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20130030289METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEDICAL IMAGING USING NEAR-INFRARED OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHY AND FLOURESCENCE TOMOGRAPHY COMBINED WITH ULTRASOUND - Methods and apparatus for medical imaging using diffusive optical tomography and fluorescent diffusive optical tomography are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for medical imaging comprises, scanning a tissue volume with near-infrared light to obtain structural parameters, wherein the tissue volume includes a biological entity, scanning the tissue volume with near-infrared light to obtain optical and fluorescence measurements of the scanned volume, segmenting the scanned volume into a first region and a second region, and reconstructing an optical image and a fluorescence image of at least a portion of the scanned volume from the structural parameters and the optical and fluorescence measurements. In another embodiment an apparatus for medical imaging is disclosed.01-31-2013
20130030288IMAGE DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS INCLUDING X-RAY IMAGE TOMOSYNTHESIS DEVICE AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGE DEVICE AND IMAGE DIAGNOSIS METHOD USING THE SAME - Provided are an image diagnosis apparatus and an image diagnosis method using the same. The image diagnosis apparatus includes an X-ray image tomosynthesis device fixing an object using an object fixing unit, the X-ray image tomosynthesis device generating an image tomosynthesis signal by irradiating a plurality of X-rays into the object, a photoacoustic image device fixing the object using the object fixing unit, the photoacoustic image device generating an ultrasonic signal by scanning the object using a photoacoustic light source, an image processing device for processing image signals transmitted from the X-ray image tomosynthesis device and the photoacoustic image device to generate a three-dimensional (3D) image, and a display device for displaying the 3D image generated from the image processing device. The image diagnosis apparatus may realize internal tissues of the object into a clear 3D image.01-31-2013
20110137158Radiation Treatment Planning and Delivery for Moving Targets in the Heart - Method and systems are disclosed for radiating a moving target inside a heart. The method includes acquiring sequential volumetric representations of an area of the heart and defining a target tissue region and/or a radiation sensitive structure region in 3D for a first of the representations. The target tissue region and/or radiation sensitive structure region are identified for another of the representations by an analysis of the area of the heart from the first representation and the other representation. Radiation beams to the target tissue region are fired in response to the identified target tissue region and/or radiation sensitive structure region from the other representation.06-09-2011
20110196230RADIATION THERAPY APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND RADIATION THERAPY APPARATUS CONTROLLER - A radiation therapy apparatus control method includes: calculating a plurality of degrees of similarity corresponding to a plurality of matching target areas based on a radiographic image; calculating a specific image position where a specific image area corresponding to a maximum value of the degrees of similarity out of the matching target areas is positioned in the radiographic image; and calculating a drive amount with which a therapeutic radiation ray irradiation device is driven, based on the specific image position. The operation of calculating the one degree of similarity corresponding to the one matching target region out of the degrees of similarity includes: referring to a template table in which the plurality of matching target areas are associated with a plurality of sets of templates to calculate a set of templates corresponding to the one matching target area out of the plurality of sets of templates; and detecting, from the set of templates, a similar template most similar to a matching target image displayed in the one matching target area of the radiographic image.08-11-2011
20120245463TOMOSYNTHESIS APPARATUS AND METHOD - A tomosynthesis apparatus has an x-ray source to generate an x-ray beam directed toward an x-ray detector and a support plate and a compression plate between which a breast can be positioned. The compression plate has a compression surface that is concave toward the support plate, and is provided with at least one through-hole into which an ultrasound transducer is inserted for a sonographic data acquisition.09-27-2012
20120245462Multiple Sclerosis Therapeutic Methods and Associated Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal jugular veins (IJV) or azygous veins (AZV). In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's IJV or AZV veins are provided.09-27-2012
20100145193PHASE-FREE CARDIAC ROADMAPPING - According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a cardiac roadmapping technique is provided, that does not rely on the prerequisite of a phase-centric pairing of the angiogram and life images. Instead, both the pairing and accurate registration of the images are combined within a single operation, for example by using a multi-device map. This may provide for robust and precise cardiac roadmapping.06-10-2010
20120265061HIGH SPEED ELASTOGRAPHIC PROPERTY MAPPING OF LUMENS UTILIZING MICROPALPATION DELIVERED FROM AN OCT-EQUIPPED CATHETER TIP - A method for performing elastographic deformation mapping of tissues and plaques comprises: introducing a distal portion of a catheter to an interior of an interior body of a patient; applying, from a palpator in the distal portion, one of a directed fluid or a mechanical indenter to produce a surface-applied palpation force to a target area of the interior body to mechanically displace the interior body and cause elastographic deformation of the target area of one or more surface and subsurface tissues and plaques; and directing and delivering an OCT (optical coherence tomography) beam, from an OCT imaging sensor in the distal portion, for OCT deformation detection including elastographic deformation measurement to provide elastographic mapping of the target area.10-18-2012
20100041986ABLATION AND MONITORING SYSTEM INCLUDING A FIBER OPTIC IMAGING CATHETER AND AN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM - An ablation and monitoring system comprises a catheter, an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system, and an ablation generator. The catheter comprises one or more optical fibers to transmit a light beam to a tissue material and collect a reflected light from the tissue material. The OCT system is in optical communication with the catheter via the one or more optical fibers, providing the light beam to the one or more optical fibers and receiving the reflected light from the one or more optical fibers. The ablation generator is in electrical communication with the OCT system and with the catheter. The ablation generator provides radio frequency energy to the catheter for ablating the tissue material, monitors and assesses the ablation based on an information signal received from the OCT system.02-18-2010
20090124895IMAGING SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL NEEDLE PROCEDURES - A method for planning a needle path is provided. The method includes displaying a restricted region on a display, the restricted region being defined by spatial limitations of an imaging system and a location of a selected target point; and selecting a skin entry point outside the restricted region.05-14-2009
20130090555DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING FRACTIONAL FLOW RESERVE IN THE PRESENCE OF A CATHETER - Devices, systems, and methods for obtaining fractional flow reserve in the presence of a catheter. In an exemplary embodiment of a method of determining a fractional flow reserve in the presence of a catheter, the method comprises the steps of obtaining measurements of an inner luminal organ diameter proximal to, at, and distal to a stenosis and a length of the stenosis, obtaining a pressure drop measurement at the stenosis using a catheter, calculating a volumetric flow of fluid through the inner luminal organ at the stenosis based upon the pressure drop measurement at the stenosis using the catheter, the inner luminal organ diameter proximal to and distal to the stenosis, the length of the stenosis, and a difference between a known outer diameter of the catheter and a known outer diameter of a guidewire, and determining a stenotic pressure drop at the stenosis corresponding to dimensions of the guidewire as a function of the calculated volumetric flow of fluid through the inner luminal organ at the stenosis, wherein the stenotic pressure drop is indicative of a fractional flow reserve at or near the stenosis.04-11-2013
20090318801DETERMINING RESPIRATORY OR CIRCULATORY HEALTH CONDITION IN ANIMALS FOR IMPROVED MANAGEMENT - A method and system for managing at least one animal is disclosed. The method can include imaging, such as ultrasound imaging, a lung of a live animal, such as a ruminant animal or bovine animal. The imaging can be performed to determine a degree of respiratory damage from past respiratory illness. After imaging, information regarding respiratory damage can be used to select at least one aspect of the treatment, care or disposition of the animal. For example, the information can be used to select the amount or type of feed provided to the animal at a feedlot. The information also can be used to select how long the animal should be housed at the feedlot prior to slaughter. If an animal is diagnosed with a respiratory illness, information about its degree of respiratory damage from past respiratory illness also can be used to select the appropriate medical treatment or lack of treatment.12-24-2009
20090093713Vasculature and lymphatic system imaging and ablation associated with a local bypass - Devices, methods, and systems related to imaging and ablation are disclosed.04-09-2009
20090270724SCANNED BEAM DEVICE AND METHOD USING SAME WHICH MEASURES THE REFLECTANCE OF PATIENT TISSUE - Methods for ascertaining, and responding to, a tissue characteristic of a surface region of patient tissue are disclosed. A scanned beam device is used to transmit a beam of sensing radiation to impinge on the surface region and to measure the reflectance of the surface region from the collected radiation returned from the surface region. The tissue characteristic of the surface region is determined from the measured reflectance, wherein the tissue characteristic is different from but related to the measured reflectance. In a first method, an indication of the determined tissue characteristic is provided, wherein the indication is other than a displayed image of the surface region. In a second method, wherein the patient tissue is undergoing medical treatment, the medical treatment is automatically modified as a function of the determined tissue characteristic. A scanned beam device having a scanning beam unit, a collector, and a controller is also disclosed.10-29-2009
20120226156MEIBOMIAN GLAND IMAGING - A method of evaluating dry eye in humans wherein the flow of naturally occurring secretion to the eye is reduced or stopped due to the presence of an obstruction of a meibomian gland in the eyelid involves applying a pressure to the eyelid that mimics pressure applied during blinking; and simultaneously imaging the glands to diagnose the condition of the meibomian gland. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.09-06-2012
20120226155Therapeutic Ablation Devices, Systems, and Methods for Multiple Sclerosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Pulmonary Embolism - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal pulmonary veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's pulmonary veins are provided.09-06-2012
