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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
600443000 Anatomic image produced by reflective scanning 907
600459000 Structure of transducer or probe assembly 583
600439000 With therapeutic device 300
600453000 Doppler effect (e.g., fetal HR monitoring) 198
600438000 Used as an indicator of another parameter (e.g., temperature, pressure, viscosity) 161
600440000 Plural display mode systems 98
600458000 Contrast enhancement 44
600449000 One-dimensional anatomic display or measurement 37
600442000 Tissue attenuation or impedance measurement or compensation 30
600448000 Through-transmission (e.g., time-of-flight) imaging 5
20090312641Method for determining the propagation speed of ultrasonic radiation in a layer of tissue and ultrasound system for performing this method - In a method for determining the propagation speed of ultrasonic radiation in a layer of tissue located in front of a structure reflecting ultrasonic radiation, wherein ultrasonic radiation is transmitted from a transmitter arranged immediately outside the layer of tissue through the layer of tissue onto the structure, and the ultrasonic radiation reflected at the structure is received with a receiver arranged immediately outside the layer of tissue, in order to improve the accuracy of the determination of the speed of propagation, it is proposed that the ultrasonic radiation be transmitted in the form of ultrasonic pulses, and the transit times t12-17-2009
20110077523MULTI-MODALITY BREAST CANCER TEST SYSTEM - A multi-modality breast cancer test assembly (03-31-2011
20130172753MULTI-MODALITY BREAST CANCER TEST SYSTEM - A multi-modality breast cancer test assembly (07-04-2013
20130204136SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGING A VOLUME OF TISSUE - A system and method for imaging a volume of tissue comprising: a modular transducer array, configured to substantially surround the volume of tissue, emit acoustic waveforms toward the volume of tissue, and receive acoustic waveforms scattered by the volume of tissue, comprising a first and a second modular transducer subarray configured to couple to one another; a controller configured to control acoustic signals emitted by the first and the second modular transducer subarrays; an electronic subsystem, coupled to the modular transducer array, comprising a multiplexor and beam-forming elements and configured to receive a set of acoustic data from the first and the second modular transducer subarrays; and a processor configured to analyze the set of acoustic data, determine the distribution of at least one acoustomechanical parameter within the volume of tissue, and render an image of the volume of tissue based on the acoustomechanical parameter.08-08-2013
20130204137Method and System for Denoising Acoustic Travel Times and Imaging a Volume of Tissue - A method and system for denoising acoustic travel times and imaging a volume of tissue comprising receiving a dataset representative of acoustic waveforms originating from an array of ultrasound emitters and received with an array of ultrasound receivers; for each ultrasound emitter in the array of ultrasound emitters, forming an empirical relative travel time matrix, from the dataset, including a set of relative empirical travel times, each relative empirical travel time corresponding to a pair of ultrasound receivers receiving an acoustic waveform, generating a denoised empirical relative travel time matrix, and extracting a set of denoised absolute travel times from the denoised empirical relative travel time matrix; and rendering an image of the volume of tissue based on an acoustomechanical parameter and the set of denoised absolute travel times corresponding to each ultrasound emitter in the array of ultrasound emitters.08-08-2013
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20080281198ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS MAIN BODY UNIT, OPERATION UNIT AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus main body unit includes: a main body wireless communication device for wireless communicating with separate operation units; and a main body control device which accepts operation instructions given from the plural operation units and activates the function of an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus in accordance with the operation instructions.11-13-2008
20080281196System and method for tissue characterization using ultrasound imaging - An ultrasound system comprises an ultrasound probe for transmitting transmit beams and receiving receive beams. A processor controls the ultrasound probe to direct the transmit beams in a first direction to acquire a first incidence frame of data and a second direction to acquire an second incidence frame of data, wherein the first and second directions are different with respect to each other. A tissue characterization module compares the normal and oblique incidence frames of data to determine at least one property parameter of a scanned medium based on amplitude differences between the receive beams.11-13-2008
20130158398MEDICAL IMAGING DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS AND MEDICAL IMAGING DIAGNOSIS METHOD FOR PROVIDING DIAGNOSTIC BASIS - A medical imaging diagnosis apparatus and a medical imaging diagnosing method for providing a diagnostic basis are provided. The medical imaging diagnosis apparatus for providing a diagnostic basis includes an extraction unit configured to extract one or more image descriptors from a target medical image, a diagnosis unit configured to derive a comprehensive diagnostic result for the target medical image using one or more diagnostic rules, each of the diagnostic rules including one or more of the extracted image descriptors, and an individual diagnostic result corresponding to the one or more of the extracted image descriptors, and a display unit configured to display the derived comprehensive diagnostic result together with the diagnostic rules used in deriving the comprehensive diagnostic result.06-20-2013
20090048512ULTRASONIC DEVICE FOR COSMETOLOGICAL HUMAN NAIL APPLICATIONS - An ultrasonic device evaluates the sound velocity of a nail to determine the overall health of a patient and to monitor cosmetological effects of certain products on the nail. The ultrasonic device includes a handhold probe having an piezoelectric transducer encased in cover that emits high-frequency ultrasonic impulses directed towards the nail. The nail reflects returning ultrasonic echoes back to the piezoelectric transducer. The returning ultrasonic echoes vibrate the piezoelectric transducer. A processor of a computer converts the vibrations into electrical pulses. The processor evaluates amplitude values of the electrical pulses to determine the parameters of the human nail, including the thickness, density and elasticity. The parameters are displayed on a display and analyzed by a technician to determine the nail condition. The health of the person or the effect of products on the nail can be determined based on the nail parameters.02-19-2009
20130030292ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS DEVICE - An ultrasonic diagnosis device wherein, in order to reliably stop the movement of a display unit by a simple mechanism during transportation of the device, a display unit restraint mechanism is provided with: a fixed portion which has a receiving groove for receiving a handle main unit provided on the display unit; and a rotation portion which moves rotationally in relation to the fixed portion. When the rotation portion is rotated with the handle main unit received in the receiving groove, the upper side of the handle main unit becomes covered with a cover portion. In this state, a hook member protrudes outward from the rotation portion and is engaged with an upper end portion to serve as a strut.01-31-2013
20100087733BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A biological information processing apparatus has a light source 04-08-2010
20100016716ULTRASOUND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - An ultrasound system capable of displaying and manipulating an ultrasound image and an exterior image, and a method for operating the same are disclosed. The system includes an ultrasound diagnosis unit including a probe which sends an ultrasound signal to a target and receives a reflected ultrasound signal from the target, an exterior image storage which stores exterior image data, an image processor which forms an ultrasound image and an exterior image, a user input unit operated to manipulate and display the reflected ultrasound signal and the exterior image data, a central processor which controls the ultrasound diagnosis unit and the exterior image storage to allow the image processor to manipulate and form the ultrasound and exterior images, and a display unit which displays the ultrasound and exterior images, a manipulated state of the ultrasound and exterior images, and an operating state of the central processor.01-21-2010
20090018445ULTRASONIC BONE MOTION TRACKING SYSTEM - A computerized bone motion tracking system according to one exemplary embodiment is configured to: provide a non-invasive means for accurate measurement and tracking of the motion of a bone using a volumetric ultrasound transducer and a three dimensional position measurement system; provide relative measurements of one bone relative to another bone of a joint; decompose relative joint motion into specific components; and measure joint instability and range of motion.01-15-2009
20110196235ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ASSISTANCE IN AN ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM - An ultrasound imaging system (08-11-2011
20090018442Diagnostic medical ultrasound system having clock synchronized power supply - A system and method is disclosed for minimizing image artifacts, or the effect thereof, of electrical noise/interference caused by switch-mode power supplies of a diagnostic medical imaging system, such as a diagnostic medical ultrasound system. In one embodiment, one or more switch mode power supplies capable of being synchronized to an external clock signal are utilized to power the ultrasound system. The clock signal to the power supplies is provided by the system, generated, or otherwise derived from, the clock signal used by the imaging components, and phase-synchronized to the transmit and receive events of the imaging system. In this way, noise generated by the power supplies is synchronized with the imaging processes and, at least, will appear as a substantially constant artifact in the diagnostic images, allowing it to be readily ignored by a user or automatically removed therefrom.01-15-2009
20120245464HEALTH MONITORING APPLIANCE - A heart monitoring system for a person includes one or more wireless nodes; and a wearable appliance in communication with the one or more wireless nodes, the appliance monitoring vital signs. Other implementations can monitor heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, fluid status, posture and activity.09-27-2012
20130079634Implantable Microphone Noise Suppression - A system and method are described for an implantable sensing system. An implantable sensor generates a sensing signal representative of an internal sensing location of a user. A sensing gate, coupled to the sensor and responsive to the sensing signal, has a sensing gate threshold value such that the sensing signal is coupled from the sensing gate to an implanted signal processor when the sensing signal has a magnitude greater than the sensing gate threshold value, and the sensing signal is blocked when the sensing signal has a magnitude less than the sensing gate threshold value.03-28-2013
20130079633Diagnostic System with Hybrid Cable Assembly - A diagnostic system includes a remote unit configured to gather information and a base unit configured to process the gathered information. A cable couples the remote unit to the base unit and is configured to carry the information. The cable includes one or more electrical conductors for communicating electrical signals between the base unit and the remote unit. The cable also includes one or more optical fibers over which the gathered information is communicated. An outside sleeve is formed around the one or more electrical conductors and the one or more optical fibers.03-28-2013
20100145195Hand-Held Ultrasound System - An embodiment of a hand-held ultrasound system is disclosed. The hand-held ultrasound system comprises an ultrasound probe configured to transmit and receive ultrasound signals to and from a target object to thereby output receive signals. A body is sized to be held by a single hand of a user and has processing elements configured to form ultrasound images based on the receive signals and provide a preset touch screen menu. A touch screen, which is mounted on the body, includes a display and a touch panel with a touch response surface. The touch screen displays the ultrasound images and the preset touch screen menu for allowing the user to input user instructions. The preset touch screen menu is displayed on a display region of the display corresponding to proximity to a location of the touch panel touched by a finger of the user when the body is held by the single hand of the user.06-10-2010
20120209113Pulse compression system and method - A non-linear FM pulse compression system includes a non-linear FM transmitter adapted to receive an input signal and transmit an output signal. The non-linear FM transmitter is adapted to modulate the frequency of the output signal by at least one of the following: increasing the frequency of the output signal as a logarithmic function of the frequency of samples in the input signal; modulating the frequency of the output signal in inversely proportional relationship to the frequency of samples in the input signal; and modulating the frequency of the output signal according to a random permutation of the frequency of the input signal. At least one antenna interfaces with the non-linear FM transmitter. A non-linear FM receiver interfacing with the at least one antenna. The non-linear FM receiver is adapted to auto-correlate the output signal with a return signal.08-16-2012
20130211250Ultrasound Coupling Liquid and Container - This invention relates to a coupling liquid for ultrasound devices, preferably high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). The coupling liquid comprises a liquid aqueous solution of at least one hydrophilic polymer having an average molecular mass of between 30,000 and 70,000 and at least one alcohol with a carbon chain of 1 to 7 carbon atoms. Also disclosed is a container (08-15-2013
20100041987Imaging Apparatus And Method - A thermoacoustic imaging apparatus comprises an electromagnetic radiation source configured to irradiate a sample area and an acoustic signal detection probe arrangement for detecting acoustic signals. A radiation responsive acoustic signal generator is added outside the sample area. The detection probe arrangement detects both signals generated in a sample area in response to the irradiation and an acoustic signal from the radiation responsive acoustic signal generator that has traveled through the sample area. A computing system distinguishes first acoustic signal detections attributed to the acoustic signal generated by the radiation responsive acoustic signal generator and second acoustic signal detections attributed to the acoustic signals generated by the sample area. The computing system performs a tomographic computation of an acoustic transmission parameter as a function of a position in the sample area from the first acoustic signal detections. The acoustic transmission parameter may be a speed of sound or absorption. The acoustic transmission parameter may be used to correct the computation of a thermoacoustic image.02-18-2010
20090156932DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IN VIVO FLOW CYTOMETRY USING THE DETECTION OF PHOTOACOUSTIC WAVES - A photoacoustic flow cytometry (PAFC) device for the in vivo detection of cells circulating in blood or lymphatic vessels is described. Ultrasound transducers attached to the skin of an organism detect the photoacoustic ultrasound waves emitted by target objects in response to their illumination by at least one pulse of laser energy delivered using at least one wavelength. The wavelengths of the laser light pulse may be varied to optimize the absorption of the laser energy by the target object. Target objects detected by the device may be unlabelled biological cells or cell products, contrast agents, or biological cells labeled with one or more contrast agents.06-18-2009
20100106016Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Monitoring Device and Method - A device and method for measuring blood pressure are provided. More particularly, a non-invasive device utilizing an ultra-sound transducer and a conventional blood pressure cuff are used, in combination, to measure blood pressure.04-29-2010
20100106015MEDICAL DEVICE ALIGNMENT - A device and method for aligning medical devices is disclosed. A biopsy device having a handpiece, an elongated hollow needle with a lateral tissue receiving port, and an apparatus for providing a guide path, such as a light apparatus, is described. The light apparatus can provide visible light in a generally planar form, and the hollow needle can be aligned with the plane of light provided by the light apparatus. The light guide path provides a visible path along the skin of a patient, and the path can be used to align the needle of the biopsy device with a separate, hand held probe, such as an ultrasound probe used in ultrasound imaging.04-29-2010
20100106017Ultrasound System Capable Of Displaying Plurality Of Divided Screens - Disclosed herein is an ultrasound system capable of displaying a plurality of divided screens. The ultrasound system includes an ultrasound diagnosis unit transmitting an ultrasound signal to a patient body and receiving the ultrasound signal reflected from the patient body to generate a reception signal, a data generator generating ultrasound image data based on the reception signal, a memory storing the ultrasound image data, and an image processor dividing a screen of a display unit into a plurality of divided screens according to set-up of the display unit input from a user input unit and displaying an ultrasound image on the respective divided screens.04-29-2010
20100331682DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ADVANCED LOW-POWER MANAGEMENT OF A SENSOR TO MEASURE A PARAMETER OF THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM - A sensing insert device (12-30-2010
20100152580LUNG DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS WITH FOUR ULTRASOUND ELEMENTS - A lung diagnosis apparatus for measuring the flow, the flow rate, the respiratory air density and the molar mass of a living organism, includes a respiration tube through which respiratory air flows. On the outer surface of the respiration tube, on mutually opposite sides thereof, there are mounted two tube nozzles, of which the longitudinal axis thereof, or the nozzle axis, extends in an inclined manner relative to the longitudinal axis of the respiration tube, or tube axis. In the two tube nozzles, either a first ultrasound transmitter or a first ultrasound receiver is fixed. An electronic module, which actuates the first ultrasound transmitter and the first ultrasound receiver, evaluates their signals. A third tube nozzle and a fourth tube nozzle are arranged on mutually opposite sides of the respiration tube. The longitudinal axes of the third tube nozzle and the fourth tube nozzle define cross-nozzle axes, and extend orthogonally to the tube axis. In the third tube nozzle and the fourth tube nozzle, either a second ultrasound transmitter or a second ultrasound receiver are fixed.06-17-2010
20090124901Imaging Method and Device Using Shear Waves - The inventive imaging method consists in generating a mechanical wave having shearing and compressional components in a viscoelastic medium and in determining the movement parameter of said viscoelastic medium at different points during the propagation of said mechanical wave. Said method comprises a correction stage when the movement parameter is processed for eliminating errors caused by the compressional component of the mechanical wave.05-14-2009
20090043198MAGNETO-MOTIVE ULTRASOUND DETECTION OF MAGNETIC NANOPARTICLES - Provided herein are systems, methods and compositions for the use of ultrasound for detection of cells and nanoparticles.02-12-2009
20090043196ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS - A flexure display is a display graph in which positions of a plurality of surface points and amounts of displacement are correlated. A slider provides a user interface for setting time. A time which is set through the slider is reflected on the flexure display or the like. The flexure display provides a graph showing an amount of displacement of each surface point at the time which is set through the slider. A load display shows a temporal change of an amount of load applied to the bone. A strain display shows a temporal change of an amount of strain of the bone. Time markers showing a predetermined time are displayed on the load display and strain display. The time markers are displayed according to the time which is set through the slider.02-12-2009
20130090558ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS DEVICE, GRAPHIC ENVIRONMENT CONTROL DEVICE FOR USE THEREIN, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, a graphic environment control device for use therein, and a control method therefor are provided. The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes: a touch panel for detecting an operator's touch position; a display for displaying images in response to ultrasonic waves radiated from a probe and reflections of the ultrasonic waves; and a graphic control unit for displaying an input panel layout corresponding to the touch panel on the display, selecting a position on the input panel layout corresponding to a touch position detected by the touch panel, and performing a control operation corresponding to the position selected on the input panel layout.04-11-2013
20090306501Method and apparatus for directed device placement in the cerebral ventricles or other intracranial targets - Apparatus for directed cranial access to a site includes a guidepiece and a receptacle. The receptacle includes a lower part having a rim and a base, and a hollow stem at the base adapted to be mounted in a hole in the skull; and an upper part having a rim and an opening at the top. Each part of the receptacle has an interior spherical surface, and they can be joined at the rims to form an inner surface enclosing a spherical interior. The guidepiece includes a body having a spherical outer surface and a cylindrical bore through the center, defining an alignment axis; and a guide tube in the bore. The guidepiece is dimensioned to fit rotatably within the receptacle interior, and the apparatus is assembled by joining the receptacle over the guidepiece body, with the guide tube projecting through the top opening. The guide tube is dimensioned to accept an imaging device such as an ultrasound probe during an imaging stage, and an adaptor is provided, dimensioned to accept a device to be placed at the site during a placement stage. The probe is inserted into the guide tube and the guidepiece is swiveled until the image shows that the alignment axis is aligned along an optimal trajectory to the site, the receptacle is tightened to lock the guidepiece, and the imaging device is withdrawn. Then the adaptor is inserted into the guide tube, and the device is inserted through the adaptor along the established trajectory to the site. After placement of the device into the intracranial target, the adaptor, guidepiece, and receptacle are removed as a unit over the device while the device is held in place.12-10-2009
20090093715System and Method for Performing a Biopsy of a Target Volume and a Computing Device for Planning the Same - A system and method for performing a biopsy of a target volume and a computing device for planning the same are provided. A three-dimensional ultrasound transducer captures ultrasound volume data from the target volume. A three-dimensional registration module registers the ultrasound volume data with supplementary volume data related to the target volume. A biopsy planning module processes the ultrasound volume data and the supplementary volume data in combination in order to develop a biopsy plan for the target volume. A biopsy needle biopsies the target volume in accordance with the biopsy plan.04-09-2009
20090270727DOCKING STATION AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM - An ultrasonic diagnostic system has a tablet type electronic device for ultrasonic diagnosis and a docking station for mounting thereto the electronic device removably. The docking station includes a receptacle section against which one side of the electronic device comes into abutment when mounting the electronic device, and a hold-down section for holding down the electronic device releasably on the side opposite to the one side when mounting the electronic device.10-29-2009
20100081932Ultrasound Volume Data Processing - Embodiments for processing volume data in an ultrasound diagnostic system are disclosed. A volume data processing device comprises a volume data acquisition unit. The volume data acquisition acquires volume data having a plurality of frames from a periodically moving target object. Each of the frames includes a plurality of pixels. A period setting unit sets a feature point at each of the frames based on values of the pixels included therein and sets a moving period of the target object based on the feature points set at the frames. A volume data reconstructing unit reconstructs the volume data based on the set moving period.04-01-2010
20100081931IMAGE SEGMENTATION - A method for segmenting an image comprising: determining an initial estimation of a boundary between at least two components in a region of an image to be segmented; providing image data from the region of the image to be segmented, the image data representing gray level values of a plurality of image elements of the components; modelling the image data on a mixture of at least two statistical distributions, each statistical distribution having more than one parameter, and each component being associated with certain weights of the statistical distributions in the mixture; estimating the parameters of the statistical distributions in the mixture; for each component, estimating the weights of the statistical distributions in the mixture based on the estimated parameters and the image data of each image element; and optimizing the initial estimation of the boundary between the components based on the estimated parameters and estimated weights.04-01-2010
20100081930Systems and Methods for the Display of Ultrasound Images - A method of real time sonographing that includes concurrently displaying a real time ultrasound image and a patient record in a sonographer's paracentral vision. An ultrasound device including a display adapted to concurrently project a real time ultrasound image and a patient record. A method that includes displaying a non-real time ultrasound image and a patient record in a sonographer's paracentral vision. An ultrasound device including a display adapted to project a non real time ultrasound image and a patient record.04-01-2010
