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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
600437000 Ultrasonic 2672
600410000 Magnetic resonance imaging or spectroscopy 1188
600424000 With means for determining position of a device placed within a body 696
600476000 Visible light radiation 567
600431000 Detectable material placed in body 527
600425000 With tomographic imaging obtained from electromagnetic wave 480
600473000 Infrared radiation 131
600409000 Magnetic field sensor (e.g., magnetometer, SQUID) 99
600436000 Nuclear radiation (e.g., radioactive emission, etc.) 44
600430000 With microwave carrier signal 13
600408000 Using neural network or trainable (adaptive) system 7
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20110184272Portable Diagnostic Device for Precancerous Lesion of Cervical Cancer - A portable diagnostic device for cervical precancerous lesions is disclosed. The device includes an inherent fluorescence detection system for cervical cancer, a cervix acetic acid coloring detection and an image collection system. The inherent fluorescence detection system for cervical cancer has a light source and a switch, which consists of a excitation light source that generates fluorescence and a cold light source that generates white light, both the excitation light source and the cold light source are installed in the bowl-shaped reflector with specific focal length. The cervix acetic acid coloring detection system has an acetic acid pool, a spraying tube that connects with the acetic acid pool, a spraying tube moving device, and a spraying switch. The image collection system has a weak light CCD, which is installed in the center of the bowl-shaped reflector. The image collection system is connected to the external image processing system which process the images collected by the image collection system. Use the white light and excitation light to irradiate the cervix in turn and collect the reflected images from the cervix. Spray acetic acid on cervix and use the white light and excitation light to irradiate the cervix in turn after waiting for a period of time. Collect the reflected images from the cervix which has been sprayed the acetic acid.07-28-2011
20110201915CARDIAC AND OR RESPIRATORY GATED IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VIRTUAL ANATOMY ENRICHED REAL TIME 2D IMAGING IN INTERVENTIONAL RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION OR PACE MAKER REPLACEMENT PROCECURE - The present invention refers to the field of cardiac electrophysiology (EP) and, more specifically, to image-guided radio frequency ablation and pacemaker placement procedures. For those procedures, it is proposed to display the overlaid 2D navigation motions of an interventional tool intraoperatively obtained from the same projection angle for tracking navigation motions of an interventional tool during an image-guided intervention procedure while being navigated through a patient's bifurcated coronary vessel or cardiac chambers anatomy in order to guide e.g. a cardiovascular catheter to a target structure or lesion in a cardiac vessel segment of the patient's coronary venous tree or to a region of interest within the myocard. In such a way, a dynamically enriched 2D reconstruction of the patient's anatomy is obtained while moving the interventional instrument. By applying a cardiac and/or respiratory gating technique, it can be provided that the 2D live images are acquired during the same phases of the patient's cardiac and/or respiratory cycles. Compared to prior-art solutions which are based on a registration and fusion of image data independently acquired by two distinct imaging modalities, the accuracy of the two-dimensionally reconstructed anatomy is significantly enhanced.08-18-2011
20130030278APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING LESION AND LESION DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS - An apparatus for detecting a lesion is provided. The apparatus includes an extracting unit configured to extract at least one tissue region from an image of tissue regions, a setting unit configured to set at least one of the at least one extracted tissue region as a lesion detection candidate region, and a detecting unit configured to detect a lesion from the lesion detection candidate region.01-31-2013
20110208036COUPLED ANTENNA IMPEDANCE SPECTROSCOPY - It has been found advantageous to deploy coiled antennas as transmitters and receivers for acquiring the dielectric spectrum of materials. This method of impendence spectroscopy has been used to determine the concentration of glucose and other small polar molecules in vitro, as well as in vivo by placement on the antennas so that transmission is through the tissue, as for example on opposite sides of an organ or body part. The optimum selection of antenna coils permits deeper penetration into tissue for glucose detection, improves the SNR as well as expands the spectral range for greater accuracy and precision, to enable continuous non-invasive monitoring for either improved patient or automated management of diabetes.08-25-2011
20110208035SUBJECT INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - Generally, a photoacoustic signal has a wavelength longer than a general ultrasonic signal. That is, it does not matter even if at the time of acquisition of the photoacoustic signal, an element pitch of a probe is several times as large as at the time of acquisition of the ultrasonic signal. Thus, at the time of acquisition of the photoacoustic signal, a plurality of neighboring elements in a receiving element array are collectively considered as one element, and a phasing process is performed. As a result, the same effect as a plurality of phasing addition circuits are disposed in parallel is obtained, and not only a phasing addition process of the photoacoustic signal but also image reconstruction can be performed in real time at a high speed.08-25-2011
20090088620QUANTITATIVE CLINICAL AND PRE-CLINICAL IMAGING - In a clinical or preclinical imaging system, an image acquisition subsystem includes a data acquisition and image reconstruction elements generating clinical or preclinical images. A quantitative image processing subsystem generates variability metadata associated with the clinical or preclinical images, and a clinically or preclinically significant result with an associated confidence interval computed based on the variability metadata. A user interface displays the clinically or preclinically significant result together with the associated confidence interval. A phantom for calibrating such an imaging system includes a deformable nonbiological structure approximating structure of a clinical or preclinical subject to be imaged, and fiducial markers detectable by the imaging system disposed on or in the deformable nonbiological structure to move with deformation of the deformable nonbiological structure.04-02-2009
20120172700Systems and Methods for Viewing and Analyzing Anatomical Structures - Systems and methods for supporting a diagnostic workflow from a computer system are disclosed herein. In accordance with one implementation, a set of pre-identified anatomical landmarks associated with one or more structures of interest within one or more medical images are presented to a user. In response to a user input selecting at least one or more regions of interest including one or more of the pre-identified anatomical landmarks, the user is automatically navigated to the selected region of interest. In another implementation, a second user input selecting one or more measurement tools is received. An evaluation may be automatically determined based on one or more of the set of anatomical landmarks in response to the second user input.07-05-2012
20110196223PROTON TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREFOR - The invention relates to a method and apparatus for charged particle tomographic imaging using a tomography system. The tomography imaging system is optionally simultaneously operational with a charged particle cancer therapy system using common elements, allows tomographic imaging with rotation of the patient, is operational on a patient in an upright, semi-upright, and/or horizontal position, is simultaneously operational with X-ray imaging, and/or allows use of adaptive charged particle cancer therapy. The common tomography and cancer therapy apparatus elements are operational in a multi-axis and/or multi-field raster beam mode.08-11-2011
20110196222Systems, devices, and methods including a dark-field reflected-illumination apparatus - Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing a monitor or treatment device configured to, for example, detect hemozoin, as well as to monitor or treat a malarial infection.08-11-2011
20130085372SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE - A subject information acquisition device includes a first holding member that holds a subject of a patient, a first probe that detects an acoustic wave having propagated through the first holding member and that performs a scanning operation, a first holding-member support located on a patient side from a scanning range of the first probe and that reduces bending of the first holding member, and a second probe located on the patient side from the scanning range of the first probe.04-04-2013
20130085371ACOUSTIC WAVE ACQUIRING APPARATUS - The present invention provides an acoustic wave acquiring apparatus including: a holding plate configured to hold an object via acoustic matching agent; an acoustic wave detector configured to receive an acoustic wave generated from the object irradiated with light from a light source and convert the acoustic wave to an electric signal; and a processor configured to generate characteristic information of the inside of the object by using the electric signal. In the acoustic wave acquiring apparatus, the holding plate is subjected to hydrophilic process or the acoustic matching agent contains surfactant.04-04-2013
20130079620METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN ENDOSCOPY IMAGE - In a method for processing a generated digital endoscopy image of a patient, those pixels that depict a body region of a patient are determined as image points in the endoscopy image, in a processor. In the processor, a color value is derived for image point using the value of the associated pixel, and an area portion associated with each image point is derived for the color value. A color area is derived for each color value, as the sum of all area portions of the image points having that color value. An evaluation measure of the endoscopy image is then implemented in the processor using the respective color areas.03-28-2013
20130079621METHOD AND SYSTEM OF OPERATING A MULTI FOCUSED ACOUSTIC WAVE SOURCE - A method of operating a multi focused acoustic wave source. The method comprises providing the multi focused acoustic wave source, providing a plurality of target acoustic pressures to be applied on a plurality of regions of interest (ROIs) in at least one cellular tissue, computing a transmission pattern of multi-focal acoustic energy according to the plurality of target acoustic pressures, and operating the multi focused acoustic wave source according to the transmission pattern.03-28-2013
20130035581AUGMENTED REALITY ENHANCED TRIAGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - An example system includes a virtual emergency medical record (vEMR) to be dynamically generated for a patient encountered by emergency medical services personnel, the vEMR created to store and organize patient information obtained from the patient at an emergency site to be transferred to an electronic medical record for the patient at a healthcare facility. The example system includes an image recognition and search service to identify the patient based on one or more obtained images and to provide information to the vEMR. The example system includes a prior history service to search for prior clinical information for the patient and to provide information to the vEMR. The example system includes triage decision support to process patient information and prior clinical information via the vEMR to provide a) at least one of a treatment guideline and a diagnosis protocol and b) an instruction for transfer priority to a healthcare facility.02-07-2013
20130041246LIGHT AND ULTRASOUND WHOLE BODY SCANNER - The light and ultrasound whole body scanner produces an image of a patient's skin (visible light) and subcutaneous tissues (ultrasound). The scanner includes a turntable on which the patient stands during the scanning process. A computer operates the system and produces reports for later review. The report includes changes noted from previous scans. The report can be sent over the Internet, mailed or faxed to remote locations.02-14-2013
20130041247OPTOACOUSTIC / PHOTOACOUSTIC / ACOUSTIC IMAGING SYSTEM USING PROBE BEAM DEFLECTION - Embodiments of the invention are directed to a non-contact optical method using a probe beam deflection technique (PBDT) to detecting acoustic waves transiting an acoustic coupling medium.02-14-2013
20130137960METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC MONITORING USING INDICATOR DILUTION - A patient monitoring system may provide photoacoustic sensing based on an indicator dilution to determine one or more physiological parameters of a subject. The system may detect an acoustic pressure signal, which may include one or more thermo-dilution responses, one or more hemo-dilution responses, or a combination thereof, using one or more sensor units. The system may use multiple light sources and/or detectors to diagnose and/or improve signal to noise ratio, distinguish between arterial and venous signals, prevent under-sampling, and separate the effects of hemo-dilution and thermo-dilution.05-30-2013
20100030058Methods of Treating Wrinkles, Developing Wrinkle Treatments And Evaluating Treatment Efficacy, Based On Newly Discovered Similarities Between Wrinkles And Skin Wounds - Disclosed are methods of measuring an endogenous wrinkle electric field and methods of characterizing topical applications, or other treatments, in terms of their effect on the endogenous electric field of wrinkles. Also included, are methods of developing topical applications, or other treatments that have a desired effect on the endogenous electric field of a wrinkle. The methods disclosed herein, are based on a new model of wrinkle physiology that exploits previously unknown similarities between skin wounds and wrinkles.02-04-2010
20090124883AIRWAY BYPASS SITE SELECTION AND TREATMENT PLANNING - This invention relates to systems and methods for site selection and placement of extra-anatomic passages altering gaseous flow in a diseased lung.05-14-2009
20090124882OSSEO CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - An osseo classification and digital modality modeling system includes a computer with a digital memory adapted for storing patient densitometry information, an input and an output. An input subsystem includes a pair of source/receptor units mounted on a signal positioning subsystem, which is adapted for moving the source/receptor units through predetermined paths of movement, which can be circular or linear. The resulting tomographic data is synthesized to form any 3-D model or image, which is output for further analysis and classifying osseo structure and/or prosthetic osseointegration. An osseo classification and digital tomosynthesis method includes the steps of moving a pair of sensor/receptor units relative to a patient. The resulting signals output by the receptor are digitized and synthesized to form a 3-D image or model. Multiple depths of penetration and multiple widths can be captured from single acquisitions using digital tomosynthesis signal processing techniques. Osseo structure and/or prosthetic osseointegration is classified using the densitometry data.05-14-2009
20120184839TWO-PART MEDICAL TRACKING MARKER - The invention relates to a medical tracking marker (07-19-2012
20120165647APPARATUS FOR MEASURING SIZES OF HUMAN BODY USING MILLIMETER WAVES - Disclosed is an apparatus for measuring sizes of a human body, such as the length of an arm, the size of a waist and the width of a shoulder, in the state that a person does not take off its clothes, using millimeter waves. The apparatus includes a plurality of millimeter-wave transmission/reception units, a rotation unit and a digital signal processing unit. The plurality of millimeter-wave transmission/reception units are arranged in a circular shape around an object to be measured, transmit a millimeter wave to the object to be measured, and receive a signal reflected or scattered by the object to be measured. The rotation unit rotates a circular structure in which the plurality of millimeter-wave transmission/reception units are arranged. The digital signal processing unit analyzes the object to be measured using size and phase information of the signal received by the plurality of millimeter-wave transmission/reception units.06-28-2012
20120165646COMPOSITE PARTICLE, CONTRAST AGENT FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING, AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING METHOD - Regarding a composite particle in the related art, an antibody and a dye are bound to the surface of the particle. Therefore, it is not possible to bind both the antibody and the dye high in number. Accordingly, the present invention provides a composite particle, wherein a large acoustic wave can be emitted and both the antibody and the dye can be bound high in number. A composite particle including a core particle, a dye bound to the above described core particle, and an antibody, wherein the above described antibody is bound to the above described dye, is suitable for use.06-28-2012
20130046167Systems and Methods for Identifying Vascular Borders - A method comprises gathering intravascular photoacoustic (IVPA) data using a transducer inserted into a vessel of a patient. The method further includes modulating the IVPA data to determine a first tissue border and displaying a border map representing the first tissue border.02-21-2013
20090043187Method for assessing a rupture risk of an aneurysm of a patient and associated system - A method for assessing a rupture risk of at least one aneurysm of a patient, with the rupture risk being assessed by a computing device as a function of at least one personal factor specific to the patient and at least one anatomy-linked factor relevant to the anatomy of the and/or in the area of the at least one aneurysm and at least one simulation-linked factor determined with reference to at least one simulation carried out by means of the computing device and/or a further computing device and based on anatomical data for the at least one aneurysm.02-12-2009
20130090544SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE SIMULTANEOUS BILATERAL TREATMENT OF TARGET TISSUES WITHIN THE EARS USING A GUIDE BLOCK STRUCTURE - Systems and methods for treating a patient having a head with a first ear and a second car, function by mounting a support structure to the head of the patient; aligning the support structure with a target tissue in an ear canal of the first ear; stabilizing the support structure relative to the target tissue by injecting a material into the canal and hardening the material; and actuating a device while the device is supported by the support system so that the device therapeutically remodels the target tissue of the first ear.04-11-2013
20130072779Reporting imaged portions of a patient's body part - Described embodiments include a system, method, and computer program product. In a described system, a receiver circuit receives at least two reference images of a patient body part. Each reference image includes a respective landmark subsurface feature of the patient body part, and each imaged landmark subsurface feature has a respective spatial relationship to a respective region of a surface of the patient body part imaged during a medical examination. A feature matching circuit determines a correspondence between (x) each atlas landmark subsurface feature of the patient body part included in a landmark subsurface feature atlas and (y) each respective imaged landmark subsurface feature. A reporting circuit generates informational data reporting a depiction of an area of the surface of the patient body part by at least two adjacent imaged regions of the surface of the patient body part. A communication circuit outputs the informational data.03-21-2013
20090093702DETERMINING AND IDENTIFYING CHANGES IN THE POSITION OF PARTS OF A BODY STRUCTURE - The present invention relates to a method for determining and/or identifying a change in the position of a part of a body structure relative to a marker device by means of a data processing device, comprising the steps of: 04-09-2009
20090093701METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SCANNING A SUBJECT - In a patient scanner and method, a scan image is registered with a reference image and superimposed. In an iterative process the images are normalized and the transparency varied to assist in the identification of abnormalities.04-09-2009
20090093700APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MULTI-MODAL IMAGING USING NANOPARTICLE MULTI-MODAL IMAGING PROBES - An apparatus for multimodal imaging of an object includes a support stage for receiving an object to be imaged; an object supported on the stage, a light source for producing a beam to illuminate the object; a filter positioned to receive and pass the beam toward the object; and a lens and camera system for capturing an image of the object. The apparatus may include a tiltable filter for filtering light from the source. The apparatus may include a mechanism for selectively directing light from the light source through a first filter assembly to produce a first beam of light of a first frequency range for illuminating an object on the stage in a first imaging mode or through a second filter assembly to produce a second beam of light of a second frequency range for illuminating an object on the stage in a second imaging mode, so that the lens and camera system captures light from the object illuminated by either the first or second beam of light to produce a first image in response to the first beam and a second image, different from the first image, in response to the second image. An x-ray source and phosphor plate may be included to provide an additional imaging mode.04-09-2009
20090093699METHOD FOR MONITORING MYOCARDIAL WALL THICKNESS - A method for monitoring left ventricular (LV) myocardial wall thickness. The method includes: obtaining real time images of a periodically spatially changing myocardium and segmenting the myocardium in such images; calculating wall thickness of the myocardium from each one of the obtained images; and performing a dynamic harmonic analysis of the calculated thickness to determine spatial changes in the thickness of the wall of the myocardium. The method applies the calculated wall thickness to a predictor to determine changes in the thickness of the wall of the myocardium. The method applies the calculated wall thickness to a predictor to determine the periodicity the myocardium.04-09-2009
20130060124APPARATUS FOR USE IN DIAGNOSING AND/OR TREATING NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER - An apparatus (03-07-2013
20130060122DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IN VIVO FLOW CYTOMETRY USING THE DETECTION OF PHOTOACOUSTIC WAVES - A photoacoustic flow cytometry (PAFC) device for the in vivo detection of cells circulating in blood or lymphatic vessels is described. Ultrasound transducers attached to the skin of an organism detect the photoacoustic ultrasound waves emitted by target objects in response to their illumination by at least one pulse of laser energy delivered using at least one wavelength. The wavelengths of the laser light pulse may be varied to optimize the absorption of the laser energy by the target object. Target objects detected by the device may be unlabelled biological cells or cell products, contrast agents, or biological cells labeled with one or more contrast agents.03-07-2013
20130060123METHOD FOR DETERMINING BREAST VOLUME TO ASSIST MEDICAL PROCEDURE - Various systems, methods, techniques and/or modules are provided to allow for the automated analysis of the 3-D representation of the upper front torso (i) to recognize 3-D anatomical features, (ii) to orient the subject with reference to their anatomy or a display, (iii) to determine dimensional analysis including direct point-to-point lines, 3-D surface lines, and volume values, (iv) to simulate the outcome with the addition of breast implants including breast and nipple positioning, (v) to assist in the selection of the breast implants, and/or (vi) to assist in the planning of breast surgery. The automated analysis is based on the analysis of changes in a 3-D contour map of the upper torso, orientation analysis of 3-D features and planes, color analysis of 3-D features, and/or dimensional analysis of 3-D features and positions of the upper torso.03-07-2013
20130060121METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ULTRASOUND BASED AUTOMATED DETECTION, QUANTIFICATION AND TRACKING OF PATHOLOGIES - An automated method for detecting a disease state is presented. The method includes identifying a bone surface in one or more image data sets, wherein the one or more data sets correspond to a region of interest in an object of interest. Furthermore, the method includes segmenting a joint capsule region corresponding to the one or more image data sets based on a corresponding identified bone surface. In addition, the method includes analyzing the segmented joint capsule region to identify the disease state. Systems and non-transitory computer readable medium configured to perform the automated method for detecting a disease state are also presented.03-07-2013
20110015514MEDICAL IMAGING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A FINITE-ELEMENT MODEL - A method comprising: -providing acquisition data (01-20-2011
20110015513TRANSPORTABLE DIGITAL AUTONOMOUS UNIT TO PERFORM ANTHROPOMETRIC MEASUREMENTS, OF TACTILE MANUAL LOCALIZATION, GEOMETRICALLY BASED ON THE PROJECTION OF POINTS IN A CARTESIAN (VIRTUAL) PLANE, INCORPORATING TECHNOLOGY OF SENSORS AND SOFTWARE - A systematic procedure and device able to measure the body dimensions of persons, both young and adult, relating to anthropometry, and more concrete methods for anthropometric studies. The device includes an autonomous, transportable digital system to carry out the anthropometric measurements, which permits and facilitates the location and collection of the anthropometric points that are extracted of the individual (01-20-2011
20090270712MARGIN DETERMINATION/TUMOR CELL MIGRATION - A method for identifying target regions in a tissue for local drug delivery, wherein functional and/or structural anatomical data such as edema and/or resection cavity is captured by an imaging system, and wherein the anatomical data is evaluated by segmentation techniques such as region-growing-based methods with computer assistance to determine a margin around a resection cavity and/or the volume of edema, the margin and/or the volume of edema being the target tissue for local drug delivery.10-29-2009
20090076369Method For Reducing Motion Artifacts In Highly Constrained Medical Images - A composite image is produced for use in HYPR processing a current image frame. The amount of a priori data used to form the composite is determined by the amount of subject motion. The current composite image may be spatially registered with the current image frame to offset subject motion before being used to form an updated composite image. Subject motion may be analyzed on a frame-by-frame basis, a region-by-region basis or a pixel-by-pixel basis to optimize the SNR of the updated composite image.03-19-2009
20080275328SENSING BODY FUNCTIONS - A body function sensor (11-06-2008
20120296192PHOTOACOUSTIC 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 generating image data based on detection signals detected, wherein the signal processor has: a Fourier transformer for performing Fourier transform, in a spatial direction, on the signals detected at a same receiving time so as to obtain spatial frequency signals; and an inverse-Fourier transformer for performing inverse Fourier-transform after reducing components exhibiting less than a predetermined frequency from among the spatial frequency signals so as to obtain second signals, the signal processor generating image data using the second signals.11-22-2012
20130066188IMAGE DISPLAY OF A CENTERLINE OF TUBULAR STRUCTURE - Systems and methods for determining a centerline of a tubular structure from volumetric data of vessels where a contrast agent was injected into the blood stream to enhance the imagery for centerlining. Given a 3D array of scalar values and a first and second point, the system and methods iteratively find a path from the start position to the end position that lies in the center of a tubular structure. A user interface may be provided to visually present and manipulate a centerline of the tubular structure and the tubular structure itself.03-14-2013
20130066187Housing Unit and a Medical Imaging Device Comprising a Housing Unit - A housing unit for medical imaging devices is proposed. The housing unit has at least two housing shell units and a support frame unit for the purpose of mounting the at least two housing shell units. The at least two housing shell units in each case has at least one overlapping element. An overlap between the at least two housing shell units can be achieved in a region of the overlapping elements when the at least two housing shell units are in an assembled position on the support frame unit.03-14-2013
20130066190METHOD AND COMPOSITION FOR HYPERTHERMALLY TREATING CELLS - A method and composition for hyperthermally treating tumor cells in a patient under conditions that affect tumor stem cells and tumor cells. In one embodiment, the method is administered in combination with localized internal ionizing radiation therapy.03-14-2013
20130066189NORMATIVE DATASET FOR NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS - A system and method for identifying an abnormality of an anatomical structure. The system and method segments, using a processor, the anatomical structure imaged in a volumetric image of a plurality of control patients to produce a control segmentation of the anatomical structures of each of the control patients, obtains a normative dataset by extracting a statistical representation of a morphology of the control segmentations, segments the anatomical structure of a patient being analyzed for abnormalities to produce a patient segmentation and compares the patient segmentation to the normative dataset obtained from the control segmentations.03-14-2013
20120116205IMAGING GUIDEWIRE - An imaging guidewire having at its distal tip at least a first Imaging sensor of a forward looking imaging system directed towards an area to be treated and configured to provide imaging data to a processing system, an optical imaging system directed towards an area that has already been treated and configured to provide imaging data of a treated area to the image processing system and at least one display device for displaying images processed by the image processing system. Operating the imaging guidewire during a medical procedure includes the steps of: Generating an image of an area to be treated; Upon completion of at least a portion of the medical treatment, generating an image of an area that has been treated; and displaying at least the first and second images; wherein each one of the first and second images can be generated by one or more imaging modalities.05-10-2012
20120116204Device and Method for Photon Absorption Coefficient Measurement - The invention relates to a method and a device, suitable for the measurement of quantitative photon absorption coefficient in tissue, wherein the device comprises a first light source, suitable for generating photons, a light measurement element suitable for measuring at least one of: the intensity, the frequency, the frequency deviations and phase shift of the light to be measured, an ultrasound source, suitable for the generation of a defined sound wave pattern in a defined volume element within the tissue, wherein the ultrasound source is suitable for labelling the light, originating from the first light source or a second light source that enters the defined volume element within the tissue, and an ultrasound measurement element, suitable for measuring ultrasound, originating from the defined volume element within the tissue and generated by the light of the first light source that enters the defined volume element within the tissue.05-10-2012
20120116203ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FLOW FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PATIENT-SPECIFIC DEVICES COMPRISING UNIQUE PATIENT-SPECIFIC IDENTIFIERS - The invention relates to improved methods for the production of patient-specific medical devices such as patient-specific (surgical) guides, orthoses and prostheses based on unique patient-specific identifiers.05-10-2012
20120116202Surveillance of stress conditions of persons using micro-impulse radar - One or more computers are configured to determine a human stress condition corresponding to one or more physical or physiological parameters extracted from one or more micro-impulse radar (MIR) signals.05-10-2012
20100081917SYSTEM FOR MULTI-DIMENSIONAL ANATOMICAL FUNCTIONAL IMAGING - A cardiac functional analysis system reconstructs a 3D anatomical image volume using image frames acquired at predetermined cardiac phases over multiple cardiac cycles in response to a trigger derived from hemodynamic signals. A medical imaging system generates 3D anatomical imaging volume datasets from acquired 2D anatomical images. The system includes an image acquisition device for acquiring 2D anatomical images of a portion of patient anatomy in selectable angularly variable imaging planes in response to a synchronization signal derived from a patient blood flow related parameter. A synchronization processor provides the synchronization signal derived from the patient blood flow related parameter. An image processor processes 2D images acquired by the image acquisition device of the portion of patient anatomy in multiple different imaging planes having relative angular separation, to provide a 3D image reconstruction of the portion of patient anatomy.04-01-2010
20100081916Histological facilitation systems and methods - Systems, methods, and other modalities are described for generating or otherwise handling images or other data indicating (a) an extraction of chemically treated tissue frozen in vivo, (b) a treatment of a tissue sample in a chamber extended into tissue of an organism, and/or (c) cells to which an optical enhancement material was applied in vivo. Several contexts in which such indications facilitate histological evaluation are likewise described.04-01-2010
20100081915Histological facilitation systems and methods - Systems, methods, and other modalities are described for generating or otherwise handling images or other data indicating (a) an extraction of chemically treated tissue frozen in vivo, (b) a treatment of a tissue sample in a chamber extended into tissue of an organism, and/or (c) cells to which an optical enhancement material was applied in vivo. Several contexts in which such indications facilitate histological evaluation are likewise described.04-01-2010
20100081914METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POSITIONING A GUIDE RELATIVE TO A BASE - A system for positioning a guide relative to an anatomy is provided. The system can include a base adapted to be coupled to the anatomy, and a guide that can move relative to the base. The system can include at least one tracking device that can be coupled to the base and the guide, and a tracking system that tracks a position of the tracking device. The system can include a navigation system that determines a position of the base and the guide relative to the anatomy, and whether the position of the base and the guide are in a desired position. The system can include a display, which can display at least one icon superimposed on the image of the anatomy that graphically indicates a manipulation of the guide required to move the guide into the desired position.04-01-2010
