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Surgery November recently filed with US Patent Office 11/12

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11/29/2012 > 112 patent applications in 68 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20120302817 - Method for increasing moisture content of skin surface and improving moisture-retaining function of dermis and beauty apparatus therefor: A method for increasing a moisture content of a skin and improving skin elasticity by improving a moisture retaining function of a dermis without generating steam, mist and the like, and a beauty apparatus that supplies moisture to a skin are provided. A user is irradiated with positive and negative... Agent:

20120302818 - Method of utilizing an implant for targeting external beam radiation: A method of partial breast radiation therapy includes placing within a breast cavity a substantially radio-opaque implant constructed of biocompatible material, said substantially radio-opaque implant supporting the tissue surrounding the breast cavity; and directing a radiation beam to said substantially radio-opaque implant serving as a target for delivery of radiation... Agent: Senorx, Inc.

20120302815 - Multi-valent poly-ubl chain inhibitors and methods of use: A composition used to develop a reagent for investigating Ubl-modifications in cellular functions and in the treatment of cancer is provided. The composition comprises gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-ligand conjugates that include at least two components: gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and modified ubiquitin- or ubiquitin-like interacting motif (UIM or ULIM) mimetics. In one... Agent:

20120302816 - Therapeutic compositions and methods for targeted delivery of active agents: The present invention pertains to therapeutic compositions that comprise: (1) a nanovector, (2) an active agent; and (3) a targeting agent, wherein the active agent and the targeting agent are non-covalently associated with the nanovector. The present invention also pertains to methods of treating various conditions in a subject by... Agent: William Marsh Rice University

20120302819 - Treatment of cancer or tumors induced by the release of heat generated by various chains of magnetosomes extracted from magnetotactic bacteria and submitted to an alternative magnetic field: In this disclosure, we describe a method for the treatment of tumor(s) or tumor cell(s) or cancer(s) in a subject in need by the generation of heat. The latter is produced by chains of magnetosomes extracted from whole magnetotactic bacteria and subjected to an alternative magnetic field. These chains of... Agent: Nanobacterie

20120302820 - Device and method for opening vascular obstructions: The present invention is directed to a device and method for opening obstructed body internal passages and for sensing and characterizing tissues and substances in contact with the device. In general, the device comprises a catheter tube capable of inducing vibrations in a guidewire contained therein, wherein said vibrations of... Agent: Eyoca Medical Ltd.

20120302821 - Method and apparatus for electromagnetic stimulation of nerve, muscle, and body tissues: In certain variations, systems and/or methods for electromagnetic induction therapy are provided. One or more ergonomic or body contoured applicators may be included. The applicators include one or more conductive coils configured to generate an electromagnetic or magnetic field focused on a target nerve, muscle or other body tissues positioned... Agent: Emkinetics, Inc.

20120302823 - Convertibility of a bone conduction device: An external component of a bone conduction device, including a vibrator and a platform configured to transfer vibrations from the vibrator to skin of the recipient, wherein the vibrator and platform are configured to quick connect and quick disconnect to and from, respectively, one another.... Agent:

20120302822 - Vibration isolation in a bone conduction device: A bone conduction device, including a bone fixture adapted to be fixed to bone, a vibratory element adapted to be attached to the bone fixture and configured to vibrate in response to sound signals, and a vibration isolator adapted to be disposed between the vibratory element and the bone.... Agent:

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20120302825 - Methods of treating tissue within a bodily passage: Methods of treatment are described. More particularly, methods of treating a tissue within a bodily passage, such as a sinus cavity, airway, or sinus passage with a catheter comprising an elongate tubular member and one or more balloons. The catheter can comprise a light source and/or camera to assist physicians... Agent: Cook Medical Technologies LLC

20120302826 - Needleless delivery systems: A method of treating a prostate condition, including the steps of providing a needleless injector that includes a body at a proximal end, an injection shaft extending from the body to a distal end of the injection shaft, an injection orifice at the distal end of the injection shaft and... Agent:

20120302827 - Needleless delivery systems: A needleless injector including a body comprising a fluid chamber; an outer shaft extending from an outer shaft proximal end to an outer shaft distal end, the outer shaft comprising an outer shaft lumen to accommodate an injection shaft; an injection shaft located within the outer shaft lumen and moveable... Agent:

20120302828 - Apparatus, system and method for providing laser steering and focusing for incision, excision and ablation of tissue in minimally-invasive surgery: Exemplary embodiments of apparatus, system, computer-accessible medium, procedure and method are provided which can be used for providing laser steering and focusing for, e.g., incision, excision and/or ablation of tissue in minimally-invasive surgery. For example, the exemplary apparatus can include at least one optical element which can be configured to... Agent: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

20120302829 - Endoscope: An endoscope includes an insertion section, a first bending mechanism, a drive unit, a second bending mechanism, an operation-unit body, a grip, an angle mechanism, an operation member, and a control unit. The angle mechanism is provided on the operation-unit body and configured to set, to the first direction, a... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120302831 - Guide apparatus for endoscope: An endoscope has a head assembly for entry in a body cavity. A guide apparatus for propulsion of the head assembly is provided, and includes a shaft sleeve, a support sleeve, a drive sleeve, drive gears, an endless track device, two intermediate gears, and a motor. Two wire devices are... Agent:

20120302830 - Guide assembly for endoscope: An endoscope includes a head assembly having a first central axis for entry in a body cavity. In combination with the endoscope, a guide assembly includes a shaft sleeve having a lumen, for mounting on the head assembly therewith. An endless track device is supported around the shaft sleeve, for... Agent:

20120302832 - Endoscope apparatus: This endoscope apparatus includes: an insertion portion; a bending portion; an operation portion; and a pull member. The operation portion includes: an operation lever; a bearing that supports the operation lever in a state of being freely inclinable around a swinging center; a friction member that is fixed to the... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20120302833 - Illumination systems and devices for tracheal tubes: Various embodiments of an intubation system include a tracheal tube and an illumination assembly that is removably couplable to a tubular body of the tracheal tube. The tracheal tube may be a double lumen tracheal tube having a first cuff that is adapted to be inflated to seal against the... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120302834 - Cover for a laparoscope, systems including the cover and methods of use: A cover for a laparoscope having a substantially gas-impermeable, flexible membrane defining an interior space adapted to receive at least a distal-most portion of the laparoscope; and at least one valve for allowing gas to flow into and/or out of the interior space. By providing a substantially gas-impermeable, flexible membrane,... Agent: Surgical Innovations Limited

20120302835 - Medical endoscope comprising a consumable instrument having a fluid flow circuit: The invention provides a medical endoscope including a control handle (2) provided with a control mechanism and that, by means of an attachment system, is temporarily attached to a consumable medical instrument (3) including: at least one flow circuit for a fluid, a portion of which circuit extends along an... Agent: Axess Vision Technology

20120302836 - Fluid delivery system for use with an endoscope: A fluid delivery system for use with an endoscope. Certain embodiments of the invention include a single, large fluid source and pump installed upon an operator console, in combination with a small fluid reservoir and pump installed within a proximal connector of the imaging endoscope, multiple fluid sources that feed... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120302838 - Retractor: A surgical retractor comprising an attachment stick, provided with a tip end, intended to be inserted and attached to hard human tissue, such as bone tissue or a vertebra, and at least one shank, attached to the stick, for supporting and keeping organs, muscles and/or tissues at a desired position.... Agent: Elos Medical Ab

20120302837 - Stoma dilator: A stoma dilator having a base dilator and a plurality of dilators coaxially disposed over the base dilator. The base dilator has a hub and an opening therethrough. Each of the plurality of dilators has a tapered distal end, a proximal end, and a tubular body, and are held in... Agent:

20120302839 - Speculum: A bone access tool including a handle assembly and speculum assembly coupled to the handle assembly for accessing and channeling through biological tissue is described. The handle assembly has first and second portions that are movable relative to one another. The speculum assembly has first and second speculum members movably... Agent:

20120302840 - Biological information measurement apparatus: When an operation for causing a healthcare device to transfer a measurement value is performed on a communication apparatus, the communication apparatus issues a transmission request to the healthcare device. The healthcare device is capable of measuring and storing biological information on a plurality of subjects, and in response to... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20120302841 - Biometric healthcare data system: A biometric healthcare data system has biometric data collection stations and a network management system. Each station has several biometric data measurement devices including a bioelectrical impedance analysis system. Each station has a gateway that connects to the devices and that connects the station through the internet to the network... Agent: Telsano Health

20120302843 - Health management support device, health management support system, and health management support program: A health management support system includes: a unit that receives two or more types of physical information measured by a user along with measurement time data; an analyzing unit for analyzing the relationship between the received two or more types of physical information in accordance with a predetermined rule; an... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20120302842 - System for sleep stage determination using frontal electrodes: The described embodiments relate generally to methods, systems and devices for sleep stage determination using frontal electrodes. Certain embodiments relate to a system for sleep stage determination comprising a sensing unit and a processing unit. The sensing unit is positioned over a forehead area of a patient and has first,... Agent: Natus Medical Incorporated

20120302844 - Skin mounted medical patch device: Medical patch device mountable on skin for drug delivery or analyte sensing, including a mounting base (6) comprising a support layer (12) and an adhesive layer (14) on a mounting side (36) of the support layer, and a functional unit (4) comprising a power supply, and an electronic circuit. The... Agent:

20120302845 - System and method for spo2 instability detection and quantification: The disclosed embodiments relate to a system and method for analyzing data. An exemplary method comprises the acts of receiving data corresponding to at least one time series, and computing a plurality of sequential instability index values of the data. An exemplary system comprises a source of data indicative of... Agent:

20120302846 - Method and measuring instrument for measuring the oxygen saturation in the blood: According to the invention, provision is made for a mathematical mixing model to be used to evaluate the two measurement signals and a statistical evaluation method to be applied to the two measurement signals, wherein, as a boundary condition, the statistical independence of a useful source signal and an interference... Agent: Technische Universitat Berlin

20120302847 - Endoscope system and method for assisting in diagnostic endoscopy: A first special image is produced by combining an overall bright normal light image with a blue-enhanced image in which blood vessels and their shapes are enhanced, and displayed on a display device. A suspected lesion such as a spot is detected in the first special image. When the suspected... Agent:

20120302852 - Implantable medical device removal/insertion tool: When replacing an implanted medical device, the physician may have difficulty locating the new unit in exactly the same space or cavity within the body that held the old unit. Various embodiments and combinations of embodiments of a medical removal/insertion tool are proposed which can be inserted temporarily, as “place... Agent:

20120302848 - Inter dialytic monitoring device: An inter dialytic monitoring device is disclosed which monitors in vivo preselected parameters of blood content during an inter dialytic period to monitor patient health. The monitoring device is configured to extend through and releasably engage a catheter which has been placed within a patient to monitor a patient's blood.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120302849 - Medical device including a slider assembly: A medical system includes an input assembly for receiving one or more user inputs. The input assembly includes at least one slider assembly for providing an input signal. Processing logic receives the input signal from the input assembly and provides a first output signal and a second output signal. A... Agent: Deka Products Limited Partnership

20120302850 - Method and apparatus for measuring a human physiological signal: A method for measuring a human physiological signal includes: receiving a reminder canceling time range; measuring a human physiological signal by a human physiological signal measuring apparatus; and determining if a measurement-related time for measuring the physiological signal falls within the reminder canceling time range, followed by releasing a reminding... Agent: Wistron Corporation

20120302851 - Physiological signal measuring apparatus and method with identification function: A physiological signal measuring apparatus and method with identification function are provided. The physiological signal measuring apparatus with identification function includes a measuring module, an identifying module, and a transmitting module. The measuring module obtains a physiological signal and produces a physiological datum according to the physiological signal. The identifying... Agent:

20120302853 - System and method for measuring physiological parameters: A measuring method for measuring a physiological parameter via a measuring system comprising a test strip, an auxiliary measuring device and an electronic device having an application program and an analog-to digital converting unit is provided. The measuring method includes steps of coupling the auxiliary measuring device between the test... Agent: Bionime Corporation

20120302854 - Systems and methods for processing sensor data: Systems and methods for processing sensor data are provided. In some embodiments, systems and methods are provided for calibration of a continuous analyte sensor. In some embodiments, systems and methods are provided for classification of a level of noise on a sensor signal. In some embodiments, systems and methods are... Agent: Dexcom, Inc.

20120302855 - Systems and methods for processing sensor data: Systems and methods for processing sensor data are provided. In some embodiments, systems and methods are provided for calibration of a continuous analyte sensor. In some embodiments, systems and methods are provided for classification of a level of noise on a sensor signal. In some embodiments, systems and methods are... Agent: Dexcom, Inc.

20120302857 - Brain signal measurement system and measurement system: Proposed are a brain signal measurement system and the like, capable of carrying out in vivo placement of measurement units for measuring brain signals with a minimally invasive operation, as well as of easily adjusting the position of each measurement unit. The brain signal measurement device includes sensors to be... Agent: Kyushu Institute Of Technology

20120302856 - Distributed, minimally-invasive neural interface for wireless epidural recording: A neural interface for measuring or stimulating brain neural activity, either as a standalone unit or as a part of a larger system of similar neural interfaces. The neural interface includes a bolt-shaped housing having a tool-engaging head and threaded shank with internal circuitry and at least one electrode. In... Agent: The Regents Of The University Of Michigan

20120302858 - Portable eeg monitor system with wireless communication: A system for remote surveillance of an EEG signal of a person susceptible of having a hypoglycemic seizure comprises an EEG sensor part with electrodes for measuring one or more EEG signals from the person, and a processing unit adapted to be arranged at the ear of said person. EEG... Agent: Widex A/s

20120302859 - Test battery system and method for assessment of auditory function: A test battery method and system for use in assessing auditory function (e.g., the screening or diagnosis of impairments, fitting of hearing aids, etc.) is provided which performs one or more auditory tests including, for example, an acoustic reflectance test. Such an acoustic reflectance test may be a reflectance tympanometry... Agent: Sonicom, Inc.

20120302860 - Selection of optimal channel for rate determination: According to at least one example, an ambulatory medical device is provided. The device includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at spaced apart positions about a patient's body and a control unit. The control unit includes a sensor interface, a memory and a processor. The sensor interface is coupled to... Agent: Zoll Medical Corporation

20120302861 - Device and method for glaucoma management and treatment: Described herein is a device for glaucoma treatment and monitoring that comprises a combination of an intraocular pressure (IOP) sensor and a glaucoma drainage device. The device comprises an IOP sensor and an inductive antenna mounted within a porous biocompatible material that forms the drainage path. The IOP sensor is... Agent: Istar Medical

20120302862 - Methods and arrangements for obtaining information and providing analysis for biological tissues: Arrangements and methods can be provided for determining information associated with at least one section of at least one biological tissue. For example, it is possible to provide at least one first electro-magnetic radiation to the section(s) of the biological tissue(s) in vivo so as to interact with at least... Agent: The General Hospital Corporation

20120302863 - Medical procedure localizing aid: A medical procedure localization aid produces reference marks on both the patient and the medical imaging scan. The aid is defined by a substrate sheet having indicia on one side that is opaque to medical imaging radiation and indicia on a second side that is transferable to a patient. The... Agent: Aeos Biomedial Inc.

20120302866 - Photoacoustic imaging apparatus and photoacoustic imaging method: A photoacoustic imaging apparatus includes a detector that outputs detection signals by detecting acoustic waves generated at surfaces and an inner portion of a sample by irradiating the sample with light; and a signal processing unit that generates image data using the detection signal. The signal processing unit calculates an... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120302865 - Subject information acquiring apparatus: A subject information acquiring apparatus including a cover which intercepts light, two plates which hold a subject, a laser light source, and a probe which receives an acoustic wave generated from the subject to which the light is emitted from the laser light source, wherein the plates, the laser light... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120302864 - Subject information acquisition apparatus: A subject information acquisition apparatus includes an electromechanical conversion element which receives an elastic wave generated by irradiating with an electromagnetic wave an object in a subject and converts the received elastic wave into an electric signal; a moving device moves the electromechanical conversion element; a signal processing device calculates... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120302867 - Brain function measuring apparatus and brain function measuring method: A brain function activity of a subject is measured using a brain function measuring unit by presenting multiple stimulations, which are adjusted to have no cognitive meaning when presented in a separate manner and to have a cognitive meaning when presented simultaneously as a combined stimulation, to the subject as... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120302869 - Correction of shift and drift in impedance-based medical device navigation using magnetic field information: A system and method for navigating a medical device within a body are provided. The system includes an electronic control unit configured to determine operating positions for electrical and magnetic position sensors on the medical device within corresponding first and second coordinate systems. The first and second coordinate systems are... Agent:

20120302868 - Texture stimulus presenting apparatus, magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and magnetoencephalograph including the same, and brain function measuring method: Provided is a texture stimulus presenting apparatus to be used when measuring a texture perception of a subject by detecting a change of a magnetic field in a brain of the subject. The texture stimulus presenting apparatus includes a light source configured to irradiate with light a specimen to be... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120302870 - System to quantify and visualize ventricular rotation pattern of the heart: A non-invasive analysis system includes data collecting units and an analysis unit adapted to quantify and visualize ventricular rotation patterns of the heart. The data collecting units register rotational information about the cardiac movement for a number of time points and levels in the heart throughout the cardiac cycle. The... Agent:

20120302871 - Determining velocity of cerebrospinal fluid by magnetic resonance imaging: A velocity-image creating unit creates a velocity image that indicates a distribution of velocity components with respect to each of a plurality of images obtained by repeating a plurality of number of times Echo Planar Imaging (EPI) that is capable of obtaining velocity components of a Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) flowing... Agent: Tokai University Educational System

20120302872 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and magnetic resonance imaging method: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes an imaging condition setting unit, a scan performing unit and a blood flow image generating unit. The imaging condition setting unit sets a sequence accompanying application of a motion probing gradient pulse as an imaging condition. The scan performing unit performs an imaging scan... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20120302877 - Combined ablation and ultrasound imaging: The present invention relates to a system (100) for combined ablation and ultrasound imaging of associated tissue (40), which is particularly useful for use in an ablation process. The system comprises an interventional device (20) with an ultrasouond transducer and an ablation unit. During an ablation process, the interventional device... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120302873 - Image processing device, radiographic image capture system, image processing method and image processing program storage medium: An image processing device includes an image generation section that generates plural tomographic images; a first specification section that displays at least one tomographic image in which an object of interest has been captured, and that allows a user to specify a position of the object of interest; a second... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120302874 - Non-invasive implant rupture detection system: Devices and methods for non-invasive implant rupture detection are described herein. Some variations of a non-invasive implant rupture detection device comprise a single optical waveguide, such as a silicone fiber, embedded in the shell of the implantable device where one end of the optical waveguide is optically connected to a... Agent:

20120302876 - Object localization apparatus: The invention relates to an object localization apparatus for localizing an object having markers based on a projection image. An object function (8) is provided along x-z positions (9, 20 . . . 25), wherein the x-z positions (9, 20 . . . 25) are defined by pairs of an... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120302875 - System and method for inserting intracranial catheters: An improved system for safely and accurately placing intracranial catheters by using techniques from the field of artificial intelligence (AI) which combine the output from in vivo ultrasonic sensors with in vivo video cameras and an embedded inertial measurement unit. The AI subsystem synthesis the output from the three sensors... Agent:

20120302878 - System and method for tumor motion simulation and motion compensation using tracked bronchoscopy: A system and method for accounting for motion of a target in a medical procedure includes an endoscope (302) including a tracking mechanism (304) for tracking positions and orientations of the endoscope. Memory storage (310) is configured to record the positions of the endoscope when positioned at or near moving... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120302879 - Fluorescence-mediated molecular tomography: This invention relates to a fluorescence-mediated molecular tomographic imaging system, designed to detect near-infrared fluorescence activation in deep tissues. The system can use targeted fluorescent molecular probes or highly sensitive activatable fluorescence molecular probes. Such probes add molecular specificity and yield high fluorescence contrast, to allow early detection and molecular... Agent:

20120302880 - System and method for specificity-based multimodality three- dimensional optical tomography imaging: A system and method for specificity-based multimodality three-dimensional optical tomography imaging comprises steps of: optical imaging to obtain a light intensity of body surface optical signal of an imaging target; CT imaging to obtain structure volume data; establishing an equation representing a linear relationship between the distribution of the obtained... Agent: Institute Of Automation, Chinese Academy Of Sciences

20120302881 - Novel indocyanine compound, synthesis method and purification method thereof, diagnostic composition using the indocyanine compound, and device for measuring biokinetics and device for visualizing circulation using the diagnostic composition: The present invention aims at providing a novel indocyanine compound solving problems of conventionally used indocyanine green, such as solubility in water or physiological saline, a synthesis method and a purification method thereof, and a diagnostic composition including the novel indocyanine compound. Further, provided are a method for evaluating biokinetics... Agent: National University Corporation Mie University

20120302882 - Combination catheter for forward and side lesioning with acoustic lesion feedback capability: An ablation system comprises a catheter including a pulse-echo ultrasonic transducer disposed in a distal portion and arranged to emit and receive an acoustic beam. The transducer emits and receives acoustic pulses to provide transducer detected information regarding the targeted tissue region being ablated. A rotation mechanism rotates at least... Agent: St. Jude Medical, Inc.