20100081929POSITION TRACKING METHOD, POSITION TRACKING DEVICE, AND ULTRASONOGRAPH - The location tracking method of the present invention is a method for tracking the motion of a measuring point on an object by repeatedly irradiating the object with waves and analyzing received signals that are based on the waves reflected from the object, and includes the steps of: (A) irradiating the object with a wave and calculating an initial phase curve showing a phase shift of a received signal in a wave propagation direction with respect to a reference signal, the received signal being based on the wave reflected; (B) setting an initial location in the propagating direction and assigning the measuring point to the initial location; (C) defining a displacement line, which passes the initial location on the initial phase curve and of which the gradient is calculated based on the frequency of the reference signal; and (D) irradiating the object with the waves multiple times, thereby calculating phase curves, each representing a phase shift of the received signal with respect to the reference signal, and defining the intersection between the displacement line and each phase curve as a location to which the measuring point has been displaced.04-01-2010
20100121191ULTRASONIC PERIODONTAL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING - System and methods of detecting and measuring periodontal disease comprising filling a periodontal pocket with a fluid capable of propagating sound waves, transmitting a sound wave into the periodontal pocket, sensing the return sound wave from the periodontal pocket, and determining the depth of the pocket by measuring the time it takes the at least one transmitted sound wave to traverse the periodontal pocket and return. A peak discrimination analysis algorithm is also provided.05-13-2010
20100121190SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO IDENTIFY INTERVENTIONAL INSTRUMENTS - Systems and methods which operate to identify interventional instruments and/or other objects in images are shown. Embodiments operate to extract relevant information regarding interventional instruments from a multi-dimensional volume for presenting the information to a user in near real-time with little or no user interaction. Objects may be identified by segmenting a multi-dimensional volume, identifying a putative object of interest in multiple multi-dimensional volume segments, and determining a position of the object of interest within the multi-dimensional volume using the putative object of interest segment identifications. Identification of objects of interest according to embodiments may be utilized to determine an image plane for use in displaying the objects within a generated image, to track the objects within the multi-dimensional volume, etc., such as for medical examination, interventional procedures, diagnosis treatment, and/or the like.05-13-2010
20100121189SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMAGE PRESENTATION FOR MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND INTERVENTIONAL PROCEDURES - Systems and methods which provide image presentation for medical examination, interventional procedures, diagnosis treatment, etc. from multi-dimensional volume datasets are shown. Reference indicators, providing information with respect to the relationship of an image to the physical world, are preferably provided to aid a viewer in interpreting the image. Such reference indicators may be provided in the form of tool markers and corresponding image marker. Degrees of freedom provided with respect to image manipulation are preferably selectively constrained to facilitate interaction with an image or images. Embodiments of the invention may implement a relatively simple bidirectional control to facilitate a survey of an entire image volume. Image display conventions may be provided which present images in a particular orientation to facilitate user interpretation of the image.05-13-2010
20120116218METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING ULTRASOUND DATA - Methods and systems for displaying ultrasound data are provided. One method includes acquiring ultrasound image data and physiological monitoring data during an ultrasound imaging scan, generating quantitative ultrasound data from the acquired ultrasound image data and correlating the quantitative ultrasound data with the physiological monitoring data. The method also includes displaying the correlated quantitative ultrasound data and physiological monitoring data time aligned on a display.05-10-2012
20090012396MEASURING TRANSDUCER MOVEMENT METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MULTI-DIMENSIONAL ULTRASOUND IMAGING - Methods and systems for measuring transducer movement are provided. For example, free-hand scanning for three-dimensional imaging is provided. An optical sensor within the transducer measures motion along the skin surface similar to measuring movement of a personal computer mouse with an optical sensor. Alternatively or additionally, the transducer is tilted at an angle other than perpendicular to the skin surface generally towards or away from the direction in which the transducer is translated. The transducer is then translated while maintaining the angle. Motion to or from the transducer is measured, and a component of the motion measured while the transducer is maintained at an angle is parallel to the direction of translation. The component of motion is angle corrected and used to determine a distance of travel.01-08-2009
20090012395ACOUSTIC PLETHYSMOGRAPH FOR MEASURING PULMONARY FUNCTION - The present disclosure concerns embodiments of an acoustic plethysmograph for measuring pulmonary function of an animal, such as a mouse. The plethysmograph in exemplary embodiments can measure thoracic tidal volume of an unrestrained animal. The plethysmograph in exemplary embodiments acoustically excites the chamber containing the animal and detects changes in the acoustic pressure in the chamber, which correlate to the thoracic tidal volume of the animal. Unlike the conventional whole-body plethysmograph, this acoustic plethysmograph provides a direct measure of thoracic tidal volume. The plethysmograph also can be configured to measure chamber flow (the flow of air into and out of the chamber). Specific airway resistance of the animal can then be determined from the thoracic tidal volume and plethysmograph flow measurements.01-08-2009
20090012392METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TISSUE CHARACTERIZATION - Analytical methods which are complementary to ultrasonic imaging systems and relate to the medical classification of human tissue as healthy or unhealthy (e.g. malignant) are disclosed. Methods and systems for the detection of abnormal tissue, in particular the characterization of tissue morphology which typifies a cancer process, are disclosed. The methods and systems are particularly applicable to ovarian cancer.01-08-2009
20100087732OPTICAL ULTRASOUND RECEIVER - An imaging guidewire can include one or more optical fibers communicating light along the guidewire. At or near its distal end, one or more blazed or other Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) can direct light to a photoacoustic transducer material that provides ultrasonic imaging energy. Returned ultrasound can be sensed by an FBG sensor. A responsive signal can be optically communicated to the proximal end of the guidewire, and processed such as to develop a 2D or 3D image. In an example, the guidewire outer diameter can be small enough such that an intravascular catheter can be passed over the guidewire. To minimize the size of the guidewire, an ultrasound-to-acoustic transducer that is relatively insensitive to the polarization of the optical sensing signal can be used. The ultrasound-to-optical transducer can be manufactured so that it is relatively insensitive to the polarization of the optical sensing signal.04-08-2010
20130165776CONTRACTION STATUS ASSESSMENT - An implantable medical device receives at least one sensor signal representing inter-movement between a basal region of a heart ventricle and a ventricle apex during at least a portion of a systolic phase of a cardiac cycle. A parameter processor calculates a contraction status parameter value based on the at least one sensor signal. This contraction status parameter value represents an elongation of the ventricle following onset of ventricular activation during a cardiac cycle. The contraction status parameter value is stored in a memory as a diagnostic parameter representing a current contraction status of a subject's heart.06-27-2013
20130165777ULTRASOUND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING VECTOR INFORMATION USING TRANSMISSION DELAYS - An ultrasound system and a method of detecting vector information with transmission delays are disclosed. In one embodiment, the ultrasound system includes: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to set at least two focal points and form ultrasound data corresponding to the respect two focal points by considering transmission delays to the respective focal points; and a processor configured to form vector information of a target object by using the ultrasound data.06-27-2013
20110028839Acoustic Sensor - At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to an acoustic sensor, that can be used to identify various fluids as well as concentrations of compounds dissolved in fluids.02-03-2011
20110282199ULTRASOUND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING IMAGE USING FIGURE TEMPLATE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING ULTRASOUND SYSTEM - Provided are a three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound system and a method for operating the 3D ultrasound system. The 3D ultrasound system may include a display unit to form an image with respect to an object in the body and to display the image on a screen, and a control unit to generate a figure template corresponding to the image, to adjust the generated figure template based on a reference location of the image, and to superimpose the adjusted figure template on the image and display the resulting combination.11-17-2011
20100268080APPARATUS AND TECHNIQUE TO INSPECT MUSCLE FUNCTION - A system and method for extracting functional and/or diagnostic information from acoustic emissions indicative of muscle activity. Time domain signals are transformed into the frequency domain while preserving temporal content, isolating and preserving the sign of changes of frequencies so obtained in a preserved temporal context, and presenting the frequency derivatives so obtained in the time domain, correlated with other sound features or aspects.10-21-2010
20090054770ADAPTIVE ULTRASOUND IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION BASED ON SENSING OF LOCAL MEDIA MOTION - An image reconstruction system method for forming an image of media using data acquired from an ultrasound transducer, the method including the steps of detecting relative motion between locations in the media and the transducer; determining relative media velocity from the detecting relative motion; setting a reconstruction period for an image point based on the determined velocity; determining the amount of acquired data to use during the reconstruction period based on the reconstruction period; and using the determined amount of acquired data to reconstruct the image point for display. The system includes a data acquisition system, a processor configured to process the data, and an image display device for displaying the image.02-26-2009
20110301459Surgical Procedure Bag - A sterile surgical procedure bag allows for rapid preparation of a surgical procedure while ensuring the sterility of the patient and the surgical instruments. The three dimensional shape of the bag creates a sterile space within which a surgical procedure may be performed. Sterile Instruments needed to perform the surgical procedure are secured to the interior of the bag in an organized and easily accessible way. The bag is attached to the surgical site. The bag further comprises openings for insertion of hands covered with sterile gloves into it, or the sterile instruments can be reached and manipulated through the bag's wall.12-08-2011
20110301458IMAGING PROBE - An imaging probe is suitable to be inserted into a tubular object so as to detect an interior image of the tubular object. The imaging probe includes a light source excitation assembly, an ultrasonic transducer and a receiver. The light source excitation assembly includes a pulsed laser, a first optical fiber and a cone-shaped reflecting member. The pulsed laser is suitable to generate a pulsed light energy. The cone-shaped reflecting member is suitable to reflect the pulsed light energy to let the pulsed light energy annularly irradiate the inner wall of the tubular object so as to produce a photoacoustic signal. The ultrasonic transducer is suitable to generate an ultrasonic signal. The ultrasonic signal annularly irradiates the inner wall of the tubular object so as to produce an ultrasonic echo signal. The receiver receives the photoacoustic signal and the ultrasonic echo signal.12-08-2011
20090043199WIRELESS NETWORK HAVING PORTABLE ULTRASOUND DEVICES - A patient monitoring system has one or more ultrasound devices that monitor patients. The ultrasound devices can communicate to a central station by way of a wireless data communication network. Ultrasound images acquired by the ultrasound devices may be displayed at the central station. Alarms may be generated based upon conditions detected by the ultrasound devices. An ultrasound device may have a strap that permits it to be held in place with a transducer against the skin of a subject to permit ultrasound observation of the subject either continuously or intermittently over an extended period.02-12-2009
20090076389Imaging by time reversal beamforming - A high resolution imaging system is used to detect and locate targets using time reversal in rich scattering environments, where the number of scatterers is significantly larger than the number of antennas. Our imaging system performs two major tasks by time reversal: clutter mitigation and target focusing. Clutter mitigation is accomplished through waveform reshaping to suppress the clutter returns. After the suppressed clutter is subtracted from the returned signal, a second time reversal for target focusing is performed. A final image is then obtained by beamforming.03-19-2009
20120271165MULTI-CHANNEL HEMISPHERICAL ULTRASONIC WAVE TRANSMIT AND RECEIVING DETECTION - A multi-channel hemispherical ultrasonic wave transmit and receive detection system and method, wherein, a transmit control system transmits out a plurality of detection signals through an energy converter, a receive system receives the reflected signals reflected from an obstacle, in determining a channel used by said transmit control system to control a multiplexer to select a channel to switch to and then amplify said reflected signals. Then, said receive system performs high speed analog-to-digital sampling, and high speed transmission through USB for said reflected signals amplified. Finally, a Graphic User Interface (GUI) of a computer performs smooth-out processing for said reflected signals and displays its waveforms, in determining distance to said obstacle.10-25-2012
20100249588SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING INTRAVASCULAR IMAGING SYSTEMS WITH MULTIPLE PULLBACK RATES - A method of performing an intravascular imaging procedure includes inserting an imager at a first end of a survey region of patient vasculature to be imaged. The survey region is imaged to obtain a set of first images while pulling back the imager from the first end of the survey region to a second end of the survey region opposite the first end. The imager is pulled back at a first linear rate of pullback. The imager is positioned at a first end of a region of interest determined within the survey region. The region of interest is imaged to obtain a set of second images. The region of interest is imaged while pulling back the imager at a second linear rate of pullback that is less than the first linear rate of pullback. At least a portion of the set of second images is displayed.09-30-2010
20090088635Method of Enhancing Ultrasound Visibility of Hyperechoic Materials - A permanent or temporary marker is embedded within a hydrogel plug used in a biopsy procedure to indicate the location of a suspicious lesion so that the marker may be found in a subsequent surgical procedure. A combination of at least one permanent and at least one temporary marker may be used. Inserts of differing sizes and shapes may also be placed into the hydrogel plugs during their manufacturing process and removed from the plugs after the plugs have cured so that air-filled cavities are left in the plug. These cavities are temporary but may be used to augment location of a permanent marker.04-02-2009
20110295116PROVIDING A MOTION IMAGE IN AN ULTRASOUND SYSTEM - Embodiments for providing a motion image are disclosed. In one embodiment, by way of non-limiting example, an ultrasound system comprises: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to form transmit signals having different phases between a n12-01-2011
20100016717LOW-COST DEVICE FOR C-SCAN PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING - The prostate gland or other region of interest is stimulated with laser light, resulting in ultrasound waves (photoacoustic effect) which are focused by an acoustic lens and captured by a specific 1- or 2D sensor array and subsequently displayed as a C-scan on a computer screen. The amplitude of the ultrasound waves generated by laser stimulation is proportional to the optical absorption of the tissue element at that spatial location. Variability in tissue absorption results in C-scan image contrast. The photoacoustic imaging is combined with an ultrasound C-scan image produced with a plane ultrasound wave applied to the region of interest.01-21-2010
20090137903Transmit Apodization Using A Sinc Function In An Ultrasound System - The present invention relates to transmit apodization using a sinc function in an ultrasound system. The ultrasound system includes: a transmission unit operable to generate transmit pulse signals with transmit apodization applied by using a sinc function; a probe operable to generate ultrasound signals based on the transmit pulse signals to thereby form a transmit beam and transmit the transmit beam along a predetermined scan line among a plurality of scan lines in a target object, the probe being further operable to receive ultrasound echoes reflected from the target object; and a reception unit operable to form receive signals corresponding to a plurality of scan lines based on the ultrasound echoes.05-28-2009
20080228073SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTOACOUSTIC IMAGING OF PERIPHERAL TISSUES - The system and method for optoacoustic imaging of peripheral tissues provides an assembly for emitting radiation on a tissue and an OCT system coupled to said assembly. The OCT system images tissue concurrent with the emission of radiation on the tissue.09-18-2008
20100036242DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MEASURE ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM DIAMETER - Systems, methods, and ultrasound transceivers equipped and configured to execute analysis and extract ultrasound information related to an abdominal aortic aneurysm of a subject are described. The methods utilize algorithms to establish improved targeting of the abdominal aortic aneurysm within a region-of-interest. The targeting algorithms may be optimally applied to provide the user with real-time feedback and orientation guidance for positioning the transceiver. Additional methods utilize diameter conversion algorithms to establish the diameter of the abdominal aortic aneurysm based on conversion of the volume measurement and limited segmentation within a targeted region-of-interest of the aorta.02-11-2010
20100113926SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLUTTER FILTER PROCESSING FOR IMPROVED ADAPTIVE BEAMFORMING - A method for clutter filter processing is provided. The method provides for extracting a blood component from an element signal produced by an element to obtain a filtered element signal, and extracting a blood component from a beamsum signal to obtain a filtered beamsum signal, calculating a time delay estimate between the filtered element signal and the filtered beamsum signal, or between the filtered element signal and the beam sum signal, or between the element signal and the filtered beamsum signal and applying the time delay estimate to correct transmit and receive beamforming time delays for the element. Systems and apparatus that afford functionality of the type defined by this method may be provided by the present technique.05-06-2010
20100113925ULTRASOUND TRANSMITTER - A system and method for providing a high voltage ultrasonic drive signal from an ultrasound transmitter are disclosed herein. An ultrasound transmitter includes a first plurality of drive transistors. A bias network is coupled to at least one transistor of the first plurality of drive transistors. A first switch is coupled to the bias network. The first switch selectively connects a first voltage to the bias network. The first switch is closed when generating an ultrasonic drive signal. The first switch is open when the transmitter is not generating an ultrasonic drive signal.05-06-2010
20100268081ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC PROBE - An ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus including an ultrasonic probe having plural vibrating elements whose electromechanical coupling coefficients vary in accordance with the magnitude of a bias voltage supplied from a bias voltage supply unit, an ultrasonic image constructing unit for constructing an ultrasonic image on the basis of a reflection echo signal received from the ultrasonic probe, and a display unit for displaying the ultrasonic image is equipped with a calculation unit for calculating the magnitude of the bias voltage with respect to a collapse voltage of the vibrating elements, a storage unit for storing the calculated magnitude of the bias voltage, and a control unit for making the bias voltage supply unit supply the bias voltage to the vibrating elements in accordance with the stored magnitude of the bias voltage.10-21-2010
20110125014Sounding Method and Device using Wave Propagation - The invention relates to a wave-propagation-based sounding method, in which: an incident wave is emitted through a medium including diffusers capable of reflecting the wave; and, subsequently, signals representing a reflected wave reverberated by the medium from the incident wave are captured, said captured signals being the sum of a single scattering component and a multiple scattering component. The captured signals are processed by separating the multiple scattering component from the single scattering component by filtering at least one frequency transfer matrix representing responses between transducers from the transducer assembly.05-26-2011
20100268079Height Adjustment Device for Imaging Apparatus - Various embodiments of a height adjustment device for an imaging apparatus are provided. In one embodiment, the height adjustment device has a driving shaft, first and second moving bodies and a driving means. The driving shaft is rotatably installed in a main body of an imaging apparatus. The driving shaft has a first spiral groove having a first pitch and a second spiral groove having a second pitch on a peripheral surface thereof. The second pitch is different from the first pitch. The first moving body is screw-engaged to the driving shaft in the first spiral groove, while the second moving body is screw-engaged to the driving shaft in the second spiral groove. The driving means rotates the driving shaft. A control panel and a display device of the imaging apparatus are coupled to the first and second moving bodies, respectively.10-21-2010
20080269604Ultrasound Calibration and Real-Time Quality Assurance Based on Closed Form Formulation - Disclosed is a system and method for intra-operatively spatially calibrating an ultrasound probe. The method includes determining the relative changes in ultrasound images of a phantom, or high-contrast feature points within a target volume, for three different ultrasound positions. Spatially calibrating the ultrasound probe includes measuring the change in position and orientation of the probe and computing a calibration matrix based on the measured changes in probe position and orientation and the estimated changes in position and orientation of the phantom.10-30-2008
20120108964PERFORMING GAIN CONTROL PROCESS BASED ON APPLICATION IN ULTRASOUND SYSTEM - Embodiments for performing a gain control process based on information of at least one gain control curve corresponding to at least one application are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, by way of non-limiting example, an ultrasound system comprises: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to acquire ultrasound data corresponding to a living body; a storage unit for storing information of at least one gain control curve corresponding to at least one application; and a processing unit configured to extract information a gain control curve corresponding to input information for selecting an application from the storage unit, form a gain control curve based on the extracted information, and perform a gain control process upon the ultrasound data based on the gain control curve.05-03-2012
20120108963Semiconductor Device and Ultrasonic Diagnostic Apparatus Using the Same - The present invention provides a semiconductor device of a bi-directional analog switch having a high linearity and a low electric power loss. An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus having a high degree of detection accuracy, comprising the semiconductor device, is also provided. A semiconductor device of a bi-directional analog switch, comprising a switch circuit capable of switching ON or OFF bi-directionally, and built-in driving circuits for the switch circuit, wherein the driving circuit is connected to first and second power supplies, and a first power supply voltage is higher than a maximum voltage of a signal applied to an input/output terminal of the switch circuit, a second power supply voltage is lower than a minimum voltage of a signal applied to an input/output terminal of the switch circuit, and the driving circuit comprises a Zener diode and a p-type MOSFET connected in series between the first power supply and the switch circuit.05-03-2012
20120108962PROVIDING A BODY MARK IN AN ULTRASOUND SYSTEM - Embodiments for providing a body mark are disclosed. In one embodiment, by way of non-limiting example, an ultrasound system comprises: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to acquire ultrasound data corresponding to a living body including a target object; a storage unit for storing at least one body mark corresponding to at least one application; and a processing unit configured to form an ultrasound image based on the ultrasound data, perform edge detection upon the ultrasound image to detect an edge of the target object, detect a body mark corresponding to the edge from the storage unit based on first input information for selecting an application, and set the body mark on the ultrasound image based on the edge.05-03-2012
20120108961ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus. The apparatus transmits ultrasonic signals to an object and receives reflected ultrasonic signals from the object to create ultrasonic images. The apparatus includes a detection unit for detecting an ultrasonic influence factor indicative of the influence of ultrasonic waves upon biological tissues, a warning unit warning a user, and a controller receiving the ultrasonic influence factor from the detection unit and activating the warning unit if the ultrasonic influence factor exceeds a predetermined threshold value.05-03-2012