20090240134Method of processing thoracic reflected radio interrogation signals - A method of evaluating or monitoring the medical state of a subject comprising the steps of: providing a radio frequency interrogation interference signal from a subject, the radio frequency interrogation interference signal being low frequency components of reflections of a radio interrogation signal transmitted into the thorax of the subject; and determining at least one cardiac or respiratory characteristic of the subject from radio frequency interrogation interference signal. The characteristic can be compared to predetermined values to assess current state or monitored for changes over time to assess change in condition of the subject.09-24-2009
20090012383Methods and systems for volume fusion in diagnostic imaging - Methods and systems for automatically fusing images are provided. The method includes acquiring scan data from a first imaging modality and fusing scan data from a second modality with the scan data from the first modality as scan data from the second modality is acquired and the method further includes displaying reconstructed images of the fused data.01-08-2009
20090012382METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF OBSTRUCTIONS IN VASCULATURE - A method for automatic detection of obstructions in vasculature in an anatomical region is presented. The method includes partitioning the anatomical region into a plurality of sub-regions based at least in part on anatomical knowledge. Further, the method includes adaptively computing a threshold intensity value corresponding to each of the plurality of sub-regions. Additionally, the method includes extracting the vasculature in each of the plurality of sub-regions based on the corresponding computed threshold intensity value, where the extracted vasculature comprises a plurality of vessel segments. The method also includes detecting an obstruction in the extracted vasculature. Systems and computer-readable medium that afford functionality of the type defined by this method is also contemplated in conjunction with the present technique.01-08-2009
20090076371Joint and Cartilage Diagnosis, Assessment and Modeling - Methods for assessing the condition of a cartilage in a joint and assessing cartilage loss, particularly in a human knee, are disclosed. In one method, a method for modeling healthy cartilage, the method includes measuring the distance between each of at least two points on an articular cartilage surface corresponding to margins of a defect and a corresponding point on the sub-chondral bone surface, and interpolating a reconstructed cartilage boundary. In a second method, a method for generating a three-dimensional approximation of healthy cartilage, the method includes determining a set of distances between at least three points on a first articular surface corresponding to margins of a defect and at least three corresponding points on a second cartilage surface, and approximating a reconstructed cartilage surface.03-19-2009
20130165764PERCUTANEOUS DEVICES AND METHODS TO VISUALIZE, TARGET AND ABLATE NERVES - Apparatuses for identifying nerve tissue and methods for making and using the same are disclosed. An example apparatus may include an elongate shaft having a distal region configured to be percutaneously deployed within a patient. An active imaging structure may be disposed on the distal region. The active imaging structure may be configured to remotely image nerve tissue by exciting a signal in nerve tissue from a percutaneous location and receiving the signal from a percutaneous location. The active imaging structure may include one or more probes.06-27-2013
20130165765PROPERTY INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS - The present invention employs a property information acquiring apparatus comprising: a supporting unit configured to support a test subject and include an aperture into which a tested part of the test subject is inserted; a holding unit configured to hold the tested part inserted into the aperture; and a pressing unit that includes a receiving unit for receiving information relating to a property of the tested part and is pushed against a surface of the holding unit different from a surface for holding a test object, wherein the supporting unit includes a restricting part that restricts deformation caused in the holding unit by the pressing of the pressing unit.06-27-2013
20120238859MEASURING APPARATUS - The present invention employs a measuring apparatus having: a holding plate for holding a subject; an acoustic matching member provided between the subject and the holding plate; and a probe for receiving an acoustic wave propagating through the subject via the acoustic matching member and the holding plate, wherein the acoustic matching member includes a first portion that contacts the subject and a second portion that contacts the holding plate, and the second portion has greater rigidity than the first portion.09-20-2012
20120238858SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD - A subject information acquisition apparatus of the present invention acquires a sound speed in the subject by using a signal outputted from a first probe when a first probe receives an elastic wave, a member-to-member distance information between a first holding member and the second holding member, an amount of deformation of a first holding member measured by a first holding member deformation amount measuring unit, an amount of deformation of a second holding member measured by a second holding member deformation amount measuring unit, position information of the first holding member deformation amount measuring unit, and position information of the second holding member deformation amount measuring unit.09-20-2012
20080294033Biological Signal Processing Unit, Wireless Memory, Biological Signal Processing System, And Control System Of Device To Be Controlled - It is an object to provide a means for easily operating various devices to be controlled (i.e. a word processor or a car) using a brain wave signal of a patient with Alzheimer's disease or a psychological disorder, and for supporting the active performance of a user by employing wireless communication with a memory (wireless memory) capable of communicating without wires in which a command on the human movement is memorized. A present biological signal processing unit has an electrode for detecting a biological signal (an electric signal) from a living body, or for transmitting an electric signal into a living body, an interface, and an antenna which can communicate with an external device (i.e. wireless memory, reader/writer); therefore, convenience of the user is improved in the case where a user utilizes an electronic device or the like. In addition, the active performance of a user can be supported.11-27-2008
20110028826MAPPING PROBE ASSEMBLY WITH SKIVED TUBE BODY FRAME - An embodiment of a mapping probe assembly includes a body frame with a lumen therein. The body frame includes a catheter shaft region, a loop section and a transition region between the catheter shaft region and a loop section. A plurality of mapping electrodes are attached around the loop section. Electrical conductors extend through the lumen of the body frame to the mapping electrodes. In some embodiments, the loop section is skived, where a portion of the body frame is removed toward the interior of the loop section. The loop section has a generally planar loop, and further has a loop center. In some embodiments, the catheter shaft has an alignment generally perpendicular to the loop section where the alignment of the catheter shaft is along a line that intersects the planar loop proximate to the loop center.02-03-2011
20110245650Method and System for Plaque Lesion Characterization - A method and system for in-vivo characterization of lesion feature is disclosed. Using a non-invasive medical imaging apparatus, an image of an interior region of a patient's body is obtained. The interior region may include lesion feature (such as plaques) components from a list of components. The lesion feature components are identified by classifying each point in the image as either corresponding to one of the lesion feature components in the list of components or not, using image intensity information and image morphology information, a first relationship (such as an intensity score) correlating image intensity information with the components in the list of components and a second relationship (such as a morphology score) correlating image morphology information with the components in the list of components. Further, a variety of lesion feature characteristics is derived from the result of the classification.10-06-2011
20090018430METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MEDICAL IMAGE AND AN IMAGING DEVICE - A method for examining a patient in a medical imaging device is provided. The method includes measuring a pressure inside the body of the patient over a period of time during the examination, recording measurement data originating in the patient while the examination is in progress, reconstructing the medical image from the recorded measurement data, wherein the recording of the measurement data is controlled by the measured pressure and/or wherein the measured pressure is taken into account while the medical image is being reconstructed from the recorded measurement data.01-15-2009
20110282182IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A RISK OF ATHEROMA PLAQUE BREAKAGE - The invention relates to image processing method for estimating a risk of atheroma plaque breakage, that includes the step of receiving (11-17-2011
20110282181EXTENDED INTERIOR METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SPECTRAL, OPTICAL, AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING - The present invention relates to the field of medical imaging. More particularly, embodiments of the invention relate to methods, systems, and devices for imaging, including for tomography-based applications. Embodiments of the invention include, for example, a computed tomography based imaging system comprising: (a) at least one wide-beam gray-scale imaging chain capable of performing a global scan of an object and acquiring projection data relating to the object; (b) at least one narrow-beam true-color imaging chain capable of performing a spectral interior scan of a region of interest (ROI) of and acquiring projection data relating to the object; (c) a processing module operably configured for: (1) receiving the projection data; (2) reconstructing the ROI into an image by analyzing the data with a color interior tomography algorithm, aided by an individualized gray-scale reconstruction of an entire field of view (FOV), including the ROI; and (d) a processor for executing the processing module. The extended interior methods and systems for spectral, optical, and photoacoustic imaging presented in this application can lead to better medical diagnoses by providing images with higher resolution or quality, and can lead to safer procedures by providing systems capable of reducing a patient's exposure time to, and thus quantity of, potentially harmful x-rays. Embodiments of the invention also provide tools for real-time tomography-based analyses.11-17-2011
20110263963ACOUSTIC-WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An acoustic-wave measuring apparatus includes a holding unit configured to hold a subject and an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the subject with light. An acoustic-wave detecting unit detects acoustic waves generated in the subject due to irradiation with the light; an image pickup unit acquires an image of the subject; and a measurement position on the image acquired by the image pickup unit is designated. A coordinate transforming unit transforms the coordinates of the measurement position on the image to coordinates of a corresponding position on the holding unit; and a position control unit moves at least one of the irradiation unit and the acoustic-wave detecting unit to the corresponding position on the holding unit.10-27-2011
20120232375METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMAGE ANALYSIS OF SELECTED TISSUE STRUCTURES - A method for analysing a sample comprising a first material and a second material of generally different densities and having a junction therebetween, the method comprising defining a region of interest in a cross sectional image of at least a portion of the sample that includes said junction, determining a density profile of the sample within the region of interest and crossing the junction, determining a representative density of said second material, and analysing said sample using said junction used to distinguish said first and second materials.09-13-2012
20080269591BAND STOP FILTER EMPLOYING A CAPACITOR AND AN INDUCTOR TANK CIRCUIT TO ENHANCE MRI COMPATIBILITY OF ACTIVE MEDICAL DEVICES - A band stop filter is provided for a lead wire of an active medical device (AMD). The band stop filter includes a capacitor in parallel with an inductor. The parallel capacitor and inductor are placed in series with the lead wire of the AMD, wherein values of capacitance and inductance are selected such that the band stop filter is resonant at a selected frequency. The Q of the inductor may be relatively maximized and the Q of the capacitor may be relatively minimized to reduce the overall Q of the band stop filter to attenuate current flow through the lead wire along a range of selected frequencies. In a preferred form, the band stop filter is integrated into a TIP and/or RING electrode for an active implantable medical device.10-30-2008
20120289811MASK 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 the marking surface. The method includes receiving an image of a hernia defect from the camera and displaying the received image on the display device and marking the shape and position of the hernia defect on the marking surface by applying the marker to the marking surface. Alternatively the display device may be marked by executing by the processor a computer program to mark the shape and position of the hernia defect on the display device.11-15-2012
20120289812APPARATUS 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 coefficient derived from the signals, in which the processing apparatus includes: a first unit for deriving, from signals corresponding to light of first wavelength, first data showing a profile of first absorption coefficient, and from signals corresponding to light of second wavelength, second data showing a profile of second absorption coefficient; and a second unit for deriving the biofunctional information using the first and second data, and in which the second data has lower image spatial resolution than the first data.11-15-2012
20110301447Versatile video interpretation, visualization, and management system - A process and device for detecting colon cancer by classifying and annotating clinical features in video data containing colonoscopic features by applying a probabilistic analysis to intra-frame and inter-frame relationships between colonoscopic features in spatially and temporally neighboring portions of video frames, and classifying and annotating as clinical features any of the colonoscopic features that satisfy the probabilistic analysis as clinical features. Preferably the probabilistic analysis is Hidden Markove Model analysis, and the process is carried out by a computer trained using semi supervised learning from labeled and unlabeled examples of clinical features in video containing colonoscopic features.12-08-2011
20120108943SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MINIMALLY-INVASIVE OPTICAL-ACOUSTIC IMAGING - An imaging guidewire can include optical fibers communicating light along the guidewire. At or near its distal end, one or more blazed or other fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) directs light to a photoacoustic transducer material that provides ultrasonic imaging energy. Returned ultrasound is sensed by an FBG sensor. A responsive signal is optically communicated to the proximal end of the guidewire, and processed to develop a 2D or 3D image. The guidewire outer diameter is small enough such that an intravascular catheter can be passed over the guidewire. Techniques for improving ultrasound reception include using a high compliance material, resonating the ultrasound sensing transducer, using an attenuation-reducing coating and/or thickness, and/or using optical wavelength discrimination. Techniques for improving the ultrasound generating transducer include using a blazed FBG, designing the photoacoustic material thickness to enhance optical absorption. Techniques for distinguishing plaque or vulnerable plaque may enhance the displayed image.05-03-2012
20120108942Sterile Protective Membrane with Light Guides for a Medical Probe and Associated Method of Production - In the field of dual-mode medical probes, a simple device perfectly meets the double need for dual-modality and sterilization, and provides a sterile, disposable, or sterilizable protective membrane, also called a “glove” or “sock”, equipped with optical fibres. This protective membrane can be slipped onto an ultrasound probe. It therefore ensures both the dual-mode functionality and perfect sterilization of the probe, this being the desired effect. The protective membrane is easy to produce and easy to use.05-03-2012
20110288397MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS - Provided is a medical image diagnosis apparatus which requires a small area for installation, has a short length in an axial direction of the apparatus, can reduce a problem of the strength of a top plate, and can simultaneously carry out dynamic PET-imaging of the entire body. A top plate (11-24-2011
20110295102SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NETWORKED WEARABLE MEDICAL SENSORS - A medical sensor system comprises a gateway comprising a wideband receiver and a narrow band transmitter, the each gateway configured to receive a wideband positioning frame using the wideband receiver from one or more wearable sensors and to transmit acknowledgement frames using the narrow band transmitter that include timing and control data for use by the sensors to establish timing for transmission of the positioning frame; and at least one wearable sensor comprising a wideband transmitter and a narrow band receiver, the sensor configured to transmit a sensor data frame to the gateway using the wideband transmitter and to receive an acknowledgement frame from the gateway using the narrow band receiver, extract timing and control information from the frame, and adjust the timing and synchronization of the wideband transmitter using the timing and control information.12-01-2011
20110295101MODULAR SOFTWARE SYSTEM FOR GUIDED RADIATION THERAPY - A facility for performing patient localization for radiation therapy is described. The facility activates two or more discrete software modules, and performs interactions between the activated software modules. Based upon the performed interactions, the facility performs patient localization for a radiation therapy session.12-01-2011
20100249570THREE-DIMENSIONAL PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGER AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING AN IMAGER - A photoacoustic imaging apparatus is provided for medical or other imaging applications and also a method for calibrating this apparatus. The apparatus employs a sparse array of transducer elements and a reconstruction algorithm. Spatial calibration maps of the sparse array are used to optimize the reconstruction algorithm. The apparatus includes a laser producing a pulsed laser beam to illuminate a subject for imaging and generate photoacoustic waves. The transducers are fixedly mounted on a holder so as to form the sparse array. A photoacoustic (PA) waves are received by each transducer. The resultant analog signals from each transducer are amplified, filtered, and converted to digital signals in parallel by a data acquisition system which is operatively connected to a computer. The computer receives the digital signals and processes the digital signals by the algorithm based on iterative forward projection and back-projection in order to provide the image.09-30-2010
20110270070LIVING BODY OBSERVATION APPARATUS - A living body observation apparatus irradiates a predetermined region inside a living body with ultrasound, irradiates the predetermined region, which is irradiated with the ultrasound, with a light of a predetermined frequency, and detects a scattered light with a frequency shifted by ultrasound vibration in a living body constituent substance included in the predetermined region. The living body observation apparatus calculates velocity information of the living body constituent substance from a frequency shift amount in a detection signal of the scattered light, calculates a density of the living body constituent substance from the velocity information, and performs discrimination of a state of the living body constituent substance by using a value of the calculated density. The living body observation apparatus further stores velocity information measured in advance in an organ or the like composing a living body and corresponding density information by linking the velocity information and the density information with each other.11-03-2011
20090182218SENSOR FOR DETECTING BIOLOGICAL ELECTRO-MAGNETIC SIGNAL AND THE DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - The invention relates to a material for the detection of biological electro-magnetic signals made of a epidermis of a living organism and a diagnostic device using the same, and more particularly, to a material for the detection of biological electro-magnetic signals made of a epidermis of a living organism, through drying is one stage, also selecting is another stage of production, and a diagnostic device using the same. The material of the invention has an effect of detecting biological electro-magnetic signals. Accordingly, the material for the detection of biological electro-magnetic signals of the invention can be used for manufacturing a diagnostic device for detecting biological electro-magnetic signals non-invasively as well as effectively used in diagnosis in cases where biological electro-magnetic signals are changed by cancer, inflammations due to immunodeficiency and so on.07-16-2009
20110263964METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING AT LEAST ONE CHANGE IN A TUBULAR TISSUE STRUCTURE IN A LIVING BEING, CALCULATION UNIT AND DATA STORAGE MEDIUM - A method is disclosed for establishing at least one change in a tubular tissue structure in a living being from a first time to a second time, which differs from the first, wherein the midline of the tubular tissue structure is respectively determined in a provided first volume data record, generated at the first time, of the tubular tissue structure in the living being, and in a provided second volume data record, generated at the second time, which differs from the first, of the tubular tissue structure. In at least one embodiment, at least one change in the minimum and/or the maximum diameter of the inner wall of the tubular tissue structure and/or at least one change in the minimum and/or the maximum diameter of the outer wall of the tubular tissue structure is established in order to establish the at least one change in the tubular tissue structure along the tubular tissue structure at mutually corresponding positions of the midlines of the tubular tissue structure in the first volume data record and the tubular tissue structure in the second volume data record. At least one embodiment of the invention also relates to a calculation unit for carrying out the method and to a data storage medium, which has a calculation program implementing the method.10-27-2011
20090005668Non-invasive method for using 2D angiographic images for radiosurgical target definition - A non-invasive method and system for using 2D angiographic images for radiosurgical target definition uses non-invasive calibration devices and methods to calibrate an angiographic imaging system and a six-parameter registration algorithm to register angiographic images with 3D scan data for radiation treatment planning.01-01-2009
20100268060SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROMOTING UTILIZATION OF MEDICAL INFORMATION - A server computer judges a region represented by an image obtained by an imaging apparatus. The server computer generates intelligent information regarding body tissue which can be estimated based on the imaged region, and registers the generated intelligent information in an intelligent information database. Workstations and the like that assist the work of medical workers execute filtering processes depending on the users thereof, to limit the range of assistance, the range of intelligent information to be utilized to perform the assistance based on the identifying data, and the like.10-21-2010
20100268059THERAPY OPTIMIZATION VIA MULTI-DIMENSIONAL MAPPING - An exemplary method includes accessing cardiac information acquired via a catheter located at various positions in a venous network of a heart of a patient where the cardiac information comprises position information, electrical information and mechanical information; mapping local electrical activation times to anatomic positions to generate an electrical activation time map; mapping local mechanical activation times to anatomic positions to generate a mechanical activation time map; generating an electromechanical delay map by subtracting local electrical activation times from corresponding local mechanical activation times; and rendering at least the electromechanical delay map to a display. Various other methods, devices, systems, etc., are also disclosed.10-21-2010
20100268058PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING DEVICES AND METHODS OF IMAGING - A photoacoustic medical imaging device may include a substrate, an array of ultrasonic transducers on the substrate, at least one groove etched on the substrate, at least one optical fiber, and at least one facet. Each optical fiber is disposed in one of the grooves. Each facet is etched in one of the grooves and coated with a layer of metal having high infrared reflectivity. Each optical fiber is configured to guide infrared light from a light source through the fiber and toward the respective facet. The facet is configured to reflect the infrared light toward a target.10-21-2010
20100121172MICROSCOPIC AND MACROSCOPIC DATA FUSION FOR BIOMEDICAL IMAGING - Macroscopic imaging data, such as CT, MR, PET, or SPECT, is obtained. Microscopic imaging data of at least a portion of the same tissue is obtained. The microscopic imaging data is spatially aligned with the macroscopic imaging data. The spatial alignment allows calculation and/or imaging using both types of data as a multi-resolution data set. A given image may include information about the relative position of the microscopically imaged tissue to the macroscopically imaged body portion. This positional relationship may allow viewing of affects or changes at cellular levels as well as less detailed tissue structure or organism levels and may allow determination of any correlation between changes in both levels.05-13-2010
20130217996METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING IMAGES - A method of analysis is disclosed. The method comprises: registering a target image to define a plurality of keypoints arranged in sets corresponding to polygons or linear segments in the target image; accessing a database of registered and annotated images, and employing a polygon-wise comparison between the target image and each database image; and using the comparison for projecting annotated locations from the database images into the target image.08-22-2013
20120035454METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGING OF VESSEL SEGMENTS - An apparatus, method and software arrangement for imaging a surface of a structure that is in contact with an opaque fluid is provided. The apparatus includes an article of manufacture (e.g., a housing), a fluid delivery arrangement and an imaging arrangement. The housing includes an aperture formed in the article of manufacture. The fluid delivery arrangement is configured to deliver a volume of substantially transparent fluid to the aperture formed in the housing. The imaging arrangement is configured to image the surface of the structure using an imaging modality after the volume of the transparent fluid is delivered to the aperture, wherein the imaging arrangement and/or the article of manufacture is translated along the surface of the structure while imaging the surface of the structure.02-09-2012
20100010335METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING CANCER USING ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE - A cancer diagnostic apparatus using electromagnetic waves includes: a plurality of antennas configured to transmit an electromagnetic wave signal to a human body and receive the electromagnetic wave signal from the human body; a switching unit configured to switch the antennas to a transmit mode or a receive mode; a signal generator configured to generate an electromagnetic wave signal to be transmitted to an antenna set to the transmit mode; a signal converter configured to convert an electromagnetic wave signal received from an antenna set to the receive mode into an intermediate frequency signal; and a controller including a switching controller to control the switching unit and a data processor to process a permittivity distribution image of the human body from the intermediate frequency signal.01-14-2010
20120143037Accurate Pelvic Fracture Detection for X-Ray and CT Images - Accurate pelvic fracture detection is accomplished with automated X-ray and Computed Tomography (CT) images for diagnosis and recommended therapy. The system combines computational methods to process images from two different modalities, using Active Shape Model (ASM), spline interpolation, active contours, and wavelet transform. By processing both X-ray and CT images, features which may be visible under one modality and not under the other are extracted and validates and confirms information visible in both. The X-ray component uses hierarchical approach based on directed Hough Transform to detect pelvic structures, removing the need for manual initialization. The X-ray component uses cubic spline interpolation to regulate ASM deformation during X-ray image segmentation. Key regions of the pelvis are first segmented and identified, allowing detection methods to be specialized to each structure using anatomical knowledge. The CT processing component is able to distinguish bone from other non-bone objects with similar visual characteristics, such a blood and contrast fluid, permitting detection and quantification of soft tissue hemorrhage. The CT processing component draws attention to slices where irregularities are detected, reducing the time to fully examine a pelvic CT scan. The quantitative measurement of bone displacement and hemorrhage area are used as input for a trauma decision-support system, along with physiological signals, injury details and demographic information.06-07-2012
20090054755MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM - A medical imaging system by which in order that image data generated by an image generating apparatus and patient information are efficiently associated with each other while the doctor is examining the patient, an on-line button is blinking on receiving the image data or examination data when a screen showing information on the specified patient is displayed, the received data is automatically associated with the designated patient information and stored in an image DB when the blinking on-line button is depressed, and the received data is temporarily stored in a temporary storage section for storing data waiting for association with the patient information when the blinking on-line button is held depressed long.02-26-2009
20110172512METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAGNETIC INDUCTION TOMOGRAPHY - The invention relates to a method and a system for magnetic induction tomography, the system comprising: at least one transmitting coil for generating a primary magnetic field to be applied to the object of interest; and at least one measurement coil arrangement for measuring electric signals induced by a secondary magnetic field which is generated by the object of interest in response to the primary magnetic field, wherein the at least one measurement coil arrangement comprises a plurality of measurement coils which are positioned in substantially the same plane. By using a plurality of independent measurement coils positioned in a plane so as to replace a conventional single measurement coil, the measurement coil across which the measured difference voltage is most sensitive to a change of the secondary magnetic field can be selected for calculating the change of conductivity distribution, resulting in an improved sensitivity of a MIT system.07-14-2011
20110172511Opto-Acoustic Imaging Devices and Methods - In one aspect, the invention relates to a probe. The probe includes a sheath, a flexible, bi-directionally rotatable, optical subsystem positioned within the sheath, the optical subsystem comprising a transmission fiber, the optical subsystem capable of transmitting and collecting light of a predetermined range of wavelengths along a first beam having a predetermined beam size. The probe also includes an ultrasound subsystem, the ultrasound subsystem positioned within the sheath and adapted to propagate energy of a predetermined range of frequencies along a second beam having a second predetermined beam size, wherein a portion of the first and second beams overlap a region during a scan.07-14-2011
20090088621Reference Height Calibration Scheme For Modular Multi-Modality Medical Imaging System - A reference height calibration procedure obtains a reference error value, which can be used to adjust a height calibration parameter for registering the fields of view (FOVs) of the modules of a multi-modality medical imaging system such as a SPECT-CT imaging system.04-02-2009
20090281413Systems, devices, and methods for detecting occlusions in a biological subject - Systems, devices, and methods are described for detecting an embolus, thrombus, or a deep vein thrombus in a biological subject.11-12-2009
20090287076System, devices, and methods for detecting occlusions in a biological subject - Systems, devices, and methods are described for detecting an embolus, thrombus, or a deep vein thrombus in a biological subject.11-19-2009
20090292195System, devices, and methods for detecting occlusions in a biological subject including spectral learning - Systems, devices, and methods are described for detecting an embolus, thrombus, or a deep vein thrombus in a biological subject.11-26-2009
20090292196Electron Avalanche Putative Energy Field Analyzer - A device and method of detecting and analyzing a vital field places an avalanche diode in the path of vital waves in the vital field. The vital waves interfere with the electron avalanche process in the avalanche diode. Control circuitry and an avalanche initiator cause electron avalanches at a known sampling frequency. The interference from the vital waves produces a beat frequency that is output from the avalanche diode. By adjusting the sampling rate by a known amount, a second beat frequency is produced and the beat frequency shift is used to determine the input frequency of the vital waves. The vital waves are very weak and produce frequencies into the terahertz range, so that the input frequency is undersampled by the device. Further, high sensitivity is required and a circuit design is implemented to maximize sensitivity while minimizing noise and other interference that is common to avalanche diode operation.11-26-2009
20110172513BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION IMAGING APPARATUS - The biological information imaging apparatus includes an acoustic wave detector 07-14-2011
