

20120136268 - Photo-ionization detectors and associated methods thereof: A photo ionization detector (PID) is provided for selectively determining various compounds or gases present in a breath sample. The PID, comprises a substrate comprising a gas ionization chamber, at least one pair of ion sensing electrodes, and at least one amplifying circuit; and an ultraviolet (UV) ionization source to... Agent: General Electric Company

20120136271 - Spirometer apparatus and methods useful in conjunction therewith: Spirometer apparatus comprising main inhale-exhale tube having first end, main interior, and second open end, a plurality of smaller tubes intersecting said main-inhale exhale tube at first and second respective locations and having a plurality of smaller interiors respectively, the first location being closer to the first end than is... Agent: Lungtek Ltd.

20120136272 - Arrangement in a patient breathing tube and a patient breathing tube: Arrangement in a patient breathing tube and a patient breathing tube. The breathing tube is provided with a patient end and a ventilator end. The arrangement comprises a sampling conduit having a sampling tip provided at a pre-determined point of the patient end to define a sampling point. The arrangement... Agent: General Electric Company

20120136273 - Apparatus and method for monitoring and analyzing brainwaves: A neurological monitoring and analysis system comprising electrodes disposable on a patient's head to detect neurological activity, an electrode retention device for securely retaining the electrode(s) on the patient's head and a warning alert device for providing a warning signaling that a particular neurological activity incident has occurred within the... Agent: Epilepsy Solutions, LLC

20120136274 - System and method for pain reduction: Systems and methods for treating pain are described. Systems and methods for treating pain using video games, tilt tables and bio-sensors are described wherein the level of the video game is controlled by a computer based on the feedback from a patient. Corresponding systems are also disclosed.... Agent: Bright Cloud International Corp

20120136275 - Apparatus and method for locating defects in bone tissue: An instrument for locating defects adjacent neural elements in bone tissue includes a handle member with a rotatable coupling member and a probe member coupled to the coupling member. The probe member extends distally from the handle member and includes a longitudinal shaft portion along a longitudinal axis and a... Agent: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.

20120136276 - System, method, apparatus, device and computer program product for automatically detecting positioning effect: An automated system, method, apparatus, device and/or computer program product for detecting positioning effect is set forth, the apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment may include an output operable to couple to one or more stimulating electrodes to stimulate one or more peripheral nerves of the patient, an input operable... Agent: Safeop

20120136277 - Bone marrow aspiration needle: A bone marrow aspiration assembly including an outer cannula assembly, an inner cannula assembly, and a flexible seal. The outer cannula assembly includes an outer handle and an outer cannula defining a first passageway and including a plurality of first openings between a first end and a second end of... Agent: Biomet Biologices, LLC

20120136278 - Strain monitoring system and apparatus: A system for monitoring strain as an indicator of biological conditions, such as spinal fusion, glucose levels, spinal loading, and heart rate. The system includes an inter-digitated capacitor sensor, and RF transmitter, and an associated antenna, all of which are microminiature or microscopic in size and can be implanted in... Agent:

  
05/24/2012 > 143 patent applications in 80 patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category

20120130146 - Continuous administration of cilengitide in cancer treatments: The invention relates to a combination therapy for the treatment of tumors and tumor metastases comprising the continuous administration of integrin ligands, preferably integrin antagonists, together with co-therapeutic agent or therapy forms that have synergistic efficacy when administered consecutively with said ligands, such as chemotherapeutic agents and or radiation therapy.... Agent: Merck Patent Gmbh

20120130147 - Methods for the treatment of tumors with indane compounds: Compounds of the formula (I), in which R1, R2, R3, R4, and q have the meanings indicated in Claim 1, can be employed, inter alia, for the treatment of tumours.... Agent:

20120130148 - Pharmaceutical composition: m

20120130145 - System and method for performing a comprehensive health assessment: A system and method for providing a comprehensive overall health assessment is disclosed. A health assessment system includes first and second support structures oriented in a vertical fashion and spaced apart from one another to define a scanning area configured to receive a subject to be scanned, an x-ray imaging... Agent:

20120130144 - Treatment of lung cancer with a nitrobenzamide compound in combination with a growth factor inhibitor: In one aspect, the present invention provides a method of treating lung cancer, comprising administering to a subject at least one PARP inhibitor in combination with at least one growth factor inhibitor. In another aspect, the present invention provides a method of treating non-small cell lung cancer comprising administering to... Agent: Bipar Sciences, Inc.

20120130149 - Applying torque to paramagnetic structures in bodies using dual magnetic fields: Techniques for applying torque to microscopic paramagnetic structures in a body includes exposing a body simultaneously to a first magnetic field oscillating at a first frequency in a first direction and a different second magnetic field oscillating at a second frequency in a second direction. The body includes a plurality... Agent:

20120130150 - apparatus and method of treatment utilizing a varying electromagnetic energization profile: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for improving the delivery of desirable substances across a membrane utilizing a varying electromagnetic energisation profile. More particularly, the invention provides methods for modifying the cellular environment of such membranes and the behaviour of substance molecules during transport across a membrane.... Agent: International Scientific Pty Ltd.

20120130151 - Devices, systems, and methods to facilitate heart function: Devices, systems, and methods for accessing tissue, including the internal and external tissues of the heart, are disclosed. At least some of the embodiments disclosed herein provide access to the internal and external tissues of the heart to assist heart function. In at least one embodiment, a suction/infusion catheter is... Agent:

20120130152 - Rotation drive device and centrifugal pump apparatus using the same: A centrifugal blood pump apparatus includes an impeller provided in a blood chamber, a plurality of permanent magnets provided in the impeller, and a plurality of sets of magnetic materials and coils provided in a motor chamber for driving the impeller to rotate with a diaphragm interposed therebetween. The plurality... Agent:

20120130153 - Portable controller with integral power source for mechanical circulation support systems: A portable external device for a mechanical circulation support system includes first and second power sources, e.g. batteries and control electronics for redundant uninterrupted operation of an implantable blood pump. The control and power source module may be configured to accommodate a variety of wearable configurations for patient convenience and... Agent: Minnetronix Inc.

20120130154 - Voice volume modulator: A small, compact voice volume monitor has been developed that provides feedback to the speaker/user regarding the volume of the user's speech. The monitor is based on a sensing sound vibrations in the ear bone during speech and converting these vibrations into an electrical signal reflecting the speech volume. Electronic... Agent:

20120130155 - Device for the treatment of female urinary incontinence and vaginal flaccidity: A device for the treatment of female urinary incontinence and vaginal flaccidity including a silicon elastomer catheter of 10 cm in length×2.3 mm width and a rigid silicon connector in the shape of an hour glass that connects the extremities of the catheter to surgically treat female urinary incontinence and... Agent:

20120130156 - Systems, devices, and methods for treating pelvic floor disorders: Disclosed are single-incision surgical procedures for treatment of urinary incontinence and/or pelvic floor disorders and related uses, devices, kits, and methods. Implants are also disclosed for use in the exemplary procedures. In certain embodiments, soft tissue anchors are used to anchor the surgical implants to obturator membranes of a patient.... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120130157 - Device for the treatment of urinary incontinence: A device for treating urinary incontinence. The device comprising a body having a passage, for accommodating a urethra of a patient, extending from an inlet to an outlet of the device. The passage being configured so as to normally induce a flow obstruction in the urethra, following surgical implantation of... Agent:

20120130158 - Peyronies treatment device: A Peyronie's treatment device is described that is configured to treat an erect penis having curvature characterized by a first penis side with an unaffected length and a second penis side with an affected length that is shorter than the unaffected length. The device includes a band connected between a... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20120130159 - Holding system for medical instruments: A holding system for medical instruments with at least one bracket for fastening a medical instrument and at least one joint for positioning the one bracket and/or instrument. The holding system is configured to integrate in the bracket at least one of: light source, image recording unit, image display unit,... Agent:

20120130160 - Imaging system with disposable part: An imaging system comprising a disposable part (1) comprising a camera device (5), said disposable part arranged to be suitable for allowing said camera device to be inserted into a body cavity, a reusable control module (8) in communication with said disposable part, said reusable control module comprising a display... Agent:

20120130163 - Biliary catheter systems including stabilizing members: Medical devices including devices and systems for endoscopic interventions that may access the biliary tree. An example biliary catheter system may include an endoscope having a working channel formed therein. An endoscopic instrument may be disposed in the channel. The endoscopic instrument may have a tool channel formed therein, a... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120130165 - Device for endoscopic resection or removal of tissue: A device (1) for treatments of endoscopic resection/removal of tissues, includes: a handpiece apt to be held by an user; an external tubular element (3) having a proximal end, a distal end and a cutting aperture disposed at the distal end; an internal tubular element (4) apt to be pivotally... Agent: Frii S.a.

20120130161 - Dynamically expandable cannulae and systems and methods for performing percutaneous surgical procedures employing same: In one form, a system for use in percutaneous surgical procedures includes a cannula having an elongate body extending along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end and including a working channel dynamically expandable from a first, unexpanded configuration. The system also includes a device that... Agent: Kyphon Sarl

20120130162 - Endoscope system: An endoscope system has imaging optics and includes at least one adjustable optical element. A working instrument is positionable relative to the imaging optics. A displacement measuring device is designed for detecting a distance covered by the working instrument with its positioning. A control device adjusts the optical element in... Agent: Richard Wolf Gmbh

20120130164 - Magnetic based device for retrieving a misplaced article: A device for locating and retrieving a misplaced foreign body that has metallic characteristics includes a shaft connected to a handle and a retrieval tool that is coupled to the shaft and moves between a deployed position and collapsed position. The tool has a magnetic element that generates a magnetic... Agent: Mount Sinai School Of Medicine

20120130167 - Device and method for superimposing patterns on images in real time, particularly for guidance by location: The invention relates to a device for superimposing known patterns, characteristic of a region, on (real) images of said region. The device comprises, a memory in which patterns are stored, which are representative of a selected region, of known position and orientation with relation to a common reference and processing... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120130166 - Light-emitting apparatus and endoscope having light-emitting apparatus: A light-emitting apparatus includes a blue color LED, a fluorescent substance mixed transparent resin that covers the blue color LED and generates yellow light, a red LED disposed on the fluorescent substance mixed transparent resin and a transparent resin that covers the red LED.... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20120130168 - Endoscope apparatus: An endoscope apparatus is adapted to be inserted into an inside of a subject and observe the inside of the subject and includes: an observation optical system which has a first optical path and a second optical path with parallax; an imaging portion on which a light passing through the... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20120130169 - Method and apparatus for performing transesophageal cardiovascular procedures: An apparatus for performing a transesophageal cardiovascular procedure includes an elongated tubular main access device having a first lumen with an open proximal end and a distal side opening, and a second lumen with a rigid outer wall and a collapsible inner wall. The second lumen is adapted to receive... Agent: Microaccess, Inc.

20120130170 - Anchoring assemblies for endoscopes: an endoscope system including an endoscope having an instrument channel and an anchoring assembly including an inflatable/deflatable balloon assembly, the inflatable/deflatable balloon assembly being deflatable to a cross-sectional size sufficiently small to enable it to pass through the instrument channel and being positionable and inflatable without substantial stretching to have... Agent:

20120130171 - Endoscope guidance based on image matching: A method of navigating a cavity of a subject employing images from a previous navigation is provided. In a first endoscopic examination, a set of schemas and at least one bookmark are saved in a data storage device. Each schema includes at least a still image in a cavity and... Agent: C2cure Inc.

20120130172 - Non-metallic, multi-strand control cable for steerable instruments: Embodiments of the invention provide methods for inserting a non-metallic multi-strand braid through a coil tube. Techniques for bonding one end of a lead line to one end of a multi-strand non-metallic braid are provided. There are also embodiments of steerable instruments described having a plurality of hinged segments; a... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120130173 - Control device: A control device is provided, particularly for use in endoscopes or the like. The control device has proximal and distal end sections which each incorporate an articulation zone and a bending resistant central section arranged therebetween. The control device also comprises outer and inner hollow cylindrical shafts and a control... Agent: Aesculap Ag

20120130174 - Rapid endoscopic gastrointestinal irrigation system for gastrointestinal bleeding: The present invention relates to surgical instruments used in combination with endoscopes during gastrointestinal procedures for clearing a surgical site of unwanted obstructions, such as blood and/or clots. More particularly, the irrigation devices according to the invention comprise a handle comprising valves for controlling fluid flow, at least one channel... Agent:

20120130175 - Light source apparatus and endoscope system: A light source apparatus includes a first rotational filter section that can place a blue filter, a green filter and a magenta filter in a light path, a second rotational filter section that can place a yellow filter in the light path and a band selection filter section that can... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120130176 - Laryngoscope: The present invention is a self-retaining laryngoscope composed of a palate brace or blade, a slider, and a tongue blade. The angulated tongue blade puts less force on the blade, reduces trauma, and is not conducive for mechanical failure. The slider interacts with the tongue blade by widening the opening... Agent:

20120130177 - Portal assembly with adjustable height: A portal assembly for positioning within an incision to access an underlying body cavity including a collar and a compressible portal member. The collar includes an elongate member that defines a longitudinal axis and has a longitudinal passageway. The portal member includes one or more longitudinal ports for passage of... Agent:

20120130178 - Access apparatus including desufflation control mechanism: An access apparatus for use in surgical procedures is provided. The access apparatus includes a control mechanism that is configured to control desufflation flow of the access apparatus. The control mechanism includes a valve in fluid communication with a longitudinal passage that is operably associated with the access apparatus. The... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120130179 - Expandable segmented and sectioned access assembly: An improved access assembly is provided. The access assembly includes a tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end, the tubular member including at least one section extending at least a portion of a length therein. The access assembly further includes a first ring including a plurality of... Agent:

20120130182 - Access device including shape memory deployment mechanism: A surgical access device is disclosed which includes a housing, a collar, and a plurality of deformable members. The housing defines a proximal end and a distal end and has a plurality of lumens extending therethrough. The collar is repositionable between a first position and a second position with the... Agent:

20120130180 - Methods and devices to decrease tissue trauma during surgery: Methods and devices are disclosed to reduce tissue trauma when a physician retracts a patient's tissues for surgery. In one part, methods and devices are disclosed for controlling retraction force and pace. In another part, methods and devices are disclosed for oscillating force when opening. In another part, methods and... Agent: Physcient, Inc.

20120130183 - Reinforced flexible access assembly: A reinforced access assembly is provided. The access assembly includes a compressible body having proximal and distal ends and a substantially hourglass-shaped central portion extending therebetween. The compressible body defining at least a first lumen configured to receive an instrument in a sealing manner. The access assembly further includes a... Agent:

20120130181 - Seal anchor for use in surgical procedures: A surgical apparatus for positioning within a tissue tract accessing an underlying body cavity, includes a seal anchor member comprising a compressible material and being adapted to transition between a first expanded condition to facilitate securing of the seal anchor member within the tissue tract and in substantial sealed relation... Agent:

20120130190 - Access assembly including one or more compressible vents: An access assembly is provided including a tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end in mechanical cooperation with at least one slit seal member configured to create a fluid-tight seal in a first configuration. The access assembly also includes a first ring secured at... Agent:

20120130188 - Access assembly including one or more foldable caps: An access assembly is provided including a tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end in mechanical cooperation with a foldable cap member having a first set of lumens extending the length of the tubular member. The access assembly also includes a first ring secured... Agent:

20120130184 - Access assembly with anti-collapsing structure: An access assembly including an anti-collapsing structure is provided. The access assembly includes a compressible body having first and second ends and a central portion extending therebetween. The compressible body defines at least a first lumen configured to receive an instrument in a sealing manner. The access assembly further includes... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120130185 - Access device including expandable distal flange: A surgical apparatus for positioning within a tissue tract accessing an underlying body cavity including a compressible seal anchor member. The seal anchor member includes a leading portion that is expandable to facilitate transitioning between a first condition and a second condition. Insertion of the seal anchor member into a... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120130186 - Adjustable surgical portal: A surgical portal includes a compressible, e.g., foam or rubber, portal having one or more longitudinal ports for passage of a surgical object. The portal is adapted to transition between a first condition having a first length and a second condition having a second length different from the first length.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120130191 - Expandable access assembly including an internal thread mechanism: An access assembly is provided. The access assembly includes a tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end, the tubular member including a threading extending at least a portion of an internal length of the tubular member. The access assembly further includes a first ring secured at the... Agent:

20120130192 - Introducer assembly and sheath therefor: An introducer assembly (10) is provided with a sheath (12) and carrier element (20). The sheath (12) is oval in axial cross-section and has an oval internal wall (24). The carrier element (20) has an outer wall (22) which is oval and which has a shape corresponding to the shape... Agent: Cook Medical Technologies LLC

20120130189 - Port device including retractable endoscope cleaner: A surgical apparatus includes a housing member having leading and trailing ends that define a longitudinal axis. One or more ports longitudinally extend between the leading and trailing ends, and are configured and adapted to receive a surgical instrument therein in a substantially sealed relation. At least one cleaning port... Agent:

20120130187 - Seal port with adjustable height: A surgical apparatus, for positioning within a tissue tract to access an underlying body cavity, is provided. The surgical apparatus includes a first and second member. The first member has a proximal ramp section, an accordion section, and a retaining portion. The first member defines a first longitudinal axis, a... Agent:

20120130193 - Two part thoracic port assembly: A surgical port for use during a thoracic surgery includes a first port element and a second port element. The first port element includes a first sidewall and a first flange that is positioned adjacent a proximal portion of the first sidewall. The first flange extends in a laterally outward... Agent:

20120130199 - Methods for treating chronic or unresolvable pain and/or increasing the pain threshold in a subject and pharmaceutical compositions for use therein: The invention relates to a method of reducing chronic inflammatory pain in a human subject with androgen deficiency symptoms comprising transdermally administering a pain-reducing amount of a composition comprising a bioactive androgen to the subject on a daily basis. The invention relates to a method of increasing the pain threshold... Agent: White Mountain Pharma, Inc.

20120130196 - Mood sensor: In particular embodiments, a method includes receiving and recording inputs identifying a mood of a person, a mood intensity level of the mood, an activity of the person coinciding with the mood, and time of the mood.... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120130197 - Quality measurements reporting for patient care: A method for assisting a caregiver to satisfy one or more quality measures includes: selecting a quality measure; presenting, by a medical device, a first requirement associated with the quality measure to the caregiver; identifying, by the medical device, when the first requirement is satisfied; presenting a second requirement associated... Agent: Welch Allyn, Inc.

20120130198 - Systems and method for determining and managing an individual and portable health score: Methods and systems for determining and managing an individual and portable health score are disclosed. The method may include receiving individual health data. The method may further include determining one or more relevant health factors in response to the individual health data. Furthermore, the method may include assigning relative weights... Agent:

20120130194 - Systems and methods for providing a real-time health risk assessment: Systems and methods are provided for providing a real-time health risk assessment generated based on a plurality of health parameters entered via a plurality of health parameter controls. A health parameter entry interface includes a plurality of health parameter controls to enter values, where the values include demographic parameters, health... Agent:

20120130195 - Vaginal indicator to detect biomarkers of good health: A diagnostic kit for biomarkers of beneficial vaginal health is described. The kit includes a first detection zone within which a D-lactic acid detection signal is capable of being generated, wherein the presence or quantity of D-lactic acid, is determinable from the D-lactic acid detection signal. The kit further includes... Agent: Kimberly-clark Worldwide, Inc.