20120226154Pulmonary Embolism Therapeutic Methods Using Therapeutic Inflatable Occlusive Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal pulmonary veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's pulmonary veins are provided.09-06-2012
20120226153Deep Vein Thrombosis Diagnostic Methods and Associated Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal peripheral veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's peripheral veins are provided.09-06-2012
20130066197SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BLOOD VESSEL STENOSIS VISUALIZATION AND NAVIGATION - A system and method for blood vessel stenosis visualization and navigation is disclosed. The CT system includes a rotatable gantry having an opening to receive a patient, an x-ray source positioned on the rotatable gantry to project x-rays toward a region-of-interest (ROI) of the patient that includes a plurality of blood vessels, an x-ray detector positioned on the rotatable gantry to receive x-rays emitted by the x-ray source and attenuated by the ROI, and a DAS operably connected to the x-ray detector. The CT system also includes a computer programmed to obtain CT image data for the ROI, reconstruct a 3D image of the plurality of blood vessels from the CT image data, automatically detect pathologies in the plurality of blood vessels, and identify the pathologies in the plurality of blood vessels on the 3D image, with a severity of the pathology being indicated on the 3D image.03-14-2013
20100121183METHODS FOR MOTION COMPENSATED IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION AND SYSTEM RELATED THERETO - Featured are methods for reconstruction of images acquired from any of a number of scanning devices or apparatuses known to those skilled in the art which methods are established so as to provide a mechanism for compensating for motion of an object being imaged. Such methods of the present invention are such as to allow the clinician to select one or more specific methodologies that is appropriate for the expected motion, severity or complexity of the motion and efficient processing of projection data. Also feature are systems, apparatuses, software code and computer readable media which embody such methodologies.05-13-2010
20120271164METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ORGAN SPECIFIC PET IMAGING - An imaging system, including (1) a CT scanner configured to scan an object arranged on a patient pallet; (2) a PET scanner, including a first detector portion, including first detector elements, arranged circumferentially around the patient pallet, the first detector portion having a predetermined axial extent and transaxially subtending less than 360 degrees with respect to a central axis of the scanner; and a second detector portion, including second detector elements, arranged separately from and opposing the first detector portion, wherein the second detector elements are of a different type than the first detector elements, and the second detector portion is configured to be movable radially and circumferentially around the object; and (3) an acquisition subsystem configured to acquire first event data from the first detector portion and to acquire second event data from the second detector portion.10-25-2012
20110009742ADAPTIVE RADIOTHERAPY TREATMENT USING ULTRASOUND - Radiation treatment is delivered to a patient by positioning the patient such that a radiation beam is delivered to a lesion within the patient along a beam-delivery path while securing a diagnostic imaging device about the patient such that the diagnostic imaging device does not intersect the beam-delivery path. Radiation therapy is simultaneously delivered along the beam-delivery path while diagnostic images are obtained using the imaging device.01-13-2011
20120226152Tumor Tracking System and Method for Radiotherapy - A system and method for tracking a tumor includes a regression module for selecting, using a motion signal and a regression function, a feature signal from a set of feature signals, each feature signal in the set of feature signals represents a medical image of the body of the patient, wherein the motion signal represents a motion of a surface of a skin of the patient caused by the respiration, and wherein the regression function is trained based on a set of observations of the motion signal synchronized with the set of feature signals; and a registration module for determining the location of the target object using the feature signal and a registration function, wherein the registration function registers each feature signal to a breath-hold location of the target object identified.09-06-2012
20090018437Radiographic imaging method and apparatus - A reference frame is described for use in a radiographic procedure. The reference frame is positionable relative to a joint or bone to be imaged, and is radio-transparent. The frame has embedded or affixed thereto a plurality of computer recognizable radio opaque markers. A method of obtaining three dimensional images of bones and joints using the frame is described.01-15-2009
20100210940CT-Guided Focused Ultrasound for Stroke Treatment - Techniques and systems are disclosed for performing mechanical ablation of blood clots using low-intensity ultrasound. A system includes a computed tomography (CT) scanner to acquire axial scans of a target subject containing at least one intravascular blood clot, and generate volumetric CT data of the target subject based on the acquired axial scans. A data processing device is in communication with the CT scanner to process the generated volumetric CT data, and identify at least one parameter of an ultrasound beam to ablate the at least one intravascular blood clot based on the processed volumetric CT data. Also, an ultrasound ablation device is in communication with the data processing device to generate the ultrasound beam based on the identified at least one parameter, and apply the generated ultrasound beam with the identified at least one parameter to ablate the at least one intravascular blood clot.08-19-2010
20110282192MULTIMODAL DEPTH-RESOLVING ENDOSCOPE - A fiber-optic multimodal multi-spectral (MS), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), photoacoustic (PA) endoscope with beam scanning by a two-dimensional Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) scanner present in the endoscopic head, combined in a synergetic way in a single endoscopic system. The PA, OCT and MS light sources are coupled to the endoscopic head through an optical switcher. Using a single optical endoscopic head and an electro-optical switch the endoscope of the invention is capable of sequential or parallel MS, OCT and PA imaging. The endoscope provides real-time imaging with a rate of 5 to 60 frames per second for each of the three imaging modalities.11-17-2011
20110282189METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINATION OF 3D POSITIONS AND ORIENTATIONS OF SURGICAL OBJECTS FROM 2D X-RAY IMAGES - In a method, a system and a computer readable storage medium encoded with programming instructions, as well as a calculation module for three-dimensional presentation of at least two separate surgical objects within a medical procedure, access to three-dimensional models for the surgical objects takes place based on an acquired two-dimensional x-ray image with the surgical objects. The accessed three-dimensional models are integrated into the acquired two-dimensional x-ray image in order to be shown as a modified x-ray image. The modified x-ray image includes position information, relative positions and orientations of the surgical objects.11-17-2011
20110282191OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY FOR NEURAL-SIGNAL APPLICATIONS - An electrode carrier includes multiple electrodes, each electrode having a contact located at a different position along a distal end of the carrier, and multiple optical fibers, each associated with one of the electrodes and having an end face proximate to the contact of the associated electrode. Each optical fiber end face may capture optical information from tissue adjacent to the associated contact. The electrode carrier may be used for interfacing with an OCT system and a neural signal system.11-17-2011
20110282190COMBINED ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL TOOLS - A probe assembly includes a forward-imaging optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe having a field of view and an instrument, adjacent to the probe, for performing manipulations at least within the OCT field of view.11-17-2011
20100268072METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POSITIONAL TRACKING OF THERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER - A therapeutic ultrasound tracking system (10-21-2010
20100268073Verifying Lesion Characteristics Using Beam Shapes - A patient's lesion is localized for the purpose of administering radiation treatment by obtaining a beam shape representation along one or more beam directions of a radiation treatment device. An image corresponding to the lesion is obtained from each beam direction, and the beam shape and image are fixed to a common coordinate system to facilitate alignment.10-21-2010
20130023766METHOD AND X-RAY DEVICE FOR TEMPORAL UP-TO-DATE REPRESENTATION OF A MOVING SECTION OF A BODY, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND DATA CARRIER - A computer-implemented method for temporal up-to-date representation of a moving section of a body is provided. A first x-ray image data record is provided containing the moving section in a specific movement phase and a first 2D x-ray image and a 3D x-ray image superimposed and registered with one another. 2D x-ray images are repeatedly recorded each containing the moving section. 3D ultrasound images are repeatedly recorded each containing the moving section. Extended 2D x-ray images are created from the 2D x-ray images using the first x-ray images data record. The 3D ultrasound images are used as intermediaries for movement correction. The extended 2D images are displayed.01-24-2013
20110288407MODEL-BASED EXTENSION OF FIELD-OF-VIEW IN NUCLEAR IMAGING - A CT imaging system (11-24-2011
20120190975NANOPARTICLES FOR USE IN TUMOR DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY - The present invention relates to diagnostic and therapeutic nanoparticles. More particularly, the present invention relates to creating a copper (Cu)-based nanoparticle and a method for making the same. The Cu-based nanoparticles can further be incorporated with additional therapeutic or diagnostic compounds and used for the diagnosis and treatment of tumors.07-26-2012
20120022367Chemically-selective, label free, microendoscopic system based on coherent anti-stokes raman scattering and microelectromechanical fiber optic probe - An endoscopic microscopic system for collecting and processing a sequence of images in order to provide diagnosis and treatment.01-26-2012
20120190976METHODS AND DEVICES FOR TARGETED INJECTION OF MICROSPHERES - A “Smart Micro-catheter” (SMC) system comprising a device for controlled particle release and drug delivery into a blood vessel, hepatic artery or any patho-physiological target is disclosed. Methods of using the micro-catheter system for optimal targeted delivery of therapeutic microspheres comprising using subject-specific computer simulations of particle-hemodynamics are further provided.07-26-2012
20120035470RADIATION TREATMENT DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH OUTWARDLY MOVABLE RADIATION TREATMENT HEAD EXTENDING FROM RING GANTRY - Systems, methods, and related computer program products for image-guided radiation treatment (IGRT) are described. For one preferred embodiment, an IGRT apparatus is provided comprising a gantry frame including a ring member, the ring member being rotatable around a substantially horizontal, longitudinally extending central axis, the ring member having first and second horizontally opposing ends. The IGRT apparatus further comprises a radiation treatment head coupled to the ring member by an arm member, the arm member being connected to the ring member at an arm member base. Preferably, the IGRT apparatus is further characterized in that the arm member extends outwardly from the first end of the ring member in a direction away from the second end and is supported only by the arm member base, and the radiation treatment head is dynamically movable in at least a longitudinal direction toward and away from the first end of the ring member.02-09-2012