20110201914Reflection-Mode Photoacoustic Tomography Using A Flexibly-Supported Cantilever Beam - Noninvasively imaging biological tissue using a handheld device. A light pulse is focused into a predetermined area inside an object using a flexibly mounted cantilever beam, acoustic waves emitted by the object in response to the at least one light pulse are detected by a transducer, and an image of the predetermined area inside the object is generated based on a signal generated by the transducer representative of the acoustic waves.08-18-2011
20110208034MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND/OR TREATMENT APPARATUS - A medical examination and/or treatment apparatus having an apparatus for position acquisition assigned to a control facility has at least one transmitter that is disposed on a movable part that can be controlled by way of the control facility and transmits a signal and at least one receiver disposed on the movable part for receiving a signal reflected by an external object, the apparatus for position acquisition being configured to determine the distance of the external object from the at least one movable part from the transmitted and received signal, wherein the signal is an FMCW signal of a predefined frequency or frequency range.08-25-2011
20130217995Photoacoustic Tomography of Breast Tissue Using Hemispherical Array and Planar Scanning - Photoacoustic imaging is enhanced by scanning (08-22-2013
20080249394METHOD FOR IMPROVED ROTATIONAL ALIGNMENT IN JOINT ARTHROPLASTY - A method for improved rotational alignment of the bones in joint surgery is described. The method involves the tracking of the relative motion of a third bone in with respect to the movement of the first and second bone. In one aspect of the invention, the motion of the patella is used to derive the axis of rotation of the femoral and tibial components in total knee arthroplasty, either alone or in combination with other techniques.10-09-2008
20080281182Method and apparatus for improving and/or validating 3D segmentations - A method is provided for improving a segmentation of a 3D image and/or validating a segmentation of a 3D image includes rendering an acquired 3D image and a segmentation of the acquired 3D image on a segmentation display that has at least one spatially fixed slice and an interactive slice with a reference mark corresponding to the cursor location in the spatially fixed slice or slices on the display. The method further includes utilizing an interactive user input to update image data of the interactive slice and the reference mark to coincide with the cursor in the spatially fixed slice or slices. The method further includes using the cursor and the reference mark to verify that cursor locations on the boundaries of the segmentation of the acquired 3D image correspond to object boundaries in the image data of the interactive slice.11-13-2008
20090264728BIOLOGY GUIDED ADAPTIVE THERAPY PLANNING - A therapy system (10-22-2009
20080269588Intraoperative Image Registration - A system to allow registration of a patient to image space is disclosed. The registration can be performed without touching a plurality of fiducial points on the patient or in the image data. The registration process can eliminate manual steps of image to patient registration and image to image registration.10-30-2008
20080294032Spectral Imaging of Biological Samples - The invention features a method including: (i) providing spectrally resolved information about light coming from different spatial locations in a sample comprising deep tissue in response to an illumination of the sample, wherein the light includes contributions from different components in the sample; (ii) decomposing the spectrally resolved information for each of at least some of the different spatial locations into contributions from spectral estimates associated with at least some of the components in the sample; and (iii) constructing a deep tissue image of the sample based on the decomposition to preferentially show a selected one of the components.11-27-2008
20080269589Apparatus for the Detection of Heart Activity - The invention relates to heart measurement and heart monitoring, in particular the measurement of mechanical heart activity, and includes a method and apparatus to using doppler radar to transmit an electromagnetic signal of a certain frequency into, and detect a reflected signal from out of, the chest of the individual, to processing the detected signal to produce an output signal representing the rate of change of the doppler signal associated with the reflected signal and to identify from the output signal a group of at least one characteristic point of the output signal, and further to calculate at least one parameter representative of heart activity, this calculation based on the at least one identified characteristic point. The apparatus provides a system for monitoring which is particularly suitable for use in the home and which does not require repeated use of impedance cardiograms which are inappropriate for use by untrained personnel.10-30-2008
20110270071MEASURING APPARATUS - In photoacoustic imaging, in cases where an emitted light amount and a beam pattern of a laser vary according to variation with time and external factors, and cases where the wavelength and the repetition rate of the laser vary, there is a danger that a light fluence of light applied to tissue become too strong. A unit is provided for measuring a distribution of light fluence of light applied to the tissue. A measuring apparatus is provided that controls output of a laser source such that the measured light fluence should not exceed the maximum permissible exposure to the tissue. Accordingly, highly safe photoacoustic imaging to the tissue can be realized.11-03-2011
20110208033FRACTURE RISK ASSESSMENT - The present disclosure relates to a bone fracture risk assessment method and system. The method may include generating a volumetric model corresponding to a three-dimensional image of a bone structure for each bone structure in a set of bone structures. The method may further include defining a vector of variables for each bone structure. Each variable in the vector of variables may include a three-dimensional position of one of a number of volumetric vertices and at least one parameter associated with the one volumetric vertex. The method may include generating a set of individual vectors and performing variable reduction on the set of individual vectors. The method may further include determining a discriminator based at least in part on a result of the variable reduction.08-25-2011
20090030301Method of examining dynamic cardiac electromagnetic activity and detection of cardiac functions using results thereof - A method of examining cardiac electromagnetic activity over a heart for diagnosing the cardiac functions of the heart is disclosed. The method includes collecting a plurality of sets of spatially distributed, time-varying magnetic field signals of the heart of a subject, wherein the magnetic field signals exhibit features of at least a wave, identifying a time corresponding to a local maximum intensity of the magnetic field signals of the wave at each measurement position and plotting a temporal evolution of the local maximum intensity of the magnetic field signals during a time interval of the wave.01-29-2009
20090182219Method for planning a combined examination of an examination object - A method for planning a combined examination of an examination object using two imaging modalities is disclosed, with measurements being taken in at least two regions of the examination object. In at least one embodiment, the method includes planning of at least one measuring protocol of the first modality, which includes at least one measurement in a first of the regions and at least one measurement in a second of the regions; planning of at least one measuring protocol of the second modality, which comprises at least one measurement in the first region; and automatic production of a combined measuring sequence by arranging the measurements in such a manner that carrying out the measuring sequence taking into account modality preparations to be carried out between measurements takes as little time as possible.07-16-2009
20090137893ADDING IMAGING CAPABILITY TO DISTAL TIPS OF MEDICAL TOOLS, CATHETERS, AND CONDUITS - One or more scan illuminators and a plurality of light receivers are provided on the distal end of a tool or other component, so that a plurality of images of a site can be provided in response to output signals from the plurality of light receivers. The output signals from the plurality of light receivers are combined to produce an overall image of the site or a plurality of different images from disparate positions. The plurality of images can be viewed separately to produce a stereo or perspective view, or can be produced using different wavebands of light to provide enhanced information about the site that facilitates use of one or more tools or components at the site. The scan illuminator(s) and plurality of light receivers can be configured to be added to an existing tool or component.05-28-2009
20080234566Recognizing a real world fiducial in a patient image data - Medical apparatus is described including a fiducial component and a position sensor. The component is recognizable as at least a part of a fiducial when appearing in image data of a patient. The component is attachable to the patient. The sensor is attachable to the component at a predetermined location and orientation on the component or is capable of being positioned adjacent the fiducial component without attachment thereto at a predetermined location and orientation. A storage medium is described containing a program which instructs the computer to recognize a predetermined shape of each of at least one portion of a position sensor as at least a part of a real-world fiducial in image data of a patient. The position sensor is adapted to provide position data. Medical apparatus which includes the position sensor and the storage medium is also described.09-25-2008
20100268057Computational systems and methods for health services planning and matching - Systems and methods are described relating to accepting brain sensor data and presenting a plurality of health service options at least partly based on the accepting brain sensor data.10-21-2010
20090281411HAND-HELD ELECTRIC FIELD IMAGER FOR MEASURING THE ELECTRIC FIELD IN MAMMALIAN SKIN AND OTHER EPITHELIAL STRUCTURES - The present invention provides a hand-held, noninvasive diagnostic device for measuring the electric fields in mammalian skin and other epithelial structures. The device includes an outer housing that contacts the skin, providing stability and allowing the device to move along with minor movement of the skin. Recessed within the outer housing is a probe that acts as a sensor to measure the electric field in the skin through an aperture in the bottom surface of the outer housing. By applying a series of known voltages while the probe is vibrating, the skin's local surface potential can be measured and the lateral electric field can be calculated from the spatial distribution of surface potential measurements. Active feedback is used to maintain a constant distance between the probe and the skin surface.11-12-2009
20110144472METHODS OF GRAVITY AND/OR MAGNETIC HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGING USING VECTOR AND/OR TENSOR DATA - A method for holographic imaging an object having density and/or magnetization is described, the object being located in an examined medium using potential field data including but not limited to gravity and/or magnetic total field and/or vector and/or tensor data. The potential field sensors may measure the gravity and/or magnetic total field and/or vector and/or tensor data at least one receiving position with respect to the examined medium. At least one component of the measured potential field in at least one receiver location (potential field data) may be used as at least one artificial source of the potential field data. Artificial sources may produce a back-propagating (migration) field. An integrated sensitivity of the potential field data to density and/or magnetization perturbation may be calculated. A spatial weighting of at least one of the back-scattering (migration) fields may form a potential field holographic image. At least one desired property of the medium, such as density and/or magnetization, may be derived from this holographic image.06-16-2011
20090062638Medical Diagostic Device Comprising an Operating Element for Controlling System Components - The invention relates to a medical diagnostic device comprising an operating element for controlling system components of the medical diagnostic device, said device comprising at least one operating lever which is embodied in such a way that it has at least one feature which is characteristic of the associated system component and is, for example, designed in such a way that it is congruent to the system component. In this way, the operating lever has a form adapted to that of the real system components or has the same form as said components.03-05-2009
20090143664IDENTIFICATION MECHANISM FOR A COMPONENT ATTACHED TO A MEDICAL DEVICE - The invention relates to the identification of a component of a medical device. The medical device is realized for the alternative attachment of a plurality of components. By means of infrared reflection sensors an emitted signal that is reflected by an attached component is detected. The reflected signal has a shape that is characteristic of the component. The component is identified through determination by the infrared reflection sensors that detect a reflected signal. The invention allows for alternative components that can be attached to be identified efficiently and with little outlay.06-04-2009
20080319300Medical Imaging System - Medical imaging system, comprising a movable part (12-25-2008
20090326358Non-invasive fast-response biodosimeter - Our invention disclosures a biodosimeter and method of measurements a dose of radiation and/or biological-chemical substances absorbed by human or animal body, microbes, plants. The invention describes a multiparametric analysis system to evaluate biochemical and physical patterns related to a range of doses of radiation and/or biological-chemical substances following exposure of human body by radiation and/or biological-chemical substances. In our invention we also propose to use a method of plasmon enhancement by which intrinsic biomolecular targets within human body may increase their fluorescence QY close to unity, especially for the variety of biochemicals. The disclosed robust biodosimeter provides fast-response field applications to normal populations exposed to radiation and/or biological-chemical substances release, and to first-responders evaluating those normal populations.12-31-2009
20090326359METHOD OF IN VIVO DETECTION AND/OR DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER USING FLUORESCENCE BASED DNA IMAGE CYTOMETRY - The invention relates to a method of determining in vivo in a human or animal subject the amount of nuclear DNA by first localizing cell nuclei of living tissue and subsequently measuring the nuclear UV absorbance using confocal scanning microscopy. The invention relates also to a method for detecting cancerous cells in vivo in a human or animal subject by first identifying the localization of cell nuclei in living tissue and subsequently determining the nuclear UV absorbance by laser scanning confocal microscopy. Furthermore, the invention relates to a method of diagnosing cancer in a human or animal subject in vivo relying on a combination of identifying the localization of cell nuclei in living tissue and measuring nuclear UV absorbance by laser scanning confocal microscopy.12-31-2009
20090024018Anatomical imaging system - Embodiments include a medical device, an apparatus, and a method. The medical device includes a tube portion shaped and sized for airway passage insertion and having at least one pathway therethrough; and a stylet of at least one shape-transforming material, configured for insertion in one of said at least one pathway; and at least one sensor carried by the tube portion and the stylet. The apparatus includes a stylet having a first end and a second end, at least a portion of the stylet including a shape-transforming material, the stylet being configured for insertion through an airway intubation structure having at least one pathway therethrough; and at least one sensor carried by the stylet in a proximity to the first end. The method includes capturing an image adjacent to an airway tube proximate to an airway passage; and actuating, in response to the image, at least one shape-transformation of the airway tube.01-22-2009
20080306369DETACHABLE LATCHING MECHANISM - A detachable latching mechanism is disclosed herein. The latching mechanism for latching a first apparatus to a second apparatus comprises: a detachable housing configured to be attached to the first apparatus. The housing includes a first and second housing member forming a channel there between. The latching mechanism includes a first latch supported by the first housing member and biased to extend into the channel in a first direction and a second latch supported by the second housing member and biased to extend into the channel in a second direction opposite from the first direction. Further the latching mechanism is provided with a latching member having a first end configured to be attached to the second apparatus and a second end having a protrusion configured to push against the first and second latches to move them apart when the latching member is inserted into the channel. The movements of the latches are perpendicular to the movement of the latching member.12-11-2008
20080306372BIOLOGICAL-INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - A biological-information obtaining apparatus includes a light-emitting unit, an image sensor configured to capture images, in time sequence, relating to a living body, a lens, an extreme-occurrence-time obtaining unit configured to obtain times T12-11-2008
20080306370Method of examining dynamic cardiac electromagnetic activity and detection of cardiac functions using results thereof - A method of examining cardiac electromagnetic activity over a heart for diagnosing the cardiac functions of the heart is disclosed. The method may include constructing a phase diagram of electromagnetic signals over a heart by collecting sets of time-dependent magnetic signals, determining the zeroth and the first derivations of each set of the magnetic signals at a given time, and categorizing the zeroth and the first derivations of the magnetic signals in either of the four phases: (+, +), (−, −), (+, −), (−, +). The method may also include monitoring a wave propagation of the magnetic signals.12-11-2008
20090062637Electromagnetic Sensors for Tissue Characterization - A sensor for tissue characterization is provided, comprising: a resonator, configured to be placed proximally to an edge of a tissue for characterization, without penetrating the tissue, the resonator comprising a conductive structure associated with a diameter-equivalent dimension D, in a plane substantially parallel with the edge, and with a feature size d; and at least one conductive lead, for providing communication with an external system, wherein the resonator is configured to resonate at a frequency which corresponds to a free-air wavelength range of between about lambda and about 40 lambda, wherein lambda is at least about ten times the diameter-equivalent D, and wherein upon receiving a signal in the range of between about lambda and about 40 lambda, the sensor is configured to induce electric and magnetic fields, in a near zone, in the tissue, the near zone having a diameter of about D, so that the tissue in the near zone effectively functions as part of the resonator, influencing its resonating values, and so the tissue in the near zone is thereby characterized by its electromagnetic properties, by the resonating response of the resonator.03-05-2009
20110224532PHOTOACOUSTIC BREAST-IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - A photoacoustic breast-image capturing apparatus has an image capturing stage on which a breast C09-15-2011
20110230750MEASURING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a measuring apparatus having: a first probe including a first acoustic conversion element that transmits an ultrasound wave, receives the ultrasound wave after the ultrasound wave is reflected by an object, and converts the ultrasound wave into an analog signal; a second probe including a second acoustic conversion element that receives a photo-acoustic wave generated when light emitted from a light emitter is absorbed by the object and converts the photo-acoustic wave into an analog signal; a receiver that receives the analog signals converted by the first and second acoustic conversion elements and converts the analog signals into digital signals; and a switching unit that switches the acoustic conversion element from which the receiver receives the analog signal.09-22-2011
20090209841RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE DIAGNOSIS INSTRUMENT THEREFOR - A radiation imaging system is configured by a collimator 08-20-2009
20120078079USE OF THE HEART RATE VARIABILITY CHANGE TO CORRELATE MAGNETIC FIELD CHANGES WITH PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSITIVITY AND METHOD THEREFOR - The invention relates to the use of a device to analyze heart rate variability to determine changes of the physiological state of a test subject due to a change of a magnetic field acting on the test subject, comprising the analysis of the heart rate variability of the test subject before and after the change of the acting magnetic field. A corresponding method comprises the steps of: analyzing the heart rate variability of the test subject; making changes to the magnetic field acting on the test subject; analyzing the heart rate variability of the test subject again; and evaluating a change of the physiological state of the test subject based on the change of the heart rate variability between the measurement before and after the magnetic field change.03-29-2012
20080319299METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING POSITIONING OF A NONINVASIVE ANALYZER SAMPLE PROBE - The invention relates generally to a probe interface method and apparatus for use in conjunction with an optical based noninvasive analyzer. More particularly, an algorithm controls a sample probe position and attitude relative to a skin sample site before and/or during sampling. For example, a sample probe head of a sample module is controlled by an algorithm along the normal-to-skin-axis. Preferably, the sample probe head is positioned in terms of 3-D location in the x-, y-, and z-axes and is attitude orientated in terms of pitch, yaw, and roll. Further, attitude of the probe head is preferably orientated prior to contact of the sample probe head with the tissue sample using indicators, such as non-contact distance feedback from capacitance sensor, contacting or non-contacting optical sensors, and/or contact electrical sensors.12-25-2008
20090221899MINIMALLY INVASIVE RECTAL BALLOON APPARATUS WITH PRESSURE RELIEVING LUMEN AND ANAL VERGE DILATION COLLAR - A rectal balloon apparatus has a shaft with a fluid passageway extending therethrough. A balloon is affixed over an end of the shaft such that the fluid passageway communicates with an interior of the balloon. A collar is affixed around the shaft which is suitable for dilating a patient's anal verge. The collar is a color distinct from the colors of the balloon and the shaft. The collar has a first section hingedly connected to a second section so as to allow the collar to be selectively affixed to the shaft. The collar has an outer diameter that is roughly twice an outer diameter of the shaft. The collar can be snap-fitted around the shaft.09-03-2009
20080281181Combination of Multi-Modality Imaging Technologies - Different applications for multiple imaging technologies are provided to advance patient care. In one aspect, a 3-D imaging device is used to identify the location of target region in a patient, such as a tumor or aneurysm, for instance. The location information is then used to control a device used in performing a surgical or other intervention, further imaging or a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure (11-13-2008
20090203987METHOD AND DEVICE TO DETERMINE A POSITION SHIFT OF A FOCAL AREA - In a method and device for determination of a position shift, first image data of a body region of a treatment-positioned patient that contain derivable temperature information are acquired. A focal area in the body region is determined, and the focus of a hyperthermia applicator can be aligned on the focal area. Second image data of the body region of the treatment-positioned patient that contain derivable temperature information are acquired, and a position shift of the focal area is determined by a comparison of the second image data with the first image data.08-13-2009
20090203986Medical data collection device - A medical data collection device is comprised of a head unit and a base unit. The head unit collects patient data and transmits the data to the base unit. The base unit captures, stores and processes the data A display on the base unit shows the captured data and allows the user to control the data.08-13-2009
20090240133Apparatus and method for non-invasive, in-vivo, thoracic radio interrogation - A radio apparatus and method for non-invasive, thoracic radio interrogation of a subject for the collection of hemodynamic, respiratory and/or other cardiopulmonary related data from the subject includes a antenna positionable proximally to the subject, a radio transmitter transmitting an unmodulated radio interrogation signal of a predetermined fixed frequency at a safe level of about 1 milliwatt or less from the antenna into the subject and a radio receiver capturing through the antenna, reflections of the transmitted radio interrogation signal returned from the subject. A Doppler component of the reflections contains the data that can be extracted from the captured reflections.09-24-2009
20090221898Shaped surgical tool - A custom medical device may be fabricated based on a patient image with a rapid prototyping machine.09-03-2009
20080269590MEDICAL INSTRUMENT FOR PERFORMING A MEDICAL INTERVENTION - A medical instrument for performing a medical intervention on a body region is provided. The medical instrument includes a sensor for recording tissue parameters of a body region to be treated using measuring techniques.10-30-2008
20090240132Antenna for thoracic radio interrogation - An antenna includes an antenna layer, a ground layer and a dielectric layer between the antenna layer and the ground layer. The antenna layer and the ground layer form a figure in the shape of two identical mirror image triangles joined together at a longest side of each one of the triangles where each side of each triangle is a different length.09-24-2009
20090149732System for use of electrical resonant frequencies in analyzing and treating abnormality of human and animal tissues - A system for use of electrical resonant frequencies in analyzing and treating abnormality of human and animal tissue includes elements for generating an EM wave having a selectable ratio of capacitance to inductance, modulated in a selectable electrical resonance (ER) frequency relative to the tissue, the tissue to be treated across an EM spectrum of between about 10 Hz and about 500 MHz; elements for measuring resultant ER phases and peaks of a responsive signal emitted by the tissue, in which each peak represents a potential in-phase or out-of-phase ER relative to an established normal phase of such tissue, each ER defining a waveform in which out-of-phase ER is associated with a tissue abnormality; and elements for delivery and applying to the tissue a waveform substantially inverse to that of out-of-phase waveforms to decrease or nullify ER peaks associated with the abnormality of tissue.06-11-2009
20100274116COMPUTER-SUPPORTED MEDICAL IMAGE ACQUISITION AND/OR ASSESSMENT - In a method for supported recording and/or analysis, in particular assessment, of images which are to be and/or have been recorded with an imaging device using a database containing medical information, in particular a medical atlas, in the imaging device and/or in a computer, following a command from a user and/or through the occurrence of a triggering event, dependent existing image related data, at least one image related information item is selected from the database automatically, and the at least one, image related information item is displayed.10-28-2010
20100160764AUTOMATIC GENERATION AND UTILIZATION OF A VASCULAR ROADMAP - Apparatus and methods are described for receiving into at least one processor a set of images of blood vessels of a subject. A road map of the subject's blood vessels is generated, by automatically (a) deriving at least one image from the set of images of the blood vessels, based upon visibility of at least a portion of the blood vessels in the set of images, and (b) in the derived image, determining a location of edge lines of at least some of the portion of the blood vessels in the image. An output is generated by the processor, based on the road map. Other embodiments are also described.06-24-2010
20080306371INTRAVITAL-INFORMATION IMAGING APPARATUS - An intravital-information imaging apparatus includes light sources for irradiating a living body with light, and acoustic-wave detectors that detect acoustic waves generated from a light absorber having absorbed part of energy of the light from the light sources, the light absorber existing in the living body. Furthermore, the intravital-information imaging apparatus includes signal processors that calculate information representing a distribution of optical characteristic values of the living body using sound pressures of the acoustic waves generated from the light absorber.12-11-2008
20110060209INTRACORPOREAL MONITORING APPARATUS HAVING FLECTION - In one embodiment, an intracorporeal monitoring apparatus having a flection includes: a tip unit that receives an ultrasonic signal or light from inside a subject and converts the ultrasonic signal or light into an electric signal; a guiding unit that transmits the electric signal obtained by the tip unit; and a flection that is provided between the guiding unit and the tip unit, transmits the electric signal obtained by the tip unit to the guiding unit, and can be bent, the flection has a conductor that is curved and extensible, one or a plurality of layers of conductive tubes coating the conductor, and a layer of an insulating tube coating the conductive tubes.03-10-2011
20110130641IMAGER FOCUSING BASED ON INTRAOPERATIVE DATA - Various embodiments herein provide for imager focusing based on intraoperative data. Ideally, an imaging plane of an ultrasound transducer would be truly planar. That is not the case, though. Instead, ultrasound transducers image a volume that is closer to a rectangular volume, but that has focal depths or areas in the imaged volume that are “thinner” and provide a better resolution. In general, embodiments herein may include determining the pose of an imager, such as an ultrasound transducer, and the pose of a location of interest. Based on those poses, a focal adjustment may be determined in order to, for example, better focus the imager on the object of interest. Then data is generated and the focus of the imager is adjusted. Additionally, imaging data and/or the object of interest may be displayed. In other embodiments, estimated projections of medical devices are displayed to allow for better intraoperative planning.06-02-2011
20110130642SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING HEALING PROGRESS OF TISSUE - A system and method for analyzing tissue healing may include capturing an image including a tissue site. A clinician may be enabled to define multiple regions of the image of the tissue site, where at least two of the regions of the image define tissue types at different stages of tissue healing. An area may be calculated of each of the at least two regions of the image defining tissue type at different stages of tissue healing. The calculated areas may be displayed to a clinician. In one embodiment, an image color adjustment may be determined by adjusting the image of the reference color marker to the predetermined color. The image of the tissue site may be normalized by applying the image color adjustment to generate a normalized image.06-02-2011
20130123602METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY POSITIONING A STRUCTURE WITHIN A FIELD OF VIEW - A method for positioning an organ of interest within a field of view of an imaging detector includes positioning an organ of interest at an initial imaging position, performing automatic organ detection to determine a position of the organ, determining a revised imaging position of a detector or a table based on the position of the organ, prompting a user to accept the revised imaging position, and automatically repositioning at least one of the detector or the table to the revised imaging position based on a user input in response to the prompting. A patient positioning module and a medical imaging system are also described herein.05-16-2013
20090076370System and method for determining in vivo body lumen conditions - Provided are a system and method for in vivo and in situ detection of body lumen conditions. The system comprises at least one interaction chamber for containing an endo-luminal sample, the interaction chamber comprising at least one indicator; at least one light source for illuminating the interaction chamber; and at least one optical detector for detecting in vivo optical changes occurring in the interaction chamber. The reaction between the indicator and sample may result in an optical change, which is detected and possibly imaged by the optical detector.03-19-2009
20120035453IMPLANT AND SYSTEM FOR PREDICTING DECOMPENSATION - An implant predicts decompensation of a patient's heart based on an acoustic pressure measurement. The implant includes first and second acoustic transducers, which are matched to each other and which rest in/on the patient's thorax. The first acoustic transducer emits an acoustic signal which has at least one first signal portion having a first frequency. The second acoustic transducer is designed to receive and re-emit the emitted acoustic signal, or to reflect it, such that the first acoustic transducer receives the emitted acoustic signal. A signal processing unit communicates with at least one of the two acoustic transducers and determines an attenuation value as a function of the attenuation of the received acoustic signal versus the originally emitted acoustic signal, and provides a prediction signal as a function of a comparison of the attenuation value to a threshold value, wherein the prediction signal indicates the development of decompensation.02-09-2012
20130217994METHOD OF GENERATING ELASTICITY DATA, ELASTICITY DATA GENERATING APPARATUS, AND ELASTICITY IMAGE GENERATING SYSTEM BASED THEREON - A method of generating elasticity data, an elasticity generating apparatus, and an elasticity image generating system based thereon is provided. The method of generating elasticity data includes receiving first elasticity data of a region of interest (ROI) in a subject, the first elasticity data indicating elasticity corresponding to a predetermined degree of deformation, receiving second elasticity data of a local region of the ROI in the subject, the second elasticity data indicating elasticity corresponding to a local degree of deformation that is greater than the predetermined degree of deformation, and generating third elasticity data of the ROI in the subject based on the received first elasticity data and second elasticity data, the third elasticity data indicating elasticity corresponding to a global degree of deformation that is greater than the predetermined degree of deformation.08-22-2013