20120130201 - Diagnosis and monitoring of dyspnea: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing data streams from respiration sensors, accelerometers, or pulse oximeters monitoring a person's body, analyzing data sets collected from the person when the person is engaged in various activities, and determining the current dyspnea grade of the person.... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120130202 - Diagnosis and monitoring of musculoskeletal pathologies: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing data streams from accelerometers or kinesthetic sensors affixed to a person's body, analyzing data sets collected from the person when the person is engaged in various activities, and determining the current musculoskeletal pathology grade of the person.... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120130203 - Inductively-powered ring-based sensor: In particular embodiments, a system includes a sensor affixable to a person's body, where the sensor can wirelessly receive power from a power source and wirelessly transmit sensor information to a receiver.... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120130205 - Method and apparatus for maintaining and monitoring sleep quality during therapeutic treatments: The present invention monitors and interprets physiological signals and spontaneous breathing events to detect the onset of arousal. Once the onset of arousal is determined, the present invention determines adjustments that are needed in the operation of a therapeutic device to avoid or minimize arousals. In one embodiment, the present... Agent: Compumedics Limited

20120130204 - Self-contained patient monitor: A device for continuous, uninterrupted patient monitoring includes a portable, self-contained Patient Worn Hub (PWH) device. The PWH is a compact, lightweight patient monitoring device designed to remain with the patient for the duration of care. Parameter measurement devices connect to the PWH. Third party parameter measurement devices connect to... Agent:

20120130200 - System and method for automated infant assessment: A system for automatically assessing an infant includes a computer. The computer is configured to assess an infant's appearance and generate an appearance score based on the appearance assessment, assess the infant's pulse and generate a pulse score based on the pulse assessment, assess the infant's reaction to a stimulus... Agent: General Electric Company

20120130206 - Modular antenna for implantable medical device: Subject matter such as a method or apparatus can include an implantable antenna assembly, comprising a dielectric shell including first and second substantially parallel outer face portions, and a third outer face portion extending between the first and second portions, a spiral conductor extending along the first, second, and third... Agent:

20120130207 - micro-needle device and apparatus and a method for applying a micro-needle element to a site on the skin of a subject: A micro-needle device (3) comprises a micro-needle element (2) which is carried on a strap (14) and is securable around a limb of a subject by the strap (14) with the micro-needle element (2) located at a desired site. A pressure sensor (23) is located between the strap (14) and... Agent: Janisys Limited

20120130208 - Coefficent determination for blood oxygen saturation and total hemoglobin concentration indices: A first concentration of a chromophore corresponding to a measurement volume of an optical sensor is determined. A second concentration of the chromophore is obtained in the vicinity of the measurement volume corresponding to a change in at least one of a total concentration of the chromophore and a relative... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120130209 - Implantable sensor unit: A sensor unit functionally stable in an implant, for performing qualitative and/or quantitative in vivo determination of an analyte, including a connection area (3) having at least one binding site for the analyte (7), the connection area undergoing a spatial change when the analyte binds to the binding site. The... Agent: Biotronik Se & Co. Kg

20120130210 - Sensor for measuring amount of substance in blood and method of making the sensor: Sensor and method for measuring amount of substance in blood. The sensor comprises a base element having a surface, and at least one light emitting diode emitting at pre-determined wavelength, and a photodetector which is sensitive to the pre-determined wavelength. The at least one light emitting diode comprises at least... Agent:

20120130211 - Biological signal measuring apparatus and biological signal measuring method: A biological signal measuring apparatus includes: a light emitter which emits at least two light beams having different wavelengths to living tissue of a subject; a light receiver which receives the light beams that are emitted from the light emitter, and which converts at least one of the light beams... Agent: Nihon Kohden Corporation

20120130212 - Non-invasive monitoring of blood metabolite levels: Solutions for non-invasively monitoring blood metabolite levels of a patient are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes: repeatedly measuring a plurality of electromagnetic impedance readings with a sensor array from: an epidermis layer of a patient and one of a dermis layer or a subcutaneous layer of the patient,... Agent:

20120130214 - 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.

20120130213 - Electrochemical sensor: An electrochemical sensor includes a base plate including one end portion and another end portion, an electrode portion formed on the one end portion of the base plate, a connecting portion, formed on the another end portion of the base plate, for electrically connecting the electrode portion to a monitoring... Agent: Arkray, Inc.

20120130215 - Optical measurement of parameters related to motion of light-scattering particles within a fluid by manipulating analog electrical signals: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for optical measurement of a parameter related to motion of light-scattering particles within a fluid by manipulating analog electrical signals. In some embodiments, first and second analog signals are respectively obtained from first and second photodetectors respectively located at first and... Agent:

20120130216 - Bite block: A bite block for use during intraopeartive monitoring of nerves is provided. The bite block is formed of a resilient material to inhibit injury to one or more teeth or the tongue of the patient. The bite block includes at least one access port angled with the respect to a... Agent: Pronerve, LLC

20120130219 - Implantable micro-electromechanical system sensor: The disclosure relates in some aspects to an implantable pressure sensor and a method of measuring pressure. In some embodiments pressure may be measured through the use of an implantable lead incorporating one or more pressure sensors. In some aspects a pressure sensor is implemented in a micro-electromechanical system (“MEMS”)... Agent: Pacesetter, Inc.

20120130218 - Medical devices having an electroanatomical system imaging element mounted thereon: Medical devices and systems comprising medical devices are provided. The device comprises a shaft having a major lumen sized to receive a second medical device and an electroanatomical system imaging element mounted thereon. The shaft includes an inner liner and outer layer. The system comprises a medical device having a... Agent:

20120130217 - Medical devices having electrodes mounted thereon and methods of manufacturing therefor: Medical devices, methods of manufacturing medical devices, and systems comprising medical devices are provided. The device comprises a shaft having a major lumen sized to receive a second medical device and an electrode mounted thereon. The shaft includes an inner liner and outer layer. The method of manufacture includes forming... Agent:

20120130220 - Guidewire and signal analyzer for pacing site optimization: Cardiac lead implantation systems, devices, and methods for lead implantation are disclosed. An illustrative cardiac lead implantation system comprises a mapping guidewire including one or more electrodes configured for sensing cardiac electrical activity, a signal analyzer including an analysis module configured for analyzing an electrocardiogram signal sensed by the mapping... Agent:

20120130223 - Annotation and assessment of images: Annotations of medical images may be generated using one or more lexicons so that terminology is consistent across multiple exams, users, facilities, etc. Measurements of lesions may be provided using a bilinear measurement tool that allows easier bilinear measurements. Disease assessment models may be selected and applied as measurements are... Agent: Dr Systems, Inc.

20120130222 - Measuring apparatus: A measuring apparatus is used, the apparatus including a probe having an element detecting an acoustic wave that has propagated through an object, an acoustic lens disposed between the probe and the object, and a signal processor obtaining object information from an electrical signal based on the acoustic wave detected... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120130221 - Micro vein enhancer: The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head, The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the... Agent:

20120130224 - Non-magnetic high voltage charging system for use in cardiac stimulation devices: A cardiac defibrillator comprises electrical wires or terminals (24) connected with or configured to connect with defibrillation electrode pads (22), and an electrical circuit (32, 32a, 32b) including an electrical storage element (52) and a piezo-electric transformer (50) arranged to charge the electrical storage element to a voltage effective for... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120130226 - Automated methods and systems for vascular plaque detection and analysis: Automated methods and systems for the detection and analysis of plaque in one or more regions of a patient's vasculature are described.... Agent:

20120130225 - Medical diagnostic device and method for diagnosing: The invention relates to a medical diagnostic device (1) having at least one sensor matrix (2) for capturing electrical voltage signals at a plurality of locations on the body surface of a person or animal, wherein the diagnostic device (1) is set up for capturing a signal (12) representing the... Agent:

20120130227 - System and method for assessing response to chemotherapy using magnetic resonance elastography: A system and method for determining a response of a tumor following a chemotherapy process includes the use of a magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) driver and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. The method includes controlling the MRE driver and the MRI system to acquire raw MRE data from the... Agent:

20120130232 - Illustrating a three-dimensional nature of a data set on a two-dimensional display: A volume of a patient can be mapped with a system operable to identify a plurality of locations and save a plurality of locations of a mapping instrument. The mapping instrument can include one or more electrodes that can sense a voltage that can be correlated to a three dimensional... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120130231 - Magnetic navigation enabled delivery tools and methods of making and using such tools: Disclosed herein is a magnetic navigation enabled tool configured for the delivery of an implantable medical lead. The tool includes a tubular body, a sensor and a conductor. The tubular body includes a distal end, a proximal end, an inner layer including an outer circumferential surface, a lumen inward of... Agent: Pacesetter, Inc.

20120130228 - Medical device location systems, devices and methods: Methods, devices and systems for one or both of two- or three-dimensional location of the disposition of a sensor coil in a subject including: an array of electromagnetic drive coil sets, each set having two or three dimensionally oriented drive coils; a sensor coil being electromagnetically communicative with the array... Agent: Nostix LLC

20120130229 - Medical device location systems, devices and methods: Methods, devices and systems for one or both of two- or three-dimensional location of the disposition of a sensor coil in a subject including: an array of electromagnetic drive coil sets, each set having two or three dimensionally oriented drive coils; a sensor coil being electromagnetically communicative with the array... Agent: Nostix LLC

20120130233 - Ultrasound catheter having protective feature against breakage: An ultrasound catheter has an elongate flexible catheter body having a lumen extending longitudinally therethrough, and an ultrasound transmission member extending longitudinally through the lumen of the catheter body. The ultrasound transmission member has a proximal end that is coupled to a separate ultrasound generating device, and a distal end... Agent: Flowcardia, Inc.

20120130230 - Systems and methods for navigating a surgical device: Systems and methods are disclosed for navigating a surgical device toward a target organ in the body of a patient. An example method includes providing a surgical needle and a guide wire, the surgical needle configured for insertion into a vein or a beating heart. The method also includes holding... Agent: Sjm/afd

20120130234 - System and method for tumor analysis and real-time biopsy guidance: A system and method for molecular breast imaging (MBI) provides enhanced tumor analysis and, optionally, a real-time biopsy guidance. The system includes a detector head including a gamma ray detector and a collimator. The collimator include multiple collimation sections having respectively different spatially-oriented structures. In addition or alternatively, the multiple... Agent: Mayo Foundation For Medical Education And Research

20120130235 - Retrograde entry antegrade placement for femoral artery access: A Retrograde Entry Antegrade Placement (REAP) method and apparatus facilitate the antegrade (i.e., in the direction of blood flow) placement of endovascular devices for treatment of lower extremity arterial disease. Initially, a retrograde entry is made into the arterial system of a patient at an entry point with a curved... Agent:

20120130236 - Contrast media injector syringe inlet valve system: A syringe for injecting contrast injection media into a patient. An inlet valve system associated with the syringe, the inlet valve system operable with a contrast injection media having any viscosity within the range of about 1 cP to about 30 cP. An inlet valve system associated with the syringe,... Agent: Acist Medical Systems, Inc.

20120130237 - Medical fluid injector having a thermo-mechanical drive: A medical fluid injector and methods for operation thereof. In certain embodiments, the medical fluid injector includes a medium that is expandable and contractible in response to a thermal gradient, a thermal device coupled to the medium, and a syringe interface coupled to the medium. The thermal device may include... Agent:

20120130238 - Dynamic diagnosis support information generation system: A dynamic diagnosis support information generation system includes: a radiation generator capable of irradiating a pulsed radiation; a radiation detector which is provided with a plurality of detecting elements arranged in two-dimension, detects the pulsed radiation irradiated from the radiation generator at each of the plurality of detecting elements and... Agent: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.

20120130239 - Cable monitoring apparatus: A cable monitoring apparatus includes a housing having an input interface adapted to electrically connect to one end of a medical cable and an output interface adapted to electrically connect to an electrical system. Signal processing circuitry is incorporated within the housing for receiving a medical signal from the medical... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120130240 - Ultrasound detecting device having function of confirming irradiation position, and method thereof: Provided is an ultrasound fracture detection device capable of accurately irradiating an ultrasound pulse to a target object, the device being characterized by being provided with an ultrasound wave irradiating transducer, a signal receiving transducer which receives a reflected wave of an ultrasound wave irradiated from the ultrasound wave irradiating... Agent: Teijin Pharma Limited

20120130241 - Handheld volumetric ultrasound scanning device: An apparatus and related methods for ultrasonically scanning a tissue volume are described, the apparatus being particularly advantageous in the context of freehand ultrasound assisted biopsy of the breast although readily applied to non-biopsy contexts and other body parts. The apparatus comprises a casing configured and dimensioned for single-handed manipulation... Agent: U-systems, Inc.

20120130242 - Systems and methods for concurrently displaying a plurality of images using an intravascular ultrasound imaging system: An intravascular ultrasound imaging system includes an imaging core insertable into a catheter lumen. The imaging core includes at least one transducer disposed at a distal end of a driveshaft. The at least one transducer transmits acoustic signals and transforms received echo signals to electrical signals. The at least one... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120130243 - Systems and methods for detecting and displaying body lumen bifurcations: A method for generating an ultrasound image includes receiving a sequence of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) data obtained as an IVUS imager moves through a body lumen; identifying at least one bifurcation of the body lumen from the sequence of IVUS data; determining a bifurcation angle between two branches of the... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120130245 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and region-of-interest: Disclose is an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus which transmits/receives an ultrasonic wave to/from a region including a carotid artery of an object, images an ultrasonic image, and comprises a thickness measurement unit configured to measure the thickness of an intima-media complex from the ultrasonic image, the ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus being provided... Agent: Hitachi Medical Corporation

20120130244 - Ultrasound system and method for providing enlarged image: Embodiments of providing an enlarged image, without degradation of image quality are disclosed. The ultrasound system includes an ultrasound data acquisition unit, a user input unit and a processor. The ultrasound data acquisition unit is configured to acquire ultrasound data representative of a target object. The user input unit is... Agent: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.

20120130246 - Method and system for correcting ultrasound data: A method for correcting ultrasound data includes acquiring ultrasound data using an ultrasound probe having a plurality of transducer elements associated with a plurality of channels that include conductive pathways and communicating the ultrasound data as received ultrasound signals along the conductive pathways of the channels. The method further includes... Agent:

20120130247 - System and method for characterizing tissue based upon homomorphic deconvolution of backscattered ultrasound: A system and method are disclosed that facilitate characterizing vascular plaque tissue based upon spectral analysis of intravascular ultrasound echo signal segments. In particular, a power spectrum analysis of an integrated backscatter parameter renders a set of characterizing parameter values based on received intravascular ultrasound echo signal segments. The resulting... Agent: Volcano Corporation

20120130248 - Method and apparatus for multiple-wave doppler velocity meter: A method and system for determining a velocity of a moving object such as a body or a stream. The object is irradiated in a non-collinear configuration with multiple ultrasound waves overlapping in a region-of-interest (ROI) of the object. An response wave, resulting from the non-linear interaction among the incident... Agent: Mayo Foundation For Medical Education And Research

20120130249 - Providing color doppler image based on qualification curve information in ultrasound system: There are provided embodiments for providing a color Doppler image based on qualification curve information. In one embodiment, an ultrasound system comprises: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to acquire ultrasound data corresponding to a living body including a moving target object; a storage unit for storing qualification curve information... Agent: Medison Co., Ltd.

20120130250 - Pleated bag for interventional pullback systems: The present invention provides for pleated bags used with interventional pullback systems, including imaging catheters such as IVUS catheters, as well as for use with other catheters. An exemplary pleated bag of the present invention may be an elongate, sterile bag, having a plurality of pleats near the distal end,... Agent: Volcano Corporation

20120130251 - Heat-related illness detection systems and methods: Methods for early detection of a heat-related illness can include use of a thermal sensor to obtain thermal data. Subsets of the thermal data can correspond with multiple subjects. The subsets can be compared to determine whether any of the subjects is a thermal outlier relative to the remaining subjects.... Agent: Intermountain Invention Management, LLC

20120130254 - Dental device for trans-illumination of teeth: In a dental system for the transillumination of teeth having an elongate handpiece with a light source for producing examination radiation, irradiation means for directing the examination radiation at a tooth to be examined, and means for acquiring an optical image of the tooth illuminated by the examination radiation, there... Agent: Kaltenbach & Voigt Gmbh

20120130255 - Medical device for diagnosing pressure ulcers: Medical device or instrument for diagnosing pressure ulcers using optical reflectance spectroscopy. The device may comprise a tip and a controller. The tip is pressed against the skin of the patient and collects the optical reflectance data. The controller processes the data to determine whether there exists a pressure ulcer... Agent: Carnegie Mellon University

20120130257 - Method and apparatus for tissue measurement position tracking and depth adjustment: The present invention pertains to a method and apparatus for pressure sore detection. A modulated optical signal based on a digital code sequence is transmitted to human tissue. A temporal transfer characteristic is derived from the modulated optical signal. Tissue characteristics is determined based on the temporal transfer characteristic.... Agent:

20120130256 - Method and system for controlling output of rf medical generator: A control system for controlling the output of an electrosurgical generator is disclosed. The control system includes a control module configured to receive an optical signal from a surgical site, the optical signal being related to an optical tissue characteristic, the control module configured to process the optical signal using... Agent: Covidien Ag

20120130253 - Non-contact optical system, computer-accessible medium and method for measurement at least one mechanical property of tissue using coherent speckle technique(s): Exemplary embodiments of apparatus and method for determining at least one material property of an anatomical structure can be provided. According to one exemplary embodiment, it is possible to apply at least one first coherent radiation to at least one portion of the anatomical structure, and receive at least one... Agent: The General Hospital Corporation

20120130252 - Producing an image: An optical component is connectable to a camera unit and comprises a data structure including data associated with the optical component. When the optical component is connected to the camera unit, data associated with the optical component is transferred to the camera unit. Image production of an organ by the... Agent: Optomed Oy

20120130258 - Programmable multipspectral illiumination system for surgery and visualization of light-sensitive tissues: An observation system for viewing light-sensitive tissue includes an illumination system configured to illuminate the light-sensitive tissue, an imaging system configured to image at least a portion of the light-sensitive tissue upon being illuminated by the illumination system, and an image display system in communication with the imaging system to... Agent: The Johns Hopkins University

20120130259 - Blood pressure meter: In a blood pressure monitor, when a main unit is mounted on a mounting surface such as a desk, a bulging region of a first tube and a bulging region of a second tube, both located at a rear surface of the main unit, come into contact with the mounting... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20120130260 - Optical power modulation vital sign detection method and measurement device: A vital sign measurement device includes a sensor fixation device, a sensor frame, an optical sensing system, and an output unit. The sensor fixation device is adapted to be placed against an anatomical location of a subject. The optical sensing system includes an optical waveguide, an optical source device to... Agent: Tarilian Laser Technologies, Limited

20120130261 - Alcohol-drinking detecting system and computer program: A frequency dynamic information processing means 610 which obtains a tendency of time-series fluctuation regarding a frequency of a pulse wave of a back portion of a person detected by an air pack and an alcohol-drinking determining means 650 which determines an alcohol-drinking state when a tendency of a time-series... Agent: Delta Tooling Co., Ltd

20120130262 - Method and apparatus for early warning of critical care patient hemodynamic instability: A method and apparatus for providing a computing environment for a user which gives early warning of critical care patient instability. The method and apparatus use the entropy of monitored channels which are paired, each channel being paired once with each other channel. The entropies within each pair are compared... Agent:

20120130263 - Medical decision support system: A process for pre-processing recorded and digitised heart sounds and corresponding digitised ECG signals is provided. The pre-processed signals (203) are suitable for input into an automatic decision support system implemented by means of a diagnostic decision network (205), used for diagnosing and differentiation between normal/functional (206) and pathological (207)... Agent: Diacoustic Medical Devices (pty) Ltd

20120130264 - Nasal air jet insufflator: The present invention provides an apparatus for nasally delivering a supraglottic jet ventilation and methods of treating breathing disorders by utilizing the apparatus for nasally delivering a supraglottic jet ventilation.... Agent:

20120130265 - Portable spirometer: Disclosed is a portable spirometer which comprises: a small breath tube for measuring a unidirectional flow, to which the breath flow of a patient is inputted; a breath signal processing unit which generates a breath signal from the breath flow, removes the noise contained in the breath signal and amplifies... Agent:

20120130266 - Cognitive efficacy estimation system and method: A system and method for estimating cognitive efficacy of an individual is provided. The individual is subjected to a plurality of tasks. Electroencephalogram (EEG) data from EEG sensors coupled to the individual are collected while the individual is performing the plurality of tasks. The EEG data are supplied to a... Agent: Honeywell International Inc.

20120130267 - Impedance based anatomy generation: Methods and systems for the determination and representation of a chamber anatomy are disclosed herein.... Agent: Rhythmia Medical, Inc.