20120108958ANTIPROTON PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY FOR IMAGING AND TERMINATION OF UNDESIRABLE CELLS - Systems and methods for using antiprotons for terminating unwanted or undesirable cells which can be used in the treatment of conditions caused by the existence and/or proliferation of such undesirable cells. Such conditions include cardiovascular ailments, Parkinson's disease, wet macular degeneration, endocrine disorders, dermatological ailments, and cancer. Because of the unique nature of antiprotons and their annihilation characteristics, the preferred antiproton delivery device (05-03-2012
20120108957Apparatus And Method For Cardiac Ablation - Cardiac mapping and ablation include a multi-electrode catheter introduced percutaneously into a subject's heart and deployable adjacent to various endocardial sites. The electrodes are connectable to a mapping unit, an ablation power unit a pacing unit, all of which are under computer control. Intracardiac electrogram signals emanated from a tachycardia site of origin are detectable by the electrodes. Their arrival times are processed to generate various visual maps to provide real-time guidance for steering the catheter to the tachycardia site of origin. In another aspect, the system also includes a physical imaging system which is capable of providing different imaged physical views of the catheter and the heart. These physical views are incorporated into the various visual maps to provide a more physical representation. Once the electrodes are on top of the tachycardia site of origin, electrical energy is supplied by the ablation power unit to effect ablation.05-03-2012
20090088634TOOL TRACKING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMAGE GUIDED SURGERY - In one embodiment of the invention, a tool tracking system is disclosed including a computer usable medium having computer readable program code to receive images of video frames from at least one camera and to perform image matching of a robotic instrument to determine video pose information of the robotic instrument within the images. The tool tracking system further includes computer readable program code to provide a state-space model of a sequence of states of corrected kinematics information for accurate pose information of the robotic instrument. The state-space model receives raw kinematics information of mechanical pose information and adaptively fuses the mechanical pose information and the video pose information together to generate the sequence of states of the corrected kinematics information for the robotic instrument. Additionally disclosed are methods for image guided surgery.04-02-2009
20080242979Combined X-ray detector and ultrasound imager - An imaging system is disclosed that includes a first imaging panel and a second imaging panel disposed about an imaging volume. The imaging panels may be configured to image the entire imaging volume and may include panels using any form of acoustic or electromagnetic energy such as ultrasound panels, optical panels, electrical impedance panels, field emitter/x-ray detector panels, or a combination thereof. In one embodiment, a first group of sensors are included in a 2D matrix of sensors configured to transmit ultrasound through the imaging volume to a second group of sensors included in a second 2D matrix of sensors and vice versa. In a second embodiment the system may further include a second imaging system having a transmitter, a receiver, or both, disposed adjacent the first imaging panel, the second imaging panel, or both. A third embodiment may include at least one additional imaging panel.10-02-2008
20090124896METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PLANNING AND/OR MONITORING AN INTERVENTIONAL HIGH-FREQUENCY THERMOABLATION - In a method as well as a device for planning and/or monitoring an interventional high-frequency thermoablation, 3D image data of a region (05-14-2009
20110230759MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE COMPRISING RADIOGRAPHIC ACQUISITION MEANS AND GUIDE MEANS FOR ULTRASOUND PROBE - A device for medical imaging is provided. The device includes an X-ray acquisition means configured to acquire data representative of an object. The X-ray acquisition means includes; an arm comprising a radiation source; a radiation detector; a planar object support; and a pad. The device further includes an ultrasound probe capable of being shifted manually by a user; a processor configured to produce at least one image of the object from data acquired by the X-ray acquisition means; and determine a path between a position of the ultrasound probe and a position in the object corresponding to a selected zone in said image; and a guide of the ultrasound probe configured to facilitate shifting the ultrasound probe along the path between a position of the ultrasound probe and the position in the object corresponding to the selected zone in the at least one image.09-22-2011
20120078090FRAMELESS RADIOSURGERY TREATMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method of compensating for breathing and other motions of a patient during treatment includes periodically generating internal positional data about an internal target region. The method further includes continuously generating external positional data about external motion of the patient's body using an external sensor and generating a correlation model between the position of the internal target region and the external sensor using the external positional data of the external sensor and the internal positional data of the internal target region. The method further includes predicting the position of the internal target region at some later time based on the correlation model.03-29-2012
20120078089METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING MEDICAL IMAGES - A method for generating a hybrid imaging volume includes acquiring a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging dataset of an object using a PET imaging system, the PET imaging dataset including at least one motion affected portion and at least one non-motion affected portion, identifying a motion affected portion of the PET imaging dataset, motion correcting the identified portion of the PET imaging dataset to generate a hybrid portion, and constructing a hybrid PET image volume using the hybrid portion and the at least one non-motion affected portion. A system for implementing the method is also described herein.03-29-2012
20090221911BIOLOGICAL OBSERVATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A biological observation apparatus according to the present invention includes a sound wave radiating unit that radiates a sound wave into an object to be examined in living tissue, a light radiating unit that radiates light into the object, a light interfering unit that makes the light radiated from the light radiating unit interfere with light reflected from an area where the sound wave reaches and radiates interference light, a light detector that detects the interference light radiated from the light interfering unit and outputs an interference signal corresponding to the interference light, and a calculation unit that calculates the amount of frequency modulation of the radiated light based on the interference signal outputted from the light detector and calculates a difference value between the two adjacent amounts of frequency modulation in sequence.09-03-2009
20120197113ULTASONIC PROBE WITH ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCERS ADDRESSABLE ON COMMON ELECTRICAL CHANNEL - Methods and apparatus are provided for electrically addressing multiple ultrasonic transducers that are connected to a common electrical channel and housed within an imaging probe. An imaging probe may comprise an imaging ultrasonic transducer and a moveable element for controlling the direction of an emitted imaging beam, and an angle sensing ultrasonic transducer, where the angle sensing ultrasonic transducer is configured for determining the direction of an ultrasonic imaging beam. The angle-sensing transducer may be configured to direct an angle sensing ultrasonic beam towards an acoustically reflective substrate and provide a signal by detecting a reflected ultrasonic beam reflected from the acoustically reflective substrate, where the acoustically reflective substrate is positioned relative to the movable element such that motion of the movable element produces a change in the signal.08-02-2012
20130123616Medical Workflow System and Method - A method of conducting a medical workflow with a touch-sensitive bedside controller is disclosed. The method includes initiating a medical workflow using a graphical user interface on the bedside controller, positioning an imaging tool within a patient's body based on images captured by the imaging tools and displayed on the bedside controller, controlling the commencement and termination of a recordation of images captured by the imaging tool using the graphical user interface on the bedside controller, navigating through the recorded images to identify an image of interest using the graphical user interface on the bedside controller, and performing measurements on the image of interest using the graphical user interface on the bedside controller.05-16-2013
20100160775System For Non-Invasive Heart Treatment - The invention provides a non-invasive method for treatment of arrhythmia. In a first aspect, a method for treatment of atrial fibrillation in a heart of a patient comprises directing radiation from outside the patient toward one or more target treatment regions of the heart so as to inhibit the atrial fibrillation. The radiation may induce isolation of a pulmonary vein.06-24-2010
20130218009CHARGED PARTICLE THERAPY PATIENT CONSTRAINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF - The invention comprises a rapid patient positioning system including a computer and motor controlled patient constraint system, such as a patient head and/or back support system having multiple adjustable degrees of freedom that facilitates accurate, precise, and rapid alignment of a patient relative to a support or table. The patient support system is preferably integrated with a rapid patient positioning system including steps of: positioning a patient relative to the table in a substantially vertical orientation, transitioning the table through a semi-vertical orientation, such as with a robot arm, and orientating the patient and the table in a substantially horizontal orientation, such as in a position for charged particle tumor therapy. Preferably, the robot arm is in common with an arm used to move the patient in traditional proton therapy.08-22-2013
20110028832Shock wave therapy apparatus having an integrated X-ray device - The invention relates to a combined shock wave therapy and X-ray apparatus having an oblique arrangement of a stand (02-03-2011
20120143051MULTI-FIELD CHARGED PARTICLE CANCER THERAPY METHOD AND APPARATUS COORDINATED WITH PATIENT RESPIRATION - The invention relates generally to treatment of solid cancers. More particularly, the invention relates to a multi-field imaging and/or a multi-field charged particle cancer therapy method and apparatus coordinated with patient respiration via use of feedback sensors used to monitor and/or control patient respiration. Preferably, the multi-field imaging, such as X-ray imaging, and the charged particle therapy are performed on a patient in a partially immobilized and repositionable position. X-ray and/or proton delivery is timed to patient respiration via control of charged particle beam injection, acceleration, extraction, and/or targeting methods and apparatus.06-07-2012
