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20130030261MAGNETIC LEVITATION OF AN INTRALUMINAL MICROELECTRONIC CAPSULE - A method and apparatus for magnetically levitating and further steering of an intraluminal device, such as a swallowable microelectronic capsule, for monitoring bodily functions is provided. The method comprises diamagnetically-stabilized levitation, followed by dynamic modification of the external magnetic field producing the said levitation, so that the levitating intraluminal device can be steered in desired direction. The said intraluminal device contains appropriate sensors and reports in real time the forces and pressures exerted on it, as well as its position, so that the levitation and the steering can be dynamically adjusted using appropriate dynamic control of external magnetic devices such as solenoids.01-31-2013
20100049012INGESTIBLE ELECTRONIC CAPSULE AND IN VIVO DRUG DELIVERY OR DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM - An ingestible electronic capsule (02-25-2010
20130085350ANTENNA STRUCTURES FOR IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICES - This disclosure describes antenna structures for use with implantable medical devices (IMDs). The IMD may include a housing that hermetically encloses electronic components of the IMD and a fixation mechanism that attaches the IMD to a target location within a patient, such as a wall of a vessel. The fixation mechanism may function as a radiating element of an antenna of the IMD. The fixation mechanism may be attached to a housing of the IMD with two different members. One member may be an anchoring structure that mechanically anchors the fixation mechanism to the housing. The second member may be a connector that electrically connects the fixation mechanism to the housing such that the fixation mechanism is configured to transmit and/or receive communication signals with other implantable or external devices.04-04-2013
20100113895System and method for improving data management between implantable medical devices and external devices - Systems, methods and devices are provided for improving data management between implantable medical devices (IMDs) and external devices for the detection of volume overload and volume depletion conditions. Data acquired by the IMD is periodically communicated to the external device where a volume overload monitoring algorithm is operated to detect whether a volume overload condition is present in the patient by monitoring the acquired data at the external device at a first lower, non-real-time frequency rate. Upon detection of a volume overload condition, the external device issues an instruction to the IMD causing the IMD to initiate a volume depletion condition monitoring algorithm for detecting in real time whether a volume depletion condition is present in the patient.05-06-2010
20090069648INTRA-OCCULAR PRESSURE SENSOR - A system is provided for monitoring intraocular pressure, the system comprising: a sensor package configured to be disposed in the suprachoroidal space of a patient's eye; a pressure sensor; a wireless transceiver disposed within the sensor package and coupled to the pressure sensor; an external transceiver, the external receiver being wirelessly coupled to the wireless transceiver when the transceiver is disposed proximate to the patient's eye.03-12-2009
20090124871Tracking system - A tracking system of the invention comprises a fixed part (05-14-2009
20120184827MINIATURE DISEASE OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM - A miniature medical spectrometer is provided, the spectrometer comprises: a room temperature, electrically excited, solid state two photon laser generating high intensity broad wavelength; a light projection optics, projecting said generated light on biological subject; a light collection optics, collecting reflected light from said biological subject; a wavelength selector spectrally analyzing said collected light; a detector, detecting said analyzed light; and a controller analyzing the reflected spectra and calculating result indicative of the medical state of the biological subject based on said spectrum.07-19-2012
20130046153Systematic distillation of status data relating to regimen compliance - Configuration technologies for cost-effectively monitoring indicia of regimen compliance or noncompliance in response to one or more indications of symptoms or actions or other data on data-bearing media or in wireless transmissions, such as implementing techniques for providing or preventing access or otherwise acting on or communicating incremental or definitive indicia of compliance or noncompliance.02-21-2013
20090012375Implantable sensor and connector assembly - An apparatus is disclosed that provides an implantable sensor assembly configured with signal conditioning circuitry positioned between a sensor and connector to form a unitary liquid impervious flexible structure. The connector is adapted to be detachably connected to an implant service unit, which service unit provides battery power, control functions and wireless communication with a base station. The sensor unit is modular in nature and allows for easy exchange with the implant service unit and other sensors.01-08-2009
20130060101CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE - A capsule casing of a capsule medical device has a chemical sensor inside, used for sensing operation. The chemical sensor has a recovery device which resets the chemical sensor to an initial state thereof so as to use the chemical sensor for the sensing operation a plurality of times or continuously.03-07-2013
20130060102Two-Wrist Data Gathering System - Sensing is carried out from locations at considerable remove from the stomach. Cooperating sensor electronics are placed at each of two wrists of the patient. The potential discomfort and inconvenience of an abdominal patch are reduced or eliminated. And alternative power sources become available.03-07-2013
20130060103METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USING DISTRIBUTED ELECTROMAGNETIC (EM) TISSUE(S) MONITORING - A system for monitoring at least one biological tissue of a patient during a period of at least 24 hours. The system comprises an implantable intrabody probe and an extrabody probe which propagate an electromagnetic (EM) signal, using an antenna, via at least one tissue therebetween, in a plurality of sessions during a period of at least 24 hours, a processing unit which analyses the EM signal to detect a change in at least one biological parameter of the at least one tissue, and an output unit which outputs the change.03-07-2013
20130066169CONTROLLING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION IN AN IMPLANTED CARDIAC DEVICE - A relatively compact implantable cardiac medical device includes a wireless communications module, which employs a directional antenna and which is adapted to receive input concerning ventricular wall motion. When the cardiac medical device is anchored to a ventricular wall, transmitter elements of the communications modules are only activated for communication during a detected period of reduced ventricular wall motion. The period of reduced ventricular wall motion may be defined as at least one time interval during which an axis of the directional antenna does not rotate out from a baseline orientation by more than 15 degrees. The communication may be conducted with an external programmer-type device, or with another implanted device, for example, located remote from the heart.03-14-2013