20120130268 - Integrated absorbent undergarment thermal indicator and discomfort sensors: Presented is an absorbent undergarment with the ability to sense urine, feces and continuously monitor and display the body temperature of the user. The novel integrated undergarment also allows for a contact liquid crystal thermochromic indicator to visually display the user's body temperature. The device may further have the ability... Agent:

20120130269 - Integrated nerve stimulation and skin marking device and methods of using same: A nerve identification device is shown and described. The device includes both a nerve stimulating electrode and a skin marking device. In certain applications, a user contacts the patient's skin with the nerve stimulating electrode to deliver nerve stimulation energy that evokes an electrical response from proximally located motor nerves.... Agent: Neural Pathways, LLC

20120130270 - Image processing apparatus and image processing method: This invention provides an image processing apparatus which allows an operator to easily recognize relevance between morbid portions, which exist in a plurality of layers, according to a disease. An image processing apparatus according to this invention includes an ophthalmic feature acquisition unit which acquires ophthalmic features as anatomical features... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120130271 - Self-administered hearing test kits, systems and methods: A kit for conducting a self-administered hearing test allows a test subject to generate calibrated pure tone stimuli during a hearing test without calibrating the testing system beforehand. Some hearing kits include a sound module and headphones configured to couple together and further couple with a processor-driven device, such as... Agent:

20120130272 - Lumen occlusion detection: Devices and methods are disclosed to detect or verify fallopian tube occlusion. Devices include an elongated body a continuous open space extending between proximal and distal openings, a first pressure sensor or flow meter configured to measure a pressure or fluid flow within the continuous open space, at least one... Agent: Hologic, Inc.

20120130273 - Non-invasive measurement of fluid pressure in an adjustable gastric band: A food intake restriction device for forming a restriction in a patient's gastro-intestinal tract and non-invasively communicating pressure data regarding the restriction to an external monitor. The device includes a food intake restriction device implanted substantially about a patient's gastro-intestinal tract to form a restricted opening in the tract. A... Agent:

20120130274 - Tissue sampling tool, in particular for adipose tissue: A tissue-sampling tool is made in the form of a tube presenting an inside face of circular section and an outside face of circular section, the tube having a blunt distal end and at least one sampling orifice extending symmetrically relative to a transverse plane and to a longitudinal plane.... Agent:

20120130275 - Biopsy apparatus having integrated thumbwheel mechanism for manual rotation of biopsy cannula: A biopsy apparatus includes a driver assembly and biopsy probe mechanism drivably coupled to the driver assembly. The biopsy probe mechanism includes a biopsy cannula having a cylindrical side wall that defines a lumen and has a side port located near a distal end that extends through the side wall... Agent: C.r. Bard, Inc.

20120130276 - Reusable biopsy gun and a lockable biopsy needle for use therewith: The invention relates to a biopsy needle wherein the cannula and stylet may be arranged in a locked position, preventing longitudinal movement relative to each other and a reusable biopsy gun comprising means for moving the biopsy needle from its locked position to an unlocked position where the cannula and... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20120130277 - Universal adaptor: A needle safety lock comprising a needle guard supporting member (14), and a needle guard (16) comprising an elongate member coupled to said needle guard supporting member and axially slideable with respect to the needle guard supporting member, and a cylindrical guard (20) having two open ends to enclose at... Agent:

20120130278 - Device for extracting blood from the placenta and/or umbilical cord: A device is provided to extract and collect blood from the placenta and/or umbilical cord, through a system that combines collecting the blood as it falls by the effect of gravity, together with a suction system that facilitates the fall. The device allows a greater amount of blood to be... Agent:

20120130280 - Legs rehabilitation device and legs rehabilitation method using the same: Disclosed is a legs rehabilitation device. The legs rehabilitation device according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a first sensor that senses a load applied from a support surface of one leg of a rehabilitating patient; a second sensor that senses an angle of the one leg;... Agent: Industry-academic Cooperation Foundation, Kyungpook National University

20120130281 - Orifice probe apparatus and a method of use thereof: An orifice probe, particularly for detecting if a patient has or has a risk of having cauda equina syndrome and a method for using same, the probe having a body for insertion into the anus of a patient, a sensing device for measuring at least one of the rectal tone... Agent:

20120130279 - Surgical orientation system and method: A system and method for detecting and measuring changes in angular position with respect to a reference plane is useful in surgical procedures for orienting various instruments, prosthesis, and implants with respect to anatomical landmarks. One embodiment of the device uses dual orientation devices of a type capable of measuring... Agent: Orthalign, Inc.

20120130282 - Targeting therapeutic agents: Provided are devices, systems, and methods for targeted administration of therapeutic agents to a subject. For example, provided are devices, systems, and methods for targeting the administration of peri-urethral bulking agents.... Agent: Emory University

20120130283 - Device for monitoring size of luminal cavity: A system for measuring the size of a gastric lumen includes a gastric banding device, an antenna positioned outside of the patient's body, and a receiver in operative communication with the antenna. The banding device comprises two orthogonal ultrasonic transceiver modules, a microprocessor, and a transmitter in electrical communication with... Agent: Buchwald O'dea LLC

20120130286 - Collecting posture information to evaluate therapy: A medical device delivers a therapy to a patient. Posture events are identified, e.g., a posture of the patient is periodically determined and/or posture transitions by the patient are identified, and each determined posture event is associated with a current therapy parameter set. A value of at least one posture... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120130285 - Devices, systems, and methods for measuring and evaluating the motion and function of joints and associated muscles: Apparatuses are disclosed that is adapted and configured to cause and control joint motion of a patient. Apparatuses comprise, for example, a first motion member configured to engage a patient proximal to a target joint; a second motion member configured to engage a patient distal to a target joint; and... Agent: Aecc Enterprises Limited

20120130284 - System and method for constructing distance estimate models for personal navigation: Systems and methods for constructing distance estimate models for personal navigation are provided. In one embodiment, a distance estimation system comprises: a gait information memory configured to store gait information about a gait mode; a biometric data memory configured to store a biometric profile for a user; a frequency module... Agent: Honeywell International Inc.

  
05/17/2012 > 120 patent applications in 71 patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category

20120123182 - Devices for thermally induced transformations controlled by irradiation of functionalized fullerenes: An electromagnetic radiation activated device comprises a property changing material and at least one functionalized fullerene that upon irradiation of the functionalized fullerenes with electromagnetic radiation of one or more frequencies a thermally activated chemical or physical transformation occurs in the property changing material. The thermal activated transformation of the... Agent: University Of Florida Research Foundation. Inc.

20120123185 - Rectal balloon apparatus with pressure relieving lumen and sensors: A rectal balloon apparatus comprises a shaft having a fluid passageway extending therethrough. A rectal gas relieving lumen may be positioned with the shaft for removal of rectal gas. A motion detecting sensor and a radiation detecting sensor may be positioned with the balloon, the shaft, and/or the rectal gas... Agent: Radiadyne LLC

20120123184 - Systems and methods for optimization of on-line adaptive radiation therapy: Radiation treatment methods comprise: obtaining initial image data of a region of interest; initially optimizing one or more radiation delivery variables of a radiation treatment plan based on the initial image data; and dividing the plan into one or more fractional treatments. Each fractional treatment comprises: delivering an initial portion... Agent: British Columbia Cancer Agency Branch

20120123183 - Teletherapy location and dose distribution control system and method: A method of adjusting an irradiation treatment plan, the plan constituted of: obtaining a plurality of reference scans of a target tissue over a breathing cycle; obtaining a pre-treatment scan of the target tissue; identifying the reference scan whose phase is consonant with the obtained pre-treatment scan; computing at least... Agent: P-cure, Ltd.

20120123186 - Therapeutic regimen for treating cancer: The invention provides a method for treating locally advanced resectable esophageal cancer in a human comprising (a) administering to the human a dose of a pharmaceutical composition comprising (i) a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier and (ii) an adenoviral vector comprising a nucleic acid sequence encoding a human TNF-α and operably linked... Agent: Genvec, Inc.

20120123187 - System and method for generating a radiation treatment plan for use in effecting radiation therapy in a human or animal body: The present invention aims to provide a new method for generating a radiation treatment plan for use in effecting radiation therapy of an anatomical portion of a human and animal body, whereby a more efficient use can be made of the virtual working space of the treatment planning system and... Agent:

20120123188 - Systems and methods for treating cancer using brachytherapy: Systems and methods are provided for treating cervical and/or uterine cancers in brachytherapy with an intracavitary brachytherapy applicator. The system comprises a tandem adapted for insertion into a cervix of a patient. An ovoid assembly comprises first and second inflatable ovoids and an ovoid support mechanism. The first and second... Agent: Voxel Rad, Ltd.

20120123189 - Oncology therapies employing radioactive seeds: An oncology therapy method comprises implanting a radioactive seed (10, 20, 30, 40, 50) in an oncology subject (S). In some embodiments the radioactive seed comprises a radioactive material (12, 32, 33, 42) including at least one radioisotope disposed in a biodegradable host (14, 24, 25, 44) configured to biodegrade... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120123190 - Enhanced friction of micropatterned surfaces immersed in magnetorheological fluid: A method and system are provided for that allow for varying stiffness of a system by applying a low magnetic field to magnetorheological (MR) fluid in the system. The method and system include exposed patterns on facing surfaces of sliding structures. The facing patterns contain MR fluid. When a low... Agent:

20120123191 - Therapeutic device: A therapeutic device comprising a first visual signaling element, a second visual signaling element positioned separately from the first visual signaling element, and a third visual signaling element positioned between the first and second visual signaling elements. A control apparatus controls the first, second and third signaling elements, and is... Agent:

20120123192 - Bed system and a portable cover device for a bed: A bed system, comprising a bed (1), and a foldable cover device (6) mounted to the bed, wherein the foldable cover device (6) comprises a bearing structure (8) and a cover material (11) provided on the bearing structure (8), and wherein the foldable cover device (6) is movable between a... Agent:

20120123193 - Method of assessing embryo outcome: Non-invasive methods of predicting embryo outcome by analyzing disclosed markers in embryo culture media.... Agent: Bwt Biometrics, LLC

20120123196 - Gastric band devices and drive systems: Gastric banding devices, and drive systems designed to operate gastric banding devices, are disclosed. The gastric banding devices and drive systems intend to increase performance, durability, and simplicity over known gastric banding systems. Embodiments include transmission systems configured to output a variable force. Embodiments also include banding structures biased to... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20120123195 - Gastric band with asymmetrical member: An apparatus comprises a strap and an inflatable bladder secured to the strap. The apparatus is sized and configured to wrap along a first plane to encompass an anatomical feature such as an esophagus or stomach. The bladder may have a cross-sectional profile that is asymmetric about the first plane,... Agent:

20120123197 - Implantable injection port with tissue in-growth promoter: A surgically implantable injection port has a tissue in-growth promoting surface associated with a fluid conduit that is coupled to the injection port. The injection port includes a housing, a fluid reservoir defined in part by the housing, a needle penetrable septum, a fluid conduit in communication with the reservoir,... Agent:

20120123198 - Port with conduit wraparound feature: An injection port includes a port body having a fluid reservoir and a connector in fluid communication with the reservoir. The injection port further includes a conduit protection feature that is configured to protect against kinking of the conduit, decoupling of the conduit from the connector, or penetration of the... Agent:

20120123194 - Pressure limiting device for gastric band adjustment: A pressure sensing or monitoring device may be used with an implantable band system. In some versions, the device may be used with a syringe. The device may comprise a visual indicator for monitoring pressure. The device may govern operation of the syringe by setting a threshold pressure to limit... Agent:

20120123199 - Device for sexual stimulation with supplementary element (variants): The device for stimulating erogenous zones comprises a dildo and at least one additional stimulating element (ASE) attached to the dildo and including a body of rotation around an axis that is close to normal relative to a longitudinal axis of the dildo. A surface of the ASE projects above... Agent:

20120123200 - Actuation cable having multiple friction characteristics: A surgical device includes a first cable portion that engages a first component such that a first friction exists between the first cable portion and the first component. The surgical device includes a second cable portion having a first end operatively coupled to a first end of the first cable... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120123203 - Device for treatments of endoscopic resection/removal of tissues: A device (1) for treatments of endoscopic resection/removal of tissues, includes: a handpiece apt to be held by an user; an external tubular element (3) having a proximal end, a distal end and a cutting aperture disposed at the distal end; an internal tubular element (4) apt to be pivotally... Agent: Frii Sa

20120123202 - Insufflating optical surgical instrument: An insufflating surgical instrument adapted for movement across an abdominal wall to insufflate an abdominal region of a patient is disclosed. The instrument comprises a shaft having an insufflation channel extending between a proximal end and a distal end, the insufflation channel being adapted for connection to a source of... Agent: Applied Medical Resources Corporation

20120123201 - Treatment tool for endoscope: A treatment tool for an endoscope includes a forcep sheath, a first forcep cup and a second forcep cup which are attached to a distal end of the forcep sheath, and which cooperate with each other to be openable/closable as a whole, an operation wire which is movably arranged in... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120123204 - Percutaneous renal access system: A method for creating a tract for nephrostomy tube creation comprising the steps of providing a puncture wire having a tissue penetrating tip shielded in a sheath, the puncture wire slidable within the sheath and releasably lockingly engaged thereto, inserting the puncture wire and sheath in a first direction through... Agent:

20120123205 - Additional systems and methods for providing real-time anatomical guidance in a disgnostic or therapeutic procedure: A system and method for intra-operatively providing anatomical guidance in a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure is disclosed. In embodiments, the system includes multiple light sources configured to emit different frequencies, multiple electronic imaging devices to detect various frequencies of reflected, emitted, or scattered light. The system and method incorporate an... Agent: Emory University

20120123207 - Cannula system and method of use: A cannula coupled to a displacement limiting coupling. The cannula includes at least one rigidizable segment and means for rigidizing the rigidizable segment. The displacement limiting coupling couples to an insertable device and aligns the axes of the insertable device and the cannula and establishes limits on the relative axial... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120123206 - Methods of advancing a cannula system into a body: A cannula coupled to a displacement limiting coupling. The cannula includes at least one rigidizable segment and means for rigidizing the rigidizable segment. The displacement limiting coupling couples to an insertable device and aligns the axes of the insertable device and the cannula and establishes limits on the relative axial... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120123208 - Bronchoscopic manifold: A multi-port manifold includes an instrument port, bronchoscope inlet, entrance for air and common exit. It is proposed to position the instrument port in line with the exit. The bronchoscope inlet is positioned at a very small angle with respect to the instrument port, while the air entrance extends at... Agent: Ez-blocker B.v.

20120123209 - Endoscope gas feed system, endoscope, and endoscope system: m

20120123210 - Method for assembling a cover glass in an endoscope and endoscope: A method for assembling a cover glass in an endoscope and an endoscope with a cover glass. To assemble a cover glass in an endoscope, an uncoated cover glass is soldered into an intermediate ring, the cover glass soldered into the intermediate ring is provided with a coating, and the... Agent:

20120123211 - Objective lens unit for endoscopes: An objective lens unit for endoscopes, with an objective lens having at least one lens and with an objective lens frame that is mounted in an endoscope housing in such a way that the insertion depth in the distal direction is restricted by a covering glass established in the endoscope... Agent:

20120123212 - Endoscope with adjustable viewing angle: An endoscope with adjustable viewing angle includes a light outlet device on the distal end of the endoscope to radiate illuminating light at an angle of illumination and a light conductor to transmit illuminating light to the light outlet device such that the light outlet device can be moved to... Agent:

20120123213 - Illumination unit and endoscopic apparatus: An illumination unit includes semiconductor light sources, a target light quantity setting unit for setting a target light quantity for a total outgoing light quantity, a light quantity ratio setting unit for setting an outgoing light quantity ratio among the semiconductor light sources, an amplitude value setting unit for setting... Agent:

20120123214 - Wound retractor: A wound retractor (320) comprises a distal ring (3) for insertion through a wound opening (6), a proximal ring (4) for location externally of the wound opening (6), a valve (10) mounted to the proximal ring (4), and a sleeve (2) for retracting laterally the sides of the wound opening... Agent: Atropos Limited

20120123215 - Laparoscopic tissue retractor: A tissue refractor deforms while passing through an injector tool into an expanded or deployed shape suitable for engaging and retracting tissue during a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The tissue retractor may also deform once again into an undeployed shape for extraction from the surgical site.... Agent:

20120123216 - Cannula system: A cannula system is described. The cannula system may be formed of biocompatible materials that are suitable to be sterilized. Accordingly, the cannula system may be reusable for a relatively large number of surgical procedures assuming conventional sterilization techniques are employed after each surgical procedure. Additionally, the cannula system may... Agent:

20120123217 - Stabilizer for robotic beating-heart surgery: Surgical methods and devices allow closed-chest surgery to be performed on a heart of a patient while the heart is beating. A region of the heart is stabilized by engaging a surface of the heart with a stabilizer without having to stop the heart. Motion of the target tissues is... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120123221 - Device for processing and transmitting measured signals for monitoring and/or controlling medical implants, diagnostic devices or biological processes: Disclosed is a device (1) for processing and transmitting measured signals which correspond to implant parameters or biological parameters for monitoring and/or controlling medical implants, diagnostic devices or biological processes comprising: A) a biocompatible sterilizable covering (9); B) an electronic signal processing device (2) arranged in said covering (9) and... Agent: Ao Technology Ag

20120123219 - Method and system for controlling medical monitoring equipment: A device for monitoring physiological parameters of a medical patient includes a pneumatic system configured to be coupled to a patient to provide a regulated gas thereto, a computer coupled to the pneumatic system and configured to regulate gas to the patient via the pneumatic system, and a touchscreen monitor... Agent:

20120123218 - Methods and means for clinical investigations: Described are methods for testing at least one effect of a pharmaceutical substance in a subject, which include administering a pharmaceutical substance to the subject, measuring with at least one sensor contained within a mobile sensor system, at the subject or in close proximity to the subject, at least one... Agent: Jpwave Bv

20120123220 - Systems, methods and materials for delivery and debonding on demand: Various systems, methods and materials are disclosed that enable efficient delivery of an agent into an adhesively adhered article, in which the agent elicits a desired outcome, on demand. This strategy, though general in scope, is also more specifically described with regard to enabling painless or atraumatic removal of products... Agent: Avery Dennison Corporation

20120123223 - Acute care treatment systems dashboard: A medical system according to embodiments of the present invention includes at least one sensor configured to monitor physiological status of a patient and to generate sensor data based on the physiological status, a user interface device, a processor communicably coupled to the user interface device, the processor configured to:... Agent:

20120123222 - Biomedical devcie capable of using an earphone and microphone plug to transmit data and method for transmitting data: The present invention relates to a biomedical device capable of using an earphone and microphone plug to transmit data and a method for transmitting data, wherein the biomedical device comprises: a measuring unit, a micro-control unit, an earphone and microphone plug, a switch unit, a level shift unit, an amplifying... Agent: Pensiero Medical Electronics Corp.

20120123226 - Method for operating a monitoring system: The present invention relates to a method for operating a monitoring system for monitoring physiological data of a patient. For saving power, motion activity data of the patient is obtained and the measurement of physiological data of the patient is initiated, if the motion activity is non-zero and below a... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120123225 - Mouth guard for detecting and monitoring bite pressures: An intra-oral pressure monitoring system is provided. The system is beneficial for measuring or monitoring teeth clinching or grinding during sleep. The system includes a generally horseshoe-shaped, elastomeric mouth piece. The mouth piece is dimensioned to reside between the upper and lower teeth of a patient. The mouth piece has... Agent:

20120123224 - Real-time evaluation of cpr performance: A computer-implemented method for providing summary information for lifesaving activities is disclosed. The method involves sensing one or more activities that are repeatedly and cyclically performed on a victim by a rescuer; identifying a cyclical timing interval over which performance is to be analyzed for a integer number of cycles... Agent:

20120123227 - Apparatus, systems, and methods adapted to transmit analyte data having common electronic architecture: Embodiments provide apparatus, systems, and methods adapted to communicate analyte data and/or related information. In a first aspect, the apparatus includes a transmitter/receiver unit which is configurable as either a transmitter or a receiver. The transmitter/receiver unit may be coupled to an on-body sensor and may be configured as a... Agent: Bayer Healthcare LLC

20120123228 - Methods and apparatus for testing disruption of a vagal nerve: Method and apparatus for disrupting a gastric vagal nerve in the gastroesophageal region and testing the function and disruption of the vagal nerve. In one example embodiment, a treatment device applies ultrasound at a high energy level, such as high intensity focused ultrasound, to a vagal nerve to disrupt it... Agent:

20120123229 - Model-based infusion site monitor: A medication delivery monitoring device is disclosed. The device includes a user interface configured to receive input information, and a sensor configured to measure a plurality of fluid state parameters of a fluid delivery channel through which the medication is delivered by a vascular access device (VAD) to an infusion... Agent: Carefusion 303, Inc.