20110040177AUTOMATED VESSEL REPAIR SYSTEM, DEVICES AND METHODS - Systems, devices and automated methods for minimally invasive surgery. A device is fabricated of bio-compatible semiconductor elements, and can be assembled, delivered, navigated and implanted by automated methods, using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology.02-17-2011
20110125011IMAGE-BASED BIOPSY GUIDANCE METHOD - When performing image-guided biopsy of an anatomical structure in a patient, a target anatomical patient region containing biopsy target is imaged using both SPECT and XCT concurrently. 3D SPECT and XCT image data is fused to generate a fused 3D reference image (05-26-2011
20110125010INCUBATOR FOR NON-IONISING RADIATION IMAGING - An incubator for imaging with non-ionising radiation adapted for the care of newborn babies, which integrates a system projective or tomographic imaging system, or both simultaneously, which makes use of non-ionising radiation in the band of the electromagnetic spectrum included between ultraviolet light and far infrared, a system which can be used to view a subject (05-26-2011
20100191105Diagnostic 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
20110152678METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PASSIVE RESIDUAL LUNG VOLUME REDUCTION AND FUNCTIONAL LUNG VOLUME EXPANSION - The volume of a hyperinflated lung compartment is reduced by sealing a distal end of the catheter in an airway feeding the lung compartment. Air passes out of the lung compartment through a passage in the catheter while the patient exhales. A one-way flow element associated with the catheter prevents air from re-entering the lung compartment as the patient inhales. Over time, the pressure of regions surrounding the lung compartment cause it to collapse as the volume of air diminishes. Residual volume reduction effectively results in functional lung volume expansion. Optionally, the lung compartment may be sealed in order to permanently prevent air from re-entering the lung compartment.06-23-2011
20120245461Therapeutic Inflatable Occlusive Devices, Systems, and Methods for Multiple Sclerosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Pulmonary Embolism - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Multiple Sclerosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and/or Pulmonary Embolism or symptoms associated with these maladies. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Multiple Sclerosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and/or Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's veins are provided.09-27-2012
20100069747DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS - A diagnosis apparatus in which a lesion in the large intestine can be diagnosed with high precision by detecting pits is provided. A three-dimensional optical tomographic image is obtained by the configuration of an apparatus using an endoscope and an optical probe, images in X-Y planes perpendicular to the depth direction of a living body tissue are cut out at a plurality of depth positions, based on the three-dimensional tomographic image data, and a pit pattern shape highlighted image is generated from their average image to perform diagnostic support.03-18-2010
20110077511Integrated PET/CT System - The present invention provides an integrated PET/CT system that can simultaneously or sequentially take PET pictures and CT pictures, in which an integrated PET detector module is formed by packaging a plurality of PET (Positron Emission Tomography) detectors in a can or a cartridge, an integrated PET/CT detector module is formed by mounting a front end of a flat-panel x-ray detector at the PET detector, and the PET/CT detecting modules are mounted to a gantry.03-31-2011
20120302880SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SPECIFICITY-BASED MULTIMODALITY THREE- DIMENSIONAL OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING - A system and method for specificity-based multimodality three-dimensional optical tomography imaging comprises steps of: optical imaging to obtain a light intensity of body surface optical signal of an imaging target; CT imaging to obtain structure volume data; establishing an equation representing a linear relationship between the distribution of the obtained light intensity of body surface optical signal of the imaging target, the obtained CT discrete mesh data and the distribution of unknown internal self-luminescence light sources; establishing a dynamic sparse regularization target function in every iteration for the equation; and reconstructing a tomography image. The present invention well considers the optical specificity of tissue, in which there is a non-uniform optical characteristic parameter distribution within the same tissue when finite element modeling is used, which is closer to the real situation, so that an accurate imaging effect is achieved.11-29-2012
20120277580SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DILUTING BLOOD IN A VESSEL - A device for delivering fluid inside a vessel includes an elongated member having a proximal end, a distal end, and a channel extending between the proximal end and the distal end, and a first port located at the distal end, wherein the first port is in fluid communication with the channel, wherein the first port faces at least partially towards a proximal direction.11-01-2012
20120277581X-RAY MOVING IMAGE RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS - An X-ray moving image radiographing apparatus includes an X-ray detector configured to detect an X-ray transmitting through a subject to acquire a subject image, an image processing unit configured to process an X-ray radiographic image output from the X-ray detector, and a control unit configured to capture a mask image by selectively scanning X-ray focal positions of an X-ray source which has a plurality of X-ray focal points so that an X-ray incident angle varies with respect to a target point of the subject, and to capture a moving image after a predetermined work is performed on the subject by selectively scanning X-ray focal positions of the X-ray source similar to the scanning operation used to capture the mask image.11-01-2012
20090005678Method for determining and displaying an access corridor to a target area in the brain of a patient - A computer-implemented method is disclosed for determining and displaying an access corridor to a target area in the brain of a patient, as well as an imaging arrangement suited to this. In at least one embodiment, the method includes a) generating a first image of the brain via positron emission tomography, b) discriminating the target area relative to its surroundings via electronic image processing, c) generating a second image of the brain via magnetic resonance imaging while acquiring at least one anatomical structure, d) generating a third image of the brain via an imaging method displaying physiological processes for identifying at least one functional area of the brain that must not be injured in any circumstances, e) determining an access corridor to the target area while omitting the at least one functional area of the brain, and f) generating and displaying a fourth image of the brain in which the target area, the at least one functional area of the brain, the at least one anatomical structure and the access corridor are displayed, wherein steps a) to d) are carried out, one after another in quick succession, in a single frame of reference without repositioning the patient, or are even carried out simultaneously.01-01-2009
20110257518COMPUTER-AIDED OSTEOPLASTY SURGERY SYSTEM - A method for performing computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery includes the steps of: (10-20-2011
20110021907BIOMEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND BIOMEDICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION METHOD - A biomedical imaging apparatus according to the present invention includes: an ultrasound generating section configured to output ultrasound to a predetermined region in an object under examination; an illuminating light generating section configured to emit illuminating light to the predetermined region upon which the ultrasound is incident; a phase component detecting section configured to time-resolve return light of the illuminating light emitted to the predetermined region, from the first time point to the Nth time point, and thereby detect the first to the Nth phase components of the return light corresponding to the first time point to the Nth time point; and a computing section configured to perform a process for subtracting a sum of the first to the (N−1)th phase components from the Nth phase component based on the phase components detected by the phase component detecting section.01-27-2011
20100191104Imaging Device for Fused Mammography with Independantly Moveabe Imaging Systems of Different Modalities - An apparatus for use in performing imaging a region of a patient's body including a first imaging system for acquiring first imaging information including a first region of interest using a first imaging modality, a second imaging system for acquiring second imaging information including a second region of interest using a second imaging modality, a first drive system for selectively moving at least a portion of one of the first and second imaging systems relative to an imaging reference frame, wherein the first drive system is operative to move one of the first and second imaging systems independent of movement of the other of the first and second imaging systems. A method for imaging a region of a patient's body including acquiring first imaging information corresponding to a first region of interest using a first imaging modality, acquiring second imaging information corresponding to a second region of interest using a second imaging modality, selectively moving at least a portion of one of a first and/or second imaging system relative to an imaging reference frame, wherein selectively moving comprises operating moving one of the first and second imaging systems independent of movement of the other of the first and second imaging systems.07-29-2010
20110137159Device And Method For Positioning A Target Volume In A Radiation Therapy Apparatus - A device is provided for positioning a target volume, such as a phantom or a patient, in a radiation therapy apparatus. The apparatus directs a radiation beam towards the target. The apparatus can include a target support whereon the target is immobilized, a two dimensional radiation detector fixed with fixations means in a known geometric relationship to the target support, the radiation detector being capable of detecting the position of intersection of the radiation beam with the detector, and correcting means for correcting the relative position of the beam and the target support, based on the detected intersection position.06-09-2011
20100022874Image Guided Navigation System and Method Thereof - An image guided navigation system comprises a memory, a locator, a processor and a display. The memory stores a plurality of CT images and a software program. The locator is capable of indicating a direction to a surgical area, and the indicated direction of the locator is defined as a first direction. The processor is electrically connected to the memory and the locator. At least one corresponding image corresponding to the first direction is obtained from the plurality of CT images by the processor executing the software program. The at least one corresponding image comprises at least one simulated fluoroscopic image. The display is capable of showing the at least one corresponding image.01-28-2010