20120108960METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ORGANIZING STORED ULTRASOUND DATA - Methods and systems for organizing stored ultrasound data are provided. One method includes displaying selectable anatomical identification guidance information having a plurality of identifiers corresponding to a plurality of anatomical portions of an anatomical region and receiving a user input selecting one of the plurality of identifiers. The method further includes storing a subsequently acquired image and associating the stored image with the anatomical potion of the anatomical region corresponding to the selected identifier.05-03-2012
20080269605ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD THEREOF - A generation unit generates data of a plurality of images whose scan time is different on the basis of an output of the probe. A calculation unit calculates a plurality of index values related to pressure of the probe against the tested body on the basis of a physical quantity changing with the strength of the pressure. A specifying unit specifies a first image, which corresponds to a first index value of the plurality of calculated index values, and a second image, which corresponds to a second index value, among the plurality of generated images. A display unit displays the specified first and second images side by side.10-30-2008
20100087734Ultrasound System With Control Panel Adjustable in Height Through Contact - Disclosed herein is an ultrasound system which has a control panel adjustable in height. The ultrasound system includes the control panel, a power transmission device adjusting a height of the control panel, a contact detection unit detecting contact and generating a selection signal, and a controller controlling the power transmission device according to the selection signal.04-08-2010
20090062645METHOD FOR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF PROSTATE CANCER - In a method for diagnosis and treatment of a patient with a tumor relating to prostate cancer, the following steps are implemented. A differential diagnosis of prostate cancer versus prostatitis and/or BPH is conducted on a patient using a cost-effective diagnosis method. If prostate cancer is diagnosed in the patient using a cost-effective measurement method, a characteristic value for the tumor aggressiveness of the prostate cancer is determined. A watchful waiting treatment is implemented with the patient given a characteristic value below a predeterminable first limit value. The size and position of the tumor is determined using a cost-effective method given a characteristic value above the first limit value. A cost-effective ultrasonic theranosis or a conventional therapy is conducted for a size below a second predeterminable limit value. The presence of metastases in the patient is checked, with a cost-intensive method generating image information, for a size above the second limit value. A metastasis treatment is implemented in the event that metastases are present. In the event that no metastases are present, a tumor treatment based on the aforementioned image information generated is implemented.03-05-2009
20100125196Ultrasonic Diagnostic Apparatus And Method For Generating Commands In Ultrasonic Diagnostic Apparatus - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus including: a touch panel unit to sense a contact; a pattern identification unit to identify a pattern of the sensed contact; and a command generation unit to generate a command signal corresponding to the identified pattern, as a response to the contact is provided.05-20-2010
20100087735METHODS AND APPARATUSES OF MICROBEAMFORMING WITH ADJUSTABLE FLUID LENSES - An acoustic probe (04-08-2010
20100125197METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADDRESSING VASCULAR STENOTIC LESIONS - A method and apparatus are provided for addressing vascular stenotic lesions. The geometry of a stenotic lesion zone is determined and is used to determine pressure drop of blood flow across the lesion zone or a portion thereof. The pressure drop value is used to determine a treatment regimen for the stenotic lesion zone. The geometry if preferably a three dimensional geometry. The apparatus provides pressure drop values to a physician so the physician can treat the patient if treatment is needed and provides direction for treatment options as to type and degree.05-20-2010
20090275831IMAGE REGISTRATION AND METHODS FOR COMPENSATING INTRAOPERATIVE MOTION IN IMAGE-GUIDED INTERVENTIONAL PROCEDURES - The invention provides methods and systems for guiding an interventional medical procedure using ultrasound imaging. Using improved image fusion techniques, the invention provides an improved method for the treatment of a flexible target volume and/or flexible surrounding structures.11-05-2009
20080208046Ultrasonic Diagnostic Imaging System With Integrated Network Analyzer - An ultrasound diagnostic imaging system (08-28-2008
20080208050ULTRASONIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC IMAGE ACQUISITION METHOD - Ultrasonic image acquisition method comprising; calculating value for remaining parameter, from inputs of any values for three of four parameters, based on correlation information on four types of parameters; creating image that represents correlation graphically based on values for two of entered three parameters and obtained parameter, to create a setting screen on which display part variably displays parameters; displaying setting screen on display part; repeating calculation and setting-screen-creation by defining entered values for three parameters, as values for altered parameter and two non-graphically-represented parameters, when instruction to alter value for one of two graphically represented parameters is received through input part; and irradiating ultrasound beam to object based on entered values for three parameters and obtained value for remaining parameter when determination of values for each parameter are entered, so as to generate 3D dynamic image based on data obtained by receiving ultrasonic echo from object.08-28-2008
20080208049ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS SYSTEM - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes a contrast timer starting time measurement by a start signal and an external input device for externally inputting said start signal.08-28-2008
20080208048ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT SYSTEM, ULTRASONIC IMAGING APPARATUS, AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT METHOD - The controller causes a display to display body marks representing the body parts of a subject to be imaged. Furthermore, the controller causes the display to display subjective symptom marks corresponding to the subjective symptoms of a subject to be examined in a location within a body mark that has been designated by an examiner. The examiner conducts ultrasonic imaging by applying an ultrasonic probe to a subject to be examined while checking the location of the subjective symptom marks. The controller links a tomographic image obtained from the imaging to the subjective symptoms and causes a storage to store the same. In the medical examination, the controller causes the display to display the tomographic image and further causes the display to display the subjective symptom marks representing the subjective symptoms linked to the tomographic image.08-28-2008
20090275830Methods and Systems for Lesion Localization, Definition and Verification - A method and apparatus for lesion or organ definition for the purpose of radiation treatment planning localization and treatment position verification. The apparatus uses a combination of an ultrasound imaging system and a diagnostic imaging system to acquire localization ultrasound images referenced in the coordinate space of the diagnostic imaging system through the use of position sensing system. The method compares the location of the lesion in the localization ultrasound images with the position of the lesion in ultrasound images taken while the patient lies on the treatment table of a therapy treatment unit, suggests corrective measures to place the lesion in its intended treatment position and executes the correction upon confirmation from qualified personnel.11-05-2009
20090043195Ultrasound Touchscreen User Interface and Display - User interface for providing user control over device functions of an ultrasound imaging system (02-12-2009
20090292203ULTRASONIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC IMAGING SYSTEM - An ultrasonic imaging apparatus includes a plurality of transmission/reception units each having a probe connector, a transmission/reception section, and a power supply, a plurality of display units each having an image display section and a power supply, a plurality of operation units each having an operation section and a power supply, a single control unit, and a communication means for communicably connecting said control unit to said transmission/reception units, said display units, and said operation units. The control unit has a unit control means for individually controlling said plurality of transmission/reception units, said plurality of display units, and said plurality of operation units, all of which are connected to said control unit, and a software management section for managing enable/disable of softwares for respectively controlling said plurality of display units and said plurality of operation units.11-26-2009
20080208051ULTRASOUND SYSTEM - The present invention is directed to an ultrasound system providing a power save mode. The ultrasound system includes: a power supply unit to output a supply power; an ultrasound diagnosis unit to transmit ultrasound signals to a target object and receive ultrasound echo signals reflected from the target object, the ultrasound diagnosis unit being configured to form an ultrasound image based on the ultrasound echo signals; a switch unit coupled between the ultrasound diagnosis unit and the power supply unit; and a control unit to control the switch unit for providing the supply power from the power supply unit to the ultrasound diagnosis unit depending on an operation state of the ultrasound diagnosis unit. The power supply unit individually supplies a power to the ultrasound diagnosis unit and the control unit.08-28-2008
20090124902Method for in vivo tissue classification - The invention relates to a method for the classification of tissue from the lumbar region, using an ultrasonic transducer array comprising a control device, at least one light source with a small spectral width in a wavelength range above 500 nm, at least one light detector, and a process computer for processing the measuring values of the light detector. According to the invention, the light detector detects only backscattered light from the tissue, the ultrasonic transducer array injects focussed ultrasounds into the tissue during the illumination thereof, and the process computer isolates the contribution of the ultrasound focus of the scattered light from the total light intensity measured by the light detector and calculates optical parameters therefrom for the tissue in the ultrasound focus. The process computer derives a characteristic variable from the calculated parameters, which is optimised in terms of a pre-determined optimality criterion, by controlling the control device in such a way that the position of the ultrasound focus is modified in the tissue according to said process computer, and the process computer compares the optical parameters in the optimum position of the ultrasound focus with a stored data table, thus being able to classify the tissue.05-14-2009
20080242981CASING MECHANISM AND MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND ULTRASOUND ENDOSCOPE USING THE SAME - A casing mechanism according to the present invention includes a first connector fixedly mounted on a first circuit board; a second connector fixedly mounted on a second circuit board; and a stress absorbing member which absorbs stresses produced in the first connector and the second connector when the first circuit board and the second circuit board are fastened to a casing with the first connector and the second connector interconnected.10-02-2008
20080249402System or Synchronised Playback of Video Image Clips - The present invention relates to an ultrasound image review system which synchronises, for simultaneous display, two or more ultrasound image clips (A, B, C) captured in respect of, for example, the cardiac region of a patient. Each clip (A, B, C) is divided into frame sets (10-09-2008
20080249407User Interface System and Method for Creating, Organizing and Setting-Up Ultrasound Imaging Protocols - An ultrasound imaging system includes a display for displaying an ultrasound image and an analysis package operatively connected to the image display. The analysis package provides a user the ability to manage an ultrasound imaging protocol. The analysis package facilitates the management of the imaging protocol by displaying for the sonographer an interface which allows for editing, sorting and organizing protocol views using representative images.10-09-2008
20080249405ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD - A living tissue region determining unit of a gain correction data generating section determines a diagnostic living tissue region on the basis of an S/N and a dispersion value of ultrasound data collected from each of a plurality of slice sections in a gain correction scan mode intended for the generation of gain correction data for volume data. A gain correction map generating unit applies a least squares method to the average value of the ultrasound data in a plurality of regions set by dividing the living tissue region into predetermined sizes, thereby generating two-dimensional gain correction maps. Then, an interpolating processing unit interpolates, in a slice direction, the gain correction map generated for each of the plurality of slice sections, and generates three-dimensional gain correction data corresponding to each voxel of the volume data.10-09-2008
20080249404GASTRIC THERAPY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUTURING GASTRIC WALL - This gastric therapy system includes a loop-forming member that forms a loop along a lesser-curvature-line and a greater-curvature-line in a stomach; a guide member that introduces the loop-forming member into the stomach; and a therapy section that cerclages a part of the gastric wall after looping the loop-forming member.10-09-2008
20080249401Remote Ultrasonic Diagnostic Subject-Side Apparatus, Remote Ultrasonic Diagnostic Examiner-Side Apparatus and Remote Ultrasonic Diagnostic System - A subject-side apparatus 10-09-2008
20080249403TRACKER HOLDER ASSEMBLY - Provided herein are devices and methods for mounting variously configured medical imaging probes to a tracker assembly for imaging applications. In one aspect, a tracker assembly provides multiple degrees of freedom for positioning a probe relative to a patient and/or maintaining a probe in a desired location for imaging purposes. The tracker generates location information that may be utilized as frame of reference information for acquired images. In another aspect a holding device allows for interfacing/holding differently configured probes in a common orientation to a predetermined frame of reference.10-09-2008
20080275338Nonlinear Ultrasonic Diagnostic Imaging Using Intermodulation Product Signals - An ultrasonic imaging system transmits waveforms containing first and second major frequency components which are intermodulated by passage through a nonlinear medium or interaction with a contrast agent microbubble to produce a difference frequency component. In an illustrated embodiment the transmit waveforms are square waves exhibiting only odd harmonic components. The first and third harmonic components are intermodulated by nonlinear effects to produce a difference frequency signal at the second harmonic frequency.11-06-2008
20080275339DETERMINATION OF SOUND PROPAGATION SPEED IN NAVIGATED SURGERIES - The patent discloses a method and device for measuring the speed of sound of ultrasound waves used in a sonographic examination of a patient's body structure. Marker devices are attached to an ultrasound probe and to an ultrasound reflecting body structure such that the distance traveled by the ultrasound waves can be determined by a navigation system. Using this distance and the transit time of the ultrasound waves, the measured speed can be calculated. The calculated speed of sound may then be used to accurately scale the ultrasound images.11-06-2008
20080281195System and method for planning LV lead placement for cardiac resynchronization therapy - An ultrasound system comprises a memory for storing patient study data associated with segments of a patient's left ventricle (LV). The patient study data comprises at least a first asynchrony study and at least one of a first viability study and a first regional function study. A cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) lead placement planning module compares at least a portion of the patient study data for each of the segments. An output device indicates at least one location for placement of an LV lead within one of the segments of the patient's LV during a CRT procedure based on the comparison of the at least a portion of the patient study data for each of the segments.11-13-2008
20080287790IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DELIVERY OF AN INSTRUMENT TO AN IMAGED SUBJECT - An embodiment of an imaging system of an imaged subject is provided. The imaging system comprises a controller, and an imaging system and a display in communication with the controller. The imaging system can include an imaging probe having a marker representative of a unique identifier. The display can be illustrative of the imaged data acquired with the imaging probe in combination with a graphic representation of an imaging plane vector representative of a general direction of a field of view (FOV) of image acquisition of the imaging probe traveling through the imaged subject.11-20-2008
20080287787Line-based calibration of ultrasound transducer integrated with a pose sensor - Apparatus for calibrating an ultrasound transducer providing B-scans for two-dimensional (2D) images, includes: an ultrasound probe for providing B-scans; a position sensing device, the position sensing device being attached to the ultrasound probe and operating as part of a position sensing system in cooperation with a fixed sensing control unit, for labeling the B-scans with their respective relative positions and orientations (pose); a phantom marker for being imaged by the ultrasound probe for providing measurements which together with known physical properties of the phantom marker are used to derive calibration information for relating measurement data from the position sensing device to the poses of the B-scans to construct a 3D image; and the phantom marker comprising an encoded line object with distinctive calibration characteristics indicative of position along the line object, wherein the line object is disposed in a generally circumferential manner about a common axis with the probe.11-20-2008
20080287788SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ORGAN MONITORING - A method for monitoring a patient's organ includes: inputting an electrical signal into the organ; receiving the electrical signal from the organ; and comparing the received electrical signal to a reference electrical signal to determine whether the patient's organ is functioning properly. The electrical signals may be representative of flow characteristics. In one aspect, a system for monitoring a patient's organ includes a sensor sock having a flexible body adapted to at least partially surround an organ, the sock carrying a plurality of spaced-apart electrodes. In another aspect, the system includes at least one flow transducer adapted to be attached to a blood vessel connected to the organ. A sensor unit is adapted to be implanted into the patient's body and to transmit and receive electrical signals from the electrodes or transducers. A computer may be programmed to compare the received electrical signal to the reference electrical signal.11-20-2008
20080228071Diagnostic Ultrasound System with Grippable Articulating Flat Panel Display - An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system includes an articulating flat panel display for viewing images produced by the ultrasound system. The flat panel display is articulated to a desired viewing position by gripping the periphery of the display screen and moving the display screen to the desired viewing position with one hand. The bezel around the display screen is contoured and formed of a robber-like material which can be engaged with the thumb of a user's hand, and the back of the display enclosure opposing the bezel contains perforations which can be engaged with fingers of the user. The gripping perforations also provide ventilation of the flat panel display.09-18-2008
20080312533Noninvasive Measurements in a Human Body - A measurement system and method are presented for use for non-invasive measurements in a human body. Acoustic radiation is applied to a certain illuminated region in the body, with at least two different conditions of the applied radiation achievable by varying at least one characteristic of the acoustic radiation. Light scattered from the body part is detected, and measured data indicative of detected photons tagged and untagged by the acoustic radiation is generated. The measured data is analyzed to extract therefrom a data portion corresponding to the tagged photons and being therefore associated with a light response of said certain region, thereby enabling determination of tissue properties of said certain region based on a relation between the measured data portions corresponding to the at least two different operating conditions.12-18-2008
20100280372Observation device and method - An observation device and method for observing a plurality of physiological and/or anatomical parameters is disclosed. The exemplary embodiment of the observation device is portable and handheld so that it may be used in an emergency situation and is field-deployable. The exemplary embodiment includes an image collector for observing, measuring, and/or recording at least one parameter, which parameter may then be used in analysis and diagnosis of the subject's condition or lack thereof.11-04-2010
20080287789Computed volume sonography - The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods which allow for ultrasound parameter estimation to occur at specific advantageous sets of points in a two- or three-dimensional field of view within re-configurable, massively parallel, programmable architectures that can accommodate the input/output streaming, data movement or storage, and computation requirements. In one embodiment, a power efficient system is used for processing the data thereby increasing the ability of the system to be used for hand carried or mobile ultrasound applications. One aspect of the concepts discussed herein is the architectural aspects which provide the ability to simultaneously accept a large number of channels of data characterized by a continuous, simultaneous flow at high sample rates. The input data is routed at high rates to a distributed and large number of processing elements, memory, and connections for simultaneous parameter estimation at multiple points in the field of view. The ability to route the same data to multiple places enables high frame rates and allows for the streaming of data through the architecture.11-20-2008
20080294043Imaging system - Methods for imaging the internal structures of an object using an acoustic wave field are provided. In one aspect, for example, a method of imaging internals of a physical object using acoustic waves may include transmitting an acoustic wave field toward the object, receiving a resultant acoustic wave field with a receiver, where the resultant acoustic wave field is in response to the transmitted acoustic wave field reflected from or transmitted through the object, and determining a predicted resultant acoustic wave field derived from a model of the object. The method may also include determining a residual between the predicted resultant acoustic wave field and the resultant acoustic wave field, and back propagating the residual to determine corrections to the model of the object. In another aspect, the above recited steps may be further iterated to successively refine the model of the object over a number of iterations until a predefined condition is reached.11-27-2008
20080287791Switched Resonant Ultrasonic Power Amplifier System - A switched resonant power amplifier system for ultrasonic transducers is disclosed. The system includes an amplifier that receives and processes a driver output signal for generating a drive signal that is provided to an ultrasonic device for controlling output of the ultrasonic device. An output control circuit receives and processes a signal related to a feedback signal generated by the ultrasonic device and a divider reference signal, and generates a compensated clock signal that is adjusted for at least one of phase and frequency differences between the received feedback signal and the divider reference signal. A compensated drive circuit receives and processes the compensated clock signal for generating the divider reference signal, and for generating the driver output signal.11-20-2008
20080249406ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - In a transportable ultrasound diagnostic apparatus, a body to which a display unit on which an ultrasound image is displayed is integrated and an operation panel are connected by a connecting member. The body and the operation panel are supported by a body supporting stub and an operation panel supporting stub, which are separate supporting stubs, on the connecting member in a pivotable manner around center axes of the supporting stubs. The ultrasound diagnostic apparatus is used in an open state in which the operation panel is pulled down to the front side. The operation panel is pivoted to close with the body, resulting in a storage state.10-09-2008
20110208051DETECTION AND DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM AND METHOD - An apparatus for detecting the presence of substances, compositions, constituents, proportionalities, of examined objects, and abnormalities and diseases associated with human tissue responsive to detected amplitudes and/or frequencies, such as resonant frequencies from the object/body being examined. Data in a database is utilized to identify the unbalanced condition, the foreign, toxic or harmful substance. The identified condition/substance may be used as an aid to select an appropriate treatment or corrective action.08-25-2011
20110208050ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus is disclosed. The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes a display unit displaying an ultrasound image, and an object checking unit checking a state or probing portion of an object.08-25-2011
20090030310Diagnostic probe for combining positron emission measurements with ultrasonography - A system for dual-mode medical imaging is provided. The system features components for PET imaging as well as for ultrasonic imaging, with an internal probe that has components to provide capability for both. The system provides cost-efficient PET imaging for smaller regions and organs of interest than conventional full body PET scanner apparatus.01-29-2009
20110208052BREAST ULTRASOUND ANNOTATION USER INTERFACE - The present invention refers to a graphical user interface (08-25-2011