20100204562CALIBRATION PROCEDURE FOR THE RELATIVE POSITION OF A TABLE AND C-ARM ON A MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM - A method of calibrating a mechanical model of behaviour and movement of an interventional radiology table by moving the table over at least one degree of freedom, acquiring at least one set of images corresponding to different positions of the table and C-arm, obtaining at least one set of images of a test object from different positions, using the images of the test object to determine parameters of the mechanical model of table behaviour and movement, and combining these parameters with data given by table movement sensors so as to deduce the true relative positions of the table with respect to the medical imaging system.08-12-2010
20120143036Systems and Methods for Determining a Zero Baseline Value of a Channel from a Detector Device - A representative method for determining a zero baseline value of a channel from a detector device of a nuclear medicine imagining system to allow for correction caused by noise or interference on the detector device includes calculating a first value of a baseline based on a first sample of analog electrical signals from analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) coupled to the detector device; comparing a predetermined value with the first value of the baseline; determining whether there is a small change between the predetermined value and the first value of the baseline; and responsive to determining that the small change exists, adjusting the baseline of the ADCs by a fraction of the small change based on the comparison between the predetermined value and the first value of the baseline.06-07-2012
20100198045SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING REAL-TIME DYNAMIC IMAGERY OF A MEDICAL PROCEDURE SITE USING MULTIPLE MODALITIES - A system and method of providing composite real-time dynamic imagery of a medical procedure site from multiple modalities which continuously and immediately depicts the current state and condition of the medical procedure site synchronously with respect to each modality and without undue latency is disclosed. The composite real-time dynamic imagery may be provided by spatially registering multiple real-time dynamic video streams from the multiple modalities to each other. Spatially registering the multiple real-time dynamic video streams to each other may provide a continuous and immediate depiction of the medical procedure site with an unobstructed and detailed view of a region of interest at the medical procedure site at multiple depths. As such, a surgeon, or other medical practitioner, may view a single, accurate, and current composite real-time dynamic imagery of a region of interest at the medical procedure site as he/she performs a medical procedure, and thereby, may properly and effectively implement the medical procedure.08-05-2010
20090137895REAL-TIME DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM EMPLOYING NON-INVASIVE METHOD TO ANALYZE ELECTRO-MAGNETIC FIELD RADIATED FROM A SUBJECT AND THE VARIATION THEREOF - The present invention relates to a real-time disease diagnostic system employing a non-invasive method capable of analyzing of an electromagnetic field and variations thereof radiated from a subject. The disease diagnostic system detects a micro electromagnetic field and variations thereof radiated from bio-action potential of the living tissue, such as cells, tissues, organs and the like of a subject, as a capacitance and variations thereof using a single- or multi-channel biosensor and the disease diagnostic system including the biosensor. The disease diagnostic system analyzes the frequency obtained according to the capacitance and variations thereof and diagnoses proliferative diseases characteristic of an abnormal cell proliferation by diagnosing whole body using a non-invasive method in a short time of 10 min to 1 hour without any side effects. The disease diagnostic system displays the result of diagnosis in the form of a numerical value, sound or three-dimensional image in real time. The disease diagnosis system may be used without any of the doctor's orders for the subject, i.e., an empty stomach or taking medicine, and used to easily confirm the removal of cancer cell by surgery and the process of treatment. Therefore, the disease diagnosis system can be useful to diagnose various diseases at an early stage in a more accurate and safe manner.05-28-2009
20110040168System and Method for Predicting Future Fractures - A method of predicting bone or articular disease in a subject includes determining one or more micro-structural parameters, one or more macroanatomical parameters or biomechanical parameters of a joint in the subject and combining at least two of the parameters to predict the risk of bone or articular disease.02-17-2011
20080242969Apparatus and method for determining an optimized path traversal for radiation treatment delivery system - An apparatus and method for determining optimized path traversal in a radiation delivery system is described. In one embodiment, determining an optimized path traversal in a radiation delivery system involves providing a plurality of spatial nodes used in a treatment plan, where each of the plurality of spatial nodes represents a position of a radiation source made available to the treatment plan for delivering radiation to a target, identifying a number of unused spatial nodes, from among the plurality of spatial nodes, at which radiation is not delivered according to the treatment plan, and skipping travel to one or more of the unused nodes by the radiation source when administering the treatment plan. Other embodiments are also described.10-02-2008
20090105578 Interactive Medical Imaging Processing and User Interface System - An interactive medical user interface system presents a user interactive image window, including a distribution curve of an organ section area over a heart beat cycle time and supports a desired clinical workflow. An interactive medical image processing and user interface system for use in patient organ imaging includes an image data processor. The image data processor processes data representing multiple images of an organ of a patient over the heart beat cycle of the patient to derive data representing a distribution curve of an organ section area over a heart beat cycle time. A user interface generates data representing a composite user interface display image including, a first user interactive image window presenting the distribution curve and a second image window presenting an image of the organ corresponding to a location on the distribution curve interactively selected by a user via the first user interactive image window.04-23-2009
20130131486COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR SPINE MOBILITY SIMULATION AND SPINE SIMULATION METHOD - A computer program for spine mobility simulation is configured, if running on a computer, to cause the computer to perform the following steps: a) accessing bio-metric data which relate to the spine of a patient, the spine having at least one compromised spine segment; b) displaying a model of the spine of the patient comprising a plurality of vertebrae; c) enabling a user to change the position of at least one of the vertebrae of the spine model; d) computing the effects of the position change on the remaining vertebrae; e) displaying the spine model in a new configuration, thereby taking into account the position changed by the user in step c) and the position changes of the remaining vertebrae computed in step d).05-23-2013
20130131487TEST OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS - An information acquisition apparatus configured to receive an elastic wave propagating through a test object to acquire characteristic information about the test object includes a receiver including an element configured to receive the elastic wave and to convert the received elastic wave into an electric signal, a time designation unit configured to designate a time required to acquire the characteristic information about the test object, a control unit configured to acquire area information about an area where the characteristic information about the test object is to be acquired based on the time and configured to cause a presentation unit to present the area information, and a scanning unit configured to cause the receiver to scan the test object based on the area information.05-23-2013
20100312088Systems and Methods for Detecting Labor Conditions via Electromagnetic Field Disturbances - A system may detect a labor condition in a laboring patient. The system may include an electromagnetic field generating unit, an electromagnetic field sensing unit, and a processing unit. The electromagnetic field generating unit may be operable to create an electromagnetic field about the laboring patient. The electromagnetic field sensing unit may be operable to detect a disturbance in the electromagnetic field. The processing unit may be operable to process the disturbance in the electromagnetic field to extract a labor condition.12-09-2010
20090069660Medical device and method for operating a medical device - The possibility for receiving and processing data from an analytical chip (“lab-on-a-chip”) is integrated into a medical device, such as for example an X-ray imaging system. This means quite simply that it is possible at the medical device to make a diagnosis which could otherwise only be made by a laboratory. There is a separate processor unit, a separate memory a separate input/output unit, adapted to the analytical chip, and a display unit displays both image data from the X-ray imaging system and also analytical data.03-12-2009
20130137959METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC MONITORING USING INDICATOR DILUTION - A patient monitoring system may provide photoacoustic sensing based on an indicator dilution to determine one or more physiological parameters of a subject. The system may detect an acoustic pressure signal, which may include one or more thermo-dilution responses, one or more hemo-dilution responses, or a combination thereof, using one or more sensor units. The system may use multiple light sources and/or detectors to diagnose and/or improve signal to noise ratio, distinguish between arterial and venous signals, prevent under-sampling, and separate the effects of hemo-dilution and thermo-dilution.05-30-2013
20130137961Systems and Methods for Hyperspectral Medical Imaging - Under one aspect, an apparatus for analyzing the skin of a subject includes a hyperspectral sensor for obtaining a hyperspectral image of the subject. The apparatus further includes a control computer that is in electronic communication with the hyperspectral sensor and which controls at least one operating parameter of the hyperspectral sensor. The control computer includes a processor unit and a computer readable memory. The memory includes executable instructions for controlling the at least one operating parameter of the hyperspectral sensor. The memory includes executable instructions for applying a wavelength dependent spectral calibration standard constructed for the hyperspectral sensor to a hyperspectral image collected by the hyperspectral sensor. The apparatus further includes a light source that illuminates the skin of the subject for the hyperspectral sensor.05-30-2013
20110028824SCANNING TERAHERTZ PROBE - A THz radiation probe (02-03-2011
20110028825SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT IMAGING - A system and methods for more efficient review, processing, analysis and diagnoses of medical imaging data is disclosed. The system and methods include automatically segmenting and labeling imaging data by anatomical feature or structure. Additional tools that can improve the efficiency of health care providers are also disclosed.02-03-2011
20100331663DUAL MODE CLOSED-LOOP SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING A PARAMETER OF THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM - A dual-mode closed-loop measurement system (12-30-2010
20100331662PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING METHOD - A photoacoustic wave detector detects a photoacoustic wave generated inside a specimen by light irradiated thereto. A signal processing device: forms first volume data from a first signal, the first signal being the detection signal acquired from the detector or a signal obtained by adjusting an amplitude of the detection signal; forms second volume data from a second signal, the second signal being a signal obtained by changing a phase of the first signal; forms third volume data from the first and second volume data; and generates and outputs image data representing information on an interior of the specimen from the third volume data.12-30-2010
20110213234System and method for using orthogonally-coded active source signals for reflected signal analysis - A system and method for using orthogonally-coded active source signals for reflected signal analysis, such as in seismic exploration, sonar, and/or ultrasound applications. One method comprises inputting an orthogonally-coded active source signal to a target site, where the orthogonally-coded active source signal is sufficiently random to not interfere with a delayed version of itself. A reflected signal is received from the target site, and based at least in part on the sufficiently random orthogonal coding of the active source signal, a determination is made whether the received signal is a reflection of the input active source signal.09-01-2011
20110034797NON-INVASIVE MEASURING OF LOAD-INDUCED ELECTRIC POTENTIALS IN DIARTHROIDIAL JOINTS - There is described a method for non-invasively measuring electrical activity in a joint of a subject, the method comprising: removably attaching in a non-invasive manner at least two electrodes to a skin surface around an articulation comprising the joint; generating electroarthrographic potentials within the joint by loading the articulation; capturing the electroarthrographic potentials using the at least two electrodes; discriminating between electroarthrographic potentials originating from joint tissue activity and those from other sources; and generating measurement signals representing the electrical activity of joint tissue.02-10-2011
20110034796APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUBSTANTIALLY IMMOBILIZING A BREAST FOR MEDICAL IMAGING PROCEDURE - Apparatus and methods are described for substantially immobilizing a breast for use in medical imaging. In an exemplary embodiment, an apparatus for substantially immobilizing a breast is provided, including a first support member connected to a first and second base, the bases capable of engagement with the torso of a patient, the first support member defining an inner area substantially covered by a first membrane. A corresponding second support member, defining a second inner area substantially covered by a second membrane, is engageable to the first support member such that the inner areas are substantially aligned to substantially immobilize a breast, the membranes defining a pocket to receive a breast.02-10-2011
20110245652IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD - Provided is an imaging apparatus for acquiring information on a profile of properties in a subject for enhancing an SN ratio of an image without changing a profile of intensity, by using threshold processing with an effective threshold, without reference waveform. The apparatus includes: an unit for calculating a correlation coefficient for each voxel/pixel in to obtain a profile of correlation coefficient; an unit for determining an effective threshold; an unit for judging whether or not the correlation coefficient of each voxel/pixel exceeds the effective threshold; and an unit for setting to zero or reducing each voxel/pixel whose correlation coefficient is equal to or less than the effective threshold, with respect to in vivo information on a profile of properties correlated spatially to the profile of correlation coefficient.10-06-2011
20110245654SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS - A signal processor which acquires a first signal, including a first primary signal portion and a first secondary signal portion, and a second signal, including a second primary signal portion and a second secondary signal portion, wherein the first and second primary signal portions are correlated. The signals may be acquired by propagating energy through a medium and measuring an attenuated signal after transmission or reflection. Alternatively, the signals may be acquired by measuring energy generated by the medium. A processor of the present invention generates a primary or secondary reference signal which is a combination, respectively, of only the primary or secondary signal portions. The secondary reference signal is then used to remove the secondary portion of each of the first and second measured signals via a correlation canceler, such as an adaptive noise canceler, preferably of the joint process estimator type. The primary reference signal is used to remove the primary portion of each of the first and second measured signals via a correlation canceler. The processor of the present invention may be employed in conjunction with a correlation canceler in physiological monitors wherein the known properties of energy attenuation through a medium are used to determine physiological characteristics of the medium. Many physiological conditions, such as the pulse, or blood pressure of a patient or the concentration of a constituent in a medium, can be determined from the primary or secondary portions of the signal after other signal portion is removed.10-06-2011
20110245653WEARABLE MICROSTRIP ANTENNAS FOR SKIN PLACEMENT FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS - A method of imaging biological tissue enables imaging structure in the biological tissue with an antenna tuned to emit radio energy through at least a covering layer of the biological tissue without significant attenuation of the radio energy. The method includes contacting skin covering tissue with a radio frequency emitting antenna, and adjusting at least one of a radiator and a feed in the antenna with reference to at least one measured electrical or physical property of the skin. The adjustment of the radiator and feed enable a combination of the antenna and skin to emit radio energy at a predetermined magnitude and frequency into a portion of the tissue covered by the skin.10-06-2011
20100168550MULTIPLE SHELL CONSTRUCTION TO EMULATE CHAMBER CONTRACTION WITH A MAPPING SYSTEM - A system for constructing multiple shells (electronic models) indicative of the geometry and/or volume of a bodily lumen, such as a heart chamber, is configured to collect a plurality of location data points as the electrode is swept within the chamber. Each of the collected data points has an associated measured cardiac phase at which such point was acquired. The system is configured to segregate the collected electrode locations into sets based on the phase. Each set is characterized by a particular, associated phase of its constituent electrode locations. The system is configured to generate, for each set, a respective shell that will represent the chamber at the associated phase. The shells, once constructed, may be used for or in connection with a variety of diagnostic, mapping, and/or therapeutic procedures. The system is also configured to verify that the electrode is in contact with the heart tissue before using the collected data point in the shell construction (e.g., using a phase angle parameter to verify contact).07-01-2010
20100168551Determining a Thickness of a Layer of Fat of an Organism - An apparatus for determining a thickness of a layer of fat of an organism, the apparatus comprising a plurality of electromagnetic radiation sources adapted for illuminating the layer of fat with a plurality of pulses of electromagnetic radiation, at least one electromagnetic radiation detector adapted for detecting detection signals indicative of the pulses of electromagnetic radiation after transmission through the layer of fat, and a determining unit adapted for determining a plurality of values of the thickness of the layer of fat based on an analysis of a plurality of ratios between the detection signals, wherein only those values are used for calculating an average thickness of the layer of fat which values result in deviations from the average thickness of less than a predetermined threshold value.07-01-2010
20110125004Analysis by photo acoustic displacement and interferometryl - A device for analyzing a material, the device having a photo acoustic generator (05-26-2011
20110125003Systems, Devices and Methods For Cartilage and Bone Grafting - Disclosed are systems, methods, devices and products to identify suitable donor sites for harvesting bone-cartilage grafts and to implant such bone-cartilage grafts. In some embodiments, a method includes providing a computer having access to a donor database, the donor database comprising information on each of a plurality of donor joint sites of the body, receiving first data relating to a defect of a joint of a patient, the defect comprising an area of bone, a portion of which includes at least one of, for example, missing and/or damaged cartilage, and identifying, based on the first data, at least one donor site from the donor database of joints for harvesting a graft of bone and cartilage to repair the defect.05-26-2011
20110098550PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS - A bioinformation acquisition apparatus to input a signal having uniform sensitivity and a high SN ratio at a high speed is provided. It includes a moving device moving an element group into the arrangement direction of the elements, and moves the element group situated at a first position at first time point to be situated at a second position at second time point. The element group receives an elastic wave emitted from a test object at the first time point at the first position, and the elastic wave from the test object at the second time point at the second position. The electric signal of a specified position of a test body from a first element of the elastic waves received at the first time point and the electric signal of the specified position from a second element received at the second time point are added to each other.04-28-2011
20110245651MEDICAL IMAGE PLAYBACK DEVICE AND METHOD, AS WELL AS PROGRAM - Time-series images of a heart and sound data representing heart sounds are obtained. The time-series images of the heart is temporally synchronized with the sound data representing the heart sounds, and the time-series images of the heart and the sound data representing the heart sounds synchronized with each other are played back.10-06-2011
20090312624ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL SCREENS FOR COGNITIVE MODULATORS - Methods, apparatuses, and systems for analysis of electromagnetic activity of prefrontal cortex neurons in subjects are provided. The methods, apparatuses, and systems of the present invention can be used as a means to screen for cognitive modulators. They can be used to predict the effects of compounds such as psychostimulants and other drugs on prefrontal cortex-dependent cognition.12-17-2009
20100063377BLUETOOTH SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AND STORING A DENTAL ROOT CANAL DEPTH MEASUREMENT - A system for determining and storing a dental root canal depth measurement comprising: at least one electronic apex locator configured to locate the apex of a dental root canal; a dental instrument configured to be inserted into the dental root canal, up to the apex thereof; and a remotely located data storage unit configured to store data concerning the root canal apex. Data concerning the apex of the root canal may be transmitted from the apex locator to the data storage unit via Bluetooth transmission and may be exhibited on a display, along with the depth measurement of the root canal and a digital x-ray showing the location of the dental instrument in the root canal.03-11-2010
20100063378SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRAINING A COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY PATIENT - A constraint having a main body and at least one coupler. The main body can be substantially arcuate in shape and can be configured to constrain a patient. The at least one coupler can couple the main body to a bed or treatment pallet. The constraint can be sized to restrict a patient within a computerized tomography (CT) scan field of view.03-11-2010
20110178385PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASURING APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE DETECTOR ARRAY - A measuring apparatus includes an acoustic transducer with a plurality of elements, each element detecting an acoustic wave generated from a sample and converting the wave into an electric signal; a movement control unit which moves the acoustic transducer from a first position to a second position; and a processing unit which generates image data on the basis of the electric signal. The acoustic transducer has a gap in the arrangement of the elements. The acoustic transducer detects an acoustic wave at the first position, is moved by the movement control unit such that the position of the gap at the first position corresponds to the position of the element at the second position, and then detects an acoustic wave at the second position. The processing unit generates image data on the basis of electric signals obtained at the first and second positions.07-21-2011
20110178384SYSTEM WITH AT LEAST ONE MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE, AND METHOD TO PREPARE A SAMPLE FOR MEDICAL IMAGING - A system HAS at least one medical imaging device for implementing a medical imaging and at least one operating unit. The at least one operating unit is decoupled from the medical imaging device at least for a sample preparation for the medical imaging.07-21-2011
20120172701Apparatus and Method for Acquiring Diagnostic Information - Method and apparatus for acquiring diagnostic information comprising:-a data acquisition module for acquiring image data of at least a part of a person's anatomy,-a planning module defining with reference to a spatial position and orientation of an example anatomy at least one series of scanning steps to be executed with the data acquisition module on an actual anatomy,-a user interface to adjust imaging parameters to be used in a selected scanning step of a series of scanning steps, for acquiring image data of that actual anatomy, wherein-the user interface displays for every step of the selected series of scanning steps predefined scanning parameters pertaining to the example anatomy, and-the user interface is arranged to have a user select the actual imaging parameters to be used in each such step of the selected series of scanning steps with reference to a pre-established three-dimensional survey volume of the actual anatomy.07-05-2012
20100056897System For Non-Uniform Image Scanning and Acquisition - A system employs non-uniform and nonlinear patient monitoring signals in automatically adaptively varying image resolution, image scanning frequency and acquisition speed and gates and synchronizes the image scanning and acquisition of an imaging system. A system acquires medical images of patient anatomy using a trigger generator. The trigger generator generates a trigger signal comprising a non-periodic sequence of pulses in a first signal portion within individual heart beat cycles. The first signal portion is periodically repeated for multiple sequential individual heart beat cycles. An image acquisition device acquires multiple images of a patient anatomical portion in response to corresponding multiple individual pulses of the non-periodic sequence of pulses. A display processor presents acquired images on a display for review by a user.03-04-2010
20110251475BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD - When a subject is pressed by a plate and an acoustic wave is received by a probe via the plate, the acoustic wave is refracted because of the difference between a sound velocity in the subject and a sound velocity in the plate. When the refraction is not considered, a reduction in resolution occurs. Weights for signals or virtual wavefronts corresponding to the signals to be added to one another are determined using a thickness of the plate, the sound velocity in the plate, the sound velocity in the subject, positions of image elements (pixels or voxels) for image information, and arrival times of the acoustic wave from an object that is a sound source. The signals or the virtual wavefronts corresponding to the signals are added to one another, thereby acquiring the image information.10-13-2011
20110251474Anatomical visualization and measurement system - In another preferred form of the present invention, there is provided a method for determining the risk of rupture of a blood vessel using an appropriate set of 2-D slice images obtained by scanning the blood vessel, the method comprising: 10-13-2011
20110077499Methods and apparatus for improved diagnoses and oncological treatment and treatment planning - Methods and apparatus are disclosed for improving the diagnoses of abnormal conditions, including tumors, damaged tissue and improperly functioning body systems, as well as methods and apparatus for providing virtual pathology/surgery and improving the planning for and execution of oncology treatment. A typical body scan produces only two-dimensional images, in varying shades of gray, and may typically provide either little or no information about structures intermediate the standard image slices: the methods and apparatus disclosed may be used to autonomously prepare from such a series of two-dimensional images a three-dimensional image of structures or systems of interest, which may then be rotated, oriented, and sized as desired; the structures or systems of interest—whether those which should receive treatment or additional treatment or those which should be spared—may be highlighted in color or different colors. A physician or other treatment specialist may then instantly see an entire structure of interest, even as to the volumes intermediate the standard two-dimensional images. Selecting a structure or system of interest may produce not only identifying labels but robust textual descriptions of structures and functions, audio presentations of important relevant information, and even video and audio presentations to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders.03-31-2011
20110082360ONLINE SOURCE RECONSTRUCTION FOR EEG/MEG AND ECG/MCG - In one embodiment, the present invention includes an EEG system comprising of sensors which are utilized to gather an electromagnetic signal from a patient; a signal processing system; and a computer system. The computer system is configured to support multiple threads of execution. The computer system initiates a first thread of execution, a measurement module, where the data is filtered and in some cases averaged. Typically, the data is filtered for a particular latency period. Once the data has been filtered and averaged, the result is given to a second thread of execution, the source reconstruction module, which then proceeds to generate a source reconstruction for the trial. The measurement module then acquires and processes new electromagnetic data from a new trial while the source reconstruction is being performed on the most recent trial.04-07-2011
20120302866PHOTOACOUSTIC 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 average sound speed in the inner portion of the sample by using the detection signal of the acoustic wave generated at the surface of the sample and propagated through the inner portion of the sample, and generates the image data using the average sound speed and the detection signal of the acoustic wave generated at the inner portion of the sample.11-29-2012
20120302864SUBJECT 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 an image value based on the electric signal. The moving device moves the electromechanical conversion element from a first position to a second position, the electromechanical conversion element receives the elastic wave at the first position and converts the received elastic wave into a first electric signal, and receives the elastic wave at the second position and converts the received elastic wave into a second electric signal; when the electromechanical conversion element is situated at the second position, the signal processing device calculates a first image value at a specified position inside the subject based on the first electric signal.11-29-2012
20120302863Medical 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 indicia on the first side is displayed on the scan image and the indicia on the second side is imprinted on the patient. By visualizing the location of a target on the scan image relative to the indicia on the scan image and comparing that with indicia on the patient, a medical professional may reliably locate where a medical procedure should be performed.11-29-2012
20110152662IMAGING PALLETS FOR MULTI-MODALITY IMAGING SYSTEMS - A multi-modality imaging system including first and second imaging modality units having respective field of views (FOVs) that are spaced apart from each other. The imaging system also having a positioning system that includes an imaging pallet. The pallet has an elongated support body that includes first and second portions that extend lengthwise along the support body. The first portion is shaped for imaging within the FOV of the first modality unit, and the second portion is shaped for imaging within the FOV of the second modality unit. The first and second portions are shaped differently than each other. The positioning system is configured to position the first portion of the pallet within the FOV of the first modality unit and configured to position the second portion of the pallet within the FOV of the second modality unit.06-23-2011
20100004526ABNORMALITY FINDING IN PROJECTION IMAGES - The present invention includes a utility for determining the severity of a stenosis in a blood vessel. In one aspect, a method for improving DSA image quality includes: (1) registration of the mask and bolus images prior to subtracting procedure to reduce the artifacts from misalignment; (2) enhancement of the registered DSA image by an anisotropic diffusion technique and a nonlinear normalization technique; and (3) detecting the boundary of blood vessel and quantitatively measuring percentage stenosis, which may be done automatically.01-07-2010
20120203093APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC DETECTION OF DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS - Embodiments of the invention provide apparatus, systems and methods for the detection of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) using photoacoustic measurement of hemoglobin in different states of oxgyenation within tissue. One embodiment of a system for DVT detection comprises at least a first and second light source that emit light at first and second wavelengths, an acoustic transducer, a data converter and a processor. The first and second light sources are directed on the patient's skin to produce a photoacoustic signal (PS) correlated to an amount of absorbance of the first and second wavelengths by a target region of tissue beneath the patient's skin. The acoustic transducer detects the PS and transduces it into an electrical signal which is correlated to the PS. The data converter converts the electrical signal into a digital signal which is analyzed by the processor to detect the presence of DVT within the target region.08-09-2012
20090253978Graphical User Interfaces (GUI), Methods And Apparatus For Data Presentation - A graphical user interface (GUI) including: (a) a group definition module adapted to accept a user input defining groups; (b) a data receiver operable to receive a plurality of individual measurement input datum indicative of status of a substrate; (c) a grouping module configured to assign each of said individual measurement input datum to one of said groups to produce grouped data; and (d) an output module adapted to output the grouped data.10-08-2009
20090118606MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM - An autonomous medical imaging system includes at least one autonomous imaging subsystem and at least one autonomous detection subsystem. The autonomous detection subsystem is configured to communicate with the autonomous imaging subsystem, and the autonomous imaging subsystem is configured to communicate with the autonomous detection subsystem.05-07-2009
