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Measuring anatomical characteristic or force applied to or exerted by body

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
600595000 Body movement (e.g., head or hand tremor, motility of limb, etc.) 367
600592000 Foot 45
600590000 Mouth, tongue, or jaw 32
600593000 Esophagus, stomach, or lower alimentary canal 23
600594000 Spine 21
600588000 Associated with parturition 20
600591000 Vagina or uterus 16
600589000 Gum 1
20120220903PERIODONTAL FORCE PROBE - An apparatus for material characterization including a probe for applying a force to a defined section of biologic tissue. The apparatus also includes a sensor to record the force applied onto the biologic tissue by the probe. And, the apparatus includes a data transmission interface to transmit the recorded force to a data processor.08-30-2012
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20130030327Robotic Rehabilitation Apparatus and Method - This patent describes an 8+2 degrees of freedom (DOF) intelligent rehabilitation robot capable of controlling the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers individually and allowing functional arm movements with accompanying trunk and scapular motions. The rehabilitation robot uses the following integrated rehabilitation approach: 1) it has unique diagnostic capabilities to determine patient-specific multiple joint and/or multiple DOF biomechanical and neuromuscular changes; 2) it stretches the stiff joints/DOFs under intelligent control to loosen up the specific stiff joints and to reduce excessive cross-coupling torques/movements between the specific joints/DOFs, which can be done based on the above diagnosis for subject-specific treatment; 3) the patients practice voluntary reaching and some functional tasks to regain/improve their motor control capability, which can be done after the stretching loosened up the stiff joints; and 4) the outcome will be evaluated quantitatively at the levels of individual joints, multiple joints/DOFs, and the whole arm.01-31-2013
20130030326Method and Apparatus for Monitoring Manual Chest Compression Efficiency During CPR - The compression measurement and feedback system measures the magnitude and the angle of manual CPR force applied to a patient and provides the measured magnitude and direction information as compression data feedback to the person applying CPR to the patient. Any variation in the magnitude or direction of the compression force applied may be calculated from the compression data measured by the compression sensor. A monitor receives the compression data and processes the compression data to generate feedback data to the CPR provider indicating the magnitude and direction of the applied CPR compression along with ideal CPR compression characteristics for comparison.01-31-2013
20100016759Device and method for measuring and treating the rigidity and erection of a penis and arterial-venous flows - A measuring method enables the strength of the erector muscles (EM) causing the rigidity of the penis (P) of a patient and the arterial and venous variation ensuring the erection of the penis (P) of the patient to be measured and reinforced by placing a sensor (01-21-2010
20110196262REAL-TIME ASSESSMENT OF ABSOLUTE MUSCLE EFFORT DURING OPEN AND CLOSED CHAIN ACTIVITIES - Methods and apparatus based on vibromyography technology are provided that overcome the substantial limitations of current VMG muscle assessment approaches. Specifically, embodiments of the invention provide a means by which clinicians and trainers can perform real-time muscle assessment during typical functional activities (activities involving substantial human movements). In some embodiments, the invention allows the artisan to simultaneously measure muscle forces being generated by complementary, supplementary, and/or antagonistic muscle pairs such that real-time muscle effort ratios can be calculated. In some embodiments, the measurements provide a means by which clinicians and trainers can diagnose musculo-skeletal injuries and pains associated with muscle imbalances.08-11-2011
20100081969TENDON TENSION SENSOR - A tendon tension sensor that has particular application for measuring tension on a tendon employed in a robotic arm. The tension sensor includes an elastic element having a curved channel through which the tendon is threaded. The elastic element also includes a center portion on which strain gauges are mounted that measure the strain on the elastic element. Tension on the tendon causes the center portion of the elastic element to flex or bend, which is measured by the strain gauges providing an indication of the tension in the tendon.04-01-2010