20080234577Diagnostic Ultrasound System with Articulating Flat Panel Display - An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system includes a flat panel display for viewing images produced by the ultrasound system. The flat panel display is mounted to the ultrasound system by an articulating arm assembly having a lower arm with a fixed elevation pivotally connected to the ultrasound system and an upper arm pivotally connected to the lower arm at one end and pivotally connected to the flat panel display at the other end. The upper arm includes a 4-bar linkage which enables the flat panel display to be raised and lowered, and a pneumatic piston which provides a counter-weight to the weight of the flat panel display.09-25-2008
20080208045Optimization of User Settings for an Ultrasonic Imaging System - An apparatus and method are described for developing system presets for imaging procedures performed by an ultrasound system. A plurality of ultrasound systems each compile a log of system preset settings used by system operators in diagnostic exams. Periodically these logs are transmitted to a service center where the system settings data is aggregated into a common database. The data of the database is analyzed to develop factory installed system presets derived from a large number of ultrasound system users over a wide geographic area. Specialized presets can be developed for regional or local groups of users.08-28-2008
20110144488ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM - An ultrasound diagnostic system is disclosed. The ultrasound diagnostic system allows an examiner and an examinee to view a diagnosis result on different screens through a single display unit by adjusting viewing angles depending on positions of the examiner and the examinee, thereby providing a screen for the current diagnosis status to the examinee without a separate monitor for the examinee and providing an optimized screen for diagnosis to the examiner.06-16-2011
20090177083Pressing Member, Ultrasonic Probe and Ultrasonic Diagnosing Device - An object is to provide a pressing member, an ultrasonic probe and an ultrasonic diagnosing device that enhance the efficiency of uniformly pressing a subject and achieve a high-precision elastic image. Therefore, the contact surface of the pressing member with the subject is formed so that the vertical direction of the face of at least a part of the contact surface is different from the vertical direction of the face of the other part. The pressing member is detachably mounted on the probe or formed integrally with the probe.07-09-2009
20090143674USER INTERFACE SYSTEM FOR MAMMOGRAPHIC IMAGER - The present invention provides for x-ray imaging and ultrasound imaging of a body region of interest in a spatially correlatable manner. The resultant x-ray and ultrasound images may be combinatively employed to provide three-dimensional information regarding a location of interest within the body, and is particularly apt for use in the analysis/biopsy of potential lesions and suspicious masses in a female breast. The invention provides for direct body contact by an ultrasound imaging head, as well as targeted ultrasound imaging of a selected portion of the region from which x-ray images are obtained. A user interface system facilitates various procedures including ultrasound guided needle biopsy procedures.06-04-2009
20090143673TRANSIT TIME ULTRASONIC FLOW MEASUREMENT - A transcutaneous energy transfer system with subcutaneous non coupled coils is used to transmit power and signals to an implanted biological support device or sensor, such as a flow sensor for measuring relatively low flow rates, such as hydrocephalic shunt flow. The flow sensor is configured to convert a shear wave generated by a transducer to a longitudinal wave at the interface of a signal pathway and the flow, wherein the longitudinal wave travels parallel to the flow and exits a flow channel to convert to a shear wave which intersects a second transducer. The transcutaneous energy transfer employs a pair of inductive coupling coils, wherein the coils are disposed in zero coupling orientation which can include a perpendicular orientation of corresponding coil axes.06-04-2009
20090012394USER INTERFACE FOR ULTRASOUND SYSTEM - A user interface for an ultrasound system is provided. The ultrasound system includes the user interface having at least one user control member and a display having a plurality of virtual display elements displayed thereon when a virtual pointer is positioned over an image displayed on the display. A function controlled by the at least one user control member is determined based on a selected one of the plurality of virtual display elements.01-08-2009
20090005680MEASURING TRANSDUCER MOVEMENT METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MULTI-DIMENSIONAL ULTRASOUND IMAGING - Methods and systems for measuring transducer movement are provided. For example, free-hand scanning for three-dimensional imaging is provided. An optical sensor within the transducer measures motion along the skin surface similar to measuring movement of a personal computer mouse with an optical sensor. Alternatively or additionally, the transducer is tilted at an angle other than perpendicular to the skin surface generally towards or away from the direction in which the transducer is translated. The transducer is then translated while maintaining the angle. Motion to or from the transducer is measured, and a component of the motion measured while the transducer is maintained at an angle is parallel to the direction of translation. The component of motion is angle corrected and used to determine a distance of travel.01-01-2009
20090012393ULTRASOUND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FORMING ULTRASOUND IMAGES - The present invention is directed to an ultrasound system and a method for displaying ultrasound images. The ultrasound system includes: a storage unit operable to store batch processing information associated with a plurality of diagnostic modes in which the ultrasound system will consecutively operate in a batch mode; an input unit operable to allow a user to select the batch mode; a transmit/receive unit responsive to the selection of the batch mode to consecutively transmit ultrasound signals to a target object and receive echo signals to thereby output reception signals in the respective diagnostic modes; a signal processing unit operable to perform signal processing upon the reception signals based on the batch processing information for each of the diagnostic modes; an image processing unit operable to form ultrasound images based on the signal-processed reception signals; and a display unit operable to sequentially display the ultrasound images formed in the respective diagnostic modes.01-08-2009
20090024030Methods and systems for guiding the acquisition of ultrasound images - A method of presenting a suggested path for an ultrasound probe along a patient's surface includes obtaining a three-dimensional, non-ultrasound image of the patient and an ultrasound image of the patient. A treatment area is defined within the within the three-dimensional, non-ultrasound image, and using the images, defining a scanning site contour of an anatomical structure of interest within the patient and an external contour of the patient's surface. A preferred path of the ultrasound scan is projected onto the external contour such that an operator can reproduce the ultrasound scan without knowledge of the anatomical structure of interest.01-22-2009
20090024029ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus which forms a three-dimensional bloodstream image by reference to volume data obtained from a three-dimensional space within a living organism. Binarization processing and three-dimensional labeling processing are applied to velocity volume data, to thereby generate three-dimensional mask data. At this time, because a bloodstream object has a larger volume size than a noise object, this difference in volume size is utilized to discriminate between a bloodstream portion and a noise portion. Bloodstream volume data are then generated from the velocity volume data and by reference to the three-dimensional mask data. Then, a three-dimensional bloodstream image is formed by reference to the bloodstream volume data.01-22-2009
20090024028METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING IMAGES - A method and system for evaluating images is disclosed herein. A method for evaluating non-ultrasound images using an ultra-sound imaging system comprises: obtaining plurality of ultrasound images using the ultrasound imaging system and fetching a plurality of non-ultrasound DICOM images to the ultrasound imaging system. Once the images are obtained, ultrasound measurements are performed in the ultrasound and non-ultrasound images using the ultrasound imaging system to obtain at least one predefined parameter from the ultrasound and non-ultrasound images. Once the predefined parameters are obtained, they are compared to interpret the results.01-22-2009
20080306382Adaptive clinical marker preservation in spatial compound ultrasound imaging - Clinical markers are adaptively identified in steered spatial compounding ultrasound imaging. Motion is detected. The use or determination of the clinical marker information adapts to the amount of motion. If sufficient motion is detected, the contribution of clinical marker information may be reduced, the weighting of the clinical marker information relative to the steered compound information is reduced, the acquisition sequence is adjusted for component frames of data, or combinations thereof.12-11-2008
20090198127SYSTEM, DEVICE, AND METHODS FOR RESONANT THERMAL ACOUSTIC IMAGING - A thermal acoustic imaging (TAI) system includes a source of continuous amplitude-modulated RF or microwaves for irradiating a tissue region to be imaged, wherein a modulation frequency of the RF of microwaves resonantly excite the tissue region to emit thermal acoustic signals in response. The source preferably provides a substantially uniform power distribution in the region to be imaged. An acoustic transducer receives the thermal acoustic signals and generates an electrical signal in response. Matched filtering matched to a frequency of the amplitude-modulated RF or microwaves followed by delay-and sum or adaptive methods are preferably used to generate images from the electrical signals. The acoustic transducer is preferably a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) transducer.08-06-2009
20090198128BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION - There are provided a biological information imaging apparatus that can measure ultrasound generated from an optical absorber in a deep part of a subject living bodywith high sensitivity, and a method for analyzing biological information using the biological information imaging apparatus. The biological information imaging apparatus that detects ultrasound and images biological information, includes: a light source that irradiates the subject with light for generating ultrasound from an optical absorber existing in the subject; an ultrasound transmission unit that transmits focus ultrasound to a specific region where the optical absorber exists; and an ultrasound detection unit that detects an ultrasound synthesized signal due to interaction between ultrasound generated from the optical absorber that absorbs the light and the focus ultrasound transmitted to the specific region.08-06-2009
20110144489ADAPTIVE CLUTTER FILTERING METHOD AND ULTRASOUND SYSTEM FOR THE SAME - There is disclosed an embodiment for adaptive clutter filtering. A signal acquisition unit transmits and receives ultrasound signals to and from a target object to output baseband IQ signals. A memory stores an error condition, a filter decision condition and information on at least two of filters for filtering the baseband IQ signals. A user interface receives a filter selection condition for selecting at least two filters among a plurality of filters stored in the memory. A processor extracts at least two of filters from the memory according to the filter selection condition and the error condition, decides a filter among the extracted at least two of filters and filters the baseband IQ signals by using filter coefficients of the decided filter.06-16-2011
20090062643Medical diagnostic imaging with real-time scan conversion - Display or pixel values are scan converted from ultrasound data on the fly. As each pixel is to receive display values, the display value is determined. Scan conversion is performed sequentially, with each new value being determined in synchronization with reading display values out to the display. Rather than storage in a raster buffer, scan converted display values are output to the display while other display values for a same image are being converted.03-05-2009
20090062646OPERATION OF A REMOTE MEDICAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM USING ULTRASOUND IMAGE - A method of operating a remote medical navigation system using ultrasound, employs ultrasound imaging from a medical device to supplement or to replace conventional x-ray imaging of the operating region during navigation.03-05-2009
20090099446METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COMBINED AUDIBLE AND ULTRASOUND INSPECTION OF OBJECTS, INCLUDING PATIENTS - An acquisition component is provided that includes an audible sound sensor configured to receive audible sounds within a sensing area and a multi-element ultrasound transducer configured to emit ultrasound signals and to receive reflections of the ultrasound signals in the same sensing area. The audible sound sensor and the multi-element ultrasound transducer may be configured to be simultaneously operable.04-16-2009
20110230762COMPRESSION DEVICE USED IN ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT, COMPRESSION CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A compression device for compressing a subject that is used in ultrasonic measurement that receives ultrasonic waves from the subject to acquire biological information of the subject, comprising: two compression plates that are used when compressing the subject, and that face each other in a vertical direction with respect to a horizontal plane; a flexible sheet for setting a subject on, which is stretched between upper ends of the two compression plates; a compression mechanism that relatively changes a distance between the two compression plates to sandwich and compress the subject that is set on the flexible sheet through the flexible sheet; and a supply unit for supplying a matching liquid onto the flexible sheet. The apparatus can match an acoustic impedance with a subject and can suppress leaking or overflowing of a matching liquid.09-22-2011
20090209857Method and system for identifying and quantifying particles in flow systems - A method and system for quantifying particles in a flow system are provided.08-20-2009
20090054768Method and apparatus for voice recording with ultrasound imaging - An ultrasound system comprises a probe for acquiring ultrasound data associated with a patient and a microphone detecting audio. The system further comprises a processor module and a memory. The processor module is configured to receive the ultrasound data from the probe and processes the ultrasound data to form an image file. The processor module is further configured to receive the audio from the microphone and forms a voice recording file based on the received audio. The memory stores the image file and the voice recording file, and the processor module automatically associates the image file and the voice recording file with each other.02-26-2009
20080262347METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING INTEGRITY OF AN IMPLANTED DEVICE - A system for detecting the integrity of a previously implanted prosthetic device may include a detector including a sensor configured to detect signals from the implant and securing means for securing the sensor in a sensing position relative to the implantable device. The system also may include a power source configured to provide power to the sensor and a computation means for processing data communicated by the detector and for displaying the processed data for diagnosing.10-23-2008
20080262348ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus generates volume data by performing three-dimensional scan of a three-dimensional region with an ultrasonic wave. An input unit sets or changes at least one of a plurality of correlated scan conditions for the three-dimensional scan. A determination unit determines the other scan conditions of the plurality of scan conditions on the basis of at least one scan condition that is set or changed. A display unit displays at least one of the set or changed scan condition and the determined scan conditions.10-23-2008
20120078097COMPUTERIZED CHARACTERIZATION OF CARDIAC MOTION IN MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND - Computerized characterization of cardiac wall motion is provided. Quantities for cardiac wall motion are determined from a four-dimensional (i.e., 3D+time) sequence of ultrasound data. A processor automatically processes the volume data to locate the cardiac wall through the sequence and calculate the quantity from the cardiac wall position or motion. Various machine learning is used for locating and tracking the cardiac wall, such as using a motion prior learned from training data for initially locating the cardiac wall and the motion prior, speckle tracking, boundary detection, and mass conservation cues for tracking with another machine learned classifier. Where the sequence extends over multiple cycles, the cycles are automatically divided for independent tracking of the cardiac wall. The cardiac wall from one cycle may be used to propagate to another cycle for initializing the tracking. Independent tracking in each cycle may reduce or avoid inaccuracies due to drift.03-29-2012
20090247869Application of image-based dynamic ultrasound spectrography (IDUS) in detection and localization of breast micro-calcification - It is an object of the present invention to provide a method for the detection and localization of breast micro-calcification through a precise method of ultrasound impacting and ultrasound frequency wave detection which will enable the system to detect not only if there is a micro-calcification in the breast, but the precise location of the micro-calcification and the mass of the micro-calcification. The invention is also a method and system that provides bi-modal image guided stimulation of a targeted mass within the breast to determine the location and nature of the micro-calcification within the breast.10-01-2009
20090240144Ultrasound Imaging With Speckle Suppression - Described herein are systems and methods for suppressing speckle noise in ultrasound imaging. In an embodiment, speckle noise suppression is provided by incoherently summing echo waves that impinge the active aperture of the transducers. This incoherent summation prevents echo waves from destructively interfering and therefore prevents the signal ‘nulls’ that characterize speckle noise. In an exemplary embodiment, the incoherent summation is performed by sub-dividing a transducer into a plurality of smaller transducers and incoherently summing the electrical signals from the smaller transducers. In one exemplary embodiment, each of the smaller transducers is coupled to a separate rectifier, which rectifies the electrical signal from the respective transducer into a rectified signal. The rectified signals from the rectifiers are then summed to provide the incoherent summation.09-24-2009
20090318802System, devices, and methods for detecting occlusions in a biological subject - Systems, devices, and methods are described for detecting an embolus, thrombus, or a deep vein thrombus in a biological subject.12-24-2009
20100152581DIGITAL REORDERING UNIT, ULTRASONIC FRONT-END DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF - A digital reordering unit, an ultrasonic front-end device and operating method thereof are provided. The ultrasonic front-end device for use in an ultrasonic system, compatible with P types of reception channels, where P is an integer larger than or equal to 1; the ultrasonic front-end device being connected between a probe and a detector of the ultrasonic system and controlled by a primary controller of the ultrasonic system; the probe having M array elements, where M is an integer larger than or equal to 1, the ultrasonic front-end device having an ultrasonic transmission part and an ultrasonic reception part, wherein the ultrasonic transmission part comprises a transmission beamformer and M transmission driving units, and has M transmission channels; the ultrasonic reception part comprises M high-voltage isolation circuits, RC amplifiers, RC ADCs and a beamformer electrically connected in said order and has RC reception channels, where RC=[N, 2N, 3N . . . p*N], N being an integer larger than or equal to 1, being characterized in that, M low-voltage analog switches and a network of resistors are serially connected between the M high-voltage isolation circuits and the RC amplifiers, wherein M low-voltage analog switches are configured to electrically connect RC array elements of the M array elements in the probe and the RC respective reception channels in the ultrasonic reception part as the scan lines of the ultrasonic diagnostic system change, and the network of resistors configured to connect the RC reception channels connected by the M low-voltage analog switches with the RC amplifiers, the network of resistors comprising M inputs IN[06-17-2010
20090076386METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACQUIRING VOLUME OF INTEREST BASED ON POSITIONAL INFORMATION - A method for imaging based on a position of an image acquisition device is presented. The method includes obtaining a first desired image data set representative of a first desired image, where the first desired image data set is acquired at a first position of the image acquisition device. Further, the method includes recording positional information corresponding to the first position of the image acquisition device. In addition, the method includes obtaining a second desired image data set representative of a second desired image, where the second desired image data set is acquired at a second position of an image acquisition device. The method also includes recording positional information corresponding to the second position of the image acquisition device. Moreover, the method includes acquiring image data between the first position and the second position of the image acquisition device. Systems and computer-readable medium that afford functionality of the type defined by this method is also contemplated in conjunction with the present technique.03-19-2009
20100174185ULTRASOUND SCANNING AND ULTRASOUND-ASSISTED BIOPSY - An apparatus and related methods for ultrasonically scanning a tissue sample are described, the apparatus comprising an ultrasound transducer and a membranous sheet, the membranous sheet compressing the tissue sample, the ultrasound transducer contacting the membranous sheet and ultrasonically scanning the tissue sample therethrough, wherein the membranous sheet has a generally arcuate shape and the ultrasound transducer is movable in a generally arcuate trajectory therealong during the ultrasonic scan. Also described is an apparatus for facilitating a medical procedure, comprising a membranous sheet compressing a tissue sample, an ultrasound transducer contacting the membranous sheet to ultrasonically scan the tissue sample therethrough, and a biopsy guide operably coupled to the ultrasound transducer for maintaining a biopsy instrument in a scan plane of the ultrasound transducer to facilitate a percutaneous biopsy of a lesion located in the scan plane.07-08-2010
20100185085DYNAMIC ULTRASOUND PROCESSING USING OBJECT MOTION CALCULATION - A system and method for transforming ultrasound data includes acquiring ultrasound data, calculating object motion from the data, modifying a processing parameter, processing the ultrasound data according to the processing parameter, and outputting the processed ultrasound data. The system and method may additionally include the calculation of a data quality metric that can additionally or alternatively be used with object motion to modify a processing parameter.07-22-2010
20100262004Biopsy Device and Ultrasonic Diagnostic Apparatus Including the Same - A biopsy device and a biopsy device integrated-type ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus are disclosed. The biopsy device includes a needle collecting a sample tissue from a diagnosis target, a needle guide guiding a movement path of the needle, and a biopsy kit with the needle guide movably disposed therein in a direction in which the needle is inserted into the diagnosis target. The biopsy device compressively supports a local point of the diagnosis target into which the needle will be inserted for biopsy, so that the shape of the diagnosis target is prevented from being changed upon insertion of the needle, thereby enhancing precision of biopsy diagnosis results while reducing examinee discomfort and inconvenience.10-14-2010
20100191109BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - A biological information processing apparatus includes: a light source 07-29-2010
20110060220VIRTUAL MAPPING OF AN ANATOMICAL PIVOT POINT AND ALIGNMENT THEREWITH - A system and method is provided for resolving a pivot point via touchless interaction. It applies to situations where one end of a rigid object is inaccessible but remains stationary at a pivot point, while the other end is free to move and is accessible to an input pointing device. As an example, the rigid object can be a leg bone where the proximal end is at the hip joint and the distal end is at the knee. The system comprises a wand and a receiver that are spatially configurable to touchlessly locate the pivot point without contact. The receiver tracks a relative displacement of the wand and geometrically resolves the location of the pivot point by a spherical mapping. The system can use a combination of ultrasonic sensing and/or accelerometer measurements. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-10-2011
20100152578MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD CONTAINING ULTRASOUND DOCKING PORT - An ultrasound medical imaging system and non-ultrasound medical imaging system are combined and communicate via a suitable docking port, which is supported by the non-ultrasound medical imaging system and configured to receive the ultrasound medical imaging system. The systems can communicate directly, indirectly, and/or wirelessly. Each can also be configured for cross-imaging in the other modality, displaying medical imagery from the other modality on respective and/or combined displays, and/or control by a user interface of the other and/or a common user interface. Registry between patient imagery is possible, and improved workflow is provided.06-17-2010
20110130659Imaging System for Following a Surgical Tool in an Operation Field - The invention concerns an imaging system to monitor at least one surgical instrument in an operative site inside a volume of the body of an animal, comprising: 06-02-2011
20100217123METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF MANAGING ULTRASONOGRAPHIC DIAGNOSIS - A method of monitoring ultrasonographic fetal organ screening. The method comprises receiving a plurality of ultrasonographic images captured by an ultrasonographic probe during an organ screening of a fetus, automatically identifying a group of ultrasonographic images, where each member of the group depicts one of a plurality of fetal scan planes, presenting the members of the group to an operator and receiving a diagnosis of each member in response, and monitoring the diagnosis to verify that each fetal scan plane is diagnosed.08-26-2010
