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20100056946System for analyzing thermal data based on breast surface temperature to determine suspect conditions - A portable computing device or microprocessor/storage system including temperature sensors used to collect temperature readings of a breast tissue of a subject. The device would collect data from the sensors at regular time intervals over a period of time. All of the generated temperature data is stored in the portable computing or storage device. The sensors are placed on the greatest areas of interest on the breast, based on where most cancers develop, by using a sensor placeholder. The sensor placeholder would be lobate shaped, with the sensor placeholder aligning with the glandular regions of the breast where cancers are most likely to develop. The temperature data is then analyzed by one or more classifier systems and classified as either suspect or non-suspect tissue.03-04-2010
20100152607DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR MEASURING PARALLEL TISSUE CONDUCTANCE, LUMINAL CROSS-SECTIONAL AREAS, FLUID VELOCITY, AND/OR DETERMINING PLAQUE VULNERABILITY USING TEMPERATURE - Devices, systems, and methods for measuring parallel tissue conductance, luminal cross-sectional areas, fluid velocity, and/or determining plaque vulnerability using temperature. In at least one embodiment of a device to obtain a parallel tissue conductance within a luminal organ, the device comprises an elongated body having a longitudinal axis extending from a proximal end to a distal end, a pair of excitation electrodes located on the elongated body at or near the distal end, a pair of detection electrodes located on the elongated body in between the pair of excitation electrodes, and a thermistor positioned along the longitudinal axis, located near the distal end and positioned proximal to the first excitation electrode and the second excitation electrode.06-17-2010
20110196255DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR MEASURING PARALLEL TISSUE CONDUCTANCE, LUMINAL CROSS-SECTIONAL AREAS, FLUID VELOCITY, AND/OR DETERMINING PLAQUE VULNERABILITY USING TEMPERATURE - Devices, systems, and methods for measuring parallel tissue conductance, luminal cross-sectional areas, fluid velocity, and/or determining plaque vulnerability using temperature. In at least one embodiment of a method to obtain parallel tissue conductance, the method comprises the steps of inserting at least part of a detection device into a luminal organ, applying current thereto, obtaining a native temperature measurement, injecting a solution of a known conductivity into the luminal organ, detecting a temperature change indicative of the fluid within the luminal organ, measuring an output conductance, and calculating a parallel tissue conductance based upon the output conductance and the conductivity of the injected solution.08-11-2011
20130085409System AND Process For Detecting a Febrile Condition - The invention is directed to a system and process for estimating a core body temperature of a human subject. The system includes mount, a body, and a heat trap having a temperature sensor. The mount is operable to secure the device to a toilet or adjacent surface. The body houses a microprocessor. The heat trap is distal to the body and is shaped to receive a liquid stream and contain the thermal energy therein. The heat trap comprises a low thermally conductive material. The temperature sensor is in communication with the microprocessor. The temperature sensor is associated with the heat trap and disposed proximate a surface of said heat trap, wherein the liquid stream is directed across said temperature sensor. The system optionally incorporates a process and memory to store input of the temperature sensor and associate the input with a person, compare the input to historical records for a person, and determine a febrile condition for the person based on the input.04-04-2013
20100076337Medical Sensor And Technique For Using The Same - According to various embodiments, a hat-based or headband sensor assembly may provide an output to indicate when a patient's body temperature changes. The sensor assembly may include sensors and other features to alert healthcare providers when a temperature is outside of a desired range. The sensor assembly may include a medical sensor, such as a pulse oximetry sensor, and a temperature sensor.03-25-2010
20130079660METHOD UTILIZING THERMOGRAPH OF A TEAR FILM FOR GENERATING A QUANTIFIED INDEX - A method utilizing thermograph of a tear film for generating a quantified index includes steps of: capturing a set of tear film thermograph data, deriving parameters from the set of tear film thermograph data, and executing a synthesis calculation based on the derived parameters. The parameters include a temperature distribution of each tear film thermograph, a temperature fall tendency of an open-eye tear film during time variation, a type of a tear film break-up and an occurring time of the tear film break-up, and an upward drifting speed of a temperature color block in the tear film thermograph. The parameters represent the quantity of the aqueous volume of the tear and the stability of the tear film for establishing a reliability of an examination of a diagnosis of a dry eye disease without intruding into a testee's eye.03-28-2013
20130079661LUMINESCENCE BASED NONINVASIVE REMOTE PARAMETER SENSOR AND SENSING METHOD - A noninvasive remote parameter sensor and sensing method is provided that is particularly suited for the remote monitoring of skin temperature. The sensor and sensing method utilize luminescence-based sensors that are non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin. The sensor preferably utilizes one or more types of fluorophores that are embedded in a soft hydrogel. The sensor is illuminated with excitation light, and temperature is monitored by detecting and analyzing the emission light from the fluorophores. Because a soft hydrogel is used, the sensor can be gently wiped off the skin at the conclusion of temperature measurements.03-28-2013
20100036277ANIMAL TEMPERATURE MONITOR AND MONITORING METHOD - The invention provides apparatus 02-11-2010
20090198146BLANKING INFECTION MONITORING DURING RECHARGE - A method includes monitoring infection in proximity to a rechargeable implantable medical device; determining whether an event associated with recharging of the device has occurred; and blanking the monitoring if the event has occurred.08-06-2009
20090187115Temperature measurement device - A device for non-invasive measurement of the internal temperature of a physical body or thermal resistivity, the body comprising a thermally conductive medium between an internal region with a substantially constant internal temperature and an external surface with a surface temperature. The device comprises: a patch comprising one or more contact components for attachment to the external surface and an insulating cover for substantially thermally insulating the contact component from ambient thermal conditions; a reader for acquiring one or more thermal magnitudes on the patch; a processing unit for processing the thermal magnitudes to derive the internal temperature of the internal region or the thermal resistivity of the conductive medium.07-23-2009
20130035607IN-EAR INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND FIXING MECHANISM - There is provided an in-ear information acquiring apparatus including: an information acquiring unit that is inserted in the ernal auditory canal and acquires information inside the ear; and a fixing mechanism that fixes the information acquiring unit inside the ernal auditory canal, wherein the fixing mechanism includes: a rod portion having a plurality of support portions, which are erected toward a wall surface of the ernal auditory canal, provided on an outer side surface thereof around an outer circumference thereof at at least one location along the ernal auditory canal; and an adjusting portion adjusting an erect state of the support portions provided on the rod portion.02-07-2013
20090156958DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PERCUTANEOUS ENERGY DELIVERY - The invention provides a system and method for percutaneous energy delivery in an effective, manner using one or more probes. Additional variations of the system include array of probes configured to minimize the energy required to produce the desired effect.06-18-2009
20100106048TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING THE SAME - Implement and method for determining the temperature of an extremity of a living being, as a result of which the load-bearing capacity of the relevant body part can be determined. This is based on the flow rate of the blood in the relevant extremity. It is proposed to provide everyday objects with a temperature sensor which may be a contact sensor or radiation sensor and, in a range between 27.5 and 30.5° C., emits a signal which differs from a signal when the temperature of the relevant extremity is outside this range. Surprisingly, it has been found that if the temperature is within the range, optimum conditions for load-bearing capacity of the relevant extremity are given. Parts of this type which may be gripped by the extremity may include a wide range of parts.04-29-2010
20120184872NONINVASIVE THERMOMETRY MONITORING SYSTEM - A noninvasive thermometry monitoring system for determining a temperature of tissue to which hyperthermia treatment is administered is disclosed. The monitoring system may incorporate magnetic nanoparticles having known moments such that once exposed to an alternating magnetic field, the magnetic nanoparticles increase in temperature. Imaging systems can disclose the magnetic nanoparticles within a patient. The temperature of the magnetic nanoparticles can be determined by comparing the magnetic nanoparticle with known temperatures for that type of magnetic nanoparticle. The image of the magnetic nanoparticles may be compared with surrounding tissue to determine the temperature of the surrounding tissue that is exposed to hyperthermia treatment.07-19-2012
20090306536Method and Device For Monitoring Thermal Stress - A method and device for monitoring thermal stress in a user is described. The device is designed to include a material having specific thermodynamic properties and physical dimensions defined as a function of those thermodynamic properties. A system for thermal stress monitoring including a thermal stress monitoring device configured within a garment is also described.12-10-2009