20090005669System and method for performing remote radiological examinations - A system and method is disclosed for enabling the planning and conduct of patient examinations by an imaging modality, where a remotely located technician plans and conducts at least part of the examination protocol. A local facility may have an imaging modality such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment, and a portion of the preparation for, and conduct of, the data acquisition may be performed by a local technician. The remotely located technician may control one or more of the data acquisition parameters, the timing of the administering of contrast agents, and the modification of values of data acquisition parameters during the course of the image data acquisition by the imaging modality.01-01-2009
20080214922Method for localizing an imaging device with a surgical navigation system - The position of an imaging device can be determined at least in part with a movement portion of the imaging device. The imaging device can be moved relative to the patient to obtain image data of the patient at different perspectives or angles. The image data obtained of the patient can be displayed with a display device at various perspectives and a tracked position of the instrument can be displayed at the appropriate perspective or a selected perspective relative to the image data with the display device based upon a known position of the imaging device.09-04-2008
20110054298OPTICAL METHOD FOR DETERMINING MORPHOLOGICAL PARAMETERS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF TISSUE - In an embodiment of the present disclosure, an optical method for determining morphological parameters and physiological properties of tissue is presented. The method includes using reflectance measurements from a tissue area for a plurality of wavelengths, using a bio-optical model, using radiative transfer modeling and using a non-linear inversion procedure. The method further includes systematically varying values of the morphological parameters and physiological properties of the tissue and simultaneously varying the inherent optical properties, which are linked to the morphological parameters and the physiological properties of the tissue, until the non-linear inversion procedure returns values for the morphological parameters and the physiological properties of the tissue such that an agreement between the reflectance measurements and reflectances computed by the radiative transfer model, based on the returned morphological parameters and the physiological properties of the tissue values and corresponding inherent optical properties values, reach a predetermined level of accuracy.03-03-2011
20110054297MEDICAL SYSTEM - A medical system has an electromagnetic navigation system and a patient bed that supports a patient during a medical procedure assisted by the navigation system. The navigation system includes at least one field coil that is integrated in the patient bed at a defined position.03-03-2011
20110054296REMOTE DISPLAY FOR MEDICAL SCANNING APPARATUS - A hand held medical diagnostic apparatus including a processing unit and a probe adapted to produce medical diagnostic data. The processing unit receives medical diagnostic data and processes It to produce display Information. There is a communications channel adapted to transmit data between the processing unit and a remote display unit located remotely from the probe and from the processing unit. The processing unit is adapted to send the display information via the communications channel to the remote display unit and the remote display unit is adapted to display the display information on a screen.03-03-2011
20110054295MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD USING A LIVER FUNCTION ANGIOGRAPHIC IMAGE, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH IS RECORDED A PROGRAM THEREFOR - Performing image diagnosis in an easier and more appropriate manner by focusing on functional levels and segments of a liver. A segment function level calculation unit obtains, from liver function angiographic images obtained using a contrast agent that produces a contrast effect according to a functional level of a liver of diagnostic target, evaluation values representing functional levels of a plurality of liver segments in liver regions, a display image generation unit generates an image based on the evaluation values, and the image so generated is displayed on a display unit.03-03-2011
20110054294Tissue Scanner - A three-dimensional thermoacoustic imaging system uses dye markers. Thermoacoustic signals are produced by the dye markers when light from an external source is absorbed by the dye. Thermoacoustic images with and without dye stimulation may be generated using excitation frequencies both inside and outside the frequency band of fluorescence of the dye marker, and these may be combined, and/or combined with conventional ultrasound images for image enhancement. An apparatus for carrying out this method on mice, uses a commercially available array of transducers positioned opposite to the body of the mouse, which is immersed in a coupling media. A source of illumination such as a laser directs light to the mouse through the coupling media, and resulting acoustic waves are captured by the array and reconstructed to form an image.03-03-2011
20110054293Combination Localization System - A navigation system or combination of navigation systems can be used to provide two or more navigation modalities to navigate a single instrument in a volume. For example, both an Electromagnetic (EM) and Electropotential (EP) navigation system can be used to navigate an instrument within the volume. Image data can also be illustrated relative to a tracked position of the instrument in the volume for navigation.03-03-2011
20110054292SYSTEM FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING AND RELATED METHODS - Photoacoustic imaging systems and methods that allow for the creation of three-dimensional (3D) images of a subject are described herein. The systems include one or more optical fibers attached to an ultrasound transducer. Ultrasonic waves are generated by laser light emitted from the optical fiber(s) and detected by the ultrasound transducer. 3D images are acquired by ultrasound signals from a series of adjacent scan planes or frames that are then stacked together to create 3D volume data.03-03-2011
20110263962BRAIN FUNCTION DECODING PROCESS AND SYSTEM - A method of interpreting cognitive response to a stimulus is disclosed. The method includes collecting baseline neural activity data from a subject absent a stimulus. Neural activity data is collected while the subject is being stimulated through exposure to a stimulus. A unique three-dimensional cognitive engram is then plotted representative of cerebral regions of stimulated neural activity caused by the stimulus. A novel graphical representation is plotted in three dimensions to indicate the brain region response unique to that stimulus.10-27-2011
20100292558IN-VIVO VISUALIZATION SYSTEMS - In vivo visualization systems are described which facilitate tissue treatment by a user in utilizing real time visualized tissue images with generated three-dimensional models of the tissue region of interest, such as the left atrial chamber of a subject's heart. Directional indicators on the visualized tissue as well as the imaging systems may be utilized while other variations may utilize image rotation or manipulation of visualized tissue regions to facilitate catheter control. Moreover, visualized tissue regions may be combined with imaged tissue regions as well as navigational information to further facilitate tissue treatments.11-18-2010
20100292559RADAR-EQUIPPED PATIENT BED FOR A MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS, AND OPERATING METHOD THEREFOR - A patient bed for an imaging medical apparatus has a patient support plate that has at least one radar antenna to obtain physiological and/or geometric data from a patient the patient support plate. In a method for the operation of such a patient bed having at least one radar antenna in an imaging medical apparatus, the at least one radar antenna is operated to obtain data from the patient on the patient support plate.11-18-2010
20110152663MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS, MEDICAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, PERSONAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A medical image diagnostic apparatus includes an input unit to input personal information of a subject, a communication unit to communicate with a personal information managing server for storing the personal information, and a judge unit to judge whether the personal information can be transmitted to a personal information managing server. The communication unit transmits the personal information to the personal information managing server and receives personally-identifying information for identifying the personal information in response to the personal information transmitted, when the judge unit judges that the personal information can be transmitted. A memory for examination information stores the personally-identifying information.06-23-2011
20110152664MEASURING DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR DETERMINING MOVEMENT IN A TISSUE - A measuring device contains a microwave transmitter, a microwave receiver and a control device. The control device controls the microwave transmitter in such a manner that the latter transmits a microwave signal into a tissue. The tissue contains moving constituents. The tissue controls the microwave signal. The moving constituents of the tissue change the frequency of the microwave signal. The control device controls the microwave receiver in such a manner that the latter receives the scattered and/or frequency-changed microwave signal. The control device determines from the received microwave signal a movement of the moving constituents of the tissue.06-23-2011
20100121173ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR DETECTION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ABNORMAL TISSUE AND CELLS - An apparatus for the diagnosis of a biological sample is disclosed. An embodiments of the apparatus includes a probe, a probe head distally connectable to the probe, the probe head further comprising a plurality of electrode elements thereby forming an electrode array where each electrode element is variably actuatable to apply an electrical signal to the biological sample; an RF signal source for applying the electrical signal to the electrode array; an electrode selector adapted and configured to switch the electrical signal from the RF signal source between the plurality of electrode elements; and a detection circuit for analyzing a dielectric property received from the biological sample. Methods and kits for diagnosing a biological sample are also disclosed.05-13-2010
20110137144ARTICLE OF CLOTHING INCLUDING BIO-MEDICAL UNITS - An article of clothing includes a clothing fabric and a plurality of bio-medical units integrated into the clothing fabric. A bio-medical includes a power harvesting module, a communication module, a processing module, a functional module, a die, and an IC package. The die supports the power harvesting module, the processing module, the communication module, and the functional module. The IC package houses the die and includes a mechanism for adhering to the clothing fabric.06-09-2011
20110112391PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS - A measurement apparatus capable of measuring a position and a size of an absorber with high accuracy, which includes: a light source unit for emitting a pulse beam; an illumination optical unit for leading the pulse beam emitted by the light source unit to an inside of an inspection object; and an acoustic signal detection unit for detecting a photoacoustic signal generated by the pulse beam in which the illumination optical unit includes a first and second illumination optical units that are arranged so that the inspection object is irradiated with the pulse beam from both sides thereof opposingly; and the acoustic signal detection unit is provided so that a detection surface of the acoustic signal detection unit is positioned on the same side as that of one of irradiation surfaces of the inspection object which the first and second illumination optical units irradiate with the pulse beam.05-12-2011
20100222662Systems, devices, and methods including paramagnetic oscillation, rotation, and translation of hemozoin asymmetric nanoparticles in response to dark-field or Rheinberg detection of the presence of hemozoin - Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing a monitor/treatment device configured to, for example, detect hemozoin, as well as to monitor or treat a malarial infection.09-02-2010
20110196221Systems, devices, and methods including multi-harmonic optical detection of hemozoin nanoparticles - Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing a monitor/treatment device configured to, for example, detect hemozoin, as well as to monitor or treat a malarial infection.08-11-2011
20100191092Diagnostic delivery service - Systems, methods, and other modalities are described for (a) obtaining an indication relating to an emission module (which may be dangerous, e.g.) or its user (who may be untrained, e.g.) and for (b) configuring the module or causing an irradiation (for imaging, e.g.) in response to the indication.07-29-2010
20100191091Diagnostic delivery service - Systems, methods, and other modalities are described for (a) obtaining an indication relating to an emission module (which may be dangerous, e.g.) or its user (who may be untrained, e.g.) and for (b) configuring the module or causing an irradiation (for imaging, e.g.) in response to the indication.07-29-2010
20110190618IMAGING NEUROINFLAMMATION - The present invention concerns in vivo imaging and in particular in vivo imaging of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR). A tetracyclic indole in vivo imaging agent is provided that binds with high affinity to PBR, has good uptake into the brain following administration, and which preferentially binds to tissues expressing higher levels of PBR. The present invention also provides a precursor compound useful in the synthesis of the in vivo imaging agent of the invention, as well as a method for synthesis of said in vivo imaging agent comprising use of said precursor compound, and a kit for carrying out said method. A cassette for the automated synthesis of the in vivo imaging agent is also provided. In addition, the invention provides a radiopharmaceutical composition comprising the in vivo imaging agent of the invention, as well as methods for the use of said in vivo imaging agent.08-04-2011
20110190617PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING DEVICES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME - A photoacoustic imaging device includes an array of light sources configured and arranged to illuminate a target region and an array of ultrasonic transducers between the array of light sources and the target region. The array of transducers may be fixedly coupled to the array of light sources, and the array of ultrasonic transducers may be configured and arranged to receive ultrasound transmissions from the target region.08-04-2011
20110190616CODED APERTURE MASKS FOR RADIATION-BASED MEDICAL IMAGING - This invention relates to a coded aperture mask for use in diagnostic nuclear medicine imaging. The coded aperture mask consists of a sheet of radiation opaque mask material having a series of apertures extending therethrough. The thickness of mask material has an attenuation percentage of less than 75% and, in a preferred embodiment, about equal to 29%. The coded aperture mask also, in a preferred embodiment, has a lead attenuation tube and has a projection of the smallest hole occupying the same area as a single pixel of a detector. The invention extends to a diagnostic nuclear medicine imaging system which uses a 16 bit gamma camera as a radiation detector.08-04-2011
20110144473METHODS FOR DETERMINING THE SEX OF BIRDS' EGGS - The invention relates to methods for determining the sex of birds' eggs. It can be used for an early determination of the sex, in particular in poultry farming, and in this respect also with non-incubated eggs. In the method in accordance with the invention, electromagnetic radiation is emitted onto the blastodisk of an egg by a radiation source and, after a switching off of the radiation source, the decay behavior of the autofluorescence intensity excited by the electromagnetic radiation is detected by a detector at the irradiated region of the blastodisk with time resolution and spectral resolution for at least one wavelength of the autofluorescence. The fractal dimension D06-16-2011
20100030059Method for Measuring Information of Biological Systems - The invention relates to a method for measuring information of biological systems. The aim of the invention is to receive signals using less energy. To achieve this, random generators are used as receivers (B) of low-energy quanta, since the random generators can be regarded and implemented as antennae and receivers of signals of this type. The extensive natural transmission range of low-energy quanta can also be used to receive information from spatially remote systems.02-04-2010
20100030057IMAGING CATHETER - A catheter for conveying flowables in or out of the body, be they gases or liquids. The catheter has a triangular lumen and optional auxiliary structures. One optional element is guide engaging for employing a guide for placing the catheter. Another element is a secondary lumen disposed within the wall of the tube. The camera and lighting devices at the tip of the catheter are mounted on a partially flexible PCB and packaged in the tube permitting all elements to point substantially forwards.02-04-2010
20100022866TORSIONAL SUPPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CRANIOCAUDAL ROTATION OF ANIMALS - A torsional support apparatus is disclosed for craniocaudal rotation of test animals to enable multiple-view imaging. The animal is supported in a U-shaped loop of optically transparent material and the loop is moved to apply torsion to the animal to rotate it about its craniocaudal axis. Methods of imaging also are disclosed that use the torsional support technique.01-28-2010
20110218419DYNAMICALLY VARIABLE FILTER - A method of processing a signal pertaining to at least one electrical property of an organ of a subject is disclosed. The method comprises determining a physiological condition of the subject, selecting a frequency band, filtering the signal according to the frequency band, and dynamically adapting the frequency band in response to a change in the physiological condition.09-08-2011
20100016705SURGICAL ORIENTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for detecting and measuring changes in angular position with respect to a reference plane is useful in surgical procedures for orienting various instruments, prosthesis, and implants with respect to anatomical landmarks. One embodiment of the device uses dual orientation devices of a type capable of measuring angular position changes from a reference position. One such device provides information as to changes in position of an anatomical landmark relative to a reference position. The second device provides information as to changes in position of a surgical instrument and/or prosthesis relative to the reference position.01-21-2010
20110004091Methods for Using Resonant Acoustic and/or Resonant Acousto-EM Energy to Detect And/Or Effect Structures - The present invention makes use of resonant acoustic and/or acousto-EM energy applied to inorganic or biologic structures for the detection and/or identification, and for augmentation and/or disruption of function within the biologic structure. In particular, the invention provides a method of generating resonant acoustic and/or acousto-EM energy in biologic structures such as virus, bacteria, fungi, worms and tumors for the detection and disruption of these structures. Moreover, the invention provides a method of augmenting functions of biologic structures such as bone through the generation of resonant acoustic and/or acousto-EM energy in the structure. Systems are also provided for the generation and detection of resonant acoustic and/or resonant acousto-EM energy.01-06-2011
20110306866Apparatus and method for the vibratory stimulation of at least one portion of a vascular access device for its monitoring - The present invention relates to an apparatus for monitoring a vascular access device, including at least one signal generator for generating vibrations in order to stimulate the vascular access device or a portion thereof to vibrate, at least one signal receiver for detecting vibrations of the vascular access device or of said portion thereof, and at least one evaluation device for evaluating the detected vibrations. Moreover a method for monitoring the vascular access device by using the apparatus of the invention is specified.12-15-2011
20110306865 PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING DEVICE - The invention features a system for imaging tissue including (i) a source of electromagnetic radiation; (ii) an encasement h a plurality of acoustic transducers (e.g., at least 128); (iii) a support structure having a portion for holding a tissue; and (iv) a chamber between the encasement and support structure for housing an acoustic coupling medium. In the system, electromagnetic radiation from the source is sufficient to induce a thermoacoustic response in the tissue positioned in the support structure, and the plurality of acoustic transducers are positioned to receive ultrasound from the thermoacoustic response of the tissue. The invention also features methods of imaging a tissue using the systems.12-15-2011
20110306863PATIENT ALIGNMENT SYSTEM FOR DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES - A patient alignment system for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures where the embodiment is mounted or referenced to the patient positioning interface such as add-on positioning devices, or directly with the diagnostic and/or therapeutic treatment table or couch. Some patient and equipment positions can obstruct fixed wall or ceiling mounted lasers or an optical view of the anatomy being imaged or treated and patient set-up and alignment may become less accurate or not possible. The patient alignment system may use lasers, cameras or other optical means, ultrasound or RF transceiver technologies, or a combination of multiple technologies, and be mounted in positions, such as below the treatment table or couch and offer a solution to patient alignment for such circumstances. Prone breast imaging and treatment is one example where this system may be used to advantage.12-15-2011
20110306867Methods and Systems for Determining Vascular Bodily Lumen Information and Guiding Medical Devices - Methods and systems for determining information about a vascular bodily lumen are described. An exemplary method includes generating an electrical signal, delivering the electrical signal to a plurality of excitation elements in the vicinity of the vascular bodily lumen, measuring a responsive electrical signal from a plurality of sensing elements in response to the delivered electrical signal, and determining a lumen dimension. Specific embodiments include generating a multiple frequency electrical signal. Another embodiment includes measuring a plurality of responsive signals at a plurality of frequencies. Still other embodiments include using spatial diversity of the excitation elements. Yet other embodiments use method for calibration and de-embedding of such measurements to determine the lumen dimensions. Diagnostic devices incorporating the method are also disclosed, including guide wires, catheters and implants. The methods and systems described herein are advantageous as they do not include injecting a second fluid for the measurements.12-15-2011
20110306864POSITIONER FOR ULTRA-PORTABLE IMAGING SYSTEM - A flexible, lightweight, easily maneuverable positioner for an imaging system. The positioning system in one example has a cart section with a base frame coupled to one or more wheels. There is a mast extending from the cart section and a linkage assembly coupled to a second end of the mast, wherein the mast is configured to swing about a vertical plane. There is a positioning arm coupled to the linkage assembly, wherein the positioning arm is configured to swing about at least one of a horizontal plane and the vertical plane. An imaging bracket is used to couple to the positioning arm and configured to receive an imaging unit. In one example, the positioner is coupled together by fasteners, wherein the positioner can be assembled and dis-assembled via the fasteners without tools12-15-2011
20100298688PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING USING A VERSATILE ACOUSTIC LENS - To image various soft tissues in the body using pulsed laser optical excitation delivered through a multi-mode optical fiber to create photoacoustic impulses, and then image the generated photoacoustic impulses with an acoustic detector array, a probe includes either a mirror and an acoustic lens or a special acoustic lens of variable focal length and magnification that can operate in a liquid environment that is aberration-corrected to a sufficient degree that high resolution images can be obtained with lateral as well as depth resolution.11-25-2010
20090137894Breast measurement device and bra fitting system - A breast measurement device and method of accurately measuring a bra for a woman by submerging the woman's upper torso in a body of water that allows the buoyancy of each breast to lift and re-conform the breasts to their natural shape. A scanning machine is then used to measure the woman's upper torso and the submerged, lifted breasts to obtain their exact size, volume and location which then can be used to select a properly fitting bra which holds and supports the breasts in their natural position. In the preferred embodiment, the system will include a transparent tank filled with water in which a woman sits upright. A scanning machine then moves around tank and aimed at the woman's upper torso and the breasts. A digital file is then created and stored that is then used to select a proper fitting bra.05-28-2009
20100222663NON-INVASIVE PNEUMOTHORAX DETECTION AND APPARATUS - Provided is a micropower impulse radar (MIR) pneumothorax detector. The detector includes a processor and a handheld MIR scanner. The handheld MIR scanner includes a device housing, an antenna located within the device housing, circuitry that generates MIR signals, and circuitry that processes received echoes of the MIR signals and provides the processed received echoes to the processor. The processor automatically determines whether a pneumothorax is present based on the processed received echoes of the MIR signals.09-02-2010
20120150012ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS - An acoustic wave measuring apparatus includes a plate pressed against a subject, a probe that has an acoustic wave conversion unit for receiving an acoustic wave emitted from the subject through the plate to convert into an electric signal, a seal member provided on the probe so as to enclose a periphery of the acoustic wave conversion unit for forming a space to hold lubricant between the plate and the acoustic wave conversion unit, a providing unit that provides the lubricant into the space formed by the seal member and a lubricant monitoring unit that detects whether the space is filled with the lubricant.06-14-2012
20080228062High Resolution Radio Frequency Medical Imaging and Therapy System - A method for imaging includes directing a plurality of radio frequency (RF) beams (09-18-2008
20120271142Apparatus for Migrating Anatomic Parts and Method of Using the Apparatus - An apparatus comprises a first anatomic positioner for migrating a first anatomic part of a patient on a patient platform. The first anatomic positioner comprises an arch structure being configured to be operable for engaging the patient's shoulder area. A strap structure is joined to the arch structure to extend caudally along the patient's side. A locking system is configured to be operable for longitudinal movement along a side of the patient platform and for being locked at a position along the movement. The locking system is further configured for engaging the strap structure for pulling the arch structure to caudally migrate the first anatomic part. Another apparatus further comprises a second anatomic positioner for migrating a second anatomic part of a patient on a patient platform, the second anatomic positioner comprising a mirror image of the first anatomic positioner.10-25-2012
20120046536Surgical Instrument Navigation Systems and Methods - A navigation system to track positions of surgical components during surgery of a patient. The navigation system includes a power source to emit a tracking signal during surgery of the patient, a first sensor mounted to a movable region of the patient to respond to the emitted tracking signal, and a control unit to track a position of the movable region relative to a fixed region of the patient as the movable region moves with respect to the fixed region, based on the response of the first sensor. The system can calibrated and register a movable reference point of the patient relative to a fixed reference point, and can maintain that reference point when the movable reference point moves in space during a surgical process.02-23-2012
20120046537Medical Imaging Device - A medical imaging device having a tubular receiving region to receive a patient on a patient couch is proposed. The medical imaging device has a wall at least partially enclosing the receiving region. The medical imaging device features a film disposed on the wall at least partially enclosing the receiving region for generating at least one virtual image. The virtual image refers to a visual mapping of a light-reflecting object and/or an illuminated object.02-23-2012
20120209103SURGERY-ASSISTANCE APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM - A smallest enclosing body that encloses an abnormal region is set. A part of an organ, and the part belonging to the inside of an elliptic parabolic surface or a circular conic surface that circumscribes the set enclosing body, is extracted as a partial region. A region of a structure dominating the organ is extracted from the obtained medical image. A part of the organ, and the part including the abnormal region and being dominated by a part of the structure extending from a predetermined position in the extracted region of the structure toward the part of the organ including the abnormal region, is extracted as a dominance region. The partial region or the dominance region is determined as the excision region based on a predetermined excision region determination condition.08-16-2012
20120004529AUTOMATIC DISPLAY OF PREVIOUSLY-ACQUIRED ENDOLUMINAL IMAGES - Apparatus and methods are provided for use with an endoluminal data-acquisition device that acquires a set of endoluminal data-points of a lumen of a subject's body at respective locations inside the lumen, a second endoluminal device, and a display configured to display images. At least one processor includes location-association functionality that associates a given data point acquired by the endoluminal data-acquisition device with a given location within the lumen. Location-determination functionality determines, by means of image processing, in an extraluminal image of the second endoluminal device, a current location of at least a portion of the second endoluminal device. Display-driving functionality drives the display to display an indication of the endoluminal data point associated with the location, in response to determining that the portion of the second device is currently at the location. Other applications are also described.01-05-2012
20120209104ELASTIC WAVE RECEIVING APPARATUS, ELASTIC WAVE RECEIVING METHOD, PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM - An elastic wave receiving apparatus includes: a probe that receives an elastic wave generated from a subject; a plate-like compression plate that supports the subject and whose surface is scanned by the probe; a motor for driving the probe; a controller that supplies a drive signal to the motor so that the probe moves to a predetermined target position on the compression plate; and a load estimating unit that preliminarily acquires and stores a physical value corresponding to a load generated at the time of scanning the compression plate by the probe. The controller corrects the drive signal so that the probe moves to the target position regardless of the load by using the physical value stored in the load estimating unit.08-16-2012
20120010493SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF 4D ELECTROMAGNETIC TOMOGRAPHIC (EMT) DIFFERENTIAL (DYNAMIC) FUSED IMAGING - Methods and systems for 4D electromagnetic tomographic differential (dynamic) fused imaging and mapping of electrical excitation of biological tissues. A plurality of electromagnetic field sources and detectors generate and detect an electromagnetic field domain in a target area. A biological tissue is positioned within the target area, and an electromagnetic field domain is generated via a selected plurality of sources. The field generated by each source is selectively characterized so that each of a selected plurality of detectors recognizes a source of field from the plurality of sources. The sources and detectors are controlled so that fields generated by the selected sources are received by the selected detectors after interacting with the tissue. Based on the field received at each detector, a complex interference (scattering) matrix is derived from the tissue-generated field, and anatomical and functional image information are reconstructed from this matrix. The anatomical information and functional information are fused for display.01-12-2012
20120010494OPTICAL THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURE MEASURING DEVICE AND STRUCTURE INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR - An optical three-dimensional structure measuring device including: optical three-dimensional structure information storing device (01-12-2012
20080306373Swallowing test apparatus - Disclosed is a swallowing test apparatus including a laryngeal part displacement detection apparatus for detecting a distance of two positions located laterally at a laryngeal part of a subject, a swallowing sound detection apparatus for detecting a swallowing sound of the patient during swallowing, a display, a processing apparatus for displaying a waveform representing the distance of the two positions at the laryngeal part generated based on a signal obtained from the laryngeal part displacement detection apparatus, and a waveform representing the swallowing sound generated based on a signal obtained from the swallowing sound detection apparatus on the display.12-11-2008
20110166435SURGICAL ORIENTATION SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - The surgical orientation system is used to assist a surgeon to orient a prosthetic component relative to a patient's anatomy during surgery. An embodiment is particularly suited for assisting surgeons to locate an acetabular cup into a reamed acetabulum. The system includes: an implement (07-07-2011
20120065490DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IN VIVO DETECTION OF CLOTS WITHIN CIRCULATORY VESSELS - A device and method of using the device to detect the presence and composition of clots and other target objects in a circulatory vessel of a living subject is described. In particular, devices and methods of detecting the presence and composition of clots and other target objects in a circulatory vessel of a living subject using in vivo photoacoustic flow cytometry techniques is described.03-15-2012