20120302883 - Method and system for treatment and diagnosis using ultrasound: A method and system for treatment and diagnosis using ultrasound includes irradiating ultrasound for treatment into a treatment site, inducing a shear wave around the treatment site, irradiating ultrasound for diagnosis into the treatment site, and determining a degree of treatment or necrosis of a tissue of the treatment site... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20120302884 - Method of operating a pathology laboratory: A method of operating a pathology laboratory, which utilizes an ultrasound imaging device, adapted to automatically image tissue specimens, in the laboratory. Resected tissue specimens are received into the laboratory and the ultrasound imaging device is used to image some of the received tissue specimens, thereby creating 3-dimensional tissue specimen... Agent:

20120302885 - Providing a measuring item candidate group for measuring size of a target object in an ultrasound system: Embodiments for providing an elastic image are disclosed. In one embodiment, by way of non-limiting example, an ultrasound system comprises: a user input unit configured to receive user input information from a user; a storage unit configured to store a mapping table associating measuring item information on a plurality of... Agent: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.

20120302886 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus including: an ultrasound probe to acquire a received signal via transmitting and receiving an ultrasound to and from a subject; an image generating section to generate an ultrasound image data based on the received signal acquired via said ultrasound probe; an output image generating section to... Agent: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.

20120302887 - Compressive surfaces for ultrasonic scanning: Automated ultrasonic scanning of a chestwardly compressed breast of a supine patient uses a scanning assembly that moves down to compress the breast through a membrane that is secured to the assembly across a bottom opening. A motorized ultrasound transducer moves across the breast while the breast remains downwardly compressed... Agent: U-systems, Inc.

20120302888 - Array ultrasound endoscopic probe, a manufacture method thereof and a fixing and rotating device: This invention relates to a radial array ultrasound endoscopic probe and its manufacture method and a fixing and rotating device. The probe comprises: a metal cylinder located at the center; a plurality of piezoelectric elements which are cut from piezoelectric ceramic or single crystal rings and arranged around the metal... Agent: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

20120302889 - Integrated wireless non-invasive perfusion sensor: A system and associated method provide tissue perfusion monitoring in a patient. A laser Doppler unit is provided including a coherent laser light source and a photodetector. A processor is configured to receive a signal from the photodetector and determine a tissue perfusion measurement from a Doppler-shifted component of the... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120302890 - Cradle apparatus for a stepper to hold ultra-sound probe: A cradle is connected to a stepper-stabilizer via a plurality of cradle fix holes, wherein said cradle further comprises, a locking knob that is attached to a side of said cradle used for tightening and loosening; a capture knob that is mounted inside said locking knob; a clamp that is... Agent:

20120302891 - Catheter mounted automatic vessel occlusion and fluid dispersion devices: Catheter or guidewire mounted automatic vessel occlusion and fluid dispersion devices that expand to occlude or partially occlude a vessel when a fluid is flowing in the catheter or guidewire, and that automatically collapse when fluid flow is stopped. Each occlusion device has an elastic skeleton covered with a flexible... Agent:

20120302892 - Portable optical fiber probe-based spectroscopic scanner for rapid cancer diagnosis: A multimodal probe system for spectroscopic scanning of tissue for disease diagnosis. The system can use diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy for the detection of cancerous tissue, such as tissue margin assessment.... Agent:

20120302893 - Fluorescence endoscope device: Provided is a fluorescence endoscope device that includes a light source; an image generating portion that captures an image of fluorescence generated at a subject due to irradiation with excitation light to obtain a fluorescence image and that captures an image of return light returning from the subject due to... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20120302895 - Methods and systems for filtering a signal according to a signal model and continuous wavelet transform techniques: According to embodiments, systems and methods are provided for filtering a signal. A first reference signal may be generated according to a signal model and a second reference signal may be generated by analyzing a continuous wavelet transform of a signal. The first and second reference signals may then both... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Ireland

20120302896 - Pulse detection apparatus, software, and methods using patient physiological signals: The presence of a cardiac pulse in a patient is determined by evaluating physiological signals in the patient. In one embodiment, a medical device evaluates two or more different physiological signals, such as phonocardiogram (PCG) signals, electrocardiogram (ECG) signals, patient impedance signals, piezoelectric signals, and accelerometer signals for features indicative... Agent: Physio-control, Inc.

20120302894 - Signal processing apparatus and method: A method and an apparatus to analyze two measured signals that are modeled as containing desired and undesired portions such as noise, FM and AM modulation. Coefficients relate the two signals according to a model defined. The method and apparatus are particularly advantageous to blood oximetry and pulserate measurements.... Agent: Masimo Corporation

20120302897 - Heart rate variability device and cloud health management system: The present invention relates to a heart rate variability device and cloud health management system. The heart rate variability device comprises a CPU and is adapted with a telecommunication and communication module. The cloud health management system comprises more than one cloud server and a stress-relieved mechanism server. The invention... Agent: Vicon Healthcare International Inc.

20120302898 - Acoustic based cough detection: The present disclosure is directed to the detection of coughs and coughing episodes using acoustic signals. In various examples, an implantable medical device processes an acoustic signal obtained from an acoustic sensor to determine whether a patient has coughed. In some examples, the implantable medical device also performs a cough... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120302900 - Method and apparatus for processing a cyclic physiological signal: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for processing a cyclic physiological signal (30, 40, 52, 53, 54). The method comprises the steps of repeatedly collecting (2) the physiological signal (30, 40, 52, 53, 54) over a time period (31, 32, 33) covering two or more cycles of the... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120302899 - Sensor and sensing method thereof: A biosignal measuring sensor and a biosignal measuring method are provided. The biosignal measuring sensor includes an oscillator, a signal detection unit, and a signal processing unit. The amount of oscillation frequency shift of the oscillator is detected as intensity change of a biosignal, and a pulse signal and a... Agent: Industry-academic Cooperation Foundation, Yonsei University

20120302902 - Apparatus and method for diagnosis of individual characteristics based on oscillometric arterial blood pressure measurement: This invention relates to a personal feature diagnostic apparatus on the basis of an oscillometric arterial pressure measurement comprising a pressure detection sensor unit for detecting a cuff pressure including an effect of pulse wave; a pulse wave extraction unit for extracting pulse wave signals of the artery from the... Agent: Industry-academic Cooperation Foundation, Chosun University

20120302901 - Blood pressure information measurement device: A blood pressure information measurement device includes a main body, including an inflation pump and an exhaust valve, and a cuff, including an air bladder for pulse wave measurement and an air bladder for blood pressure value measurement. The air bladder for pulse wave measurement and the air bladder for... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20120302903 - System for cardiac impairment detection based on signal regularity: A system for heart performance characterization and abnormality detection comprises an input processor and a signal processor. The input processor receives first sampled data representing a first signal portion of a heart activity related signal and second sampled data representing a second signal portion of a heart activity related signal.... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20120302904 - Heart stimulator and method for a-v delay optimization: Exemplary methods and apparatuses are disclosed that provide for determination of an atrio-ventricular delay on a beat-to-beat basis by determining a P-wave duration from electric signals corresponding to electric potentials in a heart, and determining the atrio-ventricular delay on a beat-to-beat basis such that the atrio-ventricular delay for an individual... Agent:

20120302905 - Method, apparatus and computer program product for monitoring physiological signals: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for monitoring a physiological signal of a subject are disclosed. To provide a mechanism that allows perception of the general clinical state of the subject easily and without expertise, a property measure is derived from at least one physiological signal obtained from a... Agent: General Electric Company

20120302906 - Computer-implemented electrocardiographic data processor with time stamp correlation: A computer-implemented electrocardiographic data processor with time stamp correlation is provided. A monitoring circuit includes a persistent memory and power supply that powers an encoder that determines a differential voltage between a current discrete digital voltage value and a prior voltage value. The differential voltage is stored into the persistent... Agent:

20120302909 - Methods and systems for screening subjects: A screening method can be used to determine whether a subject is a suitable candidate for interventional therapy. The method can be used to determine the likelihood the subject will receive a therapeutic effect from denervation therapy. The determination is based, at least in part, on lung information obtained by... Agent:

20120302908 - Oral end tidal carbon dioxide probe for diagnosing pulmonary arterial hypertension: This disclosure concerns improved capabilities for evaluating pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). A system and method of evaluating PAH in a subject may include measuring end tidal partial pressure of exhaled carbon dioxide in the subject, wherein the measurement is made orally using described systems or devices. Integrated sensors enable the... Agent:

20120302907 - System and method for drug detection in exhaled breath: A portable system (10) is disclosed for collecting a sample from exhaled breath of a subject. Drug substance in the exhaled breath are detected or determined. The sample is collected for further analysis using mass-spectroscopy. The system comprises a sampling unit (14) and a housing (12) arranged to hold the... Agent: Sensa Bues Ab

20120302910 - Wireless ventilator reporting: Systems and methods regarding ventilation of a patient, such as a victim at the scene of an emergency are described herein.... Agent: Zoll Medical Corporation

20120302911 - Early exacerbation detection using differential temperature moitoring: A system and method for predicting an onset of an exacerbation in a patient is provided. The method includes monitoring core body temperature of the patient; monitoring breath temperature of the patient; calculating a relationship, or a change in relationship, between the core body temperature and the breath temperature of... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120302912 - Collection of clinical data for graphical representation and analysis: A method of treating a patient and an external programmer for use with a neurostimulator. Electrical stimulation energy is serially conveyed into tissue of the patient via different combinations of electrodes implanted within the patient, thereby creating one or more clinical effects for each of the different electrode combinations. An... Agent: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation

20120302913 - Biopsy apparatus: A biopsy apparatus having a disposable cutting element and a reusable handpiece is disclosed. The disposable cutting element includes an inner cannula that defines an inner lumen and terminates in a cutting edge. The inner cannula is slidably disposed within an outer cannula that defines an outer lumen that has... Agent: Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.

20120302915 - Spiral biopsy needle: A spiral biopsy needle includes an elongated outer sleeve. A sampling tool having a penetrating tip, a grasping region and a helical thread collection region adjacent the tip is inserted into the outer sleeve. A spacer element is received on the tool between the grasping portion and the penetrating tip.... Agent:

20120302914 - Tetherless biopsy device: A biopsy device comprises a body, a needle, and a cutter operable to sever tissue protruding through a lateral aperture of the needle. A vacuum pump is in fluid communication with the cutter. A fluid pump is in fluid communication with the needle. A fluid pump actuation assembly is operable... Agent:

20120302916 - Biopsy instrument comprising a magnetic element: The invention relates to a magnetic biopsy-instrument and use thereof for enriching specific sample material from the body. The invention also relates to a biopsy-kit and use thereof for enriching specific sample material.... Agent: Ogeno Gmbh

20120302917 - Urine meter: The present disclosure provides a urine meter (40) having a housing (14) which includes an inlet (16) and an outlet (20). The housing (14) further includes a first measurement chamber (24) and a second measurement chamber (26) arranged such that liquid entering the inlet (16) enters the first measurement chamber... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120302918 - All-in-one diabetes blood glucose meter: Example embodiments relate to a portable blood glucose meter reader, including a housing member including an internal spring, a compartment configured to store test strips in alignment with the internal spring, a releasing member configured to dispense one of the plurality of stored test strips, and a plurality of storage... Agent:

20120302919 - Multi-lancet cartridge and lancing device: A lancing device including a replaceable multi-lancet cartridge. The lancing device includes a drive mechanism, an activation mechanism, and an advancing mechanism. The advancing mechanism includes a linear-pull slide controls an indexing mechanism, a charger mechanism, and a cap-displacement mechanism. The indexing mechanism sequentially advances the lancets to an active... Agent: Facet Technologies, LLC

20120302921 - Cough detector: A device for detecting and counting coughing events is provided. In one embodiment a sensor for sensing and transducing low frequency and high frequency mechanical vibrations, sends signals to a coincidence detector that determines if high and low signals coincide. In another embodiment, ultrasonic energy is introduced to the trachea... Agent:

20120302920 - High sensitivity noise immune stethoscope: A physiological sensing stethoscope suitable for use in high-noise environments is disclosed. The stethoscope is designed to be substantially matched to the mechanical impedance of monitored physiological activity and substantially mismatched to the mechanical impedance of air-coupled acoustic activity. One embodiment of the stethoscope utilizes a passive acoustic system. Another... Agent: Active Signal Technologies, Inc.

20120302922 - Apparatus and methods for identifying a tissue inside a living body: The present invention provides an apparatus for performing a measurement inside a living body. The apparatus includes a first sensing element, a manipulating device and an analyzing device. The first sensing element performs the measurement. The manipulating device is coupled to the first sensing element, and manipulates the first sensing... Agent: Southern Taiwan University

20120302923 - Wound measuring device and system: A wound measuring device and system measures the length, width and depth of a wound. The device and system features first and second ruler members connected and secured by a connecting member which allows the ruler members to move to measure the length and width of a wound. The connecting... Agent:

20120302924 - Tongue strength evaluation system and method: An apparatus for evaluating the tongue strength of a subject during a sucking event includes an insert positioned within a nipple element to provide an output in response to deformation of the nipple element during a sucking event. The output is at least one of resistive force exerted against the... Agent: Ccb Research Group LLC

20120302926 - Body movement detecting apparatus and method: A body movement detecting apparatus includes a time-frequency converting unit configured to convert an input acoustic signal to a frequency component, an electric power difference computing unit configured to compute an electric power difference value of the frequency component of each of predetermined frequency bandwidths, a duration computing unit configured... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120302925 - Gesture recognition biofeedback: A gesture recognition biofeedback device is provided for improving fine motor function in persons with brain injury. The system detects a physical characteristic of the patient and provides feedback based on the detected characteristic. For instance, the system may detect surface muscle pressures of the forearm to provide real-time visual... Agent:

  
11/22/2012 > 90 patent applications in 63 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20120296148 - Method and apparatus pertaining to treatment plans for dynamic radiation-treatment platforms: A control circuit accesses patient information and treatment-platform information and uses that information to automatically suggest a treatment plan having at least one of a given number of treatment-pathway traversals wherein the given number is permitted to be greater than one and sub-treatment-pathway traversal-based physical alterations to at least one... Agent:

20120296149 - Methods of controlling magnetic nanoparticles to improve vascular flow: Some embodiments provide a system for external manipulation of magnetic nanoparticles in vasculature using a remotely placed magnetic field-generating stator. In one aspect, the systems and methods relate to the control of magnetic nanoparticles in a fluid medium using permanent magnet-based or electromagnetic field-generating stator sources. Such a system can... Agent: Pulse Therapeutics, Inc.

20120296150 - Portable apparatus for local combined electromagnetic irridation: A portable apparatus for local integrated electromagnetic irradiation comprises a device for generating a light field with a combinable wavelength, an array of individual light sources with different wavelengths, a controllable magnetic field source including at least one coil and a core made of a ferromagnetic material and a device... Agent:

20120296151 - Assembly and method of implanting a heart assist system: A needle guard is used when suturing the cuff of an attachment ring to the heart. The needle guard is disposed in the attachment ring to prevent other parts of the attachment ring from being punctured by a suturing needle. The needle guard can include one or more grooves to... Agent:

20120296152 - Multi-lumen cannula: This document relates to methods and materials for providing blood flow for a blood pump recipient. For example, cannulae that can be connected to the circulatory system of a mammal and can be used in conjunction with a blood pump (e.g., an assist device) are provided.... Agent: Thoratec Corporation

20120296153 - Methods and devices for diastolic assist: The devices and method described herein allow for therapeutic damage to increase volume in these hyperdynamic hearts to allow improved physiology and ventricular filling and to reduce diastolic filling pressure by making the ventricle less stiff.... Agent: Nsyz

20120296155 - Magnetic attachment arrangement for implantable device: An arrangement is described for an implantable medical system. An implant housing contains a portion of an implantable electronic system and has a planar outer surface adapted to lie parallel to overlying skin in an implanted patient. An implant magnet arrangement is located within the housing and adapted to magnetically... Agent: Vibrant Med-el Hearing Technology Gmbh

20120296154 - Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations: Methods and apparatus for transmitting vibrations via an electronic and/or transducer assembly through a dental implant are disclosed herein. The assembly may be attached, adhered, or otherwise embedded into or upon the implant to form a hearing assembly. The electronic and transducer assembly may receive incoming sounds either directly or... Agent: Sonitus Medical, Inc.

20120296156 - Sleep and environment control method and system: A sleep system is provided that aids in achieving a sleep goal through the control of an environment near a person. The sleep system includes a processor capable of executing instructions used for controlling one or more aspects of the environment and a memory capable of holding the instructions. Upon... Agent:

20120296157 - Medical device comprising an artificial contractile structure: The present invention relates to a medical device including an artificial contractile structure which may be advantageously used to assist the functioning of a hollow organ. The medical device includes an artificial contractile structure including at least one contractile element (100) adapted to contract an organ, in such way that... Agent: Myopowers Medical Technologies Sa

20120296158 - Penile prosthetic system and pump having inlet valve with high velocity closure mechanism: A pump connected to a reservoir and a cylinder of an implantable penile prosthesis includes a pump body and an inlet valve assembly. The pump body has a pump bulb connected to the pump body, where the pump bulb is operable to move fluid between the reservoir and the cylinder.... Agent: Coloplast A/s

20120296159 - Supporting apparatus for medical device: A supporting apparatus for medical device comprises a balance mechanism which movably and tiltably maintains a flexible endoscope and balances a weight of the flexible endoscope and a link mechanism section. Further, the supporting section of the flexible endoscope comprises a transparent photo interrupter which detects attachment/detachment of the flexible... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120296160 - Positioning cage: A positioning device and method of using are provided herein. The positioning device includes an expandable cage through which blood can flow. The expandable cage is insertable into a bodily organ, for example a heart, and expanded to temporarily secure the positioning device within the organ. Then, the cage can... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120296161 - Balloon visualization for traversing a tissue wall: Systems and methods for controllably traversing a tissue wall. In one embodiment, a distal end of a catheter is positioned and/or repositioned utilizing direct visualization out the distal end of the catheter, as facilitated by an imaging element disposed within the distal tip of the catheter. An inflatable balloon may... Agent: Hansen Medical, Inc.

20120296165 - Capsule medical apparatus and method for manufacturing the same: A capsule medical apparatus includes: a casing having a capsule shape; first and second boards in at least one of which an imaging element is provided and which are connected by a flexible board; a first board retaining member that retains the first board; a second board retaining member that... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120296163 - Integrated visualization apparatus, systems and methods thereof: Surgical visualization devices are provided which include a fixation device having at least one camera coupled to the fixation device wherein the camera includes at least one lens that is directed outwardly from the upper surface of the fixation device such that when the fixation device is inserted in tissue... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120296166 - Intradural endoscope: A method for treating a patient includes inserting an endoscope into an intradural space of the patient via an interspace of a vertebral column of the patient; steering the endoscope along the intradural space to a location; and performing a medical procedure at the location using a working lumen of... Agent:

20120296162 - Method for positioning a disposable sterile endotracheal tube, and corresponding system for intubation: a module (10) comprising a screen (11) and a light source (12), to be connected to said optical fiber bundle (20) to provide light to the distal end (20D) of said optical fiber bundle (20), and to display on the screen (11) said image collected from the distal end (20D)... Agent: Centre Hospitalier Universitaire De Bordeaux (c.h.u. De Bordeaux)

20120296164 - Monitor apparatus for laparoscopic surgery and displaying method thereof: A monitor apparatus for a laparoscopic surgery rotates images captured by a laparoscope as an endoscope and displayed on monitors for the laparoscopic surgery clockwise or counterclockwise according to commands for rotating the images by surgeons who use image rotation manipulation parts such that the images of surgical devices displayed... Agent:

20120296167 - Flexible-tubed structure of endoscope: The present invention relates to a flexible-tubed structure of an endoscope comprising a plurality of cylindrical units, a first wire, a second wire, a first flexible unit, and a second flexible unit. The wires respectively pass through the cylindrical units. The flexible units are continuously disposed at the recesses of... Agent: Three-in-one Enterprises Co., Ltd.