20120123230 - Analyte monitoring systems and methods of use: Analyte monitoring systems and methods that make interstitial fluid from a patient's body available to one or more sensors disposed outside the patient's body. The monitoring systems and methods may be used in conjunction with medicament dispensing systems and methods in order to provide a feedback loop for continuous sensing... Agent: Tandem Diebetes Care, Inc.

20120123231 - Monitoring cardiac output and vessel fluid volume: The present disclosure describes embodiments of a patient monitoring system and methods that include the measure and display of hemoglobin statistics, cardiac output statistic and vessel volume statistics. In an embodiment, total hemoglobin trending, cardiac output, or vessel volume is displayed over a period of time. Statistics can include frequency... Agent:

20120123233 - Disposable usb cup: The present invention provides a handheld USB Cup for use in collection of a fluidic body sample, comprising a receptacle comprising side surfaces, a bottom plate and a sensor assembly, the sensor assembly comprising at least one sensor and a slave circuitry; said sensor assembly is permanently affixed to said... Agent: Flometrica Ltd.

20120123232 - Method and apparatus for determining heart rate variability using wavelet transformation: The present invention relates to advanced signal processing methods including digital wavelet transformation to analyze heart-related electronic signals and extract features that can accurately identify various states of the cardiovascular system. The invention may be utilized to estimate the extent of blood volume loss, distinguish blood volume loss from physiological... Agent:

20120123235 - Implantable theranostic article: A theranostic article has one or more specific molecular recognition markers for cells on the surface thereof, wherein the recognition markers are selected from the group consisting of peptides, proteins, antibodies, antigens, aptamers, molecular imprinted polymers and polynucleotides. When the article is implanted in a body, cellular ingrowth is controlled,... Agent:

20120123234 - Method and system for automatic monitoring of diabetes related treatments: The present invention discloses a monitoring system and method for use in monitoring diabetes treatment of a patient. The system comprises a control unit comprising a first processor module for processing measured data indicative of blood glucose level and generating first processed data indicative thereof, a second processor module comprising... Agent:

20120123236 - Apparatus and method for brain fiber bundle microscopy: An intracranial implant to position a fiber bundle to a specified region of a brain of an animal. The implant may include a base support to be fixed to a skull of the animal over an orifice drilled in the skull, a hollow conduit arranged through the base support to... Agent: Mauna Kea Technologies

20120123239 - Medical image processing system and processing method: According to the invention, a medical image processing system comprises: a storage unit storing a medical image, a database server storing medical image information about the medical image, a computer aided diagnosis unit identifying an object to be identified and surrounding objects of the object using the medical image and... Agent: Snu R&db Foundation

20120123237 - Medical imaging system that redirects heat waste for patient pallet heating: According to certain embodiments, a medical imaging system includes an imager, a patient pallet, and a heating subsystem. The imager obtains measurement data of a patient. Further, the imager includes at least one electrical component that generates heat. The patient pallet supports the patient to be scanned by the imager.... Agent: Kabushhiki Kaisha Toshiba

20120123238 - Treatment process of radiological images for detection of stenosis: A treatment process of radiological images is provided. The process comprises obtaining at least one set of images. For each set, the process comprises: segmenting an at least one first image to obtain an at least one first segmented image and to detect a plurality of arteries of the region... Agent:

20120123242 - External medical device reacting to warning from other medical device about impending independent administration of treatment: In one embodiment, an external second medical device is capable of being attached to a patient. The second medical device includes an operation module that is capable of operating at different capacities, such as at a first capacity and a second capacity. The second medical device also includes a receiver... Agent: Physio-control, Inc.

20120123241 - External medical device warning other medical device of impending administration of treatment: In one embodiment, an external first medical device includes a treatment module for administering a first treatment. The first medical device also includes a warning module for transmitting, before the first treatment is administered, a warning about the impending administration of the first treatment. The warning is suitable for receipt... Agent: Physio-control, Inc.

20120123240 - Method of assessing central arterial stiffness using mri, method of assessing vascular function including arterial stiffness, applications program and media embodying same: Featured are methods for non-invasive assessment of a vascular physiological parameter including but not limited to central arterial stiffness, vascular reactivity and/or local arterial stiffness. The methods of the invention use any one of a number of magnetic resonance imaging techniques known in the art to acquire image data so... Agent:

20120123243 - Catheter guidance of external energy for renal denervation: An in vivo apparatus includes a flexible shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and a length sufficient to access a patient's renal artery relative to a percutaneous access location. An energy guide apparatus is provided at the distal end of the shaft and dimensioned for deployment within the... Agent:

20120123244 - Tissue-characterization probe with effective sensor-to-tissue contact: The present invention relates to a device for tissue-characterization, designed for effective sensor-to-tissue contact. The device includes an element, having a rigid surface of a linear cross-section, on which at least one sensor is arranged, and a mechanism for applying a force to a soft tissue, the line of force... Agent: Dune Medical Devices Ltd.

20120123245 - Multi transmit/receive head array coil with removable panels: A modular multi-transmit head coil for use in Deep Brain Stimulation procedures includes a mounting frame arranged for attachment to the stereotactic head frame of the patient. An integrated MR stereotactic locating phantom is included as part of the coil structure which has attached MR/CT compatible fiducials on it to... Agent:

20120123246 - Haemodynamic data estimation: Techniques exist for measuring local blood velocity of flow rate waveforms in, for example, mammalian vascular segments. A method and system for deriving information on disease in vascular segments, for example mean pressure, drop in mean pressure and/or hydraulic resistance, from such measured waveforms is described. The waveforms can, for... Agent:

20120123247 - Systems and methods for measuring and modeling in vivo manganese ion transport in a subject: Described herein are systems and methods for quantitatively measuring manganese ion efflux in a subject. In general, the systems and methods compare imaging data from a subject taken over specific periods of time to pharmacokinetic models in order to measure manganese ion efflux rates from an organ in a subject.... Agent: Cel-trast, LLC

20120123248 - Dark blood delayed enhancement magnetic resonance viability imaging techniques for assessing subendocardial infarcts: The technology herein provides a dark blood delayed enhancement technique that improves the visualization of subendocardial infarcts that may otherwise be disguised by the bright blood pool. The timed combination of a slice-selective and a non-selective preparation improves the infarct/blood contrast by decoupling their relaxation curves thereby nulling both the... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20120123251 - Detection of the position of a moving object and treatment method: The invention relates to a method for determining the position of an object moving within a body, wherein the body is connected to markers, a movement signal is determined based on the measured movement of the markers, images are taken from the object using a camera or detector, wherein the... Agent:

20120123250 - Method and system for pigtail catheter motion prediction: A method and system for autoregressive model based pigtail catheter motion prediction in a fluoroscopic image sequence is disclosed. Parameters of an autoregressive model are estimated based on observed pigtail catheter tip positions in a plurality of previous frames of a fluoroscopic image sequence. A pigtail catheter tip position in... Agent: Siemens Corporation

20120123249 - Providing an optimal ultrasound image for interventional treatment in a medical system: Embodiments for providing an optimal ultrasound image for interventional treatment in a medical system are disclosed. In one embodiment, by way of non-limiting example, a medical system comprises: a medical device that is inserted into a target object and configured to remove a lesion within the target object; an ultrasound... Agent: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.

20120123253 - Anatomy modeling for tumor region of interest definition: A hot spot detection system for automatically segmenting and quantifying hot spots in functional images includes a segmentation unit (76) to segment an anatomical image representation (72) into regions corresponding to anatomical structures of a subject. A hot spot detection unit (90) detects regions of high uptake from a functional... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120123252 - Imaging apparatus for large area imaging of a body portion: An imaging apparatus for large area imaging of a body portion of a vertebrate, having an optical scanner for generating image data, an image data processing unit for generating a primary skeleton image of the bone and/or joint structure from the image data of the body surface and stored standard... Agent: Zebris Medical Gmbh

20120123255 - Apparatus for implanting a preloaded localization wire: An apparatus for percutaneously implanting a localization wire into a tissue mass comprises a cannula with a preloaded localization wire having a distal end and at least one anchor. An actuator is in operable communication with the cannula and is configured for operation between a charged condition and a discharged... Agent: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.

20120123254 - Lymphatic pressure-measuring system and method for controlling same: The present invention has an object to measure lymphatic pressure with more safety and ease at lower cost. To achieve this, a lymphatic pressure-measuring system 1 includes: a manchette 11 fitted on a vital observation portion; a measurement unit 13 that measures and outputs pressure of the manchette 11; an... Agent: National University Corporation Hamamatsu University School Of Medicine

20120123256 - Thermoacoustic imaging with quantitative extraction of absorption map: A method of thermoacoustic imaging of an object includes providing thermoacoustic signals representing a mechanical wave response to a delivery of electromagnetic energy into the imaged object, reconstructing an energy deposition image representing a local energy absorption within the object based on the thermoacoustic signals, and decomposing the energy deposition... Agent: Helmholtz Zentrum M&#xfc Nchen Deutsches Forschungszentrum F&#xfc R Gesundheit Und Umwelt (gmbh)

20120123257 - Multi-fluid medical injector system and methods of operation: A multi-fluid injector system and methods of operation thereof are presented. One embodiment of such a fluid injector system includes a powered injector, a pressure jacket support, a syringe pressure jacket, and a syringe. The pressure jacket support includes a front plate and a rear plate. The rear plate is... Agent:

20120123259 - Multilumen catheter with pressure resistant lumen and method: The assembly comprises two or more catheter tubes fused together to form a fused catheter bundle. Each tube has at least one lumen extending longitudinally through the catheter from its distal end to its proximal end and at least one of said tubes comprises a pressure resistant lumen. The tubes... Agent:

20120123258 - Renal denervation catheter with rf electrode and integral contrast dye injection arrangement: A catheter includes a flexible braided shaft having a length sufficient to access a target vessel of the body, such as a renal artery. An electrode at the catheter's distal tip is configured to ablate extravascular target tissue, such as perivascular renal nerve tissue. An electrical conductor coupled to the... Agent:

20120123260 - Biological information processing apparatus and biological information processing program: A biological information processing apparatus, including: a conversion element which receives an ultrasonic wave transmitted from a subject and converts the ultrasonic wave into an analog signal; an analog-digital converting unit; a first memory which records a digital signal; a signal processing unit which outputs information on an inside of... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120123262 - Push/tracking sequences for shear wave dispersion vibrometry: Shear Wave Dispersion Vibrometry (SDUV) is performed such that, after a single instance of their push pulse (218), a plurality of tracking pulses (222) are issued to sample, more than once, each of a plurality of locations (120, 148) on an associated monochromatic shear wave (116) in sampling that at... Agent:

20120123261 - Renal nerve ablation using mild freezing and vibration: A catheter includes a thermal unit provided at its distal end and configured to receive a thermal transfer fluid. The thermal unit is configured to cause formation of ice particles in perivascular renal nerve tissue adjacent the thermal unit and warm tissue of the renal artery adjacent the thermal unit... Agent:

20120123263 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic measurement method: The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus is provided with an ultrasonic probe (4) configured to transmit/receive an ultrasonic wave to/from an object (5), a vibrator (3) configured to generate a shear wave, a transmission/reception units (2,6) configured to transmit/receive an ultrasonic wave to/from the ultrasonic probe (4), a shear wave propagation detecting... Agent: Hitachi Medical Corporation

20120123264 - Devices for creating passages and sensing blood vessels: Devices and methods are disclosed for creating passages in tissue and detecting blood vessels in and around the passages. The devices may be used to create channels for altering gaseous flow within a lung to improve the expiration cycle of an individual, particularly individuals having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).... Agent: Broncus Technologies, Inc.

20120123267 - Three dimensional fetal heart imaging by non-ecg physiological gated acquisition: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system acquires 3D data sets of the fetal heart by use of a gating signal synthesized from detected motion of the fetal heart. A sequence of temporally different echo signals are acquired from a location in the anatomy where motion representative of the heart cycle is... Agent:

20120123269 - Three-dimensional ultrasonic scanner: The present disclosure provides a precise performance three-dimensional ultrasound scanner that is lightweight for an easy hold by suggesting a novel constitution of a swing mechanism wherein an arrangement of the drive motor perpendicular to the swing axis requires a smaller capacity motor and eliminating a backlash. The swing mechanism... Agent: Alpinion Medical Systems Co., Ltd.

20120123265 - Ultrasound image enhancement based on entropy information: Embodiments for enhancing an image quality of an ultrasound image based on entropy information in an ultrasound system are disclosed. In one embodiment, an ultrasound data acquisition unit acquires multiple ultrasound data, and a processing unit forms entropy information based on the multiple ultrasound data and adaptively perform data processing... Agent: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.

20120123268 - Ultrasound probe and ultrasound imaging device: Spurious response resulting from a high-order vibration mode that occurs when the cell shape of a capacitive micro-machined ultrasonic transducer is anisotropic is reduced. Assuming that a ratio between a long direction (l) and a short direction (w) of a diaphragm forming a capacitive micro-machined ultrasonic transducer is a representative... Agent: Hitachi Medical Corporation

20120123266 - Ultrasound system and method for providing preview image: There is disclosed an embodiment for providing a preview image. An ultrasound data acquisition unit transmits and receives ultrasound signals to and from a target object to acquire a plurality of ultrasound data. A processor forms volume data by using the plurality of ultrasound data. The processor further sets a... Agent: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.

20120123270 - Device with integrated ultrasound transducers and flow sensor: The invention proposes to equip the tip of a surgical instrument such as a needle or catheter or any other instrument with an ultrasound transducer array to measure flow just in front of the tip by means of time and frequency differences between the sent and received pulses. Since no... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120123271 - Systems and methods for making and using rotational transducers for concurrently imaging blood flow and tissue: A method for generating a composite image using an intravascular imaging device includes receiving reflected echo signals from at least one transducer along a first of a plurality of radial scan lines. The received echo signals are passed through a plurality of signal processing channels to form a plurality of... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120123272 - Rotary ultrasound imaging system: This invention relates to a rotary ultrasound imaging system comprising a control device, an ultrasound probe head and a rotary motor device, wherein the rotary motor device receives ultrasound signals sent from the ultrasound probe head, and outputs the received ultrasound signals to the control device through a 360-degree rotation;... Agent:

20120123273 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes: transmission and reception signal lines that send transmission and reception signals of ultrasound to a plurality of ultrasound transducers; signal determining portions near the ultrasound transducers and determine a selection signal for selecting an ultrasound transducer to be driven or a readout signal for reading... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120123274 - Ultrasonic transducer and method of manufacturing the same: An ultrasonic transducer which can attenuate ultrasonic waves emitted toward the rear without increasing a thickness of a backing layer includes: a piezoelectric transducer which emits and receives ultrasonic waves; and the backing layer which is provided in contact with the rear of the piezoelectric transducer and which attenuates the... Agent:

20120123275 - Infrared imaging of cutaneous melanoma: A process is described for identifying and classifying cutaneous melanoma of a lesion on the skin of a subject by a FTIR spectrometer coupled with a micro-imaging system.... Agent: Galderma Research & Development

20120123276 - Catheter with optical contact sensing: A medical probe, including a biocompatible sheath having proximal and distal ends, and having at least one transparent strip between the proximal end and the distal end. The probe also has one or more functional elements positioned within the biocompatible sheath.... Agent:

20120123278 - Low-noise optical probes for reducing ambient noise: An optical probe, which is particularly suited to reduce noise in measurements taken on an easily compressible material, such as a finger, a toe, a forehead, an earlobe, or a lip, measures characteristics of the material. A neonatal and adult disposable embodiment of the probe include adhesive coated surfaces to... Agent: Masimo Corporation

20120123277 - Method for detecting an extraordinary situation: A method for detecting an abnormal situation of a person, a contact measuring device which the person wears directly or indirectly on the body and which is a contact sensor and/or a pressure sensor and/or a photosensor and/or a distance measuring device being used to determine a contact state and/or... Agent: Spantec Gmbh

20120123279 - Method and apparatus for the analysis of a ballistocardiogram signal: There is provided a method and apparatus for the analysis of a ballistocardiogram signal. The method comprises detecting heart beats in the BCG signal by locating typical features of a heart beat for a user in the BCG signal, the typical features of the heart beat having been obtained during... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120123280 - Method for measuring arterial pressure and a device for the implementation of same: A method for measuring arterial pressure involves hydraulically separating a static pressure source from a body area situated opposite thereto and containing an artery by placing a rigid separating element between the two and along the artery. With the aid of the separating element, pulse waves are converted into pressure... Agent:

20120123281 - Sphygmomanometer: In a sphygmomanometer, an elbow detection mechanism that detects the placement of a measurement subject's elbow is provided in a portion of a cuff unit above a rotation axis. Because the elbow detection mechanism is provided in the portion of the cuff unit above the rotation axis on the biological... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20120123282 - Method and apparatus for detection of venous pulsation: Methods and systems for detecting venous pulsation are provided. In one embodiment, a metric of the pulse shape of one or more plethysmographic signals is derived and the presence of venous pulsation is detected based on the metric of pulse shape. Examples, of metrics of pulse shape include a skew... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120123283 - Apparatus, method, and computer program for predicting risk for cardiac death: An apparatus, a method, and a computer program for predicting a risk for a cardiac death are presented. Early repolarization patterns in leads of an electrocardiogram recorded from a subject are detected if an amplitude of a J-point at a QRS complex and ST segment junction of a lead exceeds... Agent:

20120123284 - Wireless hemodynamic monitoring system integrated with implantable heart valves: Described is a wireless hemodynamic monitoring system that is integrated with implantable cardiac devices. The system includes at least one sensory component that is adapted to measure one or more hemodynamic parameters inside a cardiac chamber of a subject. At least one transceiver is attached with the sensory component to... Agent:

20120123285 - System for cardiac condition characterization using electrophysiological signal data: A system for heart performance characterization and abnormality detection includes an interface for receiving signal data representing an electrical signal indicating electrical activity of a patient heart over multiple heart beat cycles. A signal processor uses the received signal data in calculating at least one of, (a) a first signal... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20120123286 - Devices for diagnosing sleep apnea or other conditions and related systems and methods: A system includes a sensor device having a body configured to be inserted into an airway of a patient and one or more sensors mounted in or on the body. The one or more sensors are configured to collect sensor data associated with the airway of the patient. The system... Agent:

20120123288 - Method and apparatus of determining exhaled nitric oxide: A method and apparatus of determining the level of exhaled nitric oxide (NO) is disclosed. The method involves measuring the level of exhaled NO (34) and the corresponding exhalation flow rate in one or more exhalations (30, 32) of a tidal breathing manoeuvre performed by a subject. The data is... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120123287 - Portable device for breathing detection: A device for detecting breathing of a subject, includes a colorimetric CO2 detector. A method for determining whether a subject is breathing and a method for verifying proper placement of an endotracheal tube when using a resuscitation bag are also described.... Agent: Mincor Ab

20120123290 - Eeg monitoring system and method of monitoring an eeg: An EEG monitoring system (2) adapted to be carried continuously by a person to be monitored comprises electrodes for measuring at least one EEG signal from the person carrying the EEG monitoring system (2). The system also comprises signal processing means adapted to receive, process and analyze the EEG signal.... Agent: Widex A/s

20120123289 - System and method for wireless transmission of neural data: Embodiments of the invention generally relate to a neuralphysiological data acquisition system configured to wirelessly transmit neural data from a patient to a receive subsystem. In an embodiment, a neuralphysiological data acquisition system includes a plurality of electrodes, a headstage, and a wireless module. The electrodes are configured to be... Agent: I2s Micro Implantable Systems, LLC

20120123291 - Bio-impedance measurement apparatus and assembly: A bio-impedance measurement apparatus includes a flexible band member fastened around a body portion, two probe sets attached to the flexible band member, a measurement device, and a wireless device. One probe set includes a probe having a tip portion for piercing the skin of the body portion to be... Agent: Chung Hua University

20120123294 - Flexible neural localization devices and methods: Methods for determining if a nerve is nearby a device. The neural stimulation tools described herein are configured to be flexible and low-profile, so that they can be used within body regions that may be tortuous or difficult to reach, such as within a compressed or partially occluded neural foramen.... Agent:

20120123293 - Motor nerve root stimulation: A motor device for bypassing or bridging an area of neurological damage, including at least one electrode having an electric mechanism for generating electric current, and a programming mechanism for programming the electrode. A biofeedback system and an artificial spinal cord. A method of stimulating muscle in a person having... Agent: Iinn, Inc.