20110021888APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR LOCALIZING MARKERS OR TISSUE STRUCTURES WITHIN A BODY - Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for localizing lesions within a patient's body, e.g., within a breast. The system may include one or more markers implantable within or around the target tissue region, and a probe for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic signals to detect the one or more markers. During use, the marker(s) are into a target tissue region, and the probe is placed against the patient's skin to detect and localize the marker(s). A tissue specimen, including the lesion and the marker(s), is then removed from the target tissue region based at least in part on the localization information from the probe.01-27-2011
20110021887METHOD FOR THE CALIBRATION OF AN IMPLANTABLE SENSOR - An implant includes a processor, RF communication circuitry, optical communication circuitry, a power source and a memory, all of which being hermetically sealed within a housing having a transparent window. Sensor readings are transmitted by RF using the RF communication circuitry to a remote reader after receiving interrogation signals from the reader. During calibration of the sensor, corrective coefficients are calculated by comparing actual sensor pressure readings with known pressure readings. The corrective coefficients are transmitted to the memory of the control circuitry using optical communication wherein modulated light is transmitted through the transparent window of the housing to the photo-detector.01-27-2011
20120116188Communication System with Enhanced Partial Power and Method of Manufacturing Same - The system of the present invention includes a conductive element, an electronic component, and a partial power source in the form of dissimilar materials. Upon contact with a conducting fluid, a voltage potential is created and the power source is completed, which activates the system. The electronic component controls the conductance between the dissimilar materials to produce a unique current signature. The system can also measure the conditions of the environment surrounding the system.05-10-2012
20090234203CAPSULE FOR MEDICAL USE - A capsule for medical use which is to be passed through a tract of a human or animal body includes a capsule-shape case, a wire antenna placed in a wrapped or folded state on at least a portion of an outer surface of the case, and a fixing member configured to fix the wire antenna in the wrapped or folded state, wherein the fixing member is configured to release the antenna inside the tract.09-17-2009
20100081894COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH PARTIAL POWER SOURCE - The system of the present invention includes a conductive element, an electronic component, and a partial power source in the form of dissimilar materials. Upon contact with a conducting fluid, a voltage potential is created and the power source is completed, which activates the system. The electronic component controls the conductance between the dissimilar materials to produce a unique current signature. The system can be used in a variety of different applications, including as components of ingestible identifiers, such as may be found in ingestible event markers, e.g., pharma-informatics enabled pharmaceutical compositions.04-01-2010
20080306359Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Platform Using Near-Field Wireless Communication of Information Within a Patient's Body - The present invention provides implantable systems that communicate wirelessly with each other using a unique format that enables devices configurations and applications heretofore not possible. Embodiments of the present invention provide communication apparatuses and methods for exchanging information with implantable medical devices. In some embodiments, two implantable devices communicate with each other using quasi-electrostatic signal transmission in a long wavelength/low frequency electromagnetic band, with the patient's body acting as a conductive medium.12-11-2008
20120238835System, devices, and methods for real-time monitoring of cerebrospinal fluid for markers of progressive conditions - Systems, devices, methods, and compositions are described for providing real-time monitoring of cerebrospinal fluid for markers of progressive conditions.09-20-2012
20110282165CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE GUIDANCE SYSTEM - A system includes a capsule body having a casing introduced into a subject to perform, in liquid, examination of or treatment on the interior of the subject, the casing containing a permanent magnet, a mass of the casing excluding the magnet being set to be less than a product of a volume of the casing and a density of the liquid; a magnetic field generator that generates a magnetic attraction for the magnet to guide the capsule body; and a magnetic field generation device that controls the magnetic field generator to generate the magnetic attraction by setting a maximum value of the generated magnetic attraction vertically upward to the capsule body, to be equal to a maximum value of the generated magnetic attraction vertically downward to the capsule body, and by setting the maximum values to be less than a value obtained by multiplying a mass of the magnet by a gravitational acceleration.11-17-2011
20090281401CAPSULE TYPE MEDICAL DEVICE - A capsule type medical device having a substrate section that includes at least a single layer substrate; an antenna conductor that is arranged on and closely attached to at least one surface of the substrate section; a transmitting circuit that is arranged on the one surface of the substrate section within an area surrounded by the antenna conductor; and a plurality of lands that are arranged to another surface of the substrate section, and electrically connected with the transmitting circuit.11-12-2009
20120016211Evaluation of Gastrointestinal Function Using Portable Electroviscerography Systems and Methods of Using the Same - Portable electroviscerography systems are provided. Aspects of the systems include a body-associated receiver and an ingestible identifier unit, both of which are configured to detect visceral electrical signals. The system communicates with an extra-corporeal data processor configured to receive data from the body-associated receiver and generate and electroviscerogram from the received data. Also provided are methods of producing electroviscerograms using systems of the present invention.01-19-2012
20090292182SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING PATH LENGTHS THROUGH A BODY LUMEN - A system and method for determining the path length through a body lumen, for example to a specified location, is described. A location detection system may identify the location in space of an in-vivo device over time. A path-length detection unit may use data from the location detection system to determine a path traveled by an in-vivo device. A site of interest along that path may be identified. The distance of the site of interest from at least one end point of a body lumen may be determined.11-26-2009
20090082644Devices, Systems, Kits and Methods for Treatment of Obesity - Methods, systems and kits are disclosed for devices suitable for use in the treatment of obesity in patients, either human or animal. The devices comprise an inflatable balloon having a proximal end and a distal end, the inflatable balloon further comprising an interior chamber adapted and configured to receive a filling material; a port in communication with the interior chamber of the inflatable balloon. The inflatable balloon can further be adapted and configured to achieve a deployment shape at least partially conformable to an interior dimensional shape of a stomach of the patient and further wherein the inflatable balloon is adapted and configured to have a distal diameter less than or equal to a proximal diameter.03-26-2009