20130123623SPECIMEN COLLECTION TREATMENT INSTRUMENT - In a distal end portion of a flexible sheath which is inserted integrally with an ultrasound transducer array, cell collecting hole portions each including a through-hole which allows a distal end portion outer periphery and an internal space of the flexible sheath to communicate with each other is provided, an edge for specimen cutting is formed at an opening portion of an outer circumferential side of each of the cell collecting hole portions, and after the flexible sheath is caused to reach a lesion part or the like of a subject, specimen collection is performed without additionally inserting a biological forceps or the like into the flexible sheath, whereby a specimen of a target site such as a lesion part is reliably collected without unnecessarily increasing the number of times of insertion and extraction of an instrument into and from a body, and the burden on an examinee is reduced.05-16-2013
20100240992METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN AUTOMATIC ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM - An ultrasound imaging system that can automatically adjust the imaging parameters based on the original or processed received echoes from the target is presented in this disclosed technology. The adjustment is done through a closed loop negative feedback control system iteratively. Imaging performance evaluation parameters calculated from the received echoes, original or processed, are compared with preset thresholds that represent desired optimal imaging performances. The differences are used to calculate the adjustment for the imaging parameters. The system reaches to an optimal system image quality for the current target or stops when a maximum number of iterations is reached.09-23-2010
20100240993METHOD AND MEDICAL APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A TUMOR CHARACTERISTIC - In a method and medical apparatus to determine a tumor characteristic related to a body region of a patient, the body region is exposed to acoustic energy that mechanically irritates the body region. A first value of a characteristic value of the patient that is correlated with the irritation is determined at a first point in time. A second value of the characteristic value is determined at a second point in time after the first point in time and after the exposure. The tumor characteristic is determined from the change between first value and second value.09-23-2010
20100240991 MEDICAL INTERFACE - An interface system adapted to provide a communications interface between a processing unit and one or more sensor units including a low power message channel between the processing unit and the sensor unit, which is always active, and a high speed, higher power data channel, which is active only when sensor data is required to be transmitted from the sensor unit to the processing unit.09-23-2010
20090076388LINEAR WAVE INVERSION AND DETECTION OF HARD OBJECTS - A method for providing an ultrasound image, includes: assembling data from ultrasound image data of a subject; performing linear wave inversion to provide a reflectivity volume from the assembled data; and performing vision processing to identify and localize features within the ultrasound image.03-19-2009
20090076387Gain optimization of volume images for medical diagnostic ultrasonic imaging - Tissue information is equalized by adaptively controlling gain and mapping input data to output data based on the gain in three-dimensional medical diagnostic imaging. A hypersurface is fit in three spatial dimensions to tissue information in input data. The hypersurface is used to adjust the gain so that input values are mapped to output values with more uniform soft tissue levels.03-19-2009
20100222675DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE STATE OF ANCHORING OF AN IMPLANTED ENDOPROSTHESIS - In a device (09-02-2010
20090043197ULTRASOUND IMAGING APPARATUS - With a natural number n, an ultrasound pulse having a center frequency of nf02-12-2009
20110112399Portable ultrasound system - A portable ultrasonic diagnostic system includes a probe transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic signal to and from a region of interest, and a main unit having circuitry in communication with the probe to form an image based on the ultrasonic signal and a display displaying the formed image. The main unit has a weight which can be supported by one arm and is provided with handle means to be grasped by one hand. The main unit has a case in the form of a tablet computer, with a front side formed by a display and a rear side, and further has a handle.05-12-2011
20100210942SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ULTRASOUND ANALYSIS OF BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES - Ultrasound systems and methods for detecting features of biological tissue, including fracture detection in bone tumor detection are described. Systems and methods may employ low transient pulse technology. Methods employ detection and analysis of behavioral patterns of different signal parameters such as flight time, maximum amplitude, phase angle, and correlation as indicators of the depth of a fracture and may be used in quantitative ultrasound bone fracture detection. Flight time and frequency components may be employed in tumor detection methods.08-19-2010
20100210943Systems and Methods for Echoperiodontal Imaging - Disclosed are various embodiments for echoperiodontal imaging. In one embodiment, a system includes a transducer configured to transmit a series of ultrasonic signals at a plurality of corresponding locations along a jaw and receive a plurality of echo signals; and an imaging system controller configured to obtain a plurality of echo signal data and a plurality of transducer positions, where each echo signal data corresponds to one of the plurality of transducer position. In another embodiment, a method includes transmitting a series of ultrasonic signals at a plurality of corresponding locations along a jaw; receiving a plurality of echo signals; obtaining a plurality of echo signal data and a plurality of corresponding transducer positions; and reconstruct image data of a portion of the jaw for display on a display device based upon the obtained echo signal data and corresponding transducer positions.08-19-2010
20090292202INVESTIGATION OF BODY STRUCTURES - A pulsed radiation beam is directed toward a body structure having a configuration or physical characteristic that changes over time, the radiation being pulsed at a pulse modulation frequency. A detector detects acoustic oscillations set up in the body resultant from the incident pulsed radiation and produces an output signal representative of one or more parameters of the acoustic oscillations. A control system controls operation of the radiation delivery and a processor to process the detector output signal. The pulse modulation frequency of the pulsed radiation is changed over a predetermined range of modulation frequencies and the processor determines the structure resonant frequency from the detector output.11-26-2009
20100198062SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTEGRATING HEMODYNAMIC AND IMAGING EXAMINATIONS - Hemodynamic data and imaging data are obtained about a patient, and the data is combined to generate a single report integrating same. While a hemodynamic system obtains the hemodynamic data, an imaging system obtains the imaging data. Preferably, the report confirms the absence or presence (and/or severity) of peripheral arterial disease, including quantitative data. The hemodynamic system and the imaging system can communicate directly, indirectly, and/or wirelessly. They may be contained within a common enclosure and/or integrated into a single apparatus. Either or both of the hemodynamic system and/or the imaging system can also be configured to measure the blood pressure of the patient. Preferably, the imaging system is an ultrasound imaging system, and improved workflows for diagnosing peripheral arterial disease result.08-05-2010
20090149749Method and system for synchronized playback of ultrasound images - A method and system for synchronizing playback of ultrasound images based on user-defined parameters for concurrent and synchronous display. The method comprises defining corresponding intervals of first and second cardiac cycles captured by ultrasound imaging, associating such ultrasound images for substantially synchronized playback, and applying a selected playback speed or time interval for concurrently displaying such images.06-11-2009
20090105586Apparatus for Two-Dimensional Transducers used in Three-Dimensional Ultrasonic Imaging - A single chip transducer apparatus that includes on-chip electronic circuitry which, when connected properly to a two-dimensional matrix of ultrasonic transducer elements, provides enough information to an external imaging system to form three-dimensional images of the subject of interest. In a preferred embodiment, the circuitry provides an amplifier for each transducer element, and then conditions the output of the amplifier in several ways. In one embodiment of the invention, the elements' analog voltages are stored in a sample and hold circuit, and time multiplexed into a high speed line driver that sends many elements data down the interconnect to the system's high speed Analog to Digital converters. In another embodiment, the gain of the amplifiers can be controlled in time to provide aperture translation and time based expansion for translating and focusing image slices in the elevation direction.04-23-2009
20090105587Receive Circuit for Minimizing Channels in Ultrasound Imaging - Receive circuits and associated methods are provided for ultrasound imaging. Both subarray mixing and time division multiplexing are provided with a same circuit. Components of the receive circuit respond to either phasing or time slot information to implement subarray mixing or time division multiplexing. A network of switches allows combination of signals from different elements to form different sub-apertures. A controller minimizes power consumption while outputting the desired phase or time division multiplexed information by gating a clock to various registers. Each of the registers corresponds to different groups of transducer elements. For loading new phasing information, the clock is turned on to the desired register. Duration operation of the receive circuit, the clock is gated off. The register outputs the previously loaded values in a static state without clocking. Preamplification for either of time division or subarray mixed signals is provided using a variable gain amplifier with a common mode feedback. The common mode feedback provides for a constant operating point despite changes in the desired amount of gain.04-23-2009
20090105585SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ULTRASONIC HARMONIC IMAGING - Embodiments are described for a system and method to improve image clarity in ultrasound images that utilize an ultrasound transceiver receiving ultrasound energy returning from a targeted region of interest and producing a plurality of echoic signals. The region-of-interest may include an organ, an organ cavity, for example a bladder, or a portion of an organ or organ cavity. The echoic signals then receive signal processing via an executable algorithm configured to image the targeted region-of-interest from the echoic signals using at least one of a first harmonic, a second harmonic, and a fundamental frequency of the ultrasound energy. The algorithm generates a harmonic value that may then be plotted on a grid or render a map presentable on a computer display or other visual means. Alternate embodiments provide that the executable algorithm may be non-parametric and include a Harmonic Analysis Kernel (HAK). The HAK includes a window process, a Fast Fourier Transform process, an average process, a normalization of intensity process, a compensation by depth process, and a harmonic smoothing process to generate the harmonic values. A map of the harmonic values then may be coded, for example, by color-coding according to the magnitude of the harmonic value, to present an image of the region-of-interest.04-23-2009
20090069676MEASUREMENT APPARATUS - A measurement apparatus is configured to measure a spectroscopic characteristic of a specimen. The measurement apparatus includes a light source configured to generate light to be irradiated onto the specimen, an ultrasound generating unit configured to generate an ultrasound, an ultrasound focusing unit configured to focus the ultrasound generated by the ultrasound generating unit on a measurement area of the specimen, a light detecting unit configured to detect modulated light derived from the light by an acousto optical effect on the measurement area of the specimen, and a control unit configured to control, based on an output of the light detecting unit, at least one of an intensity and a frequency of the ultrasound generated by the ultrasound generating unit, an ultrasound focusing size made by the ultrasound focusing unit, and an intensity of the light generated from the light source.03-12-2009
20090069675Adaptive motion imaging in medical diagnostic ultrasound imaging - Motion imaging in medical diagnostic ultrasound is adaptive. Clutter or threshold processing adapts as a function of data for different locations or for different times. Spatial filtering adapts as a function of data at different spatial locations at a same time. The steering angle may be set as a function of region based on the vessel orientation and maximum velocity. The region of interest for motion imaging may be expanded to counteract, at least in part, a shift due to the steering angle.03-12-2009
20130137978METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING OUTPUT VOLTAGE OF ULTRASOUND SIGNAL - A method of controlling an output voltage of an ultrasound signal that is output by an ultrasound signal generating unit to a target object via a probe, the method including acquiring a target output voltage to be output by the probe to the target object and transmission conditions; acquiring property information regarding the probe; and controlling a voltage of the ultrasound signal output by the ultrasound signal generating unit based on the target output voltage, the transmission conditions, and the property information regarding the probe.05-30-2013
20090036772HIGH FRAME RATE IMAGING SYSTEM - A system for producing an image using an imaging system includes a) transmitting at least one signal of energy toward an object to be imaged by using two transmitters having the same output amplitude but of an opposite sign, or by using one transmitter to perform the task; b) exciting at least one transducer element to produce limited-diffraction array beams or their square-wave approximations with two levels of quantitations for both sine and cosine functions, c) weighting the received signals spatially with limited-diffraction array beams, their square-wave approximations, or spatial Fourier transform, and d) digitizing and then transferring received signals through high-speed optical fibers to a system for image reconstructions.02-05-2009
20100331680HIGH PRECISION PROCESSING OF MEASUREMENT DATA FOR THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM - A measurement system measures a parameter of a muscular-skeletal system. The measurement system is placed in proximity to the muscular-skeletal system such that the parameter to be measured is applied to a sensing assemblage (12-30-2010
20100331683SENSING MODULE FOR ORTHOPEDIC LOAD SENSING INSERT DEVICE - A sensing insert device (12-30-2010
20100331679PULSED ECHO SENSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR AN ORTHOPEDIC JOINT - At least one embodiment is directed to a sensor for measuring a skeletal system. A signal path of the system comprises an amplifier (12-30-2010
20100331681ZERO-CROSSING RECEIVER FOR ORTHOPEDIC PARAMETER SENSING - A sensor system uses positive closed-loop feedback to provide energy waves into a medium. It comprises a transducer (12-30-2010
20110009746SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PULMONARY EDEMA DETECTION WITH IMPLANTABLE ACOUSTIC DEVICES - A system includes a first implantable acoustic transducer, a second implantable transducer a memory circuit, and a processor. The first implantable acoustic transducer is configured to receive transmitted acoustic energy from a thorax region of a subject and the second implantable acoustic transducer is configured to transmit the acoustic energy to the thorax region. The processor is communicatively coupled to the first acoustic transducer, the second acoustic transducer, and the memory circuit. The processor includes a parameter module configured to measure a parameter of the received acoustic energy, and a trending module configured to trend the measured parameter and to provide an indication of pulmonary edema status of the subject using the parameter trend.01-13-2011
20110028838Method and Apparatus for Measuring a Physical Parameter in Mammal Soft Tissues by Propagating Shear Waves - Method for measuring a physical parameter in soft tissues of a mammal, in which a mechanical shear wave is propagated through the soft tissues and observation of the propagation leads to determine values of a shear wave propagation parameter. The physical parameter is computed on the basis of these values.02-03-2011
20110040179Adaptively Setting A Transmit Frequency In An Ultrasound System - Embodiments for adaptively setting a transmit frequency are disclosed. In one embodiment, by way of non-limiting example, an ultrasound system comprises: a storage unit for storing a mapping table including transmit (Tx) frequencies and scan conditions; and an ultrasound data acquisition unit in communication with the storage unit and being configured to retrieve a Tx frequency corresponding to a scan condition from the storage unit and form ultrasound signals having the retrieved Tx frequency.02-17-2011
20110040180Method and device for determining the position of a tangential plane on three extreme points of a body - In order to improve the computation of the position of the tangential plane in a method for determining the position of a tangential plane which rests tangentially on three non-collinear extreme points of structures of a body, in which one determines the position of the three extreme points approximately by using three starting points disposed in the locality of the structures and computes the tangential plane as being a plane passing through these three starting points, it is proposed that one investigates the structure of the body in the vicinity of the three extreme points using a navigated ultrasonic head which emits ultrasonic radiation in an investigation plane and displays the ultrasonic image of each investigated structure on a display screen, in that one overlays a line of intersection of the investigation plane and the tangential plane on the ultrasonic image in the display screen, in that, for each structure, one selects as an improved extreme point that point of the structure which is located in the investigation plane at the greatest or the least spacing from the line of intersection, and in that one computes an improved tangential plane as being a plane which passes through these three improved extreme points. A device for carrying out this method is disclosed in the patent.02-17-2011
20110178401BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS - A biological information acquisition apparatus and a biological information acquisition method, both capable of radiating a uniform and efficient light to the whole living body tissue as an object of the detection are provided. The biological information acquisition apparatus of the present invention includes a light source and an acoustic wave detector detecting an acoustic wave generated by making a light from the light source enter the object through an object holding member. Furthermore, one or more light transmitting members are provided, and the light enters the light transmitting member from a side surface side of the acoustic wave detector, and enters the object holding member through the light transmitting member at an angle other than one perpendicular to the object holding member.07-21-2011
20110245667COMPRESSION DEVICE USED IN ULTRASONIC MEASUREMENT, PRESSING CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS - A compression device for compressing a subject used in ultrasonic measurement that receives ultrasonic waves from a subject to acquire biological information of the subject, comprises: two compression plates used when compressing the subject, and face each other in a vertical direction with respect to a horizontal plane; a flexible member arranged so as to cover and seal an area between both side surfaces of and a bottom surface between the two compression plates, and so as not cover an area between top surfaces of the two compression plates such that an upper portion is open; a compression mechanism that relatively changes a distance between the two compression plates to sandwich and compress the subject; and a piping unit that supplies a matching liquid to a space portion surrounded by the two compression plates and the flexible member, and discharges the matching liquid that has been supplied.10-06-2011
20110245666Mammography-Apparatus and Method for Screening the Occurrence of Malignant Cells - A mammography-apparatus for detecting malignant cells in a breast comprising an X-ray source, an X-ray detector and a paddle for pressing the breast against said X-ray detector, wherein the mammography-apparatus further comprises a non-focussed laser-beam source for pulsed laser-light, which during use is aimed at the breast, and said apparatus comprises at least one non-contact ultrasound detector for contact-free detection of an ultrasound originating from said breast so as to screen the occurrence or non-occurrence of said malignant cells.10-06-2011
20110130658ULTRASONIC CAPSULE - A system and method are described for the purpose of performing non invasive examination of the colon. The proposed method is based on an ingestible capsule incorporating ultrasonic transducer elements, control circuit and an external wireless power supply and data recorder. The recorded ultrasonic data is later processed and a virtual image of the lumen is generated for diagnostic purpose. The proposed method will not require prep and thus will be more patient friendly.06-02-2011
20110137165ULTRASOUND IMAGING - In an ultrasound imaging system (UIS), an image capturing arrangement (ICA) captures a sequence of ultrasound images (IMS) of a body (BDY) while an object (NDL) is introduced into the body. A displacement detector (DD) generates a map of displacement indications (DM) from the sequence of ultrasound images. A displacement indication relates to a particular portion of the body and indicates a displacement that the portion has undergone. An object locator (OL) provides an indication (OLI) relating to the location of the object in the body on the basis of the map of displacement indications.06-09-2011
20110087094ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus comprises a data acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of volume data over a predetermined period by executing ultrasonic scanning on a three-dimensional region including at least part of a heart of an object over the predetermined period, a detection condition setting unit configured to set detection conditions which are conditions used to detect a plurality of slices from the at least one volume data and include a detection accuracy associated with at least one slice and an angle defined between slices, a slice detection unit configured to detect the plurality of slices from the at least one volume data in accordance with the set detection conditions, an image generating unit configured to generate MPR images respectively corresponding to the plurality of detected slices, and a display unit configured to display the MPR images.04-14-2011
20110087095ULTRASOUND SYSTEM GENERATING AN IMAGE BASED ON BRIGHTNESS VALUE OF DATA - An ultrasound system that extracts label regions from ultrasound data based on image brightness. An ultrasound data acquisition unit forms ultrasound data of a target object. A processing unit is connected to the ultrasound data acquisition unit. The processing unit forms volume data including a plurality of voxels based on the ultrasound data, and extracts label regions having lower brightness values than a reference value from the volume data to thereby form an ultrasound image by rendering the extracted label regions.04-14-2011
20100191108ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER, ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND ULTRASONIC FLAW INSPECTION APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A technique that provides: an ultrasonic transducer in which the accurate arrangement of piezoelectric elements and the electric conductive state between electrode layers are reserved; and an ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus and an ultrasonic flaw inspection apparatus which use the ultrasonic transducer is provided. According to the technique, a plurality of piezoelectric elements 07-29-2010
20090247870ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes an operating device for an operator to input an instruction, an image display device for displaying an ultrasonic image, and a processing device that generates the ultrasonic image based on a reception signal resulting from transmission of an ultrasonic wave for display on the display device. The image display device is mounted removably through an arm, which has a movable portion and extends up to near a table for resting a subject thereon, to any of a ceiling, a wall, and a floor surface of an installation room, or to an image display device mounting member fixed within the installation room. The operating device is mounted removably to an operating device mounting member arranged near the table. The processing device is mounted removably to a processing device mounting member arranged near the table.10-01-2009
20090048513SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMODELING PREDICTION USING ULTRASOUND - A system and method for remodeling prediction using ultrasound are provided. The method includes obtaining ultrasound information relating to a heart and determining a likelihood of myocardial remodeling of the heart based on the ultrasound information.02-19-2009
20100056913ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS DOCKING CART - After an ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus is temporally placed on the receptacle of a docking cart to relieve a weight load, the portable ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus is placed at a predetermined position by sliding the apparatus while guiding it along the shapes of the edges of the receptacle. After the portable ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus is slid on the receptacle and rear foot portions come into contact with the stoppers of the receptacle, the front side of the portable ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus is placed on the receptacle. With this operation, front foot portions are fitted in fitting portions, and the portable ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus is placed at an accurate position on the receptacle. In addition, when an operator places the portable ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus on the receptacle or lifts the portable ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus from the receptacle, the fingers which grasp the apparatus are placed in the recessed portions of the receptacle.03-04-2010
20100063391ULTRASONOGRAPH - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to the present invention includes: a transmitting section 03-11-2010