20130085417DEGREE OF HARDNESS MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND DEGREE OF HARDNESS MEASUREMENT METHOD - For measuring hardness of an object, a measurement apparatus is pushed against the object and a degree of hardness calculation system calculates hardness based on information from the measurement apparatus. The measurement apparatus includes an acceleration sensor which outputs first information of acceleration of a contact area of the measurement apparatus, and a second sensor, such as a magnetic sensor or a pressure sensor, which outputs second information based on pressure applied to the contact area. The degree of hardness calculation system generates a second-derivative waveform by twice differentiating a waveform based on the output of the second sensor, compares the second-derivative waveform and the information of acceleration from the acceleration sensor, and calculates hardness of the object based on the comparison result.04-04-2013
20130085416IN-VIVO CALIBRATION OF CONTACT FORCE-SENSING CATHETERS USING AUTO ZERO ZONES - A method for the in vivo re-calibration of a force sensing probe such as an electrophysiology catheter provides for the generation of an auto zero zone. The distal tip of the catheter or other probe is placed in a body cavity within the patient. Verification that there is no tissue contact is made using electrocardiogram (ECG) or impedance data, fluoroscopy or other real-time imaging data and/or an electro-anatomical mapping system. Once verification that there is no tissue contact is made, the system recalibrates the signal emanating from the force sensor setting it to correspond to a force reading of zero grams and this recalibrated baseline reading is used to generate and display force readings based on force sensor data.04-04-2013
20100113981SKIN INCISION INSTRUMENT AND METHOD FOR INCISING SKIN WITH THE SAME - Provided are skin incision instrument to efficiently incise minimal portions and a method for incising skin with the skin incision instrument. The skin incision instrument according to the present invention comprises a holder, a needle, a needle drive unit, a skin expander, and a reader, wherein the needle and the skin expander are mounted at an end of the holder, the needle drive unit is mounted in the holder, the needle drive unit is capable of forming an incision portion in a skin caused to contact the end of the holder by moving the needle, the skin expander is capable of expanding skin at both sides of the linear incision portion away from the linear incision portion in a direction to expand the linear incision portion, and the reader determines position of the skin expander by rotating the skin expander around the needle in order to adjust an angle to 45 degrees or more and 90 degrees or less wherein the angle is a smaller angle among angles formed by the representative line connecting both ends of the linear incision portion and the direction to expand skin at both sides of the linear incision portion with the skin expander, and minimal portions are efficiently incised.05-06-2010
20100076345METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF EATING AND DRINKING - A method of detecting food or drink intake in a subject by placing one or more electrodes in contact with or proximate to the subject's lower esophageal sphincter (LES), and identifying food or drink intake by monitoring electrical activity in or proximate to the LES using the one or more electrodes. The present invention also provides a device and a system for automatically detecting food or drink intake.03-25-2010
20130079674ORTHOPEDIC INSERT MEASURING SYSTEM HAVING A SEALED CAVITY - At least one embodiment is directed to an insert for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The insert can be temporary or permanent. In one embodiment, the insert is prosthetic component for a single compartment of the knee. The insert comprises a support structure and a support structure respectively having an articular surface and a load bearing surface. The height of the insert is less than 10 millimeters. At least one internal cavity is formed when support structures are coupled together for housing electronic circuitry, sensors, and the power source. The internal cavity is isolated from the external environment and can be hermetically sealed. The exterior surfaces of the support structure and the support structure are sterilized.03-28-2013
20130079676NON-INVASIVE METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A REFERENCE PLANE OF THE HUMAN PELVIS - A non-invasive method for the determination of a reference plane of the human pelvis is described in which method position coordinates of three points A, B, C of the reference plane are determined non-invasively in a reference coordinate system and the reference plane is calculated from the position coordinates of the three points A, B, C, wherein position coordinates of a first point A of the reference plane are determined non-invasively by detecting a first characteristic point (A) on the pelvis, which first characteristic point (A) is located on the reference plane. Furthermore, a device for non-invasively determining a reference plane of the human pelvis is also described.03-28-2013