20090093691DEVICE FOR MONITORING THE STATUS OF A PATIENT AND TREATMENT BASED THEREUPON - The invention relates to a device for drug administration and/or monitoring the status of a patient, said device comprising at least one measuring means for measuring at least one body parameter of a patient for at least ≧1 measuring cycle, the measuring means being located in or in the vicinity of a bio-implantable and/or bio-implementable needle.04-09-2009
20100099959IN-HEADER PERIMETER RF ANTENNA - This document discusses, among other things, an implantable dielectric compartment including a channel in an outer surface of the implantable dielectric compartment, the channel configured to constrain a portion of an implantable antenna in a specific configuration along the length of the portion of the implantable antenna. In certain examples, the implantable antenna can be configured to wirelessly transfer information electromagnetically at a specified operating frequency provided using the specific configuration of the portion of the implantable antenna.04-22-2010
20090275811USE OF PERIODICITY IN MEDICAL DATA ANALYSIS - A patient management system is described that includes an implantable device for collecting one or more physiological parameter values and associated timestamps indicating the time at which the value is collected. The system is then configured to determine the periodic variation, if any, of a particular physiological parameter and use that periodicity in assessing changes in the parameter values over time.11-05-2009
20130217982State Characterization Based on Multi-variate Data Fusion Techniques - The ingestible event marker data framework provides a uniform, comprehensive framework to enable various functions and utilities related to ingestible event marker data (IEM data). Included are a receiver adapted to be associated with a body of an individual, the receiver configured to receive IEM data; a hub to receive the IEM data; and at least one IEM data system to receive the data from the hub. Among other information, behavioral data and predictive inferences may be provided.08-22-2013
20110208019WIRELESS-TYPE SUBJECT IN-VIVO INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS - Provided is a wireless-type subject in-vivo information acquiring apparatus that is introduced into a body cavity of an individual to be examined and acquires subject in-vivo information, and that includes a transmission antenna that has an antenna orientation direction in which a transmission signal that transmits acquired subject in-vivo information is emitted most strongly, and another antenna that has an antenna directivity in a predetermined direction that is different from that of the transmission antenna. The transmission antenna and the other antenna are arranged so that a relationship between the antenna orientation direction of the transmission antenna and the antenna orientation direction of the other antenna is a twisted positional relationship or an intersecting relationship.08-25-2011
20090124872IN-VIVO INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND IN-VIVO INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS SYSTEM - There is provided an in-vivo information acquisition apparatus capable of detecting high-accuracy in-vivo information substantially at the same time in a plurality of different examination sites in a body cavity and an in-vivo information acquisition apparatus system capable of introducing a plurality of in-vivo information acquisition apparatuses into a patient at the same time. The in-vivo information acquisition apparatus includes a specimen-collecting section for collecting a specimen at an examination site in a body cavity, a specimen-evaluating section for evaluating the specimen collected by the specimen-collecting section and outputting an evaluation result, a labeling section having identification information unique to the in-vivo information acquisition apparatus, a communication section for receiving a signal transmitted from the outside and for transmitting to the outside the evaluation result output by the specimen-evaluating section, and a power supply section for supplying electrical power.05-14-2009
20090030294IMPLANTABLE ANALYTE SENSOR - An implantable analyte sensor including a sensing region for measuring the analyte and a non-sensing region for immobilizing the sensor body in the host. The sensor is implanted in a precisely dimensioned pocket to stabilize the analyte sensor in vivo and enable measurement of the concentration of the analyte in the host before and after formation of a foreign body capsule around the sensor. The sensor further provides a transmitter for RF transmission through the sensor body, electronic circuitry, and a power source optimized for long-term use in the miniaturized sensor body.01-29-2009
20090030293SENSING DEVICE, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - A sensing device, apparatus and system, and method for operating the same are provided. The sensing apparatus includes a first module and a second module. The first module includes a controller, a transmitter and an array of sensor elements. The controller is capable of activating one or more sensor elements in the array independently of others in the array, in order to obtain a sensor output from the array at different times by using different sensor elements in said array. The transmitter is configured to transmit sensor data derived from the sensor output from the first module to a receiver of the second module. Each sensor element is a biological sensor for detecting the presence of the same analyte in the environment in which the sensor array is to be deployed.01-29-2009
20090137883CAPSULE MEDICAL SYSTEM AND BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD - A capsule medical system is provided with a capsule medical device to be inserted into a subject, at least one electrode pad having a plurality of receiving electrodes, a receiving electrode switching unit, a control unit for controlling operations of the receiving electrode switching unit, and a position detector. The capsule medical device has a biological information acquiring unit for acquiring biological information of the subject, and a transmitting unit for outputting the biological information from a transmitting electrode through a living body. At least one electrode pad detects the biological information by a plurality of receiving electrodes. The receiving electrode switching unit switches a pair of receiving electrodes among the plurality of receiving electrodes. The position detector detects a position of the capsule medical device inside the subject based on the biological information detected by the electrode pad, and position coordinate data of the plurality of receiving electrodes.05-28-2009
20080306360LOW PROFILE ANTENNA FOR IN BODY DEVICE - Low profile antennas for ingestible devices, such as ingestible event markers, are provided. Aspects of the ingestible devices of the invention include low profile signal transmission antennas configured such that they are flexible or degrade after use, allowing the antenna and attached components to pass easily through the body. Embodiments of the low profile antennas are configured to emit a detectable signal upon contact with a target physiological site. Also provided are methods of making and using the devices of the invention.12-11-2008
20080306358Body Insertable System, Receiving Apparatus, and Body Insertable Apparatus - A receiving apparatus 12-11-2008
20090082645IN-BODY DEVICE WITH VIRTUAL DIPOLE SIGNAL AMPLIFICATION - Virtual dipole signal amplification for in-body devices, such as implantable and ingestible devices, is provided. Aspects of the in-body deployable antennas of the invention include antennas configured to go from a first configuration to a second configuration following placement in a living body, e.g., via ingestion or implantation. Embodiments of the in-body devices are configured to emit a detectable signal upon contact with a target physiological site. Also provided are methods of making and using the devices of the invention.03-26-2009