20120296168 - Composite flexible endoscope insertion shaft with tubular substructure: An endoscope insertion shaft is disclosed comprising a tubular member having an axis and including at least one aperture for imparting desirable mechanical characteristics to the shaft. A composite, laminated or fused material comprises at least one layer encasing or jacketing the tubular member.... Agent:

20120296169 - Articulating laparoscopic surgical access instrument: A surgical instrument includes proximal and distal shaft components, an articulation assembly, and an outer sleeve. The shaft components are pivotably coupled to one another. The distal shaft component is articulatable relative to the proximal shaft component between a substantially aligned configuration and an articulated configuration. The articulation assembly includes... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120296170 - Thoracic access port: A surgical access assembly for positioning within an opening in tissue including an outer frame positionable outside a patient and defining an opening therein dimensioned to receive a surgical instrument therethrough. The outer frame includes first and second portions. The first portion is biased into locking engagement with the second... Agent:

20120296171 - Method and apparatus for performing spinal fusion surgery: Implants, instruments, and methods for performing surgical procedures on the spine, including one or more of creating an operative corridor to the spine, delivering implants to the spine, fusing one or more segments of the spine, and fixing one or more segments of the spine.... Agent:

20120296172 - Surgical retractor apparatus and method: A surgical retractor is provided to retain tissue in a retracted position and expose an interior surface during a surgical procedure. The surgical retractor is self-retaining and includes opposing blades that are removably mountable on arms of the surgical retractor via a ball-and-socket assembly that permits swiveling and hinging of... Agent:

20120296173 - Illumination device and method of use for ophthalmic surgery: An illumination device for use in an ophthalmic surgical apparatus, the illumination device including a fiber optic having a proximal end and a connector coupled to the fiber optic. The connector includes one or more of (1) a datum surface disposed a predetermined distance from the proximal end to position... Agent:

20120296176 - Method and apparatus for diagnosis and treatment: Method and apparatus for performing multiple measurements and diagnoses simultaneously, in terms of body function, include a data processing element, a data acquisition module, an optional treatment output module, a user control module, and a user display system, where the data acquisition module sends a plurality of measurement data simultaneously,... Agent:

20120296175 - Methods and apparatus for assessment of atypical brain activity: t

20120296174 - Modular wrist-worn processor for patient monitoring: The invention provides a physiological probe that comfortably attaches to the base of the patient's thumb, thereby freeing up their fingers for conventional activities in a hospital, such as reading and eating. The probe, which comprises a separate cradle module and sensor module, secures to the thumb and measures time-dependent... Agent:

20120296177 - Systems and methods for deriving relative physiologic measurements: One embodiment of the present invention relates to a system for deriving physiologic measurement values that are relative to ambient conditions. In one embodiment, the system comprises an implantable medical device (“IMD”), an external computing device, and a backend computing system. The IMD determines a physiologic parameter value within a... Agent:

20120296179 - Analyte concentration detection devices and methods: Arrangements for the detection of the presence and/or concentration of an analyte in a sample of bodily fluid include diffuse transmission, diffuse reflection and edge or waveguide illumination arrangements. A vertical flow assay arrangement and/or technique is also disclosed, and includes a detection component that can be in the form... Agent:

20120296178 - Personal health device: An active pulse blood constituent monitor is disclosed. A sensor configured to provide an artificial excitation to a portion of the patient at a known frequency provides additional information in determining the physiological condition of the patient.... Agent: Cercacor Laboratories, Inc.

20120296180 - Spectroscopic detection of malaria via the eye: Methods, apparatus, and systems for detecting hemozoin and diagnosing malaria infection are disclosed.... Agent: Tokitae LLC, A Limited Liability Company Of The State Of Delaware

20120296182 - Method and apparatus for monitoring sleep apnea severity: Disclosed embodiments include a method and an apparatus for monitoring sleep apnea severity that comprise: (a) analyzing an oxygen saturation signal to extract a plurality of time-domain and frequency-domain metrics; (b) calculating an oxygen saturation-based Apnea Hyponea Index (AHI) by employing a predetermined functional mapping between said metrics and polysomnography... Agent: Universidad De Valladolid

20120296181 - System and method for voice control of medical devices: A medical device includes an insertable portion capable of being inserted into an orifice associated with a body of a patient. The insertable portion comprising an automated head unit capable of being manipulated in at least two axes of motion based at least in part on one or more control... Agent: Cheetah Omni, LLC

20120296183 - Device configuration for supporting a patient oxygenation test: A method for performing a patient oxygenation test using one or more computing devices is provided. The patient oxygenation test comprises a plurality of instructions for implementing a workflow for determining an oxygenation status for a patient. An entry or selection is received of one or more physiological parameters for... Agent: Welch Allyn, Inc.

20120296184 - Noninvasive physiological analysis using excitation-sensor modules and related devices and methods: Methods and apparatus for qualifying and quantifying excitation-dependent physiological information extracted from wearable sensors in the midst of interference from unwanted sources are provided. An organism is interrogated with at least one excitation energy, energy response signals from two or more distinct physiological regions are sensed, and these signals... Agent:

20120296185 - Signal acquisition circuit for detecting a wanted signal in the presence of an unwanted signal: A signal acquisition circuit detects a wanted signal in a composite signal containing the wanted signal and an unwanted signal, where the highest frequency in the unwanted signal is higher than the highest frequency in the wanted signal. A sensor captures the composite signal and an analog-to-digital converter samples and... Agent: Zarlink Semiconductor Ab

20120296186 - Analyte sensors having a membrane with low temperature sensitivity: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to analyte determining methods and devices (e.g., electrochemical analyte monitoring systems) that have a membrane with low temperature sensitivity. The sensing layer is disposed on a working electrode of in vivo and/or in vitro analyte sensors, e.g., continuous and/or automatic in vivo monitoring using... Agent:

20120296187 - Devices and methods for obtaining analyte sample: Devices, systems and methods for accessing bodily fluid beneath the skin surface by abrading the skin, whereby such bodily fluid may be extracted for ex vivo analysis or whereby an in vivo analyte sensor is implanted at the abrasion site.... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120296188 - Devices and methods for measuring oxygen: A sensor for measuring oxygen concentration in a tissue or an organ of a subject is provided. The sensor includes a sensory element comprising at least one paramagnetic spin probe compound encapsulated in a biocompatible oxygen permeable material. A barrier layer partially covers the sensory element and is comprised of... Agent: The Ohio State University Research Foundation

20120296189 - Methods of collecting and analyzing samples: Provided are methods of measuring analyte concentrations in interstitial fluid samples, methods of determining accuracy of subcutaneously implantable analyte sensors, methods of manufacturing and determining calibration factors for subcutaneously implantable analyte sensors, as well as subcutaneously implantable analyte sensors manufactured according to the described methods and having a high level... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120296190 - Multilayer helical wave filter for medical therapeutic or diagnostic applications: A multilayer helical wave filter having a primary resonance at a selected RF diagnostic or therapeutic frequency or frequency range, includes an elongated conductor forming at least a portion of an implantable medical lead. The elongated conductor includes a first helically wound segment having at least one planar surface, a... Agent: Greatbatch Ltd.

20120296191 - Transducer mountings and wearable monitors: A transducer mounting comprising a compliant elongate support member having a skin engaging surface, adhering means to adhere the skin engaging surface to a wearer's head, and a plurality of transducers longitudinally spaced on the skin engaging surface. A wearable monitor comprising adhering means for adhering the wearable monitor to... Agent:

20120296192 - Photoacoustic imaging apparatus and photoacoustic imaging method: The present invention provides a photoacoustic imaging apparatus, having: a light source; a plurality of detecting elements for detecting an acoustic wave generated from a surface of an object and a light absorber inside the object, and converting the acoustic wave into a detection signal; and a signal processor for... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120296194 - Method and system for determining a condition of a brain: A system for use in determining a condition of a brain, the system including an input device for providing data representing a structure of the brain and a processor communicably connected to the input device. The processor is configured for measuring at east one geometric characteristic of the structure of... Agent: Global Advanced Vision Limited

20120296193 - System and method for hybrid radiofrequency labeling for magnetic resonance imaging: A system and method is provided for magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) that includes applying a first labeling pulse sequence to a first labeling region having a first portion of a vasculature of a subject extending through the first labeling region to label spins moving within the first labeling region. A... Agent:

20120296195 - Apparatus and method for detection and monitoring of electronical activity and motion in the presence of a magnetic field: The invention generally provides a method of detecting or monitoring the characteristics (including change over time) of at least one electrical indicator of the function of a tissue in a biological organism in the presence of a magnetic field. Preferably, the magnetic field is generated by a magnetic resonance imaging... Agent: Brain Research Institute Pty Ltd

20120296196 - Method for assisting a person performing a minimally invasive intervention with a catheter involving a puncture of a septum and x-ray device: A method for assisting a person performing a minimally invasive intervention with a catheter involving a puncture of a septum, in particular of a heart, is proposed. A three-dimensional image data record is recorded showing an anatomical structure in the region of the septum. An item of septum information showing... Agent:

20120296197 - Therapeutic apparatus: A therapeutic apparatus comprising a high intensity focused ultrasound system (302) for sonicating a sonication volume (324) of a subject (320). The therapeutic apparatus further comprises a magnetic resonance imaging system (300) for acquiring magnetic resonance thermometry data (350) within an imaging volume (316). The sonication volume is within the... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120296198 - Endoscopic imaging device: An endoscopic imaging device for endoscopy in a body vessel is disclosed. The device comprises an annular illumination tube comprising an annular illumination fiber for illuminating a body vessel during endoscopy. The device further includes a first imaging tube comprising a first imaging fiber for gross examination and navigation through... Agent:

20120296199 - Apparatus and method of non-contrast magnetic resonance angiography of abdominal and pelvic arteries: Exemplary method and apparatus can be provided for generating information regarding at least one tissue. Using such exemplary method and apparatus, it is possible to generate a plurality of inversion recovery (IR) radio frequency (RF) pulses that are configured to establish an identifier of an element associated with at least... Agent: New York University

20120296203 - Automatic identification of tracked surgical devices using an electromagnetic localization system: A method and apparatus for identifying a member used in a navigation system. The navigation system can determine the identification of an instrument via an input. The input can be substantially automatic when an instrument is introduced into the navigation system field or assembly.... Agent: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.

20120296201 - Lesion detection and localization using gamma cameras with converging collimation: First and second gamma radiation detector heads are oriented to image an area of a subject. The area of said subject is completely within a field of view that is defined between the first and second gamma radiation heads. Focal points of each of the first and second gamma radiation... Agent: Digirad Corporation

20120296202 - Method and system for registration of ultrasound and physiological models to x-ray fluoroscopic images: A method and system for registering ultrasound images and physiological models to x-ray fluoroscopy images is disclosed. A fluoroscopic image and an ultrasound image, such as a Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) image, are received. A 2D location of an ultrasound probe is detected in the fluoroscopic image. A 3D pose of... Agent: Siemens Corporation

20120296200 - System and method for targeting catheter electrodes: A system and method is described for a catheter guidance system which allows an operator to use a mapping catheter to specify tissue target locations for the automatic guidance of a second therapeutic catheter. The operator places a mapping catheter at a desired location, and commands the catheter guidance system... Agent: Magnetecs, Inc.

20120296204 - Multi-modality ultrasound and radio frequency system for imaging tissue: This invention provides a dual-modality system for performing characterization and imaging of tissue, tumors, structures, lesions, and ablations under investigation. Specifically, the invention couples ultrasound technology comprising at least two focused ultrasound beams for vibrating target tissues located at the focal point of the ultrasound beams intersection with a radio... Agent: Ultrawave Labs, Inc.

20120296206 - Needle array assembly and method for delivering therapeutic agents: A fluid delivery device includes an array of needles, each in fluid communication with a respective reservoir. Respective actuators are coupled so as to be operable to drive fluid from the reservoirs via needle ports. Each needle can have a plurality of ports, and the ports can be arranged to... Agent:

20120296205 - Optical recognition of tissue and vessels: Methods and apparatus for optically recognizing tissue parameters during an energy-based tissue-sealing procedure involve grasping tissue with a tissue-sealing instrument, illuminating the grasped tissue or tissue adjacent to the grasped tissue with light, analyzing the light that is transmitted, scattered, or reflected by the tissue, and recognizing the tissue based... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120296207 - Post-biopsy cavity treatment implants and methods: An implant for filling a cavity created by an excisional procedure includes first and second portions. The first portion may include a first collagenous matrix that defines a first selected crosslinking density and the second portion may include a second collagenous matrix that defines a second selected cross-linking density that... Agent:

20120296208 - Medical microbubble generation: Medical apparatus and processes controllably generate medically useful micro or nano bubbles of medically desirable and controllably selectable size, size distribution, homogeneity and concentration (and/or other key bubble parameters) for patient infusion, and/or which may incorporate therapeutic or other agents for patient infusion and/or may be combined with therapeutic or... Agent:

20120296209 - Ultrasonic imaging device and information processing device: Provided is an ultrasonic imaging device that noninvasively measures the stiffness of the cardiac muscle, which is the heart muscle, or intracardiac pressure, which is the blood pressure inside the heart. The ultrasonic imaging device includes: an ultrasonic probe (2) that transmits and receives ultrasonic waves to and from the... Agent:

20120296210 - Wireless network having portable ultrasound devices: A patient monitoring system has one or more ultrasound devices that monitor patients. The ultrasound devices can communicate to a central station by way of a wireless data communication network. Ultrasound images acquired by the ultrasound devices may be displayed at the central station. Alarms may be generated based upon... Agent: Ultrasonix Medical Corporation

20120296211 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes a light irradiator for irradiating a lattice point set in the region to be imaged with light converging to the lattice point, so as to impart heat locally to the point; an image for distortion amount calculation-generating section for generating an ultrasound image for distortion... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120296212 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus, control method, and image processing apparatus: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment includes an extracting unit, a detecting unit, and a display controlling unit. The extracting unit extracts a cervical image region that is a region including the cervical region from an ultrasonic image of a fetus obtained by transmissions and receptions of ultrasonic... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20120296213 - Ultrasound for locating anatomy or probe guidance: A hand-held apparatus can be used to assist in guiding a probe or locating a particular anatomical target in a subject. The apparatus can include an ultrasonic transducer located on or within a housing and configured to generate ultrasonic energy directed into tissue of a subject and configured to receive... Agent: University Of Virginia Patent Foundation

20120296214 - Ultrasonic diagnostic device, and region-to-be-detected image display method and measurement method using same: The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes a controller, to which a probe and a monitor are connected, the probe having an array of transducers, in which a number of transducers are arranged in a first direction. The controller controls transmission of an ultrasonic beam using the array of transducers of the... Agent: Panasonic Corporation

20120296215 - Ultrasound imaging system using beamforming techniques for phase coherence grating lobe suppression: High-frequency ultrasound imaging can be performed with greater quality and suppressed grating lobes by using methods and systems for effectively reducing the temporal length of transmit grating lobe signals in received ultrasound echoes. Systems and methods are provided for improved high-frequency ultrasound imaging. In various aspects, the method of shortening... Agent: Dalhousie University

20120296216 - Methods and systems of aiming sensor(s) for measuring cardiac parameters: A placement mechanism for placing a sensor for non invasive measurement of at least one parameter. The placement mechanism comprises a angling unit which angles a sensor in relation to a sensor positioning site on a skin of a target patient in proximity to the ribs while maintaining a front... Agent: Cardiogal Ltd.

20120296217 - Method and apparatus for delivering an endoscope via microsurgical instruments while performing microscopic surgery: The present invention relates to a surgical apparatus that includes a surgical instrument including an elongated shaft extending along a longitudinal axis from a proximal end to a distal end, a working element coupled to the distal end of the elongated shaft for manipulating tissue; an endoscope having a tubular... Agent:

20120296218 - Fluorescence endoscope device: Provided is a fluorescence endoscope device that includes a light source; an image generating portion that captures an image of fluorescence generated at a subject due to irradiation with excitation light from the light source to obtain a fluorescence image and that captures an image of return light returning from... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20120296219 - Apparatus and method for respiratory rate detection and early detection of blood loss volume: An apparatus and method is provided that provide, in real-time, an accurate detection and warning of dangerous blood or fluid loss to warn of impending hypovolemia, by non-invasive monitoring and processing of photoplethysmography data.... Agent: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

20120296220 - Diagnosis supporting apparatus and control method of diagnosis supporting apparatus: A diagnosis supporting apparatus includes: an image input section that inputs an endoscopic image acquired from a living tissue, a structure detection section that detects similar circular-shaped structures from an image signal corresponding to the endoscopic image inputted to the image input section, and a network detection section that detects... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120296221 - Method and apparatus for determining a respiration signal: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for determining a respiration of a subject (305) in which, with a single multi-axial accelerometer (310) positioned on a body of the subject (305), accelerometer signals are generated (101) indicative of the acceleration of the subject (305) along different spatial axes, a... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120296222 - Implantable medical sensor and anchoring system: A medical device adapted to be implanted in a vessel of a human body includes a housing that contains means for performing medical functions and an anchor for supporting the housing in an intended location and orientation within the vessel. The anchor is expandable from a low profile configuration adapted... Agent: Medtronic Vascular, Inc.

20120296223 - Blood pressure information measurement device and control method of blood pressure information measurement device: A measurement device pressurizes two cuffs in a state in which the cuffs are attached to the distal side and the proximal side of the measurement device, respectively, calculates an AI value or the like based on a pulse wave detected from a change in cuff pressure on the distal... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20120296224 - Sensor determining a physical or physiological parameter: The present invention relates to determining or measuring a biological, physical or physiological parameter of an object (10) by a sensor (2). It may be beneficial to constantly monitor or determine a biological, physical or physiological parameter of an object (10) by a sensor (2), subsequently allowing for a preferred... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120296226 - Predictive drowsiness alarm method: A method for predicting drowsiness is disclosed. By obtaining average heart beat rate values of a driver, and according to the characteristics of the heart beat rate values over a period of time, the method is utilized to determine whether the human being is going to sleep. The method comprises... Agent: Industrial Technology Research Institute

20120296225 - System for cardiac condition detection responsive to blood pressure analysis: A system provides cardiac arrhythmia detection and performs blood pressure analysis of multiple catheter channels of blood pressure signals to characterize heart hemodynamic activity. A system for heart performance characterization and abnormality detection includes a repository, data processor and output processor. The repository of data comprises, first distribution data representing... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20120296227 - Electro-myocardial cardiogram (emcg) parameter's css/rss for calculating heart performance: A method to evaluate Electro-Myocardial Cardiogram (EmCG) parameters is disclosed. The method comprises calculating a Contraction Strength Strain (CSS) and Relaxation Strength Strain (RSS) index. The calculation is represented by a non-linear waveform that represents the excitement function and pump function of the heart.... Agent:

20120296228 - Heart sounds-based pacing optimization: An implantable medical device receives both heart sound and electrogram signals. A processor within the implantable medical device extracts physiologically relevant information from both the heart sound signal and the electrogram signal. Based on the extracted physiologically relevant information a set of pacing parameters is evaluated. In certain examples, the... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120296229 - Neonatal colorimetric carbon dioxide detector: A neonatal colorimetric carbon dioxide detector has a colorimetric carbon dioxide detector membrane having a pH-sensitive chemical indicator that undergoes colorimetric change in the presence of carbon dioxide. The detector has a patient orifice in fluid communication with the baby's airway and a respiration equipment orifice connected to a breathing... Agent: Mercury Enterprises, Inc.

20120296230 - Neurologic monitoring system and method: A method, system, and products that allow for accurate localization, virtual depiction, and testing of nerve(s) or neural structures that course through or around a proposed surgical site are described. The method and system employs a variety of types of neurodiagnostic tests that incorporate sensory, motor, and mixed nerve conduction... Agent:

20120296231 - Body impedance measurement apparatus: A body impedance measurement apparatus having high aesthetic qualities can be realized without increasing the manufacturing costs thereof by providing a membrane-type electrode formed integrally with the surface of a resinous first housing through insert molding.... Agent: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.

20120296232 - Method and apparatus of assessing transvascular denervation: Embodiments of the invention provide catheter devices for assessing transvascular denervation. A method of assessing denervation comprises: introducing intravascularly a catheter to a vessel of a patient, the catheter including one or more recording elements; performing a baseline recording of responses by supplying nerve stimulation to the vessel and recording... Agent: St. Jude Medical, Inc.