20110218430CHARGED PARTICLE CANCER THERAPY PATIENT POSITIONING METHOD AND APPARATUS - The invention comprises a patient positioning and/or repositioning system, such as a laying, semi-vertical, or seated patient positioning, alignment, and/or control method and apparatus used in conjunction with multi-axis charged particle radiation therapy. Patient positioning constraints optionally include one or more of: a seat support, a back support, a head support, an arm support, a knee support, and a foot support. One or more of the positioning constraints are preferably movable and/or under computer control for rapid positioning, repositioning, and/or immobilization of the patient. The system optionally uses an X-ray beam that lies in substantially the same path as a proton beam path of a particle beam cancer therapy system. The generated image is usable for: fine tuning body alignment relative to the proton beam path, to control the charged particle beam path to accurately and precisely target the tumor, and/or in system verification and validation.09-08-2011
20110218429PARTICLE BEAM THERAPY SYSTEM - There is obtained a particle beam therapy system in which the beam size is reduced. There are provided an accelerator 09-08-2011
20110144483IMAGING AGENTS - The present invention provides novel amino acid compounds useful in detecting and evaluating brain and body tumors. These compounds have the advantageous properties of rapid uptake and prolonged retention in tumors and can be labeled with halogen isotopes such as fluorine-18, iodine-123, iodine-124, iodine-125, iodine-131, bromine-75, bromine-76, bromine-77, bromine-82, astatine-210, astatine-211, and other astatine isotopes. These compounds can also be labeled with technetium and rhenium isotopes using known chelation complexes. The compounds disclosed herein bind tumor tissues in vivo with high specificity and selectivity when administered to a subject. Preferred compounds show a target to non-target ratio of at least 2:1, are stable in vivo and substantially localized to target within 1 hour after administration. Preferred compounds include 1-amino-2-[06-16-2011
20110306876Elongated Marker For Soft Tissue Volume Identification - The present invention related to an interstitial marker for localizing an organ, tumor or tumor bed within a mammalian body wherein said marker has a proximal end, a distal end, and a continuous intervening length, at least a portion of the intervening length of said marker being visible under at least one imaging modality and having a flexibility such that said marker follows movements and changes of shape of said organ, tumor or tumor bed.12-15-2011
20120041302PORTABLE IMAGING SUBJECT CARTRIDGE - An imaging subject handling system includes multiple portable imaging subject cartridges that optionally compress and anesthetize living imaging subjects therein during imaging, multiple receiving bases installed within separate imaging systems that interface with the cartridges, and multiple gas delivery systems that deliver an anesthetic gas flow to an installed cartridge. The cartridges include a gas delivery interface that accepts the anesthetic gas flow and provides it to the imaging subject, and one or more walls, a bottom and a top defining a closed interior that retains the anesthetic gas therewithin while the cartridge is in transport between separate imaging systems. The walls, bottom and/or top can be optically transparent and radiolucent to facilitate imaging. The cartridge can include a locking mechanism, a nose cone for the imaging subject, and co-registration features located on outside surfaces to facilitate the merging of images within software from multiple separate imaging systems.02-16-2012
20100030069TRIPLE-MODALITY IMAGING SYSTEM - The invention relates to a triple-modality imaging system, wherein an optical imaging detector for acquiring optical tomography imaging data, a single photon emission computered tomography (SPECT) detector for acquiring SPECT data, and an x-ray source and detector for acquiring x-ray data are arranged to acquire optical imaging data, SPECT data, and x-ray data of an imaged object simultaneously, the optical imaging detector, the SPECT detector, and the x-ray detector having spatially over-lapping fields-of-view (FOV).02-04-2010
20120046545Patient Breathing Modeling - A method of accounting for the movement of the lungs during an endoscopic procedure such that a previously acquired image may be dynamically registered with a display showing the position of a locatable guide. After an initial image set is acquired, an area of interest is identified and the movement thereof due to breathing is mathematically modeled. Patient movement sensors are then used to provide information on the patient's breathing patterns. This information is entered into the mathematical model in order to update the registration between the image set and a display showing the position of the locatable guide.02-23-2012
20120209109X-RAY TOMOGRAPHY METHOD AND APPARATUS USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A CHARGED PARTICLE CANCER THERAPY SYSTEM - The invention comprises an X-ray tomography method and apparatus used in conjunction with multi-axis charged particle or proton beam radiation therapy of cancerous tumors. In various embodiments, 3-D images are generated from a series of 2-D X-rays images; the X-ray source and detector are stationary while the patient rotates; the 2-D X-ray images are generated using an X-ray source proximate a charged particle beam in a charged particle cancer therapy system; and the X-ray tomography system uses an electron source having a geometry that enhances an electron source lifetime, where the electron source is used in generation of X-rays. The X-ray tomography system is optionally used in conjunction with systems used to both move and constrain movement of the patient, such as semi-vertical, sitting, or laying positioning systems. The X-ray images are optionally used in control of a charged particle cancer therapy system.08-16-2012
20120010501IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A BODY UNDER EXAMINATION - The present disclosure relates to an imaging system and method for monitoring a body. The system and method provides a first image acquisition means allowing a volumetric three-dimensional image to be acquired in combination with a second two-dimensional image acquisition means.01-12-2012
20120310081Multimodal Imaging System, Apparatus, and Methods - In part, the invention relates to an image data collection system. The system can include an interferometer having a reference arm that includes a first optical fiber of length of L12-06-2012
20120022366REGISTRATION OF AORTA TO PATIENT VIA TWO 2D IMAGES FOR PLACEMENT OF A STENT - In a method for visualizing placement of a stent in an aorta of a patient with reduced use of contrast agent, a 3D volume image of the aorta of the patient is provided from a CT scan before placing the stent. An angiography system with a C-arm is provided to take 2D images of the patient. A computer is provided having registration software for registering the 3D volume image and 2D images taken by the angiography system. A first segmentation is performed on the 3D volume image to segment the aorta from remaining parts of the 3D image. A second segmentation is performed using the first segmentation on the 3D volume image to segment a bony structure of the patient from remaining parts of the 3D volume image. A first 2D image of the aorta is obtained from a first direction with use of a contrast agent. A second 2D image is obtained from a second direction but without use of contrast agent. The segmented aorta in the 3D volume image is registered to the C-arm to create a registered 3D volume image by registering the first 2D image to the segmented aorta and registering the second 2D image to the segmented bony structure. The stent is placed in the aorta while observing on the angiography system a third continuous 2D image taken by the angiography system superimposed on the registered 3D volume image.01-26-2012
20120022368NEEDLE HOLDER - A needle holder for use in an image guided intervention procedure. The needle holder includes a clip for holding a needle and a guide arrangement for supporting the clip and directing the needle at a desired angle relative to a patient's body. The clip includes a releasable connection such that the needle can be disengaged from the guide arrangement by a lateral movement of the clip and/or the guide arrangement relative to the longitudinal axis of the needle.01-26-2012
20120059253Method and System for Image Based Device Tracking for Co-registration of Angiography and Intravascular Ultrasound Images - A method and system for co-registration of angiography data and intra vascular ultrasound (IVUS) data is disclosed. A vessel branch is detected in an angiogram image. A sequence of IVUS images is received from an IVUS transducer while the IVUS transducer is being pulled back through the vessel branch. A fluoroscopic image sequence is received while the IVUS transducer is being pulled back through the vessel branch. The IVUS transducer and a guiding catheter tip are detected in each frame of the fluoroscopic image sequence. The IVUS transducer detected in each frame of the fluoroscopic image sequence is mapped to a respective location in the detected vessel branch of the angiogram image. Each of the IVUS images is registered to a respective location in the detected vessel branch of the angiogram image based on the mapped location of the IVUS transducer detected in a corresponding frame of the fluoroscopic image sequence.03-08-2012
20110092814COMBINED RADIATION THERAPY/PET APPARATUS - A combined radiation therapy/PET apparatus includes: an open PET device having multi-ring detector rings that are opposed to each other in the direction of the body axis so as to leave a gap therebetween; and a radiation therapy apparatus for performing radiation therapy through the gap. When imaging the condition of an affected area and a treatment beam for monitoring in radiation therapy of irradiating the affected area with X-rays, gamma rays, or particle beams, the apparatus covers a region of interest in the irradiation field of the radiation therapy with the field-of-view of the open PET device, thereby making possible the positioning of the irradiation field and treatment monitoring using PET images.04-21-2011
20110092813MULTI-MODE INTERNAL IMAGING - The invention described herein provides systems and methods for multi-modal imaging with light and a second form of imaging. Light imaging involves the capture of low intensity light from a light-emitting object. A camera obtains a two-dimensional spatial distribution of the light emitted from the surface of the subject. Software operated by a computer in communication with the camera may then convert two-dimensional spatial distribution data from one or more images into a three-dimensional spatial representation. The second imaging mode may include any imaging technique that compliments light imaging. Examples include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer topography (CT). An object handling system moves the object to be imaged between the light imaging system and the second imaging system, and is configured to interface with each system.04-21-2011