20110230734COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE - A communication device for an implantable medical device may include: an input/output interface configured to communicate with a wireless communication device; a communication interface configured to communicate with a remote system; and a processor configured to perform an analysis of data received from the wireless communication device via the input/output interface and associated with the implantable medical device. The communication device may include a user interface configured to receive data input by a user. A communication system may include a wireless communication device and the aforementioned communication device. A communication method for an implantable medical device may include: providing a communication device that is configured to communicate with a wireless communication device, to communicate with a remote system and to perform an analysis of data; communicating data associated with an implantable medical device from a wireless device to the communication device; and analyzing the received data at the communication device.09-22-2011
20120078068MEDICAL SENSOR SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A FEATURE IN A BODY - The invention relates to a medical sensor system (03-29-2012
20090209832TUBE MONITORING SYSTEM - A system for monitoring the location of a tube, especially a feeding tube. The system comprises an antenna located at an outlet of the tube; a wireless transmitter coupled to the antenna; and a sensor co-located with the antenna and arranged to generate an output which indicates at least one sensed characteristic, for example, pH level, of the tube's environment. The system includes a remote receiver device for receiving wireless signals, the receiver device including means for determining the strength of said received wireless signal, and means for determining said sensor output from said received wireless signal.08-20-2009
20090318783System and method of evaluating a subject with an ingestible capsule - A computerized method of analyzing measurements obtained from the gastrointestinal tract of subject comprising the steps of providing an ingestible capsule (12-24-2009
20090076352Receiving Apparatus - A receiving apparatus that can prevent beforehand that a portable recording medium is erroneously ejected during examination, and can prevent body cavity image data from being lost and the portable recording medium from being damaged is provided. When an ejection operation of the portable recording medium is detected (step S03-19-2009
20100137694RADIO TRANSPARENT SENSOR IMPLANT PACKAGE - A system is provided for the packaging of wireless electronics in a mammalian body, the system comprising: a package configured in a shape suitable for implantation in that body; the package being configured from a biocompatible material; and that biocompatible material having a high degree of radio wave transparency.06-03-2010
20100298668Ingestible Circuitry - The present invention provides for safe and reliable electronic circuitry that can be employed in ingestible compositions. The ingestible circuitry of the invention includes a solid support; a conductive element; and an electronic component. Each of the support, conductive element and electronic component are fabricated from an ingestible material. The ingestible circuitry finds use in a variety of different applications, including as components of ingestible identifiers, such as may be found in ingestible event markers, e.g., pharma-informatics enabled pharmaceutical compositions.11-25-2010
20090105561Medical or veterinary digestive tract utilization systems and methods - Systems and methods are described for implementing or deploying medical or veterinary utility modules (a) operable for mooring at least partly within a digestive tract, (b) small enough to pass through the tract per vias naturales and including a wireless-control component, (c) having one or more attachment protrusions positionable adjacent to a mucous membrane, (d) configured to facilitate redundant modes of attachment, (e) facilitating a “primary” material supply deployable within a stomach for an extended and/or controllable period, (f) moored by one or more adaptable extender modules supported by a subject's head or neck, and/or (g) configured to facilitate supporting at least a sensor within a subject's body lumen for up to a day or more.04-23-2009
20110009715INGESTIBLE EVENT MARKER DATA FRAMEWORK - The ingestible event marker data framework provides a uniform, comprehensive framework to enable various functions and utilities related to ingestible event marker data (IEM data). The functions and utilities include data and/or information having an aspect of data derived from, collected by, aggregated by, or otherwise associated with, an ingestion event.01-13-2011
20100331633SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHORT RANGE TELEMETRY TO MEASURE A PARAMETER OF THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM - A sensing insert device (12-30-2010
20100228105Wireless Leads For Gastrointestinal Tract Applications - Apparatus is provided, including a control unit (09-09-2010
20110009716PATIENT DATA SENSOR DEVICE - A patient data sensor device has an implantable patient data sensor and an implantable data transmission mechanism, which is in signal connection with the patient data sensor. The data transmission mechanism has an antenna for telemetric data transmission to an external data collection unit. In addition, the data transmission mechanism has a carrier plate for electronic components. The latter are covered on the carrier plate, at least to one side, by a cover. The antenna is configured in an edge region of the carrier plate and running around the latter and around the electronic components. The result is a patient data sensor device which is more tolerable for the patient.01-13-2011
20110040159Implantable Medical Device With Antenna - An implantable medical device for use in a patient management system is described including a housing, a first communications unit, and a second communications unit. The first communications unit can establish a first communications link within short range telemetry communication range of an external local device. The second communications unit can establish a second communications link over a pervasive wireless communications network with a remote computer. A pervasive wireless communications network can include a cell phone network. The device further includes an antenna that is configured to be operatively connected to both the first and second communications units.02-17-2011
20110112383Devices, systems and methods for treatment of eating disorders - An ingestible gastric device comprising a formed body that is adapted to expand upon exposure to a hydration medium and then degrade after a first residence time in the stomach cavity, allowing the device to be passed by the patient's normal digestive process, and monitoring means for monitoring the gastric device. In some embodiments, the monitoring means comprises a biocompatible RFID tag.05-12-2011