20120296233 - Methods and apparatus for an analyte detecting device: In one embodiment according to the present invention, a device is provided comprising a cartridge having a plurality of cavities. The device may include a plurality of penetrating members at least partially contained in the cavities of the single cartridge wherein the penetrating members are slidably movable to extend outward... Agent:

20120296234 - Measuring skeletal distraction: In one aspect, a method includes transmitting an interrogation signal. A first signal transmitted in response to the interrogation signal is detected, the first signal being transmitted by a first transponder arranged to move with a first bone fragment. A second signal transmitted in response to the interrogation signal is... Agent: Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20120296235 - Automated system and method for performing and monitoring physical therapy exercises: An automated system and method for performing and monitoring physical therapy exercises that includes the computerized motion capture of a user performing physical therapy exercises, comparison of the user's exercises to an idealized stored digital representation of the same exercises based on body type, and real time feedback to the... Agent:

20120296237 - Motor coordination skills measurement and assessment: There is described a computer-interfaced hand coordination measuring device that can track performance over time and report various types of errors, such as sequential, misses, perseverations, and balancing. The apparatus may be coupled to a computer and accompanying software is used to collect data from the administered tests and provide... Agent:

20120296236 - Therapy system including multiple posture sensors: Posture-responsive therapy is delivered by the medical system based on posture state input from only one of multiple posture sensors at any given time. An example implantable medical system includes a first posture sensor and a second sensor. A processor controls therapy delivery to the patient based on at least... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

  
11/15/2012 > 112 patent applications in 69 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20120289760 - Cytomegalovirus-based immunogenic preparations: This disclosure relates to methods of using recombinant replication-deficient cytomegalovirus (CMV) to generate a long-term, repeatedly stimulated T cell-based immune response in a subject, for instance against a heterologous antigen expressed by the cytomegalovirus. It further relates to methods of using a recombinant replication deficient CMV as an anti-cancer immunogenic... Agent:

20120289759 - Interlocking vacuum cushion: A method of positioning, holding, and immobilization of a patient on a radiation treatment table or patient support surface. The positioning device is an improved vacuum cushion for the immobilization of a patient's full body on a support surface for some type of therapy to be accurately delivered and repeated.... Agent:

20120289757 - Method, device and system for modulating an activity of brown adipose tissue in a vertebrate subject: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed herein for treatment of a disease, disorder, or condition in a vertebrate subject. A device is provided that includes one or more cooling elements configured to be applied to one or more tissues of a vertebrate subject to modulate at least one activity of... Agent: Searete LLC, A Limited Liability Corporation Of The State Of Delaware

20120289758 - Method, device and system for modulating an activity of brown adipose tissue in a vertebrate subject: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed herein for treatment of a disease, disorder, or condition in a vertebrate subject. A device is provided that includes one or more cooling elements configured to be applied to one or more tissues of a vertebrate subject to modulate at least one activity of... Agent: Searete LLC, A Limited Liability Corporation Of The State Of Delaware

20120289761 - Method, device and system for modulating an activity of brown adipose tissue in a vertebrate subject: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed herein for treatment of a disease, disorder, or condition in a vertebrate subject. A device is provided that includes one or more cooling elements configured to be applied to one or more tissues of a vertebrate subject to modulate at least one activity of... Agent: Searete LLC, A Limited Liability Corporation Of The State Of Delaware

20120289762 - Source/seed delivery surgical staple device for delivering local source/seed direclty to a staple margin: A source delivery surgical staple device delivers a source/seed to a staple margin. The surgical staple delivery device includes a main staple body segment hingedly attached to a second body segment. Each of the segments is appointed for engagement to dispense the sources/seeds and/or a surgical staple to the staple... Agent:

20120289763 - Method, device and system for modulating an activity of brown adipose tissue in a vertebrate subject: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed herein for treatment of a disease, disorder, or condition in a vertebrate subject. A device is provided that includes one or more passive cooling elements configured to be applied to one or more tissues of a vertebrate subject to modulate at least one activity... Agent: Searete LLC, A Limited Liability Corporation Of The State Of Delaware

20120289764 - Magnetic induction system and operating method for same incorporation by reference: The invention provides a magnetic induction system and an operating method for it in which the magnetic force can be made to act deeply and widely in any desired direction. The magnetic induction system of the invention contains multiple magnetic field generation means formed of a superconductive bulk magnet, a... Agent: Shibaura Institute Of Technology

20120289765 - Portable and modular transportation unit with improved transport capabilities: A medical device, such as an intra-aortic balloon pump or carrier with an extendable wheel track and handle configured to be removably carried and integrated with a cart. The wheel track is configured to extend upon extension of the handle and to return to its original position upon retraction of... Agent: Maquet Cardiovascular LLC

20120289766 - Stuttering inhibition method and device: A method and device is disclosed for reducing and controlling stuttering. The method involves tactile feedback of the stutterer's own speech to reducing stuttering. In one embodiment, the device may detect speech by audible or mechanical means, and the feedback may be produced by vibration mechanisms.... Agent: University Of Mississippi

20120289767 - Methods and apparatus for device based prevention of kinetosis: Mechanisms are provided for alleviating kinetosis using a mobile device. Motion sensors, gyroscopes, cameras, inertial modules, proximity detectors, global position system (GPS) receivers, orientation sensors, etc., are used to monitor motion that a mobile device user feels through the vestibular system but may not observe. A kinetosis alleviation system generates... Agent: Mobitv, Inc.

20120289768 - Anatomically conforming vaginal insert: A vaginal insert formed from a composition that, prior to introduction to the vagina, has the physical properties of a liquid, semi-soft gel, paste, foam, or viscous material so that it can be effectively delivered to the vaginal canal. After introduction into the vagina, the composition will expand and/or solidify... Agent:

20120289770 - Delivery members for delivering an implant into a body of a patient: In one embodiment, a medical device includes a first elongate portion and a second elongate portion. The first elongate portion defines a loop and has a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion is configured to be removably coupled to an implant. The second elongate... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120289769 - Directionless (orientation independent) needle injection port: Generally described herein are certain embodiments directed to an orientation-independent injection port fluidly coupled to a gastric banding system. The injection port may be configured to simplify the port-targeting process when a medical professional attempts to penetrate the injection port with a needle during a gastric band-adjusting procedure. For example,... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20120289771 - Pessary: There is disclosed a pessary 10 for treating the prolapse of uterus, characterized by comprising a cylindrical sheet-like member 11, which is un-deformable in the axial direction but deformable in the radial direction. The sheet-like member 11 comprises a plurality of metal pieces 13 discontinuously provided in the circumferential direction... Agent:

20120289773 - Connector for a laparoscopic surgical system: A connector for connecting an instrument tip with a laparoscopic tube end, the connector including a base forming a body of the connector, the base having a lumen configured to accommodate an instrument tip actuator therein, and a seal permanently bonded to an inner surface of a proximal end of... Agent: Microline Surgical, Inc.

20120289772 - Deployment catheter: A deployment catheter is described herein that preferably is configured to deliver a medical device such as a valve to a location in a patient such as a patient's airway. Preferably, such a deployment catheter is configured to be used in conjunction with a bronchoscope. In some embodiments, a locking... Agent: Spiration, Inc.

20120289774 - Introducer device with locking adaptor: Introducer Device comprises (a) Housing including (1) Housing Lumen sized and shaped to slidably receive a visualization device therein and (2) Slot sized to receive therein a projection extending from visualization device received in Lumen radially away from Lumen; (b) Sheath extending distally from handle and being sized and shaped... Agent:

20120289775 - Power supply system and medical capsule device mounted with this power supply system: Provided are a power generation system which does not limit a patient's range of motion, is harmless to a living body, and can obtain a sufficient electricity generating capacity in the stomach or the intestines and a disposable medical capsule device which does not have to be collected after use.... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20120289776 - Methods and devices for diagnosing, monitoring, or treating medical conditions through an opening through an airway wall: Methods and devices for diagnosing, monitoring, and/or treating tissue through an opening or port through an airway wall are provided herein.... Agent:

20120289779 - Endoscope: An endoscope includes an insertion portion including an image pickup section, an illumination section, and a light guide inserted inside the insertion portion, the light guide including a plurality of fibers made of a glass not containing lead, the plurality of fibers guiding illuminating light from a light source apparatus... Agent:

20120289778 - Endoscope capable of displaying a scale for determination of the size of the target: An endoscope includes an endoscope body carrying a display device and buttons, a display control circuit, a flexible tube member, an image pickup module, and a stop pin, which has a proximal end thereof connected to the composite of the flexible tube member and the image pickup module and a... Agent:

20120289780 - Intralumen medical delivery vessel propelled by superconductive repulsion-levitation magnetic fields: A magnetically guided device driven by the repulsive forces generated by superconductive materials, housed in a thermally insulated vessel, due to phenomenon known as the Meissner-effect in response to the externally generated magnetic fields. The vessels will be installed in or on medical diagnostic, delivery or other procedural devices or... Agent:

20120289777 - Medical system providing dynamic registration of a model of an anatomical structure for image-guided surgery: A medical system provides navigation assistance to a surgeon so that the surgeon may navigate a flexible medical device through linked passages of an anatomical structure to a target in or adjacent to the anatomical structure. As the medical device moves through the linked passages, images are captured by an... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120289781 - Pivoting three-dimensional video endoscope: A surgical camera assembly includes a proximal member defining a longitudinal axis and a distal member defining a pointed tip configured to puncture tissue to permit insertion of the surgical camera assembly therethrough. The distal member is pivotably coupled to the proximal member and is movable relative thereto between a... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120289782 - Twin camera endoscope: A surgical camera assembly includes a base and first and second spaced-apart legs extending distally from the base. The legs are configured for positioning within an internal surgical site and are disposed in parallel orientation relative to one another. The legs are slidable relative to one other and to the... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120289783 - Medical system with multiple operating modes for steering a medical instrument through linked body passages: A controller operates in different operating modes to control movement of a distal tip of a medical instrument when inserting and retracting the medical instrument through linked body passages. When inserting the medical instrument, the controller normally operates in an automatic navigation mode unless manually overridden to operate in a... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120289784 - Rigid arthroscope system: A reinforced arthroscope comprising external ribs to provide for a number of separate fluid channels, such as inflow, outflow and interstitial tissue drainage, when the arthroscope is slipped into a disposable external sheath. The arthroscope is constructed to be sufficiently rigid so as to penetrate and move within a joint... Agent: Cannuflow Inc.

20120289785 - Wound retractor: A retraction device for retracting an incision in a body wall includes a sheath that traverses through the incision from outside the body to a body cavity inside the body. The retraction device may include a deployable, adjustable frame that supports the sheath and that, together with the sheath, retracts... Agent: Applied Medical Resources Corporation

20120289786 - Extension ring for eyeball tissue: A strand of resilient material has multiple tissue-engaging portions for engaging and spreading eyeball tissue segments apart. The strand is formed as a continuous ring with straight sides joined by corner portions. The corner portions constitute the tissue-engaging portions and have top and bottom sections and a connecting arc of... Agent: Microsurgical Technology, Inc.

20120289787 - System for clinical workflow enhancements using a business rules engine that collates heterogeneous healthcare data, and a method thereof: A system for data integration and collation of medical data is described. The system includes a plurality of data sources and a plurality of connectors, wherein the data sources include data from a physiological sensor and a caregiver data store, a connector and source are paired, and each paired connector... Agent:

20120289791 - Calculating and monitoring the efficacy of stress-related therapies: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing data streams from at least two of an accelerometer, a heart-rate monitor, a blood-pressure monitor, a pulse oximeter, or a mood sensor monitoring a person, analyzing data sets collected from the person when the person is engage and not engaged in a therapy,... Agent:

20120289794 - Continuous monitoring of stress using a stress profile created by renal doppler sonography: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing data streams from one or more of a heart-rate monitor, a blood-pressure monitor, a pulse oximeter, a mood sensor, or an accelerometer monitoring a person, accessing a stress model, analyzing the data streams with respect to the stress model, and determining based on... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120289793 - Continuous monitoring of stress using accelerometer data: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing data streams from an accelerometer and one or more of a heart-rate monitor, a blood-pressure monitor, a pulse oximeter, or a mood sensor monitoring a person, analyzing data sets collected from the person when the person is engaged in various activities, and determining... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120289789 - Continuous monitoring of stress using environmental data: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing data streams from an environmental sensor, and one or more of a mood sensor, a heart-rate monitor, a blood-pressure monitor, a pulse oximeter, or an accelerometer monitoring a person, analyzing data sets collected from the person when the person is exposed to various... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120289790 - Continuous monitoring of stress using self-reported psychological or behavioral data: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing data streams from a mood sensor and one or more of a heart-rate monitor, a blood-pressure monitor, a pulse oximeter, or an accelerometer monitoring a person, analyzing data sets collected from the person when the person is stressed and unstressed, analyzing the data... Agent:

20120289792 - Creating a personalized stress profile using renal doppler sonography: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing data streams from a renal Doppler sonograph and one or more of a heart-rate monitor, a blood-pressure monitor, a pulse oximeter, or a mood sensor monitoring a person, and generating a stress model of the person based on the data streams.... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120289788 - Triggering user queries based on sensor inputs: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing one or more physiological data streams, analyzing each physiological data stream in reference to a set of control parameters, and, if a data stream deviates from its control parameters, then transmitting a query to a mood sensor or a behavioral sensor.... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

20120289795 - Self-flowing measuring system: The invention relates to a method and arrangement for continuously measuring substances in a pressurised body fluid. A probe (202) for enabling continuous measurement of the concentration of one or more substances in a pressurized body fluid is provided. The probe is adapted to be inserted into the pressurized body... Agent: Maquet Critical Care Ab

20120289796 - Noninvasive, accurate glucose monitoring with oct by using tissue warming and temperature control: A new OCT system and method are disclosed, where the system includes a probe equipped with a heating element and a high heat conductive member to warm a tissue site to be scanned to an elevated and/or to maintain the elevated tissue temperature with a temperature variation of less than... Agent: The Board Of Regents Of The University Of Texas System

20120289797 - Physiological trend monitor: A physiological trend monitor has a sensor signal responsive to multiple wavelengths of light transmitted into a tissue site. The transmitted light is detected after attenuation by pulsatile blood flow within the tissue site. A processor has an input responsive to the sensor signal and a physiological parameter output. Features... Agent:

20120289798 - Anti-reflective launch optics in laser-based photoplethysmography: An embodiment of a light launching portion of a photoplethysmographic device having a laser (20) light source and a light guide (40). The coupled end of the light guide (40) includes an anti-reflection coating (30a) to prevent or minimize the back reflection of light emitted by the laser (20). This... Agent: Kestrel Labs, Inc.

20120289799 - High-throughput alignment-insensitive optical connector for laser-based photoplethysmography: One embodiment of an optical coupling for use in a photoplethysmographic device having a first light guide (160) with core (150) that mates to a second light guide (210) that has a core (220) with a diameter and numerical aperture that are larger than those of the first light guide.... Agent: Kestrel Labs, Inc.

20120289800 - Tissue clamp for noninvasive physiological measurement: A device includes a clamp and a sensor. The sensor can be attached to the clamp and tissue by the force exerted by the damp. The clamp includes a first jaw member having a jaw face and a second jaw member having a complementary face. The first and second jaw... Agent:

20120289801 - Tissue imaging system and in vivo monitoring method: An in vivo monitoring method in a laparoscope system is provided. An object image is sequentially created with expression of a surface color of an object in a body cavity. A lock area (specific area) is determined within the object image, the lock area being movable by following motion of... Agent:

20120289806 - Analyte monitoring devices and methods therefor: Method and apparatus for performing a discrete glucose testing and bolus dosage determination including a glucose meter with bolus calculation function are provided.... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120289805 - Analyte monitoring system and methods: Methods and systems for providing data communication in medical systems are disclosed.... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120289804 - Back calibration of sensor data: Methods, apparatuses and systems for back calibration of data from a continuous sensor are provided. The continuous sensor may be calibrated periodically by comparing raw sensor values from the sensor to sensor values obtained from a second sensor, such as a blood glucose meter (BGM). Each calibration may produce a... Agent: Bayer Healthcare LLC

20120289803 - Systems and methods for handling unacceptable values in structured collection protocols: Embodiments of methods of querying a diabetic patient regarding compliance with adherence criteria comprises instructing the diabetic patient to collect at least one sample in a sampling set of biomarker data, wherein each sampling set comprises a sufficient plurality of samples recorded over a collection period, comparing the collected samples... Agent: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.

20120289802 - User-defined structured testing for use in diabetes care: A method is provided for constructing a structured test having user-defined adherence criteria. The method includes: presenting a patient with a plurality of contextual criterion for a structured test; receiving selection of one or more contextual criterion from the plurality of contextual criterion; and constructing a structured test that includes... Agent: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.

20120289807 - Piezoelectric film: A method for producing a biocompatible material of the formula NaxKyNbO3, 0≦x≦0.8, 0.2≦y≦1, x+y=1 includes the steps of a) providing a Na-precursor and a K-precursor for NaxKyNbO3, b) mixing the precursors in solution wherein said precursors first react to form a sol and thereafter a gel, c) heat treating the... Agent: St. Jude Medical Ab

20120289808 - Sensor guide wire device and system including a sensor guide wire device: A sensor guide wire device (200) for intravascular measurements of a physiological variable in a living body is disclosed. The sensor guide wire (200) may comprise a sensor element (213) and a connector unit (220). The connector unit (220) is attachable to a signal converting device (310). The sensor element... Agent: St Jude Medical Systems Ab

20120289809 - Method of detecting signal clipping in a wearable ambulatory medical device: A wearable medical device and method of detecting clipping of ECG signals is disclosed. In one embodiment, the wearable medical device comprises a plurality of ECG sensing electrodes configured to sense an ECG of a patient and an ECG acquisition circuit electrically coupled to a pair of the plurality of... Agent: Zoll Medical Corporation

20120289810 - Pressure monitor: A bottom surface with an adhesion surface including a plurality of micro-protrusions, or an adhesive adhered to the bottom surface; a pressure monitoring device configured to measure intraocular pressure of an eye and generate a signal representing the measured pressure; and a transmitter configured to transmit the signal. The bottom... Agent:

20120289813 - Acoustic imaging probe incorporating photoacoustic excitation: Embodiments of the present invention provide for a photoacoustic imaging probe for use in a photoacoustic imaging system, said probe comprising a cohesive composite acoustic lens incorporating aspheric geometry and exhibiting low or practically no measurable dispersion of acoustic waves constructed of at least one material with a low acoustic... Agent:

20120289812 - Apparatus for acquiring biofunctional information, method for acquiring biofunctional information, and program therefor: An adverse effect of position displacement during measurements in calculating oxygen saturation can be decreased with an apparatus having: an acoustic wave detector, for receiving acoustic waves inside a subject, and for converting the acoustic waves to signals; and a processing apparatus for deriving biofunctional information using profiles of absorption... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120289811 - Mask on monitor hernia locator: A method of tracking the location of a hernia defect is disclosed, the method including providing a display device, a camera adapted to transmit an image to the display device, a marking surface disposed on the display device and a marker adapted to alter the marking surface when applied to... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120289814 - Magnetic resonance elastography: A magnetic resonance elastography method includes application of mechanical oscillations with an oscillation period (T) to an object to be examined to generate mechanical waves in the object. A motion sensitive magnetic resonance acquisition sequence with repetition time TR issued to acquire magnetic resonance signals from the object. This acquisition... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120289815 - Methods and devices for diagnosing, monitoring, or treating medical conditions through an opening through an airway wall: Methods and devices for diagnosing, monitoring, and/or treating tissue through an opening or port through an airway wall are provided herein.... Agent: Broncus Technologies, Inc.

20120289816 - Surgical access assembly and method of using same: A surgical access assembly and method of use is disclosed. The surgical access assembly comprises an outer sheath and an obturator. The outer sheath and obturator are configured to be delivered to an area of interest within the brain. Either the outer sheath or the obturator may be configured to... Agent:

20120289817 - Optical respiration status sensor: A subject monitor includes a belt (16) that circumscribes a cyclically moving portion of a subject (14), such as a chest cavity or abdomen. A optical sensing device (18) includes a housing; a tape (50) under tension to retract into the housing, at least one of the tape (50) and... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120289818 - Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy of low concentration solutes with exchangeable protons using label transfer modules: frequency transfer, inversion transfer, and dephasing transfer: An embodiment of the current invention provides a method for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging or spectroscopy, comprising: (a) selectively exciting exchangeable solute protons or protons of exchangeable solute-based water molecules within a frequency range in a subject using at least one frequency-selective radio frequency (RF) pulse, wherein the frequency range... Agent: The Johns Hopkins University

20120289823 - Animal and plant cell electric stimulator with randomized spatial distribution of electrodes for both current injection and for electric field shaping: An electric stimulator for heart, brain, organs and general cells with a random shape and position of electrodes which enhances its performance for breaking the symmetry. Two types of electrodes are introduced: type-1, or active electrodes are similar to prior art, while type-2, or passive electrodes have not been used... Agent:

20120289820 - Apparatus and method for imaging a medical instrument: The invention provides an ultrasound imaging and medical instrument guiding apparatus, a system for acquiring and displaying ultrasound medical images and methods of using the apparatus and system in epidural anesthetic procedure. The apparatus comprises a hand-held ultrasound probe, configured to acquire a volumetric dataset representing a 3-D depiction of... Agent: The University Of British Columbia

20120289822 - Apparatus and method for lorentz-active sheath display and control of surgical tools: The Lorentz-Active Sheath (LAS) serves as a conduit for other medical devices such as catheters, balloons, biopsy needles, etc. The sheath is inserted through a vein or other body orifice and is guided into the area of the patient where the operation is to be performed. The position and orientation... Agent: Magnetecs, Inc.

20120289824 - Biopsy apparatus and biopsy method: A biopsy apparatus has a biopsy needle, which faces a radiation reception surface of a radiation detector and is held obliquely to the radiation reception surface by a biopsy needle holding mechanism. The biopsy apparatus includes a radiographic image capturing apparatus for capturing two radiographic images. One of the two... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120289821 - C-arm integrated electromagnetic tracking system: A medical imaging system and a method electromagnetically track a position of structures with the medical imaging system and a C-arm arrangement. The medical imaging system contains a C-arm, a gantry, and at least one electromagnetic field generator assembly with at least one electromagnetic field generator which interacts with an... Agent: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

20120289819 - Implant detector: Generally described herein are an apparatus, a method of use, and/or a system related to an implant detector for detecting whether a needle inserted into a body of a patient has come into contact with a sensitive portion of the implanted gastric banding system (e.g., the tube connecting the access... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20120289825 - Fluoroscopy-based surgical device tracking method and system: A method and system for assisting a physician track a surgical device in a body organ of a subject during a procedure includes fluoroscopic based registration, tracking, and optimizing a fluoroscopy position. An initial registration step includes receiving a 3D image data of a subject in a first body position,... Agent: Broncus, Technologies, Inc.