20110178400IMAGING WITH MULTIPLE APERTURE MEDICAL ULTRASOUND AND SYNCHRONIZATION OF ADD-ON SYSTEMS - The benefits of a multi-aperture ultrasound probe can be achieved with add-on devices. Synchronization and correlation of echoes from multiple transducer elements located in different arrays is essential to the successful processing of multiple aperture imaging. The algorithms disclosed here teach methods to successfully process these signals when the transmission source is coming from another ultrasound system and synchronize the add-on system to the other ultrasound system. Two-dimensional images with different noise components can be constructed from the echoes received by individual transducer elements. The disclosed techniques have broad application in medical imaging and are ideally suited to multi-aperture cardiac imaging using two or more intercostal spaces.07-21-2011
20100056912METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOADING MEDICAL IMAGING DATA - A portable medical imaging device includes a user interface configured to receive a user input and a display area on the user interface configured to display medical images. The device also includes a processor module coupled to the user interface, the processor module configured to generate medical information, and a transmitter/receiver configured to receive a wireless signal from a remote medical system and automatically transmit the medical information to the remote medical system in response to the received wireless signal. A medical imaging system including the portable medical imaging device and a method for operating the medical imaging system are also provided.03-04-2010
20100069750MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD - A measurement apparatus includes a measurement unit configured to irradiate three types of ultrasonic waves and light upon a test region in a test object, and to measure modulated light and non-modulated light, the modulated light being modulated by an acousto-optical effect, and a signal processor configured to calculate a modulation depth that is an intensity of the modulated light divided by an intensity of the non-modulated light for the one, and at least one of a scattering characteristic and an absorption characteristic of the test region in the test object by utilizing a first change rate of the modulation depth to an amplitude of the one or an amount corresponding to the first change rate, and a second change rate of the modulation depth to a frequency of the one or an amount corresponding to the second change rate.03-18-2010
20110082370ENDOSCOPIC FASCIA TUNNELING - Medical systems and methods are provided for accessing a bodily cavity, such as the peritoneal cavity or the thoracic cavity, and for supporting diagnoses or procedures within or adjacent to such cavities. According to one embodiment, a method is provided for accessing an internal bodily cavity of patient, the bodily cavity defined by a cavity membrane, the patient having multiple tissue layers adjacent the bodily cavity including at least a skin layer and a fascia layer. An opening is formed through the skin layer and the fascia layer. An elongate medical device is inserted through the opening and between the fascia layer and the cavity membrane to form a tunnel communicating with the opening. Various medical instruments may then be used within the tunnel, and related medical kits and systems are described.04-07-2011
20110077513In Vivo Ultrasound System - An in vivo ultrasound system includes first and second bio-medical units. Each of the bio-medical units includes a power harvesting module, an ultrasound transmitter, and an ultrasound receiver. Each of the power harvesting modules is operable to convert an electromagnetic signal into a supply voltage. Each of the ultrasound transmitters is powered by the first supply voltage and transmits an ultrasound signal in accordance with an ultrasound transmit-receive protocol. Each of the ultrasound receivers is powered by the supply voltage and is operable to receive a representation of the first ultrasound signal and receive a representation of a second ultrasound signal.03-31-2011
20120150032Sequence Variants Associated with Prostate Specific Antigen Levels - Certain sequence variants have been found to be useful for correcting Prostate Specific Antigen levels in humans. The invention provides diagnostic applications based on such correction, including methods of diagnosis of prostate cancer.06-14-2012
20100004535DUAL KEYBOARD INPUT DEVICE AND MOVABLE CART HAVING THE SAME MOUNTED THEREON - Disclosed is an ultrasonic diagnostic device. The ultrasonic diagnostic device includes a cart, a desk formed on an upper portion of the cart, and including at least one detachable member, and a main body mounted on the desk, including at least one of a button input part and a screen display part, and engaged with the detachable member.01-07-2010
20090018444Utrasound probe and ultrasound elasticity imaging apparatus - An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes an ultrasound probe which transmits/receives an ultrasound wave with respect to a subject to be diagnosed, an ultrasound wave transmit section which transmits an ultrasound wave for driving the ultrasound probe, a pressing section which applies an external pressure to the subject, a displacement measuring section which obtains two tomographic image data different in time series from a reflected echo signal received from the ultrasound probe and measures a displacement of each part in the subject based on the two tomographic image data, an image generating section which generates an elastic image from elasticity information based on the displacement of each part measured by the displacement measuring section, and a display section which displays the generated elastic image. Further, a pressing decision section decides whether or not the pressing operation by the pressing section is proper.01-15-2009
20090187102METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIDE-SCREEN MEDICAL IMAGING - A medical imaging system comprises a detector for detecting imaging data associated with a subject. A display has first and second dimensions and a position sensor detects an orientation of the display. The orientation is associated with the first and second dimensions. A processor module determines the orientation of the display based on the position sensor and displays information on the display in a first viewing configuration when the display is in a first orientation and in a second viewing configuration when the display is in a second orientation.07-23-2009
20120277585Method and Apparatus for Calibrating and Re-aligning an Ultrasound Image Plane to a Navigation Tracker - The present disclosure relates to acquiring image data of a subject with an imaging system that has been calibrated. The imaging system can include an ultrasound imaging system that collects one of more images based on a plane of image acquisition. The plane of image acquisition can be calibrated to a tracking device associated with the ultrasound transducer.11-01-2012
20090062644SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ULTRASOUND HARMONIC IMAGING - A system includes at least one transducer configured to transmit at least one ultrasound pulse into a region of interest (ROI) of a patient. The pulse has at least a first frequency and propagates through a bodily structure in the ROI. The system further includes at least one receiver configured to receive at least one echo signal corresponding to the pulse. The echo signal includes the first frequency and at least one harmonic multiple of the first frequency. The system further includes a processor configured to automatically determine, from the at least one harmonic multiple, at least one boundary of the bodily structure. In an embodiment, the processor is configured to automatically determine, from the at least one harmonic multiple, an amount of fluid within the bodily structure.03-05-2009
20090118614MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - In a medical imaging system including plural imaging section, detection accuracy and examination efficiency for breast cancer are improved by setting appropriate imaging condition. The system includes: a first imaging section for imaging an object to be inspected by using one of radiation, ultrasonic waves, nuclear magnetic resonance, positron, infrared light and fluorescence to generate a medical image; a second imaging section for imaging the object by using another one of radiation, ultrasonic waves, nuclear magnetic resonance, positron, infrared light and fluorescence to generate a medical image; and an imaging condition setting section for setting imaging condition in the second imaging section based on the medical image generated by the first imaging section.05-07-2009
20080281197Ultrasonography Using Time- and Temperature-Sensitive Variable Adhesion Coupling Gels - One aspect of the present invention relates to a method of ultrasonography, utilizing a gel comprising a reverse phase polymer which facilitates the transmission of high-frequency sound waves. Further, the inherent properties of the reverse phase polymer result in increased adhesion at higher temperatures, thereby helping to maintain the desired position of the ultrasound probe until the user intends to adjust the probe's position. In certain embodiments, the method is utilized in a medical procedure in which stability of an ultrasound probe or transducer in an intended desired position can improve the outcome or increase the efficiency of the procedure. In certain embodiments, the gel further comprises an additive to increase the ultimate adhesion of the gel. In still other embodiments, the gel can be used on the skin, on a protective sheath encasing an ultrasound probe, or between the sheath and the probe, or any or all of them.11-13-2008
20090005679Ultrasound Image Processing To Render Three-Dimensional Images From Two-Dimensional Images - Methods for processing two-dimensional ultrasound images from an intracardiac ultrasound imaging catheter provide improved image quality and enable generating three-dimensional composite images of the heart. Two-dimensional ultrasound images are obtained and stored in conjunction with correlating information, such as time or an electrocardiogram. Images related to particular conditions or configurations of the heart can be processed in combination to reduce image noise and increase resolution. Images may be processed to recognize structure edges, and the location of structure edges used to generate cartoon rendered images of the structure. Structure locations may be averaged over several images to remove noise, distortions and blurring from movement.01-01-2009
20080255448User Interface System and Method for Creating and Managing Ultrasound Measurement-Based Calculations in Ultrasound Imaging System - An ultrasound imaging system (10-16-2008
20110009745Ultrasonically determining flow parameters of a fluid flowing through a passage, by using far-field analysis - Ultrasonically determining flow parameters of a fluid (01-13-2011
20110009747METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MEASURING DENSITY OF A BONE - The object of the invention is an ultrasound device for forming skeleton density information. This ultrasound device comprises for forming skeleton density information at least two transmitters 01-13-2011
20110054313ULTRASONIC BONE ANALYZING DEVICE - This disclosure provides an ultrasonic bone analyzing device, which includes a transmission module for transmitting an ultrasonic signal into the inside of a living body from an outer skin of the living body, a reception module for receiving an echo signal that is a reflection wave of the transmitted ultrasonic signal from the inside of the living body, and an analyzing module for generating analysis data indicative of a state of a cartilage using an amplitude value of an echo signal from the inside of the cartilage obtained from between a cartilage surface and a subchondral bone among the received echo signals.03-03-2011
20090076384Ultrasonic Diagnostic System With Flexible Examination Protocols and Report Generation - An analysis feature of an ultrasonic diagnostic system contains one or more exam protocols which guide a sonographer in carrying out one or more standardized ultrasound exams. During the conduct of an exam protocol template protocol steps are available. The sonographer can augment the standard protocol by selecting one of these template protocol steps and giving it a unique name for the current protocol. The execution of this added step will automatically invoke the diagnostic tools, such as measurements and calculations, which are inherent in the cloned conventional protocol step. In addition, the sonographer can add other diagnostic tools to the added step. The results of the standard and customized protocol steps are automatically recorded in the proper sequence and context of an automatically produced diagnostic report.03-19-2009
20090054769ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus capable of obtaining phase information of ultrasonic waves reflected at respective sampling points within an object to be inspected and displaying the phase information in an easy-to-understand-way. The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes: a transmitting and receiving unit for converting reception signals outputted from plural ultrasonic transducers, which have transmitted ultrasonic waves and received ultrasonic echoes, into digital signals; reception focus processing means for performing reception focus processing on the digital signals to generate a sound ray signal along a reception direction of ultrasonic waves; first calculating means for performing quadrature detection processing on the sound ray signal to generate a complex baseband signal; second calculating means for obtaining phase information of the complex baseband signal; and image signal generating means for generating an image signal representing phase rotation of the complex baseband signal at plural sampling points along the reception direction of ultrasonic waves based on the phase information of the complex baseband signal.02-26-2009
20120078098Collagen Density and Structural Change Measurement And Mapping in Tissue - A method and system for two and three dimensional mapping of tissue density and/or structural changes from image data and/or spatial reflected or transmitted signals and correlating the maps to collagen density.03-29-2012
20100305437System and method for intra-body communication - A method comprising generating a mechanical signal in a mammal, the mechanical signal having a frequency no more than 50,000 Hz, transmitting the mechanical signal through the musculoskeletal system in the mammal, and sensing the mechanical signal from the musculoskeletal system. A method of triggering an internal event comprising generating a mechanical signal internal or external to a mammal, transmitting the signal through the musculoskeletal system of the mammal, detecting the mechanical signal, and triggering an event in response to the mechanical signal. A method of drug delivery comprising generating a mechanical signal internal or external to a mammal, transmitting the signal through the musculoskeletal system of the mammal, detecting the mechanical signal, and delivering the drug in response to the mechanical signal.12-02-2010
20100262003Separable Biopsy Device Integrated-Type Ultrasonic Diagnostic Apparatus - A separable biopsy device integrated-type ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus is disclosed. The separable biopsy device integrated-type ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus exposing one side of a diagnosis target and examining the diagnosis target at the other side of the diagnosis target, and a biopsy device located at the exposed side of the diagnosis target and detachably coupled to the ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus. The apparatus can perform ultrasound diagnosis and biopsy together, thereby providing the convenience of allowing the ultrasound diagnosis and the biopsy to be performed with a single apparatus, and can perform a biopsy based on ultrasound images obtained using the ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus without changing a position of a diagnosis target, enabling precise determination as to a position to be biopsied, that is, a target position into which the needle of the biopsy device will be inserted.10-14-2010
20100168565SYSTEM FOR MEASURING BLOOD PRESSURE IN AN ARTERY - A sensor system for measuring the blood pressure in such a way that the sensing position is in a correct position relative to the heart is devised. The system consists of a wireless sensing device, a transceiver, and a computing and recording device. The sensor reading is recorded wirelessly. The sensor is placed at a convenient location on the body. The coupling antennas are designed in such a way that the antenna characteristics ensures that only when the sensors is within a predetermined position relative to the heart will a recording of the blood pressure actually take place.07-01-2010
20110137166TRANSDUCER ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING SONO-ELASTOGRAPHICAL DATA AND ULTRASONIC DATA OF A MATERIAL - The present invention relates to a transducer arrangement, particularly a transducer arrangement for acquiring tissue information, a method for using a transducer arrangement for acquiring tissue information and a glove which comprises a transducer arrangement. The transducer arrangement 06-09-2011
201101906293D Motion Detection and Correction By Object Tracking in Ultrasound Images - An arrangement to determine physiologic data, position, orientation and/or geometry of an object of interest includes an ultrasound unit with a multiplicity of ultrasound transducers to monitor physiologic parameters, especially motion and deformation, of an object of interest encapsulated by a body in real-time in three dimensions of space and to generate numerical control or trigger information for other medical devices.08-04-2011
20100022875Systems and methods for monitoring and enabling use of a medical instrument - Systems and methods monitor and enable the use of a medical instrument that is configured to be operated in a prescribed manner. The systems and methods employ a use register sized and configured to be carried by the medical instrument, which comprises a memory field for recording a start date and time at an instance of first operation of the medical instrument. The systems and methods also employ a use monitoring controller, which is adapted and configured to be coupled to the use register. The use monitoring controller includes a start validation function that compares the start date and time to a present real date and time and provides a start validation output based upon the comparison. The use monitoring controller also includes an enablement function that enables operation of the medical instrument only if the start validation output meets prescribed criteria.01-28-2010
20100204575METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENHANCING ACCURACY IN ULTRASONIC ALIGNMENT - A method for short range alignment using ultrasonic sensing is provided. The method includes shaping an ultrasonic pulse on a first device to produce a pulse shaped signal and transmitting the pulse shaped signal from the first device to a second device, receiving the pulse shaped signal and determining an arrival time of the pulse shaped, identifying a relative phase of the pulse shaped signal with respect to a previously received pulse shaped signal, identifying a pointing location of the first device from the arrival time and the relative phase, determining positional information of the pointing location of the first device, and reporting an alignment of three or more points in three-dimensional space. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-12-2010
20110118599ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - Certain embodiments provide an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus including a data acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of spatially overlapping ultrasonic images or a plurality of temporarily consecutive ultrasonic images, a block extraction unit configured to extract, for each pixel, a block having a predetermined size and including each pixel as a central pixel for each of the plurality of ultrasonic images, a covariance calculation unit configured to calculate a covariance for each pixel of each of the plurality of ultrasonic images by using the block for each pixel, and a generating unit configured to generate a synthesized image using the plurality of ultrasonic images and to control a level of each pixel of the synthesized image based on a covariance of each pixel of each of the plurality of ultrasonic images.05-19-2011
20100030075ULTRASOUND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OFFERING PREVIEW PAGES - An ultrasound system and a method of offering preview pages on a screen are disclosed. The ultrasound system of the present invention stores a plurality of report pages including information of at least one target object, forms a plurality of preview pages of the report pages and controls display of the preview pages and the report pages, wherein the preview pages and the report pages correspond one to one. A report page and the preview pages are displayed on the screen at a time. In response to a preview page selection among the preview pages displayed on the screen, the report page displayed on the screen is replaced with the report page corresponding to the preview page selection.02-04-2010
20090018443System for generating multiple beams from a single receive event - A system and method for storing imaging information of multiple receive events and/or for generating a plurality of beams from a single receive event are disclosed. A transducer has a plurality of elements and is operable to receive a first acoustic signal from a first receive event and a second acoustic signal from a second receive event. A memory is in communication with the transducer to receive element data from the plurality of elements. The memory is operable in a first section and a second section. The memory is further operable to store first and second imaging data in the first and second sections, respectively. The first and second imaging data is based on the first and second acoustic signals, respectively.01-15-2009
20100198063Multi-Modality Phantoms and Methods for Co-registration of Dual PET-Transrectal Ultrasound Prostate Imaging - Herein are described methods and tools for acquiring accurately co-registered PET and TRUS images, as well as the construction and use of PET-TRUS prostate phantoms. Ultrasound imaging with a transrectal probe provides anatomical detail in the prostate region that can be accurately co-registered with the sensitive functional information from the PET imaging. Imaging the prostate with both PET and transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) will help determine the location of any cancer within the prostate region. This dual-modality imaging should help provide better detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Multi-modality phantoms are also described.08-05-2010
20090076385Ultrasonic Imaging System With Body Marker Annotations - An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system is operated to acquire an ultrasound image of a region of the body containing suspect anatomy such as a suspected lesion. A body marker template (03-19-2009
20120041310Apparatus, System and Method for Ultrasound Powered Neurotelemetry - The present embodiments provide an apparatus, system, and method for ultrasound powered neurotelemetry. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a piezoelectric element configured to receive an ultrasonic pulse and convert the electronic pulse into an electric potential. A diode may be coupled to the piezoelectric element, the diode configured to cause an electric current to flow in response to the electric potential. The apparatus may additionally include a reference electrode and a stimulating electrode coupled to the diode. The reference electrode may sense bioelectric activity in a region of body tissue located in proximity to the reference diode. The stimulating electrode may emit a carrier signal, wherein the carrier signal is modulated in response to the bioelectric activity sensed by the reference electrode.02-16-2012
20120041309MAPPING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF CAVITATION ACTIVITY - Apparatus for locating bubbles in a subject comprises a plurality of pressure wave detectors arranged to operate as passive detectors to generate output signals in response to the receipt of pressure waves generated at a source comprising at least one bubble, and processing means arranged to receive signals from the detectors and to determine from the signals the position of the source.02-16-2012
20100286514CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT BETWEEN LINEAR AND NONLINEAR SCATTERERS - A method for creating an acoustic observation of a target volume, the method comprising the steps of transmitting a group of at least two acoustic pulses towards the target volume, receiving at least one detector an echo of the group scattered from the target volume, the echo having linear and nonlinear components, processing the scattered signal in such a way as to enhance at least part of the nonlinear component (and suppress the linear component) of the scattered signal in a signal P11-11-2010
20120004545METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ULTRASOUND DATA PROCESSING - Methods and systems for ultrasound data processing are provided. One method includes acquiring channel ultrasound data from a plurality of channel connected to a plurality of elements of an ultrasound probe and storing the channel ultrasound data from the plurality of channels. The method further includes generating ultrasound images based on processing of the acquired channel ultrasound data and displaying the ultrasound images. The method also includes performing additional processing on the stored channel ultrasound data while the ultrasound images are displayed and displaying updated ultrasound images generated by the additional processing.01-05-2012
20110098562ULTRASONIC ASSESSMENT OF CARDIAC SYNCHRONICITY AND VIABILITY - An ultrasonic imaging system produces a sequence of images of the heart during a cardiac cycle. The images are analyzed to determine the motion, displacement, or change in size of segments of the myocardium. In a preferred embodiment the values determined are radial, longitudinal, or circumferential myocardial strain values. The displacement of the myocardial segments may be tracked during the cardiac cycle by speckle tracking or border detection. The motion, displacement, or change in size values for the segments are analyzed to produce a recruitment curve and anatomical display showing the relative times of recruitment of the different segments in the contractile and relaxation motion of the heart. Participation in and achievement of full recruitment may be determined by comparison against an initial recruitment threshold criterion and against a predetermine maximal recruitment milestone level.04-28-2011
20120310086ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MEASURING INTIMA-MEDIA THICKNESS - The present invention provides a method for detecting lumen and adventitia boundaries and measuring an intima-media thickness without depending on the magnitudes of echo intensity variations on the lumen and adventitia sides.12-06-2012
20100152579PORTABLE ULTRASONIC DEVICE AND ALGORITHMS FOR DIAGNOSIS OF DENTAL CARIES - Provided is an apparatus and method for the detection of dental caries. The apparatus generates longitudinal ultrasound waves that may be applied to any accessible surface of a tooth. The reflected ultrasound pulse echoes are collected and correlated with the incident pulse. The ultrasound pulse echoes from the front and rear surface of a dental cavity may be distinguished from other echoes, and provided in visual display to inform as to the size and location of the cavity.06-17-2010