20090093733THERMAL MONITORING - A rectal thermal monitor for transrectal prostate temperature measurement includes a handle arranged in a proximal end portion of the monitor for gripping by a user, an elongate shaft extending from the handle, and a probe portion arranged on a distal end portion of the shaft. The probe portion is arranged at a position opposite the handle portion, and is shaped to facilitate insertion through an anal sphincter and into a rectum of a patient. A temperature sensing element is arranged within the distal probe portion and is adapted and configured to sense a temperature of the prostate of the patient through the rectum wall of the patient. The probe portion can include one or more compliant materials and/or be shaped so as to compress during insertion through the anal sphincter of the patient.04-09-2009
20130072814BASAL BODY TEMPERATURE ANALYSIS AND THE METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides a basal body temperature analysis system. The basal body temperature analysis system comprises an analysis unit, a router, a measurement unit, and a portable electronic device. The analysis unit is established in an internet server. The router is connected with the internet server by internet. The measurement unit comprises a basal body temperature measurement device and a wireless communication module. When the basal body temperature measurement device provides basal body temperature information, the wireless communication module transfers the basal body temperature information to the internet server through the router. After analyzing the basal body temperature information, the analysis unit will transfer an analyzed information to a portable electronic device.03-21-2013
20110021944METHOD APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING THERMAL IMAGES - A method of identifying a thermally distinguishable region in a living body is disclosed. The method comprises determining transient thermal history of a surface of the living body, and estimating a location or presence of the thermally distinguishable region in the living body based on the transient thermal history.01-27-2011
20090012417Dual Mode Intracranial Temperature Detector - Apparatus for detecting thermal radiation emanating from two different intracranial depths in a patient includes a dual-mode transducer having a working surface for placement against a patient's cranium. The transducer includes a first antenna with an aperture adjacent the working surface that first antenna being tuned to a first frequency and producing a first output signal indicative of thermal radiation received within an antenna pattern extending a selected first distance from the working surface and a second antenna having a second aperture adjacent to the working surface within the first aperture The second antenna is tuned to a second frequency and produces a second output signal indicative of thermal radiation received within an antenna pattern extending a selected second distance from the working surface, the second distance being shorter than the first distance. The two output signals are coupled to a receiver/control unit which thereupon monitors and displays the temperature at the two intracranial depths.01-08-2009
20120238901NON-INVASIVE CORE TEMPERATURE SENSOR - A core temperature sensor and a method of using such a sensor to non-invasively measure a temperature of a core thermal compartment of a human body or other mammals. A heater of the core temperature sensor heats a peripheral area to a temperature greater than the core temperature. A skin temperature sensor of the core temperature sensor monitors a cooling of the peripheral area to determine the core temperature.09-20-2012
20120238900Portable Preprogrammed Thermometer For Indicating Fertility Status - A method of recording, storing, analyzing, and displaying changes in a woman's basal body temperature includes the steps of: (a) recording with an intelligent, preprogrammed thermometer the woman's orally-measured temperature; (b) storing in the thermometer the woman's temperature to create a stored temperature reading; (c) repeating steps (a) and (b); (d) analyzing inside the thermometer the significance of any changes in the stored temperature readings; and (e) displaying the changes in the woman's basal body temperature, and displaying an analysis of those changes, on the thermometer, and on any electronic device connected to the thermometer. In other features of the invention, steps (a) and (b) are repeated daily when the woman first awakes from her night's sleep, and the woman first inputs into the thermometer data about herself, including at least her year of birth, her height, her weight, her body mass index, and her current and past menstruation data.09-20-2012
20080294065MULTIPLE CONFIGURATION ELECTRONIC THERMOMETER - A plurality of thermometer models are manufactured from a universal clinical thermometer cure. The thermometer core includes a housing, a controller storing a software program, a power source, a probe, a probe cord, and a display. A plurality of model selection devices are produced, each corresponding to a different thermometer model. One of the model selection devices is selected and connected to the controller. The controller operates the thermometer as a function of the connected model selection device such that the thermometer is configured with the features and default settings of the thermometer model corresponding to the connected model selection device.11-27-2008
20100030098LARGE SURFACE AREA TEMPERATURE SENSING DEVICE - A temperature probe for monitoring temperatures of a surface of a tissue or organ within the body of a subject includes a section with a substantially two-dimensional arrangement and a plurality of temperature sensors positioned across an area defined by the substantially two-dimensional arrangement. Such an apparatus may be used in conjunction with procedures in which thermal techniques are used to diagnose a disease state or treat diseased tissue. Specifically, a temperature probe may be used to monitor temperatures across an area of a surface of a tissue or organ located close to the treated tissue to prevent subjection of the monitored tissue or organ to potentially damaging temperatures.02-04-2010
20100022909METHODS AND DEVICES FOR MEASURING CORE BODY TEMPERATURE - A core body temperature measurement device includes temperature sensor (01-28-2010
20120238899DATA TRANSFER SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED MANAGEMENT METHOD - A method for managing a data transfer system includes recovering energy at peripheral devices, and wireless transfer recovered energy to a base by synchronizing RF signals transmitted by double-loop antennas. Synchronizing includes implementing a listening phase to detect a radio-frequency signal transmitted by said central base, and either sending an RF signal that is synchronous with the detected signal or transmitting a signal at a predetermined frequency depending on whether an RF signal is detected at the base. The method includes, in response to receiving a signal from the peripheral device at that frequency, causing the base to recover the received signal and to re-transmit at the predetermined frequency to the peripheral devices. This signal synchronization enables simultaneous energy transfer from peripheral devices to the central base while avoiding mutually destructive effects between said signals.09-20-2012
20100268112THERMOCROMATIC PATCH FOR MONITORING/DETECTING BODY TEMPERATURE - A thermocromatic device for detecting body temperature includes a substrate treated with a thermocromatic composition. The thermocromatic composition includes a thermocromatic agent that changes color at a predetermined temperature indicative of a condition to be detected.10-21-2010
20090326409Clothing sufficiency indicator - A clothing sufficiency indication system is presented for use in conjunction with a disposable absorbent article. The system includes a microclimate sensor adapted to be disposed on the disposable absorbent article, the microclimate sensor including a microclimate temperature sensing portion adapted to sense a microclimate temperature, wherein the clothing sufficiency indication system is adapted to generate a clothing sufficiency indication based on the microclimate temperature. Also presented is a method for determining the clothing sufficiency of a subject including providing a clothing sufficiency indication system including a microclimate sensor for measuring a microclimate temperature within clothing of the subject, translating the microclimate temperature into a clothing sufficiency recommendation, and communicating the clothing sufficiency recommendation to a caregiver.12-31-2009
20120289855Zero-heat-flux, deep tissue temperature measurement system - A zero-heat-flux, deep tissue temperature measurement system measures internal body temperature by way of a probe having a heater and thermal sensors arranged in a zero-heat-flux construction. The measurement system includes control mechanization that determines heater and skin temperatures based upon data obtained from the probe and uses those temperatures to calculate a deep tissue temperature. The measurement system includes a signal interface cable having a connector where a probe can be releasably connected to the system. The cable and attached connector are a removable and replaceable part of the system, separate from the probe. The measurement system provides an output signal imitating a standard input signal configuration used by other equipment.11-15-2012
20110301493Temperature Sensor Structure - A device for measuring temperature comprising: first and second temperature sensors enclosed in a first material having one or more material components; a contact surface for contacting a body whose temperature is to be measured, at least part of the contact surface being parallel to a lateral direction; wherein the first and second temperature sensors are arranged at different depths from the contact surface and the net thermal conductivity across the device from the contact surface through the first and second temperature sensors is greater than the net lateral thermal conductivity of the device through the first and second temperature sensors.12-08-2011
20110288432VASCULAR INTRODUCER WITH TEMPERATURE MONITORING PROBE AND SYSTEMS FOR ENDOVASCULAR TEMPERATURE CONTROL - An introducer sheath/temperature probe assembly that is insertable into a blood vessel of a human or veterinary patent to measure the temperature of blood flowing through that blood vessel. The introducer sheath/temperature probe assembly may be used in conjunction with an indwelling heat exchange catheter system to warm or cool all or a portion of the patient's body to a desired target temperature and to maintain such target temperature for a desired period of time.11-24-2011
20100160809Core-Temperature Based Herd Management System and Method - A system and method for managing a herd of animals possibly requiring medical treatment, such as cows in a feedlot. The animals are herded individually into a chute, where identification data is collected from a tag, and core temperature data is collected using a special non-contacting core temperature sensor. The animal is tagged with a color coded tag representing a range of temperatures into which that animal's temperature falls. The animal is then delivered to a pen corresponding to that range of temperatures, where appropriate medicinal treatment is automatically dosed and applied to the animal.06-24-2010