20120065489Method and Apparatus Pertaining to Optimizing a Radiation-Treatment Leaf-Sequence Plan - Determine first information regarding physical-movement limitations pertaining to at least one multi-leaf collimator and also determine second information regarding movement of the treatment target with respect to the given patient. Then, while optimizing a radiation-treatment leaf-sequence plan, constrain individually-planned leaf positions as a function, at least in part, of the first information, the second information, and planned positions of adjacent leaves. By one approach, the first information can comprise information regarding a speed (such as a maximum speed) at which individual leaves of the multi-leaf collimator are able to move during a treatment session. By one approach, the second information can comprise information regarding a distance (such as a maximum distance) that one or more parts of the treatment target may possibly move as compared to a presumed position used during the optimizing of the radiation-treatment leaf-sequence plan.03-15-2012
20120310075MEDICAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method of measuring a range of movement of a joint of a patient including the steps of: capturing an image including at least part of the patient; processing measurement points positioned on the image; determining a measurement axis that connects the measurement points; determining a reference axis; and measuring an angle at an intersection of the measurement axis and the reference axis according to the range of movement of the joint of the patient. The invention also resides in a method of measuring a distance or displacement in an image including the steps of: providing a scale for the image; capturing the image including at least part of a patient and the scale; positioning a marker on the image that defines a distance to be measured; and measuring the distance using the marker and the scale.12-06-2012
20120310074MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, A MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS, AND A MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM - A medical image processing apparatus includes a morphological identification part, a function calculator and a display processor. The morphological identification part identifies morphological information related to thickness of a heart muscle of a subject or thickness of surrounding sites thereof from medical image data obtained by capturing an image of the subject using a medical imaging apparatus. The function calculator determines cardiac function information related to movement of the heart muscle of the subject based on the medical image data. The display processor causes a display to display a combination of the identified morphological information and the calculated cardiac function information which is identified by color. The medical image processing apparatus can easily diagnose diseases.12-06-2012
20120016222MOVABLE IMAGING SYSTEM COMPRISING AN INTEGRATED DISPLAY - A medical imaging system is provided. The medical imaging system comprises a movable acquisition device, a processing unit and a display, wherein the display is fixed to the movable acquisition device.01-19-2012
20120016223SKIN ADHESIVE AGENT FOR MAMMOGRAPHY PROCEDURES - A method of examining breast tissue of a patient's breast using a mammography machine including the steps of manipulating the patient's breast so that at least a portion of the patient's breast is positioned for examination by the mammography machine, the manipulation being facilitated by a skin adhesive agent comprising a quaternary ammonium compound, and examining the breast tissue of the positioned patient's breast using the mammography machine.01-19-2012
20120016221IMAGE STABILIZATION TECHNIQUES AND METHODS - Direct optical imaging of anatomical features and structures from within a biological organ in a dynamic environment (where the tissue being imaged is in motion due to cardiac rhythms, respiration, etc) presents certain image stability issues due (and/or related) to the motion of the target structure and may limit the ability of the user to visually interpret the image for the purposes of diagnostics and therapeutics. Systems and mechanisms for the purpose of actively stabilizing the image or for compiling and re-displaying the image information in a manner that is more suitable to interpretation by the user are disclosed.01-19-2012
20120022358METHOD AND MAMMOGRAPHY APPARATUS FOR IMAGE-ASSISTED BIOPSY EXTRACTION - In a device and associated method, images of a biopsy unit in x-ray images for a second volume set are determined and replaced with x-ray image data of corresponding x-ray images for a first volume set, to produce a revised second volume set.01-26-2012
20120022357MEDICAL EMITTER/DETECTOR IMAGING/ALIGNMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - Improved methods and apparatuses for imaging during medical procedures in accordance with various embodiments of the present invention include use of an image correction algorithm. In various embodiments, an original image of a region of interest where a medical procedure occurring along a particular axis will be performed is created with a beam emitter and a generally planar detector. Due to the emitter not being aligned orthogonal to the detector, the original image will be skewed. Using a known location and orientation of the detector, a location and orientation of the emitter provided by a position monitoring system, and the original image, a processing system can execute the image correction algorithm to provide a corrected image to allow a surgeon to perform the medical procedure while viewing an accurate corrected image in real-time.01-26-2012
20120059239BODY MOTION DETECTION DEVICE AND METHOD, AS WELL AS RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD - An image obtaining unit obtains a plurality of radiographic images, which at least partially overlap with one another, taken by carrying out a plurality of imaging operations with respect to an identical subject. An imaging information obtaining unit obtains imaging information representing imaging conditions and an imaged subject during the imaging operations. A body motion index value obtaining unit obtains a body motion index value, which indicates a body motion of the subject during imaging of the radiographic images, based on the imaging information.03-08-2012
20100280351APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING ROTATIONAL BONE KINEMATICS - Apparatus and method are disclosed for assessing rotational bone kinematics. Instantaneous center of rotation (ICR) of a bone segment is derived from a digitalized image of a bone and it is compared with the normal distribution of an ICR to determine rotational bone kinematics. The apparatus and method may be used to assess kinematic status of a normal bone and pathological bone. They also may be used to design an improved artificial disc to provide an appropriate kinesis.11-04-2010
20100280352Method and System for Multi-Component Heart and Aorta Modeling for Decision Support in Cardiac Disease - A method and system for generating a patient specific anatomical heart model is disclosed. Volumetric image data, such as computed tomography (CT), echocardiography, or magnetic resonance (MR) image data of a patient's cardiac region is received. Individual models for multiple heart components, such as the left ventricle (LV) endocardium, LV epicardium, right ventricle (RV), left atrium (LA), right atrium (RA), mitral valve, aortic valve, aorta, and pulmonary trunk, are estimated in said volumetric cardiac image data. A multi-component patient specific anatomical heart model is generated by integrating the individual models for each of the heart components. Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) simulations are performed on the patient specific anatomical model, and patient specific clinical parameters are extracted based on the patient specific heart model and the FSI simulations. Disease progression modeling and risk stratification are performed based on the patient specific clinical parameters.11-04-2010
20100280350Chinese medicine tele-diagnostics and triage system - The present invention is tele-diagnostics and patient triage method and system for the practices of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that acquire patient health condition info through 4 diagnostics process, provide pathogenesis analysis (disease cause, progression, projection), and treatment and prescription options remotely. This method and system established medical business modules with standard syntax through the implementation of medical decision support tools such as relational database, lookup tables, calculators, decision trees, manifestation reference charts, case comparison and statistics, and visualization in disease, pattern and syndrome identification, differentiation and determination. It essentially transform complex Chinese medicine practices into a networked, expert supported system with a knowledge base that deliver the needed information to assist a TCM physician to make medical decisions. Used in medical call centers and large general hospitals, this method and system help a plural of physicians quickly screen and diagnose a large number of patients and triage patients to different level of health care resources according to disease, condition and care needed for the patient. This system is to provide the method for TCM practitioner to treat patients of common disease with low risks that does not warrant a face to face diagnostics. This system also integrates with patient location based information to establish a quick referral system that connects call centers with clinics and hospitals nearby to provide face to face physician service and maintain continuity of care. A network of this system can alleviate the increasing pressure of resource shortage in rural and remote areas, particularly in developing countries.11-04-2010
20110092794AUTOMATED SURFACE-BASED ANATOMICAL ANALYSIS BASED ON ATLAS-BASED SEGMENTATION OF MEDICAL IMAGING - A non-invasive imaging system, including: a non-invasive imaging scanner; a signal processing unit in communication with the imaging scanner to receive an imaging signal from a subject under observation; and a data storage unit in communication with the signal processing unit, wherein the data storage unit stores template data corresponding to a tissue region of the subject, and wherein the signal processing unit is adapted to generate a surface map to encode a property of a subvolume of the tissue region using the template data.04-21-2011
20110092793DYNAMIC TRACKING OF MOVING TARGETS - Treatment targets such as tumors or lesions, located within an anatomical region that undergoes motion (which may be periodic with cycle P), are dynamically tracked. A 4D mathematical model is established for the non-rigid motion and deformation of the anatomical region, from a set of CT or other 3D images. The 4D mathematical model relates the 3D locations of part(s) of the anatomical region with the targets being tracked, as a function of the position in time within P. Using fiducial-less non-rigid image registration between pre-operative DRRs and intra-operative x-ray images, the absolute position of the target and/or other part(s) of the anatomical region is determined. The cycle P is determined using motion sensors such as surface markers. The radiation beams are delivered using: 1) the results of non-rigid image registration; 2) the 4D model; and 3) the position in time within P.04-21-2011
20110092792MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM AND PATIENT POSITIONING SYSTEM INCLUDING A MOVABLE TRANSPORT BELT - A medical imaging system for imaging a region of interest (ROI) in a patient. The imaging system includes an imaging modality unit having a field of view (FOV) and an examination platform. The examination platform has a pair of opposite ends and a platform surface extending therebetween along an examination axis. The platform surface extends into the FOV. The imaging system also includes a patient transport belt that is supported by the examination platform and extends along the platform surface between the ends of the examination platform. The imaging system also includes a motor that is operatively coupled to and configured to move the transport belt along the platform surface in a direction along the examination axis. The motor moves the transport belt so that a predetermined portion of the transport belt is within the FOV.04-21-2011
20120157820METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING DISC HAEMORRHAGES - A method for detecting disc haemorrhages in a retinal fundus image. The method includes (a) identifying a ring-shaped region of interest in the retinal fundus image encompassing the optic disc boundary; (b) removing blood vessel regions in the identified region of interest; (c) detecting candidate disc haemorrhages from the removed blood vessels regions in the identified region of interest; and (d) screening the candidate disc haemorrhages. The detected disc haemorrhages may be used to aid in the detection of glaucoma.06-21-2012
20120157821SKIN STATE ANALYZING METHOD, SKIN STATE ANALYZING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING SKIN STATE ANALYZING PROGRAM - A skin state analyzing method for analyzing the skin state of an examinee using an image of the skin of the examinee includes an analyzing step of analyzing at least one of texture/pores, spots, skin tone, and sebum of the skin from the image, a storing step of storing the image and an analysis result obtained from the analyzing step in association with skin examination date/time information and examinee information, a display screen generating step of generating a screen displaying the image and the analysis result of the examinee stored in the storing step, and an output step of outputting the information generated in the display screen generating step.06-21-2012
20120157819IMAGING METHOD AND IMAGING DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING DECOMPRESSED VIEWS OF A TISSUE REGION - A method visualizes a tissue region. The method includes the following steps: inserting the tissue region into the capturing region of a first imaging modality, with the tissue region assuming a first shape; capturing the interior of the tissue region by the first imaging modality; establishing a first image volume of the interior of the tissue region when it assumes the first shape; and first transforming of the first image volume into a second image volume, which represents a surface and interior regions of the tissue when the tissue region assumes a second shape.06-21-2012
20110066023NON-INVASIVE SUBJECT-INFORMATION IMAGING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A non-invasive subject-information imaging apparatus according to this invention includes a light generating unit which generates light containing a specific wavelength component, a light irradiation unit which radiates the generated light into a subject, a waveguide unit which guides the light from the light generating unit to the irradiation unit, a plurality of two-dimensionally arrayed electroacoustic transducer elements, a transmission/reception unit which transmits ultrasonic waves to the subject by driving the electroacoustic transducer elements, and generates a reception signal from electrical signals converted by electroacoustic transducer elements, and a signal processing unit which generates volume data of a living body function by processing a reception signal corresponding to acoustic waves generated in the subject by light irradiation, and generates volume data of a tissue morphology by processing a reception signal corresponding to echoes generated in the subject upon transmission of the ultrasonic waves.03-17-2011
20110066022APPARATUS FOR THE FLEXIBLE POSITIONING OF A RADIATION SOURCE AND A RADIATION DETECTOR - An apparatus for medical examinations includes a first arm that is rotatable about an axis, the first arm being configured to carry a radiation source or a radiation detector. The apparatus for medical examinations also includes a second arm that is rotatable about the axis, the second arm being configured to carry a radiation source or a radiation detector. The second arm is attached to the first arm and is rotatable relative to the first arm.03-17-2011
20110105881BRAIN DISEASE DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM - An object of the present invention is to perform a more accurate and detailed diagnosis of a brain disease.05-05-2011
20110105880METHODS FOR IMPROVED SINGLE PHOTON EMISSION COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY USING EXACT AND STABLE REGION OF INTEREST RECONSTRUCTIONS - The present invention provides systems, methods, and devices for improved computed tomography (CT) and, more specifically, to methods for improved single photon computed tomography (SPECT) using exact and stable region of interest (ROI) reconstructions. This technology can be extended across all tomographic modalities. Embodiments provide a method and a system for reconstructing an image from projection data provided by a single photon emission computed tomography scanner comprising: identifying a region of interest in an object; defining an attenuation coefficient and object boundary; computing the generalized Hilbert transform of the data through the defined region of interest and a known subregion; and reconstructing the image with improved temporal resolution at lower radiation doses, wherein the reconstructing comprises performing a reconstruction method that yields an exact and stable reconstruction. Embodiments also provide a method and a system for reconstructing an image from projection data provided by a single photon emission computed tomography scanner comprising: identifying a region of interest in an object; defining an attenuation coefficient and object boundary; and reconstructing the images by minimizing the high order total variation while minimizing the data discrepancy.05-05-2011
20110105879DIAGNOSIS ASSISTING SYSTEM, COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING DIAGNOSIS ASSISTING PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON, AND DIAGNOSIS ASSISTING METHOD - A plurality of images for observation in different observation formats and thumbnail images corresponding to each image for observation are generated from volume data obtained for the same subject on different imaging dates/times. A plurality of image windows, which can be switched between an active state and an inactive state, are arranged on a diagnosis screen, and images for observation generated from volume data obtained on specified imaging dates are displayed in each image window. In one embodiment, thumbnail images having the same observation format as an image for observation are displayed in the vicinity of the image for observation within an image window in the active state.05-05-2011
20120123239Medical Image Processing System and Processing Method - According to the invention, a medical image processing system comprises: a storage unit storing a medical image, a database server storing medical image information about the medical image, a computer aided diagnosis unit identifying an object to be identified and surrounding objects of the object using the medical image and the medical image information, and a position detector detecting a relative position of the identified object on the basis of the surrounding objects using the identified object and surrounding objects and storing information about the detected position. Accordingly, the medical image processing system can detect and provide the position of the object, and the medical image can be rapidly accurately interpreted at a hospital.05-17-2012
20120123238TREATMENT PROCESS OF RADIOLOGICAL IMAGES FOR DETECTION OF STENOSIS - A treatment process of radiological images is provided. The process comprises obtaining at least one set of images. For each set, the process comprises: segmenting an at least one first image to obtain an at least one first segmented image and to detect a plurality of arteries of the region of interest and an at least one second image to obtain an at least one second segmented image and to detect and isolate the tool; defining in the at least one first segmented image a plurality of lines, wherein each line defines an artery; determining, from the second segmented image and the defined lines, an artery of interest corresponding to the artery in which a tool has been inserted; and applying a quantitative analysis algorithm of coronary lesions to the artery of interest to detect lesion of the artery of interest.05-17-2012
20120123237MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM THAT REDIRECTS HEAT WASTE FOR PATIENT PALLET HEATING - According to certain embodiments, a medical imaging system includes an imager, a patient pallet, and a heating subsystem. The imager obtains measurement data of a patient. Further, the imager includes at least one electrical component that generates heat. The patient pallet supports the patient to be scanned by the imager. Further, the heating subsystem heats the patient pallet using the heat generated by the at least one electrical component of the imager.05-17-2012
20090131780ARM POSITIONER FOR DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURE - An arm positioning system for a diagnostic procedure such as an MRI can include a positioning block and a retention device (such as a thumb strap). The retention device and the positioning block can be coupled together (e.g. by hook and loop fasteners) to allow them to position a patient's arm in various desired positions. The retention device and positioning block can be composed of materials that do not interfere with the diagnostic device. The retention device and positioning block also can be configured to accommodate left and right arms and variation among arm, hand, and digit sizes of patients.05-21-2009
20120165648MOBILE POSTURAL SCREENING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A mobile, hand-held communication device with a display screen and a camera is programmed to perform a postural screening method. An image of a patient is acquired on the display screen having an array of pixels. A pixel to distance ratio of the displayed image is determined. A postural displacement of the patient in the displayed image is calculated using the determined ratio. A gyroscope, accelerometer and/or a level of the device is used to level the camera before capturing the image with the camera. Reference lines are overlaid on the display screen and the image to enable alignment of the image. A reference line on the display screen is used for normalizing a known distance in the aligned image to a reference distance of a known number of pixels on the screen for determining the ratio.06-28-2012
20120130223ANNOTATION AND ASSESSMENT OF IMAGES - Annotations of medical images may be generated using one or more lexicons so that terminology is consistent across multiple exams, users, facilities, etc. Measurements of lesions may be provided using a bilinear measurement tool that allows easier bilinear measurements. Disease assessment models may be selected and applied as measurements are acquired in order to provide immediate determination of disease staging according to one or more selected assessment models.05-24-2012
20120130221Micro Vein Enhancer - The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head, The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the practitioner in pinpointing a vein for an intravenous drip, blood test, and the like, The Miniature projection head may have a cavity for a power source or it may have a power source located in a body portion of the Miniature Vein Enhancer. The Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to one of several improved needle protectors, or the Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to a body similar to a flashlight for hand held use. The Miniature Vein Enhancer of the present invention may also be attached to a magnifying glass, a flat panel display, and the like.05-24-2012
20120220852PATIENT SUPPORT MOTION CONTROL APPARATUS - An imaging system (08-30-2012
20120220851IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPTOACOUSTIC IMAGING OF SMALL ANIMALS - An imaging device configured for optoacoustic imaging of an object, including an illumination device including optical components arranged to illuminate the object, a detector device comprising an array of detector elements arranged in a tank and arranged to detect acoustic signals created in the object, and a container device including a tank arranged to accommodate the detector device, the object and a matching transmission medium, a holding device adapted to position and move the object relative to the illumination device and the detector device, wherein the optical components are arranged in the tank to illuminate the object from different directions.08-30-2012
20120130222MEASURING APPARATUS - A measuring apparatus is used, the apparatus including a probe having an element detecting an acoustic wave that has propagated through an object, an acoustic lens disposed between the probe and the object, and a signal processor obtaining object information from an electrical signal based on the acoustic wave detected by the element of the probe. The probe is disposed at a position where the element of the probe is made acoustically conjugate to a surface on a probe side of the object by the acoustic lens.05-24-2012
20120215090IMAGING SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for reconstruction of a region of interest for an object is provided. The reconstruction of the object may be based on chords which may fill a part, all, or more than all of the region of interest. Using chords for reconstruction may allow for reducing data acquired and/or processing for reconstructing a substantially exact image of the ROI. Moreover, various methodologies may be used in reconstructing the image, such as backprojection-filtration, and modified filtration backprojection.08-23-2012
20120215091IMAGING APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSIS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An imaging apparatus for diagnosis and associated control method constructs multiple cross-sectional images in an axial direction inside the body lumen based on line data generated by radially operating a transmitting and receiving unit, and includes a receiving mechanism which receives a count value from a reference position of the transmitting and receiving unit, storage for storing the count value and the line data correlated with each other, an arrangement for constructing a longitudinal-sectional image by aligning the line data based on the count value, a display which displays the longitudinal-sectional image; and a mechanism which reads out line data correlated with the same count value as that of the line data disposed at the position appointed by the user on the displayed longitudinal-sectional image and reconstructing the cross-sectional image.08-23-2012
20100204561IMAGING CATHETERS HAVING IRRIGATION - Imaging catheters having irrigation capabilities are described herein. Generally, the device may include a first inner membrane which is sealed and serves to position the device within or relative to a lumen. This balloon structure, when filled with fluid, expands and is engaged in direct contact with the tissue. A second (outer) membrane is not completely sealed and instead provides a pathway for delivery of fluid at the treatment site for effecting various treatments. Imaging systems, optionally articulatable, may be positioned within the balloon as well as electrodes positionable upon the balloon may be utilized to facilitate tissue treatments.08-12-2010
20120136234APPARATUS - An apparatus includes two compression plates configured to compress a subject portion, and a compression release unit configured to move at least one of the two compression plates in a direction opposite to a direction in which the subject portion is compressed in a state in which the subject portion is compressed and power is not supplied.05-31-2012
20120136235APPARATUS - An apparatus includes a bed configured to support a subject and having an insertion hole through which a subject portion that is part of the subject is inserted; a fixed compression plate and a movable compression plate configured to hold and compress the subject portion when the subject portion is inserted through the insertion hole, the movable compression plate being movable relative to the fixed compression plate; and a unit including the fixed compression plate and the movable compression plate. The unit is movable relative to the bed.05-31-2012
20130172727Intelligent Atlas for Automatic Image Analysis of Magnetic Resonance Imaging - A non-invasive imaging system, including an imaging scanner suitable to generate an imaging signal from a tissue region of a subject under observation, the tissue region having at least one substructure; a signal processing system in communication with the imaging scanner to receive the imaging signal from the imaging scanner; and a data storage unit in communication with the signal processing system, wherein the data storage unit stores an anatomical atlas comprising data encoding spatial information of the at least one substructure in the tissue region, and a pathological atlas corresponding to an abnormality of the tissue region, wherein the signal processing system is adapted to automatically identify, using the imaging signal, the anatomical atlas, and the pathological atlas, a presence of the abnormality or a precursor abnormality in the subject under observation.07-04-2013
20120083683DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS - A diagnosis apparatus encompasses a probe array (04-05-2012
20120083682ACOUSTIC SYSTEM FOR MONITORING THE PERFORMANCE OF LEFT VENTRICLE ASSIST DEVICES AND OTHER MECHANICAL DEVICES IMPLANTED IN A PATIENT'S BODY - Embodiments of the present invention are related to apparatus and methods for acoustically monitoring the performance of a medical device disposed within the body of a patient. According to one embodiment of an apparatus, the apparatus includes at least one acoustic sensor and a computer system that is connected to receive information from the acoustic sensor, wherein the acoustic sensor is adapted to receive a set of acoustic information that corresponds to acoustic activity within the body of said patient. The computer system is adapted for: (A) receiving the set of acoustic information, and (B) using the set of acoustic information to calculate location information relating to a location of a source of the acoustic activity.04-05-2012
20120083681Radiotherapy Planning and Delivery - Methods of radiotherapy planning and delivery are disclosed in which a radiation beam is directed towards a time-averaged mean position of the target during radiation-on. In addition, the radiation beam is gated to deliver radiation to the target only when the target is within a treatment volume centred on the mean position. Treatment plans according to embodiments of the present invention result in low doses to the surrounding healthy tissue, but high duty cycles and quicker treatment times.04-05-2012
20120172698IMAGING SYSTEM - Techniques are described that combine intravascular ultrasound (“IVUS”) and optical coherence tomography into a single catheter that utilizes a micro-motor driven imaging core for imaging of patient tissue, e.g., a blood vessel wall. In one example, an imaging assembly includes a catheter, an imaging core with a micro-motor, one or more transducer conductors, an optical coherence tomography apparatus, and one or more optical fibers in communication with the optical coherence tomography apparatus.07-05-2012
20120172699RADIOACTIVE-EMISSION-MEASUREMENT OPTIMIZATION TO SPECIFIC BODY STRUCTURES - A method for predefining a set of radioactive-emission measurement views, for radioactive-emission imaging after an administration of a radiopharmaceutical, the method being tailored to a specific body structure and optimized with respect to the information gained about the body structure and based on modeling body-structure, based on its geometry and anatomical constraints, which limit accessibility to the body structure.07-05-2012
20100298690DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE GEOMETRIC DETERMINATION OF ELECTRICAL DIPOLE DENSITIES ON THE CARDIAC WALL - Disclosed are devices, a systems, and methods for determining the dipole densities on heart walls. In particular, a triangularization of the heart wall is performed in which the dipole density of each of multiple regions correlate to the potential measured at various locations within the associated chamber of the heart. To create a database of dipole densities, mapping information recorded by multiple electrodes located on one or more catheters and anatomical information is used. In addition skin electrodes may be implemented.11-25-2010
20120179022BIOINFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS - The present invention provides a bioinformation acquisition apparatus in which when light is radiated to a test object, a flux of light emitted outside from the test object through diffusion effect in the object is reused, improving use efficiency of the radiated light. The apparatus having a light source for radiating a flux of light to the test object and a detector for detecting a signal output based on radiation of the flux of light, includes a reflective member adapted to reflect a flux of light emitted out of the test object when the flux of light is radiated thereto, the reflective member is placed closer to an irradiation area on a surface of the test object than the light source to cover at least a part of the irradiation area from above, and configured to be equal to or larger than the irradiation area.07-12-2012
20120179021SPECT Image Reconstruction Methods and Systems - Image reconstruction techniques for a medical imaging system are provided that include receiving pixel data from a gamma camera of an imaging system, and calculating a subsequent voxel value from the pixel data by subtracting an expected pixel value from a measured pixel value of the pixel data to produce a difference and correcting a previous voxel value by adding a weighted value of the difference to the previous voxel value. An imaging system is also provided.07-12-2012
20090076368Integrated imaging workstation and a method for improving, objectifying and documenting in vivo examinations of the uterus - Exemplary embodiments provide an imaging workstation with improved ergonomics, and a method for improving, objectifying and documenting in vivo examinations of the uterus. The imaging workstation may include an imaging head and a display, and may include mechanical supporting structures that allow the imaging head, display, and examination area to be simultaneously placed in an examiner's field of view. The imaging workstation may include means for the uniform application of a diagnostic marker. The method may involve acquiring a reference image of a tissue surface, applying a diagnostic marker and initiating image acquisition, acquiring tissue images in time sequence, aligning the captured images, and calculating dynamic optical curves and dynamic optical parameters from the images. The curves and parameters may be used to create a pseudocolor map representing different functional or structural features represented in the images, or different pathologies.03-19-2009
20120316421SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED DISEASE ASSESSMENT IN CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY - A system and method for automated image analysis which may enhance, for example, capsule endoscopy diagnosis. The system and methods may reduce the time required for diagnosis, and also help improve diagnostic consistency using an interactive feedback tool. Furthermore, the system and methods may be applicable to any procedure where efficient and accurate visual assessment of a large set of images is required.12-13-2012
20120226134SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THERAPY MACHINE - A system for controlling a therapy machine is a method for controlling a therapy machine for irradiating radiation onto a patient whose body has been stabilized. The method acquires a video signal constituted by a plurality of pixels including information on the posture of the patient; converts the video signal to digital format, and generates video data including information on characteristic values of each of the plurality of pixels; and calculates, on the basis of the information, the number of pixels from among the plurality of pixels of which the characteristic values lie outside a predetermined range. Then, the therapy machine is controlled based on the calculated number. Thus, medical accidents due to inattention during observation by therapists may be prevented, and the accuracy of therapy through the therapy machine may be improved.09-06-2012