20130079675INSERT MEASURING SYSTEM HAVING AN INTERNAL SENSOR ASSEMBLY - At least one embodiment is directed to an insert for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The insert can be temporary or permanent. In one embodiment, the insert is prosthetic component for a single compartment of the knee. The insert comprises a support structure and a support structure respectively having an articular surface and a load bearing surface. The height of the insert is less than 10 millimeters. At least one internal cavity is formed when support structures are coupled together for housing electronic circuitry, sensors, and the power source. The sensors are supported by support structure on pad regions. A planar interconnect couples the sensors to electronic circuitry. The planar interconnect includes a tab that couples to a connector coupled to a printed circuit board.03-28-2013
20130079673ORTHOPEDIC INSERT MEASURING SYSTEM FOR HAVING A STERILIZED CAVITY - At least one embodiment is directed to an insert for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The insert can be temporary or permanent. In one embodiment, the insert is prosthetic component for a single compartment of the knee. The insert comprises a support structure and a support structure respectively having an articular surface and a load bearing surface. The height of the insert is less than 10 millimeters. At least one internal cavity is formed when support structures are coupled together for housing electronic circuitry, sensors, and the power source. The cavity is sterilized through a port. A membrane is between the port and the cavity. A sterilization gas permeates the membrane for sterilizing cavity. The membrane prevents ingress of solids and liquids to the cavity.03-28-2013
20130079672FLEXIBLE SURFACE PARAMETER MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM - At least one embodiment is directed to an insert for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The insert can be temporary or permanent. In one embodiment, the insert is prosthetic component for a single compartment of the knee. The insert comprises a support structure and a support structure respectively having an articular surface and a load bearing surface. The height of the insert can be less than 10 millimeters. At least one internal cavity is formed when support structures are coupled together for housing electronic circuitry, sensors, and the power source. The insert includes a flexible articular surface. Flexible articular surface transfers loading to sensors internal to the insert.03-28-2013
20130079671SELF-CONTAINED MUSCULAR-SKELETAL PARAMETER MEASUREMENT SYSTEM HAVING SHIMS TO ADJUST HEIGHT - At least one embodiment is directed to an insert sensing device for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The insert sensing device can be temporary or permanent. The insert sensing device is a self-contained encapsulated measurement device. The insert sensing device comprises a support structure having an articular surface for allowing articulation of the muscular-skeletal system and a support structure having a load bearing surface. The structures attach together to form a housing that includes one or more sensors, a power source, electronic circuitry, and communication circuitry. Shims can be attached to the load-bearing surface to adjust the height of insert sensing device. The structures are substantially dimensionally equal to a passive final insert. The sensors are placed between a pad region and a load plate.03-28-2013
20130079669SMALL FORM FACTOR MUSCULAR-SKELETAL PARAMETER MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - At least one embodiment is directed to an insert for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The insert can be temporary or permanent. In one embodiment, the insert is prosthetic component for a single compartment of the knee. The insert comprises a support structure and a support structure respectively having an articular surface and a load bearing surface. The height of the insert is less than 10 millimeters. At least one internal cavity is formed when support structures are coupled together for housing electronic circuitry, sensors, and the power source. The cavity can be sterilized through a port. A membrane is between the port and the cavity. A sterilization gas permeates the membrane for sterilizing cavity. The membrane reduces the ingress of solids and liquids to the cavity.03-28-2013
20130079668SELF-CONTAINED MUSCULAR-SKELETAL PARAMETER MEASUREMENT SYSTEM HAVING A FIRST AND SECOND SUPPORT STRUCTURE - At least one embodiment is directed to an insert sensing device for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The insert sensing device can be temporary or permanent. The insert sensing device is a self-contained encapsulated measurement device. The insert sensing device comprises a support structure having an articular surface for allowing articulation of the muscular-skeletal system and a support structure having a load bearing surface. The structures attach together to form a housing that includes one or more sensors, a power source, electronic circuitry, and communication circuitry. Shims can be attached to the load-bearing surface to adjust the height of insert sensing device. The structures are substantially dimensionally equal to a passive final insert. The sensors are placed between a pad region and a load plate.03-28-2013