20120157831ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND ELASTICITY IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD - Disclosed is an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus provided with: an ultrasonic probe which transmits/receives ultrasonic waves to/from an object while being in contact with the object; a transmission/reception unit which, in a process in which pressing force applied to the object by the ultrasonic probe is changed and the tomographic position at which the ultrasonic waves are transmitted/received to/from the object is moved in a short axis direction, periodically transmits/receives the ultrasonic waves to/from the object, performs reception processing on a reflection echo signal from the object, and measures RF signal frame data at the tomographic position; a displacement measurement unit which, on the basis of two pieces of RF signal frame data, between which the difference in measurement time falls within a set range, selected from among multiple pieces of RF signal frame data sequentially measured by the transmission/reception unit, finds the displacement of a living tissue at the tomographic position and sequentially generates displacement frame data; an elasticity information calculation unit which on the basis of the displacement frame data sequentially generated by the displacement measurement unit, finds elasticity information relating to the living tissue at the tomographic position, and sequentially generates elasticity frame data; and an elasticity image construction unit which on the basis of the elasticity frame data sequentially generated by the elasticity information calculation unit, sequentially constructs elasticity images.06-21-2012
20120157829Ablative technique using compton scattered x-ray visualizing, imaging, or information providing based on matter material density - Certain aspects relatee to ablating at least some matter of an at least a portion of an individual within an at least one prescribed desired ablating region at least partially responsive to a locating the at least one prescribed desired ablating region within the at least some matter of the at least the portion of the individual at least partially based on a material density of at least some of the at least some matter of the at least the portion of the individual. Certain aspects relatee to locating an at least one prescribed desired ablating region within the at least some matter of the at least the portion of the individual at least partially responsive to the Compton X-ray scattering visualizing, imaging, or information providing within the at least some matter of the at least the portion of the individual06-21-2012
20120157830Matter displacement based at least partially on Compton scattered X-ray visualizing, imaging, or information providing - Certain aspects relate to locating an at least one prescribed desired displacing region within an at least some matter of an at least a portion of an individual at least partially responsive to a Compton X-ray scattering visualizing, imaging, or information providing of the at least some matter of the at least the portion of the individual. Certain aspects relate to displacing the at least some matter of the at least the portion of the individual within the at least one prescribed desired ablating region at least partially responsive to the locating the at least one prescribed desired displacing region within the at least some matter of the at least the portion of the individual, at least partially response to the locating the at least one prescribed desired displacing region within the at least some matter of the at least the portion of the individual.06-21-2012
20120165661INTEGRATED SYSTEM ARCHITECTURES AND METHODS OF USE - Provided herein are systems, methods and apparatuses for an integrated system and architectures comprising a central processing unit (CPU) located a substantial physical distance from a sample.06-28-2012
20120165662MEDICAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS - This disclosure generally relates to medical systems and methods. In one aspect of the invention, a method includes determining a fluorescent light intensity at one or more points on each of multiple recorded images, and producing an image based on the determined fluorescent light intensity at the one or more points.06-28-2012
20120130234SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TUMOR ANALYSIS AND REAL-TIME BIOPSY GUIDANCE - A system and method for molecular breast imaging (MBI) provides enhanced tumor analysis and, optionally, a real-time biopsy guidance. The system includes a detector head including a gamma ray detector and a collimator. The collimator include multiple collimation sections having respectively different spatially-oriented structures. In addition or alternatively, the multiple collimating section have respectively different collimation characteristics. An image of the tissue acquired with the system may include spatially separate image portions containing image information about the same portion of the imaged tissue. A system is optionally configured to acquire updatable images to provide real-time feedback about the biopsy procedure.05-24-2012
20120220867Pulmonary Embolism Therapeutic Methods Using Therapeutic Cutting Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal pulmonary veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's pulmonary veins are provided.08-30-2012
20120220866Deep Vein Thrombosis Therapeutic Methods Using Therapeutic Inflatable Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal peripheral veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's peripheral veins are provided.08-30-2012
20120220865Pulmonary Embolism Diagnostic Devices and Associated Methods and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal pulmonary veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's pulmonary veins are provided.08-30-2012
20120232382Multiple Sclerosis Diagnostic Devices and Associated Methods and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal jugular veins (IJV) or azygous veins (AZV). In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's IJV or AZV veins are provided.09-13-2012
20100204571Method for performing a procedure according to a biometric image - A method for performing a procedure on a patient, includes obtaining a biometric image representative of the patient and performing the procedure on the patient in accordance with the biometric image. The patient has an iris and the biometric image comprises an iris biometric image and the procedure comprises a medical procedure. First and second iris biometric images; are obtained and the first and second iris biometric images are compared to provide a biometric comparison result. A patient is identified in accordance with the biometric comparison result. The patient has at least one feature and the feature is represented within at least one of the first and second iris biometric images.08-12-2010
20110184278Radial Cardiac Catheterization Board - Embodiments of the present description provide a medical apparatus for use in supporting a patient lying in a supine position during a radial cardiac catheterization procedure. More particularly, embodiments of the present description provide an arm board a patient's arm during a radial cardiac catheterization procedure. The arm board has a base member having a substantially planar support surface on which the patient's arm can be stabilized during a catheterization procedure and at least one shield member affixed to the base member and extending away from the support surface. Desirably, the base member has both a radiolucent portion and a radiopaque portion and the shield member is a radiopaque material, thereby reducing and/or eliminating a doctor's exposure to radiation during radial cardiac catheterization procedures without impairing the ability to obtain the necessary medical images. Also provided is a medical apparatus and a method for its use.07-28-2011
20120179030DEVICES AND METHODS FOR FLUORESCENT INSPECTION AND/OR REMOVAL OF MATERIAL IN A SAMPLE - An apparatus is provided that includes a light-emitting component, a light-detecting component, a lock-in amplifier, a frequency generator that is operatively linked to the lock-in amplifier and the light-emitting component, a speaker capable of emitting an audio signal wherein the output audio signal varies depending on the detected fluorescence in the sample, and a visible output of relative fluorescent intensity where the visible output varies depending on the detected fluorescence in the sample. The apparatus may also include a laser that is operatively coupled to the lock-in amplifier through a control switch, and focusing lens or an additional type of filter such as an interference filter, a short-pass filter, a notch filter, a long-pass filter or an infrared filter. The apparatus may be used to identify and/or to remove fluorescent or non-fluorescent material from a sample. Associated methods are also disclosed.07-12-2012
20120265060TARGET LOCATION BY TRACKING OF IMAGING DEVICE - A method and apparatus for tracking a target by tracking the location of an imaging device while the imaging device is tracking the target is described.10-18-2012
20120265062OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY CATHETER FOR ELASTOGRAPHIC PROPERTY MAPPING OF LUMENS UTILIZING MICROPALPATION - An optical coherence tomography (OCT) catheter, for performing high performance elastographic deformation mapping of tissues and plaques, comprises: a catheter having elongated catheter body extending longitudinally between a proximal end and a distal end along a longitudinal axis, the catheter body including a distal portion at the distal end and a catheter lumen; a palpator, disposed in the distal portion, to apply one of a directed fluid or a mechanical indenter to produce a surface-applied palpation force to a target area of the interior body to mechanically displace the interior body and cause elastographic deformation of the target area of one or more surface and subsurface tissues and plaques; and OCT imaging sensor, disposed in the distal portion, to direct and deliver OCT beam for OCT deformation detection including elastographic deformation measurement to provide elastographic mapping of the target area.10-18-2012
20110046481GUIDED RADIATION THERAPY SYSTEM - A system and method for accurately locating and tracking the position of a target, such as a tumor or the like, within a body. In one embodiment, the system is a target locating and monitoring system usable with a radiation delivery source that delivers a selected doses of radiation to a target in a body. The system includes one or more excitable beacons positionable in or near the target, an external excitation source that remotely excites the beacons to produce an identifiable signal, and a plurality of sensors spaced apart in a known geometry relative to each other. A computer is coupled to the sensors and configured to use the beacon measurements to identify a target isocenter within the target. The computer compares the position of the target isocenter with the location of the machine isocenter. The computer also controls movement of the patient and a patient support device so the target isocenter is coincident with the machine isocenter before and during radiation therapy.02-24-2011
20110237941DIRECTIONAL RADIATION DETECTOR - A method for imaging a body, including scanning the body so as to generate a tomographic image thereof, and analyzing the tomographic image to determine a location of a region of interest (ROI) (09-29-2011
20120330151LOCATING FEATURES IN THE HEART USING RADIO FREQUENCY IMAGING - Diagnostic apparatus (12-27-2012
20120330150Deep Vein Thrombosis Therapeutic Methods Using Therapeutic Ablation Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal peripheral veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's peripheral veins are provided.12-27-2012
20120330149Pulmonary Embolism Therapeutic Methods Using Therapeutic Inflatabel Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal pulmonary veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's pulmonary veins are provided.12-27-2012
20120330148Multiple Sclerosis Therapeutic Methods Using Therapeutic Inflatable Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal jugular veins (IJV) or azygous veins (AZV). In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's IJV or AZV veins are provided.12-27-2012
20120330146Pulmonary Embolism Therapeutic Devices and Associated Methods and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal pulmonary veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's pulmonary veins are provided.12-27-2012