20110144528System for circadian rhythm monitor with synchrony and activity planning - A personal health system which includes a suitable Core Body Temperature (CBT) monitor that can be worn for all or part of a 24 hour day and collect continuous CBT data. The CBT data is collected and compared to determine circadian desynchrony. A conveniently carried or worn processor/display unit, in communication with the CBT monitor, algorithmically determines activity types and activity timing based on the collected CBT data to improve synchrony. The activities and when to perform them are displayed to the user.06-16-2011
20110264001ZERO HEAT FLUX SENSOR AND METHOD OF USE - When measuring core body temperature in a patient, a curved sensor (10-27-2011
20100268114Deep tissue temperature probe constructions - A disposable, zero-heat-flux, deep tissue temperature probe is constructed using a support assembly with multiple sections folded together or separated into strata during assembly of the probe. The sections support elements of the probe, including thermal sensors and a thermal resistor between the thermal sensors. Optionally, one of the sections supports a heater.10-21-2010
20120109002MEDICAL DEVICE FIXATION ATTACHMENT MECHANISM - A fixation member configured to anchor an implantable medical device within a patient is attached to an implantable medical device by introducing at least a portion of the fixation member in a tube mechanically connected to the medical device, and plastically deforming the tube in order to pinch the fixation member within a hollow space of the tube.05-03-2012
20100100004Skin Temperature Measurement in Monitoring and Control of Sleep and Alertness - Method of an arrangement for monitoring sleep in a subject by measuring within a prescribed interval skin temperature of a predetermined region of the subject's body and a motion sensor for sensing motion of the subject, comparing the measured skin temperature of the predetermined region with a predetermined temperature threshold, and classifying the subject as being asleep or awake based on whether the skin temperature of the predetermined region is above or below the temperature threshold and on the motion data. In alternative aspects the invention relates to methods of and arrangements for manipulating sleep, as well as monitoring or manipulating alertness.04-22-2010
20120071783APPARATUS FOR MONITORING A POSITION OF A TUBE'S DISTAL END WITH RESPECT TO A BLOOD VESSEL - The invention relates to an apparatus (03-22-2012
20090043223Non-Invasive Temperature Scanning and Analysis for Cardiac Ischemia Characterization - A method is disclosed for achieving improved quality of monitoring and diagnosis for heart functions. Specifically, a method is disclosed for continuous temperature measurement and thermal characterization of patient heart tissue based on non-invasive thermal mapping technology. The method includes multi-dimensional cardiac tissue temperature scanning and tissue thermal pattern analysis with high precision, which can greatly improve the efficiency and lower the medical procedure risk for identifying myocardial ischemia (MI) disorders, predicting the MI occurrence, and mapping MI characteristics and impacting MI medical treatment, such as drug delivery and long term cardiac care. A system is also disclosed for use with the method.02-12-2009
20090287110Circulatory monitoring systems and methods - Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.11-19-2009
20090287109Circulatory monitoring systems and methods - Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.11-19-2009
20100222699METHOD FOR MONITORING INTERNAL TISSUE - A method of monitoring internal tissue in a non-invasive way is described. Microwave energy may be provided to tissue and a focused antenna may detect energy from the tissue and quantify the results.09-02-2010
20110144527Artificial Airway with Integrated Core Temperature Monitor - This is a device for use in clinical, surgical intro- and post-operative patient core temperature monitoring, which utilizes an artificial airway to integrate a temperature probe, removing the need for an external cord for connecting to an external display unit, or the traditional way of an esophageal tube that necessitates more medical procedures. Consequently, for patients under general anesthesia with ET Tube or LMA, accurate monitoring of core temperature becomes feasible. As a result, the overall cost for surgical operation, including that of anesthesia, is reduced and the with reduced risk of complication associated with extra oral procedural for inserting an esophageal tube to measure temperature.06-16-2011
20080287824Systems and Methods for Locating A Blood Vessel - Systems and methods for locating a blood vessel are described. One described method includes receiving a first temperature measure associated with a first point on a surface of a skin; receiving a second temperature measure associated with a second point on the surface of the skin, and determining a differential between the first temperature measure and the second temperature measure. The method further includes generating an output signal indicating the presence of a blood vessel if the differential exceeds a threshold.11-20-2008
20130218046System for assessing endothelial function - The system assesses the endothelial function of a subject. Particularly, peripheral tissue perfusion measurements taken in a subject are compared to reference perfusion data and the comparison yields the assessment of endothelial function. The reference may be data indicative of peripheral tissue perfusion in a healthy person. Also, peripheral tissue perfusion measurements taken in a subject when perfusion is in an unperturbed state (the reference) can be compared to perfusion measurements taken promptly after a challenge to normal or unperturbed tissue perfusion of the subject.08-22-2013
20120143079DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TEMPERATURE DETERMINATION - A temperature determination method includes temporarily contacting a forehead of a subject with a first surface of a removable patch, and exposing a second surface of the patch opposite the first surface to ambient conditions. The method also includes sensing a temperature of the first surface of the patch while the first surface is in contact with the forehead at a first location thereon, sensing a temperature of the second surface of the patch, and calculating a sub-skull temperature of the subject based on the sensed temperatures of the first and second surface.06-07-2012
20100268113Deep tissue temperature probe constructions - Disposable, zero-heat-flux, deep tissue temperature probes are constructed using a support assembly constituted of a flexible substrate that supports elements of the probe. One support assembly embodiment includes a folded substrate with a heater and thermal sensors disposed on it. Another support assembly includes multiple sections separable into strata supporting a covering guard heater, a central thermal sensor, and a thermal sensor displaced at least radially from the central thermal sensor.10-21-2010
20090082693Method and apparatus for providing temperature sensor module in a data communication system - Method and apparatus for providing temperature sensor module in a transmitter unit of a continuous glucose monitoring system includes a temperature probe portion provided with thermally conductive material such as thermally conductive epoxy provided in the temperature sensor module that is press fitted, insert molded, heat stacked, or attached by adhesive to the bottom portion of the transmitter housing. The temperature sensor module is substantially in physical contact with the patient's skin, and thus is configured to detect the skin temperature corresponding to each measured blood glucose level from the sensor.03-26-2009
20090292222Circulatory monitoring systems and methods - Systems and methods are described for obtaining and acting upon information indicative of circulatory health and related phenomena in human beings or other subjects.11-26-2009
20110224573MONITORING TISSUE TEMPERATURE WHILE USING AN IRRIGATED CATHETER - Apparatus, consisting of a probe, configured to be inserted into a body cavity, and an electrode having an outer surface and an inner surface connected to the probe. The apparatus also includes a temperature sensor, protruding from the outer surface of the electrode, which is configured to measure a temperature of the body cavity.09-15-2011
20080262380BASELINE ACQUISITION FOR INFECTION MONITORING - A method includes obtaining a baseline value for an indicator of infection in proximity to an implantable medical device and monitoring the indicator of infection in proximity to the device. The method further includes determining whether the monitored indicator is indicative of infection in proximity to the device. The determination as to whether the monitored indicator is indicative of infection includes comparing a value associated with the monitored indicator to the baseline value.10-23-2008
20080262379REFINED INFECTION MONITORING - A method for monitoring infection in proximity to an implanted medical device includes monitoring an indicator of infection in proximity to the device and determining whether a value associated the indicator of infection crosses a first threshold indicative of infection. The method further includes detecting an event associated with the device. The event is capable of affecting the indicator of infection. The method also includes determining whether the value associated with the indicator of infection crosses a second threshold indicative of infection if the event is detected. The method may further include issuing an alert if (i) the first threshold is crossed and the event is not detected, or (ii) the second threshold is crossed and the event is detected.10-23-2008
20080262378IMPLANTABLE THERAPY DELIVERY SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE TEMPERATURE SENSORS - A system includes an implantable medical device and an implantable therapy delivery element. The device includes a housing, electronics disposed in the housing, and a first temperature sensor operably coupled to the electronics and located in proximity to the housing. The element has a proximal end portion configured to be operably couplable to the device and a distal end portion configured to be placed in a patient at a location removed from the device. A second temperature sensor located on the element between the proximal end and the distal end. The second temperature sensor is operably couplable to the electronics. The electronics are configured to compare a value associated with the first temperature sensed by the first temperature sensor to a value associated with the second temperature sensed by the second temperature sensor. The system may be used for monitoring an infection in proximity to the device.10-23-2008