20120123292 - Nerve mapping surgical system and method of use of dual function surgical instrument within such system: A surgical system has an electrode probe, an analyzer, a bipolar instrument, a bipolar power supply and a switch, the switch in communication with the analyzer, the bipolar power supply and the bipolar instrument, to permit alternate use of the bipolar instrument as a surgical instrument and use as an... Agent: Propep Surgical, LLC

20120123295 - Biopsy needle, sample extracting unit, biopsy apparatus, and method of controlling biopsy needle: The present invention relates to a biopsy needle, a sample extracting unit, a biopsy apparatus, and a biopsy needle control method. The biopsy needle includes an outer tube and an inner tube movably disposed within the outer tube. The inner tube has a plurality of inner openings defined in a... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120123296 - Surgical tool: A surgical tool for use in a tissue removal procedure from a subject is described. The surgical tool has proximal and distal regions and at least one sensor for sensing one or more predetermined conditions located at a distal region of the surgical tool. And a substantially flat signal transmission... Agent: Dune Medical Devices Ltd.

20120123297 - Systems and interfaces for blood sampling: The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for delivering and/or receiving a substance or substances such as blood from subjects. In one aspect, the present invention is directed to devices and methods for receiving or extracting blood from a subject, e.g., from the skin and/or from beneath the... Agent: Seventh Sense Biosystems, Inc.

20120123298 - Apparatus and method of fluid aspiration: An in-line sampling system that includes a sampling valve and a syringe for selectively introducing a fluid to and aspirating a fluid from a downstream fluid conduit connected to a catheterized patient. The syringe has a fluid chamber into which fluid is aspirated, a volume regulator for adjusting the volume,... Agent:

20120123299 - Malleolar registration clamp and malleolar registration method: A malleolar registration clamp comprising a reference unit and a receiving portion for receiving the malleolus, wherein the receiving portion is designed to receive at least part of the malleolus in a defined position relative to the receiving portion, and the position of the reference unit relative to the receiving... Agent:

20120123300 - Probe for enteral nutrition: A probe (1) for enteral nutrition includes a tubular element (2) of elongated shape and flexible, with a first extremity (2a) having a supply mouth (4) for the introduction of nutritional substances or the like and a second extremity (2b) positionable inside the stomach of a patient and having at... Agent:

20120123301 - Spinal motion measurement device: This invention is a minimally-invasive device, including bone-moving members and motion-measuring members, that can help surgeons to obtain objective, quantitative information concerning spinal flexion, extension, lateral bending, decompression, compression and torsion in order to select the best therapy for each patient. The prior art does not offer surgeons the opportunity... Agent:

  
05/10/2012 > 114 patent applications in 64 patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category

20120116146 - Multi-lumen instrument for providing radiation to a body cavity: A brachytherapy system for treating metastases on and around a patient's spinous process is provided. The device generally includes a catheter member having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and at least one lumen extending therethrough. The distal portion of the catheter member includes first and second branch members that... Agent: Cytyc Corporation

20120116147 - Brush with magnetic filaments: A brush with magnetic filaments is described. The brush may be used, for example, as a brush for applying a cosmetic material. The filaments of the brush may, in one example, be made of a synthetic material infused with magnetic material.... Agent: Hct Asia Ltd

20120116148 - Magnetic-assisted tumor confinement methodology and equipment: Disclosed embodiments are directed to reducing the likelihood of intra-operative shedding. Specifically, disclosed embodiments utilize injected magnetic nanoparticles and magnets to confine tumor cells to the surgical bed in order to prevent the cells from being released into the general circulation and/or lymphatics.... Agent: Weinberg Medical Physics LLC

20120116149 - Method and apparatus for electromagnetic treatment of head, cerebral and neural injury in animals and humans: Embodiments of the invention include methods of treating neurological injury and conditions, in particular, traumatic brain injury and physiological responses arising from injury or conditions. These treatment methods can include the steps of generating a pulsed electromagnetic field from a pulsed electromagnetic field source and applying the pulsed electromagnetic field... Agent:

20120116150 - Infant care system and apparatus: An infant care system and apparatus includes a horizontal surface to support an infant. A microenvironment region is defined around the horizontal surface by at least one wall. A graphical display is disposed within the microenvironment region. A diagnostic imaging device is at least partially disposed within the microenvironment region... Agent: General Electric Company

20120116151 - device for preventing incontinence: The invention relates to a device for preventing incontinence, having a tube-shaped body (3; 129; 203) comprising a first longitudinal guide element (7; 143; 207) in the interior thereof. A hose-like retaining element connects to the tube-shaped body (3), comprising a second longitudinal guide element (13; 113; 213) in the... Agent:

20120116153 - Apparatus and method for intra-abdominally moving a first internal organ to a position away from a second internal organ and then holding the first internal organ in the position without manual input: An apparatus including a flexible length of cord and three tissue connectors positioned at the opposite ends of the cord and at an intermediate position of the cord is designed to be laparoscopically inserted through the abdominal wall and into the abdominal cavity, and used to move a first internal... Agent: Mis Solutions, Inc.

20120116152 - Articulating organ support: An organ support apparatus includes: an enclosure having a floor, opposed side walls, opposed end walls, and a lid; a first support pad disposed on the floor of the enclosure, the first support pad comprising a plurality of inflatable and flexible chambers; and an inflation apparatus coupled to the chambers... Agent:

20120116154 - Self-anchoring sling and introducer system: A system for supporting the urethra using an introducer needle, the ends of which are flattened and which have openings therethrough, a handle having a latch mechanism which engages the opening in the flattened portion of the first end of the introducer needle, an implant, and a connector joining the... Agent: C. R. Bard, Inc.

20120116157 - Endoscopic apparatus: An endoscopic apparatus includes a semiconductor light source for generating illumination light and a light source control unit for generating driving pulses to drive and light the semiconductor light source. The light source control unit performs first, second and third pulse modulation controls in descending order of a target light... Agent:

20120116155 - Light-based, transcutaneous video signal transmission: A surgical device is disclosed which includes an optical source for wirelessly transmitting a light based signal transcutaneously and a receiver for receiving the light based signals. The wireless coupling of signals between the optical source and the receiver wirelessly transmits video images from an internal site in a patient... Agent: Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.

20120116159 - Lighting device for endoscope and endoscope device: A lighting device includes first and second light sources, a wavelength converting member and a light quantity ratio changing unit. A first light source uses a semiconductor light emitting device as an emission source. A second light source uses, as an emission source, a semiconductor light emitting device of a... Agent:

20120116156 - Method and apparatus for automatic verification of endotracheal intubation: A medical device includes a tube, at least one imaging sensor coupled to an endoscope in the tube, and a monitor application to monitor positioning of the tube in a medical patient by identifying expected anatomical features in images provided by the at least one sensor. A method for endotracheal... Agent:

20120116158 - Wide angle flexible endoscope: A flexible endoscope having a wide-angle lens that has an optical axis that is angularly offset from a longitudinal axis of the endoscope, such that the optical axis resides at an angle greater than zero degrees to the longitudinal axis. The wide-angle lens system simultaneously gathers an endoscopic image field... Agent:

20120116160 - Optically guided medical tube and control unit assembly and methods of use: An optical medical tube and control unit assembly and methods of using the same are provided. The optical medical tube may include a steering mechanism and an imaging device which provides the user a visual aid when placing a tube in the body of a patient. The optical medical tube... Agent:

20120116161 - Optically guided medical tube and control unit assembly and methods of use: An optical medical tube and control unit assembly and methods of using the same are provided. The optical medical tube may include a steering mechanism and an imaging device which provides the user a visual aid when placing a tube in the body of a patient. The optical medical tube... Agent:

20120116162 - Capsule medical device guidance system: A capsule medical device guidance system includes a capsule medical device with a response unit; a generating unit that generates a magnetic field to the response unit, an input unit that inputs operation information to magnetically guide the medical device, a control unit that controls the generating unit to guide... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120116163 - Control device: A control device is provided, in particular for use in endoscopes or the like. The control device has proximal and distal end sections each comprising an area of articulation and a central section arranged therebetween. The control device also comprises outer and inner hollow cylindrical shafts and a control element... Agent: Aesculap Ag

20120116164 - Atraumatic arthroscopic instrument sheath: A removable, resilient atraumatic sheath for arthroscopic instruments. The sheath covers sharp edges on the arthroscopic instrument, particularly the distal tip of the rigid cannula, and thereby protects tissue and objects near a surgical site from accidental trauma. The sheath may be provided in the form of an inflow/outflow sheath... Agent: Cannuflow, Inc.

20120116165 - Distal end hood for endoscope and endoscope system: A distal end hood for an endoscope configured to be mounted on a distal end portion of an endoscope including an observation window, and a distal end surface of the distal end portion on which an opening is formed, the opening configured to spray a feed gas, the distal end... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120116166 - Two-part bending endoscope: A two-part bending endoscope includes: a first bending part which configures one side of a bending portion; a second bending part which configures the other end side of the bending portion; and a bending portion operation apparatus including a first operation device for causing the first bending part to perform... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120116167 - Attachment for endoscope and endoscope system: Provided is an attachment for an endoscope, the attachment being attached to a leading end part of the endoscope having a leading end surface on which an observation window for observing an inside of a subject's body and a first opening for jetting a constant-pressure supplied gas are formed, the... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120116169 - Endoscopic cleaner: A cleaning device for use with a percutaneous visualization device includes a cannula and a cleaning swab. The cannula has a first section pivotably connected to a second section. The cleaning swab is positioned at a distal end of the cannula and is configured to pivot into a position to... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120116168 - Method and device for flushing during endoscopic surgery: A device and method are provided for flushing during endoscopic surgery to solve the problem of debris in the operating cavity. Included is the ability of reversing the inflow and outflow channels of the endoscope to make possible the beneficial cleaning of the ports of the endoscope from debris and... Agent:

20120116170 - Method and apparatus for soft tissue retraction: A soft tissue retractor includes a retractor body and a proximal projection extends generally perpendicular to the proximal end of the retractor body. An illumination waveguide engages a slot in the retractor blade to provide illumination to a surgical site while maintaining total internal reflection in the waveguide. An illumination... Agent: Invuity, Inc.

20120116171 - Access assembly with spherical valve: A surgical portal apparatus includes a portal member dimensioned to access tissue and having a longitudinal passageway therethrough to permit access to underlying tissue, and defining leading and trailing ends, a seal housing associated with the portal member and a seal mount at least partially disposed within the seal housing.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120116172 - Retractor: A retractor (101) for retracting the margins of a wound opening (103) comprises an inner anchoring O-ring (105) attached to a cylindrical sleeve (106) at a distal end and a reinforcing O-ring (109) attached to a proximal end of the sleeve (106). The sleeve (106) is led between an inner... Agent: Atropos Limited

20120116173 - Suspension system for minimally invasive surgery: A suspension system for supporting surgical devices inside a patient's body cavity comprising an external frame, a plurality of elongated members extending from the external frame and through the patient's skin into the body cavity, and an internal platform located inside the body cavity. The internal platform includes a plurality... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120116174 - Apparatuses and methods for supporting an umbilicus: In one embodiment, an umbilicus support apparatus includes a base and an armature that extends from the base, the armature including a flexible arm having a proximal end and a distal end, the armature further including a support head attached to the distal end of the arm, the support head... Agent: University Of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.

20120116177 - Apparatus and method for calculating calorie consumption using 3-axial accelerometer: Disclosed are an apparatus and method for calculating calorie consumption using a 3-dimensional accelerometer, and more particularly, an apparatus and method for calculating calorie consumption using a 3-axial accelerometer, in which energy consumption (Kcal) corresponding to a human's physical activity can be calculated at a high degree of precision.... Agent:

20120116176 - Handheld boifeedback device and method for self-regulating at least one physiological state of a subject: A handheld, portable device for providing biofeedback to a subject includes a housing, at least one sensor, and a controller. The housing has a user interface operably connected thereto. The at least one sensor is configured to sense physiological parameter. The at least one sensor is operably connected to the... Agent: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

20120116175 - Physiological monitor calibration system: A calibration system is disclosed for calibrating a first physiological monitoring device using a second physiological monitoring device. The first physiological monitor measures a first indication of a physiological parameter. The second physiological monitor measures a second indication of the physiological parameter. The first and second indications are used to... Agent: Masimo Laboratories, Inc.

20120116180 - Systems and methods for providing a health score for a patient: A system and method for providing an indicator of a patient's health. The system may include a data module receiving data relating to a patient's health, the data including subjective data, a conversion module generating an output from the data, the output representing the patient's health, and a display module... Agent: Rothman Healthcare Corporation

20120116179 - Techniques for data retention upon detection of an event in an implantable medical device: Methods and apparatus for storing data records associated with a medical monitoring event in a data structure. These include initiating loop recording in an implantable medical device upon determination of a neurological event, wherein loop recording comprises storing a data record of a plurality of data records in a data... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120116178 - Vital sign sensing system, vital sign obtaining device, and disposable device: The present invention related to a vital sign sensing system, a vital sign obtaining device, and a disposable device. The vital sign sensing system includes the vital sign obtaining device and the disposable device. The disposable device includes an elasticity stopper and a movable fastener. The vital sign obtaining device... Agent: Taidoc Technology Corporat

20120116185 - Adjunct sensing system for surgical instruments and methods of use: A device and method in accordance with the invention for generating a signal indicative of a property of a subject tissue in contact with the working surface of a surgical instrument. The invention describes a sensing adjunct to surgical staplers. The adjunct can take the form of an optionally coupled... Agent: Surgisense Corporation

20120116181 - Blood protein markers in methods and apparatuses to aid diagnosis and management of sleep disordered breathing: The present invention relates to methods, kits, apparatuses, and systems for diagnosing and/or screening for sleep apnea. More specifically, the present invention comprises assaying for markers indicative of sleep apnea.... Agent:

20120116183 - Classifying seizures as epileptic or non-epileptic using extra-cerebral body data: A method of distinguishing a non-epileptic seizure from an epileptic seizure in a patient, comprising: detecting a seizure in a patient based on at least one first body signal of the patient selected from an autonomic signal, a neurologic signal, a metabolic signal, an endocrine signal, and a tissue stress... Agent:

20120116182 - Feedback systems and methods to enhance obstructive and other obesity treatments, optionally using multiple sensors: Feedback systems and methods enhance obstructive and other obesity treatments by presenting feedback regarding patients' actual eating. An ingestion restricting implant body can be deployed along the gastrointestinal tract. In some embodiments, ingestion alters the implant body, which, in turn, generates signals. The generated signals can be used to inhibit... Agent: Intrapace, Inc.

20120116187 - Method and apparatus for assessment of sleep disorders: Embodiments provide systems, methods and apparatuses for monitoring the sleep of a subject in a home environment. In embodiments, load cells placed under bed supports may be coupled to a computing device that may process the load cell data to detect disordered breathing. In some embodiments, a computing device may... Agent: Oregon Health & Science University

20120116186 - Method and apparatus for evaluation of a subject's emotional, physiological and/or physical state with the subject's physiological and/or acoustic data: Embodiments of the subject invention relate to a method and apparatus for remote evaluation of a subject's emotive and/or physiological state. Embodiments can utilize a device that can be used to determine the emotional and/or physiological state of a subject through the measurement and analysis of vital signs and/or speech.... Agent: University Of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.

20120116184 - Peripheral physiology inspection apparatus and peripheral auxiliary apparatus of smart phone: A peripheral physiology inspection apparatus of smart phone is connected with a smart phone having a TRRS socket for performing a physiology inspection. The peripheral physiology inspection apparatus includes: an inspection main body including a first physiology sensing unit; a plurality of signal transmission units; and a TRRS terminal for... Agent: National Cheng Kung University

20120116188 - Communication system with enhanced partial power and method of manufacturing same: The system of the present invention includes a conductive element, an electronic component, and a partial power source in the form of dissimilar materials. Upon contact with a conducting fluid, a voltage potential is created and the power source is completed, which activates the system. The electronic component controls the... Agent: Proteus Biomedical, Inc.

20120116189 - Battery: A battery comprises a carrier foil, with solid state battery elements spaced along the foil and mounted on opposite sides of the foil in pairs, with the battery elements of a pair mounted at the same position along the foil. The carrier foil is folded to define a meander pattern... Agent: Nxp B.v.

20120116190 - Continuous analysis device and sample component control system: A continuous analysis apparatus capable of transmitting information about components in body fluid to another apparatus such as medicine dosing apparatus more correctly without giving a user displeasure. The continuous analysis apparatus according to the present invention includes a sensing unit 2 including a sensor that is held in subcutaneous... Agent: Arkray, Inc.

20120116191 - Use of an equilibrium intravascular sensor to achieve tight glycemic control: A method for achieving tight glycemic control in a patient in need thereof is disclosed. The method comprises deploying an equilibrium glucose sensor within a blood vessel in the patient, coupling the sensor to a monitor that displays the blood glucose concentration, and administering a blood glucose regulator when the... Agent: Glumetrics, Inc.

20120116192 - Endoscopic diagnosis system: An endoscopic diagnosis system accurately calculating the oxygen saturation level considering the effects of the blood vessel depth and the blood amount and displaying an oxygen saturation level distribution in simulated colors includes an endoscope device for illuminating a subject, imaging reflected light, and acquiring image signals corresponding to three... Agent:

20120116194 - Method for automatic setting time varying parameter alert and alarm limits: When monitoring physiological parameters (e.g., blood pressure, heart rate, etc.) of a patient, a threshold limit (30) is set (e.g., automatically or manually) and the monitored parameter is continuously compared to the threshold limit, which may be constant or may vary with time. An alarm (36) is triggered if the... Agent:

20120116193 - System for adjusting power employed by a medical device: A system for adjusting power employed by a medical device incorporating light emitting devices and being used for measuring patient medical parameters, includes a plurality of light emitting devices. A power unit is coupled to the light emitting devices and powers the light emitting devices responsive to respective control signals... Agent:

20120116195 - Method and device for detection of bioavailable drug concentration in a fluid sample: The invention relates to a method for the controlled delivery of a drug as a function of bioavailable drug concentration, a sensor device for detecting bioavailable drug concentration, and a delivery device that controls delivery of the drug based on the real-time detection of bioavailable drug concentration.... Agent: The University Of Memphis Research Foundation

20120116196 - Medical device and method for glycemic control: A medical device and method for determining a dose of insulin to be administered for glycemic control is provided, wherein the dose is stepwise adapted, comprising determining a blood glucose value, receiving glycemic event information in respect to a predetermined glycemic event, wherein the predetermined glycemic event occurred within a... Agent: Sanofi-aventis Deutschland Gmbh

20120116197 - Methods and apparatuses for detecting medical device acceleration, temperature, and humidity conditions: An ambulatory medical device for detecting acceleration, temperature, and/or humidity conditions in or around the medical device is provided. The medical device includes one or more acceleration, thermal, and/or humidity sensors which detect acceleration, temperature, and/or humidity conditions in or around the medical device. In response to detected conditions, the... Agent: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.