20120330145Pulmonary Embolism Therapeutic Methods and Associated Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal pulmonary veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's pulmonary veins are provided.12-27-2012
20120330144Deep Vein Thrombosis Therapeutic Methods and Associated Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal peripheral veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's peripheral veins are provided.12-27-2012
20120330141Deep Vein Thrombosis Therapeutic Methods Using Therapeutic Inflatable Occlusive Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal peripheral veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's peripheral veins are provided.12-27-2012
20120330143Deep Vein Thrombosis Therapeutic Methods and Associated Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Deep Vein Thrombosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal peripheral veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's peripheral veins are provided.12-27-2012
20120330142Multiple Sclerosis Therapeutic Devices and Associated Methods and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal jugular veins (IJV) or azygous veins (AZV). In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's IJV or AZV veins are provided.12-27-2012
20120101375INTRAOPERATIVE MONITORING OF TEMPERATURE-INDUCED TISSUE CHANGES WITH A HIGH-RESOLUTION DIGITAL X-RAY SYSTEM DURING THERMOTHERAPY - A method of thermally inducing and monitoring changes to localized regions of tissue illuminating a volume of tissue with a first beam of X-rays, detecting portions of the first beam that passed through the volume, generating a first image signal from the portions of the first beam detected, applying heat to at least a localized region of tissue within the volume after the illuminating and detecting, illuminating the volume with a second beam of X-rays, detecting portions of the second beam that passed through the volume during the illuminating with the second beam, generating a second image signal from the portions of the second beam detected, and generating a difference image signal based upon a comparison of the first and second image signals. The difference image signal provides information of changes in X-ray attenuation by localized regions of tissue within the volume due to the application of heat.04-26-2012
20120101374SYSTEMS, DEVICES, METHODS, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-ACCESSIBLE MEDIA FOR PROVIDING OPTICAL IMAGING OF STRUCTURES AND COMPOSITIONS - Exemplary systems, devices, methods, apparatus and computer-accessible media for providing and/or utilizing optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) and fluorescence of structures and, e.g., multimodality imaging using OFDI techniques and fluorescence imaging techniques are described. For example, an arrangement can provide at least one electro-magnetic radiation to an anatomical structure. Such exemplary arrangement can include at least one optical core and at least one cladding at least partially surrounding the fiber(s). A region between the optical core(s) and the cladding(s) can have an index that is different from indexes of the optical core(s) and the cladding(s). The arrangement can also include at least one apparatus which is configured to transmit the radiation(s) via the optical core(s) and the cladding(s) to the anatomical structure.04-26-2012
20120330147Therapeutic Inflatable Devices, Systems, and Methods for Multiple Sclerosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Pulmonary Embolism - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Multiple Sclerosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and/or Pulmonary Embolism or symptoms associated with these maladies. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Multiple Sclerosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and/or Pulmonary Embolism or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's veins. In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's veins are provided.12-27-2012
20130012811Opto-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.01-10-2013
20120150030Instruments, Methods and Systems for Harvesting and Implanting Cartilage Material - The present disclosure provides instruments and systems for accessing and removing hyaline cartilage from desired donor sites. The present disclosure also provides instruments/systems for implantation of hyaline cartilage grafts, e.g., to fill osteochondral defects. The apparatus/systems may be used in connection with mapping techniques and systems. Thus, in exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, a clinician may be guided in his use of the disclosed apparatus/systems by articular joint surface mapping data in locating/identifying harvest sites for “best fit” grafts, i.e., grafts that exhibit desired geometric and/or surface attributes for use in particular implantation site(s). Alternatively, the disclosed instruments/systems may be employed to access anatomical sites independent of such mapping techniques/systems.06-14-2012
20110160578REAL-TIME SURGICAL REFERENCE GUIDES AND METHODS FOR SURGICAL APPLICATIONS - Apparatus and methods are described which guide a surgeon in performing a reconstructive or cosmetic procedure. The apparatus and methods utilize three dimensional presentations of the target surgical site incorporating one or more virtual surgical guides which help attain proper alignment and orientation of the post surgical outcome.06-30-2011
20130023764Multiple Sclerosis Therapeutic Methods Using Therapeutic Inflatable Occlusive Devices and Systems - Methods and devices are disclosed that, in various embodiments and permutations and combinations of inventions, diagnose and treat Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms. In one series of embodiments, the invention consists of methods and devices for identifying patients whose Multiple Sclerosis or associated symptoms are caused or exacerbated, at least in part, by blockages of one or more of the patient's internal jugular veins (IJV) or azygous veins (AZV). In some instances, stenoses or other flow limiting structures or lesions in the patient's affected veins are identified. Further, in some instances the nature of such lesions and whether there is a significant disruption of blood pressure, or both, is ascertained. In some embodiments, methods and devices for applying one or more therapies to the blockages in the patient's IJV or AZV veins are provided.01-24-2013
20130023765APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR QUANTITATIVE NONCONTACT IN VIVO FLUORESCENCE TOMOGRAPHY USING A PRIORI INFORMATION - An apparatus for providing an integrated tri-modality system includes a fluorescence tomography subsystem (FT), a diffuse optical tomography subsystem (DOT), and an x-ray tomography subsystem (XCT), where each subsystem is combined in the integrated tri-modality system to perform quantitative fluorescence tomography with the fluorescence tomography subsystem (FT) using multimodality imaging with the x-ray tomography subsystem (XCT) providing XCT anatomical information as structural a priori data to the integrated tri-modality system, while the diffuse optical tomography subsystem (DOT) provides optical background heterogeneity information from DOT measurements to the integrated tri-modality system as functional a priori data. A method includes using FT, DOT, and XCT in an integrated fashion wherein DOT data is acquired to recover the optical property of the whole medium to accurately describe photon propagation in tissue, where structural limitations are derived from XCT, and accurate fluorescence concentration and lifetime parameters are recovered to form an accurate image.01-24-2013
20080234573SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING THE ORIENTATION AND POSITION OF A BONE-IMPLANTED ANCHOR - In another aspect, the present invention relates to a method for determining the position and orientation of an anchor attached to the skull of a patient from a topographic image of the anchor acquired therefrom. In one embodiment, the method includes the steps of simulating an image of the anchor that matches the acquired topographic image of the anchor, determining the position and orientation of the anchor from the simulated image of the anchor, and determining the position and orientation of the anchor in the acquired topographic image of the anchor from the position and orientation of the anchor determined from the simulated image of the anchor. The simulating step comprises the step of modeling the anchor with an object that has a geometric shape simpler than that of the anchor.09-25-2008
20110263972Method for performing a procedure according to a biometric image - A method for performing a procedure on a patient, includes obtaining a biometric image representative of the patient and performing the procedure on the patient in accordance with the biometric image. The patient has an iris and the biometric image comprises an iris biometric image and the procedure comprises a medical procedure. First and second iris biometric images; are obtained and the first and second iris biometric images are compared to provide a biometric comparison result. A patient is identified in accordance with the biometric comparison result. The patient has at least one feature and the feature is represented within at least one of the first and second iris biometric images.10-27-2011
20080221444Integrated Imaging and Biopsy System with Integrated Surgical, Therapy, and Diagnostic Devices - A diagnostic station integrates patient support, imaging, biopsy, and treatment. An illustrative version of a prone mammography table localizes a breast with an imaging modality (e.g., X-ray, etc.) based upon a rotating C-arm that may encircle the localized breast. A biopsy system is integrated into the controls and displays or user interface of the diagnostic station, sharing integrated utilities (e.g., vacuum, power, data communication, etc.). Ancillary devices may be identified and authenticated by the integrated system, such as to base available functionality on the identification and/or authentication of an ancillary device. Ancillary devices that may be integrated with the system may include devices that are operable to perform surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic, or other functions.09-11-2008
20080221443Integrated Imaging and Biopsy System with Ancillary Device Authentication - A diagnostic station integrates patient support, imaging, biopsy, and treatment. An illustrative version of a prone mammography table localizes a breast with an imaging modality (e.g., X-ray, etc.) based upon a rotating C-arm that may encircle the localized breast. A biopsy system is integrated into the controls and displays or user interface of the diagnostic station, sharing integrated utilities (e.g., vacuum, power, data communication, etc.). Ancillary devices may be identified and authenticated by the integrated system, such as to base available functionality on the identification and/or authentication of an ancillary device. Ancillary devices that may be integrated with the system may include devices that are operable to perform surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic, or other functions.09-11-2008
20110270084SURGICAL NAVIGATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SAME - A surgical navigation apparatus and a method of operating the surgical navigation apparatus are disclosed. The surgical navigation apparatus includes: a first aligning unit configured to align a position of a patient with reference image data by using patient position data and the reference image data of the patient generated by image-taking before surgery; a second aligning unit configured to align the patient position data and comparative image data in real time, where the comparative image data is received from an image-taking unit; and an image processing unit configured to align the comparative image data and the reference image data in real time by using the patient position data. The surgical navigation apparatus can provide in real time images of the lesion taken during surgery, so that these images may be compared with those taken before surgery, to enable more accurate surgery and also provide greater convenience for the surgeon.11-03-2011