20110124983METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING INGESTION OF MEDICATIONS USING AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE - An implantable medical device, such as a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), is configured to automatically detect ingestion of medications to verify that prescribed medications are taken in a timely manner and at the correct dosage. Briefly, individual pills are provided with miniature radio frequency identification (RFID) devices capable of transmitting RFID tag signals, which identify the medication contained within the pill and its dosage. The implanted device is equipped with an RFID transceiver for receiving tag signals from a pill as it is being ingested. The implanted system decodes the tag to identify the medication and its dosage, then accesses an onboard database to verify that the medication being ingested was in fact prescribed to the patient and to verify that the correct dosage was taken. Warning signals are generated if the wrong medication or the wrong dosage was taken. Therapy may also be automatically adjusted. Non-RF-based ID devices are also described, which instead transmit ID data via biphasic current pulses.05-26-2011
20120035440Parameter-based navigation by a lumen traveling device - Methods of controlling the operation of a device traveling in a body tube tree, including sensing parameters from possible directions of travel and selecting the direction of travel based on the sensed parameters, implemented with a control system located partially or fully on the lumen traveling device. Various actions can be performed by the device for, e.g., medical or therapeutic purposes. Machine-readable media including instructions for performing the methods are also described.02-09-2012
20110105863Coupling Loop and Method of Positioning Coupling Loop - A coupling loop or antenna is provided that can be used with a system that determines the resonant frequency of a sensor by adjusting the phase and frequency of an energizing signal until the frequency of the energizing signal matches the resonant frequency of the sensor. In one embodiment orientation features are provided for positioning the coupling loop relative to the sensor to maximize the coupling between the sensor and the coupling loop.05-05-2011
20090048498System and method of monitoring an animal - A system and method for monitoring an animal is disclosed. In particular, an ingestible bolus configured to be maintained in the stomach of an animal is disclosed where the bolus comprises a sensor to monitor physiological and other characteristics of the animal. The bolus comprises a data transmitter in wireless communication with a base station and/or transponder in communication with a base station. Within the animal stomach, the bolus may be generally disposed in either a first orientation or second orientation. The base station and/or transponder comprises a plurality of antennae each having an orientation corresponding to a likely orientation of the bolus within the animal in order to reduce the power requirements of the bolus and increase its operational range. The base station may be configured to receiving incoming signals on each of the antennae and may combine the signals into a single input signal.02-19-2009
20110152639TETHERING CAPSULE SYSTEM - A capsule system comprising a first capsule (06-23-2011
20120035438Path selection by a lumen traveling device in a body tub tree based on previous path - Methods of controlling the operation of a device traveling in a body tube tree, including selecting a direction of travel of the device through the body tube tree based upon whether or not the device has previous travelled in a particular direction, implemented with a control system located partially or fully on the lumen traveling device. Various actions can be performed by the device for, e.g., medical or therapeutic purposes. Machine-readable media including instructions for performing the methods are also described.02-09-2012
20120035437Navigation of a lumen traveling device toward a target - Methods of controlling the operation of a device traveling in a body tube tree, including, for example, moving the device toward a target location in the body tube tree, and performing an action at the target location. Various actions can be performed by the device for, e.g., medical or therapeutic purposes. Machine-readable media including instructions for performing the methods are also described.02-09-2012
20120277550DEVICE 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 at least one physiological parameter of a farm animal, at least one transmitter with antenna for the wireless transmission of information, at least one control unit for controlling the measuring device, and at least one power supply device for the measuring device, whereby a hollow protective guard is provided inside the casing which covers at least the power supply unit in order to protect it from mechanical impact.11-01-2012
20110077476Bio-Medical Unit with Wireless Signaling Micro-Electromechanical Module - A bio-medical unit includes a power harvesting module and first and second micro-electro mechanical modules. The power harvesting module is operable to generate a supply voltage from an electromagnetic source signal. The first micro-electro mechanical module is powered by the supply voltage and transmits a wireless signal. The second micro-electro mechanical module is powered by the supply voltage and receives the wireless signal. The bio-medical unit is of a size for implanting into a host body, wherein, when implanted, the bio-medical unit is positioned proximal to monitor fluid flow in the host body based on the transmitting and receiving of the wireless signal.03-31-2011
20120203082TRANSDERMAL ANTENNA - A transdermal antenna may be partially inserted into a cavity in the body of a mammal to receive wireless data transmissions from devices located within the body and relay the data to devices located outside of the body. The transdermal antenna may include a first antenna which may be inserted inside of the body cavity and receive radio frequency data transmissions from devices located inside the body. The transdermal antenna may conduct the received data transmissions to a relay mechanism located outside of the body using coaxial cables, waveguides or a combination of both. The relay mechanism may relay the conducted data transmissions to a receiver device located outside of the body by using a wire connection, such as a coaxial cable, or a wireless communication link via a transceiver coupled to a second antenna.08-09-2012
20110257491IN-BODY DEVICE HAVING DEPLOYABLE ANTENNA - Deployable antennas for in-body devices, such as implantable and ingestible devices, are provided. Aspects of the in-body deployable antennas of the invention include antennas configured to go from a first configuration to a second configuration following placement in a living body, e.g., via ingestion or implantation. Embodiments of the in-body devices are configured to emit a detectable signal upon contact with a target physiological site. Also provided are methods of making and using the devices of the invention.10-20-2011
20100305415DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXAMINING A BODY LUMEN - An in-vivo examining device, system and method for identifying the presence of strictures in the small bowel are provided. The in-vivo examining device includes a monitoring mechanism that becomes deactivated when exposed to in-vivo substances native to the small bowel or the colon, and a degradable device body that includes at least a first body portion which degrades at a slow rate when exposed to in-vivo substances native to the small bowel and at a fast rate when exposed to in-vivo substances native to the colon. The degradation of the degradable device body exposes the monitoring mechanism to substances native to the small bowel or the colon and thus indicates whether the examining device has safely passed through the small bowel or whether it is retained in the small bowel due to strictures in the small bowel.12-02-2010