20080262377Respiratory System for Inducing Therapeutic Hypothermia - The present invention provides a method and apparatus for controlling a patient's body temperature and in particular for inducing therapeutic hypothermia. Various embodiments of the system are described. The system includes: a source of breathing gas, which may be in the form of a compressed breathing gas mixture; a heat exchanger or other heating and/or cooling device; and a breathing interface, such as a breathing mask or tracheal tube. Optionally, the system may include additional features, such as a mechanical respirator, a nebulizer for introducing medication into the breathing gas, a body temperature probe and a feedback controller. The system can use air or a specialized breathing gas mixture, such as He/O10-23-2008
20090005701Cradled Sensor Assembly - Various methods and devices are provided for removably coupling a sensor assembly to a catheter to measure conditions surrounding the catheter when the catheter is implanted in a patient. In one embodiment, a modular sensor assembly is provided and includes a housing having an antenna therein adapted to be removably coupled to at least a portion of a catheter. The housing can be a closed loop having an opening therethrough. One or more sensors can be coupled to the antenna for measuring conditions surrounding the catheter when the catheter is implanted in a patient. In one embodiment, the housing can be adapted to removably couple to a distal end of the catheter, and the opening of the housing can be adapted to receive the catheter. The antenna can be a loop disposed within the housing.01-01-2009
20090221932Microwave temperature image reconstruction - A multi-frequency microwave antenna (09-03-2009
20090149772Temperature Indicator for Cooling Products - A cooling product (e.g., mask, glove, sock, etc.) configured to provide a cooling effect to the body part of a user is provided. The cooling product contains a thermochromic composition that undergoes a color change at a certain temperature. The color change may signal to a user that the cooling product is cold, thus providing an indication that the desired treatment is still functioning. Likewise, the color change may signal that the product is warm, thus providing an indication that the treatment is complete.06-11-2009
20100152606DIGITAL THERMOMETER - A digital thermometer (06-17-2010
20120130268INTEGRATED ABSORBENT UNDERGARMENT THERMAL INDICATOR AND DISCOMFORT SENSORS - Presented is an absorbent undergarment with the ability to sense urine, feces and continuously monitor and display the body temperature of the user. The novel integrated undergarment also allows for a contact liquid crystal thermochromic indicator to visually display the user's body temperature. The device may further have the ability to relay the body temperature reading via wireless communication to a remote location, such as a monitoring base, a computer, a Bluetooth receiver, or a handheld wireless device.05-24-2012
20100222698TISSUE HEATING AND MONITORING SYSTEM WITH SEAT - A system is described having a heating device with a focused antenna array, a chair, a cabinet, at least one temperature monitoring device, a cooling system, and a controller. The system may be used to heat and monitor internal tissue and/or fluid in an individual in a non-invasive way.09-02-2010
20100056945Methods for collecting and analyzing thermal data based on breast surface temperature to determine suspect conditions - A portable computing device or microprocessor/storage system including temperature sensors used to collect temperature readings of a breast tissue of a subject. The device would collect data from the sensors at regular time intervals over a period of time. All of the generated temperature data is stored in the portable computing or storage device. The sensors are placed on the greatest areas of interest on the breast, based on where most cancers develop, by using a sensor placeholder. The sensor placeholder would be lobate shaped, with the sensor placeholder aligning with the glandular regions of the breast where cancers are most likely to develop. The temperature data is then analyzed by one or more classifier systems and classified as either suspect or non-suspect tissue.03-04-2010
20080312550Multi-Functional and Modular Urine Collection System - Multi-functional urine collection devices, embodiments of which can include a self-expanding container having a receptacle for receiving urine from the tubing, a pump for moving urine through the tubing and into a receptacle, extendable tubing that may be shortened and/or lengthened, and/or one or more meters for monitoring, measuring, transmitting or storing a characteristic from the urine. Embodiments can also include a display kit having a transmitting device in the form of a cable or wireless transmitter and a display module. The display module may include an LCD and may be configured for attachment to a urine receptacle.12-18-2008
20100312136SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THERMOGRAPHIC-GUIDED MEDICAL TREATMENT - A system for detecting the risk of breast cancer comprises a thermographic imaging device configured to acquire thermographic images of a female torso; an analysis authority communicatively coupled with the thermographic imaging device, the analysis authority including an input port configured to receive thermographic images from the thermographic imaging device, a database configured to store the thermographic images, a qualitative analysis module configured to automatically perform a qualitative analysis of the thermographic images and generate a qualitative score based on the qualitative analysis, a quantitative analysis module configured to automatically perform a quantitative analysis of the thermographic images and generate a quantitative score based on the quantitative analysis, and a scoring module configured to correlate the qualitative and quantitative scores with a score indicating a risk of breast cancer.12-09-2010
20110034825Medical Assembly Suitable for Long-Term Implantation and Method for Fabricating the Same - A process for fabricating a medical assembly having a medical device at least a portion of which is formed of inorganic material is provided. The medical assembly is suitable for substantially long-term implantation in a host animal. The process includes modifying a surface of the medical device to form a hydrophilic adhesion-promoting surface. The hydrophilic adhesion-promoting surface is coated with an alginate solution comprising alginate and the alginate is reacted with alkaline earth metal cations.02-10-2011
20110245713MEDICAL DEVICE COMPRISING A PROBE FOR MEASURING TEMPERATURE DATA IN A PATIENT'S TISSUE - A medical device comprising a probe for measurement temperature data of tissue within a patient's body is proposed. The probe (10-06-2011
20100042013SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESS HIGH-FREQUENCY TEMPERATURE ACQUISITION AND ANALYSIS - We disclose a system, an apparatus, and a method for high frequency temperature monitoring and analysis. According to a disclosed embodiment the system comprises: (a) a wireless temperature acquisition and logging device especially designed for multi-day, high-frequency, and high-resolution temperature sampling; and (b) an analysis system implemented in a digital computer with one or more processors in order to analyze and characterize said temperature using a plurality of methods including complexity analysis techniques such as Lempel-Ziv complexity, Approximate Entropy, Sample Entropy, Multiscale Entropy, and Detrended Fluctuation Analysis; and other statistical time-series analysis techniques. According to one embodiment the temperature monitoring system is designed to capture the dynamic aspects of temperature in order to enable researchers and clinicians to study temperature regulation, thermal physiology, and clinical thermometry.02-18-2010
20100056944 DEVICE FOR ANALYZING THERMAL DATA BASED ON BREAST SURFACE TEMPERATURE FOR THE DETECTION FOR USE IN DETERMINING CANCEROUS CONDITIONS - A device for providing improved classification of breast tissue wherein the tissue is classified as one of cancerous and non-cancerous tissue includes sensors for sensing temperature of a subject breast tissue over a predetermined period and generating signals in response thereto and a computer operatively connected to the sensors for receiving and manipulating the signals operatively associated with a normalizer for applying a normalization to each the signal by a function of X/Y where X is one temperature reading of one of the signals for a particular subject and Y is the maximum temperature obtained from a predetermined number sets of temperature readings obtained a plurality of subject breast tissue from the subject to provide a set of normalized signals used by a trained artificial classifier to produce a signal indicative of cancerous and non-cancerous tissue of the subject.03-04-2010
20100056947Placeholder for collecting and analyzing thermal data based on breast surface temperature to determine suspect conditions - A portable computing device or microprocessor/storage system including temperature sensors used to collect temperature readings of a breast tissue of a subject. The device would collect data from the sensors at regular time intervals over a period of time. All of the generated temperature data is stored in the portable computing or storage device. The sensors are placed on the greatest areas of interest on the breast, based on where most cancers develop, by using a sensor placeholder. The sensor placeholder would be lobate shaped, with the sensor placeholder aligning with the glandular regions of the breast where cancers are most likely to develop. The temperature data is then analyzed by one or more classifier systems and classified as either suspect or non-suspect tissue.03-04-2010
20100069782Passive Microwave Assessment of Human Body Core to Surface Temperature Gradients and Basal Metabolic Rate - A passive microwave thermography apparatus uses passive microwave antennas designed for operation, for example, at WARC protected frequencies of 1.400 to 1.427 GHz and 2.690 to 2.70 GHz (for core body gradient temperature measurement) and 10.68 to 10.700 GHz or higher microwave frequency (for surface body gradient temperature measurement) and a related directional antenna or antenna array to measure microwave radiation emanating from an animal, especially, a human body. The antennae may be radially directed toward a point within or on the surface of a human body for comparison with known temperature distribution data for that point and a given ambient temperature. Each frequency band may provide a plurality of adjacent noise measuring channels for measuring microwave noise naturally emitted by the human body. The apparatus measures short-term changes in, for example, core and body surface temperatures to establish a basal metabolic rate. Changes in core body temperature may be stimulated by the administration of food or certain organic and drug-related substances or stress to induce a change in basal metabolic rate over time. These changes correlate directly with a human subject's metabolism rate at rest and under certain dietary constraints and can be used to determine courses of treatment for obesity, metabolic disease, and other disorders. The apparatus can also be used to remotely monitor patients and subjects without physical contact.03-18-2010