20130102896Radiation Treatment Planning and Delivery for Moving Targets in the Heart - Method and systems are disclosed for radiating a moving target inside a heart. The method includes acquiring sequential volumetric representations of an area of the heart and defining a target tissue region and/or a radiation sensitive structure region in 3D for a first of the representations. The target tissue region and/or radiation sensitive structure region are identified for another of the representations by an analysis of the area of the heart from the first representation and the other representation. Radiation beams to the target tissue region are fired in response to the identified target tissue region and/or radiation sensitive structure region from the other representation.04-25-2013
20100286509METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING PROCEDURES ON TARGET LOCATIONS IN THE BODY - A method of performing a medical procedure on target tissue within the body includes immobilizing the target tissue with an immobilization device, positioning an insertion tool (e.g., a needle, a needle and marker wire, a needle gun, etc.) to be inserted into the target tissue on the immobilization device based on at least one reading of the target tissue, and inserting the insertion tool into the target tissue. An immobilization device for performing methods includes a frame assembly, a tissue immobilization assembly coupled to the frame assembly, the tissue immobilization assembly including a structure adapted to immobilize tissue, and a needle assembly releasably connectable to the frame assembly. The needle assembly includes a needle capable of being inserted into the immobilized tissue.11-11-2010
20100317968SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REAL-TIME TRACKING OF TARGETS IN RADIATION THERAPY AND OTHER MEDICAL APPLICATIONS - Systems and methods for tracking targets in real time for radiation therapy and other applications. In one embodiment, a method includes collecting position information of a marker implanted within a patient at a site relative to the target at a time t12-16-2010
20100317967COMPUTER ASSISTED THERAPY MONITORING - A computer assisted therapy apparatus (12-16-2010
20120283557Methods and Apparatuses for the Treatment of Glaucoma using visible and infrared ultrashort laser pulses - Transcorneal and fiberoptic laser delivery systems and methods for the treatment of eye diseases wherein energy is delivered by wavelengths transparent to the cornea to effect target tissues in the eye for the control of intraocular pressure in diseases such as glaucoma by delivery systems both external to and within ocular tissues. External delivery may be effected under gonioscopic control. Internal delivery may he controlled endoscopically or fiberoptically, both systems utilizing femtosecond laser energy to excise ocular tissue. The femtosecond light energy is delivered to the target tissues to be treated to effect precisely controlled photodisruption to enable portals for the outflow of aqueous fluid in the case of glaucoma in a manner which minimizes target tissue healing responses, inflammation and scarring.11-08-2012
20120283556Method for assisting optimum positioning of an occlusion site in a blood vessel in a tumor embolization - A method for assisting optimum positioning of an occlusion site in a blood vessel in a tumor embolization is provided. Tumors are cut off from the blood supply by the embolization which is an artificial occlusion of blood vessels. The vessels around the tumor and at the same time the planned site for occlusion are firstly determined. A path from the access to the vessels can be determined based on image recognition, and with the aid of this path the site for occlusion can then be optimally determined. A computer system assists the doctor carrying out the treatment by a suitable display.11-08-2012
20120283558SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NAVIGATION WITHIN A BRANCHED STRUCTURE OF A BODY - A system and method for navigating a medical instrument in a branched structure of a body employs a tracking system, for collecting positional information for the medical instrument, and data, which defines a geometrical model of the branched structure, in particular, coordinates for predetermined points defining a pathway extending along branches of the model. Coordinates are identified for each Euclidean distance of the instrument, from an anchor point of a coordinate system for the tracking system, that corresponds to a Euclidean distance of a designated point, of the predetermined points, from a reference point of a coordinate system for the model, wherein the anchor point of the tracking coordinate system has been established to correspond to the reference point of the model coordinate system. The two coordinate systems are registered to one another via a mathematical transformation using the identified coordinates of the instrument and the corresponding coordinates of each designated point.11-08-2012
20130158393Concentric Drive Scanning Probe - An endoprobe for microsurgical procedures is provided, including a hand-piece having a concentric drive having a proximal coupling and a distal coupling and a cannula assembly coupled to the hand-piece. The cannula assembly may include an outer tube having a longitudinal axis and an inner tube positioned within the outer tube, the distal coupling providing a first rotation to the outer tube about the longitudinal axis and the proximal coupling providing a second rotation to the inner tube within the outer tube. According to embodiments disclosed herein a method for scanning a light beam using a cannula assembly as described above is also provided.06-20-2013
20130184572NEEDLE POSITIONING APPARATUS AND METHOD - Apparatus for accurate positioning of a needle guide is disclosed. The apparatus provides a means for taking as input the position vector for the point of insertion of the needle into the body. This point of insertion can be selected from images produced by a Computer Tomography system. Similarly, the apparatus has a means for taking as input the point of target. A controller determines the directional vector between point of insertion and point of target. A guide manipulator accurately positions the needle guide in line with the directional vector, such that the needle can easily be inserted through the guide to the point of target. The positioning of the guide manipulator in accordance with the directional vector is done with the help of motors.07-18-2013
20130123617Method and Apparatus for the Non-Invasive Measurement of Pulse Transit Times (PTT) - Method and apparatus for measuring a pulse transit time (PTT) value of a subject, comprising: measuring a first arterial pressure pulse arrival time (PAT) and measuring a second PAT value; calculating a PTT value from the difference between the first PAT value and the second PAT value; processing a sequence of electrical impedance tomography (EIT) images to identify at least one region of interest (ROI); and estimating at least one of the first and second PAT value from the variation of impedance value determined from said at least one ROI. The method allows for the non-invasive and continuous measurement of the PTT value and arterial blood pressures.05-16-2013
20130123615OCCLUSION-CROSSING DEVICES, ATHERECTOMY DEVICES, AND IMAGING - Described herein are methods for producing and identifying characteristic (“crescent shaped”) regions indicative of an atherectomy plaque within a vessel, and systems and devices adapted to take advantage of this characteristic region.05-16-2013
20130190613Real-Time Biomechanical Dosimetry using Optical Coherence Elastography - Methods for quantifying, adjusting or terminating a dose of a therapeutic intervention applied to tissue of a patient. A therapeutic intervention of a specified intensity is applied to a region of interest of the tissue. The tissue is mechanically excited, typically concurrently with the therapeutic intervention, and the region of interest is scanned optically or ultrasonically at the same time. An interference signal is acquired by coherently detecting post-interaction illumination arising in the region of interest by interfering the post-interaction illumination with a reference beam derived from the identical source as that of the scanning. A phase and/or amplitude of response of the tissue relative to the mechanical excitation based on the interference signal. A spatially resolved measure of a property of the region of interest is derived based on the phase of response, allowing for adjustment or termination of the therapeutic intervention.07-25-2013
20120029346METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTI-MODAL IMAGING - A method and apparatus for imaging a subject animal. The method comprises the steps of treating the animal with an x-ray contrast agent and an imaging agent; supporting the animal in an immobilized state on a support member; acquiring an x-ray anatomical image of the animal; acquiring an optical, dark-field image of the animal; and registering the x-ray anatomical image and the optical image, whereby features of the optical image can be observed in relation to features of the anatomical image.02-02-2012
20120029345NONINVASIVE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM - A device for acquiring data and diagnosing a musculoskeletal injury. The device includes a semi-flexible housing, at least one ultrasonic transducer, a positional localizer, and a transmission system. The semi-flexible housing is positioned proximate a portion of the musculoskeletal system of a patient and supports the at least one ultrasonic transducer and the positional localizer. The at least one ultrasonic transducer is configured to acquire an ultrasonic data indicative of a bone surface. The positional localizer is positioned at a select location relative to the at least one ultrasonic transducer and tracks movement of the housing. The transmission system transmits the ultrasonic data of the at least one ultrasonic transducer and the movement data of the positional localizer to a data analyzer for analysis and diagnosis.02-02-2012
20120029344RADIOLOGICAL IMAGE RADIOGRAPHIING METHOD AND APPARATUS - Provided is a technique capable of reducing the burden on an examinee and improving imaging efficiency. A radiographic method includes: radiating radiation to a subject in different radiographing directions by moving a radiation source; capturing radiological images in the different radiographing directions using the emission of radiation; and acquiring an image using a modality that acquires an image related to anatomical information of the subject which is different from the radiological images during the movement of the radiation source from a predetermined radiographing direction to the next radiographing direction.02-02-2012
20130204126IMAGING SYSTEM PRODUCING MULTIPLE REGISTERED IMAGES OF A BODY LUMEN - Systems, devices and methods for producing registered images of a body lumen are provided. The system includes a first imaging device having an imager positioned at a distal end thereof, said first imaging device configured to produce a first image of a body cavity; and an imaging system, including a second imaging device having an imager positioned at a distal end thereof and configured to be positioned approximate to said imager of said first imaging device within said body cavity and configured to produce a second image; an elongated member configured to contain said second imaging device; and at least one marker configured to produce registration information in the first image and the second image.08-08-2013

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