20130079670SELF-CONTAINED MUSCULAR-SKELETAL PARAMETER MEASUREMENT SYSTEM HAVING UN-LOADED OR LIGHTLY LOADED CAVITY - At least one embodiment is directed to an insert sensing device for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The insert sensing device can be temporary or permanent. The insert sensing device is a self-contained encapsulated measurement device. The insert sensing device comprises a support structure having an articular surface for allowing articulation of the muscular-skeletal system and a support structure having a load bearing surface. The structures attach together to form a housing that includes one or more sensors, a power source, electronic circuitry, and communication circuitry. The electronic circuitry, power source, and communication circuitry are placed in a cavity of the insert sensing device that is unloaded or lightly loaded by the muscular-skeletal system. Shims can be attached to the load-bearing surface to adjust the height of insert sensing device.03-28-2013
20130041288Apparatus and Method of Monitoring Healing and/or Assessing Mechanical Stiffness of a Bone Fracture Site or the Like - An apparatus and method of monitoring healing and/or assessing mechanical stiffness of a bone fracture or the like is disclosed. The method comprises (a) recording a strut length of a variable length strut with an indicator pin, wherein the strut is on an external fixator is in a no or minimal load situation; (b) inputting such strut length, mounting parameters, and frame parameters into software to determine a first pose and position of the fixator; (c) positioning at least one indicator clip on each side of the indicator pin; (d) applying a load or torque to the bone fracture; (e) recording strut length of the variable length strut in loaded situation; (f) inputting such strut length, mounting parameters, and frame parameters into software to determine for a second pose and position of the fixator in a loaded situation; (g) solving for a change in pose and position by subtracting the second pose and position from the first pose and position; and (h) solving for the stiffness of the bone fracture by dividing the load applied to the bone fracture by the change in position and pose. An apparatus and indicator clip are also disclosed.02-14-2013
20120265101METHODS FOR DIAGNOSING MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION - Methods of diagnosing meibomian gland dysfunction are disclosed. The methods may be standardized and provide an accurate diagnosis of whether meibomian gland dysfunction exists. In one embodiment, a method is provided that utilizes an evaluation tool to apply a force for a preselected period of time to at least one of a plurality of meibomian glands in two or more regions of a plurality of regions of an eyelid. A grade is assigned to the at least one meibomian gland of the plurality of meibomian glands in each of the two or more regions based on any secretion that is expressed from each meibomian gland. In this manner, a plurality of meibomian gland secretion grades is obtained. The plurality of meibomian gland secretion grades is indicative of the presence of meibomian gland dysfunction.10-18-2012
20080306409Animal model for hyperpigmentation - An animal model for hyperpigmentations in which the formation of hyperpigmentations in human skin is faithfully simulated is provided. An animal model for hyperpigmentations, wherein a black person's skin is grafted onto a non-human animal, is provided.12-11-2008
20100106059SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING NEUROMUSCULAR AND JOINT PROPERTIES - A pocket neuromuscular evaluator delivers controlled tendon taps, makes quantitative measures of the taps and the reflex responses invoked, evaluates not only the neurological reflexes but also the muscle-joint properties, analyzes the data, displays the results, and records them to provide quantitative characterizations of the neuromuscular and joint properties.04-29-2010
20100106060METHOD OF ESTIMATING FINGER-TAPPING FORCE - In a bioinstrument system S of the present invention, a processor unit 04-29-2010
20100331738INTEGRATED SENSOR AND INTERCONNECT FOR MEASURING A PARAMETER OF THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM - A sensing insert device (12-30-2010
20090124936Multi-Section Limb and Ligament Evaluation Apparatus and Associated Methods For Using Same - A method and apparatus for reliably positioning a 3-segment limb, such as a leg or arm for imaging and medical analysis, which can accommodate for the patient's “natural alignment”. The apparatus positions the limb in such a way that the position of the proximal segment is controlled while an known external torque is applied at a known rate to the distal segment. The location of each of the limb's three segments is recorded using either external or internal measurement techniques, and the relative motions between the proximal and intermediate segments are used in the orthopedic evaluation of the proximal joint. Furthermore, the relative motions between the intermediate and distal segments are used in the orthopedic evaluation of the distal joint. By applying a known torque at a known rate, clinicians will be provided with valuable information related to joint range of motion, stability, laxity, and compliance.05-14-2009