20120289826 - Method for localization and identification of structures in projection images: A method for localization and identification of a structure in a projection image with a system having a known system geometry, includes acquiring a preoperative computer-tomography or CT image of a structure, preprocessing the CT-image to a volume image, acquiring an intraoperative two dimensional or 2D X-ray image, preprocessing the... Agent: Johns Hopkins University

20120289827 - Multi-modality ultrasound and radio frequency methodology for imaging tissue: This invention provides a dual-modality system for performing characterization and imaging of tissue, tumors, structures, lesions, and ablations under investigation. Specifically, the invention couples ultrasound technology comprising at least two focused ultrasound beams for vibrating target tissues located at the focal point of the ultrasound beams intersection with a radio... Agent: Ultrawave Labs, Inc.

20120289828 - Ultrasound imaging system: An ultrasound imaging system includes a console and a key pad. The console includes a two dimensional display region having a vertical dimension and a horizontal dimension, wherein the horizontal dimension is smaller than the vertical dimension. The display region includes an upper portion configured to display image data and... Agent: Analogic Corporation

20120289829 - Balance body ultrasound system: A hand held ultrasound system includes a balance body incorporating system electronics and a transducer assembly connected to the balance body. The hand held ultrasound system also includes control elements that are arranged in an ergonomic fashion on the balance body so that a user can hold the system and... Agent: Sonosite, Inc.

20120289832 - Illumination methods and systems for improving image resolution of imaging systems: Method and systems for improving resolution of imaging systems, such as a microscope or a medical ultrasonic scanner, are provided. The resolution of the microscope is improved by reducing direct illumination of unrelated regions of an object under examination. According to an aspect of the present invention, a method is... Agent:

20120289830 - Method and ultrasound imaging system for image-guided procedures: A method and ultrasound imaging system for image-guided procedures includes collecting first position data of an anatomical surface with a 3D position sensor. The method and ultrasound imaging system includes generating a 3D graphical model of the anatomical surface based on the first position data. The method and ultrasound imaging... Agent: General Electric Company

20120289831 - 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:

20120289833 - Image processing device, image processing method, program, recording medium, image processing system, and probe: A sensor information acquisition unit acquires information indicating a position and an orientation of a probe that generates an ultrasonic wave and receives a reflected wave of the ultrasonic wave. A cross-sectional image generation unit generates a cross-sectional image indicating at least a part of a cross-sectional surface of a... Agent: Sony Corporation

20120289835 - Systems and methods for beam enhancement: Beam enhancement through sidelobe reduction and/or mainlobe sharpening is shown. Embodiments utilize dynamic resolution, improved dynamic resolution, and/or enhanced dynamic resolution techniques to synthesize beams, such as ultrasonic beams used in ultrasonic imaging, having desired attributes. Embodiments simultaneously form a first sample beam and a second or auxiliary sample beam... Agent: Sonosite, Inc.

20120289834 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and ultrasound image producing method: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes reception signal processors for amplifying reception signals outputted from a transducer array having received an ultrasonic echo from a subject and then A/D-converting the amplified reception signals to obtain reception data, the reception signal processors having an A/D conversion executable range where A/D conversion of... Agent:

20120289836 - Automatic real-time display system for the orientation and location of an ultrasound tomogram in a three-dimensional organ model: An automatic real-time display system of the orientation and location of an ultrasound tomogram in a three-dimensional organ model based on the tracking of free-hand manipulation of an ultrasound probe having an AHRS sensor to acquire an entire three-dimensional volume data of an organ and real-time display to visualize the... Agent:

20120289837 - Variable-stiffness imaging window and production method thereof: An imaging window of an imaging catheter includes a first imaging window section and a second imaging window section. The first imaging window section has a finite length and is formed from a first material having a flexural modulus. The second imaging window section has a finite length and is... Agent: Silicon Valley Medical Instruments, Inc.

20120289838 - Carbon-dioxide sampling system for accurately monitoring carbon dioxide in exhaled breath: A carbon-dioxide sampling system for accurately monitoring carbon dioxide in exhaled breath. The system includes a ventilator. The ventilator is configured to ventilate a patient with respiratory gases. The ventilator includes a carbon-dioxide sampling control unit and a carbon-dioxide analyzer. The carbon-dioxide sampling control unit is configured to control the... Agent:

20120289839 - Vessel pulse wave measurement system conducting vessel pulse wave measurement by obtaining pulsation waveform of blood vessel: A vessel pulse wave measurement system performs vessel pulse wave measurement using an optical probe circuit provided with an optical probe including a light emitting element and a light receiving element, a drive circuit, and a detection circuit. A measurement device directly and synchronously feeds back an electrical signal from... Agent:

20120289840 - Estimation of pressure at remote site by brachial oscillometric waveform analysis: The present invention relates to a device and a method for estimating central systolic blood pressure based on oscillometric signals from brachial artery by the use of a pressure cuff.... Agent: National Yang-ming University

20120289841 - Apparatus and calibration method for blood pressure measurement: Apparatus and a calibration method for measurement of blood pressure are used to determine personal PIP's for a given subject and to store the personal PIP's for future personal use in blood pressure measurement in the subject. The apparatus comprises at least one button communicating with a MPU unit for... Agent: Qdevice Medical, Inc.

20120289842 - Novelty gender predictor apparatus: A portable and compact gender predictor apparatus intended as a novelty device comprised of a heart beat monitor, an indicator for gender, and a sensor, which predicts the gender of an unborn baby based on the heart beat rate of an unborn baby. In the preferred embodiment, the sensor detects... Agent:

20120289844 - Devices, systems, and methods for improving left ventricular structure and function using baroreflex activation therapy: Described here are devices, systems, and methods for improving left ventricular function in a patient with systolic heart failure with left ventricular dysfunction using baroreflex activation therapy. In general the systems have at least one electrode and a control system in communication with the electrode, the control system including a... Agent: Cvrx, Inc.

20120289843 - Method and system for determining information of extrema during expansion and contraction cycles of an object: A medical system provides navigation assistance to a surgeon for navigating a flexible medical device through linked passages of an anatomical structure to a target area. For tracking, navigation, and other purposes, information of extrema is determined during expansion and contraction cycles of an object by receiving time sampled information... Agent: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.

20120289845 - Techniques for determining morphological stability of cardiac cycles: A method includes retrieving electrogram (EGM) data for N cardiac cycles from a memory of an implantable medical device. N is an integer greater than 1. The method further include categorizing each of the N cardiac cycles into one of a plurality of categories based on a morphology of the... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120289846 - Techniques for determining cardiac cycle morphology: A method includes storing an electrogram (EGM) template in a memory. The EGM template includes first and second alignment points at first and second peaks of the EGM template, respectively. The method further includes identifying first and second peaks of a cardiac cycle EGM acquired by a medical device and... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120289847 - Implantable medical device sensing and selecting wireless ecg and intracardiac electrogram: A CRM system enhances intracardiac electrogram-based arrhythmia detection using a wireless electrocardiogram (ECG), which is a signal sensed with implantable electrodes and approximating a surface ECG. In one embodiment, an intracardiac electrogram allows for detection of an arrhythmia, and the wireless ECG allows for classification of the detected arrhythmia by... Agent:

20120289848 - Method and system for discriminating heart sound and cardiopathy: A method for discriminating heart sound is provided. The method comprises the following steps. A heart-sound signal is provided. A specific function calculation is performed on the heart-sound signal to generate a first calculation signal and suppress the noise of the heart-sound signal. The filtering signal is transformed to generate... Agent: Industrial Technology Research Institute

20120289849 - Signal processing apparatus and method for phonocardiogram signal: The present invention refers to a signal processing apparatus and its method of operation. The apparatus comprises a phonocardiogram interface adapted to receive a phonocardiogram signal captured according to a first set of capturing properties, a processor adapted to analyze the phonocardiogram signal to determine an analysis result for the... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120289850 - Monitoring respiration with a thermal imaging system: What is disclosed is a system and method for monitoring respiration of a subject or subject of interest using a thermal imaging system with single or multiple spectral bands set to a temperature range of a facial region of that person. Temperatures of extremities of the head and face are... Agent: Xerox Corporation

20120289851 - Carbon-dioxide sampling device for noninvasively measuring carbon dioxide in exhaled breath: A carbon-dioxide sampling device for non-invasively measuring carbon dioxide in exhaled breath. The device includes a breath-sampling chamber and a carbon-dioxide collector. The breath-sampling chamber is configured to be disposed over a respiratory opening of a patient, and is also configured to seal with the patient's face preventing unintentional leakage... Agent:

20120289852 - Method and apparatus for estimating respiratory impedance: The acoustic impedance of the respiratory system can be inferred from oscillations that are generated in an airway of a subject. The impedance describes the frequency-dependent relation between the resulting oscillations in flow and pressure. When the impedance varies from inspiration to expiration, it has to be estimated with a... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120289853 - System and method for determining dead space fraction in an ongoing manner from intermittent blood gas samples: A system is configured to monitor the dead space fraction of a subject in a substantially ongoing manner, rather than only updating the dead space fraction of the subject if one or more blood gas parameters of the subject are measured. This may facilitate enhanced control over respiratory therapy being... Agent: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.v.

20120289854 - Brain activity measuring apparatus, brain activity measuring method, brain activity deducing apparatus, brain activity deducing method, and brain-machine interface apparatus: What is provides is a brain activity deducing apparatus, a brain activity deducing method, a brain activity measuring apparatus, a brain activity measuring method, and a brain-machine interface device, capable of deducing a brain activity signal of a source subject. The information presentation device presents perceptible information to the first... Agent: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

20120289855 - Zero-heat-flux, deep tissue temperature measurement system: A zero-heat-flux, deep tissue temperature measurement system measures internal body temperature by way of a probe having a heater and thermal sensors arranged in a zero-heat-flux construction. The measurement system includes control mechanization that determines heater and skin temperatures based upon data obtained from the probe and uses those temperatures... Agent: Arizant Healthcare Inc.

20120289856 - Sympathetic skin response measuring apparatus: A sympathetic skin response measuring apparatus includes: a stimulation power supplying section configured to supply a power for stimulating only C fibers in a living body, to a stimulation electrode adapted to be applied to the living body; a measuring section configured to measure information of a sympathetic skin response... Agent: Nihon Kohden Corporation

20120289857 - Methods for evaluating the integrity of a uterine cavity: Methods, systems and devices for evaluating the integrity of a uterine cavity. A method comprises introducing transcervically a probe into a patient's uterine cavity, providing a flow of a fluid (e.g., CO2) through the probe into the uterine cavity and monitoring the rate of the flow to characterize the uterine... Agent: Minerva Surgical, Inc.

20120289858 - Method and apparatus for hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy: Methods and devices are described for performing a combined hysteroscopy and endometrial sampling. Techniques for improving visual images include forward facing fluid ports for clearing tissue debris and LED positioning and design. Manufacturability is improved through separately formed tip and shaft pieces. User interface features are described including user-friendly handle-mounted... Agent:

20120289861 - Biopsy device with strainer: The present application is directed to an image-guided, vacuum assisted, percutaneous, coring, cable driven breast biopsy instrument which may be conveniently mounted to an x-ray machine wherein the biopsy instrument incorporates a rotation knob at the proximal end of the instrument to manually rotate the distal end of the probe,... Agent: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.

20120289860 - Biopsy needle system for obtaining a tissue biopsy specimen: A biopsy needle system includes a carrier. A trocar is inserted into the carrier for percutaneous insertion to a biopsy site. A biopsy needle is inserted into the carrier, replacing the trocar, for removal of a tissue biopsy specimen. A biopsy needle and a method for obtaining a tissue biopsy... Agent:

20120289859 - System and method for minimally invasive disease therapy: A system for treating a lesion site of a patient is disclosed. The system includes a cannula having a lumen, a conduit in communication with said lumen, an introducer stylet removably disposed within said cannula, a resecting device selectively insertable within said cannula, and an adjuvant treatment device selectively insertable... Agent:

20120289862 - Perforated access sheath for percutaneous medical procedures: A method and a device are disclosed for the treatment of pneumothorax (air leak) or other similar medical pathologic conditions necessitating percutaneous (through skin) access by a channeling or conduit device, such as a syringe or tube. In various embodiments, a flexible sheath with peripheral holes, an entry orifice, and... Agent:

20120289863 - Diagnostic device and method for sensing hydration state of a mammalian subject: Timed sensing of collection of saliva in a liquid collection element of predetermined volumetric capacity may be used to determine salivary secretion rate, as may be indicative of state of euhydration or dehydration. Sensing of salivary flow rate may be further augmented by sensing concentration of at least one analyte... Agent: Hydradx, Inc.

20120289864 - Methods and apparatus for expressing body fluid from an incision: A sample of a body fluid such as blood or interstitial fluid is obtained from a body by lancing a portion of a user's skin, preferably in an area other than a finger tip, to form an incision. After the needle has been removed from the incision, a force is... Agent:

20120289865 - Monitoring characteristics of an intervertebral disc and/or prosthesis material: A vertebral disc prosthesis, a method of implanting a prosthesis and a deployment device is provided. The prosthesis may be implanted into the interior region of the vertebral disc so as to displace existing vertebral tissue, such as NP. The size or amount of the prosthesis inserted into the interior... Agent: Intrinsic Therapeutics, Inc.

20120289866 - Device for collection of gait analysis data for upper and lower extremities: The present disclosure relates to a system for collecting gait analysis data for analysis. The system may utilize force plate or balance boards as well as strain gauge force measurements to improve physical therapy and gait analysis for patients that use physical supports to walk or stand. The device measures... Agent: William Marsh Rice University

20120289868 - Method and system for monioring sport related fitness by estimating muscle power and joint force of limbs: The present invention relates to a method and system for monitoring sport related fitness by estimating muscle power and joint force of limbs, in which the system comprises a sensing module and a force/track detection module, wherein sensor values from the sensing module are fed to the force/track detection module... Agent: Industrial Technology Research Institute

20120289867 - State determining device and state determination method: A state determining device includes a sensor and a processor. The sensor of the state determining device detects body motions of a test subject without physical contact. The processor of the state determining device determines whether the test subject is asleep or awake based on numbers of body motions detected... Agent: Fujitsu Limited

  
11/08/2012 > 101 patent applications in 69 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20120283503 - Nanoparticle loaded stem cells and their use in mri guided hyperthermia: The present invention provides stem cells loaded with bi-functional magnetic nanoparticles (nanoparticle-loaded stem cells (NLSC)) that both: a) heat in an alternating magnetic field (AMF); and b) provide MRI contrast enhancement for MR-guided hyperthermia. The nanoparticles in the NLSC are non-toxic, and do not alter stem cell proliferation and differentiation,... Agent: The Johns Hopkins University

20120283502 - Ultrasound neuromodulation treatment of depression and bipolar disorder: Disclosed are methods and systems and methods for non-invasive neuromodulation using ultrasound to treat depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders. Also disclosed are methods and systems and methods for non-invasive neuromodulation using ultrasound to affect the mood or emotional state of a subject or user. The neuromodulation can produce... Agent:

20120283504 - Biocompatible, magnetic nanoparticles for treating glioblastomae: The present invention relates to the use of biocompatible, magnetic nanoparticles for the therapy of glioblastomae in a static magnetic field. The magnetic nanoparticles according to the invention have already been in use in the diagnostics of pathological processes for several years. According to the invention, the biocompatible, magnetic nanoparticles... Agent: Helmholtz-zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum F&#xfc R Material- Und K&#xfc Stenforschung Gmbh

20120283505 - Drug, drug guidance system, magnetic detection system, and drug design method: It is intended to provide a drug delivery system which makes it possible to solve the existing technical problems and is easily usable in practice. A drug, which comprises an organic compound or an inorganic compound and has been magnetized by modifying a side chain and/or crosslinking side chains, is... Agent: Ihi Corporation

20120283506 - Cardiac assistance device and method for the control thereof: The invention relates to a cardiac assistance device having a supporting component (14) which surrounds the heart and on the inside of which a plurality of adjacent inflatable and deflatable chambers (126, 226, 326) are provided, via which an inside wall can be displaced inward, the chambers (126, 226, 326)... Agent: Ajducor Ug (haftungsbeschr&#xc4 Nkt)

20120283507 - Cardiac assist devices: One embodiment of the invention provides a cardiac assist device that is in direct blood contact with blood in the heart. It is linked to the heart by surgically coring a hole into the wall tissue of a pumping chamber of the heart, typically the left ventricle. The device includes... Agent:

20120283508 - Purification of and air methods of making and using the same: Purified air is provided, having a TVOC content of from less than 5 ppb to about 500 ppb, a Biologicals content of from less than 1 CFU/M3 to 150 CFU/M3 and a Particulate content of from about 1,000 0.3 μm particles per ft3 to about 50,000 0.3 μm particles per... Agent: Lifeaire Systems, LLC

20120283509 - Method for influencing sex selection in artificial insemination and apparatus for same: A method for influencing sex selection in artificial insemination, the method characterised by the exposure of unsexed semen to antibodies to sex specific antigens present on spermatozoa carrying chromosomes of an undesired sex, whereby the spermatozoa to which the sex specific antigens are bound are generally unable to effect fertilisation... Agent: Biassex Pty Ltd

20120283511 - Elongate implant system and method for treating pelvic conditions: Implant systems can include one or more needles, such as those used in pelvic floor repair procedures, and one or more elongate implants. A syringe or similar style hollow needle can be used to deliver the elongate mesh or other implant devices through one or more small stab incisions into... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20120283510 - Pelvic implants having perimeter imaging features: An implant adapted to treat various pelvic disorders can include one or more imaging features constructed of a material adapted to provide visualization on an imaging machine (e.g., X-Ray, fluoroscopy, etc.). The imaging feature generally follows along the perimeter shape of at least a portion of the implant to visually... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20120283512 - Instrument with sealing device and methods of advancing fluid therethrough: Embodiments of the invention include a medical instrument with a sealing device. In embodiments, the medical instrument is endoscopic device having a seal between an elongate shaft member and/or on a portion of a handle to, for example, prevent flow communication between a lumen of the elongate member and the... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120283513 - Oral airway devices and methods for making and using them: Airway devices are provided for introducing an endoscope into a patient's gastrointestinal system that include a tubular proximal portion sized for placement in an oral cavity and including a passage for receiving an endoscope therethrough, and a curved distal portion. The distal portion may have a “C” shaped wall defining... Agent:

20120283514 - Self-centralizing inflatable balloon: An apparatus is presented for use with a biologically-compatible-fluid pressure source. The apparatus comprises an elongated carrier defining a fluid passageway and adapted to be inserted through a proximal opening of a body lumen having a main axis and certain diameter; an inflatable balloon assembly having an inflatable part self-deformable... Agent: G.i. View Ltd.

20120283515 - Drying agent arrangement for optical instruments: A drying agent arrangement for optical instruments, in particular for endoscopic instruments, having a hygroscopic substance in the instrument housing, such that the hygroscopic substance, configured as individual moulded bodies, is positioned in an intake receptacle that can be replaceably inserted in the instrument housing. To provide a drying agent... Agent:

20120283516 - Dark field endoscopic microscope: A dark field endoscopic microscope includes an illumination system, an objective lens unit arranged in an optical path of the illumination system, an optical fiber bundle optically coupled to the objective lens unit, and an observation system arranged in an optical return path from the optical fiber bundle. The illumination... Agent: The Johns Hopkins University

20120283517 - Instrument handle for a medical diagnostic light, medical diagnostic light and medical diagnostic device: An instrument handle (12) for a medical diagnostic light (10), to which a light instrument head (14) can be connected, accommodates or can be connected to an energy source. A manually operable light regulation device (20) is arranged in the instrument handle (12) at least partially behind a lateral wall... Agent:

20120283518 - Low-profile surgical universal access port: A surgical access device includes an elongate cannula having a side wall at the proximal end that is coaxial with and movable relative to a seal-housing. A seal assembly that includes at least one seal is disposed within the seal-housing. An inflation port is formed in on the seal housing... Agent: Applied Medical Resources Corporation

20120283519 - Surgical retractor: A circumferential surgical retractor to hold an incision apart and provide access through its aperture opening. The retractor has no moving parts and relies on its flanges to retract tissues. Selection of different sizes of the retractor permits its use in differing surgical incisions.... Agent:

20120283520 - Surgical retractor including polygonal rolling structure: A surgical access port is provided for insertion through an incision in a patient and generally includes a flexible sleeve having a roller assembly provided at a proximal end of the flexible sleeve and a flexible ring affixed to a distal end of the flexible sleeve. The roller assembly includes... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120283521 - Surgical access system and related methods: A minimally invasive surgical procedure, and related systems, for creating a minimally invasive operating corridor from a generally lateral approach, for example for performing corpectomies in the lumbar and thoracic regions of the spine.... Agent:

20120283522 - Self-service surgical retractor: A new self-service surgical retractor with the characteristics comprising: main post (1), lock sleeve (7), lock operating lever (11), take-up device lock sleeve (15), take-up device (17) and hook plate (22). The lock sleeve (7) is covered on the lower part of the main post (1) to form a dovetail... Agent: Jiangsu Haize Medical Scientific Development Co., Ltd.