20100324381DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVE ACTIVATION OF IN VIVO SENSORS - A device, system and method for selectively activating or altering the operational mode of an autonomous in vivo device in response to in vivo conditions. The system may include an in vivo sensing device with a condition tester, and a controller. The in vivo sensing device may be in communication with an external receiver. The condition tester may include at least one layer of dissolvable material coated on at least a portion of the autonomous device. The layer may dissolve when exposed to a specific material of a specified site along the GI tract. A sensor may be exposed when the layer dissolves or a switch autonomous activated when the layer dissolves12-23-2010
20100121161Ambulatory Urodynamics - An ambulatory urodynamic data gathering system includes one or more sensors disposed in the gastrointestinal tract, a sensor disposed in the bladder, a sensor disposed at the entrance to the urethra, and a data recorder worn by the patient that is disposed around the patient's waist. The sensors transmit data to the recorder unit, which stores the received data for subsequent analysis. The recorder unit also activates the various sensors as necessary to obtain information at certain predetermined intervals to limit battery usage. The recorder unit can also interrogate the various sensors to obtain the information. In one exemplary embodiment, the ambulatory urodynamic data gathering system includes a method and device for simultaneously recording radio transmitted pressure measurements from a swallowed self-contained capsule (pressure monitor, signal processing, transmitter, power source or coupling antenna), and a self-contained unit placed in the bladder, for the purpose of deriving urodynamic information. The system of the present invention enables collection of pressure wave information above the waist of the patient so that a doctor can subsequently analyze the data to determine where the problem may lie.05-13-2010
20100022853Device for Monitoring Size of Luminal Cavity - A system for measuring the size of a gastric lumen includes a gastric banding device, an antenna positioned outside of the patient's body, and a receiver in operative communication with the antenna. The banding device comprises two orthogonal ultrasonic transceiver modules, a microprocessor, and a transmitter in electrical communication with the microprocessor. The microprocessor is in operative communication with each of the two transceiver modules. The transmitter transmits signals to a receiver positioned outside of a patient's body. Another system for measuring the size of a gastric lumen includes a gastric banding device having a first coiled conductor. The system further comprises a circuit external to the banding device, the circuit comprising a second coiled conductor. The circuit further comprises a tunable frequency generator and a spectrum analyzer, the circuit being tunable to allow a resonant frequency.01-28-2010
20120004520Communication System with Multiple Sources of Power - The system of the present invention includes a conductive element, an electronic component, and a partial power source in the form of dissimilar materials. Upon contact with a conducting fluid, a voltage potential is created and the power source is completed, which activates the system. The electronic component controls the conductance between the dissimilar materials to produce a unique current signature. The system can also measure the conditions of the environment surrounding the system.01-05-2012
20120010480IN-VIVO INFORMATION ACQUIRING SYSTEM - An in-vivo information acquiring system includes a body-insertable apparatus that includes a magnetic field responding unit, acquires in-vivo information, and transmits the in-vivo information to the outside; a magnetic field generator that generates a magnetic field for the responding unit; a magnetic field control unit that controls a generation of the magnetic field; a receiving unit that receives the in-vivo information transmitted from the apparatus; a processing unit that processes the in-vivo information; a display unit that displays the processed in-vivo information on a screen; an alarm lamp that notifies a generation state of the magnetic field; and a control unit that controls light emission process of the lamp such that an operator who visually identifies the in-vivo information is less disturbed by the light. The control unit performs control such that the lamp emits light upon no magnetic field and stops the generation of light upon the magnetic field.01-12-2012
20120310054BOLUS - A bolus, for introduction into a ruminant animal's reticulum to register pressure signals transmitted through fluids therein, has a case unit adapted for immersion in the fluids. A mechanical amplifier element extends out from the case unit and is adapted to be surrounded by the fluids in the reticulum and absorb mechanical energy from the pressure signals. A guide part conveys mechanical energy from the mechanical amplifier element to a sensor module in the interior of the case unit. The sensor module transduces the pressure signals into electric signals from which a processing module extracts data representing body movements, a heart beat rate, a respiratory rate, a respiratory depth and/or stomach activity of the animal. A communication module in the case unit receives the data and transmits output radio signals reflecting the data.12-06-2012
20120022342CAPSULE MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CAPSULE MEDICAL APPARATUS - A capsule medical apparatus includes a capsule-shaped casing; a plurality of function executing units that are housed in the casing and execute predetermined functions; an adjuster that is formed as a separate unit from the function executing units to adjust a value of a physical parameter which determines a density of the casing in which the plurality of function executing units are housed to a target value set in advance; and a supporter that supports the adjuster in the casing.01-26-2012
20100280340MEDICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SWITCHING ANTENNA - A medical system includes a capsule type medical apparatus introduced into a subject and having an antenna having directionality and a communication unit which executes a communication through the antenna, an external antenna, which is disposed outside of the subject and has an antenna having directionality and an antenna disposed together with the antenna and having directionality in a direction different from the antenna, and an external machine having a selection unit which selects any of the antennas in the external antenna and a second communication unit which executes a communication with the first communication unit through the antenna whose polarized wave surface is selected by the selection unit.11-04-2010
20120130206MODULAR ANTENNA FOR IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE - Subject matter such as a method or apparatus can include an implantable antenna assembly, comprising a dielectric shell including first and second substantially parallel outer face portions, and a third outer face portion extending between the first and second portions, a spiral conductor extending along the first, second, and third portions on a surface of the dielectric shell. The dielectric shell and spiral conductor can be configured to be mechanically attached to a dielectric compartment, such as configured to be coupled to a housing of an implantable medical device. In an example, the implantable antenna assembly is configured to be electrically coupled to an implantable telemetry circuit configured to wirelessly transfer information electromagnetically using the implantable telemetry antenna, such as included as a portion of an implantable medical device.05-24-2012