20100094175Adjustable pneumatic supporting surface - An apparatus and method are adapted for characterizing human tissue type. A plurality of inflatable bladders enable the application of kinetic energy to the human tissue. Collected data responsive to the applied kinetic energy differentiates between different tissue types and patient loading. The data can be routed via a network to a remote location.04-15-2010
20120184877SIGNAL TRANSMISSION THROUGH A MEDIUM - System using on- or in-body communication technologies such as body-sound communication (BSC) or body-coupled communication (BCC) to obtain information on the body composition of a patient (e.g. water content/hydration level on bone density/joint status). The system, in a preferred embodiment, comprises a transmitter, receiver and processor connected to the receiver. The transmitter is arranged to transmit a signal through a medium (the body of the patient), the signal comprising a plurality of different frequency components and transmission technologies. The receiver is arranged to receive the signal following propagation through the said medium. The processor is arranged to generate, at a first time, one or more transfer functions from the received signal, each transfer function defining values for a predetermined signal parameter at different frequencies. The processor then generates, at a second time, one or more further transfer functions from the received signal and compares a transfer function with the further transfer function for the same signal parameter. An output is generated if the difference between the transfer function and the further transfer function exceeds a preset threshold.07-19-2012
20120165702CARDIAC TISSUE ELASTICITY SENSING - A system and method are provided for assessing the compliance of internal patient tissue for purposes of catheter guidance and/or ablation procedures. Specifically, the system/method provides for probing internal patient tissue in order to obtain force and/or tissue displacement measurements. These measurements are utilized to generate an indication of tissue elasticity. In one exemplary embodiment, the indication of elasticity is correlated with an image of the internal tissue area and an output of this image including elasticity indications is displayed for a user.06-28-2012
20130046205DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND MEASURING PAIN - The invention relates to a device (02-21-2013
20130090571METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING AND PREVENTING PRESSURE ULCERS - The present invention relates generally to the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers and a platform for monitoring, prevention and management of pressure ulcer using a pressure mapping system that records a patient's bed posture, tracks different limbs along with associated statistical pressure image data and produces a summary report for care givers after data analysis and risk assessment. The methodology allows care givers to utilize the stress data and schedule the repositioning of the patient more effectively. The invention relates to creation and using algorithms and analytics for monitoring, prevention and management of pressure ulcers which include time-stamped whole-body pressure distribution data collection and profiling; posture classification, limb detection and tracking; quality of turn and risk assessment; turning schedule and nursing staff utilization for pressure ulcer management; and patient status reporting system customized for caregivers.04-11-2013
20090306548THERAPEUTIC METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REHABILITATION - The invention relates to embodiments of methods for extending a subject-controllable range of joint motion, and for increasing subject control of joint movement within a range of motion. Embodiments include fastening a powered device around a joint so as to be able to control the joint, allowing the subject to move the joint within a range of volitional motion, and then engaging the powered device to support movement of the joint into an expanded, rehabilitative range. In some embodiments, the device supports joint movement by substantially providing the force to move the joint beyond the volitional boundary. In other embodiments, supporting movement includes the subject substantially providing the force, and the device allowing movement only in a desired direction. The invention further relates to a system for increasing the functional capability of a joint by implementing embodiments of the method. By such methods and system, rehabilitation is accomplished both by building strength, and training neural pathways.12-10-2009