20100063414Lysis Indication - A method for monitoring clot dissolution in a patient's vasculature is disclosed. After a catheter is positioned at a treatment site in the patient's vasculature, a clot dissolution treatment procedure can be performed at the treatment site. The thermal parameter is measured at the treatment site. The measured thermal parameter and/or the changes in the measured thermal parameter is then displayed.03-11-2010
20100063413Lysis Indication - A method for monitoring clot dissolution in a patient's vasculature is disclosed. After a catheter is positioned at a treatment site in the patient's vasculature, a clot dissolution treatment procedure can be performed at the treatment site. The thermal parameter is measured at the treatment site. The clot dissolution treatment is then modified in response to the measured thermal parameter.03-11-2010
20110251514LIVESTOCK TEMPERATURE MONITORING AND DETECTION SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a livestock temperature measuring and detection system. The system includes a housing, typically made from engineering plastic. Within the housing is a probe defining a thermistor having a threshold temperature. The thermistor is inserted in the livestock's ear. The threshold temperature is pre-set for monitoring a particular livestock condition. The housing includes a visible display. The housing includes a microprocessor which monitors the thermistor and upon detecting the threshold signal activates the display for visible observation.10-13-2011
20110071420Physiological Parameter Measuring Platform Device Supporting Multiple Workflows - A device obtains a series of measurements of a physiological parameter of a monitored patient when the device is operating within a monitoring workflow. The device displays a monitoring workflow home screen when the device is operating within the monitoring workflow. The monitoring workflow home screen contains a representation of the physiological parameter of the monitored patient. In addition, the device obtains a measurement of the physiological parameter of each patient in a series of patients when the device is operating within a non-monitoring workflow. The device displays a non-monitoring workflow home screen when the device is operating within the non-monitoring workflow. The non-monitoring workflow home screen contains a representation of the physiological parameter of a given patient in the series of patients. The monitoring workflow home screen is different than the non-monitoring workflow home screen.03-24-2011
20110077547Spectroscopic Method And System For Assessing Tissue Temperature - According to various embodiments, a medical system and method for determining tissue temperature may include a spectroscopic sensor. The spectroscopic sensors may be configured to provide information about changes in water absorption profiles at one or more absorption peaks. Such sensors may be incorporated into ablation systems for tissue ablation. Temperature information may be used to determine the scope, volume, and/or depth of the ablation.03-31-2011
20080255471METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING VASCULAR HEALTH CONDITIONS - The present invention relates to assessing and measuring vascular and endothelial function. A vasostimulant is provided to a patient to stimulate hemodynamic activity in a selected extremity and vascular function is assessed by monitoring a change in a blood flow, skin temperature and/or blood oxygen content at the selected extremity and assessing the patient's vascular function based upon the monitoring.10-16-2008
20120302911EARLY EXACERBATION DETECTION USING DIFFERENTIAL TEMPERATURE MOITORING - A system and method for predicting an onset of an exacerbation in a patient is provided. The method includes monitoring core body temperature of the patient; monitoring breath temperature of the patient; calculating a relationship, or a change in relationship, between the core body temperature and the breath temperature of the patient; and detecting the onset of the exacerbation, when the calculated relationship, or a change in relationship, satisfies a predetermined criteria.11-29-2012
20090312667Birth Prediction Reporting System for Live Stock Animals - A system of accurately predicting birth of large-sized livestock such as cows sufficiently before the time of making delivery preparations and attending delivery is provided. Vaginal temperatures of livestock such as cows measured by temperature sensor/transmission modules 12-17-2009
20100292605DOUBLE TEMPERATURE SENSOR - A double temperature sensor is provided for determining the body temperature. The sensor includes at least a first temperature sensor element for measuring a near-surface temperature of the ambient air and a second temperature sensor element for measuring a temperature of the skin surface. The first and the second temperature sensor elements are arranged in a sensor block. A holding element surrounds the sensor block at least partially. An adhesive element fixes the holding element on the skin surface. A spring element acts on the sensor block and provides a spring force directed in the direction of the skin surface.11-18-2010
20110118623ELECTRONIC THERMOMETER - The invention provides an electronic thermometer in which a contact state with a human body can be confirmed by a simple, easy-to-assemble configuration. The electronic thermometer includes a hollow outer case that includes a probe unit with a temperature measuring unit, a temperature sensor, an inner case, a control circuit, and a pair of electrodes. The electrodes are positioned inside the probe unit by mounting the inner case on the outer case. A determination unit is also provided and the determination unit measures an electrostatic capacitance between the pair of electrodes and determines whether the probe unit is in proper contact with the measured region of the user based on a change of the measured electrostatic capacitance.05-19-2011
20110118622Thermometer Probe - A probe for an electronic thermometer includes a first elongate, semi-cylindrical probe shaft member having a distal end, a proximal end, first and second edges extending between the proximal and distal ends, an interior surface and an exterior surface. A second elongate, semi-cylindrical probe shaft member has a distal end, a proximal end, first and second edges extending between the proximal and distal ends, an interior surface and an exterior surface. A joint along which the second probe shaft member is attached to the first probe shaft member forms an interior space between the probe shaft members. A probe tip is disposed on the distal ends of the first and second probe shaft members. A temperature sensor is in thermal communication with the probe tip.05-19-2011
20110137201ORAL THERMOMETER WITH CURVED PROBE - An oral thermometer including a probe for insertion into the mouth of a user. The probe includes and an elongate first stem, a joint stem extending the first stem and disposed at a first angle to the first stem, and an elongate second stem extending from the joint stem and disposed at a second angle to the joint stem. The first angle open down and the second angle open up. The second stem includes a probe tip at a distal end thereof that is configured to be inserted into the mouth of a user. In operation the thermometer is operable to heat the probe tip to a pre-warmed temperature, detect an elevated temperature higher than the pre-warmed temperature when inserted in a user's mouth, and initiate a temperature reading upon detecting the elevated temperature.06-09-2011
20090171238THERMAL MONITORING - A rectal thermal monitor for transrectal prostate temperature measurement includes a handle arranged in a proximal end portion of the monitor for gripping by a user, an elongate shaft extending from the handle, and an expandable distal probe portion arranged on a distal end of the shaft. The distal probe portion is arranged at a position opposite the handle portion, and is shaped to facilitate insertion through an anal sphincter and into a rectum of a patient. A cover element, is provided for covering at least a portion of the distal probe portion, and is made from a resilient material. A temperature sensing element is arranged within the distal probe portion, beneath the cover element, and is adapted and configured to sense a temperature of the prostate of the patient through the rectum wall of the patient. Further, and actuator can be provided to actuate the expandable distal probe portion, to increase a diameter thereof.07-02-2009
20100121217DEVICE FOR MEASURING CORE TEMPERATURE - The invention provides a device and system for measuring core (05-13-2010
20120150062Non-Mercury Non-Electronic Clinical Thermometer with a Support Structure - A thermometer includes a support structure and a heat conductive layer on an outer surface of the support structure. The heat conductive layer has a sensing portion and a temperature indication portion, and a structure with temperature indication markings is laid out along the temperature indication portion. A reversible temperature-sensitive color changing layer is formed on the temperature indication portion to overlap the structure of the temperature indication markings, in which the sensing portion is adapted for sensing a thermal contact surface of a user to conduct heat flow to the temperature-sensitive color changing layer, producing a sensed temperature and a color changing zone of the reversible temperature-sensitive color changing layer in response to the sensed temperature thereby exhibiting a corresponding temperature value.06-14-2012
20100191142ANATOMICAL THERMAL SENSING DEVICE AND METHOD - A medical device utilizing temperature sensing to identify or assess anatomical bodies or structures includes an elongate tubular member, at least one electrode, a thermal sensor, and a temperature response assessment system or component. The at least one electrode may be connected to the distal portion of the elongate tubular member, and the one or more electrode can be configured to provide energy or heat to a portion of an anatomical body or structure. The thermal sensor may be configured to measure the thermal response of the portion of an anatomical body or structure, e.g., tissue or blood pools. The temperature response assessment system or component can be coupled to the thermal sensor. In embodiments, the device may include a lumen and port opening, which may accommodate a tool, such as a needle. Methods for using temperature sensing to identify an anatomical body or structure are also disclosed.07-29-2010