20120259198SUBJECT INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - There is provided a subject information processing apparatus including a first acoustic conversion element that receives an acoustic wave having a first frequency reflected inside a subject and converts the acoustic wave into an analog signal, a second acoustic conversion element that receives an acoustic wave having a second frequency generated when light is irradiated to a subject and converts the acoustic wave into an analog signal, an A/D converter that converts the analog signal into a digital signal, a data memory that retains the digital signal, and a controller that instructs the data memory to output the digital signal at a predetermined sampling frequency for each receiving axis.10-11-2012
20120259197RECTAL BALLOON WITH RADIATION SENSOR AND/OR MARKERS - A rectal balloon apparatus has a shaft with a fluid passageway extending therethrough. A balloon is affixed over an end of the shaft such that the fluid passageway communicates with an interior of the balloon. The balloon has a laterally flat surface thereon when inflated. The laterally flat surface of the balloon has a longitudinal groove formed thereon. The balloon has a radiation sensor positioned within the groove and a plurality of fiducial markers positioned on a surface of the balloon. A stopper is slidably mounted on the shaft.10-11-2012
20120259196MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - A medical image diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment includes a simplified positron emission computed tomography (PET) image data generating unit, a PET image data generating unit, and a display. The simplified PET image data generating unit generates simplified PET image data based on information obtained by projecting the position of a generation source of a gamma ray emitted from a subject to whom a radioisotope is administered onto a predetermined projection surface in a predetermined direction. The PET image data generating unit generates, based on an evaluation result of the simplified PET image data, PET image data by using projection data in the PET imaging mode generated based on a detection result of the gamma ray emitted from the subject. The display displays the simplified PET image data and the PET image data.10-11-2012
20120190963MEASURING APPARATUS - A measuring apparatus includes a shape maintaining member that maintains a shape of at least a part of a subject, an element that receives an acoustic wave through the shape maintaining member and converts the acoustic wave into a first electric signal, the acoustic wave being generated in the subject when the subject is irradiated with light, and a processing unit that generates image data using the first electric signal. The processing unit determines, on the basis of the first electric signal, a first time from when the acoustic wave is generated in the subject to when the acoustic wave reaches a reception surface of the element. The processing unit converts the first electric signal into a second electric signal using a difference between the first time and a second time in which the acoustic wave travels from a virtual detection region set near a subject-side surface of the shape maintaining member to the reception surface of the element, the second electric signal being assumed to have been obtained by receiving the acoustic wave at the virtual detection region.07-26-2012
20120190964Vasculature and lymphatic system imaging and ablation - Devices, methods, and systems related to imaging and ablation are disclosed.07-26-2012
20120190962METHOD FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED CONFIGURATION OF A MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE - In a method for computer-assisted configuration of a medical imaging device for examination of a patient, training data are provided that include multiple variants of protocols in the form of protocol parameter sets for operation of the imaging device. The training data also include patient-specific parameter sets with one or more features of a patient, the patient-specific parameter sets being associated with the respective protocol parameter sets. Based on the training data, relations between the protocol parameter sets and the patient-specific parameter sets are learned with a data-driven leaning method and stored as patterns in a knowledge base. In an application phase, a protocol parameter set suitable for the examination of the patient can be determined with the use of the patterns in the knowledge base, depending on features of a patient that are provided to the imaging device.07-26-2012
20090018431Method and apparatus for imaging functional processes in the brain - A method and an apparatus are disclosed for imaging functional processes in the brain. In order to be able to correlate the results of MEG examinations with anatomical information and metabolic data, a positron emission tomography measurement is recorded in at least one embodiment by at least one radiation detector, a magnetic resonance imaging measurement is recorded by a coil and a radio-frequency antenna device and a magnetoencephalography measurement is recorded by a plurality of magnetic field sensors, the positron emission tomography measurement and the magnetic resonance imaging measurement being substantially undertaken at the same time, so that the records of the positron emission tomography measurement and the magnetic resonance tomography measurement are isocentric. In at least one embodiment, an evaluation apparatus is provided for carrying out a spatial correlation between the magnetoencephalography measurement and the magnetic resonance imaging measurement, so that registration between the magnetoencephalography measurement and the positron emission tomography measurement results.01-15-2009
20090018429Method and system for acquiring biosignals in the presence of HF interference - The present invention, herein is a method and apparatus that significantly limits the effect of high frequency (“HF”) interferences on acquired electro-physiological signals, such as the EEG and EMG. Preferably, this method comprises of two separate electronic circuitries and steps or electronics for processing the signals. One circuit is used to block the transmission of HF interferences to the instrumentation amplifiers. It is comprised of a front-end active filter, a low frequency electromagnetic interference (“EMI”) shield, and an isolation barrier interface which isolates the patient from earth ground. The second circuit is used to measure the difference in potential between the two isolated sides of the isolation barrier. This so-called “cross-barrier” voltage is directly representative of the interference level that the instrumentation amplifier is subjected to. This circuit is used to confirm that the acquired signals are not corrupted by the interference.01-15-2009
20100324407SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROCESS AN ACQUIRED IMAGE OF A SUBJECT ANATOMY TO DIFFERENTIATE A PORTION OF SUBJECT ANATOMY TO PROTECT RELATIVE TO A PORTION TO RECEIVE TREATMENT - A system and method to process an acquired image to differentiate a portion of subject anatomy to protect relative to a portion of anatomy to receive treatment is provided. The system includes a controller with program instructions to perform the steps of receiving an instruction to indicate a zone interest of the imaged anatomy to protect associated with treatment of the subject anatomy; calculating a first set of image elements associated with a first circulatory network in communication to supply a first zone of interest to treat and not in communication to supply a second zone of interest to protect; calculating a second set of image elements of the acquired image associated with a second circulatory network in communication to supply the second zone of interest to protect; and creating a display that differentiates the second set of image elements from a remainder of the acquired image.12-23-2010
20080300478SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING REAL-TIME STATE OF IMAGED ANATOMY DURING A SURGICAL PROCEDURE - A system and method for displaying surgical instruments accurately, in both time and space, within both slice and volumetric medical images of organs that may deform in a predictable manner over time due to an ongoing body activity. The system and method comprising using a gating signal associated with an ongoing body activity to determine which image in a sequence of acquired images best represents the state of the imaged anatomy at a given point in time and accurately displaying navigated surgical instruments within that image at that point in time.12-04-2008
20080300477SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CORRECTION OF AUTOMATED IMAGE REGISTRATION - An image guided surgical system and method for correction of automated image registration via user interaction. The system and method comprising at least one imaging apparatus adapted to acquire a first image and a second image of a region of interest of a subject, a registration component adapted to perform a registration of the second image to a dataset of the first image, at least one display for displaying a visualization of the registration of the second image to a dataset of the first image as it is occurring, and a user interface for manipulating the visualization of the registration to correct any misalignments between the first image and the second image in the registration.12-04-2008
20120271143Fatigue Indices and Uses Thereof - Example embodiments may relate to a system, method, apparatus, and computer readable media configured for monitoring a user performing an athletic movement and/or exercise and generating a fatigue value. Fatigue values may be determined for different groups. In one embodiment, a first value is determined for a muscle fatigue value and a second value is determined for a respiratory value. In another embodiment, a first value may pertain to a first muscle group and a second value may pertain to a second muscle group. A fatigue index may be created from values obtained during an athletic movement and/or a workout session. In further embodiments, a cumulative fatigue index may be determined. A cumulative fatigue index may consider values obtained during several workout sessions. Further, data obtained outside of workout sessions may be considered in determinations relating to fatigue values and/or indices.10-25-2012
20120323108METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ASSESSING ACTIVITY OF AN ORGAN AND USES THEREOF - Methods and apparatus are provided for imaging activity of an organ of a subject for diagnosis and prognosis of pathology or injury to the organ, where unaffected portions of the organ are used as a reference for assessing activity of afflicted areas of the organ.12-20-2012
20120323109Photon Measurement Method and Apparatus - A system and method for measuring photons utilizing a low-power light source modulated with a code sequence to interrogate a sample of interest. Preferably a portion of the scattered light from the sample is detected by a photo-detector. A correlation of the photo-detector signal and the code sequence produces an estimate of the distribution of flight times for photons traveling from the source to the detector.12-20-2012
20120323107Methods for Assessing Tophus Response During Urate Lowering Therapy in Treatment Tophaceous Gout - Systems and methods for assessment of the reduction of tophus burden with effective urate-lowering therapy were developed. The first application of computer-assisted methods for accessing tophus response included standardized digital photography, computer assisted measurement and analysis of tophi by an independent reader and blinded central reader paradigm. The ability of the method for computer-assisted analysis of digital photographs to quantify reduction in tophus size demonstrates its feasibility as a urate-lowering therapy monitoring tool in the treatment of tophaceous gout.12-20-2012
20120271144METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING DIAGNOSIS IMAGE, DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM, AND MEDICAL IMAGE SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING THE METHOD - A method of generating a diagnosis image includes receiving signals reflected from a subject; calculating a beamforming coefficient using the received signals; synthesizing each of the plurality of low resolution images using the calculated beamforming coefficient; and synthesizing a high resolution image using the synthesized plurality of low resolution images.10-25-2012
20110230751METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING FOR COMPUTER-AIDED EYE SURGERY - Image processing for computer-aided eye-surgery includes acquiring a reference image of the eye and enriching said reference image by inserting additional context information which are helpful for a surgeon when performing the eye surgery. The reference image is registered with a real time image of the eye. The context information is overlayed over the real time image of the eye based on a tracking of the eye movement such that the context information is displayed at the same position despite a movement of the eye.09-22-2011
20110237927DEDICATED BREAST RADIATION IMAGING/THERAPY SYSTEM - System, apparatus and methods specialized for breast and related tissue radiation therapy and imaging of a prone patient but also usable for supine patient if desired or needed. A special treatment radiation source such as a LINAC unit generates radiation of types and energy ranges specifically matched to breast tissue. Any one or more of several imaging technologies may be used to localize the tissue to be irradiated and to generate information for therapy planning, adjustment, and verification.09-29-2011
20100234720SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING PHYSIOLOGICAL DATA USING ULTRA-WIDEBAND RADAR AND IMPROVED SIGNAL PROCESSING TECHNIQUES - Disclosed is a variant of ultra-wide band (UWB) radar known as micropower impulse radar (MIR) combined with advanced signal processing techniques to provide a new type of medical imaging technology including frequency spectrum analysis and modern statistical filtering techniques to search for, acquire, track, or interrogate physiological data. Range gate settings are controlled to depths of interest within a patient and those settings are dynamically adjusted to optimize the physiological signals desired.09-16-2010
20100234719Estimating Visceral Fat By Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry - A system and a method of using dual-energy absoptiometry to estimate visceral fat metrics and display results, preferably as related to normative data. The process involves deriving x-ray measurements for respective pixel positions related to a two-dimensional projection image of a body slice containing visceral fat as well as subcutaneous fat; at least some of the measurements being dual-energy x-ray measurements, processing the measurements to derive estimates of metrics related to the visceral fat in the slice; and using the resulting estimates.09-16-2010
20100234718OPEN ARCHITECTURE MEDICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - The present disclosure provides an open architecture communication system for patient monitoring devices and other patient care equipment. The open architecture of the present system allows devices running different operating systems and software to communicate correctly and efficiently with the care center network. One aspect of the system includes a patient monitoring virtual machine which allows patient monitoring devices and other patient care equipment to allow for communications with other devices on the network or other networks and automatic configuration of devices. Aspects of the system also provide for relocation of post-processing functions, arrangement of devices into domains, and/or management of devices using servers and other management systems.09-16-2010
201202775703D 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 a high dose rate (HDR) source in three-dimensional (3D) space. The detected position is compared with the intended radiation path of the treatment plan. Adjustments can be made to the treatment plan if the detected position and the intended path do not correspond.11-01-2012
20120089005Multi-Modal Medical Imaging and Type Detection - A multi-modal medical imaging and type detection have been described have been disclosed. By combining a broadband radio imaging system and one or more other modalities of image processing an enhanced image and/or tissue classification can be produced.04-12-2012
20120089004METHOD FOR DATA OSCILLATOR DETECTION USING FRICTIONALLY DAMPED HARMONIC OSCILLATORS - A system and method for time-frequency analysis in which acquired signals are modeled as frictionally damped harmonic oscillators having a friction factor that is not a free parameter are provided. The friction factor is selected as a function of the frequency value of the associated oscillator, such that an increase in both temporal and spectral resolution are provided over existing time-frequency analysis methods. The friction factor is also selected to define a spectral band, within which the given oscillator can detect data oscillations. The properly selected friction factor thereby provides the analysis over a broad spectral range that can span many orders of magnitude.04-12-2012
201200890032D3D OVERLAY ON A CPR BASIS FOR ANEURYSM REPAIR - In a method for a fluoroscopy controlled insertion of a stent into a curved aorta of a patient for aneurysm repair, a 3D volume image is obtained of the patient's aorta at the aneurysm. By knowing a registration of the 3D volume image to a C-arm of an angiographic system and projection geometry of the angiography system, the 3D volume images are projected atomically correct to a 2D fluoroscopy image of the angiography system. For the 2D3D overlay, the 3D volume image is displayed as a curved planar reconstruction in which the 2D fluoroscopy image and the 3D volume image are warped around a curved center line of the patient's curved aorta or around a curved guide instrument center line to correct for the curvature of the aorta so that the previously curved aorta center line or curved center line of the guide instrument turns into a straight line. The 2D3D overlay is used to visualize the insertion of the stent.04-12-2012
20120330127GENERATION OF SCAN DATA AND FOLLOW-UP CONTROL COMMANDS - A method to generate scan data with a medical imaging technology system includes the steps of receiving control commands to control an imaging scan process and/or an image output via a user interface, implementing an imaging scan process with the imaging system, providing image data generated by the scan process; and linking the image data with a data set representing the user interface during the reception to form the scan data. A medical imaging technology system is designed to implement such a method.12-27-2012
20110319746METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING INTRABODY TISSUES - A method for monitoring an intrabody region of a patient. The method comprises intercepting electromagnetic (EM) radiation from the intrabody region in a plurality of EM radiation sessions during a period of at least 6 hours, calculating a dielectric related change of the intrabody region by analyzing respective the intercepted EM radiation, detecting a physiological pattern according to said dielectric related change, and outputting a notification indicating the physiological pattern.12-29-2011
20110319745Patient Matching Surgical Guide and Method for Using the Same - A system and method for developing customized apparatus for use in one or more surgical procedures is disclosed. The system and method incorporates a patient's unique anatomical features or morphology, which may be derived from capturing MRI data or CT data, to fabricate at least one custom apparatus. According to a preferred embodiment, the customized apparatus comprises a plurality of complementary surfaces based on a plurality of data points from the MRI or CT data. Thus, each apparatus may be matched in duplicate and oriented around the patient's own anatomy, and may further provide any desired axial alignments or insertional trajectories. In an alternate embodiment, the apparatus may further be aligned with at least one other apparatus used during the surgical procedure.12-29-2011
20110319743ULTRASONIC PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND OPERATION METHOD OF THE SAME - An ultrasonic photoacoustic imaging apparatus which includes a probe incorporating an array transducer having a plurality of transducers and an acoustic image generation unit that generates, based on a mixed signal obtained by converting an acoustic wave, in which an ultrasonic wave and a photoacoustic wave are mixed and making use of a difference between phase shift aspect of electrical signals of the ultrasonic waves from the same reflection source in the inside of the subject and phase shift aspect of electrical signals of the photoacoustic waves from the same generation source in the inside of the subject, an electrical signal reflecting the ultrasonic wave and an electrical signal reflecting the photoacoustic wave, and generates an ultrasonic image based on the electrical signal reflecting the ultrasonic wave and a photoacoustic image based on the electrical signal reflecting the photoacoustic wave.12-29-2011
20110319742SPATIAL IMAGING METHODS FOR BIOMEDICAL MONITORING AND SYSTEMS THEREOF - A method for monitoring at least one biomedical characteristic is disclosed. A first microneedle coated with one or more regions of a chemical sensing material is illuminated. One or more digital images are captured of the first microneedle, wherein at least one of the one or more digital images is captured after the first coated microneedle has been actuated to penetrate a subject's skin. Pixel information is spatially extracted from the captured one or more images to define one or more pixel sample areas corresponding to the one or more regions of a chemical sensing material. One or more spectral characteristics are determined for each of the one or more pixel sample areas. The at least one biomedical characteristic is determined for each of the one or more pixel sample areas based on the determined one or more spectral characteristics for each of the one or more pixel sample areas.12-29-2011
20110319741Adapting radiotherapy treatment plans - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method of pre-approving a range of hypothetical spatial variations of the target whilst an initial treatment plan is generated. This allows the treatment plan to be later adapted to account for spatial variations of the target region falling within those pre-approved ranges, without going through time-consuming steps of quality assurance on the adapted plan.12-29-2011
20120101360COLONOGRAPHY - A system includes an insufflator (04-26-2012
20120101359FIXATION USING MULTIPLE CUSIONS OF TWO DIFFERENT TYPES - The present invention provides a fixation device comprising at least two inflatable and deflatable cushions (04-26-2012
20120289813Acoustic 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 impedance and attenuation and a relatively low acoustic velocity and at least one other material with a low acoustic impedance and attenuation and a relatively high acoustic velocity is immersed in preferably a low acoustic velocity and low acoustic impedance fluid. The lens may be designed as an acoustic reflective lens or an acoustic lens incorporating spheric geometry. The lens focuses acoustic waves on an acoustic imager which detects the image. The lens may be considered to be essentially monochromatic.11-15-2012
20120150014SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NONINVASIVELY MONITORING CONDITIONS OF A SUBJECT - A method and system are presented for use in determining one or more parameters of a subject. A region of interest of the subject is irradiated with acoustic tagging radiation, which comprises at least one acoustic tagging beam. At least a portion of the region of interest is irradiated with at least one electromagnetic beam of a predetermined frequency range. Electromagnetic radiation response of the at least portion of the region of interest is detected and measured data indicative thereof is generated. The detected response comprises electromagnetic radiation tagged by the acoustic radiation. This enables processing of the measured data indicative of the detected electromagnetic radiation response to determine at least one parameter of the subject in a region corresponding to the locations in the medium at which the electromagnetic radiation has been tagged by the acoustic radiation, and outputting data indicative of the at least one determined parameter.06-14-2012
20120150013PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT OF ANALYTE CONCENTRATION IN THE EYE - An in vivo determination of the presence or concentration of an endogenous or exogenous substance by photoacoustically assaying the substance in the eye and correlating the presence or concentration of the substance in the eye to the presence or concentration of the substance in the blood, without removing a tissue or fluid sample from the body for assay. The eye, unlike other body sites such as the skin, has a relatively constant pressure and temperature, providing an additional utility for the inventive method.06-14-2012
20110160562Methods and Systems for Detection of Retinal Changes - An image analysis system allows users to import digital color fundus images over time, and group such images for processing so as to generate analyses. Analyses are information modules based on a selected group of images and, optionally, related information. An analysis tool allows users to view and manipulate the analyses via a graphical user interface for aid in identifying and classifying microaneurysms and other symptoms related to retinopathy and, more generally, to allow for the detection of retinal changes over time.06-30-2011
20130023752Medical Screening and Diagnostics Based on Air-Coupled Photoacoustics - Surface selective photoacoustic (PA) medical imaging is introduced. Surface selective PA imaging is responsive to surface features and does not image sub-surface features, in contrast to conventional PA imaging. The surface PA signal can be considerably larger than the bulk PA signal, for an air-coupled (or gas-coupled) acoustic transducer. Distinguishing these two signals based on time of arrival at the transducer can further distinguish the two signals. This approach provides numerous advantages.01-24-2013
20080255442REGISTRATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - Methods and systems for registering the position of a body part of a patient with a computer aided surgery system are described. A computer implemented method includes determining the position of a plurality of points of the body part, fitting the points to a representation of the body part, determining a closeness of fit for each of the points and displaying an indication of the closeness of fit. The system includes a tracking system for determining the position of an instrument engageable with a plurality of points of the body part and a control system. The control system is configured to determine the position of the plurality of points of the body part, fit the points to a representation of the body part, determine a closeness of fit for each of the points and display an indication of the closeness of fit for at least one of the points.10-16-2008
20080242971Image system for supporting the navigation of interventional tools - The invention relates to an image system and a method for supporting the navigation of interventional tools when performing imaging controlled minimally invasive interventions within the body of a patient in a predetermined intervention plane, which serves to improve the precision and reliability of interventional accesses that are required for performing a histological tissue sample removal under CT or MRT based image-oriented monitoring, or in the context of tumor therapy or pain therapy. Directional deviations, away from the intervention plane, of the actual course of an interventional tool from a predeterminable desired course are captured and presented for display by registering the shortened represented total length or a shortened represented partial length of this interventional tool in the 2D projection representation of a fluoroscopic radioscopy recording that was recorded in a 2D projection direction running normally relative to the intervention plane.10-02-2008
20080242970LOAD APPARATUS - An oscillation arm moves in a seesaw fashion about an oscillation axis which is supported by a support rod and which serves as a fulcrum. A rotation arm and a pressurizer are provided on one end of the oscillation arm. One end of the rotation arm is rotatably attached to the oscillation arm, and a load weight is placed on the other end of the rotation arm. By rotating the rotation arm, the magnitude of a force to be applied by the load weight to the pressurizer is adjusted. More specifically, by displacing the load weight to a predetermined position by rotation and then causing the load weight to stop at this position, a static load corresponding to the rotation angle can be applied to the pressurizer. Further, by causing the load weight to perform rotational motion, the magnitude of the force to be applied to the pressurizer is periodically varied, so that a load which varies periodically can be applied to hard tissue.10-02-2008
20080242968Sequential image acquisition with updating method and system - In accordance with embodiments of the present, a method for acquiring an image is provided. The method comprises acquiring initial image data, identifying one or more regions of interest in at least one of the initial image data or in a first image generated from the initial image data. The method further comprises automatically deriving one or more scan parameters based upon the regions of interest, and acquiring second image data using the scan parameters.10-02-2008
20080242967Medical imaging and therapy utilizing a scanned beam system operating at multiple wavelengths - An apparatus, for medically treating a patient, includes a scanned beam system including a radiation beam source assembly, a scanner, and a controller. The assembly is adapted to emit a radiation beam (such as, without limitation, a laser beam) at different wavelengths. The controller is operatively connected to the assembly and the scanner. The controller is adapted: to display an image of an area of the patient obtained by the scanned beam system; to receive from a user viewing the image an identification of an in-treatment region; and to control the assembly and the scanner to medically treat the in-treatment region using a therapeutic wavelength of the radiation beam which provides an increased scanned-beam-system-image contrast between the in-treatment region and an out-of-treatment region over another wavelength of the radiation beam available for therapy. A method for medically treating a patient using a scanned beam system is also disclosed.10-02-2008
20080234568BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION MONITORING APPARATUS - A biological information monitoring apparatus highly precisely observes a clothed subject who is taking any desired posture. The apparatus acquires information on positional displacements of the surface of a living body, by generating a high-frequency electromagnetic wave to radiate it into air, detecting the electromagnetic wave scattered by the surface of the living body, computationally determining the changes with time of the positional displacements of the surface of the living body from the state of propagation of said electromagnetic wave and computationally determining characteristic quantities of vibrations of the living body such as the pulse or the respiration from the changes with time as biological information.09-25-2008
20080234567APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A NONINVASIVE DIAGNOSIS OF INTERNAL BLEEDING - Exemplary apparatus and process can be provided for determining at least one characteristic of an anatomical structure. For example, it is possible to generate an acoustic wave in the anatomical structure using an opto-accoustic arrangement It is then possible to detect the acoustic wave and determine whether at least one blood pool is present at or in the anatomical structure as a function of at least one property of the acoustic wave. Further, it is possible to forward at least one first electro-magnetic radiation to at least one tissue of the anatomical structure, detect at least one second electro-magnetic radiation provided from the at least one tissue based on a motion of or within the at least one tissue to generate detection data, and determine the at least one characteristic of the at least one portion based on the detection data.09-25-2008
20080228061Method and Apparatus Providing Flexible Measurement Functionality for Medical Images - In a medical imaging system the flexibility and power of measurement tools is improved by making the measurements objects themselves, whereby flexible interaction is provided. The measurement objects (09-18-2008
20130172726IN-VIVO VISUALIZATION SYSTEMS - In vivo visualization systems are described which facilitate tissue treatment by a user in utilizing real time visualized tissue images with generated three-dimensional models of the tissue region of interest, such as the left atrial chamber of a subject's heart. Directional indicators on the visualized tissue as well as the imaging systems may be utilized while other variations may utilize image rotation or manipulation of visualized tissue regions to facilitate catheter control. Moreover, visualized tissue regions may be combined with imaged tissue regions as well as navigational information to further facilitate tissue treatments.07-04-2013
20110263961Antenna for Investigating Structure of Human or Animal - A system for investigating the internal structure of a human or animal body. The system comprises one or more antennas for transmitting and/or receiving electromagnetic energy into or from the body, each antenna comprising a slot formed in a conductive element, the slot having an external boundary defined by a substantially closed internal edge of the conductive element. A receiver is configured to detect the effect of the body on the passage of the electromagnetic energy by recording one or more signals. A processor is configured to process the signal(s) in order to generate an output indicative of the internal structure of the body. The antenna slot is a continuous slot with no internal boundary, the boundary of the slot being completely defined by the internal edge of the conductive element. Each antenna may further comprise two or more conductive feed lines, each feed line coupling energy to and/or from a respective part of the slot.10-27-2011
20130178729SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MINIMALLY-INVASIVE OPTICAL-ACOUSTIC IMAGING - An imaging guidewire can include one or more optical fibers communicating light along the guidewire. At or near its distal end, one or more blazed or other fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) directs light to a photoacoustic transducer material that provides ultrasonic imaging energy. Returned ultrasound is sensed by an FBG sensor. A responsive signal is optically communicated to the proximal end of the guidewire, and processed to develop a 2D or 3D image. In one example, the guidewire outer diameter is small enough such that an intravascular catheter can be passed over the guidewire. Techniques for improving ultrasound reception include using a high compliance material, resonating the ultrasound sensing transducer, using an attenuation-reducing coating and/or thickness, and/or using optical wavelength discrimination. Techniques for improving the ultrasound generating transducer include using a blazed FBG, designing the photoacoustic material thickness to enhance optical absorption. Techniques for distinguishing plaque or vulnerable plaque may be used to enhance the displayed image.07-11-2013