20120116198 - Electro-physiological measurement with reduced motion artifacts: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method (4,5,6,7,2) for capacitive measurement of electrophysiological signals (1) wherein motion artifacts are suppressed or reduced by providing a feedback mechanism. An average voltage between a capacitive sensor electrode (1) and the body (3) is controlled so as to reduce or minimize... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120116200 - Fixed loop deflectable electrophysiology catheters having an extended braid primary shaft coupled to the periphery of the fixed loop and methods of manufacturing therefor: An EP catheter includes a tubular body having a proximal region, a neck region, and a distal portion predisposed into a single shallow helical fixed-diameter loop configuration and including a plurality of diagnostic electrodes. In deflectable catheter forms, at least one activation wire extends through at least a portion of... Agent:

20120116199 - In-plane dual loop fixed diameter electrophysiology catheters and methods of manufacturing therefor: An EP catheter includes a tubular body having a proximal region, a neck region, and a distal portion predisposed into an in-plane dual loop (at least, approximately, more or less) configuration and including a plurality of diagnostic electrodes. In deflectable catheter forms, at least one activation wire extends through at... Agent:

20120116201 - Data gathering system: A device for gathering data has first and second electrodes. The first electrode is coupled to a surface of interest, and the second electrode is coupled to “everything else” or “the air”. The first electrode is shielded from the second, and from most sources of parasitic capacitance, by a shield... Agent:

20120116203 - Additive manufacturing flow for the production of patient-specific devices comprising unique patient-specific identifiers: The invention relates to improved methods for the production of patient-specific medical devices such as patient-specific (surgical) guides, orthoses and prostheses based on unique patient-specific identifiers.... Agent:

20120116204 - Device and method for photon absorption coefficient measurement: The invention relates to a method and a device, suitable for the measurement of quantitative photon absorption coefficient in tissue, wherein the device comprises a first light source, suitable for generating photons, a light measurement element suitable for measuring at least one of: the intensity, the frequency, the frequency deviations... Agent:

20120116205 - Imaging guidewire: An imaging guidewire having at its distal tip at least a first Imaging sensor of a forward looking imaging system directed towards an area to be treated and configured to provide imaging data to a processing system, an optical imaging system directed towards an area that has already been treated... Agent: Ariomedica Ltd.

20120116202 - Surveillance of stress conditions of persons using micro-impulse radar: One or more computers are configured to determine a human stress condition corresponding to one or more physical or physiological parameters extracted from one or more micro-impulse radar (MIR) signals.... Agent: Searete LLC

20120116206 - Automated non-contrast agent magnetic resonance venography: A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system uses an MRI system gantry, an associated controlling computer system and an operator input mechanism, with the controlling computer system including at least one programmed computer configured to effect an automated magnetic resonance venography (MRV) mode. Operator inputs are accepted to preset parameters defining... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20120116207 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and magnetic resonance imaging method: An exemplary magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes a scan performing unit. The scan performing unit is configured to sequentially perform plural types of scans in a predetermined sequence, i.e., a first scan, a second scan, and a third scan, to acquire image data at a target region in a patient... Agent:

20120116209 - High magnetic field compatible interventional needle and integrated needle tracking system: An elongate device (e.g. a catheter) for interventional MRI has one or more passive LC-circuits (wireless markers) attached to its distal tip portion for position tracking. The LC-circuits comprise an inductor winding (480) and a three-dimensional “trench” capacitor (420-440) and are integrated in a piece of silicon (410). Optical fibres... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120116208 - Temperature measurement near an ice ball using a proton resonance frequency method and recalculation of susceptibility artifacts: In a method or system for magnetic resonance imaging based temperature monitoring for real-time feedback to a physician for a cryoablation therapy of a lesion which creates an ice ball of the lesion to induce cell death, the magnetic resonance imaging system, using proton resonance frequency imaging, obtains a real-time... Agent:

20120116211 - Methods for identifying target stimulation regions associated with therapeutic and non-therapeutic clinical outcomes for neural stimulation: method for identifying and activating specific axonal pathways for achieving therapeutic benefits during a neural stimulation, such as deep brain stimulation. Clinical data, diffusion tensor tractography, and computer models of patient-specific neurostimulation may be used to identify particular axonal pathways activated by deep brain stimulation and to determine their correlations... Agent: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

20120116210 - Visualization of catheter-tissue contact by map distortion: A method, including constructing a simulated surface of a body cavity, and pressing a distal end of a probe against a wall of the body cavity. While pressing the distal end against the wall, position measurements are accepted from the probe indicating a position of the probe within the body... Agent:

20120116212 - Injectable solution container and syringe: A container of an injectable solution is disclosed herein including various sensors, electrodes, a memory device, and other features that monitor the process of extraction or injection of the content of the container to ensure it is completed successfully in an automated manner, such as in an automatic injecting device.... Agent:

20120116214 - Multimodal catheter system and method for intravascular analysis: Methods, apparatus, and systems for intravascular analysis combine at least three analytical modalities. In one implementation, intravascular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography, and near infrared spectroscopy are combined to enable detection of multiple, different abnormalities in the arterial morphology during a single intravascular procedure.... Agent: Infraredx

20120116213 - Orientation determination of a medical device within a patient: Devices and methods for assessing the orientation and shape of vessel lumens and hollow portions of organs are described. The devices and methods are particularly adapted for determining the orientation and shape of a lumen to, for example, perform a valvuloplasty or facilitate the later implantation of a prosthetic heart... Agent:

20120116215 - Deployment of polysaccharide markers for treating a site within a patient: A method for treating a site within a patient from which tissue has been removed includes providing at least one press-formed marker body formed of polysaccharide and a suitable binder; and placing the at least one of the press-formed marker body within the site where tissue has been removed so... Agent:

20120116216 - Low viscosity, highly flocculated triamcinolone acetonide suspensions for intravitreal injection: Triamcinolone acetonide suspension compositions are disclosed. The suspension compositions have a relatively low viscosity and are easy to extrude through a 27- or 30-gauge needle but are highly flocculated and easily redispersed. The compositions are particularly suitable for intravitreal injection.... Agent: Alcon Research, Ltd.

20120116217 - Methods and devices for managing fluid pressure: The present invention comprises methods, compositions, devices and systems for determining the status of, or treating, a body structure or conduit. An embodiment of the invention comprises a fluid pressure control device for pressure control of fluid introduced into a body structure or conduit.... Agent:

20120116218 - Method and system for displaying ultrasound data: Methods and systems for displaying ultrasound data are provided. One method includes acquiring ultrasound image data and physiological monitoring data during an ultrasound imaging scan, generating quantitative ultrasound data from the acquired ultrasound image data and correlating the quantitative ultrasound data with the physiological monitoring data. The method also includes... Agent:

20120116220 - Spatially-fine shear wave dispersion ultrasound vibrometry sampling: Shear wave dispersion ultrasound vibrometry (SDUV) is implemented in some embodiments to form, from a single tracking pulse, in-parallel-directed receive lines (411-426) for making measurements of a monochromatic shear wave. In some embodiments, sampling is performed, over spatial locations by means of passes over the locations, in an interlaced pattern... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120116219 - System and method of ultrasound image processing: An ultrasound system includes an ultrasound transducer adapted to obtain a dynamic series of echo signals of a subject tissue at different deformation states, and an image processor for generating and displaying ultrasound images of the tissue. The processor is configured to generate dynamic images that correspond to the dynamic... Agent:

20120116221 - Methods and systems for image-guided treatment of blood vessels: Methods and systems of treating at least one blood vessel involves the application of therapy ultrasound to the blood vessel(s) using one or more dosing conditions. An image of the region of interest is acquired responsive to the applied therapy ultrasound. A change in vascularity of the blood vessel(s) is... Agent: The Trustees Of The University Of Pennsylvania

20120116222 - Ultrasound treatment system and method of actuating the ultrasound treatment system: An ultrasound treatment system applies an ultrasound driving signal generated by an ultrasound driving signal generating section on an ultrasound treatment section, treats a treatment target living tissue with ultrasound vibration under observation by an observing section, and acquires, with an image acquiring section, an observed image of the living... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120116223 - System for measuring and tracking human body fat: A system for evaluating health, wellness and fitness, and in particular, to a system that uses an ultrasound transducer to accurately measure fat thickness at a plurality of sites on the human body, records these measurements for long term monitoring, and based on the plurality of measurements calculates the total... Agent: Intelametrix, Inc.

20120116226 - Method and apparatus to visualize the coronary arteries using ultrasound: A non-invasive screening technique for visualizing coronary arteries which overcomes the problems of visualizing the curved arteries by projecting the three dimensional volume of the arteries onto a two dimensional screen. Blood-filled areas such as the coronary arteries and veins, are highlighted to contrast with other nearby tissues using non-linear... Agent:

20120116225 - Method for generating transverse elastic waves, and method and apparatus for acquiring images using transverse elastic waves: The present invention relates to a method for generating transverse elastic waves, a method and apparatus for acquiring images using the transverse elastic waves. The present disclosure provides a technique for generating transverse elastic waves by focusing the ultrasonic waves respectively on a number of focal points which are virtually... Agent: Alpinion Medical Systems Co., Ltd.

20120116224 - System and method for ultrasound imaging: A system and method for ultrasound imaging includes acquiring volumetric data of a volume of interest with an ultrasound imaging system. The system and method includes acquiring planar data with the ultrasound imaging system during the process of acquiring the volumetric data, the planar data including data of a plane... Agent: General Electric Company

20120116227 - Ultrasonic blood vessel inspecting apparatus: An ultrasonic blood vessel inspecting apparatus provided with a longitudinal cross sectional blood vessel image generating portion configured to generate a longitudinal cross sectional image of a blood vessel located below a skin of a live body, on the basis of reflected wave signals of an ultrasonic wave by using... Agent: Unex Corporation

20120116228 - Piezoelectric body, ultrasound transducer, medical ultrasound diagnostic system, and nondestructive ultrasound test system: wherein G represents an organic onium, M represents an element of Group IV or a transition metal, and X represents Cl, Br or I, the organic onium G and an inorganic phase MX4 being alternately superposed on each other in the form of layers; or in that (b) it comprises... Agent: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.

20120116229 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and method: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus comprises: a detector for detecting a direction of radial expansion/contraction of a vascular wall associated with a heartbeat in a long-axis image of the vascular wall based on amplitude information of reception signals outputted from an ultrasound probe when a first ultrasonic beam is transmitted and... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120116231 - Earplug-type earphone: An earplug-type earphone is disclosed including: an earplug (10) for producing sound and an elastic support (30). The earplug (10) includes a front housing (200) and a rear housing (500) connected in that order. The elastic support (30) is positioned on an outer side of the rear housing (500). When... Agent: Perception Digital Limited

20120116230 - Intra-operative molecular imaging: A system for imaging an abnormal cell and or diseased tissue after topical application of a near infrared protease-specific probe is disclosed. The system includes a protease-specific near infrared (NIRF) imaging probe, means for topically administering the protease-specific probe to a diseased tissue and an imaging device capable of detecting... Agent:

20120116232 - Method for determination of unknown mutations: The present invention relates to a method of using Raman spectra to identify unknown mutations in a gene, more specifically the filaggrin gene. Specifically, the present invention relates to a method to determine if a person has a homozygous or compound heterozygous mutation in the filaggrin-gene comprising measurement of the... Agent: River Diagnotics B.v.

20120116233 - Sensor system: A sensor system adapted for characterizing a region of interest within a subject while minimizing bleeding is provided. The sensor system comprises a hollow tool configured to be inserted into the subject, the hollow tool comprising an orifice positioned at an angle with respect to its horizontal axis, a probe... Agent:

20120116234 - Sharp fibrous needle probe for the in-depth optical diagnostics of tumours by endogenous fluorescence: An optical sharp fibrous needle probe includes an optical fibre in a hollow needle ending in a cutting point. The optical fibre is inserted and bonded in the hollow of the needle and then polished to take on the exact needle cutting shape. The material to be explored is pricked... Agent:

20120116235 - Systems and methods for producing audible indicators that are representative of measured blood pressure: Systems and methods are disclosed for producing audible indicators that are based on a subject's measured blood pressure. Audible properties of the indicators are processed to represent blood pressure. For example, the duration or volume of the audible indicators may be varied based on the values of the subject's blood... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120116236 - Hydration and blood flow adjusted glucose measurement: s

20120116237 - Apparatus, method and computer program for determining a property of a heart: The present invention relates to an apparatus for determining a property of a heart. The apparatus comprises a catheter (5), which comprises a first property sensing unit for sensing a contraction signal indicative of a reoccurring local contraction of the heart (2) at a sensing site of the heart (2).... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120116238 - System and method for measuring a resonance frequency of a tube: The invention proposes a system for measuring a resonance frequency of a tube. The system comprises: an oscillating unit (21) for oscillating the tube at a plurality of oscillation frequencies, respectively; a detecting unit (22) for detecting a time delay of transmitting a pressure pulse from a first position to... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120116239 - Identification device: An identification device measures a potential difference signal between two contact electrodes contacted by a driver out of a plurality of electrodes installed in a handling unit or a potential difference signal between one contact electrode installed in the handling unit and a contact electrode different from the electrodes installed... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120116240 - Handheld electrocardiographic device: A handheld electrocardiographic device for perform an ECG signal acquisition is provided. The ECG device includes at least two electrodes for obtaining ECG signals from a user's skin, an analog signal processing module, an analog/digital converter for digitizing the ECG signals, a processor, which controls the ECG device and processes... Agent:

20120116241 - Portable asthma detection device and stand-alone portable asthma detection device: The present invention relates to a portable asthma detection device and a stand-alone portable asthma detection device. The portable asthma detection device includes a housing; a gas detection module comprising a turbine and a mini airflow sensor; a gas introducing tube; and a signal delivery unit. In addition, the stand-alone... Agent: National Cheng Kung University

20120116242 - Thermal and electrical conductivity probes and methods of making the same: According to the present disclosure, a system for sensing attributes of tissue in at least one direction is provided. The system includes a thermal conductivity probe having a sensor configured to measure thermal conductivity in the target tissue in at least one direction, and an electrical conductivity probe having a... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120116243 - Fertility test method, fertility test kit, polynucleotide, polypeptide and antibody: An object of the present invention is to provide a test/diagnosis method for fertility which allows the estimation of the possibility of leading to pregnancy based on the ability of sperm to fuse with an egg and the identification of a cause of infertility; and a polynucleotide and a fertility... Agent:

20120116244 - Postural stability in patients having a neuro-degenerative disease using a computational modeling approach to deep brain stimulation programming: A system and method can provide for conducting a stimulation of anatomic regions to treat a neuromotor, neurocognitive or neuromotor and neurocognitive disorder, according to which stimulation, motor regions are stimulated, while creep of current to non-motor regions is minimized. Stimulation parameters can be selected based on at least one... Agent: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

20120116245 - Puncture device: A puncturing device for extracting egg cells for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) includes a puncturing cannula that can be connected by means of a multiway valve to a suction line or a flushing line. The multiway valve is provided with a foot-operated, mechanical or electro-motive drive mechanism for switching the multiway... Agent:

20120116246 - Biopsy sample storage: A biopsy device may be used to obtain and store multiple tissue samples. The device permits the tissue samples to be stored in a sequenced fashion within a generally transparent tissue storage chamber disposed at a proximal end of the biopsy device. The tissue samples can be stored on flexible... Agent: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.

20120116247 - Bone marrow harvesting device having flexible needle: A bone marrow harvesting device includes a flexible bone marrow harvesting needle that can bend during operation to prevent the needle tip from piercing the inner cortical wall of the target bone. The needle defines an aspiration channel that defines an intake end that is recessed to reduce the instances... Agent:

20120116249 - Breast surgery method and apparatus: A surgical apparatus for cutting a tissue mass comprising an elongated housing having a distal portion, a rotatable shaft positioned in the elongated housing, and a plurality of flexible electrocautery cutting blades extending from the housing, wherein the plurality of cutting blades are radially expandable from a first position defining... Agent:

20120116248 - Needle biopsy device with exchangeable needle and integrated needle protection: The invention provides a device for needle biopsy having a novel delivery handle system for interchangeably delivering needles of various sizes to a biopsy site. The delivery handle system is adjustable in length and includes a proximal handle member slideably disposed over a middle handle member, and the middle handle... Agent: Beacon Endoscopic Corporation

20120116250 - Test unit for use in a test device and test system: The invention concerns a test system comprising a test device which has a lancing drive and an optical measuring device, and at least one test unit that is inserted into the test device as a disposable article, preferably in a magazine. According to the invention it is proposed that the... Agent: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.

20120116253 - Apparatus for measuring distal forces on a working instrument: A robotic catheter manipulator includes a guide catheter including proximal and distal ends and lumen extending there through. A flexible bellows is secured at one end to the proximal end of the guide catheter and at the other end to a seal configured to receive a working catheter. In a... Agent: Hansen Medical, Inc.

20120116254 - Methods and devices for ostium measurements: Devices and methods for accurately determining the size of an ostium of a patient and in particular sinus ostium. Methods for measuring a target ostium comprise inserting the distal end portion of an ostium measuring device into a patient, locating the target ostium with the measuring device, positioning the distal... Agent: Acclarent, Inc.

20120116255 - Optical fiber pressure sensor with uniform diaphragm and method of fabricating same: An optical fiber sensor (100) can be used to measure pressure with high sensitivity and fine resolution. As a (108) at the end of the sensor expands or contracts, the spectrum of a beam reflected from the end of fiber shifts, producing a change linked to pressure exerted on the... Agent:

20120116251 - System and method for preventing decubitus ulcers: A pressure detection mat is disclosed, comprising a plurality of pressure-detection sensors. The mat is configured to be placed between a subject and a platform and to couple with a pressure-wound prevention system. The pressure wound prevention system is configured to receive data from the sensors within pressure detection mats,... Agent: Wellsense Technologies

20120116252 - Systems and methods for detecting body orientation or posture: Systems and methods for detecting body orientation and/or posture are provided. At least one wave sensor may be configured to output waves and collect measurements data based upon the reflections of the output waves. At least one processor may be configured to receive measurements data from the at least one... Agent: The Regents Of The University Of Colorado, A Body Corporate

20120116259 - Belt for training abdominal muscles and training method employing the same: A belt for training abdominal muscles comprises means (103) for determining a base girth of a user. Means (115, 117, 119) is also provided for determining changes in girth of the user as a result of contraction and relaxation of the user's abdominal muscles. Further means (125) provides feedback to... Agent:

20120116256 - Measurement of bio-signals: Apparatus for measuring a bio-signal associated with contraction of a muscle in a human or animal body. The apparatus has a sensor for placement in contact with the body for measuring said muscle contraction signal. It also includes means for measuring a contact force and/or relative movement between the sensor... Agent: Ntnu Technology Transfer As

20120116257 - Postural information system and method including determining response to subject advisory information: A method includes, but is not limited to: determining subject advisory information regarding one or more subjects based at least in part upon postural influencer status information including information involving one or more spatial aspects for each of two or more postural influencers of the one or more subjects, and... Agent: Searete LLC

20120116258 - Rehabilitation apparatus using game device: An apparatus for lower-limb rehabilitation training of a patient with lower limb paralysis and a rehabilitation apparatus using game device. The invention measures the usage of the paralyzed lower limb, and based upon the measurement, forces patients with limb paralysis to use partially paralyzed lower muscles which they are not... Agent: Industry-acadamic Cooperation Foundation, Kyungpook National University

  
05/03/2012 > 137 patent applications in 77 patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category

20120108880 - Chromosome 3p21.3 genes are tumor suppressors: Tumor suppressor genes play a major role in the pathogenesis of human lung cancer and other cancers. Cytogenetic and allelotyping studies of fresh tumor and tumor-derived cell lines showed that cytogenetic changes and allele loss on the short arm of chromosome 3 (3p) are most frequently involved in about 90%... Agent:

20120108881 - Expandable brachytherapy apparatus and methods for using them: Brachytherapy treatment apparatus are provided that include an elongate core member, a plurality of expandable catheters or other elongate members and a balloon or other expandable member on a distal portion adjacent the core member. Each catheter includes a distal end coupled to the core member distal end, a proximal... Agent: Cianna Medical, Inc.