20110201960SYSTEMS FOR INDUCING CHANGE IN A HUMAN PHYSIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTIC - Systems and methods for inducing a change in a human physiological characteristic. The physiological characteristic may correspond to an emotional state of a dialogue participant. The dialogue participant may be an individual participating in a conversation. The outcome of the conversation may be related to a business objective, such as providing high quality call center services. A sensor may monitor the physiologic characteristic. A processor may relate the physiologic characteristic to an emotional state. The processor may provide feedback to the individual based on the emotional state. The feedback may be formulated to change the individual's emotional state.08-18-2011
20110201959SYSTEMS FOR INDUCING CHANGE IN A HUMAN PHYSIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTIC - Systems and methods for inducing a change in a human physiological characteristic. The physiological characteristic may correspond to an emotional state of a dialogue participant. The dialogue participant may be an individual participating in a conversation. The outcome of the conversation may be related to a business objective, such as providing high quality call center services. A sensor may monitor the physiologic characteristic. A processor may relate the physiologic characteristic to an emotional state. The processor may provide feedback to the individual based on the emotional state. The feedback may be formulated to change the individual's emotional state.08-18-2011
20100030099Medical Probe With Consistent Action - A probe for intermittent contacting a patient body with a predetermined speed and force. Initially, the probe is recessed inside the device which is brought in contact with the patient body, while keeping the probe from making a contact with the patient. On a command from an operator or control circuit, the probe is deployed moving toward the patient body surface with a substantially consistent force and rate of motion, thus making a contact in a consistent fashion.02-04-2010
20080262381Infant SID Monitor Based On Accelerometer - Techniques, devices and systems that monitor the orientation and breathing of an infant and wirelessly communicate the orientation/breathing data to a caregiver through a wireless interface to request intervention if an unsafe situation is detected.10-23-2008
20090124925Vein Identification Technique - A technique for identifying a vein in a patient is disclosed. The technique involves the application of a thermochromic ink to a venous area on the skin of a patient (e.g., human or animal). The thermochromic ink comprises thermosensitive color-changing microcapsules that contain a proton-accepting chromogen and a desensitizer. The desensitizer possesses a melting point above which the chromogen is capable of becoming protonated, thereby resulting in a color change. Thereafter, the venous area is observed for the color change.05-14-2009
20120010523APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING FOOT NEUROPATHY AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - An apparatus of use in identifying neuropathy in the feet of a subject is disclosed, the apparatus comprising means for measuring the temperature of the foot of a subject; means for comparing a first measured temperature obtained from one of the subject with a second measured temperature obtained from the other foot of the subject; and means for providing an indication to a user when the difference between the first and second measured temperatures exceeds a predetermined amount. A method method determining the relative temperature of the feet of a subject is also disclosed, the method comprising measuring the temperature of a first foot of the subject; measuring the temperature of a second foot of the subject; comparing the first measured temperature with the second measured temperature to determine the difference therebetween; and providing the user with an indication when the difference between the first and second measured temperatures exceeds a preset value.01-12-2012
20120010524METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR FACILITATING INTRODUCTION OF SHAPED MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS INTO THE BODY OF A SUBJECT - A method for introducing an elongate medical instrument with a shaped portion into the body of a subject includes at least partially straightening the shaped portion from an exterior of the elongate medical instrument. A retention element may then be introduced into an interior of the shaped portion to maintain the shaped portion in an at least partially straightened configuration as the external force is removed from the shaped portion. With the retention element in place, the shaped portion may be introduced to a desired location within a hollow interior of an internal organ. The retention element may then be removed to enable the shaped portion to return to its desired shape. A straightening apparatus includes the retention element, as well as an external element that at least partially straightens the shaped portion of the elongate medical instrument from the outside. A system includes the elongate medical instrument and the straightening apparatus.01-12-2012
20120016258WIRELESS VAGINAL SENSOR PROBE - Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a temperature sensing device that can comprise an elastic ring structure. The temperature sensing device can further comprise a transducer device, such as a temperature sensor, and a microprocessor, memory and wireless transmitter. Such an arrangement can incorporate a passive (battery free), battery assisted or active battery powered transponder circuit with temperature measurement capability. The elastic ring structure can be forced in a spring loaded state when elastically deformed thus becoming retained when disposed in a vaginal vault. In one embodiment, an active RF receiver or an RFID reader is brought in proximity to the temperature sensing and transmitting device arrangement, such as near a woman's pelvis from the outside to read the temperature and record it in a Central Processing Unit, CPU, associated with the receiver or RFID reader, such as a portable, handheld computer or wireless device.01-19-2012
20090259139THERMOMASTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS FOR DIFFERENTIATION DIAGNOSTICS FOR DETECTING BREAST PATHOLOGY IN WOMEN AND USE OF THE THERMOMASTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS FOR DIFFERENTIATION DIAGNOSTICS - A thermomastographic apparatus for differentiation diagnostics for detecting breast pathology in women contains thermosensitive liquid crystals deposited on a flexible, transparent base plate of organic polymer as a foil, comprising simultaneously a carrier and a screen. The apparatus comprises two thermographic matrices, each comprising two test plates for simultaneous examination of both breasts, wherein the first matrix is used for detecting pathophysiological changes of hypothermal expression, and the second matrix is used for detecting pathophysiological changes of hyperthermal expression, in relation to physiological human temperature of 36.6° C., and wherein each test plate is U-shaped and contains at least one monomolecular, continuous layer comprised of a homogenized mixture of liquid crystals exhibiting a thermooptical effect and sealed with elastomer.10-15-2009
20120065540Temperature sensor with calibrated analog resistive output - Thermometric apparatus includes at least one body-surface sensor, which is configured to be placed at a location on a body surface of a patient and generates a sensor output that varies according to a body-surface temperature at the location. Analog conversion circuitry is coupled between the at least one body-surface sensor and a connector for coupling to a patient monitor. The circuitry is configured to convert the sensor output into an output resistance across the connector that is indicative of a corrected temperature of the patient.03-15-2012
20120316459APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING BIOLOGIC PARAMETERS - Support structures for positioning sensors on a physiologic tunnel for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters of the body and to produce an action according to the measured value of the parameters. The support structure includes a sensor fitted on the support structures using a special geometry for acquiring continuous and undisturbed data on the physiology of the body. Signals are transmitted to a remote station by wireless transmission such as by electromagnetic waves, radio waves, infrared, sound and the like or by being reported locally by audio or visual transmission. The physical and chemical parameters include brain function, metabolic function, hydrodynamic function, hydration status, levels of chemical compounds in the blood, and the like. The support structure includes patches, clips, eyeglasses, head mounted gear and the like, containing passive or active sensors positioned at the end of the tunnel with sensing systems positioned on and accessing a physiologic tunnel.12-13-2012
20100204605PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER SENSORS - A temperature sensor includes a substantially uniform substrate including a first material and including a first surface, a first contact over the first surface and proximate to a first side of the substrate, and a second contact over the first surface and proximate to a second side of the substrate. The second side is opposite the first side. The second contact is spaced from the first contact by a first distance. The first contact includes a second material different from the first material. The second contact includes the second material. Upon application of a voltage between the first contact and the second contact, a measurable current propagates through a substantial portion of the substrate.08-12-2010
20100204606BODY-TEMPERATURE MEASURING DEVICE AND BODY-TEMPERATURE MEASURING SYSTEM HAVING THE DEVICE - A body-temperature measuring device is provided. The device includes: a pad which is attachable to and detachable from a human body; a battery which is provided to the pad and includes a pair of battery terminals for supplying power; and a temperature sensing block which is attached to and detached from the pad and comprises units for contacting the human body to sense temperature and wirelessly transmitting a temperature sensing signal corresponding to the sensed temperature and a pair of connecting terminals which are electrically connected to the battery terminals only when attached to the pad, and a body-temperature measuring system including one or more of the body-temperature measuring devices and a receiver which receives the wirelessly transmitted temperature sensing signal, measures the temperature by using the received signal, and informs of a result of measuring the temperature.08-12-2010