20130060165Device for Detecting The Curvature of the Skin Surface of a Human or an Animal Subject - This invention relates to a device for detecting the curvature change of the skin surface of a human or an animal subject, comprising a sensing unit and a processing unit. The device can be used for monitoring distention level of the bladder of the subject and so parents may find it useful for toilet training their children by knowing the status of bladders of their children from the device. It is also suitable for other people such as patients suffering from uncontrollable urination, physically disabled patients and/or comatose patients, and even pet owners.03-07-2013
20110066080MEDICAL NAVIGATION METHOD & SYSTEM - A method of determining a rotational axis of a joint, comprising the steps of: moving at least one bone of the joint; recording coordinates of the at least one bone as it moves; and using the recorded coordinates to calculate a rotational axis. A system for determining a rotational axis of a joint, comprising: a device for moving at least one bone of the joint, in use; at least one fiducial for reversibly connecting to at least one bone, in use; at least one measurement system for recording coordinates of the at least one fiducial, in use; and at least one computer configured to execute the method of the present invention.03-17-2011
20110066078PAIN MONITOR FOR A PATIENT UNDERGOING A MEDICAL PROCEDURE - A pain monitor for a patient undergoing a medical procedure includes a housing adapted to fit in a hand of the patient, a force sensor, and a battery-powered data processor. The patient is instructed to squeeze the housing with a force representing his level of pain. That force is measured by the sensor, acquired by the data processor and then wirelessly transmitted to an outside data receiver for further processing and recording. This device allows the patient to non-verbally express his perception of the level of pain which in turn allows a physician to adjust the course of the procedure or the level of pain-reducing medication. The pain monitor of the invention is particularly useful during a colonoscopy procedure.03-17-2011
20080200843Method and Apparatus for Measurement of Human Tissue Properties in Vivo - A method and apparatus that applies a predetermined force function to the surface of a test subject with a probe and measures the displacement of the probe as a function of applied force facilitates measurement of tissue properties accurately and quickly, in vivo, in a non-invasive manner. A haptic device may be used to apply the force function to the test subject according to a preprogrammed force function and to measure the resulting tissue displacement.08-21-2008
20120116255Optical Fiber Pressure Sensor With Uniform Diaphragm And Method Of Fabricating Same - An optical fiber sensor (05-10-2012
20120116253Apparatus for Measuring Distal Forces on a Working Instrument - A robotic catheter manipulator includes a guide catheter including proximal and distal ends and lumen extending there through. A flexible bellows is secured at one end to the proximal end of the guide catheter and at the other end to a seal configured to receive a working catheter. In a loaded state, the working catheter is fixed relative to the seal. A ditherer is operatively connected to the seal for dithering the working catheter relative to the guide catheter when placed therein. The robotic catheter manipulator includes at least one force sensor for measuring the force applied to the working catheter by the ditherer. Force measurements may be translated into an estimated force that is experienced at the distal end of the working catheter which may then be displayed to the physician via a monitor or display.05-10-2012
20120116251SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING DECUBITUS ULCERS - A pressure detection mat is disclosed, comprising a plurality of pressure-detection sensors. The mat is configured to be placed between a subject and a platform and to couple with a pressure-wound prevention system. The pressure wound prevention system is configured to receive data from the sensors within pressure detection mats, process, interpret and analyze the data, and display the analyzed data to a user. This pressure wound prevention system aims to assist in the prevention of bedsores in immobilized patients, and may be particularly useful in home care environments, acute care facilities, long term care facilities, hospices, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the like.05-10-2012
20090198154Mole tracking system - A mole tracking system that assists with the self-examination of the human body to identify skin lesions which can be potentially cancerous. In the preferred embodiment, the system is provided as a kit having a mole measuring device, a mole documentation chart and various educational materials to help non-medical persons identify, track, record and report possibly cancerous moles in order to improve the early identification and treatment of skin cancer. The mole measuring device is a transparent sheet having a plurality of concentric circles that are spaced 08-06-2009