20120016235ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - The present disclosure relates to an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and method thereof. The apparatus displays an ultrasound image obtained from an object on a first region of a display unit, and displays image information regarding measurement data with respect to a desired section of the ultrasound image on a second region of the display unit, wherein the image information displayed on the second region comprises an image map in which overall measurement data obtained at respective diagnosis points are accumulated in a time-series manner.01-19-2012
20120016236Ultrasonography Using Time- and Temperature-Sensitive Variable Adhesion Coupling Gels - One aspect of the present invention relates to a method of ultrasonography, utilizing a gel comprising a reverse phase polymer which facilitates the transmission of high-frequency sound waves. Further, the inherent properties of the reverse phase polymer result in increased adhesion at higher temperatures, thereby helping to maintain the desired position of the ultrasound probe until the user intends to adjust the probe's position. In certain embodiments, the method is utilized in a medical procedure in which stability of an ultrasound probe or transducer in an intended desired position can improve the outcome or increase the efficiency of the procedure. In certain embodiments, the gel further comprises an additive to increase the ultimate adhesion of the gel. In still other embodiments, the gel can be used on the skin, on a protective sheath encasing an ultrasound probe, or between the sheath and the probe, or any or all of them.01-19-2012
20120022372ULTRASOUND IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CLUTTER FILTERING - An ultrasound imaging device and method for clutter filtering is provided. The ultrasound imaging device provides logic for calculating signal characteristic values from an in-phase/quadrature-phase (I/Q) of an ultrasound signal reflected from an object and determining to remove a clutter element from the I/Q signal through comparison of the calculated signal characteristic values. Accordingly, the ultrasound imaging device provides a blood flow distribution of the object, more precisely visualized, to a user.01-26-2012
20110092817METHOD AND SYSTEM OF ULTRASOUND SCATTERER CHARACTERIZATION - A method for characterizing ultrasound scatterers in a medium comprising providing ultrasound data representing a region of interest comprising a plurality of scatterers in a medium, the plurality of scatterers including clusters of scatterer sub-units, the scatterers having a physical property value to be estimated and the scatterer sub-units having at least one known physical parameter value; modelling the ultrasound data using an at least second order function of a spatial organization parameter defining the spatial organization of the scatterers; and estimating the physical property value of the scatterers from the modelled ultrasound data and the at least one known physical parameter of the sub-units by a regression of the spatial organization parameter as a function of frequency. A system for characterizing ultrasound scatterers is also included.04-21-2011
20120157835ULTRASOUND SYSTEM FOR INTUITIVELY DISPLAYING CHANGE IN MOTION AND METHOD OF OPERATING ULTRASOUND SYSTEM - Provided is a three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound system for intuitively displaying a change in motion and a method of operating the 3D ultrasound system. The 3D ultrasound system may include a scan unit to generate ultrasonic data of an object through scanning, a coordinate determination unit to determine first coordinates corresponding to a top end of the object, and second coordinates corresponding to a bottom end of the object, from the ultrasonic data, and a display control unit to measure a vector length from the first coordinates to the second coordinates, and to display a color corresponding to the measured vector length by mapping the color to the ultrasonic data.06-21-2012
20120157834Path Parametric Visualization in Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound - Path visualization for medical procedures is provided. Different paths are presented to the user. The paths may be ranked, such as determining a cost associated with using each path. The cost may be determined from different sources of data, such as from elasticity and flow ultrasound data. The user may view the options and make an informed choice for the path to use for biopsy or other procedure.06-21-2012
20120071756APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING EXAMINATION TISSUE USING ULTRASOUND SIGNAL - An apparatus for detecting an examination tissue using an ultrasound signal is disclosed. The apparatus includes a scanning unit to generate an image related to an object, using the ultrasound signal, a sampling unit to convert a resolution of the generated image, and a controlling unit to retrieve an n-number of figure lines from the resolution-converted image and thereby determine whether each of the retrieved figures line is an examination tissue, wherein n is a natural number.03-22-2012
20120157836ULTRASOUND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLIED FROM MULTIPLE POWER SUPPLIES - An ultrasound system, which operates at a plurality of diagnostic modes, includes: an ultrasound probe configured to transmit an ultrasound signal to a target object and receive an ultrasound echo signal reflected from the target object; a power supplying unit configured to supply a power of different voltage levels according to a diagnostic mode to form a transmit pulse signal to be supplied to the ultrasound probe; and a transmitting unit connected to the ultrasound probe and the power supplying unit, the transmitting unit being configured to constantly supply the power in a first voltage level at a transmission time period of an ultrasound signal and vary the voltage level of the power from the first voltage level to a second voltage level based on a predetermined waveform at a transmission idle time period.06-21-2012
20120157837ULTRASOUND PROBE AND ULTRASOUND EXAMINATION DEVICE USING THE SAME - An ultrasound probe which is capable of structurally improving resolution is provided. This ultrasound probe includes: an ultrasound probe which transmits ultrasound waves to a subject; and an optical probe which detects, with use of light, the ultrasound waves reflected off internal tissue of the subject, and openings of the ultrasound probe are larger than openings of the optical probe. With this, reflected waves (ultrasound waves) from the subject can be detected by the large openings, so that high resolution can be obtained relative to a width of the transmitted ultrasound waves.06-21-2012
20110105898Real-Time Generation of Three-Dimensional Ultrasound image using a Two-Dimensional Ultrasound Transducer in a Robotic System - Systems and methods for performing robotically-assisted surgical procedures on a patient enable an image display device to provide an operator with auxiliary information related to the surgical procedure, in addition to providing an image of the surgical site itself. The systems and methods allow an operator to selectively access and reference auxiliary information on the image display device during the performance of a surgical procedure.05-05-2011
20120123260BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - A biological information processing apparatus, including: a conversion element which receives an ultrasonic wave transmitted from a subject and converts the ultrasonic wave into an analog signal; an analog-digital converting unit; a first memory which records a digital signal; a signal processing unit which outputs information on an inside of a biological body from the signal recorded in the first memory; a second memory which records information on an ineffective area, for which information need not be recorded; and a controlling unit which controls activation of the analog-digital converting unit or recording to the first memory, wherein the controlling unit stops the activation of the analog-digital converting unit or recording to the first memory in a period in which the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the ineffective area is received based on the information recorded in the second memory.05-17-2012
20100094130Ultrasonograph - An ultrasonograph includes a main body to which an ultrasonic probe is connected, an operation device having an operation switch, and a movable arm connecting the main body housing and the operation device. A bumper section is formed around the operation device, and wherein at least one probe container in which the ultrasonic probe is containable is formed at the bumper section.04-15-2010
20090131787Adaptive Image Filtering In An Ultrasound Imaging Device - The present invention relates to an ultrasound imaging device. The ultrasound imaging device includes: a data acquiring unit for acquiring 3-dimensional ultrasound image data based on receive signals formed based on ultrasound echoes reflected from a target object; a filtering unit for determining a size of a filtering mask of a filter, said size being adaptively determined according to an amount of the 3-dimensional ultrasound image data in data acquisition directions, the filtering unit being further configured to filter the 3-dimensional ultrasound image data by using the filtering mask; a scan converting unit for scan-converting the filtered 3-dimensional ultrasound image data; and a 3-dimensional rendering unit for performing 3-dimensional rendering upon the scan-converted 3-dimensional ultrasound image data to form a 3-dimensional ultrasound image.05-21-2009
20090131786ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS SYSTEM - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus body having a console interface device that permits changeable connection of a plurality of consoles of different types, a console identifying device that identifies the type of the connected console and an operation mode control device that so performs control as to accomplish operation in the diagnostic mode corresponding to the identified console, and a console of at least one type of the plurality of consoles of different types.05-21-2009
20120165665METHOD FOR PROVIDING MECHANICAL INDEX MAP AND/OR PRESSURE MAP BASED ON DEPTH VALUE AND DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND SYSTEM USING THE METHOD - A diagnostic ultrasound system may visualize and display a mechanical index (MI) as a map. The diagnostic ultrasound system may include a calculating unit to calculate an MI at a depth value on an ultrasonic direction axis from an ultrasonic output unit of an ultrasonic transducer, a visualizing unit to visualize a relationship between the calculated MI and the corresponding depth value in the form of a graph to generate an MI map, and a display unit to display the MI map.06-28-2012
20120165664REFINEMENT OF AN ANATOMICAL MODEL USING ULTRASOUND - A method of refining an anatomical model includes acquiring a two-dimensional echocardiogram that has a variable intensity, relating the two-dimensional echocardiogram to a plurality of mapping points that exist in three-dimensional space, and determining a confidence value for each of two or more mapping points that corresponds to an intensity at a point on the two-dimensional echocardiogram.06-28-2012
20120130239Cable Monitoring Apparatus - A cable monitoring apparatus includes a housing having an input interface adapted to electrically connect to one end of a medical cable and an output interface adapted to electrically connect to an electrical system. Signal processing circuitry is incorporated within the housing for receiving a medical signal from the medical cable via the input interface and for selectively passing the medical signal to the electrical system via the output interface when in a first mode of operation, and has application software for selectively testing functionality of the medical cable when in a second mode of operation. The medical signal may include at least one monitoring signal selected from a group consisting of fetal and maternal medical signals.05-24-2012
20120232386VALVE TREATMENT SIMULATION FROM MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING DATA - Valve treatment simulation is performed from patient specific imaging data for therapy planning. A model of the valve may be generated from the patient specific data automatically or with very minimal user indication of anatomy locations relative to an image. Any characteristics for the valve not extracted from images of the patient may be added to create a volumetric model. Added characteristics include chordae, such as chordae length and leaflet fiber direction. The characteristics may be adjusted based on user feedback and/or comparison with images of the patient. The effect of therapy on closure of the valve may be simulated from the model. For instance, mitral clip intervention is simulated on the patient-specific model. Valves are deformed according to the clip location. Valve closure is then simulated to predict effect of the therapy in terms of mitral regurgitation.09-13-2012
20120136248ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus according to an embodiment includes: a movement information obtaining unit that obtains movement information by adjusting a reception signal received by an ultrasound probe, by using a gain; an image generating unit that generates a color image in which color pixels are allocated based on the movement information; an index calculating unit that calculates an index value indicating a distribution of the color pixels, based on two or more of the color images generated by the image generating unit; a gain selecting unit that selects a display gain by comparing the index values calculated with respect to two or more of the gains; and a controlling unit that controls the image generating unit so as to generate a color image in which color pixels are allocated based on the display gain and the movement information obtained from the reception signal.05-31-2012
20110184284NON-INVASIVE DEVICES AND METHODS TO DIAGNOSE PAIN GENERATORS - Devices and methods are provided that diagnose one or more pain generators at or near the spine in a patient suffering from pain. In one embodiment, a device is provided that includes: an external transducer probe having a proximal end, a distal end and a body therebetween wherein the probe is configured to be placed in contact with the skin of a patient near a pain generator or suspected pain generator; an energy source that supplies the probe with energy; and a conduit for engaging the energy source and the proximal end of the probe. The energy is transferred from the energy source to the distal end of the probe through the skin of the patient and has an intensity to deliver and produce a pain signal when at least the distal end of the probe is near the pain generator or suspected pain generator.07-28-2011
20110184285ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus comprises, an image display device, an apparatus main body and a support mechanism, wherein the support mechanism comprises a support mechanism main body and a support arm, the image display device is attached to the support mechanism main body, and supported on the apparatus main body by the support arm, and the support mechanism main body is provided with a rotation mechanism which rotates the image display device in an upward-downward direction, a position selecting mechanism which raises or lowers the image display device, and a rotation block mechanism which blocks such rotation as to recline the image display device to a horizontal position in a case where the image display device is disposed at a position other than an uppermost end position in a movement region where the image display device rises or lowers with respect to the rotation mechanism.07-28-2011
20120083693HANDHELD ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS WITH RACK STAND - The present disclosure relates to a handheld ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus that includes a height adjustable rack stand. The apparatus includes a portable main body, and a rack stand that supports the main body such that the main body can be held at a preset height. The handheld ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus can be rapidly installed using the rack stand, thereby enabling a user to rapidly address an emergency situation using the apparatus.04-05-2012
20120083692PRESSURE CONTROL IN MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND IMAGING - Contact pressure from a transducer is controlled in medical diagnostic ultrasound imaging. Rather than measuring pressure directly using a pressure sensor on the transducer, the compression of tissue within the patient may be measured using ultrasound scanning. The desired amount of compression in the region of interest for diagnosis may be obtained. For example in breast imaging, the desired compression for imaging a portion of the breast is compared to compression measured from ultrasound data. Once the desired tissue compression is achieved, the pressure applied by the transducer is maintained while the diagnosis scan occurs. For example, a robotic arm locks or otherwise maintains the pressure during scanning.04-05-2012
20110201927ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes a housing and an arm extending in a direction of front and back of the apparatus above the housing. The arm configured to rotate upwardly and downwardly and attaching to an attachment provided above the housing. The apparatus further includes an operation panel provided at a distal end of the arm. The attachment is oriented at a certain position from an upper surface of the housing such that the arm is rotatable upward and downward from a horizontal position.08-18-2011
20120316438PORTABLE ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE - A small-sized ultrasonic diagnostic device is provided which is capable of taking various storage positions, and good in usability. The portable ultrasonic diagnostic device includes a main body 12-13-2012
20120316437APPARATUS FOR DRIVING TWO-DIMENSIONAL TRANSDUCER ARRAY, MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING TWO-DIMENSIONAL TRANSDUCER ARRAY - An apparatus for driving a two-dimensional transducer array, a medical imaging system and a method of driving a two-dimensional transducer array are provided. An apparatus for driving a two-dimensional (2D) transducer array including one or more transducers includes one or more drivers configured to respectively drive the transducers, each of the drivers including a register, a comparator, a pulse frequency setter, a multi-pulse controller, a transmission signal generator, a signal transceiver, a transmission and reception switch, and a reception signal amplifier, and a driving controller configured to control the drivers.12-13-2012
20100049044COMBINED PHOTOACOUSTIC AND ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM - The present disclosure provides for a system that is adapted to simultaneously display photoacoustic and ultrasound images of the same object. An image combiner can perform spatial and temporal interpolation of the two images before generating a combined image. The combined image is then displayed on a display such as an LCD or CRT. The system is able to use motion estimates obtained from the ultrasound data to enhance the photoacoustic image thereby increasing its apparent frame rate, registering consecutive frames in order to reduce artifacts. The system is capable of generating combined ultrasound and photoacoustic images which are registered spatially and temporally.02-25-2010
20100049045ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus body adapted to generate an ultrasonic image on the basis of an echo signal obtained by transmission of an ultrasonic wave, and a display unit including a display section for the display of the ultrasonic image generated by the ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus body. The display section is supported by a support member installed on a floor surface. The display unit can be attached to and detached from the ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus body.02-25-2010
20100049043DOCKABLE ULTRASOUND SYSTEMS AND METHOD THEREOF - A compact, portable ultra sound system is capable of docking with a larger, traditional cart-based ultrasound system. The docking can include a physical and an electrical connectivity between the compact portable ultrasound system and the larger traditional cart-based ultrasound system. The compact system is thus able to use the peripherals ofthe larger system and this provides for a more cost effective use of the larger system.02-25-2010
20100049042Ultrasonographic Device - The present invention makes it possible to provide an ultrasonogram having a preferable spatial resolution and signal/noise ratio. A signal dynamic range is measured to determine a position either for adaptively switching between linear interpolation and sinc function interpolation or for employing a weighted average of interpolated values according to these interpolation methods. In the former case, a depth point for switching between linear interpolation and sinc function interpolation may be previously stored in a depth storage unit 02-25-2010
20100298701ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS USING TOUCH INTERACTION - Disclosed is an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus utilizing a touch interaction. The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus may include an ultrasound image generating unit to generate an ultrasound image, a touch input unit to receive a touch interaction inputted from a user, a sensor to sense the touch interaction from the touch input unit, a controller to control an operation for processing the ultrasound image according to the sensed touch interaction, and a display unit to display the ultrasound image according to the controlling of the controller. Here, the touch interaction includes at least one touch operation that is capable of a multi-touch with respect to the touch input unit.11-25-2010
20120259218SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR OBTAINING SUBJECT INFORMATION, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A subject information obtaining apparatus includes a plurality of conversion elements configured to receive an elastic wave that has propagated from a subject and convert the elastic wave into a plurality of electrical signals, a frequency-domain interferometry adaptive processing unit configured to execute a frequency-domain interferometry method and adaptive signal processing using the plurality of electrical signals and obtain power intensity distribution by calculating power intensity at each position on a plurality of scan lines, and a correction unit configured to execute a correction process by which variation in power intensity between adjacent scan lines in a direction that intersects with the scan lines is reduced.10-11-2012
20100010344Enhanced Ultrasound Data Processing in an Ultrasound System - Embodiments for ultrasound data processing in an ultrasound system are disclosed. In one embodiment, a mapping table, in which linear operation information is associated with a plurality of diagnostic modes, is stored in a storage unit. If there is an instruction to select at least one of the diagnostic modes, then an ultrasound data acquisition unit transmits/receives ultrasound signals to/from a target object to thereby acquire ultrasound data according to the selected diagnostic mode. A processing unit forms an ultrasound data matrix based on the ultrasound data and retrieves the linear operation information associated with the selected diagnostic mode from the mapping table to form linear operation matrices. Further, the processing unit performs a matrix operation of the ultrasound data matrix and the linear operation matrices.01-14-2010
20100010345RECOVERY FUNCTION OF PARAMETERS IN AN ULTRASOUND SYSTEM - Embodiments for performing a recovery function of parameters in an ultrasound system are disclosed. An input unit may allow a user to input instructions. The instructions include a setting instruction for setting values of a plurality of parameters and a recovery instruction for recovering the parameter values to previously set parameter values. An ultrasound diagnostic unit forms an ultrasound image of a target object based on the set parameter values. A storage unit may sequentially and accumulatively store the parameter values. A control unit, which is responsive to the recovery instruction, retrieves the parameter values from the storage unit and recovers the set parameter values to previous parameter values based on the retrieved parameter values. The ultrasound diagnostic unit forms an ultrasound image based on the recovered parameter values.01-14-2010
20090018441Medical diagnostic ultrasound scanning and video synchronization - Real-time scanning and display of images is synchronized for ultrasound imaging. The scanning rate requirements for obtaining a frame of ultrasound data are determined. The video rate for imaging is adjusted as a function of the scanning rate.01-15-2009
20090018440Medical diagnostic imaging with hardware generated region of interest border - A system and method for generating a border of a region of interest of an image, such as a medical image, are disclosed. Imaging data is acquired for generation of an image. A region of interest of the image is determined. A display value is allocated to a plurality of pixels, respectively, based on color or tissue information from the imaging data. If at least one pixel corresponds to a border of the region of interest, a border value is allocated to the at least one pixel substantially at the same time as when the display value is allocated. The image having the border of the region of interest is displayed.01-15-2009
20120265068METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING THERMAL RISK INDICATOR - An apparatus for displaying a thermal risk indicator, which measures at least one analyzing indicator about a risk of a thermal bio-effect by analyzing an ultrasound beam generated from an ultrasound output unit of a transmitting transducer, calculates a thermal risk indicator based on the at least one analyzing indicator, and displays the thermal risk indicator through a display unit.10-18-2012
20090270728SYSTEM FOR MEASURING AND TRACKING HUMAN BODY FAT - A system for evaluating health, wellness and fitness, and in particular, to a system that uses an ultrasound transducer to accurately measure fat thickness at a plurality of sites on the human body, records these measurements for long term monitoring, and based on the plurality of measurements calculates the total body composition. The system includes a central control unit to analyze the measurement and display the results in a variety of formats.10-29-2009
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20110213247ARTICULATED ARM WITH IMAGING DEVICE - An articulated arm CMM comprises an articulated arm comprising a plurality of transfer members, a plurality of articulation members connecting at least two transfer members to each other, a coordinate acquisition member at a distal end, and a base at a proximal end. A plurality of encoders are associated with the plurality of articulation members so as to measure an orientation of the CMM. An ultrasonic imaging device is mounted on the CMM.09-01-2011