20110184310METHOD OF HEATING A SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT - The shape of a surgical instrument is changed during a surgical procedure by using a laser to heat a shape memory alloy or other shape memory material in the surgical instrument, thereby causing the instrument to assume a predetermined shape, while at the same time monitoring the heating site to prevent overheating.07-28-2011
20120172748Temperature measuring device - An apparatus for accurately measuring the body temperature of a patient at the tracheal wall of the patient. The apparatus includes a novel handheld temperature readout assembly that is easy to use by the caregiver and one which clearly and accurately displays the temperature of the patient. The handheld temperature readout assembly includes a handheld housing having a viewing window and a light emitting diode temperature display that is carried by the housing and is readily viewable through the viewing window of the handheld housing for displaying the patient temperature. The apparatus also includes a built-in alarm system to alert to high and low body temperatures.07-05-2012
20120172749Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA) with Integrated Core Temperature Monitor and Display - This is a device for use in clinical, surgical and intro-operative patient core temperature monitoring, which utilizes an artificial airway to integrate a temperature probe, removing the need for an external cord for connecting to an external display unit, while the LMA is used for patients who are under general anesthesia. Consequently, accurate monitoring of core temperature can be achieved more easily. As a result, the medical complication and risk fact associated with other traditional ways of temperature monitoring is greatly reduced.07-05-2012
20120316458DATA-CAPABLE BAND FOR MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS, MONITORING, AND TREATMENT - A data-capable band for medical diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment is described, including one or more sensors configured to gather data associated with diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of a medical condition, an application configured to determine the medical condition using the data gathered by the sensors, a memory configured to store the data and the application, and a notification facility configured to provide an array of notifications in relation to the monitoring and treatment of the medical conditions. The notifications may be alarms, may be designed to prompt movement, or may be associated with a drug regimen.12-13-2012
20080214951Cerebrospinal Fluid Evaluation Systems - Methods and devices for testing for the presence, absence and/or rate of flow in a shunt tubing implanted under the skin by using a measurement pad having a plurality of temperature sensor configurations, or by using other temperature sensor arrangements, or by using a temperature sensitive material, which are positioned over, or in the vicinity of, the CSF shunt in substantially an upstream and downstream orientation. A temperature source, e.g., a cooling agent, is then applied at a predetermined location with respect to the measurement pad that is insulated from the temperature sensors, or to the temperature sensitive material. The movement of this temperature “pulse” is detected by the temperature sensors, or temperature sensitive material, via the shunt tubing as the CSF carries the temperature pulse while a control sensor detects the pulse via convection through the skin. The temperature data from these sensors are provided to a CSF analyzer that subtracts the control sensor data from each of the other sensors for determining a CSF shunt flow status or flow rate. A reader is used to optically or electrically detect the changes in the temperature sensitive material for determining a CSF shunt flow status or flow rate.09-04-2008
20100274154TEMPERATURE MEASURING METHOD, PARTICULARLY OF A HUMAN OR ANIMAL PATIENT - A temperature measuring method comprises a step of detecting, by an infrared thermometer, the intensity of an infrared radiation coming from a region of interest of a patient for determining the patient's temperature, and a step of pointing a target area that is coincident with the region of interest and is the even and smooth surface of a body having a homogeneous underlying vascularisation, and being preferably devoid of hair or chitinous or keratinous skin formations.10-28-2010
20120253222THERMAL SURGICAL MONITORING - An apparatus is disclosed for monitoring a thermal surgical procedure including a thermal camera for monitoring temperature at a plurality of locations within at least a portion of a surgical field undergoing thermal surgical treatment and generating a series of thermal images based on said monitoring, a processor for processing the thermal images, and a display for displaying, in real time, a series of display images indicative of temperature at the plurality of positions.10-04-2012
20090024054IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE - The invention relates to an implantable medical device which has sensors for recognizing the health status of the bodily tissue surrounding the implantable medical device in a sensor.01-22-2009
20120265091Device and method for monitoring the success of spinal anesthesia - A device for the monitoring of the success of spinal anesthesia with 10-18-2012
20130184607METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR CALIBRATING A CALORIC TEST - This document provides methods and materials for calibrating a caloric assay. For example, caloric calibration devices and methods for using caloric calibration devices to calibrate a caloric test are provided.07-18-2013
20110319787INTERFACE PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - The subject matter of the present invention is a system for measuring interface pressure exerted on the skin, that is in particular of use in compression therapy, characterized in that it comprises:—a supporting member bearing sensors, including at least two pressure sensors spaced out on the supporting member in order to make it possible to measure the pressure exerted at two predetermined positions;—an electronic system connected to the sensors and capable of acquiring the values simultaneously measured by these sensors; and in that each pressure sensor comprises a transducer element, which is preferably substantially flat, said transducer element having a surface intended to come into contact with the skin in the operating position, either directly or by means of a layer of a material covering said surface of the transducer, the elastic modulus of compression of said transducer or of said intermediate layer, measured at the surface intended to come into contact with the skin, being between 30 and 500 kPa, preferably between 80 and 400 kPa and more preferably between 200 and 400 kPa. Use: compression therapy.12-29-2011
20120101404Methods for Detecting Osteolytic Conditions in the Body - Methods and systems for detecting a biological response indicative of osteolysis or preconditions in bone.04-26-2012
20120101403SYSTEM FOR DETECTION AND TREATMENT OF INFECTION OR INFLAMATION - The invention provides for a system for visualizing a medical treatment of a human or animal body part. The system has means for thermal treatment of the body part, means for determining the temperature distribution on the body part, and means for identifying the location of a particular temperature determined on the body part. Further, a method for visualizing the temperature characteristics of a human or animal body part is provided. The method has the steps of comparing a first temperature distribution data set of the surface of the body part with a second temperature distribution data set of the surface of the body part, wherein the first temperature distribution data set is determined before and the second temperature distribution data set is determined after a thermal treatment of the body part, and visualizing the temperature distribution data sets of the body part. Furthermore, a computer program product is provided. The computer program product has one or more computer readable media having computer executable instructions for actuating and controlling the steps of the method discussed hereinbefore.04-26-2012
20090105605Apparatus and method for measuring biologic parameters - Support structures for positioning sensors on a physiologic tunnel for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters of the body and to produce an action according to the measured value of the parameters. The support structure includes a sensor fitted on the support structures using a special geometry for acquiring continuous and undisturbed data on the physiology of the body. Signals are transmitted to a remote station by wireless transmission such as by electromagnetic waves, radio waves, infrared, sound and the like or by being reported locally by audio or visual transmission. The physical and chemical parameters include brain function, metabolic function, hydrodynamic function, hydration status, levels of chemical compounds in the blood, and the like. The support structure includes patches, clips, eyeglasses, head mounted gear and the like, containing passive or active sensors positioned at the end of the tunnel with sensing systems positioned on and accessing a physiologic tunnel.04-23-2009
20100168605METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEDICAL MEASUREMENT AND COMMUNICATION - A system for obtaining and communication patient physiological information includes one or more of patient measurement devices (07-01-2010
20130023785Probe for oral thermometer - A shape of the oral temperature probe is sculptured to facilitate its self-guidance toward the root of the tongue. The probe body consists of two distinct sections—the stem and curved elbow. The stem carries a contact temperature sensing tip. The elbow allows the probe to go around the teeth of the lower jaw and position the stem under the tongue in order to direct the temperature sensing tip toward the root of the tongue. To speed up the probe temperature response, before inserting the probe into a mouth, the probe tip is preheated to a temperature that is cooler than the lowest expected temperature of the patient.01-24-2013