20120283523 - Illuminated microsurgical instrument including optical fiber with beveled end face: An illuminated microsurgical instrument includes a microsurgical instrument having a distal tip and an optical fiber for delivering a beam of light to a surgical site. The optical fiber includes a proximal end for receiving a light beam from a light source, and a distal end proximate to the distal... Agent:

20120283525 - Biological information processing device: A biological information processing device, including: a measuring unit that measures the pulse rate of a test subject; a detector that detects a body motion of the test subject; a computation unit that computes an intensity of exercise performed by the test subject using a result of detection by the... Agent: Seiko Epson Corporation

20120283526 - Method and a system for the prediction of epileptic seizures: The invention relates to a system and a method for the prediction of epileptic seizures by continuous measurement of at least one signal on the body of a user. A sensor unit measures the heart rate continuously and is connected to a processor unit. The processor unit comprises a verification... Agent: Ictalcare A/s

20120283524 - Pediatric monitor sensor steady game: A monitoring device for measuring one or more physiological parameters of a medical patient can include a finger clip sensor connected to a monitor. An accelerometer in the finger clip sensor detects patient motion or movement that may interfere with monitoring. In response, the monitor displays a message alerting the... Agent: Cercacor Laboratories, Inc.

20120283527 - Respiration monitoring for heart failure using implantable device: An implantable respiration monitor can be used to detect disordered breathing or periodic breathing events that can be categorized, such as according to one or more of sleep, exercise, and resting awake states. The categorized frequency of such events can be compared to independently specifiable thresholds, such as to trigger... Agent:

20120283528 - Tape magazine with rewind lock and integrated tape release: A replaceable magazine for use in an analytic test instrument a plurality of analytic aids on a carrier tape. The analytic aids can be made available in an application position of the magazine by means of the carrier tape. The magazine has a supply reel for holding regions of the... Agent:

20120283529 - Method for detecting analyte in a bodily fluid, and dressing for implementing such a method: A method for detecting an analyte in a bodily fluid includes placing the detector in contact with at least one metabolite resulting from the metabolism or degradation of the analyte. The contact between the detector and the metabolite produces an optically detectable signal. The detection method includes the detection of... Agent: Commissariat A L'energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives

20120283531 - Determination of a measure of a glycation end-product or disease state using tissue fluorescence lifetime: The present invention provides methods and apparatuses for determining a measure of a tissue state in an individual. Light emitted by tissue of the individual due to fluorescence of a chemical with the tissue detected. The invention can comprise measuring the fluorescence lifetime in either time-domain or frequency domain modes.... Agent:

20120283530 - Method and apparatus to detect coronary artery calcification or disease: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) occurs at an earlier age in diabetes and is a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) in subjects with or without diabetes. One postulated mechanism for the increased CAC is the accelerated accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in the vasculature. As certain collagen... Agent:

20120283532 - Biological optical measurement instrument and method for displaying information relating to necessity/unnecessity of replacement of light-emitting unit: Disclosed is a biological optical measurement instrument provided with: a light source unit which has a light-emitting unit that emits light and irradiates the light to an object; a light measurement unit configured to measure passing light at a measurement point of the object: a signal processing unit configured to... Agent: Hitachi Medical Corporation

20120283533 - Adjusting parameters used in pulse oximetry analysis: Adjusting a pulse qualification criterion includes receiving a signal representing a plurality of pulses, where the signal is generated in response to detecting light scattered from blood perfused tissue. A characteristic is determined A pulse qualification criterion used for qualifying a pulse is adjusted in accordance with the characteristic. The... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120283534 - Dual mode temperature transducer with oxygen saturation sensor: Apparatus for detecting intracranial temperature and blood oxygenation includes a transducer having a working surface for placement against a patient's cranium. The transducer forms a microwave antenna having walls defining an aperture having a pair of opposite broader boundaries and a pair of opposite narrower boundaries at the working surface.... Agent:

20120283535 - Method and system for pulse measurement: A method and system for determining a person's heart pulse rate in noisy environments is provided. The method of determining a person's heart pulse rate includes radiating first and second wavelengths of light towards a tissue, measuring and storing a first and second set of parameter values from the signals... Agent:

20120283536 - Signal procesing systems and methods using basis functions and wavelet transforms: According to embodiments, systems and methods are provided that use continuous wavelet transforms and basis functions to provide an optimized system for the determination of physiological information. In an embodiment, the basis functions may be used to refine an area of interest in the signal in frequency or in time,... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Ireland

20120283537 - Analyte sensor layers and methods related thereto: Sensors for measuring an analyte in a subject comprising at least one electrode having an electroactive surface, at least one interferent-reducing layer comprising vinyl ester monomeric units disposed distally from the electroactive surface, an enzyme layer disposed distally from the electroactive surface and a flux-limiting membrane disposed over the at... Agent:

20120283538 - Method and apparatus for continuous analyte monitoring: Embodiments of the invention provide analyte sensors and sensor systems such as amperometric glucose sensors used in the management of diabetes as well as optimized methods for monitoring analytes using such sensors and sensor systems.... Agent: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.

20120283542 - Correlation of alternative site blood and interstitial fluid glucose concentrations to venous glucose concentration: The invention relates to a method for calibrating an analyte-measurement device that is used to evaluate a concentration of analyte in bodily fluid at or from a measurement site in a body. The method involves measuring a concentration, or calibration concentration, of an analyte in blood from an “off-finger” calibration... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120283540 - Implantable sensor device and medical delivery device connectable to such a sensor device: The invention relates to a sensor device for in vivo monitoring of glucose in diabetics, wherein the sensor device comprises a micro-array with multiple sensors to be implanted subcutaneously in a patient wherein each sensor may be activated separately for monitoring purposes. Preferably, the sensors in said micro-array are comprised... Agent:

20120283541 - System and methods for processing analyte sensor data: Systems and methods for processing sensor analyte data, including initiating calibration, updating calibration, evaluating clinical acceptability of reference and sensor analyte data, and evaluating the quality of sensor calibration. During initial calibration, the analyte sensor data is evaluated over a period of time to determine stability of the sensor. The... Agent: Dexcom, Inc.

20120283539 - Tissue penetration device: A body fluid testing device has at least one penetrating member and a penetrating member driver configured to be coupled to the at least one penetrating member. A plurality of analyte sensors are coupled to a spoked disk substrate. Each of a penetrating member can pass between spokes of the... Agent:

20120283543 - Transcutaneous analyte sensor: The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for measuring an analyte in a host. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for transcutaneous measurement of glucose in a host.... Agent: Dexcom, Inc

20120283544 - Implantable apparatus for detection of external noise using motion sensor signal: Detects external noise using a motion sensor signal for example to increase the specificity of arrhythmia detections based on active muscle noise detection. Whenever a motion signal is present that is below or above a certain frequency, for example 5 Hz, or within a certain frequency range, for example 1... Agent:

20120283545 - Systems and methods for deep vascular access: Percutaneous endovascular delivery of cardiac prosthetic devices is described through deep vascular access. Specifically, minimally intrusive access is achieved at points in the vascular tree having a size not usually achievable with existing tools. Localizing guide wires having visualization markings enable controlled passage through the vascular system.... Agent: Shifamed Holdings, LLC

20120283546 - Automatic or semi-automatic whole body mr scanning system: A system includes an image data processor for automatically processing data representing multiple patient anatomical images acquired in a single imaging scan. The images are acquired by, identifying multiple different anatomical elements in corresponding multiple different anatomical regions and identifying multiple different potentially pathology indicative features associated with the multiple... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa, Inc.

20120283547 - Magnetic resonance imaging using velocity selective excitation: Techniques and systems are disclosed for magnetic resonance imaging by applying velocity-selective excitation. In some implementations, velocity selective excitation pulses are applied to a subject, causing an observable magnetization in the subject. An image of the subject is generated based on the observable magnetization. In some implementations, additionally, velocity selective... Agent: The Regents Of The University Of California

20120283548 - Method and device to assist a patient in re-assuming a defined breath hold position for an image acquisition: In a method and device to assist a patient in the resumption of a defined breath hold position for an image acquisition, in particular a magnetic resonance image acquisition, reference data describing the defined breath hold position are acquired in a first breath hold phase by a measurement device, measurement... Agent:

20120283549 - Efficient multi-station mri: A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system includes at least one controller configured to first acquire at least MRI locator image data for different portions of patient anatomy at each of different imaging stations for a defined multi-station locator sequence. An operator may interface with a respectively corresponding displayed locator image... Agent: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

20120283550 - Head support cushion with integrating patient positioning system: A local coil for an imaging system includes a support cushion including a volume filled with a fluid.... Agent:

20120283551 - Coil system and method for obtaining volumetric physiological measurements: A coil device is provided having a member adapted to extend around and conform to an outer surface of a subject and a conductor adapted to extend only once around a first portion of the subject. The coil device can be positioned about the subject in order to measure a... Agent: Volusense As

20120283553 - Echogenically enhanced device: Devices with enhanced visualization in ultrasound imaging are provided.... Agent:

20120283555 - Multiple channel tracheal tube placement device and technique for using the same: According to various embodiments, a tracheal tube may employ sensing techniques for determining a distance between the inserted tube and an anatomical structure such as a carina. The distance information may provide an indication as to whether or not the tracheal tube is properly placed within the trachea. Because a... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120283552 - Sensor assembly tethered within catheter wall: A distal tip assembly for an elongate medical device having an axis comprises a shaft having a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, a wall, and a central lumen extending axially between said proximal end portion and said distal end portion. The distal tip assembly further comprises a position... Agent:

20120283554 - Venous access port with molded and/or radiopaque indicia: A venous access port assembly having a base, a peripheral surface, and a septum. The base defines an interior reservoir. The peripheral surface includes integrally molded X-ray discernable indicia identifying that the assembly is rated for power injection. The X-ray discernable indicia may extend through a height of the peripheral... Agent: Medical Components, Inc.

20120283556 - Method for assisting optimum positioning of an occlusion site in a blood vessel in a tumor embolization: A method for assisting optimum positioning of an occlusion site in a blood vessel in a tumor embolization is provided. Tumors are cut off from the blood supply by the embolization which is an artificial occlusion of blood vessels. The vessels around the tumor and at the same time the... Agent:

20120283557 - Methods and apparatuses for the treatment of glaucoma using visible and infrared ultrashort laser pulses: Transcorneal and fiberoptic laser delivery systems and methods for the treatment of eye diseases wherein energy is delivered by wavelengths transparent to the cornea to effect target tissues in the eye for the control of intraocular pressure in diseases such as glaucoma by delivery systems both external to and within... Agent:

20120283558 - Systems and methods for navigation within a branched structure of a body: A system and method for navigating a medical instrument in a branched structure of a body employs a tracking system, for collecting positional information for the medical instrument, and data, which defines a geometrical model of the branched structure, in particular, coordinates for predetermined points defining a pathway extending along... Agent: Vida Diagnostics, Inc.

20120283559 - Apparatus and method to convey a fluid: An apparatus includes a fluid path, a coupling, and a nozzle. The fluid path is to carry a fluid including one or more microparticles. The coupling is located in the fluid path. The nozzle is located in the fluid path to move the fluid through a stagnant region located near... Agent: Mds (canada) Inc.

20120283560 - Venous access port with molded and/or radiopaque indicia: A venous access port assembly having a housing base, a flange, and a septum. The housing base defines an interior reservoir. The flange includes integrally molded X-ray discernable indicia identifying that the assembly is rated for power injection. The X-ray discernable indicia may extend through a height of the flange... Agent: Medical Components, Inc.

20120283561 - Powerhead of a power injection system: A contrast media injection system includes detects the absolute position of the syringe ram using a non-contact sensor. A series of magnets and Hall-Effect sensors may be used or an opto-reflective system. Illuminated knobs that are connected to the drive mechanism for the syringe ram rotate with the drive and... Agent:

20120283562 - In situ modification of therapeutic agents using heat exchange catheter system: Closed loop heat exchange catheter systems and methods for preparing and using such systems wherein a reservoir or fluid bag is connected to the catheter system and used for at least priming of the system with a heat exchange fluid.... Agent: Zoll Circulation Inc.

20120283563 - Biopsy device with manifold alignment feature and tissue sensor: A biopsy system includes a needle, a cutter movable relative to the needle to sever a tissue sample, a processing module, a tissue sensor, and an indicator. The tissue sensor is operable to sense a tissue sample severed by the cutter. The processing module is operable to drive the indicator... Agent:

20120283565 - Apparatus and method for guided chronic total occlusion penetration: An apparatus and method for guided penetration of a chronic total occlusion in a blood vessel are disclosed. The invention is directed to an apparatus that facilitates accurate placement of a drilling tip within a body lumen using ultrasound-based detection to determine the position of the intravascular catheter relative to... Agent: Oscillon Ltd.

20120283564 - Vascular characterization using ultrasound imaging: Ultrasound methods and/or systems provide for the motion tracking of both vessel wall motion and blood flow (e.g., with use of high frame rate ultrasound pulse echo data and speckle tracking both wall motion and flow can be tracked simultaneously).... Agent: Regents Of The University Of Minnesota

20120283568 - Coherent image formation for dynamic transmit beamformation: Using parallel receive beamformation, sets of data representing locations in at least a common field of view are obtained, each set in response to a transmit with a spatially distinct phase front. The common field of view receive data are time aligned and amplitude weighted for retrospective transmit focusing and... Agent: Siemens Medical Solutions Usa,inc.

20120283566 - System and method for imaging a volume of tissue: The system of one embodiment for imaging tissue includes ultrasound emitters configured to surround and emit acoustic waveforms toward the tissue, ultrasound receivers configured to surround and receive acoustic waveforms scattered by the tissue, and a processor configured for determining an observed differential time-of-flight (ToF) dataset and generating an acoustic... Agent:

20120283567 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and measurement-point tracking method: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus provided with a measurement position setting unit configured to set a region of interest in the cardiac muscle in the ultrasonic image displayed on the display unit, a tracking calculation unit configured to track the movement of the cardiac muscle at a plurality of measurement points... Agent: Hitachi Medical Corporation

20120283569 - Systems and methods for navigating and visualizing intravascular ultrasound sequences: A method for processing a sequence of ultrasound frames for display includes receiving a sequence of ultrasound frames; characterizing a morphology of regions within a plurality of the ultrasound frames; determining a frame profile for each of the plurality of ultrasound frames; detecting a plurality of key frames from the... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120283571 - Device and method for vascular re-entry: In a method for re-entry from extraluminal space into the central lumen of a vessel, a guidewire is advanced into the extraluminal space of the vessel, and then a directional catheter is advanced over the guidewire through the extraluminal space. Thereafter, the guidewire is removed from the directional catheter, an... Agent: Flowcardia, Inc.

20120283570 - Multi-directional flexible wire harness for medical devices: A wire harness for a medical device includes a wiring bundle, a distal flex circuit, and a proximal flex circuit. The wiring bundle includes a plurality of twisted pair wiring and a shield, and operatively or conductively connects the distal flex circuit to the proximal flex circuit. The distal flex... Agent:

20120283572 - Device for measuring the activity of the spinal cord of a vertebra: A measurement device for measuring activity of the spinal cord of a vertebrate, wherein the device includes at least one main probe (1) shaped to be fastened to a spinous process (2) of a vertebra (3) and to hold in position on opposite sides of the vertebra at least one... Agent: Ecole Polytechnique

20120283573 - Detection device for chinese medical inspection diagnosis: The present invention is to provide a monitoring device for inspection diagnosis in traditional Chinese medicine, comprising: a housing, a light source and a shooting structure, the said light source and shooting structure are positioned in the housing, a photoconductive component is positioned in the said housing, the said photoconductive... Agent: Shanghai Daosheng Medical Technology Co., Ltd.

20120283574 - Diagnosis support system providing guidance to a user by automated retrieval of similar cancer images with user feedback: The present invention is a diagnosis support system providing automated guidance to a user by automated retrieval of similar disease images and user feedback. High resolution standardized labeled and unlabeled, annotated and non-annotated images of diseased tissue in a database are clustered, preferably with expert feedback. An image retrieval application... Agent:

20120283575 - Remote non-invasive parameter sensing system and method: A remote parameter sensing system is provide that includes a gel sensor, a light source, a detector and a controller 140. The gel sensor is in contact with a surface where the parameter is to be measured, and is preferably a gel that is embedded with a chemical that emits... Agent:

20120283576 - Probe: A probe which is inserted into a lumen of inside of a body, irradiates an observation object part of a physiological tissue with excitation light, and detects fluorescence resulting from the excitation light, wherein the probe including: a plus lens arranged facing toward a tip side of the probe; and... Agent: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.

20120283577 - Noninvasive physiological analysis using excitation-sensor modules and related devices and methods: Methods and apparatus for qualifying and quantifying excitation-dependent physiological information extracted from wearable sensors in the midst of interference from unwanted sources are provided. An organism is interrogated with at least one excitation energy, energy response signals from two or more distinct physiological regions are sensed, and these signals are... Agent:

20120283578 - Noninvasive physiological analysis using excitation-sensor modules and related devices and methods: Methods and apparatus for qualifying and quantifying excitation-dependent physiological information extracted from wearable sensors in the midst of interference from unwanted sources are provided. An organism is interrogated with at least one excitation energy, energy response signals from two or more distinct physiological regions are sensed, and these signals are... Agent:

20120283579 - System and method for reconstructing cardiac activation information: An example system and method of reconstructing biological activation information are disclosed. A first biological signal and a second biological signal associated with an organ are processed via a computing device to determine whether there is a point of change in a derivative of the first biological signal with respect... Agent: Topera, Inc.

20120283581 - Devices, a computer program product and a method for data extraction: A monitoring device receives a measurement signal obtained by a pressure sensor in an extracorporeal fluid system, such as an extracorporeal blood circuit for a dialysis machine which is in contact with a vascular system of a subject via a fluid connection. The monitoring device processes the measurement signal to... Agent: Gambro Lundia Ab

20120283582 - Systems and methods for determining location of an access needle in a subject: Systems and methods for epicardial electrophysiology and other procedures are provided in which the location of an access needle may be inferred according to the detection of different pressure frequencies in separate organs, or different locations, in the body of a subject. Methods may include inserting a needle including a... Agent: University Of Virginia Patent Foundation

20120283580 - Verification of pressure metrics: An example system may include at least one pressure sensor configured to measure a cardiovascular pressure signal and another medical device configured to measure an electrical depolarization signal of the heart. The system determines a plurality of cardiovascular pressure metrics based on the measured cardiovascular pressure signal, including at least... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120283583 - Apparatus and method for electrocardiogram-assisted blood pressure measurement: Apparatus, method, and software for electrocardiogram-assisted non-invasive arterial blood pressure d stiffness measurement is disclosed including brachial cuff with flexible electrodes, control box with rigid electrodes, and associated hardware/software. Cuff is wrapped around upper arm while electrodes on device are touched with fingers of other hand. Device acquires simultaneous ECG/oscillometric... Agent:

20120283584 - Method and apparatus for arterial blood pressure measurement and individualized rectifying technology: A method and apparatus for indirect, quantitative estimation of beat-to-beat arterial blood pressure utilizing the individualized rectifying technique. A function TK=H(P) that describes the relationship between Korotkoff's sound delay time Tk and cuff pressure P is obtained by measuring the different cuff pressure P and corresponding Tk in the Korotkoff's... Agent:

20120283585 - Atrial appendage occlusion and arrhythmia treatment: Atrial appendage occlusion devices and arrhythmia treatment.... Agent:

20120283586 - Method of signal enhancement for ecg devices: An embodiment of the invention comprises a method of monitoring cardiac electrical activity with two or more ECG devices and computing an enhanced cardiac electrical signal from the cardiac electrical signals obtained from the two or more ECG devices. Electrodes of the two or more ECG devices are positioned in... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120283587 - Assessing intra-cardiac activation patterns and electrical dyssynchrony: Techniques for evaluating cardiac electrical dyssynchrony are described. In some examples, an activation time is determined for each of a plurality of torso-surface potential signals. The dispersion or sequence of these activation times may be analyzed or presented to provide variety of indications of the electrical dyssynchrony of the heart... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120283588 - Adhesive magnetic system: An adhesive magnetic system for modifying an implantable device is provided. The system may include at least one magnet, an enclosure configured to receive the magnet, and an adhesive layer positioned on the enclosure for adhering the enclosure to a patient.... Agent:

20120283589 - Arrhythmia detection based on active muscle noise detection: Implantable electromedical device or loop recorders or ILRs that solve the problem of very low arrhythmia detection specificities in, i.e., high number of false positives, based on detection and analysis of external noise, specifically muscle noise surrounding the electromedical device. Embodiments generally employ active detection of lead or device movement... Agent:

20120283590 - System and method for mapping complex fractionated electrogram information: A system for presenting information representative of patient electrophysiological activity, such as complex fractionated electrogram information, includes at least one electrode to measure electrogram information from the heart surface, at least one processor coupled to the at least one electrode to receive the electrogram information and measure a location of... Agent:

20120283591 - Respiratory waveform analyzer: A respiratory waveform analyzer, operable to analyze a respiratory waveform, which is generated based on a temporal change of a concentration of a component in respiratory gas of a subject, includes: a respiratory gas concentration generator which generates a concentration signal based on an output signal from a sensor that... Agent: Nihon Kohden Corporation

20120283592 - System and method for simultaneous lung function assessment in parallel subjects: The present invention relates to a lung function assessment system, a mechanical ventilator and method that allows simultaneously measurements of lung function and provides simultaneously mechanical ventilation to multiple subjects requiring one source of gas.... Agent: Scireq Scientific Respiratory Equipment Inc.