20100228124MEDICAL AND VETERINARY IMAGING AND DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES UTILIZING OPTICAL PROBE SYSTEMS - An imaging method includes providing a handpiece having a probe tip insertable into human or animal tissue disposed at an end thereof, and, an optical coherence tomography (OCT) probe connected to the handpiece such that a functionality of the OCT probe is provided at the probe tip. The probe tip is disposed adjacent to or into human or animal tissue. Imaging of the tissue, measuring at least one of a feature size or a quantifiable characteristic of a structure in the tissue for biometry analysis, and/or performing a diagnostic procedure on the tissue or a device implanted in the tissue is performed with the OCT probe.09-09-2010
20100228123MULTI-FUNCTION OPTICAL PROBE SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL AND VETERINARY APPLICATIONS - A device includes a handpiece having a probe tip disposed at an end thereof, and, connected to the handpiece such that, at the probe tip, a functionality of each is provided, a plurality of optical coherence tomography (OCT) probes.09-09-2010
20120089019Solving for Shear Wave Information in Medical Ultrasound Imaging - A shear wave velocity solution is provided for medical ultrasound imaging. Rather than determining shear wave information for each location based on distance from the origin of the shear wave and time to peak displacement for the location, displacement profiles resulting from different combinations of origin and detection locations are correlated. Shear information is detected using displacements from a diverse spatial combination of transmission locations and detection locations. The correlation combination is used in a same function for simultaneously solving for the delays for multiple lateral locations. Spatial diversity and layered correlation may provide for more accurate shear wave estimation.04-12-2012
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20120101380MEDICAL INSTRUMENT - To further improve, under ultrasonic observation, the visibility of a medical instrument with at least one portion of the instrument that can be inserted into body tissue of a patient and has a surface structure reflecting ultrasound waves, wherein the surface structure comprises a number of reflection elements, it is proposed that at least three, and at most nine, reflection elements which are arranged in a defined way in relation to one another define a reflection element group and that the surface structure comprises at least two reflection element groups.04-26-2012
20120101379ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS - The ultrasound probe includes an error correcting code generating unit to generate error correcting codes corresponding to the ultrasound data, adds the error correcting codes generated by the error correcting code generating unit to the ultrasound data so as to produce transmission data, and transmits the transmission data to the processing unit. The processing unit includes an error correcting unit to perform error correction processing for the ultrasound data based on the error correcting codes contained in the transmission data, and an error ratio detecting unit to detect an error ratio of data in the ultrasound data contained in the transmission data, and transmits information corresponding to the error ratio detected by the error ratio detecting unit to the ultrasound probe. The error correcting code generating unit changes a ratio of error correcting codes to the ultrasound data in accordance with the error ratio received by the ultrasound probe.04-26-2012
20120101378PROVIDING AN ULTRASOUND SPATIAL COMPOUND IMAGE BASED ON A PHASED ARRAY PROBE IN AN ULTRASOUND SYSTEM - Embodiments for providing an ultrasound spatial compound image are disclosed. In one embodiment, by way of non-limiting example, an ultrasound system comprises: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to acquire ultrasound data based on a phased array probe having a plurality of elements; and a processing unit in communication with the ultrasound data acquisition unit, the processing unit being configured to set a virtual common point corresponding to predetermined scan-lines, move the virtual common point in a longitudinal direction of the elements to seta plurality of scan-lines, form a plurality of ultrasound images based on the ultrasound data, and perform spatial compounding upon the ultrasound images to form an ultrasound spatial compound image, wherein the ultrasound data acquisition unit is configured to acquire the ultrasound data based on the plurality of scan-lines corresponding to each of the ultrasound images.04-26-2012
20120289828ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM - An ultrasound imaging system includes a console and a key pad. The console includes a two dimensional display region having a vertical dimension and a horizontal dimension, wherein the horizontal dimension is smaller than the vertical dimension. The display region includes an upper portion configured to display image data and a lower portion configured to display, concurrently with displaying the image data in the upper portion, a touch screen menu including a set of soft controls that are respectively configured to control a secondary set of ultrasound imaging functions. The key pad includes a set of physical controls that are respectively configured to control a primary set of ultrasound imaging functions, wherein the key pad has a width that is less than a width of the console. In one embodiment, the key pad is hermetically sealed, and is easily cleanable, disinfectable and/or sterilizable.11-15-2012
20100179424METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TREATMENT OF MITRAL VALVE INSUFFICIENCY - Mitral valve insufficiency is treated by introducing an expansible device such as a balloon bearing a an ultrasonic transducer into the heart so that the transducer is positioned adjacent the mitral annulus but spaced from the mitral annulus, and actuating the transducer to heat the mitral annulus, denature collagen in the annulus and thereby shrink the annulus.07-15-2010
20100179423Palpation Algorithms For Computer-Augmented Hand Tools - A method and system for performing minimally invasive tissue examination with a computer-assisted hand tool. The computer-assisted hand tool is moved into contact with the tissue under examination. An indication is received from a first sensor in the computer-assisted hand tool of each feature detected in a time interval during movement of the hand tool in contact with the tissue under examination. Each feature detected in the preset time interval is processed to determine a haptic feedback to provide to the user. A haptic feedback is generated and provided to the user via an actuator that is responsive to at least one feature detected in the time interval.07-15-2010
20100130855SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACTIVE OPTIMIZED SPATIO-TEMPORAL SAMPLING - Systems and methods which provide active optimized spatio-temporal sampling (AOSTS) for image generation are shown. Embodiments actively select one or more regions of interest (ROIs) in a multi-beam ultrasound sampling mode, to minimize temporal image artifacts in the ROIs and thereby provide AOSTS. Such selection of ROIs according to embodiments results in various multi-beam sampling parameters, such as the number of rays that are used, the spacing between the rays that are used, the width of the rays that are used, the sequence of the rays that are used, the angle of the rays that are used, etc., being selected to provide optimized spatio-temporal sampling with respect to the selected ROIs. Selection of ROIs according to embodiments may include selecting parameters such as position, size, shape, orientation, direction, rate of change, etc.05-27-2010
20120150034System and Method for Fusing Three Dimensional Image Data from a Plurality of Different Imaging Systems for Use in Diagnostic Imaging - A multi-modality cancer screening and diagnosis system is provided that allows cancer screening and diagnosis of a patient using at least two different and sequential three-dimensional imaging techniques without patient repositioning. The system includes a first three-dimensional image acquisition device, a second three-dimensional image acquisition device having a probe with a transmitter mounted thereon, and a positioning paddle for positioning and immobilizing an object to be imaged during the cancer screening and diagnosis procedure. The positioning paddle is designed to facilitate visualization of the breast in both three-dimensional modalities without movement of the patient, and preferably is designed to position the patient with comfort during a diagnosis procedure which uses both imaging modalities.06-14-2012
20120150033ANTIMICROBIAL ULTRASOUND TRANSMISSION GEL - An antimicrobial ultrasound transmitting gel has an ultrasound-transmitting gel and an effective amount of one or more antimicrobial additives. The gel may further include one or more skin cleansers to provide a gel that may be used to both decontaminate the skin and for the performance of the ultrasound.06-14-2012
20110160582WIRELESS ULTRASONIC SCANNING SYSTEM - A wireless ultrasonic scanning system comprises an ultrasonic sensor, a motor, an ultrasonic transceiver, a high-speed data sampling module, a motor controller and a master control module. The ultrasonic sensor, which moves in accordance with control of the motor controller, is mounted on the motor. The ultrasonic transceiver activates the ultrasonic sensor and amplifies a received ultrasonic signal. The high-speed data sampling module wirelessly transmits radio-frequency ultrasonic data to the master control module. The master control module sets a scanning mode, initiates a scanning process, and wirelessly transmits control signals and control parameters to the high-speed data sampling module.06-30-2011
20080234578Multi-modality mammography reconstruction method and system - A method, system, and software are provided for joint reconstruction of three-dimensional images using multiple imaging modalities. In an exemplary embodiment, the present approach includes providing a first dataset acquired via a first imaging technique or a first image generated from the first dataset, providing a second dataset acquired via a second imaging technique or a second image generated from the second dataset, and generating a volumetric dataset by extracting information from the first and second datasets or images. The first imaging technique may have better resolution than the second imaging technique in a first direction, and the second imaging technique may have better resolution than the first imaging technique in a second direction. There is provided a system and one or more tangible, machine readable media for performing the act of generating the volumetric dataset by extracting information from the first and second datasets or images.09-25-2008
20080228072Foreign Body Identifier - A surgical instrument for the presence and/or location of a foreign body is disclosed. The surgical instrument is hand-held. In some embodiments, the surgical instrument includes transducers adapted for emitting and/or receiving signals. In such embodiments, the surgical instrument utilizes pulse-echo measurements to determine characteristics and/or location of the foreign body. In other embodiments, the surgical instrument includes a measurement circuit for detecting the presence and/or location of a foreign body by a change in the characteristics of the measurement circuit. The surgical instrument may be utilized to determine such things as the size of a foreign body, the orientation of a foreign body with respect to patient anatomy and/or another foreign body, and whether the foreign body has been completely removed.09-18-2008
20080221447MEDICAL APPARATUS OBTAINING INFORMATION INDICATIVE OF INTERNAL STATE OF AN OBJECT BASED ON INTERACTION BETWEEN SOUND WAVES AND LIGHT - A medical apparatus acquires information indicating an internal state of a region being examined of an object based on a modulated component of light caused by interaction with ultrasound waves in the region. In the apparatus, light radiating component have a light radiating member radiating the light toward the region of the object, and light detecting components have a light detecting member detecting light that has been transmitted through the region of the object. The light radiating and detecting components are supported by support components to be opposed to each other with the region located between the light radiating and detecting members. An ultrasound emitting component emits the ultrasound waves toward the region from a direction different from a radiating direction of the light radiated from the light radiating member. The emitted ultrasound waves modulates the radiated light.09-11-2008
20080221446Method and apparatus for tracking points in an ultrasound image - An ultrasound system comprises a position sensing module, an imaging tracking module, a display and a user interface. The position sensing module detects spatial information associated with a volume of data. The display displays first and second images based on the volume of data. The first and second images comprise first and second portions of the volume of data, and the first and second portions are at least partially different with respect to each other. The user interface selects a first image tracking point on the first image. The first image tracking point is indicated on the first image with a first indicator. The image tracking module tracks the first image tracking point within the volume of data. The image tracking module indicates on the display a spatial relationship of the first image tracking point to the second image.09-11-2008
20080214934Inter-frame processing for contrast agent enhanced medical diagnostic ultrasound imaging - Contrast agent enhanced medical diagnostic imaging is improved by selecting particular frames of data. Frames of data are acquired over time. Information from the frames of data are combined, such as for a time intensity curve or maximum intensity processing. Rather than combining information from each of the frames, information from some frames is not used. Frames are selected for inclusion. In one embodiment, the selection is based on one type of data (e.g., B-mode) for combining information for another type of data (e.g., contrast agent data).09-04-2008
20130131510ULTRASOUND IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND ULTRASOUND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD - An ultrasound image generation apparatus includes: a first motion estimation unit which estimates, as a first motion vector, a motion vector of the ultrasound probe using a first estimation method, the motion vector indicating the movement between images of the respective ultrasound signals; a second motion estimation unit which estimates, as a second motion vector, a motion vector of the ultrasound probe using a second estimation method different from the first estimation method in direction dependency of estimation accuracy; and a position reconstruction unit which (i) assigns, based on a direction of the first motion vector or a direction of the second motion vector, weights to the first and the second motion vectors, (ii) combines the weighted first and second motion vectors into a combined motion vector, and (iii) constructs an ultrasound diagnostic image of a subject using the combined motion vector and the images.05-23-2013
20100280371Non-Invasive Device and Method for Locating a Structure Such as a Nerve - Non-invasive device for locating a structure (N11-04-2010
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20080200805SONOELASTOGRAPHIC SHEAR VELOCITY IMAGING USING CRAWLING WAVE EXCITATION - Vibration sources are applied to a body or other object to image a region of interest. The mechanical vibrations introduced by the sources interfere in the region of interest to produce a crawling wave, which is detected by an ultrasound probe A relationship between crawling wave phase derivatives and local shear wave velocity is derived with phase derivatives estimated using either one-dimensional (1D) or two-dimensional (2D) autocorrelation-based techniques to image the region of interest.08-21-2008
20110224544ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS WITH VARIABLE ELEVATION TYPE CONTROL PANEL - An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus with a variable elevation type control panel is disclosed. The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus with the variable elevation type control panel includes a control panel having a lift operating part, a support supporting the control panel, and a lift connected to the support and operated by manipulation of the lift operating part to lift or lower the support.09-15-2011
20100286515Novel Methods and Devices for Noninvasive Measurement of Energy Absorbers in Blood - Various embodiments of the present invention include devices for use in determining the concentration of a tissue energy absorber (e.g., hemoglobin) in an individual's blood. In particular embodiments, the device includes a photometric device (e.g., a pulse oximeter) and an imaging device (e.g., an ultrasound imaging device or other suitable imaging device), and the device is adapted for: (A) using the photometric device to measure a change in mass of the tissue energy absorber within a particular volume of the individual's blood between a first point in time and a second point in time, the particular volume of blood being blood within a particular portion of at least one vascular structure, the vascular structure comprising at least one of the individual's vessels (e.g., at least one of the individual's arteries); (B) using an ultrasound imaging device to measure a change in interior volume, between the first point in time and the second point in time, of the particular portion of the vascular structure; and (C) using both the measured change in the mass of the tissue energy absorber, and the measured change in interior volume to determine at least an approximate blood total concentration of the tissue energy absorber within the individual's blood.11-11-2010
20110237944METHODS AND DEVICES FOR TRANSFERING CONFIGURATION SETTINGS - A method for transferring configuration settings and/or user maintenance items includes allowing a user to select a set of configuration settings and/or user maintenance items stored in a removable memory device coupled to a medical device; displaying the selected set of configuration settings and/or user maintenance items on a display device; and importing configuration settings and/or user maintenance items stored in the removable memory device to the medical device.09-29-2011
20120283563BIOPSY DEVICE WITH MANIFOLD ALIGNMENT FEATURE AND TISSUE SENSOR - A biopsy system includes a needle, a cutter movable relative to the needle to sever a tissue sample, a processing module, a tissue sensor, and an indicator. The tissue sensor is operable to sense a tissue sample severed by the cutter. The processing module is operable to drive the indicator based on information from the tissue sensor. The indicator may include an audible indicator and/or a visual indicator. The indication provided by the indicator may vary based on sensed qualities of the tissue sample. The indicator may be integrated into a biopsy instrument or may be provided as part of a remote unit. The biopsy system may also include a multi-chamber tissue sample holder. A graphical user interface may indicate which chambers of the tissue sample holder are occupied by tissue samples.11-08-2012
20130158397METHOD AND SYSTEM TO AUTOMATICALLY LOAD USER SETTINGS TO WIRELESS ULTRASOUND PROBE - An ultrasound imaging system is provided, including a beamformer in communication with a transducer probe to acquire ultrasound image data for communication by a transceiver. An identity server can include a series of profiles each including a unique identifier of an external environment and a unique predefined system setting of the system. A tracking system can scan for a first tag having a unique identifier of a user of the system and for a second tag having a unique identifier of the patient. The identity server is operable to select a match of one of the series of profiles based on the acquired unique identifier and automatically communicate the profile to the transceiver for automatic activation of the system settings to the ultrasound imaging system.06-20-2013
20130158399ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF RETRIEVING AND DISPLAYING HEART FUNCTION TEST PERIOD - The present invention provides an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus including a bio-signal analyzing section sequentially acquiring a bio-signal from a bio-signal acquiring section over a plurality of cycles to evaluate stability of a heart function in one cycle between particular signal waveforms of the bio-signal and one cycle between particular signal waveforms adjacent to the one cycle between the particular signal waveforms, selecting the one cycle between the particular signal waveforms and one cycle between the particular signal waveforms adjacent to the one cycle between the particular signal waveforms as a test period for the heart function based on the content of the evaluation, and associating the selected test period with a time phase of the bio-signal.06-20-2013
20110313289ULTRASONIC BONE ASSESSMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD - An invention is disclosed for locating a region of interest (ROI) in the radius. A method and apparatus are disclosed that use a pair of ultrasound transducers for ultrasound assessment of various properties of bone. The invention includes positioning the transducers on the anterior-posterior (dorsal and ventral) sides of a forearm of an individual. The positioning is based on the forearm length, and a selected percentage of this length at which the ROI is desired. In a presently preferred embodiment of the invention, the ROI is defined as the ⅓12-22-2011
20110313288APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR LOCALIZING MARKERS OR TISSUE STRUCTURES WITHIN A BODY - Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for localizing lesions within a patient's body, e.g., within a breast. The system may include one or more markers implantable within or around the target tissue region, and a probe for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic signals to detect the one or more markers. During use, the marker(s) are into a target tissue region, and the probe is placed against the patient's skin to detect and localize the marker(s). A tissue specimen, including the lesion and the marker(s), is then removed from the target tissue region based at least in part on the localization information from the probe.12-22-2011
20090149748Portable Pulmonary Injury diagnostic Devices And Methods - Lung injury such as pneumothorax now can be diagnosed reliably, portably and quickly. Vibro-acoustic waves are sent through the chest and the resulting wave is measured. By analyzing attenuation characteristics determined by the geometry of the chest structures, a determination can be made of whether the patient's pleural space is healthy, contains air (pneumothorax) or contains fluid (hemothorax).06-11-2009
20120022373MEASUREMENT APPARATUS - The aim of the invention is to enable high-speed signal processing for a measurement apparatus, which performs imaging using adaptive signal processing, and spatial smoothing. The measurement apparatus generates image data inside an object using an analog signal obtained by receiving an ultrasound propagated inside the object with a plurality of ultrasound transducing devices, the measurement apparatus comprising: a received signal processing unit which converts the analog signal to a digital signal; a calculating unit which performs adaptive signal processing on the digital signal and generates image information; and a data reducing unit which reduces data amount of the digital signal transferred from the received signal processing unit to the calculating unit.01-26-2012
20120029351ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND CARRIER SIGNAL GENERATING CIRCUIT - In order to simplify a manufacturing process and reduce cost and power consumption by providing an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus including a carrier signal generating circuit excellent in IC implementation, a carrier signal generating circuit for generating an output voltage Vo applied to an ultrasonic probe 02-02-2012
20120029350METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PULSE SCANNING AND SIMULTANEOUSLY DISPLAYING A BLOOD FLOW IMAGE AND A B-MODE IMAGE - Methods and systems for pulse scanning and simultaneously displaying a blood flow image and a B-mode image are disclosed.02-02-2012
20130204132SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ULTRASOUND ANALYSIS OF BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURES - Ultrasound systems and methods for detecting features of biological soft tissue are described. Systems and methods may employ low transient pulse technology. Methods employ detection and analysis of behavioral patterns of different signal parameters such as flight time, maximum amplitude, phase angle, and correlation for tumor detection and tissue analysis. Flight time and frequency components may be employed in tumor detection methods.08-08-2013
20120095332BLOOD VESSEL FUNCTION INSPECTING APPARATUS - A blood vessel function inspecting apparatus including blood flow velocity distribution measuring portion for measuring a blood flow velocity distribution within a blood vessel in a non-invasion manner with ultrasonic waves before releasing of the blood vessel from a blood flow obstruction or after a blood vessel diameter measuring time period; viscosity-shear rate relationship calculating portion; and blood shear stress calculating portion for measuring a blood flow velocity within the blood vessel, concurrently with the measurement of a change ratio of the diameter of the blood vessel within the predetermined blood vessel diameter measuring time period after releasing of the blood vessel from the blood flow obstruction, and calculating a blood shear stress on the basis of a measured blood flow velocity, and according to a viscosity-shear rate relationship.04-19-2012
20130211251HIGH FREQUENCY PIEZOELECTRIC CRYSTAL COMPOSITES, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - The present invention generally relates to high frequency piezoelectric crystal composites, devices, and method for manufacturing the same. In adaptive embodiments an improved imaging device, particularly a medical imaging device or a distance imaging device, for high frequency (>20 MHz) applications involving an imaging transducer assembly is coupled to a signal imagery processor. Additionally, the proposed invention presents a system for photolithography based micro-machined piezoelectric crystal composites and their uses resulting in improved performance parameters.08-15-2013
20130211252ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM AND PORTABLE ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS THEREOF - An exemplary ultrasonic diagnostic system includes a portable ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and a cloud computing system. The portable ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes an ultrasonic sensing unit, a front-end circuit, a data compression unit and a communication unit. The ultrasonic sensing unit is configured to sense a signal reflected from a measured object. The front-end circuit is configured to perform a pre-processing on an output of the ultrasonic sensing unit. The data compression unit is configured to receive an output of the front-end circuit and determine whether to perform a data compression process on the output of the front-end circuit according to a selected result. The communication unit is configured to receive an output of the data compression unit and further transmit the output of the data compression unit to the cloud computing system.08-15-2013

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