20080243027THERMAL SENSATION DETERMINING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND AIR-CONDITIONING CONTROL APPARATUS USING THERMAL SENSATION DETERMINATION RESULT - A thermal sensation determining apparatus includes a skin temperature detecting unit configured to detect a skin temperature of a peripheral site of a subject's body, a variation state determining unit configured to determine a variation state of the skin temperature during a first interval to obtain a variation state determination result, a gradient detecting unit configured to detect a gradient of the skin temperature during a second interval to determine the gradient to obtain a gradient detection result, and a thermal sensation determining unit configured to determine the subject's thermal sensation using the variation state determination result and the gradient detection result to obtain a thermal sensation determination result classified into levels ranging from “hot” to “cold” based on a “moderate” temperature.10-02-2008
20080234600Hydration Monitor - A hydration monitor includes a temperature sensor (09-25-2008
20130204158METHOD OF DIAGNOSIS AND LOCATION OF A SOFT TISSUE INJURY - A method of diagnosing, and determining the position of a microscopic or a macroscopic soft tissue injury or soft tissue stress fracture in a patient. The method includes the steps of determining a pain area on the skin of the patient, applying electromagnetic energy or radiation in a selected portion or range of the visible or infrared spectrums, to parts of the body's surface that correspond with the pain area, obtaining feedback from the patient to determine the sensations that the patient experiences as a result of visible or infrared energy being applied to the tissue at a specific region of pain area, and establishing the site of the microscopic or macroscopic soft tissue injury at the specific region where the sensations are greatest. The visible or infrared energy can be applied using a laser probe. The probe can operated at a selected wavelength or a set of wavelengths in the range of 400 nm to 10,000 ran. The soft tissue injuries to which the present invention may be applicable include injuries that result in symptoms including lower back pain, neck pain, migraines, Type 2 diabetes, sciatica, tinnitus, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic pain syndrome and fibromyalgia.08-08-2013
20080214950PROSTATE CANCER DETECTION APPARATUS - A prostrate cancer detection apparatus has a measurement sensor for detection of at least one prostate cancer-specific biomarker, an evaluation unit for determination of at least one risk value from at least one prostate cancer-specific biomarker detected by the measurement sensor, and a display unit to display the at least one determined risk value.09-04-2008
20130096457ORAL SCOPE SYSTEM WITH IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR VISUAL EXAMINATION OF ORAL CAVITY AND UPPER AIRWAY - An oral scope instrument for facilitating visual examination and inspection of a person's oral cavity and upper airway includes an elongate, flexible arm having first and second ends, a temperature sensor connected to the flexible arm adjacent the first end, an image sensor mounted adjacent the second end, a processor in electrical communication with the image sensor and an image display device. An illumination unit located adjacent the second end provides illumination for the image sensor. A handle connected to the first end enables manual insertion of the flexible arm into the mouth along a portion of the top of the tongue to engage the temperature sensor therewith and position the image sensor for viewing and recording anatomical features of the oral cavity or the upper airway. The processor stores normal anatomical images and may transmit images of recorded anatomical features to the image display device.04-18-2013
20130131540THERMOCROMATIC PATCH FOR MONITORING/DETECTING BODY TEMPERATURE - A thermocromatic device for detecting body temperature includes a substrate treated with a thermocromatic composition. The thermocromatic composition includes a thermocromatic agent that changes color at a predetermined temperature indicative of a condition to be detected.05-23-2013
20080200830Temporal artery temperature detector - Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.08-21-2008
20080214949SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES TO DETERMINE AND PREDICT PHYSILOGICAL STATES OF INDIVIDUALS AND TO ADMINISTER THERAPY, REPORTS, NOTIFICATIONS, AND THE LIKE THEREFOR - The invention comprises systems, methods, and devices capable of deriving and predicting the occurrence of a number of physiological and conditional states and events based on sensed data. The systems, methods, and devices utilize the predicted and derived states for a number of health and wellness related applications including the administering therapy and providing actionable data for lifestyle and health improvement.09-04-2008
20130123658Child-Care Robot and a Method of Controlling the Robot - A child-care robot for use in a nursery school associates child behavior patterns with corresponding robot action patterns, and acquires a child behavior pattern when a child behaves in a specified pattern. The robot selects one of the robot action patterns, which is associated with the acquired child behavior pattern, and performs the selected robot action pattern. Additionally, the robot associates child identifiers with parent identifiers, and receives an inquiry message from a remote terminal indicating a parent identifier. The robot detects one of the child identifiers, which is associated with the parent identifier of the inquiry message, acquires an image or a voice of a child identified by the detected child identifier, and transmits the acquired image or voice to the remote terminal. The robot further moves in search of a child, measures the temperature of the child, and associates the temperature with time of day at which it was measured.05-16-2013
20130123657THERMOCHROMATIC EARPLUG AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Disclosed are a thermochromatic earplug and a method for manufacturing the same, in which the color of the thermochromatic earplug is changeable according to the body temperature of a wearer, so that the health state of the wearer is able to be determined through the color of the thermochromatic earplug. The method for manufacturing the thermochromatic earplug includes (a) mixing an earplug raw material including urethane resin with a thermochromatic material, (b) molding and curing a mixture, which is obtained by mixing the earplug raw material with the thermochromatic material, into an earplug shape by pouring the mixture into a mold having a cavity with a shape corresponding to the earplug shape, and (c) demolding a resultant structure, which is obtained by molding and curing the mixture into the earplug shape, from the mold.05-16-2013
20120029381DUAL MODE INTRACRANIAL TEMPERATURE DETECTOR - Apparatus for detecting thermal radiation emanating from two different intracranial depths in a patient includes a transducer having a surface for placement against the patient's cranium. The transducer includes a first antenna with an aperture adjacent that surface the antenna being tuned to a first frequency and producing a first signal indicative of thermal radiation received within an antenna pattern extending a first distance from the surface and a second antenna having a second aperture adjacent to that surface within the first aperture. The second antenna is tuned to a second frequency and produces a second signal indicative of radiation received within an antenna pattern extending a second distance from the working surface, the second distance being shorter than the first distance. The two output signals are coupled to a receiver/control unit which thereupon monitors and displays the temperature at the two intracranial depths.02-02-2012
20120083710ERGONOMIC HAND-HELD THERMOMETER - A thermometer useful for measuring the temperature of a patient, the thermometer including a housing, at least one temperature sensor assembly including a plurality of external patient skin contacting surfaces, and a mounting element for mounting the at least one temperature sensor assembly on the housing and being operative for mutually independently mounting each of the plurality of external patient skin contacting surfaces to be independently arrangeable in a spatial orientation which may be independently different from the spatial orientation of the external patient skin contacting surface of each other of the plurality of external patient skin contacting surfaces.04-05-2012
20120095362CATHETER WITH DIGITIZED TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT IN CONTROL HANDLE - A temperature sensing catheter with improved accuracy is provided. The catheter includes a catheter shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, and a first pair of conductors extending through the catheter shaft. Each one of the first pair of conductors has a first end and a second end, and the first ends of the first pair of conductors are coupled to each other at the distal end of the catheter shaft to form a first thermocouple. A handle is coupled to the proximal end of the catheter shaft and receives the second ends of the first pair of conductors, and the handle includes a digitizing circuit coupled to the second ends of the first pair of conductors for digitizing a voltage signal of the first thermocouple.04-19-2012
20130211281SENSOR SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A FOOT DURING TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION - A sensor system includes a temperature sensor array that includes a plurality of temperature sensors, and a microcontroller operably connected with the temperature sensor array and an antenna for transmitting data received from the temperature sensor array. A data collection system receives the data transmitted from the microcontroller and stores it in a database operably installed in the memory of the data collection system for storing the data. A user interface program displays the data in a format suitable for determining if there is a problem with the foot based upon changes in the temperature of the foot.08-15-2013
20130211282ESOPHAGEAL HEAT SENSORS - Heat sensors can be positioned within the esophagus of a patient so as to monitor temperature changes during ablation procedures in the heart. Some heat sensors can include a wire that defines an extended heat sensing region capable of detecting a change in the local temperature. Some heat sensors can be conformable to an inner surface of the esophageal wall to maintain contact therewith or to be in close proximity thereto.08-15-2013
20130211283FLUIDIC ESOPHAGEAL HEAT SENSORS - Heat sensors can be positioned within the esophagus of a patient so as to monitor temperature changes during ablation procedures in the heart. Some heat sensors can include one or more fluid passageways that define an extended heat sensing region capable of detecting a change in the local temperature. Some heat sensors can be conformable to an inner surface of the esophageal wall to maintain contact therewith or to be in close proximity thereto.08-15-2013

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