20100094104IN-VIVO INFORMATION ACQUIRING DEVICE - An in-vivo information acquiring device for acquiring in-vivo information on a plurality of subjects includes an information acquiring unit configured to acquire specific information for specifying the subjects; a storage unit configured to store therein the in-vivo information on the subjects; and a control unit configured to execute control of registering the specific information acquired by the information acquiring unit in the storage unit and causing the registered specific information to correspond to the in-vivo information on a subject specified by the specific information so as to store the in-vivo information on the subjects by the specific information.04-15-2010
20090131767Body-associated fluid transport structure evaluation devices - Implantable devices for evaluating body-associated fluid transport structures and methods for using the same are provided. In some instances, the implantable devices include an elongated structure with at least one hermetically sealed integrated circuit sensor stably associated therewith and a transmitter. The devices find use in a variety of different applications, including monitoring the function of various types of body-associated fluid transport structures, such as arteriovenous fistulae, vascular grafts, catheters, cerebrospinal fluid shunts, and implantable central venous access devices.05-21-2009
20120220838System for Supply Chain Management - A system for tracking a product from origin to destination is disclosed. The system includes a probe that comprises two plates, a power source and a processor. The power source is controlled by the processor to produce an oscillating output at the plates. Using the oscillating voltage, the probe interrogates a device through capacitive coupling. The device includes a control unit, a memory unit, and first and second materials physically associated with the device for communication using capacitive coupling. Information associated with the device is transferred from the device to the probe through capacitive coupling between the first and second materials and the first and second plates, respectively.08-30-2012
20100298669BAN-SENSOR RADIO COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD - A radio communication device for communicating sensor information includes an electromagnetic wave communication unit using electromagnetic waves using the air as a propagation path, an ultrasonic communication unit using ultrasonic waves using an inside of a living body as a propagation path, and a midair/living-body switching control unit for switching between a communication performed by the electromagnetic wave communication unit and a communication performed by the ultrasonic wave communication unit.11-25-2010
20110105864Pharma-Informatics System - Compositions, systems and methods that allow for the detection of the actual physical delivery of a pharmaceutical agent to a body are provided. Embodiments of the compositions include an identifier and an active agent. The invention finds use in a variety of different applications, including but not limited to, monitoring of therapeutic regimen compliance, tracking the history of pharmaceutical agents, etc.05-05-2011
20110004076SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AN IMPLANT - A system and method for communicating with a medical implant is disclosed. The system (01-06-2011
20110263951CAPSULE MEDICAL APPARATUS SYSTEM - A capsule medical apparatus system includes: a table for placing a subject thereon along a longitudinal direction; an antenna, which is arranged on a body surface of the subject, for receiving in-vivo information transmitted from a capsule medical apparatus inserted in the subject; a cable for transmitting the in-vivo information received by the antenna; a processing device, which is fixed to a longitudinal end portion of the table, for processing the in-vivo information transmitted via the cable; a rotation mechanism for rotating a connecting portion, at which the cable is connected to the processing device, about a rotation axis lying in the longitudinal direction of the table depending on posture change of the subject.10-27-2011
20120088988DETECTION DEVICE, RECOVERY METHOD THEREFOR AND MONITORING SYSTEM - A detection device is retained in the rumen of a cow by being orally administered to the cow, and detects the state of the inside of the rumen. The detection device wirelessly transmits measured values of the rumen pH as detection results. A monitoring unit (receiver and monitoring server) acquires information transmitted from the detection device, and monitors the state of the inside of the rumen. The detection device is configured to be recoverable orally from the rumen of the cow. The operating conditions of the detection device are recorded in the detection device ahead of time, and can be updated by means of a wireless signal transmitted from a setting unit to the detection device.04-12-2012
20110319727CAPSULE-TYPE MEDICAL DEVICE AND CAPSULE-TYPE MEDICAL SYSTEM - The burden on a patient is reduced, and acquired measurement information is readily and reliably collected. A capsule-type medical device is provided, including a capsule-type casing that is introduced into a body cavity of a patient, a measurement-information acquisition unit that is disposed inside the casing and that acquires measurement information about a site to be examined in the body cavity; an IC chip that stores the measurement information acquired by the measurement-information acquisition unit; a capsule antenna that receives from outside the body cavity a measurement-information-reading signal and that transmits outside the body cavity the measurement information stored in the IC chip; a pH sensor unit that determines a passing position by acquiring positional information in the body cavity; and a buzzer that issues a notification sound outside the body cavity when the passing position determined by the pH sensor unit satisfies a predetermined positional condition.12-29-2011
20100130837Modular ingestible capsule - A modular ingestible capsule (05-27-2010
20130018235SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS BIOSENSOR MONITORING - A system and method for monitoring a physical parameter of a subject is provided. The system may include a casing with a sensor coupled to the casing. The sensor may be configured to detect a physical parameter of the subject. The physical parameter may include a chemical parameter of the subject. The system includes an endoscopic clip coupled to the casing and may include a wireless transmitter for transmitting a signal via a wireless medium. The signal encodes the physical parameter of the subject detected by the sensor and the wireless transmitter is electronically connected to the endoscopic clip. The system may further include a monitor configured to communicate with the wireless transmitter for receiving the signal encoding the physical parameter of the subject.01-17-2013
20080228047MICRO-REMOTE GASTROINTESTINAL PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE - A physiological sensor-transmitter assembly for measuring a physiological property at an internal body location of a subject over time is described. An instrument for inserting the assembly in the subject and a method of monitoring a physiological property measured at the internal body location over time are also described. The assembly includes a sensor and a transmitter adapted to transmit information from the sensor in a non-wired fashion to a receiver. The assembly also includes an anchor adapted to attach to an externally accessible portion of a subject and a tether that connects the sensor and the anchor to maintain a position of the sensor within the gastrointestinal tract of the subject.09-18-2008