20120108882 - Brachytherapy devices and related methods providing bioaborbability and/or asymmetric irradiation: A brachytherapy device includes a sealed housing having a radioactive material therein, and at least one shielding member extending away from the housing and configured to provide radiation shielding on at least one side of the housing.... Agent:

20120108883 - Systems and methods for inducing electric field pulses in a body organ: Systems and methods for providing controllable pulse parameter magnetic stimulation are described. One aspect is directed to a magnetic stimulation system for inducing approximately rectangular electric field pulses in a body organ, comprising an electrical energy storage device, a stimulating coil, and a switching means for electrically coupling said electrical... Agent: The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York

20120108884 - Multi-polar magnetic devices for treating patients and methods therefor: A system for treating patients includes a first magnetic device including a set of four magnetic discs arranged in a square array, the four magnetic discs including two having negative magnetic poles lying in a first plane and two having positive magnetic poles lying in the first plane, wherein the... Agent:

20120108886 - Internal drive line for ventricular assist device: Devices and methods are disclosed for implanting, positioning, removing, replacing and operating intra-aortic balloon pumps.... Agent: Nupulse, Inc.

20120108885 - Skin interface for ventricular assist device: Devices and methods are disclosed for implanting, positioning, removing, replacing and operating intra-aortic balloon pumps.... Agent: Nupulse, Inc.

20120108887 - Hearing prosthesis having an implantable actuator system: An implantable actuator system is disclosed. The system comprises a hermetically sealed housing; an actuator positioned in the housing, the actuator having at least one element displaceable relative to the housing; a coupling element connecting the actuator to the recipient's ear; and a diaphragm positioned at an end of the... Agent:

20120108888 - Method and device for aromatherapy: A fragrance dispensing device has a shape correlated with the fragrance being dispensed and when affixed with a nozzle can be inserted into a person's nose to provide aromatherapy or other herbal medications. The fragrance dispensing has a hollow body having a shape of a character and having a slit... Agent:

20120108890 - Sling anchor system: The present disclosure is generally directed to surgical articles useful for implanting support members in patients. The articles disclosed herein include a support member, such as a sling for urinary incontinence, tissue anchors, filamentary elements for associating the support member with the anchors, and introducer needles for placing the anchors... Agent: C. R. Bard, Inc.

20120108889 - Urological device: A urological device comprises a urological valve for location in the bladder of a patient and a valve support stem for location in the urethra of a patient. The valve has a normally closed configuration to prevent flow from the bladder and an open configuration for fluid flow through the... Agent: Vysera Biomedical Limited

20120108891 - Vein harvesting system and method: A tissue illumination system and a method for harvesting a section of a blood vessel from a patient's body for further use. The tissue illumination system includes a light catheter inserted into a lumen of the blood vessel section to illuminate the vessel section and vessel side branches with an... Agent: Embro Corporation

20120108893 - Deployable and retractable member for injection port: An apparatus comprises a housing and one or more deployable protrusions. The apparatus defines a fluid reservoir and presents an upper surface. The housing is sized and configured to be implanted within a patient. The protrusions are selectively movable from a first position to a second position. The protrusions are... Agent:

20120108892 - Gastric band device and method: An apparatus for forming a gastric restriction includes an implantable band and at least one tab. In some versions, the at least one tab may serve to stabilize the apparatus as it forms a gastric restriction. In some versions, an opening may be formed in the tabs such that sutures... Agent:

20120108894 - Implant for pelvic organ prolapse repair: A medical article 100 is used to repair prolapses of various pelvic organs including vaginal vault prolapse. The medical article 100 can include a first flap 105 comprising a dual density mesh formed of a first and second filament, a second flap 101 comprising a single density mesh formed of... Agent: C.r. Bard Inc.

20120108895 - Implant for supporting the pelvic floor: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to an implant (10) for supporting the pelvic floor, the implant (10) consisting essentially of (FIGS. 1, 12, 16, 18): one or more straps (40, 48A, 48B, 48C) having a width of less than 25 millimeter, for anchoring the ends (86) thereof... Agent:

20120108896 - Pump with one-touch release: A pump that comprises a fluid reservoir, a pump bulb, a plurality of tubing, and at least one inflatable penile cylinder. The pump comprises a pump body, an inlet valve within the pump body, an exhaust valve within the pump body and in fluid communication with the inlet valve, and... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20120108897 - Endoscopic resection devices and related methods of use: A tissue resection system includes an endoscope including a stop ring extending about a distal portion thereof; a resection head mounted over the distal portion of the endoscope distally of the stop ring, the resection head including a resection chamber within an outer wall thereof; a first positioning mechanism abutting... Agent:

20120108898 - Tissue vitality comparator with light pipe with fiber optic imaging bundle: A surgical instrument having a tissue vitality comparator is provided to view images of tissue relative to the surgical instrument and compare the images with predetermined reference images. The surgical instrument includes a pair of jaws for capturing tissue and one or more light sources 14 illuminating the captured tissue.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120108899 - Device for the controlled infusion of liquid formulations in tissues and organs in cellular therapeutic procedures: The present invention relates to a device for the controlled infusion of liquid formulations, especially formulations comprising cells, directly into tissues or organs, to be used in cellular therapeutic procedures related to ischemic or non-ischemic diseases. The device comprises an automatic dispenser (1) connected to a reservoir (2), which is... Agent:

20120108901 - Mirrored arthroscope: A surgical instrument includes an elongated tubular member defining a longitudinal axis and having a lumen extending therethrough. A light source is disposed within the elongated tubular member. The light source is configured to emit light from a distal end of the elongated tubular member. A mirror assembly is coupled... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120108900 - Mountable camera for laparoscopic surgery: A laparoscopic surgical system comprising a camera and a base supporting the camera, and a camera insertion tool for inserting the camera into the body cavity. The camera is mountable to a surgical instrument inside the body cavity and releasable from the insertion tool after mounting to the surgical instrument.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120108902 - Rotate-to-advance catheterization system: Apparatus comprising a tube sized to receive visualization apparatus; a deformable helical thread disposed on the exterior surface of the tube, the deformable helical thread (i) being transformable between a first configuration wherein the deformable helical thread comprises a reduced profile and/or a reduced rigidity and a second configuration wherein... Agent:

20120108903 - Infrared endoscopic balloon probes: Balloon probes, adapted for use in endoscopy and other medical procedures, are useful to obtain spectroscopic information reflected or emitted from a tissue of interest in the infrared spectral region. The information collected by the probe is useful in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The invention also relates to... Agent: Hypermed Imaging, Inc.

20120108904 - Cleaner for endoscope: A surgical scope for viewing a surgical site of a patient including an elongated tube, a viewing lens having an outer surface positioned at the distal portion of the scope, and a lens cleaner positioned at the distal portion and translatable between a first position and a second position. The... Agent:

20120108905 - Portal apparatus with a contoured compliant seal: The present disclosure relates to a contoured instrument seal for arthroscopic, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. The contoured instrument seal includes a body, an annular inner edge, an annular outer edge, and one or more raised concentric rings, e.g., having a spiral shape. The body includes a top surface and a... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120108906 - Surgical retractor with gel pad: A surgical access device has a surgical retractor having a noncompliant outer ring with an annular axis, an inner ring, and a sleeve coupling the outer ring to the inner ring. The noncompliant outer ring is adapted to roll over itself around the annular axis to roll the sleeve around... Agent: Applied Medical Resources Corporation

20120108907 - Vaginal speculum provided with an automatically actuated illumination system: The present invention relates to the field of gynecological instruments. A disposable speculum is provided with a cylindrical filament containing an optical fiber fitted with a small aligning wing nut (3) at the distal end thereof for fitting and coupling the optical fiber to the aperture (4) in the cap... Agent:

20120108909 - Assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive and motor functions using virtual reality: A user-friendly reliable process is provided to help diagnose (assess) and treat (rehabilitate) impairment or deficiencies in a person (subject or patient) caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other neurocognitive disorders. The economical, safe, effective process can include: generating and electronically displaying a virtual reality environment (VRE) with... Agent: Headrehab, LLC

20120108908 - Enhanced sensing by an implantable medical device in the presence of an interfering signal from an external source: An implantable medical device (IMD) adjusts a sensing configuration of a sensing module prior to or immediately subsequent to entering an environment having an external source that generates the interfering signal. The IMD may, for example, adjust a sampling frequency, resolution, input range, gain, bandwidth, filtering parameters, or a combination... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120108911 - Medical apparatus: The present invention relates to medical apparatus for monitoring one or more physiological conditions of a patient and a method for monitoring one or more physiological conditions of a patient. Apparatus for measuring medical data is described, comprising: at least one medical data gathering module, at least one microprocessor, and... Agent: Danmedical Ltd.

20120108912 - Method and system for determining when to reposition a physiological sensor: A sensor may be placed on a patient to obtain physiological measurements. The application of the sensor on the patient may start a timer set to run for a given time interval. If the sensor is repositioned before the interval is expired, the timer is reset. If the time expires... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120108910 - Performing measurement of a subject: A method of performing measurement of a subject comprises measuring a physiological parameter of a subject, deriving data from the measured parameter, optionally, obtaining metadata relating to the measurement of the physiological parameter, determining the quality of the derived data from the derived data and/or the obtained metadata, and if... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120108914 - System and method for assessment of health risks and visualization of weight loss and muscle gain: The present system combines image morphing technology, exercise programming, supplement sales, and motivational techniques into one product. Users begin by entering their current measurements, measurement goals and current picture into the system, preferably via a Web site. The picture is segmented into body components, and each affected segment is morphed... Agent:

20120108913 - Systems and methods for providing a continual measurement of health: A system for improving hospital patient care by generating a Health Score. The system includes an interface module for receiving incoming medical data from a patient, a transformation module for transforming each of the medical datum into a transformed Health Score value, and a combination module for combining the transformed... Agent: Rothman Healthcare Corporation

20120108918 - Acoustic palpation using non-invasive ultrasound techniques for identification of target sites and assessment of chronic pain disorders: Methods and systems for identifying and spatially localizing tissues having certain physiological properties or producing certain biological responses, such as the sensation of pain, in response to the application of intense focused ultrasound (acoustic probing or palpation) are provided. In some embodiments, targeted acoustic probing is employed to identify the... Agent: Physiosonics, Inc.

20120108916 - Fitness score assessment based on heart rate variability analysis during orthostatic intervention: This invention relates to fitness monitors and the like. This invention is more particularly directed to a device and a method for facilitating quantitative evaluation of level of physical fitness (fitness score) including a PC or handheld, or watch type electronic device having input and output means based on formulas... Agent:

20120108919 - Method and system for monitoring oxygenation levels of a compartment for detecting conditions of a compartment syndrome: A method and system for continually monitoring oxygenation levels in real-time in compartments of an animal limb, such as in a human leg or a human thigh or a forearm, can be used to assist in the diagnosis of a compartment syndrome. The method and system can include one or... Agent: J&m Shuler, Inc.

20120108917 - Patient monitoring systems and methods: An adherent patient device is configured to adhere to the skin of the patient and measure electrocardiogram data, impedance data, accelerometer data, blood oxygen data and temperature data. The adherent device can communicate wirelessly with gateways and a local processor system, such that the patient can wander about the hospital... Agent: Corventis, Inc.

20120108915 - Posture-induced changes to physiological parameters: Methods and devices for analyzing posture-induced changes to physiological parameters of a patient (e.g., ejection time, heart rate, etc.) to provide an assessment of one or more conditions of the patient.... Agent:

20120108920 - Adherent device with multiple physiological sensors: An adherent device to monitor a patient for an extended period comprises a breathable tape. The breathable tape comprises a porous material with an adhesive coating to adhere the breathable tape to a skin of the patient. At least one electrode is affixed to the breathable tape and capable of... Agent: Corventis, Inc.

20120108921 - Gastric banding system adjustment based on a satiety agent concentration level: Methods and devices are provided for adjusting a gastric band to obtain a predetermined optimal expression of hormones. These hormones may be used to control appetite, metabolism and other weight control mechanisms. Ultimately, weight-loss efficacy is desired by tightening or loosening the gastric band based on hormone response.... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20120108922 - Implantable medical sensor and fixation system: An implantable medical device, such as a sensor for monitoring a selected internally detectable physiological parameter of a patient, is attached to a fixation member that is deployable within the patient to position and orient the sensor to enable it to perform its function. The fixation member may be configured... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.

20120108923 - Symmetrically packaged optical sensors for implantable medical devices: Implantable medical devices and methods include an optical sensor that includes at least two optical sensor portions. The light emitting devices of the optical sensor are distributed among the at least two optical sensor portions.... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120108924 - System and method for detection of skin wounds and compartment syndromes: A system configured to provide feedback regarding fluid parameters in the skin and/or compartments of an individual to facilitate early diagnosis of skin wounds and compartment syndromes.... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120108926 - Devices, systems, and methods for transradial access: Devices, systems, and methods for transradial access. In at least one embodiment of a device for providing access to a vessel or other luminal organ of the present disclosure, the device comprises a needle having a needle tip, a sheath positioned around at least part of the needle, the sheath... Agent: Dtherapeutics, LLC

20120108927 - Method for spectrophotometric blood oxygenation monitoring: A method and apparatus for non-invasively determining the blood oxygenation within a subject's tissue is provided that utilizes a near infrared spectrophotometric (NIRS) sensor capable of transmitting a light signal into the tissue of a subject and sensing the light signal once it has passed through the tissue via transmittance... Agent: Cas Medical Systems, Inc.

20120108925 - Monitoring of tissue hemoglobin concentration: A medical device system and associated method monitor tissue hemoglobin concentration. Light attenuation is measured in a volume of tissue in a patient. A value of a tissue scattering coefficient corresponding to the tissue volume in the patient is established in response to the attenuation measurement. A second derivative of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120108928 - System and method for measurement of vital signs of a human: A method and system for optical measuring one or more vital signs of a human is described. The method includes generating an optical Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) signal modulated in accordance with a predetermined Pulse Width Modulation scheme. The PWM scheme includes one or more Pulse Width Modulations having different... Agent: Oxirate, Inc.

20120108929 - Analyte monitoring device and methods of use: An analyte monitor including a sensor, a sensor control unit, and a display unit is disclosed. The analyte monitor may also be part of a drug delivery system to alter the level of the analyte based on the data obtained using the sensor.... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120108930 - Subcutaneous glucose electrode: A small diameter flexible electrode designed for subcutaneous in vivo amperometric monitoring of glucose is described. The electrode is designed to allow “one-point” in vivo calibration, i.e., to have zero output current at zero glucose concentration, even in the presence of other electroreactive species of serum or blood. The electrode... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120108931 - Calibration of analyte measurement system: A method of calibrating an analyte measurement system is provided.... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120108934 - Continuous analyte monitor data recording device operable in a blinded mode: A system is provided including a continuous analyte sensor that produces a data stream indicative of a host's analyte concentration and a device that receives and records data from the data stream from the continuous analyte sensor. The data received from the continuous analyte sensor may be used to provide... Agent: Dexcom, Inc.

20120108936 - Fluid access interface: The present invention relates generally to systems, apparatuses, and methods for obtaining a fluid sample from a patient. In particular, the present invention relates to a various types of fluid access interfaces for enabling contact between a patient blood sample and blood parameter sensors for the measurement of physiological parameters... Agent:

20120108932 - Glucose sensor signal purity analysis: Disclosed are methods, apparatuses, etc. for glucose sensor signal purity analysis. In certain example embodiments, a series of samples of at least one sensor signal that is responsive to a blood glucose level of a patient may be obtained. Based at least partly on the series of samples, at least... Agent: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.

20120108935 - Glucose sensor signal reliability analysis: Disclosed are methods, apparatuses, etc. for glucose sensor signal reliability analysis.... Agent:

20120108933 - System and/or method for glucose sensor calibration: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems, methods and/or devices for calibrating sensor data to be used in estimating a blood glucose concentration. A relationship between sensor signal values and reference readings may be used to estimate a relationship between sensor signal values and measurements of blood glucose concentration.... Agent: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.

20120108937 - Method for treating the prostate: The invention comprises a method for treating a prostate to alleviate prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and other conditions. The method involves inserting a tool to create a small self-sealing puncture site through tissue to gain access to a portion of a prostate, inserting a probe though the puncture... Agent: Urotech, Inc.

20120108938 - Steerable sheath access device: The present invention relates to steerable access sheath assembly including at least one electrode. Moreover, the present invention relates to a steerable sheath access device for use in cardiovascular procedures. Embodiments of the present invention including steerable access sheaths or introducers may provide cardiovascular access for various ablation tools and... Agent:

20120108939 - Electrode device and electrocardiographic measurement device: A device for electrocardiogram measurement is provided, which is relatively not easily influenced by electrical activities of muscles, and which can perform electrocardiogram measurement during a measured person's daily life without removing clothes. The device includes a pair of lead electrode sections that are provided on a band section. Each... Agent: Osaka Electro-communication University

20120108940 - Device and method for pupil size modulation: A device and method are presented for drug-free, non-invasive, modulation of a size of a patient's pupil. The invention utilizes application of an external electric and/or magnetic field of desired properties to the patient's iris to thereby effect stimulation or neutralization of synapses and thus temporarily inducing mydriasis or miosis... Agent:

20120108941 - Applanation tonometer and method for measuring the intraocular pressure of the eye: An applanation tonometer for measuring intraocular pressure (IOP) so that the health of a human or animal eye can be determined. The applanation tonometer includes a prism having a contact tip at one end to be moved into contact with and lightly touched against the cornea or the eye. Incident... Agent:

20120108942 - Sterile protective membrane with light guides for a medical probe and associated method of production: In the field of dual-mode medical probes, a simple device perfectly meets the double need for dual-modality and sterilization, and provides a sterile, disposable, or sterilizable protective membrane, also called a “glove” or “sock”, equipped with optical fibres. This protective membrane can be slipped onto an ultrasound probe. It therefore... Agent: Commissariat A L'energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives

20120108943 - Systems and methods for minimally-invasive optical-acoustic imaging: An imaging guidewire can include optical fibers communicating light along the guidewire. At or near its distal end, one or more blazed or other fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) directs light to a photoacoustic transducer material that provides ultrasonic imaging energy. Returned ultrasound is sensed by an FBG sensor. A responsive... Agent: Vascular Imaging Corporation

20120108944 - In vivo 1h magnetic resonance spectroscopy for the diagnosis of testicular function and disease: This invention relates to the use of 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy for the diagnosis of testicular function and disease.... Agent: The Regeents Of The University Of California

20120108946 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and magnetic resonance imaging method: According to one embodiment, a MRI apparatus includes an acquisition unit, a reference section information calculating unit, a positioning unit and an imaging unit. The acquisition unit acquires frames of section image data including a heart from an object with use of magnetic resonance. The reference section information calculating unit... Agent:

20120108947 - Method for predicting weight gain associated with a pharmaceutical therapy: Methods for using TRL V6 as a biomarker for the risk of weight gain associated with treatment of a patient with a pharmaceutical agent, as for example, olanzapine.... Agent: Eli Lilly And Company

20120108945 - System and method for patient selection in treating sleep disordered breathing: A system and method provides for determining patient eligibility for receiving an implantable upper airway stimulation system. Images and sensed data are obtained regarding an upper airway of a patient. Based on the obtained image and sensed data, an obstruction vector is determined according to a location, a pattern, and... Agent: Inspire Medical Systems, Inc.

20120108950 - Bioimpedance-assisted placement of a medical device: A system and method for guiding a catheter or other medical device to a desired target destination within the vasculature of a patient via bioimpedance measurements is disclosed. The target destination in one embodiment includes placement of the catheter such that a distal tip thereof is disposed proximate the heart,... Agent: C. R. Bard, Inc.

20120108951 - Method and apparatus for determining the position of a surgical tool relative to a target volume inside an animal body: The invention relates to a method for determining the position of a surgical tool relative to a target volume inside an animal body according to a pre-plan comprising the steps of i) obtaining a plurality of two-dimensional images of said target volume using imaging means, each 2D-image being represented by... Agent: Nucletron B.v.