20100087756METHOD OF CHARACTERIZATION AND DIFFERENTIATION OF TISSUE - A novel method for soft tissue characterization includes obtaining a sequence of surface stress patterns as a function of an increasing compression force when a probe is pressed against the tissue over the location of the lesion of interest. A number of elasticity features are then calculated to characterize the tissue and the lesion located therein including strain hardening, loading curve average slope, lesion peak signal under a predetermined load, tissue heterogeneity, lesion shape and lesion mobility. At least three elasticity features are provided as an input to a statistical Bayesian classifier trained on a clinical database to calculate the probability of the lesion being benign or malignant. Additional patient-related parameters may be further provided as inputs to the classifier to increase the accuracy of differentiation between benign and malignant lesions. These parameters include a family history of cancer disease, a patient-inherited genetic factor, a history of said tissue related diseases, patient's age, patient's weight, and patient's lifestyle and dietary factors. The method of the invention along with other non-invasive examinations of lesions may help in reducing the rate of biopsies, specifically breast tissue biopsies.04-08-2010
20130165817ORTHOTIC DEVICE SENSOR - A general-purpose force sensor, which can be used with an orthotic device, is provided utilizing both resistive and capacitive techniques for improved accuracy and reliability compared to either type of sensor alone. The system can detect internal fault conditions and continues to operate correctly despite the failure of one of the sensors. The sensor can be self-calibrating to give accurate readings despite changes in the physical properties of the sensing elements over time.06-27-2013
20120238911KNEE LIGAMENT BALANCER - An orthopaedic surgical device comprises a first sensor component and a second sensor component. Each sensor component includes a paddle set to contact a proximal tibia and a distal femur of a patient. The first sensor component and the second sensor component being movable with respect to one another to extend one paddle set beyond the other paddle set, and each paddle set includes cutouts for the clearance of the patellar tendon to avoid the need to avert the patella during use.09-20-2012
20120238910APPAREL FOR PHYSIOLOGICAL TELEMETRY DURING ATHLETICS - A user interface component and system for physiological parameters telemetry is provided. A user interface component may be reversibly or irreversibly attached to a garment that allows connection to a user's skin, such as via one or more holes in the garment. Signals transmitted through a conductive transfer layer in the user interface component are provided to a signal receiving unit which can collect and transmit physiological data.09-20-2012
20090118647SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VISUALIZING GROUND REACTION FORCES ON A HUMAN BODY - The invention relates to a display system and method for measuring and displaying ground reaction forces of a human. The system comprising comprises a measurement plate having at least one sensor device for detecting ground reaction forces, which is connected to an evaluation device connected to the measurement plate and a projection device, and the invention also relates to a method for displaying ground reaction forces on a human body. The display system and the method are suitable in particular for measuring the human body and/or prosthetic or orthotic fit components in their relative position to the human body, and for improving the adjustment of a prosthesis set up.05-07-2009
20120197160DEVICE FOR DETECTING AND/OR INFLUENCING POSTURE - The invention relates to a device (08-02-2012
20120046576Mid-face aesthetic scale and related methods - This disclosure relates to mid-face aesthetic scales and related methods for evaluating fullness in a mid-face area of a human patient's face. In exemplary embodiments, the mid-face area is defined as medial to the maxillary prominence, lateral to the medial canthus, inferior to the maxillary prominence, superior to the plane of nasal alae, and lateral to the nose. An exemplary method for evaluating fullness in a mid-face area of a human patient's face comprises visually comparing a plurality of views of the patient's mid-face against a mid-face scale, and assigning a grade from the scale to the patient's mid-face based on the visual comparison.02-23-2012
20080294070JUGULAR VENOUS PRESSURE GAUGE - The present invention is directed to an apparatus for metering the jugular venous pressure of a patient, and a method thereof. The apparatus comprises: a slider which comprises a scale for indicating the venous pressure of a patient; a pointer connected to the sliding member of the slider perpendicularly to the scale, for pointing on the filling level of the jugular venous pressure of the patient. The jugular venous pressure is indicated by positioning the patient at a certain angle, such as 30 to 45 degrees with reference to the floor, placing the tip at the sternal-angle of the patient while the slider is held vertically, sliding the pointer until pointing on the top of the filling level of the jugular vein of the patient.11-27-2008