20130172694SWALLOWABLE CAPSULE FOR MONITORING A CONDITION - A swallowable capsule (07-04-2013
20110270052Ingestion-Related Biofeedback and Personalized Medical Therapy Method and System - Methods, devices and systems for acquiring information useful to support a patient in implementing and adhering to a medically prescribed therapy plan are provided. The therapy may incorporate biofeedback methods and/or personalized therapy aspects. A method includes steps of receiving, by a receiving device, biometric information associated with an ingestible event marker; analyzing, by a computing device having a microprocessor configured to perform a biometric information analysis, the biometric information; and determining a therapeutic recommendation at least partly on the basis of the analysis and/or integrating biofeedback techniques into patient therapy or activity. A system includes a biometric information module to receive biometric information associated with an ingestible event marker; an analysis module to analyze the biometric information; and a determination module to optionally determine and communicate a therapeutic recommendation at least partly on the basis of the analysis.11-03-2011
20130144132Highly Reliable Ingestible Event Markers and Methods for Using the Same - Ingestible event markers having high reliability are provided. Aspects of the ingestible event markers include a support, a control circuit, a first electrochemical material, a second electrochemical material and a membrane. In addition, the ingestible event markers may include one or more components that impart high reliability to the ingestible event marker. Further, the ingestible event markers may include an active agent. In some aspects, the active agent, such as a pharmaceutically active agent or a diagnostic agent may be associated with the membrane.06-06-2013
20110275911Cross-Band Communications In An Implantable Device - An ambulatory monitoring device includes a sensor to monitor a physiological signal and a battery power source. The device also includes a wireless receiver adapted to monitor a first frequency band having frequencies below 1 MHz and configured to detect and receive, using less than 10 micro-amps of current from the battery power source when operating, wireless communications within the first frequency band from a remote device at least one meter away. The device further includes a wireless transmitter adapted to transmit—after receipt from the remote device of a first wireless communication within the first frequency band that includes an invitation for further communication—a second wireless communication in a second frequency band having frequencies above 10 MHz, the second wireless communication comprising data indicative of the physiological signal as sensed by the sensor.11-10-2011
20130150685SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A SURGICAL SITE - A system and method for monitoring a surgical site within a body, including an elongate sensory subsystem adapted to be placed or implanted near to the surgical site including a sensor for collecting physiological data from the surgical site and a communication subsystem in communication with the elongate sensory subsystem. An elongate probe extending from the communication subsystem to the vicinity of the surgical site adapted to collect physiological data pertaining to the surgical site. A method for monitoring the surgical site to determine the early onset of complications is disclosed. A method for monitoring the integrity of an organ and in particular monitoring the integrity of an anastomosis is also disclosed.06-13-2013
20130123586DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASUREMENT AND ANALYSIS OF CONTRACTILE ACTIVITY - A method and system for determining intestinal dysfunction condition are provided by classifying and analyzing image frames captured in-vivo. The method and system also relate to the detection of contractile activity in intestinal tracts, to automatic detection of video image frames taken in the gastrointestinal tract including contractile activity, and more particularly to measurement and analysis of contractile activity of the GI tract based on image intensity of in vivo image data.05-16-2013
20120029323Antenna For An Implantable Medical Device - This disclosure describes antenna structures for use in an implantable medical device. The antenna structure may include an inner portion that is magnetically coupled to an outer portion. In one example, the inner and outer portions comprise conductive loops. In accordance with the techniques of this disclosure, a capacitive sensor is electrically coupled to one of the conductive loops of the antenna of the implantable medical device. As the capacitance of the capacitive sensor changes as a function of the sensed parameter, an impedance of the antenna varies with the output of the capacitive sensor. This variation in impedance of the antenna modulates a carrier signal with the measured parameter. In other words, the measured parameter is modulated onto the carrier signal as a change in amplitude caused by variation in impedance of antenna during radiation/transmission.02-02-2012
20130197323Animal Monitoring System - An animal monitoring device configured as a bolus for oral administration to reside in an animal's stomach. The bolus has a substantially inert solid body with a hollow inside space to receive the animal monitoring device. The animal monitoring device includes a radio frequency generator, an animal identification information encoder for outputting the animal identification information of the particular animal. The animal monitoring device can further include sensors to detect physiological and non-physiological animal characteristics such as temperature and a sensed animal characteristic encoder for outputting sensed animal characteristic information. The animal monitoring device intermittently transmits encoded animal identification information and sensed animal characteristic information to a receiver which transmits the encoded information as packets to a specialized computer which allows a computer user access to decoded animal identification information and sensed animal characteristic information as numeric values.08-01-2013
20120035439Map-based navigation of a body tube tree by a lumen traveling device - Method of controlling the operation of a device traveling in a body tube tree, including, determining the location of the device on a map of the body tube tree and planning a path of travel for the device toward a target location. Various actions can be performed by the device for, e.g., medical or therapeutic purposes. Machine-readable media including instructions for performing the methods are also described.02-09-2012
20120071735SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING ORTHOPAEDIC IMPLANT DATA - A system and method for transmitting implant data includes an orthopaedic implant, a wireless receiver, and a processing circuit electrically coupled to the wireless receiver. The orthopaedic implant is configured to transmit implant identification data and implant sensor data to the wireless receiver in response to a power signal. The orthopedic implant may transfer the data over, for example, a wireless network. The processing circuit receives the implant identification data and the implant sensor data from the wireless receiver and is configured to retrieve patient-related data from a database based on the implant identification data. The processing circuit may also be configured to update a patient queue, assign a patient room to a patient, and/or transmit the patient-related data and the implant sensor data to a client machine located in the patient room.03-22-2012

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