20120283594 - Method for determining hearing thresholds: A method for registering a person's ability to hear, which method comprises the use of an eye tracker, wherein a person's hearing threshold is determined by emitting a sound with a determined frequency and sound intensity level to the test person, whereby the persons eye movements is followed by an... Agent:

20120283593 - Tinnitus treatment system and method: A tinnitus masking system for use by a person having tinnitus The system comprises a sound delivery system having left and right ear-level audio delivery devices and is configured to deliver a masking sound to the person via the audio delivery devices such that the masking sound appears to originate... Agent: Auckland Uniservices Limited

20120283595 - Cervical tenaculum and methods of use: A cervical tenaculum device is disclosed that grasps the cervix in a manner to reduce trauma to the tissue, while providing unimpeded visual access and instrument access to the cervical os. The disclosed embodiments may include a bell configured to engage a vaginal portion of a cervix and create an... Agent: Bc Ops, LLC

20120283596 - Biopsy device: A method for using a biopsy device is disclosed. The biopsy device includes a chamber having a body having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the proximal end includes an inlet. The biopsy device further includes a vacuum generator for generating negative and positive pressure and at least... Agent:

20120283597 - Device for collecting a urine sample: A device and method for collecting a urine sample from a neonate is provided. The device is attached to the neonate shortly after birth and removed after the neonate produces a urine sample. An interior shell and an exterior shell form the device, and an absorbent material is located inside... Agent:

20120283598 - Physiological sound examination device and physiological sound examination method: A physiological sound examination device which supports estimation of a state of a living body includes: a first physiological sound measurement unit; a second physiological sound measurement unit; a power ratio calculation unit which calculates a power ratio which is a ratio of first physiological sound signal power to second... Agent: Panasonic Corporation

20120283599 - Hip surgery systems and methods: Orthopedic systems and methods are provided for use in preparing joints for implants. Specifically, hip preparation systems and methods are disclosed which can include a surgical orientation device. The hip preparation systems and methods can be used, for example, to orient the hip during the procedure, determine the orientation of... Agent: Orthalign, Inc.

20120283600 - Sensing module having a piezo-resistive sensor for orthopedic load sensing insert device: A sensing insert device (100) is disclosed for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The sensing insert device (100) can be temporary or permanent. Used intra-operatively, the sensing insert device (100) comprises an insert dock (202) and a sensing module (200). The sensing module (200) is a self-contained encapsulated... Agent: Orthosensor Inc

20120283601 - Method and device for restoring spinal disk functions: The present invention relates to medical devices, systems and methods for restoring spinal disc function. The invention provides a curved path through the vertebra into the disc through which the disc can be filled with an augmenting substance, balloon, or pellets. Further, the delivery device can be used to access... Agent:

20120283602 - Wireless electronic pegboard setup for quantification of dexterity: An electronic pegboard setup is provided for assessing patient dexterity. In certain embodiments, the pegboard setup may be wireless and may employ pegs equipped with sensors that that allow tracking of the motion of the peg in three-dimensions and over time. In one such embodiment, a visual output of the... Agent: William Marsh Rice University

  
11/01/2012 > 122 patent applications in 78 patent subcategories. recently filed with US Patent Office

20120277517 - Formulation and methods for enhanced interventional image-guided therapy of cancer: An embodiment in accordance with the present invention provides a thermo-chemoembolization formulation and method for enhanced interventional image-guided therapy for cancer. The T-C formulation includes magnetic iron oxide nano-particles (MIONs) that heat when exposed to an alternating magnetic field (AMF), a liquid tumorphilic drug carrier that enhances tumor retention of... Agent: The Johns Hopkins University

20120277518 - Brachytherapy device and method: A device and method for retaining a position of a treatment applicator include a perineal retainer body configured to receive the applicator and form a positive stop with a perineum of a body of a patient, and a locking bracket configured to secure the perineal retainer body to the applicator.... Agent:

20120277519 - Apparatus and method to shield radiation needles: According to one general aspect there is a needle package apparatus that comprises a top portion and a bottom portion; a plurality of needle slots exact distance apart that allows to place a plurality of needles that contain radioactive seeds; a cylindrical coil that is inserted to the plurality of... Agent: Best Medical International, Inc.

20120277520 - Transcutaneous magnetic energy transfer device: Transcutaneous magnetic energy transfer to drive a VAD or other implanted medical device can be supplied through two spinning (or otherwise moving) permanent magnets, or a moving permanent magnet and a moving ferric material, or a moving permanent magnet and a coil or an array of coils, One part is... Agent: University Of Rochester

20120277521 - Systems and methods for eliciting a therapeutic zone: The systems, devices, and methods of the invention provide a solution to the problem of inefficiencies associated with the psychotherapeutic process. Heart rate variability (HRV) and other physiologic parameters can be used to regulate physiological state in the “real time” of the psychotherapy hour.... Agent:

20120277522 - Fecal incontinence device, system and method: A device for treating fecal incontinence in a subject is provided. The device includes a plug configured for positioning mostly within an anal canal of the subject.... Agent: Renew Medical, Inc.

20120277523 - Fecal incontinence device, systems and method: A device for treating fecal incontinence in a subject is provided. The device includes a plug configured for positioning mostly within an anal canal of the subject.... Agent: Renew Medical, Inc.

20120277524 - Implantable access port device having a safety cap: A system for attaching an access port to bodily tissue includes an access port assembly and including an access port having a generally central axis. The access port assembly further includes an attachment mechanism structured to enable the access port to be attached, for example, to an abdominal muscle of... Agent: Allergan, Inc.

20120277525 - Device and a method for facilitating monitoring the cross-section of a gastric sleeve during formation thereof: A device (1) for monitoring the transverse cross-section of a gastric sleeve (3) as the gastric sleeve (3) is being formed in a stomach (4) during a sleeve gastrectomy procedure comprises a catheter (15) with a primary balloon (19) located thereon towards a distal end (17). The primary balloon (19)... Agent: Flip Technologies Limited

20120277526 - Endoscopic device: An endoscopic device includes a bending operation wire configured to bend a treatment instrument bending section when pulled or loosened by an operation in a treatment instrument operation section. The bending operation wire includes a rigidity variable wire which includes a first wire portion, a second wire portion provided to... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120277529 - Endoscopy capsule that emits a remotely variable, magnetic field, and examination apparatus with such an endoscopy capsule: An endoscopy capsule for examination and/or treatment in a hollow organ of a body has at least one magnetic element that interacts with an external magnetic field for externally controlled movement and/or rotation of the endoscopy capsule, and the magnetic field of the magnetic element can be varied by external... Agent:

20120277528 - Mother-baby endoscope system consisting of hard mother- hysteroscope and flexible baby-falloposcope: The present invention relates to a medical apparatus, in particular, a mother-baby endoscope system consisting of hard mother-hysteroscope and flexible baby-falloposcope which comprises a hard mother-hysteroscope system and a flexible baby-falloposcope system. The hard mother-hysteroscope system comprises a hard hysteroscope and a sheathing canal of the hysteroscope. The flexible baby-falloposcope... Agent:

20120277527 - Stereoscopic imaging from a conventional endoscope with single lens camera: The present invention discloses an LCD device and viewing eyewear for obtaining stereoscopic images with conventional single optic channel endoscope using a single lens camera. LCD device comprises two segments each of which is activated by a controller through a wired or wireless connection and is installed between the endoscope... Agent:

20120277530 - Endoscope insertion assisting device: An insertion assisting device includes a rotary body in the form of toroid, and a support and drive part for supporting the rotary body in a rotatable manner and rotating it. The support and drive part has an approximately cylindrical supporting member for supporting the rotary body in a rotatable... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120277531 - Bend sensor: A bend sensor for measuring a deflection of a technical or medical instrument, consisting of an elongated body of electrically insulating polymer material, with a longitudinal axis and with fibers of an electrically conducting polymer material that are embedded in the body. The fibers are disposed essentially parallel to the... Agent:

20120277532 - Endoscope gas-supply system: Provided is an endoscope gas-supply system which enables to measure the intraluminal pressure of a human lumen unaffectedly by body motions, and to stably perform automatic gas supply into the lumen. In the endoscope gas-supply system, a gas-supply duct for automatic gas supply from a gas-supply apparatus into the lumen... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120277533 - Protective cap for arthroscopic instruments: A protective cap for use on arthroscopic instruments and sheaths disposed over arthroscopic instruments. The cap protects the distal end of the instrument from accidental damage caused by other instruments used during a surgical procedure. The portion of the cap that covers a view port on an arthroscope is transparent... Agent: Cannuflow Incorporated

20120277534 - Endoscope: An endoscope includes a control method input section provided in a bending operation input unit and configured to input a control method of a bending operation, and a control method detector provided in an operation section body and configured to detect the input control method of the bending operation. The... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120277535 - Bending operation device for endoscope and the endoscope: A bending operation device includes a bending operation knob, a friction plate, two tabular fastening members, an annular member including a cam groove for moving the two tabular members from a first position to a second position, and a fixing lever configured to actuate the annular member.... Agent: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.

20120277536 - Water bottle adapter for coupling an endoscope to a water bottle: An adapter for coupling a water bottle to an endoscope including a cap manufactured from a thermoplastic elastomer material. The cap is removably secured to an associated water bottle. The cap includes a first port and a second port. The adapter further includes a scope connector manufactured from the thermoplastic... Agent:

20120277537 - Atraumatic arthroscopic instrument sheath: An arthroscopic inflow and outflow sheath providing an improved inflow and outflow system reducing the diameter of a continuous flow system while eliminating the need for a third portal during arthroscopy. The improved arthroscopic inflow and outflow sheath comprises an elongated atraumatic sheath having an inner surface, outer surface, proximal... Agent: Cannuflow, Inc.

20120277538 - Body insertion instrument: A body insertion instrument has an inserting portion inserted into a body near a target organ as a target of surgery. The body insertion instrument further includes a space securing unit, disposed to the inserting portion, configured to secure a space, in which the target organ is operated on, one... Agent: Olympus Corporation

20120277539 - Wound retractor: An incrementally adjustable wound retractor (500), having a first ring (504) with a diameter greater than the desired diameter of the wound incision, a flexible second ring (502), having a lumen and a diameter greater than the desired diameter of the wound incision, and a flexible sleeve (506), disposed in... Agent: Applied Medical Resources Corporation

20120277542 - Gel seal for a surgical trocar apparatus: A seal assembly for use with an access device during a surgical procedure includes a housing having a passageway therethrough dimensioned to permit passage of a surgical instrument and being adapted for mounting to a trocar device, and a seal comprising a gel material and being mounted to the housing... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120277540 - Triangulation concept for minimally invasive access surgery: A surgical system is adapted and configured for use in a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The surgical system includes surgical instruments that are configured and adapted to be inserted into an underlying body cavity in a first configuration and to transition to a second configuration within the body cavity to... Agent: Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20120277541 - Two-piece cannula, a kit comprising a two-piece cannula and an inserter: The invention relates to a two-piece cannula. The two-piece cannula comprises an outer cannula member that is engageable with an inner cannula member to define a continuous passage when the two cannula members are coupled together. When inserted in body tissue, the continuous passage can receive a surgical instrument, such... Agent:

20120277544 - Biodegradable insertion guide for the insertion of a medical device: The present invention includes an insertion guide configured to be inserted in combination with a stylet wherein the insertion guide is left in the brain after the stylet is removed. The insertion guide then provides a path way for the stimulation lead, catheter, or other medical device to be placed... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277543 - System and method for uploading and securing health care data from patients and medical devices to trusted health-user communities: Systems and methods of uploading patient medical and/or physiological data to the patient's associated CarePod are disclosed. Devices that are capable of sensing patient medical and/or physiological data are disclosed that are in authenticated and secure communication with the patient's CarePod. Doctors and other caregivers may be able to analyze... Agent: Tiatros Inc.

20120277549 - Adherent device for sleep disordered breathing: An adherent device is configured to adhere to the skin of the patient with an adherent patch, for example breathable tape, coupled to at least four electrodes. The device comprises impedance circuitry coupled to the at least four electrodes and configured to measure respiration of the patient to detect sleep... Agent: Corventis, Inc.

20120277548 - Anaesthesia and consciousness depth monitoring system: Methods and systems incorporating non-linear dynamic (NLD) analysis such as entropy or other complexity analysis monitoring continuous or evoked signals from a biological subject are presented, where such a system comprises of processing steps including: a) the combination of a biological signal evoked as a result of patient stimulation presented... Agent:

20120277546 - Method and device to monitor patients with kidney disease: A medical monitoring device for monitoring electrical signals from the body of a subject is described. The medical monitoring device monitors electrical signals originating from a cardiac cycle of the subject and associates each cardiac cycle with a time index. The medical monitoring device applies a forward computational procedure to... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277545 - Probabilistic biomedical parameter estimation apparatus and method of operation therefor: A probabilistic digital signal processor for medical function is described. Initial probability distribution functions are input to a dynamic state-space model, which operates on state and/or model probability distribution functions to generate a prior probability distribution function, which is input to a probabilistic updater. The probabilistic updater integrates sensor data... Agent: Streamline Automation, LLC

20120277547 - System and method of testing the gastric valve and urethral sphincter: A system and method tests the gastric valve and urethral sphincter in a patient. A contrast agent is administered into the esophagus of a patient followed by inducing an involuntary reflex cough epoch within the patient to isolate the gastric valve from the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and isolate the... Agent: Pneumoflex Systems, LLC

20120277550 - Device for the measurement of individual farm animal data: The invention relates to a measuring device for the measurement of at least one physiological parameter of a farm animal's organism, whereby the measuring device is placeable in the gastro-intestinal tract of livestock and comprises the following components arranged in a casing: at least one sensor for the measurement of... Agent:

20120277552 - Chronic ph or electrolyte monitoring: Methods include monitoring blood pH or electrolyte levels and setting initial fluid parameters, such as dialysate fluid parameters or replacement fluid parameters, for a blood fluid removal session based the monitored data. Blood fluid removal systems may employ sensors that monitor blood pH or electrolyte levels to adjust the fluid... Agent:

20120277551 - Intersession monitoring for blood fluid removal therapy: Methods for monitoring patient parameters and blood fluid removal system parameters include identifying those system parameters that result in improved patient parameters or in worsened patent parameters. By comparing the patient's current parameters to past parameters in response to system parameters or changes in system parameters, a blood fluid removal... Agent:

20120277553 - Spectrophotometric measurement in color-based biochemical and immunological assays: A process is provided for analyzing a specimen of biological material in any of a number of biochemical or immunological tests for an analyte which involves subjecting the specimen to treatment which develops a color correlating to the amount of analyte in the specimen. According to the invention at least... Agent: Miraculins Inc.

20120277554 - Apparatus and method for creating a stable optical interface: A system and a method for creating a stable and reproducible interface of an optical sensor system for measuring blood glucose levels in biological tissue include a dual wedge prism sensor attached to a disposable optic that comprises a focusing lens and an optical window. The disposable optic adheres to... Agent: Glt Acquisition Corp.

20120277555 - Transmission fluorometer: This disclosure relates generally to a system and method for noninvasive, non-destructive fluorescent measurement. More specifically, the disclosure provides a non-invasive metrology system and method to monitor levels of fluorescent chemicals in the blood. A major application for the invention is field-based non-invasive blood testing for micro-nutrient deficiency and diseases... Agent:

20120277556 - Apparatus for non-invasive blood glucose monitoring: An apparatus for non-invasive blood glucose monitoring includes a light source for generating at least one ray of light, a beam splitter with a focusing function leads the light into an eyeball and focuses on the eyeball, a set of photo detectors for measuring optical rotatory distribution (ORD) information and... Agent: Industrial Technology Research Institute

20120277557 - Method for non-invasive blood glucose monitoring and method for analysing biological molecule: A method for non-invasive blood glucose monitoring includes the following steps. At least one ray of light is emitted from at least one light source. The light emitted from the light source is leaded into an eyeball and focused on the eyeball through a first beam splitter. The reflected light... Agent: Industrial Technology Research Institute

20120277558 - Apparatus and method for orthogonalizing signals detecting blood oxygenation and blood volume: A filter for detecting changes in skin color. The filter includes a filter material capable of filtering a frequency range and configured to orthogonalize an overall red response and an overall blue response in response to a spectral power distribution of a given light condition. The overall red response is... Agent:

20120277559 - Apparatus for measuring blood parameters: Apparatus for measuring blood parameters such as chromophore, for example haemoglobin, concentration and blood flow detects light scattered from tissue surface (20) with a multispectral detector (24) that is sensitive to light across a range of different wavelengths. Algorithms are described that demonstrate extraction of chromophore information from scattered light... Agent:

20120277560 - Medical sensor for reducing motion artifacts and technique for using the same: A sensor may be adapted to reduce motion artifacts by damping the effects of outside forces and sensor motion. A sensor is provided with a motion damping structure adapted to reduce the effect of motion of a sensor emitter and/or detector. Further, a method of damping outside forces and sensor... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120277561 - System and method for detection of venous pulsation: In accordance with an embodiment of the present technique, there is provided methods and systems for detecting the presence of venous pulsation by adjusting the sensitivity of a detection algorithm based on a sensor characteristic and/or notifying a caregiver of the presence of venous pulsation by ceasing display of physiological... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120277562 - Transcutaneous analyte sensor: The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for measuring an analyte in a host. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for transcutaneous measurement of glucose in a host.... Agent: Dexcom, Inc.

20120277563 - Glucose monitoring method and device for treating humans: e

20120277565 - Method and system for providing analyte monitoring: Methods and apparatuses for determining an analyte value are disclosed.... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120277564 - Optimizing analyte sensor calibration: Method and apparatus for optimizing analyte sensor calibration including receiving a current blood glucose measurement, retrieving a time information for an upcoming scheduled calibration event for calibrating an analyte sensor, determining temporal proximity between the current blood glucose measurement and the retrieved time information for the upcoming calibration event, initiating... Agent: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

20120277566 - System and methods for processing analyte sensor data for sensor calibration: Systems and methods for processing sensor analyte data are disclosed, including initiating calibration, updating calibration, evaluating clinical acceptability of reference and sensor analyte data, and evaluating the quality of sensor calibration. The sensor can be calibrated using a calibration set of one or more matched sensor and reference analyte data... Agent: Dexcom, Inc.

20120277567 - Intra-cardiac tracking system: In general, in one aspect, a method is disclosed for determining information about a position of an object. The method includes: (i) causing current to flow between each of three or more sets of current-injecting electrodes on a first catheter inserted into an organ in a patient's body, the organ... Agent: Rhythmia Medical, Inc.