20120108949 - Staged sensing adjustments by an implantable medical device in the presence of interfering signals: An implantable medical device (IMD) receives an input associated with the presence of an environment having an external source that generates an interfering signal, such as an MRI device. The IMD adjusts a first set of one or more sensing parameters of a sensing module of the IMD in response... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120108948 - System and method for collimation in diagnostic imaging systems: A system and method for collimation in diagnostic imaging systems is provided. One collimation system includes a collimator for a radiation imaging detector having a plurality of adjustable segments and a plurality of collimator holes within each of the plurality of adjustable segments. The plurality of adjustable segments are configured... Agent:

20120108952 - Methods and systems for patient alignment for nuclear medicine imaging: Methods and systems for patient alignment for nuclear medicine imaging are provided. One method includes activating a proximity sensor system associated with imaging detectors of the diagnostic imaging system, wherein the imaging detectors are in an L-mode configuration. The method also includes initiating movement of a patient table of the... Agent:

20120108953 - Catheter with coronary sinus ostium anchor: A method of treating cardiac tissue is provided, including positioning a first chamber of a medical device adjacent an atrial wall; directing a cryogenic coolant into the first chamber; anchoring the first chamber to the atrial wall through cryoadhesion; directing a distal portion of the medical device into the coronary... Agent: Medtronic Ablation Frontiers LLC

20120108954 - Error correction techniques in surgical navigation: A medical system includes a sensor location module, a first module, and a second module. The sensor location module determines a location of a magnetic field sensor within a magnetic field. The first module determines an acceleration of the magnetic field sensor. The second module indicates a modified location of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120108955 - System and method of providing real-time dynamic imagery of a medical procedure site using multiple modalities: A system and method of providing composite real-time dynamic imagery of a medical procedure site from multiple modalities which continuously and immediately depicts the current state and condition of the medical procedure site synchronously with respect to each modality and without undue latency is disclosed. The composite real-time dynamic imagery... Agent: Inneroptic Technology Inc.

20120108956 - Apparatus, systems and methods for measuring blood pressure within at least one vessel: Exemplary apparatus and method for obtaining information for at least one structure can be provided. For example, it is possible to forward at least one first electro-magnetic radiation to the at least one structure which is external from the apparatus. At least one second electro magnetic radiation provided from the... Agent: The General Hospital Corporation

20120108958 - Antiproton production and delivery for imaging and termination of undesirable cells: Systems and methods for using antiprotons for terminating unwanted or undesirable cells which can be used in the treatment of conditions caused by the existence and/or proliferation of such undesirable cells. Such conditions include cardiovascular ailments, Parkinson's disease, wet macular degeneration, endocrine disorders, dermatological ailments, and cancer. Because of the... Agent:

20120108957 - Apparatus and method for cardiac ablation: Cardiac mapping and ablation include a multi-electrode catheter introduced percutaneously into a subject's heart and deployable adjacent to various endocardial sites. The electrodes are connectable to a mapping unit, an ablation power unit a pacing unit, all of which are under computer control. Intracardiac electrogram signals emanated from a tachycardia... Agent: Catheffects, Inc.

20120108959 - Methods and devices for eluting agents to a vessel: Systems, devices and methods for eluting an agent at a treatment site are disclosed. The devices include an expandable frame and at least one membrane. The membrane may carry an agent to elute at the treatment site. The membrane may allow blood flow at the treatment site during agent delivery.... Agent: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.

20120108960 - Method and system for organizing stored ultrasound data: Methods and systems for organizing stored ultrasound data are provided. One method includes displaying selectable anatomical identification guidance information having a plurality of identifiers corresponding to a plurality of anatomical portions of an anatomical region and receiving a user input selecting one of the plurality of identifiers. The method further... Agent:

20120108964 - Performing gain control process based on application in ultrasound system: Embodiments for performing a gain control process based on information of at least one gain control curve corresponding to at least one application are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, by way of non-limiting example, an ultrasound system comprises: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to acquire ultrasound data corresponding to... Agent: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.

20120108962 - Providing a body mark in an ultrasound system: Embodiments for providing a body mark are disclosed. In one embodiment, by way of non-limiting example, an ultrasound system comprises: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to acquire ultrasound data corresponding to a living body including a target object; a storage unit for storing at least one body mark corresponding... Agent: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.

20120108963 - Semiconductor device and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus using the same: The present invention provides a semiconductor device of a bi-directional analog switch having a high linearity and a low electric power loss. An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus having a high degree of detection accuracy, comprising the semiconductor device, is also provided. A semiconductor device of a bi-directional analog switch, comprising a... Agent: Hitachi, Ltd.

20120108961 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: Disclosed herein is an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus. The apparatus transmits ultrasonic signals to an object and receives reflected ultrasonic signals from the object to create ultrasonic images. The apparatus includes a detection unit for detecting an ultrasonic influence factor indicative of the influence of ultrasonic waves upon biological tissues, a... Agent:

20120108965 - Facilitating desired transducer manipulation for medical diagnostics and compensating for undesired motion: Methods and apparatus are described for facilitating desired transducer manipulation for medical diagnostics and/or compensating for undesired transducer motion. In one embodiment, a transducer is provided with one or more motion sensing elements such as accelerometers, magnetic sensors, etc. During image collection, motion of the transducer is tracked and compared... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20120108966 - Use of focused ultrasound for vascular sealing: Methods for applying heat to a region proximate a blood vessel are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method can include generating an imaging ultrasound beam adapted to image a blood vessel target and receiving a reflection of the imaging ultrasound beam. The method can also include producing an output signal... Agent: Kona Medical, Inc.

20120108967 - Use of focused ultrasound for vascular sealing: Methods for applying heat to a region proximate a blood vessel are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method can include generating an imaging ultrasound beam adapted to image a blood vessel target and receiving a reflection of the imaging ultrasound beam. The method can also include producing an output signal... Agent: Kona Medical, Inc.

20120108969 - Systems and methods for reducing non-uniform rotation distortion in ultrasound images: A method for generating an ultrasound image includes receiving an image frame having consecutive ultrasound scan lines obtained using a rotating ultrasound imaging arrangement and determining first and second cross-correlation values for a plurality of the scan lines. For each individual scan line, the first cross-correlation value includes a cross-correlation... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120108968 - Tissue density quantification using shear wave information in medical ultrasound scanning: Tissue density is quantified using shear wave information in medical ultrasound scanning. Measurements of the tissue reaction to shear waves indicate tissue density. For example, shear wave velocity is linked with density using clinical study information. The shear wave velocity in a region, over the entire tissue, or at various... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc

20120108973 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic image processing apparatus: According to one embodiment, an edge information calculation unit calculates edge information based on a generated ultrasonic image. An edge filter unit generates a filtered image from the ultrasonic image by applying a filter having filter characteristics corresponding to the calculated edge information to the ultrasonic image. An edge enhancement... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20120108970 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and method for tracing movement of tissue: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes a transmitting and receiving unit that transmits an ultrasound wave to a target object in sequence and receives the ultrasound wave as ultrasound data reflected from the target object including a blood vessel. A first memory unit stores the received ultrasound data. An image generation... Agent:

20120108971 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and method for tracing movement of tissue: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes a transmitting and receiving unit that transmits an ultrasound wave to a target object and receives the ultrasound wave as ultrasound data reflected from the target object including a long axis direction blood vessel. An image generation unit generates an ultrasound image as a sectional... Agent:

20120108972 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and method for tracing movement of tissue: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus including a transmitting and receiving unit that transmits an ultrasound wave to a target object and receives the ultrasound wave as ultrasound data reflected from a certain region of the target object including a blood vessel, an image generation unit that generates an ultrasound image as... Agent:

20120108974 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and program: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes: an ultrasound probe; a transmission section which supplies the probe with a drive signal; a receiving section which receives a reception signal sent from the probe; an image generation section which generates frame image data obtained by converting the reception signal; an intermediate image generation... Agent: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.

20120108975 - Multi-headed imaging probe and imaging system using same: A diagnostic imaging system is provided that includes an image acquisition component, a transmitter operatively coupled to the image acquisition component to transmit a signal therefrom, and a beamformer operatively coupled to the image acquisition component to receive image data therefrom. Also included is a processor configured to assemble images... Agent: General Electric Company

20120108976 - Rf shield for an ultrasound transducer for use in a magnetic resonance system: An ultrasound transducer for use in a magnetic resonance system is provided with an RF shield formed of electrically conductive material and having an interior cavity configured to receive the ultrasound transducer therein. The RF shield substantially precludes coupling between the ultrasound transducer, and any coupling medium that is employed,... Agent:

20120108977 - Tissue insertion type ultrasonic probe: An ultrasonic probe for supporting spine surgery serving as a tissue insertion type ultrasonic probe comprises an insertion unit and an operation unit. On a front end portion of the insertion unit, a tactile member and a transducer unit are provided. The insertion unit comprises a pipe, and a sheath... Agent: Hitachi Aloka Medical, Ltd

20120108978 - Tissue insertion type ultrasonic probe: There is provided an ultrasonic probe for supporting spine surgery which can execute both inspection by tactile sense and inspection by ultrasound diagnosis. A front-end component provided at a front end of an insertion unit. The front-end component comprises a metal component and a resin component, and the metal component... Agent: Hitachi Aloka Medical, Ltd.

20120108979 - Imaging catheter with rotatable array: An imaging catheter is provided having a distal end portion selectively rotatable relative to a catheter body. A transducer array is supported by the distal end portion so that a corresponding imaging field may be selectively panned about an axis extending distally from the catheter body. The catheter may be... Agent: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

20120108980 - Catheter with shape memory alloy actuator: Actuators employable for oscillating movement of a load. An improved actuator may include at least a first shape memory member that is actuatable to affect at least a portion of the oscillating movement of the load. The actuator may further include a second shape memory member actuatable to affect at... Agent: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

20120108981 - Apparatus and method for spectrophotometric measurements of blood parameters: An apparatus for measuring the blood parameters in an extracorporeal circuit comprises: a seat (23) suitable for containing a duct (14) for the blood flow of said extracorporeal circuit; emitting means (16) and detecting means (18) of electromagnetic radiation that face the seat (23); a control unit (38) to which... Agent:

20120108982 - Systems and methods for in-vivo optical imaging and measurement: Disclosed are methods and systems for: (i) sequentially illuminating a specimen with different spatial distributions of light, wherein each illumination causes an object embedded in the specimen to emit radiation in response to the light; (ii) for each different spatial distribution of illumination light, imaging the radiation emitted from the... Agent:

20120108983 - Body-worn sensor featuring a low-power processor and multi-sensor array for measuring blood pressure: A system is described that continuously measures a patient's blood pressure over a length of time. The system features a sensor assembly featuring a flexible cable configured to wrap around a portion of a patient's arm. The flexible cable features a back surface that includes at least two electrodes that... Agent: Sotera Wireless, Inc.

20120108985 - Cuffless blood pressure monitor: A cuffless blood pressure monitor is revealed. The cuffless blood pressure monitor includes a pressure detection module, a signal processing module and a display module. The pressure detection module detects blood pressure to generate a blood pressure pulse signal. The signal processing module processes the blood pressure pulse signal to... Agent: Chung Yuan Christian University

20120108984 - Integrated patient care: A therapy regimen, e.g., a contingent medication prescription, may be created and automatically distributed to a patient via an integrated patient care system. A clinician may create therapy instructions by at least associating patient conditions with one or more therapy regimens, e.g., medication prescriptions. In some examples, the integrated patient... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120108986 - Implantable medical sensor and fixation system: An implantable medical device, such as a sensor for monitoring a selected internally detectable physiological parameter of a patient, is attached to a fixation member that is deployable within the patient to position and orient the sensor to enable it to perform its function. The fixation member may be configured... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.

20120108987 - Implantable systemic blood pressure measurement systems and methods: Implantable systems, and methods for use therewith, for monitoring arterial blood pressure on a chronic basis are provided herein. A first signal indicative of electrical activity of a patient's heart, and a second signal indicative of mechanical activity of the patient's heart, are obtained using implanted electrodes and an implanted... Agent:

20120108989 - Non-invasively measuring physiological process: Equipment (10) for non-invasively measuring a physiological process includes at least one receiver (12) to be placed relative to a body of a subject being examined to detect at least one signal from the body of the subject. A discrimination unit (20.1) determines if the at least one signal is... Agent: Heard Systems Pty Ltd

20120108988 - Zero-drift detection and correction in contact force measurements: A method, consisting of inserting a probe having a force sensor into a body cavity of a patient, and receiving from the force sensor a plurality of measurements, each of the measurements indicative of a force applied to the force sensor. The method further includes detecting that the measurements received... Agent:

20120108993 - Electrode shapes and positions for reducing loss of contact in an implantable ecg recorder: An improved design for subcutaneous monitors that addresses the problem caused by bubbles of air may remain in the pocket in which the device is implanted. As implantable monitors and their associated electrodes are reduced in size, these bubbles may in some cases cover one or both electrodes, interfering with... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120108991 - Ischemia detection and classification: Techniques for detecting ischemia and classifying a type of ischemia are described. Electrograms of cardiac activity may be generated using implanted or external electrodes, e.g., electrodes carried on vascular leads within the heart and a housing electrode. In some examples, ischemia is detected and classified as benign or malignant based... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120108990 - Method and apparatus for reducing noise in a medical device: A method and apparatus for detecting a cardiac event in a medical device that includes sensing a cardiac signal, detecting a cardiac event in response to the sensed signal, determining whether an interval associated with the cardiac signal is less than an interval threshold, determining a noise metric in response... Agent:

20120108992 - Morphology change detection for cardiac signal analysis: Method and apparatus for improved detection of changes in morphology for cardiac analysis in post-processing. In some examples, a method of detecting a morphology change includes receiving an electrogram signal that represents a heartbeat; calculating a plurality of correlation values between the heartbeat and a template heartbeat; determining a maximum... Agent:

20120108994 - Morphology change detection for cardiac signal analysis: Method and apparatus for improved detection of changes in morphology for cardiac analysis in post-processing. In some examples, a method of detecting a morphology change includes receiving an electrogram signal that represents a heartbeat; calculating a plurality of correlation values between the heartbeat and a template heartbeat; determining a maximum... Agent:

20120108995 - Neuro-response post-purchase assessment: Efficient and effective mechanisms for collecting neuro-response data are provided to allow assessment of post-purchase products, services, offerings, and experiences. In some examples, a neuro-response data collection mechanism such as a portable electroencephalography (EEG) headset is used to collect neuro-response data from a consumer exposed to a product in a... Agent: Neurofocus, Inc.

20120108996 - Wireless controlled neuromodulation system: An apparatus is disclosed for controlled neuromodulation. The apparatus includes a plurality of neural sensors, wherein each of the neural sensors is electrically connected to a separate signal conditioner. Each of the signal conditioners produces a neural sensor signal, which is analyzed by a separate threshold detector to produces a... Agent: Drexel University

20120108997 - Device and method for generating a representation of a subject's attention level: A device and method for generating a representation of a subject's attention level. The device comprises means for measuring brain signals from the subject; means for extracting temporal features from the brain signals; means for classifying the extracted temporal features using a classifier to give a score x1; means for... Agent:

20120108998 - Therapy control based on a patient movement state: A movement state of a patient is detected based on brain signals, such as an electroencephalogram (EEG) signal. In some examples, a brain signal within a dorsal-lateral prefrontal cortex of a brain of the patient indicative of prospective movement of the patient may be sensed in order to detect the... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120108999 - Method and apparatus for detecting seizures: A method of detecting seizures may comprise receiving an EMG signal and processing the received EMG signal to determine whether a seizure characteristic is present in the EMG signal during a time window. An apparatus for detecting seizures with motor manifestations may comprise one or more EMG electrodes capable of... Agent:

20120109000 - System and methods for determining nerve proximity, direction, and pathology during surgery: The present invention involves systems and methods for determining nerve proximity, nerve direction, and pathology relative to a surgical instrument based on an identified relationship between neuromuscular responses and the stimulation signal that caused the neuromuscular responses.... Agent: Nuvasive, Inc.

20120109001 - Sensing in an implantable device in the presence of an interfering signal using lead impedance measurements: A device to which an implantable lead is coupled may be configured to perform one or more impedance measurements subsequent to a sensed physiological event to determine whether the sensed physiological event is possibly associated with noise induced by an interfering signal. Interfering signals, such as electromagnetic fields generated by... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120109002 - Medical device fixation attachment mechanism: A fixation member configured to anchor an implantable medical device within a patient is attached to an implantable medical device by introducing at least a portion of the fixation member in a tube mechanically connected to the medical device, and plastically deforming the tube in order to pinch the fixation... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120109003 - Device and method for assessing thermoalgesic and vibratory sensitivity: The invention relates to a device for assessing thermoalgesic and vibratory sensitivity, including a first unit (1) configured to apply, to localised points of the patient, a plurality of stimuli comprising vibrations and temperature changes, a second unit (2) for gathering data communicating with the first unit, wherein the communication... Agent:

20120109004 - Apparatus, system, and method for mapping the location of a nerve: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for mapping the location of a nerve. The apparatus includes at least one stimulation module, a stimulation detection module, a distance module, and a mapping module. The stimulation module stimulates a nerve with an electrical stimulation current from at least one stimulation electrode.... Agent: Cadwell Labs

20120109005 - Apparatus and method for voice based diagnostic support: An apparatus (4) is disclosed adapted to diagnose disorders related to the brain of a subject. The apparatus comprises a display (42) for presenting stimuli to said subject, a microphone (46) for registering a sound signal, and a control unit adapted to measure a pause time until articulation of the... Agent: Phibioscience Ab

20120109006 - Fitting an auditory prosthesis: A method and system for fitting and adjusting the operation of an acoustic hearing prosthesis or a hybrid electric and acoustic hearing prosthesis. A graphic user interface allows for the acoustic and electric fitting parameters to be viewed and adjusted in a comparable way. The method further allows for the... Agent:

20120109007 - Handheld biopsy device with needle firing: A biopsy device includes a body, a needle, and a cutter. A motor is operable to both move the cutter relative to the needle and actuate a needle firing assembly to retract and fire the needle relative to the body. The biopsy device also includes a needle rotation assembly that... Agent:

20120109008 - Urine measuring device: A device for measuring of urine production of a patient carrying a urine catheter, the device comprising a replaceable self-emptying chamber (120), provided with a siphon for self emptying when the burette becomes filled up to a predetermined volume, the self-emptying chamber further comprises an inlet and an outlet for... Agent: Observe Medical Aps

20120109009 - Oral testing devices and methods: An oral testing device has a housing comprising a window for visually exposing test strips within the housing and a donor sample pad coupled to a first end of the housing. In addition, the oral testing device has a mirror hingedly coupled to a second end of the housing positioned... Agent:

20120109010 - Electrochemical sensor, lancet, and bodily fluid measuring apparatus: An electrochemical sensor includes a base plate provided with a concave part formed on one of surfaces thereof, a fluid channel formed so that a bottom part of the concave part and the other one of the surfaces of the base plate are communicated with each other, a plurality of... Agent: Arkray, Inc.

20120109011 - Sample collector with adequacy sensor: The present invention provides a sample collection device for determining that an adequate amount of sample is collected, the sample collection device including a sample collection member for collecting a fluid sample and at least one electrode, the at least one electrode being in liquid communication with the sample collection... Agent:

20120109012 - Distance measurement using implantable acoustic transducers: Implantable systems and methods (e.g., using an implantable medical device) for measuring distance including a transmit/receive acoustic transducer implantable at a first location for transmitting and receiving acoustic signals, an echo acoustic transducer implantable at a second location for receiving the acoustic signal from the transmit/receive acoustic transducer and in... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120109013 - Peripheral sensory and supersensory replacement system: A sensor-based quantification and analysis system includes an input device including a plurality of sensors that generate an input based on a force. The input device also includes a transmission device that transmits force information based on the input. The system also includes an output device that receives the force... Agent: Orpyx Medical Technologies, Inc.

20120109014 - Cervical sizing devices and related kits and methods: This disclosure relates to cervical sizing devices and related kits and methods. In some aspects, a cervical sizing device includes an elongate arm and a member positioned at a distal end region of the elongate arm. The cervical sizing device can be used to determine an approximate size of a... Agent: Coopersurgical, Inc.

20120109015 - Uterine cavity length measurement: A uterine cavity length measuring device includes a first elongate member including a lumen and a plurality of apertures extending between the lumen and an exterior surface of the first elongate member, and a second elongate member including a lumen, and at least one aperture located at a distal end... Agent: Cytyc Corporation

20120109016 - Method and apparatus for improving truncal control: An exercise monitoring apparatus for measuring proper abdominal strengthening affords a customer an improved method for developing better abdominal muscles to treat back pain, avoid injuries and improve physical performance. The exercise apparatus has a stretchable belt with first and second ends having fasteners to attach the belt to the... Agent:

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