20080221427Cancellation of light shunting - There is provided a system and method for canceling shunted light. The method includes transmitting electromagnetic radiation at tissue of interest and generating a signal representative of detected electromagnetic radiation. A portion of the generated signal representing shunted light is canceled from the generated signal and the remaining portion of the generated signal is used to compute physiological parameters.09-11-2008
20080221426Methods and apparatus for detecting misapplied optical sensors - Methods and apparatus are described for sensing misplacement of an optical sensor on a patient. A wavelength of light which is particularly subject to absorption by a physiological characteristic of interest is used to compare to a reference to determine if the sensor placement is appropriate, such as to generate accurate readings. In one example, the intensity of a wavelength of light which is subject to absorption by bulk tissue, but less subject to absorption by oxygen in the blood will be detected to evaluate the placement of the sensor.09-11-2008
20080221425System and method for local deformable registration of a catheter navigation system to image data or a model - A method for registering a catheter navigation system to a three-dimensional image generally includes obtaining a three-dimensional image including position information for a plurality of surface points on a part of a patient's body, using a catheter navigation system to place a tool at a location on the surface of the patient's body, measuring position information for the surface location, identifying a corresponding location on the image, associating position information for the surface location and the location identified on the image as a fiducial pair, and using at least one fiducial pair to generate a mapping function. The mapping function transforms points within the coordinate system of the catheter navigation to the coordinate system of the three-dimensional image such that, for each fiducial pair, the mapping error is about zero. Suitable warping algorithms include thin plate splines, mean value coordinates, and radial basis function networks.09-11-2008
20120253166CANAL TYPE MINI-APPARATUSES INSERTABLE IN EARS FOR DIAGNOSING AND CURING DISEASES - Provided is a canal type mini-apparatus insertable in an ear for diagnosing a disease. The canal type mini-apparatus includes a canal body and a protrusion body. The canal body is insertable in an ear and includes a bio-data detection unit at an end thereof The bio-data detection unit is configured to detect biological data from an inside of the ear for diagnosing a disease. The protrusion body is disposed at the other end of the canal body and including a data transceiving unit. The data transceiving unit is configured to control the bio-data detection unit and transmit/receive a signal to/from an analyzing device. When the canal type mini-apparatus is inserted in the ear, at least a portion of the protrusion body protrudes outward from the ear.10-04-2012
20090281412System, devices, and methods for detecting occlusions in a biological subject - Systems, devices, and methods are described for detecting an embolus, thrombus, or a deep vein thrombus in a biological subject.11-12-2009
20130096413OPTICAL ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER - In general, this disclosure describes various optical ultrasound transducers and methods of producing such. As one example, an optical ultrasound transducer comprises an optical fiber and a polymer layer formed on the optical fiber to receive light from the optical fiber. The polymer layer may absorb light of a first wavelength and be substantially transparent to light of a second wavelength. In response to the light of the first wavelength, the polymer layer may generate an acoustic tone. The optical ultrasound transducer may further include an optical detector formed on the polymer layer, the optical detector comprising an etalon structure having a first mirror layer and a second mirror layer separated by a compressible layer, wherein the compressible layer resonates in response to the light of the second wavelength passing through the polymer layer and is compressible in response to acoustic pressure from echoes of the acoustic tone.04-18-2013
20130102875LOW-COST DEVICE FOR C-SCAN PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING - The prostate gland or other region of interest is stimulated with laser light, resulting in ultrasound waves (photoacoustic effect) which are focused by an acoustic lens and captured by a specific 1- or 2D sensor array and subsequently displayed as a C-scan on a computer screen. The amplitude of the ultrasound waves generated by laser stimulation is proportional to the optical absorption of the tissue element at that spatial location. Variability in tissue absorption results in C-scan image contrast. The photoacoustic imaging is combined with an ultrasound C-scan image produced with a plane ultrasound wave applied to the region of interest.04-25-2013
20130123604PHOTOACOUSTIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - A photoacoustic diagnostic apparatus having: a light source; a probe which receives an acoustic wave generated when light is irradiated onto an object from a light source and which converts the acoustic wave into an electrical signal; a memory unit which records the electrical signal; and a memory control unit which controls whether or not to cause the memory unit to record the electrical signal, wherein the memory control unit controls the memory unit on the basis of a timing at which the probe receives an acoustic wave generated from a portion other than a light absorbing material inside an object.05-16-2013
20130144149PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS, PHOTOACOUSTIC SENSING STRUCTURE, AND METHOD OF CAPTURING PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGE - A photoacoustic imaging apparatus for detecting a photoacoustic image of an object, a photoacoustic sensing structure, and a photoacoustic image capturing method are provided. The photoacoustic imaging apparatus includes an electromagnetic wave source for emitting an electromagnetic wave, a first electromagnetic wave transmissible substrate disposed on a transmission path of the electromagnetic wave, electromagnetic wave transmitting needles disposed on the first electromagnetic wave transmissible substrate, and an ultrasonic sensor disposed at one side of the object. The electromagnetic wave transmitting needles can be inserted into the object. The electromagnetic wave is transmitted to at least a part of the electromagnetic wave transmitting needles through the first electromagnetic wave transmissible substrate and to the inside of the object through at least the part of the electromagnetic wave transmitting needles. The inside of the object generates an ultrasonic wave in response to the electromagnetic wave. The ultrasonic sensor detects the ultrasonic wave.06-06-2013
20130144150ULTRASOUND IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING ULTRASOUND IMAGE - An ultrasound imaging apparatus and ultrasound image display method simultaneously obtain photo-acoustic information and elasticity information of a subject, and generate and display a single image having the photo-acoustic information and the elasticity information, thereby enhancing accuracy and efficiency of a diagnosis. The ultrasound imaging apparatus includes a probe to radiate light when stress is applied and when stress is not applied to the subject, and to receive a corresponding first acoustic wave signal and a second acoustic wave signal, a data acquisition unit to acquire first acoustic wave data and second acoustic wave data that each represent optical absorption rate information about the subject, an elasticity information generating unit to calculate elasticity information about the subject, an image generating unit to generate a single image having both of the optical absorption rate information and the calculated elasticity information, and a display unit to display the generated image.06-06-2013
20130144147METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC MONITORING USING INDICATOR DILUTION - A patient monitoring system may provide photoacoustic sensing based on an indicator dilution to determine one or more physiological parameters of a subject. The system may detect an acoustic pressure signal, which may include one or more thermo-dilution responses, one or more hemo-dilution responses, or a combination thereof. For example, a thermo-dilution indicator and/or a hemo-dilution indicator may be used to determine one or more hemodynamic parameters. In a further example, an isotonic indicator and a hypertonic indicator may be used to determine one or more hemodynamic parameters of the subject.06-06-2013
20130144151System and Method For Determining Modified States of Health of Living Tissue - A phenotypic profiling method for drug/dose physiological response of living bodies utilizes feature recognition to segment the information in time-frequency tissue-response spectrograms to construct N-dimensional feature vectors. The feature vectors are used to generate a correlation matrix among a large number of different stimuli in the form of drugs, doses and conditions. Multi-dimensional scaling is applied to the correlation matrix to form a two-dimensional map of response relationships that retains rank distances from the higher-dimensionality feature matrix. The two-dimensional phenotypic profile space displays compact regions indicative of particular physiological responses, such as regions of enhanced active transport, membrane undulations and blebbing.06-06-2013
20130144148METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PHOTOACOUSTIC MONITORING USING INDICATOR DILUTION - A patient monitoring system may provide photoacoustic sensing based on an indicator dilution to determine one or more physiological parameters of a subject. The system may detect an acoustic pressure signal, which may include one or more thermo-dilution responses, one or more hemo-dilution responses, or a combination thereof. For example, a thermo-dilution indicator and/or a hemo-dilution indicator may be used to determine one or more hemodynamic parameters. In a further example, an isotonic indicator and a hypertonic indicator may be used to determine one or more hemodynamic parameters of the subject.06-06-2013
20130158383BOND-SELECTIVE VIBRATIONAL PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An imaging system, including a radiation source configured to output a signal that can non-invasively and selectively cause overtone excitation of molecules based on a predetermined chemical bond, and an ultrasound detector configured to non-invasively detect an acoustic signal generated by vibrational energy caused by the selective overtone excitation of the molecules and further configured to convert the acoustic signal into an image.06-20-2013
20130158382Medical Treatment System With Non-Coplanar Capability - Systems and methods for delivering coplanar and non-coplanar medical treatments are described in which a rotating member is engaged with an angularly displaced treatment ring including at least one treatment device, whereby rotation of the rotating member and the treatment ring or treatment device combine to allow non-coplanar therapy to be delivered to a patient.06-20-2013
20080200794Multi-configuration tracknig array and related method - A navigation system generally determines a location of a portion of a first medical instrument relative to a patient. The navigation system generally includes a multi-configuration tracking array that extends from the first medical instrument. A plurality of tracking devices can be positioned on the multi-configuration tracking array. At least one of the tracking devices changes to define at least a first condition and a second condition. A tracking system detects the tracking devices and relates a change between the first condition and the second condition with a change between at least a first instrument configuration and a second instrument configuration.08-21-2008
20110224531Portable sensor device and patient monitor - The portable sensor device is connected with the arterial pressure measurement catheter by way of a pressure hose. The electronic pressure sensor is accommodated in the sensor housing. The analog sensor signal is output to the patient monitor by way of a cable. Aside from the channel for the analog sensor signal, additional channels are provided for communication between sensor device and patient monitor. A bidirectional channel serves for writing to and querying the memory module, in which patient data, such as age, gender, height/weight, etc., can be stored. The three-way cock possesses the settings “M” (measurement operation) and “0” (calibration measurement), in which the contactor is brought into connection with the contact. The switching contact is transmitted to the patient monitor, which thereby automatically recognizes zeroing of the sensor.09-15-2011
20100286499MULTI-BEND STEERABLE MAPPING CATHETER - An electrophysiology catheter introduced through the groin and inferior vena cava into the right side of the heart comprises an elongate flexible shaft having a steerable distal section and a prolapsing section located proximally of the distal section. The distal section is inserted into the coronary sinus and a back-steering force is applied to the catheter to anchor the distal section therein, after which the catheter is further advanced to prolapse the prolapsing section against the high right atrium. Electrical pathways in both the coronary sinus and the high right atrium are mapped using respective electrode pairs carried on the distal and prolapsing sections of the catheter.11-11-2010
20110275925Method, System and Device for Acoustic and Photonic Tomography - Methods and devices for determining the distance between a location emitting an acoustic, photonic, or electromagnetic waveform and a location detecting the emitted waveform are provided. In certain applications the emitting and/or sensing locations may be selected from within a human, mammalian, or animal body. The subject methods and devices find use in a variety of different applications, including cardiac resynchronization therapy. In certain aspects, a bioelectric signal pathway carries a pulse from cardiac pacing pulse generator to deliver a pacing pulse to a heart while protecting a bioelectric measurement device from interference from the pacing pulse.11-10-2011
20110275924Method and System for Assimilating and Transmitting Medical Imaging and Associated Data to a Remote User - The method and system of the present invention permits a physician to transmit images captured by an imaging device such as an endoscope or fluoroscope and associated data to a remote viewer in real time.11-10-2011
20130150700METHODS, SYSTEMS, SERVICES AND CIRCUITS FOR GENERATING RAPID PRELIMINARY REPORTS WITH BONE MINERAL DENSITY MEASUREMENTS AND/OR OSTEOPOROSIS RISK ASSESSMENT - Methods, systems, services (Internet), computer programs and circuits provide rapid bone mineral density (BMD) measurements and/or osteoporosis information using an automated image analysis circuit that evaluates a hand X-ray of a patient from an X-ray device to generate a reliable bone density evaluation within about 15 minutes, typically within about 5 minutes with receipt of a hand X-ray, and more typically substantially instantaneous and under 1 minute. The automated image analysis circuit can reside on a remote preliminary review server.06-13-2013
20130150701MULTI-LUMEN THORACIC CATHETER AND USES THEREOF - A multi-lumen catheter for use in a cavity having a main lumen surrounded by a wall, and at least one access lumen positioned in or on the wall, the one access lumen conveys a solution to the cavity and said main lumen. A method for treating or preventing fluid or accumulation in a body cavity including (a) aseptically inserting through an incision at an insertion site the catheter comprising a main drainage lumen surrounded by a wall and the one access lumen positioned in or on the wall, (b) securing the inserted catheter by closing the incision with a suture, (c) infusing a physiological solution through the one access lumen to dilute a drainage fluid, (d) connecting a distal end of a main drainage lumen of the catheter to a suction drainage system, and (e) applying a vacuum force to the suction drainage system to remove the diluted drainage fluid.06-13-2013
20100298689SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING FLOW AND ENHANCING SNR PERFORMANCE IN PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPLICATIONS - The present disclosure provides systems and methods for combining photoacoustic/thermoacoustic imaging with power Doppler signal processing. More particularly, the disclosed systems and methods involve use of encoded Doppler signals in order to detect and image in vivo blood flow. The disclosed flow detection systems and methods may be used in photoacoustic imaging using PD to achieve, inter alia, enhanced signal-to-noise (SNR) and sensitivity performances. A method for detecting flow in a target region may involve (i) obtaining a encoded signal containing photoacoustic imaging data for the target region using a photoacoustic imaging system, (ii) decoding the encoded signal, (iii) passing the decoded signal through a demodulator and a low-pass filter, resulting in a base-band signal, (iv) passing the base-band signal through a wall filter, resulting in an uncluttered signal; and (iv) estimating the Ro value by integrating the power spectrum of the uncluttered signal.11-25-2010
20130184557MEDICAL FINDING SYSTEM WITH CONTROL MODULE FOR IMAGE ACQUISITION - In a finding system, a control system and a computer-implemented method to assess medical images, within the scope of a finding workflow a control module can be activated via which the user can enter control data at the finding system. The control data are automatically converted into control commands, which are transmitted to the acquisition system for execution. The acquisition system is expanded by an expansion module in order to transmit process data and status data to the finding system.07-18-2013
20130184556APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE BONE MINERAL DENSITY TO ASSES BONE FRACTURES RISK - The present invention relates to a method for estimating the Bone Mineral Density (BMD) using image data collected in emergency situation, i.e. without following specific protocols. In particular, the invention discloses a method for assessing the risk of bone fractures using as one indicator a BMD of one or more bones. The BMD is calculated using a universal constant which provides a value of BMD having a certain error in respect to its true value. However this error does not substantially affect the assessment of the risk of fracture of one or more bones.07-18-2013
20130184555ORAL CAVITY MOUNTED PHOTOACOUSTIC SENSING UNIT - An oral cavity mounted photoacoustic sensing unit is disclosed. The sensing unit may include a light source, a photoacoustic detector, and a support assembly. The support assembly may be configured such that the light source and the photoacoustic detector are fixably located relative to the buccal or sublingual tissue of a subject.07-18-2013
20130123603MEDICAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING MEDICAL IMAGE USING THE SAME - Disclosed is a medical device which displays an object relating to an image considered to include an indication relating to a pathological entity, such as, for example, a lesion, on a terminal on which a medical image is displayed, and a method for displaying a medical image by using the same. The medical device includes a display device, a communication device which communicates with an external device, and a controller which displays an image which includes the indication relating to a pathological entity on the display device when the communication device receives image information relating to a subject.05-16-2013
20130190592METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING THE VOLUME OF EPICARDIAL FAT FROM VOLUMETRIC IMAGES - Methods and systems are provided for determining the volume of epicardial fat of a heart, which include acquiring a plurality of volumetric image data representing the heart; morphologically characterizing a volume of interest represented by the volumetric image data, including identifying a predetermined number of reference contours of the heart; estimating the epicardial surface, Σ, according to a three-dimensional series expansion of vector spherical harmonic functions based on the reference contours; and determining the volume of epicardial fat based on the voxels which are located inside the estimated epicardial surface, Σ, and which have a grey level within a predetermined range, characteristic of fatty tissue.07-25-2013
20130190595Laser Optoacoustic Ultrasonic Imaging System (LOUIS) and Methods of Use - Provided herein are the systems, methods, components for a three-dimensional tomography system. The system is a dual-modality imaging system incorporates a laser ultrasonic system and a laser optoacoustic system. The dual-modality imaging system has means for generate tomographic images of a volume of interest in a subject body based on speed of sound, ultrasound attenuation and/or ultrasound backscattering and for generating optoacoustic tomographic images of distribution of the optical absorption coefficient in the subject body based on absorbed optical energy density or various quantitative parameters derivable therefrom. Also provided is a method for increasing contrast, resolution and accuracy of quantitative information obtained within a subject utilizing the dual-modality imaging system. The method comprises producing an image of an outline boundary of a volume of interest and generating spatially or temporally coregistered images based on speed of sound and/or ultrasonic attenuation and on absorbed optical energy within the outlined volume.07-25-2013
20130190596Dynamic Optoacoustic Angiography of Peripheral Vasculature - Provided herein are systems and methods for dynamic optoacoustic imaging of the peripheral vasculature. The system generally comprises a short pulse laser, a fiberoptic laser light delivery system, and imaging module, a scanning system, and electronics/computer system for system control and three-dimensional and two-dimensional optoacoustic image visualization. A method is provided for optoacoustic imaging of an appendage using the dynamic optoacoustic imaging system where an appendage of a subject is imaged under conditions of normal, maximum and minimum tolerable temperatures and displaying differential anatomical images of peripheral vasculature in the appendage and functional diagnostic parameters as a function of time and temperature. From this data medical conditions of the appendage may be diagnosed.07-25-2013
20130190591PHOTOACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER AND IMAGING SYSTEM - The invention disclosed herein features a photoacoustic scan head that includes laser fibers integrated into the housing of an arrayed ultrasound transducer using an optically transparent epoxy or other resin. The light-emitting ends of the fibers are positioned adjacent to the front surface of the transducer and direct laser light onto a subject being scanned by the transducer. The light beams generated by the fibers may be angled to intersect the acoustic field generated by the transducer so as to generate a photoacoustic effect in the region scanned by the transducer.07-25-2013
20130190590METHOD FOR ESTIMATING RADIATION EXPOSURE OF A PATIENT AND RADIATION EXPOSURE MONITORING SYSTEM THEREOF - A method for estimating radiation exposure of a patient arising from at least one medical image study of that patient is described. The method comprises obtaining radiation exposure information relating to a plurality of procedures for which there exists a potential exposure of the patient to radiation, performing anatomical alignment of the obtained radiation exposure information to at least one reference image, estimating a radiation dose per procedure, and calculating an aggregated radiation dose based at least partly on the estimated radiation doses.07-25-2013
20130190594Scanning Optoacoustic Imaging System with High Resolution and Improved Signal Collection Efficiency - Provided herein are scanning, high-resolution optoacoustic imaging systems or microscopes. Generally, the system/microscope comprises subsystems for scanning a tissue or object therein with a wavelength of electromagnetic energy, such as optical energy, collecting and detecting ultrasonic waves produced when the tissue or object absorbs the incident wavelength and converting the same to an electrical signal, and for processing, analyzing and displaying the electrical signal as a digital image. Specifically, the system/microscope utilizes an off-axis parabolic reflector with a high numerical aperture value for deep tissue visualization. Also, provided is a method for collecting volumetric image data voxel-by-voxel within a subject utilizing the imaging system or microscope. A series of voxels within the scanned tissue produces detectable ultrasonic waves that are collected by the off-axis parabolic reflector and processed as described as a high-resolution image of the tissue or object therein.07-25-2013
20130190593IMAGE DIAGNOSIS ASSISTANCE APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - An image diagnosis assistance apparatus calculates a first characteristic value based on an image feature of an image that is a diagnosis target, acquires a second characteristic value based on the findings information of the image input by a user via an operation unit, and performs diagnostic inference for a predetermined region of the image based on the first characteristic value, the second characteristic value, and the reliability of inference of the first characteristic value and the second characteristic value.07-25-2013
20130190589MULTIPLE PEAK ANALYSIS IN A PHOTOACOUSTIC SYSTEM - A physiological monitoring system may use photoacoustic sensing to determine one or more physiological parameters of a subject. A photoacoustic signal generated in response to a photonic signal may include multiple peaks as a result of multiple blood vessels and other structures below the surface of the skin of a subject. A photoacoustic system may identify a first and second peak in the photoacoustic signal and determine values from the peaks indicative of physiological parameters. Physiological parameters, such as venous oxygen saturation and arterial oxygen saturation, may be determined based on the values.07-25-2013
20110319744PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING METHOD - A region selecting means sequentially selects a plurality of partial regions, into which a range to be imaged of a subject is divided. A light irradiation detecting section detects light which is irradiated onto the subject from a laser light source. A signal obtaining section samples acoustic signals detected by probe elements corresponding to the selected partial region, and stores the acoustic signals in an element data memory. An image constructing section constructs a tomographic image of the subject based on the data read out from the element data memory. A synchronization correction processing section obtains the differences in the timings at which the light irradiation detecting section has detected irradiation of light, and corrects the temporal axes of the sampled data in the element data memory based on the obtained timing differences.12-29-2011
20120029339ACCOUNTING FOR FORWARD MOTION DURING PULLBACK OF AN ENDOLUMINAL IMAGING PROBE - Apparatus and methods are described for use with an endoluminal data-acquisition device configured to acquire endoluminal data points while moving through a lumen of a subject's body generally in a first direction with respect to the lumen. While the endoluminal data-acquisition device is being moved through the lumen, a plurality of endoluminal data points of the lumen are acquired using the endoluminal data-acquisition device. It is determined that, at least one location, two or more endoluminal data points were acquired. An output is generated using a portion of the plurality of endoluminal data points of the lumen acquired using the endoluminal data-acquisition device, by using only a single endoluminal data point corresponding to the location. Other applications are also described.02-02-2012
20120029338MEDICAL INSPECTION APPARATUS - A medical inspection apparatus includes a main body and an inspection module. The main body has at least two guide rails and at least two sliding blocks which are slidably coupled to the guide rails respectively, and the inspection module further includes at least one pivot, and each of the sliding blocks is pivotally connected to the inspection module with a pivot, so that the inspection module is capable of sliding on the sliding rail to regulate the height and rotating with respect to the pivot to regulate the inclination. Moreover, the main body has a first supporting component and a second supporting component, so that the combination of the first supporting component and the second supporting component can provide three-ended support for an inspected person.02-02-2012
20120029337Medical image diagnosis apparatus and image data processing apparatus - A medical image diagnosis apparatus and an image data processing apparatus that diagnoses vascular invasion status of a tumor and decides the most appropriate therapy method for the tumor by extracting tumor candidate regions and vascular regions based on extensive volume data derived from covering a therapy target organ, and specifying an adjacent vascular region existing within a prescribed scope from a gravity center of a tumor. The tumor candidate regions and vascular regions are generated as 3D image data or MPR image data for submitting a recommended therapy method for the tumor by adding branch data of the adjacent vascular.02-02-2012
20130197342OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS - The present invention employs an object information acquiring apparatus including a plurality of light irradiators irradiating light from a light source to an object; an intensity modulator modulating intensity of the irradiated light for each light irradiator; a plurality of acoustic detectors detecting an acoustic wave generated from the object; and an information processor producing internal characteristic information of the object by using the acoustic wave, wherein the information processor controls a weight of each acoustic detector in production of the characteristic information, based on the intensity of light in each light irradiator.08-01-2013
20130197343SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION REGARDING SUBJECT - A subject information obtaining apparatus sets certain sensitive regions corresponding to a plurality of acoustic wave detection elements on the basis of a sensitivity distribution of the plurality of acoustic wave detection elements, obtains initial sound pressure in a region of interest without using a detection signal corresponding to the region of interest obtained by an acoustic wave detection element whose certain sensitive region does not include the region of interest, obtains a value of integrated light intensity in the region of interest on the basis of the obtained initial sound pressure, and obtains an optical characteristic value in the region of interest using the obtained initial sound pressure and the value of the integrated light intensity.08-01-2013
20130197344PHOTO-ACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY - The present invention relates to a photo-acoustic tomography that can acquire a functional image for an inner part of a living body through generation of a local ultrasonic wave generated by energy that is introduced from a laser light source, and to a photo-acoustic tomography using a semiconductor laser and an optical fiber power amplifying device in order to increase resolution and an image acquisition time of an image, a photo-acoustic tomography that can acquire a high-sensitive image even in a place where a penetration depth is large through energy modulation, and a high-sensitive high-speed photo-acoustic tomography that can acquire a high-speed image by placing an array-type laser light source.08-01-2013
20130197345ULTRASONIC PROBE AND INSPECTION APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE ULTRASONIC PROBE - An ultrasonic probe includes a light irradiating portion configured to radiate light for generating ultrasonic waves from a light absorber, an ultrasonic transducing portion configured to transduce the ultrasonic waves to an electric signal, and a light guide member configured to introduce light from a light source to the light irradiating portion. A light irradiating region of the light irradiating portion is included within an ultrasonic receiving region of the ultrasonic transducing portion.08-01-2013
20120035455Initiating a Scan in a Medical Imaging System - A method of initiating a scan in a medical imaging device includes detecting a patient-ready signal from a magnetically and radiographically inert communication device and automatically initiating the scan upon detecting the patient-ready signal.02-09-2012
20130204111Wireless Pressure Wire System with Integrated Power - A sensor wire system with an integrated power source and wireless transmission is provided. A sensor wire includes a distal end that is inserted into a blood vessel of a patient's body. A sensor that is mounted at the distal end of the sensor wire and an electronics unit of the distal end of the sensor wire transmit information generated by the sensor to a receiver unit outside of the patient's body wirelessly. The system further includes a power source, which in one example is mounted to the distal end of the sensor wire, that supplies power to the electronics unit. Preferably the wire body functions as an antenna for the wireless broadcasting.08-08-2013
20130204112PERFUSION ASSESSMENT USING TRANSMISSION LASER SPECKLE IMAGING - Methods and apparatus for measuring perfusion using transmission laser speckle imaging are provided. The apparatus comprises a coherent light source and a detector configured to measure transmitted light associated with an unfocused image at one or more locations. The coherent light source and detector are positioned in a transmission geometry. The apparatus further comprises means for securing the coherent light source and the detector to the tissue sample in a fixed transmission geometry relative to the tissue sample. The apparatus may further comprise at least one processor to receive information from the detector and process detected variations in transmitted light intensity to determine a single metric of perfusion. The method may comprise the steps transilluminating a tissue sample with coherent light, recording spatial and/or temporal variations in the transmitted light signal, determining speckle contrast value(s), and computing a metric of perfusion.08-08-2013
20130204113MULTI-MODALITY COMPACT BORE IMAGING SYSTEM - A multi-modality imaging system (08-08-2013
20120302865SUBJECT 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 source, and the probe are covered by the cover, wherein the cover has a first aperture for inserting the subject as part of a subject person into the cover, and a second aperture which can be opened and closed so that an operator can perform a procedure by inserting a hand of the operator into the cover in the position in which the plane extending each of the plates crosses the cover, is used.11-29-2012
20130211227Method and System for Differential Diagnosis of Chronic Schizophrenia and Chronic Alcoholism - Biomarker diagnosis of chronic schizophrenia in the presence of cognitive impairment is confirmed when Phosphocreatine (PCr) levels are increased, compared to normal levels, in both the left and right prefrontal cortices of the brain, with increased PCr specifically also in the left basal ganglia and also reduced NA/Cr08-15-2013

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