20120277568 - Wireless intraocular pressure monitoring device, and sensor unit and reader unit thereof: A wireless intraocular pressure monitoring device includes a sensor unit and a reader unit. The sensor unit includes: a soft contact lens for wearing on a cornea such that a curvature of the soft contact lens corresponds substantially to that of the cornea; an inductor embedded in the soft contact... Agent: National Chiao Tung University

20120277569 - Optic characteristic measuring system and method: The invention teaches a method, apparatus and system for measuring bio-medical attributes of the eye, such as internal or intraocular pressure. The invention enables taking measurements of the relative location of various surfaces of components of the eye under different conditions. The invention provides for applying a pressure disturbance to... Agent:

20120277570 - 3d tracking of an hdr source using a flat panel detector: A method and apparatus are used to compare in real-time an intended radiation treatment plan with a delivered plan. Markers are arranged, on a subject receiving radiation, at three-dimensional (3D) positions between a two dimensional radiation detector and a radiation source and are used to reconstruct the actual position of... Agent:

20120277571 - Method for measuring trabecular bone parameters from mri images: Disclosed is a method for measuring trabecular bone parameters from MRI images, including: scanning an experimental group with a 3D MRI scanner; segmenting the MRI images to extract bone area and perform skeletonization of the bone area; detecting end-point, joint and branch voxels in the skeleton to analyze bone structure;... Agent: Korea Basic Science Institute

20120277572 - Method to diagnose and measure vascular drainage insufficiency in the central nervous system: Neurodegenerative diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, may be caused or aggravated by insufficient venous draining from the central nervous system. Functional MRI measures the surge of blood flow into localized regions of cerebral cortex in response to activation of those regions by performing visual, auditory or executive tasks. These fMRI... Agent:

20120277573 - Ultrasound-activated nanoparticles as imaging agents and drug delivery vehicles: The invention provides nanoparticles for delivery of imaging agents, drugs, and other molecules, such as genetic material. The nanoparticles have a core structure comprising the imaging agent and/or drug, and a shell structure that allows for water solubility. The shell structure further provides a barrier with limited water permeability that... Agent:

20120277574 - Systems and methods for guiding catheters using registered images: Systems and methods for imaging a body cavity and for guiding a treatment element within a body cavity are provided. A system may include an imaging subsystem having an imaging device and an image processor that gather image data for the body cavity. A mapping subsystem may be provided, including... Agent: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

20120277575 - Coil system and method for obtaining volumetric physiological measurements: A coil device is provided having a member adapted to extend around and conform to an outer surface of a subject and a conductor adapted to extend only once around a first portion of the subject. The coil device can be positioned about the subject in order to measure a... Agent: Volusense As

20120277578 - Balloon resection method: A balloon resection method is disclosed generally comprising inserting a catheter with at least one balloon having an outer wall with a resecting, non-slip surface for resecting unwanted biological material, such as tissues or tumors, and supplying fluid thereto in pulsed fashion to repeatedly deflate and inflate the balloon. In... Agent:

20120277577 - Body cavity ultrasonic probe and ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus: A body cavity probe which scans an object with ultrasonic waves includes a probe main body, and a linear array constituted by a plurality of piezoelectric elements and a convex array constituted by a plurality of piezoelectric elements, which are provided in the probe main body to transmit ultrasonic waves... Agent: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

20120277576 - Echogenic infusion port catheter: Among other things, a delivery catheter assembly for insertion into a patient's vasculature is disclosed. In particular embodiments, the assembly includes a catheter, an obturator, and a hub. The hub is configured to maintain the proximal end of the catheter thereon. The hub and the proximal end of the obturator... Agent:

20120277579 - Inter-frame complex oct data analysis techniques: Techniques for collecting and processing complex OCT data to detect localized motion contrast information with enhanced accuracy and sensitivity are presented. In a preferred embodiment, vector differences between complex OCT signals taken at the same location on the sample are used to detect blood flow in the retina. Additional embodiments... Agent: Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.

20120277580 - System and method for diluting blood in a vessel: A device for delivering fluid inside a vessel includes an elongated member having a proximal end, a distal end, and a channel extending between the proximal end and the distal end, and a first port located at the distal end, wherein the first port is in fluid communication with the... Agent: Poincare Systems, Inc.

20120277581 - X-ray moving image radiographing apparatus: An X-ray moving image radiographing apparatus includes an X-ray detector configured to detect an X-ray transmitting through a subject to acquire a subject image, an image processing unit configured to process an X-ray radiographic image output from the X-ray detector, and a control unit configured to capture a mask image... Agent: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha

20120277582 - Devices and methods for osteolytic lesion assessment using a steerable catheter: A method of assessing the volume of a lesion in a bone comprises inserting a steerable catheter comprising an expandable structure, a suction member, and a steerable element into the bone along a longitudinal axis. The method further comprises steering the steerable element away from the longitudinal axis toward the... Agent: Kyphon Sarl

20120277583 - System and method for testing the gastric valve: A system and method tests the gastric valve in a patient. A contrast agent is supplied into the stomach of the patient. An involuntary reflex cough epoch is induced within the patient to isolate the gastric valve from the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). A fluoroscopic instrument is used to detect... Agent: Pneumoflex Systems, LLC

20120277584 - Two-phase surgical procedure for creating a pneumostoma to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A two-phase surgical procedure is disclosed for creating a pneumostoma to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease The first phase is a procedure to induce creation of a localized pleurodesis and is preferably performed as an outpatient procedure. The second phase is a procedure to introduce a surgical instrument into the... Agent: Portaero, Inc.

20120277585 - Method and apparatus for calibrating and re-aligning an ultrasound image plane to a navigation tracker: The present disclosure relates to acquiring image data of a subject with an imaging system that has been calibrated. The imaging system can include an ultrasound imaging system that collects one of more images based on a plane of image acquisition. The plane of image acquisition can be calibrated to... Agent: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.

20120277586 - Feeding tube having echogenic tip: A feeding tube for insertion into the jejunum of a patient. An elongated tubular member has a proximal portion, a distal portion, a lumen extending between the proximal and distal portions, and at least one aperture at the distal portion. The aperture is sized for passage of fluid material from... Agent:

20120277587 - Method and apparatus for real time monitoring of tissue layers: The disclosed method and apparatus employ ultrasound beams to monitor the tissue type composition of body tissue that is to be treated and the temperature at each body tissue type or layer in real time. Additionally, the disclosed method and apparatus also provides ultrasound-based thermo-control of an aesthetic body treatment... Agent:

20120277590 - Beamforming method and apparatus, and medical imaging system: A beamforming method includes generating a control signal for implementing a delay time for each of a plurality of transducers of each of a plurality of two-dimensional (2D) transducer-arrays, transmitting the control signal to a plurality of driving units respectively corresponding to the plurality of 2D transducer-arrays via an interposer... Agent: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

20120277588 - Systems and methods for fusing sensor and image data for three-dimensional volume reconstruction: An imaging system for generating three-dimensional (3D) images includes an imaging probe for acquiring two-dimensional (2D) image data of a region of interest. A sensor is coupled with the imaging probe to determine positional data related to a position of the imaging probe. A position determination module utilizes the image... Agent: General Electric Company

20120277589 - Ultrasound diagnostic device: An ultrasound diagnostic device includes: an ultrasound probe which transmits ultrasound toward a tested subject by a plurality of transducers and obtains a received signal; a beam forming section for adding the received signal for each of the transducers with matching a phase of the received signal; an image processing... Agent: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.

20120277592 - Imaging probe housing with fluid flushing: An imaging probe for use in a catheter for ultrasonic imaging is provided. The catheter may be of the type including a sheath having an opening at a distal end for conducting a fluid there through. The imaging probe includes a distal housing coupled to a drive shaft for rotation,... Agent: Silicon Valley Medical Instruments, Inc.

20120277591 - Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus capable of obtaining a high-quality ultrasound image while suppressing the temperature rise in an ultrasound probe. The ultrasound probe includes receive amplification units including amplifiers for amplifying reception signals outputted from a transducer array and a power supply unit for supplying bias current to the amplifiers.... Agent:

20120277593 - Imaging based interferometric pressure sensor: An imaging based interferometric pressure sensor apparatus compromise a fluid pressure sensor unit (1) and an optical monitor (2). The disposable pressure sensor part comprises a rigid transparent cover plate 3 and a flexible diaphragm (4), in between forming an air-gap cavity (8). By illuminating the air-gap cavity (8) with... Agent:

20120277594 - Mental health and well-being: Mental illness is a huge burden on those afflicted with it, as well as their caregivers and represents a major cost to society as a whole. The invention herein is concerned with methods and apparatus to improve the well-being of persons afflicted with mental illness, as well as to provide... Agent:

20120277595 - Adjusting parameters used in pulse oximetry analysis: Adjusting a pulse qualification criterion includes receiving a signal representing a plurality of pulses, where the signal is generated in response to detecting light scattered from blood perfused tissue. A characteristic is determined A pulse qualification criterion used for qualifying a pulse is adjusted in accordance with the characteristic. The... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC

20120277596 - Imaging via blood vessels: A method and system are described for generating a signal indicative of an intravascular image received at least partly via a light transducer and invoking circuitry for passing the generated signal out of a subject's body.... Agent:

20120277597 - Apparatus and methods for non-invasively measuring physiologic parameters of one or more subjects: Improved apparatus and methods for non-invasively assessing one or more physiologic (e.g., hemodynamic) parameters associated with a living organism. In one embodiment, the invention comprises an apparatus adapted to automatically and accurately place and maintain a sensor (e.g., tonometric pressure sensor) with respect to the anatomy of the subject. The... Agent:

20120277598 - Device for attaching to lumen wall: A fixing device for attaching to a lumen wall, the device including a base (18) and a fixing mechanism (5) fixed on the base (18). The fixing mechanism (5) includes a housing (5a), at least a set of clamping brackets (3), and a rotating shaft (7). A bracket hole (3b)... Agent: Chongqing Jinshan Scinece & Technology (group) Co. Ltd.

20120277599 - Measurement of cardiac cycle length and pressure metrics from pulmonary arterial pressure: A method and apparatus for monitoring a cardiovascular pressure signal in a medical device that includes comparing the sensed pressure signal to a first pressure threshold, identifying a first sense greater than the first pressure threshold, determining a metric of the pressure signal in response to the identified first sense,... Agent:

20120277600 - Measurement of cardiac cycle length and pressure metrics from pulmonary arterial pressure: A method and apparatus for monitoring a cardiovascular pressure signal in a medical device that includes determining whether the sensed pressure signal is greater than a first pressure threshold, determining a first metric of the pressure signal in response to the sensed pressure signal being greater than the first pressure... Agent:

20120277601 - Detection of hypovolemia using implantable medical device: An implantable medical device receives a physiological signal indicative of circulatory blood volume and detects hypovolemia from that physiological signal. In one embodiment, an implantable pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) senses a PAP signal, and the implantable medical device detects hypovolemia from the PAP signal.... Agent:

20120277602 - Continuous blood pressure monitoring: The systems and methods monitor a subject's blood pressure under a constant applied pressure. Measurements taken from a pressure measuring element and a pulse sensing element are combined to determine the subject's systolic and diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure is measured directly by the pressure measuring element, and the diastolic... Agent: Bbnt Technologies Corp.

20120277603 - Device and method for detecting and reporting of a stress condition of a person: For easy determination of the current stress condition of a person, a device is proposed that detects the pulse rate and therefrom additionally determines the heart rate variability—preferably by means of a fast Fourier transform. In addition, at least one parameter related to the history of one of the two... Agent:

20120277604 - Monitoring fluid volume for patients with renal disease: A method includes monitoring an indicator of fluid volume of a patient via a sensor device, and setting an initial fluid volume removal prescription for a blood fluid removal session based on the monitored indicator of fluid volume. The method may further include transmitting data regarding the indicator of fluid... Agent:

20120277605 - Dynamic heart rate threshold for neurological event detection: A method may include sensing a time of beat sequence of a patient's heart and processing said time of beat sequence with a medical device to identify a change in heart rate of a patient from a first heart rate to a second heart rate. The method may continue by... Agent: Cyberonics Inc.

20120277606 - Implantable medical device with automatic sensing threshold adjustment in noisy environment: An implantable medical system includes an implantable medical lead including at least one electrode and an implantable medical device (IMD) coupled to the implantable medical lead. The IMD includes a sensing module that obtains electrical signals on the implantable medical lead. The electrical signals on the implantable medical lead include... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277607 - Method and apparatus for identification of ischemic/infarcted regions and therapy optimization: A method and apparatus is described for detecting and localizing areas of myocardial infarction or ischemia. By pacing sites in proximity to the infarcted or ischemic region with appropriately timed pacing pulses, the region is pre-excited in a manner that lessens the mechanical stress to which it is subjected, thus... Agent:

20120277608 - Automatic detection of premature ventricular complexes for heart rate turbulence measurements: A medical device system and method for monitoring a cardiac signal in a patient senses ventricular R-waves and computes a morphology metric of an R-wave and a corresponding preceding morphology metric of a preceding R-wave. One of a difference and a ratio of the R-wave morphology metric and the preceding... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277609 - Distinguishing premature contractions in a medical device: A method and device of distinguishing premature contractions that includes a sensor sensing cardiac signals, and a processor configured to determine a plurality of intervals in response to the sensed cardiac signal, detect a premature contraction being associated with a first R-wave of the plurality of R-waves, determine whether a... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277610 - Distinguishing premature contractions in a medical device: A method and device of distinguishing premature contractions that includes a sensor sensing cardiac signals, and a processor configured to determine a plurality of R-waves in response to the sensed cardiac signal, detect a premature contraction being associated with a first R-wave of the plurality of R-waves, determine a first... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277611 - Distinguishing premature contractions in a medical device: A method and device of distinguishing premature contractions that includes a sensor sensing cardiac signals, and a processor configured to determine a plurality of R-waves in response to the sensed cardiac signal, detect a premature contraction being associated with a first R-wave of the plurality of R-waves, determining a first... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277613 - Methods of intravenous drug monitoring: A method of monitoring a concentration of an anesthetic drug using a patient's breath is provided. The method comprises forming a breath sample using the patient's breath; exposing one or more sensors to the breath sample; detecting one or more components of the anesthetic drug in the breath sample; measuring... Agent: General Electric Company

20120277612 - Systems for intravenous drug monitoring: A system for monitoring a concentration of an anesthetic drug using a patient's breath is provided. The system comprises a sampling subsystem for processing the patient's breath to form a breath sample, one or more sensors to measure drug concentration in the breath sample, one or more sensors to measure... Agent: General Electric Company

20120277614 - High-frequency oscillatory ventilation monitoring method and system: A method of monitoring high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) wherein the oscillatory movement of the chest wall of an individual is measured. An average amplitude is determined and compared to a pre-determined baseline amplitude, which is established by using the average amplitude at a particular instant of time. If the... Agent:

20120277615 - Method and apparatus for intelligent flow sensors: A single sensor capable of detecting both airflow in spirometry and the full range of sound frequencies needed to track clinically relevant breath sounds is provided. The airflow sensor includes a movable flap with one or more integrated strain gauges for measuring displacement and vibration. The airflow sensor is inherently... Agent:

20120277616 - Work of breathing display for a ventilation system: A breathing support system is provided. The system may include a breathing support device configured to deliver gas to a patient and a display device associated with the breathing support device. The display device may he configured to display a work of breathing graphic indicating one or more work of... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Incorporated

20120277617 - Device and method for fractionally collecting contents of exhaled air: A device for fractionally collecting contents of exhaled air by changing the state of matter of the contents by means of the Joule-Thomson effect arising during the expansion of pressurized gas. The temperature of the exhaled air conducted in a flow channel is lowered, because of the cooling of the... Agent: Mti Medtech Innovation Gmbh

20120277618 - Seizure probability metrics: In some examples, systems, devices, and techniques for determining a particular sleep stage of a patient, determining a seizure state of the patient during the particular sleep stage, and generating a seizure probability metric for the particular sleep stage based on the sleep stage and seizure state are described. In... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277619 - Detecting food intake based on impedance: In some examples, the disclosure relates to a systems, devices, and techniques for monitoring the occurrence of food intake by a patient. In one example, the disclosure relates to a method including determining a phase of tissue impedance at one or more gastrointestinal tract locations of a patient via a... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277620 - Method of improving electrode tissue interface: A critical element of a retinal prosthesis is the stimulating electrode array, which is placed in close proximity to the retina. It is via this interface that a retinal prosthesis electrically stimulates nerve cells to produce the perception of light. The impedance load seen by the current driver consists of... Agent:

20120277621 - Determining nerve location relative to electrodes: An implantable nerve stimulator is implanted in a patient near a nerve target. The implantable nerve stimulator has a plurality of electrodes through which stimulation is provided to the nerve target. The relative location of the nerve target and the electrodes may be determined by applying stimulation to the nerves... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277622 - Method and apparatus for visual stimulation and recording of the pattern electroretinogram of the visual evoked potentials: A method and apparatus for visual stimulation and recording of the pattern electroretinogram (PERG) and of the visual evoked potentials (VEP), by way of transient and steady-state visual stimuli, including a simultaneous transient and steady-state stimulation of a plurality of zones of the visual field visualization element, and an algorithm... Agent: Ingenesi Of Gualtiero Regini

20120277623 - Methods and systems of delivering a probability of a medical condition: Methods and systems for delivering a probability that a subject has a medical condition are disclosed herein. The methods comprise calculating the probability of a medical condition using biomarker values and the rate of change of the biomarker values over time. In most embodiments, the methods comprise relations and calculations... Agent: Soar Biodynamics, Ltd.

20120277624 - Method of collecting and in situ processing of aspirated fat tissue sampled from a human patient during tissue aspiration operations: A method of collecting and in situ processing of aspirated fat tissue sampled from a human patient. The method involves providing a surgeon with a powered-assisted hand-held fat tissue aspiration instrument having a cannula, and a fat tissue sampling, processing and collection device installed between the power-assisted fat aspiration instrument... Agent:

20120277626 - Methods and apparatus for securing medical instruments to desired locations in a patient's body: A medical device for localization of tissue at a target site in a patient's body includes a tube having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis. The medical device is configured for placement of the distal end at the target site. A fixation device is disposed on... Agent: Senorx, Inc.

20120277625 - Radiographic image capturing apparatus: A radiographic image capturing apparatus includes a compression member, which is displaceable with respect to a holding member that holds a target object to be examined. The compression member is displaced toward the holding member for compressing the target object held by the holding member while the compression member is... Agent: Fujifilm Corporation

20120277628 - Fluid collection/injection device having safety needle assembly/cover and safety system and method: Fluid collection/injection device comprises a body having a front end, a back end, and a main hollow section arranged between the front and back ends and a needle hub securing section arranged on the front end and being structured and arranged to receive therein a needle member. The fluid collection/injection... Agent: Stat Medical Devices, Inc.

20120277627 - Systems and methods for phlebotomy through a peripheral iv catheter: An apparatus for performing phlebotomy through a peripheral intravenous line is described herein. The apparatus includes an introducer and a cannula and is configured to advance the cannula through a peripheral intravenous line. A y-adapter with a port of larger diameter is configured to receive the cannula to place the... Agent:

20120277629 - Systems and methods for collection and/or manipulation of blood spots or other bodily fluids: The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for receiving blood (or other bodily fluids) from a subject, e.g., from or beneath the skin of a subject. In some cases, the blood (or other bodily fluids) may be deposited on a membrane or other substrate. For example, blood may... Agent: Seventh Sense Biosystems, Inc.

20120277630 - Systems and methods for phlebotomy through a peripheral iv catheter: An apparatus for performing phlebotomy through a peripheral intravenous line. The apparatus includes an introducer and a catheter configured to advance the catheter through a peripheral intravenous line. A y-adapter with a port of larger diameter is configured to receive the catheter and place in fluid communication with the peripheral... Agent:

20120277632 - Method and a dual-array transducer probe for real time mechanical imaging of prostate: The present invention relates to a transrectal probe and method for real time mechanical imaging of a prostate. The probe is equipped with dual-array pressure sensors—one on the probe head and another on the shaft of the probe spaced away from the head with an angular and linear offset forming... Agent: Artann Laboratories, Inc.

20120277631 - Optical displacement sensor and apparatus for measuring displacement: An optical displacement sensor is provided according to one embodiment. The optical displacement sensor comprises a housing; a displacement member coupled to the housing, configured to contact an object under test and move based on displacement of the object under test; a light emitter coupled to the housing; an optical... Agent: General Electric Company

20120277633 - Control system for childbirth and method thereof: A childbirth control system is provided to control the labor process of a patient. The patient's physical information of the patient and her fetus is continuously obtained during the labor via a plurality of diagnosis devices connected to a user terminal. The system includes an analysis module, which generates a... Agent: Yun Seok Yang

20120277636 - Apparatus and method for real-time measurement of changes in volume of breast and other organs: An apparatus and method for determination of change in volume of a body part or body organ on a real-time basis. In a breastfeeding application, an inflatable cuff is positioned on a nursing breast and allows direct access to the nipple by the breastfeeding infant. The inflatable cuff includes an... Agent:

20120277635 - Body motion staff, producing module, image processing module and motion replication module: A body motion staff is an image constructed by encoding the member motion information which is obtained from the plural motion images taken over the motion of a multi-member body by a three-dimensional motion capturing apparatus. The member includes a link or a joint of the multi-member body.... Agent:

20120277637 - Method and system for monitoring pressure areas on a supported body: A supported body, like the body of a bedridden patient, is monitored by a plurality of pressure sensors located between the body and support surface during an extended period of time. Pressure areas on the body are determined in real time for predetermined time periods during periods of movement between... Agent:

20120277638 - Obtaining baseline patient information: The disclosure relates to a method and system for obtaining baseline patient information. In some examples, a method may include acquiring first patient data, wherein the first patient data comprises at least one of first posture state data indicative of a plurality of posture states of a patient during a... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20120277634 - Tracking system and method: A tracking system is provided for tracking objects. A first and a second trackable member each have an inertial sensor unit producing at least orientation-based data. A processing unit receives the orientation-based data from the trackable members. The processing unit has an orientation calculator calculating an orientation of the second... Agent:

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