20110282246ACOUSTIC SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING SKIN TEXTURE - Acoustic systems and methods for evaluating skin texture are disclosed. An acoustic system comprises an acoustic isolation box containing: 1) a guiding device having a sound generator attached thereto, 2) and means for capturing sound.11-17-2011
20110282245SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING ABNORMAL HIP JOINT CONDITIONS - A device for assessing hip joint conditions comprises a support structure including a first platform area and a second platform area spaced from each other. The device includes a first footrest rotationally coupled to the first platform, a second footrest rotationally coupled to the second platform, a first recording device coupled to the first footrest and adapted to record the angular movement of the first footrest, and a second recording device coupled to the second footrest and adapted to record the angular movement of the second footrest.11-17-2011
20100268121Active support surface - An active support assembly (10-21-2010
20090012431METHOD AND MEMBER FOR MEASURING STRESS DISTRIBUTION OF NATURAL BONE, SYNTHETIC BONE, OR MEMBER ATTACHED TO THEM - When visualizing the stress distribution of natural bone, synthetic bone, or a member attached to either thereof without omitted points, in order to measure accurately in a variety of modes using an inexpensive system, a mechanoluminescence material thin film 01-08-2009
20110130682MUSCLE HARDNESS METER - A muscle hardness meter according to the present invention, which measures the hardness of muscle tissue of a living organism, includes: an auxiliary part which touches a periphery of a section of the living organism to be measured so as to apply pressure to the periphery; a touching part which touches the section to be measured so as to apply pressure to the section to be measured; a first pressure sensor which measures pressures that the touching part and the auxiliary part sustain, respectively, from the section to be measured and the periphery, and outputs a first measurement result; a second pressure sensor which measures a pressure that the touching part sustains from the section to be measured, and outputs a second measurement result; a notification part which notifies the second measurement result; and a control part which determines whether or not the first measurement result reaches a reference pressure value input in advance and notifies the second measurement result to the notification part at a time when it is determined that the first measurement result reaches the reference value.06-02-2011
20100249665SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ORTHOPEDIC DISTRACTION AND CUTTING BLOCK - At least one embodiment is directed to a system (09-30-2010
20100249664QUANTIFICATION OF AN ABSORBER THROUGH A SCATTERING MEDIUM - There is described a method for determining a quantitative parameter of a compound in an analysis sample, comprising: providing a scattering medium in physical contact with the analysis sample, the scattering medium having at least one layer, an index of refraction of the scattering medium being superior to an index of refraction of the analysis sample; propagating, in the scattering medium, an incident beam of light having a wavelength substantially corresponding to an absorption wavelength of the compound such that an evanescent wave is generated at an interface between the scattering medium and the analysis sample; taking n intensity measurements of a reflected beam of light for the analysis sample, n being superior to one; and determining the quantitative parameter of the compound using the n intensity measurements for the analysis sample.09-30-2010
20100249663CONTINUOUS INTRA-ABDOMINAL PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM - Described herein are devices, systems, kits and methods for continuously measuring intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) from a patient catheterized with a urinary catheter system Devices may include a lumen configured to connect to a pressure transducer, and a compensation chamber in fluid communication with the lumen and a urinary catheter09-30-2010
20100249662Biological Signal Measuring Apparatus - A biological signal measuring apparatus that is provided with an oscillatory wave detection means, an oscillatory wave period measuring part, a group memory means that is configured to collect the periodic data and to store the periodic data as a group signal, and a vibration frequency calculation means. The vibration frequency calculation means is provided with a section discrimination part configured to compare the group signal with a predetermined value to carry out a section discrimination, a section memory part configured to store to a plurality of sections, a weight coefficient memory part configured to store a weight coefficient, and an oscillatory wave period weighted average value calculation part.09-30-2010
20100249661Universal Valve Annulus Sizing Device - A device for measuring an internal dimension of a native cardiac valve annulus includes an elongated support member having a proximal portion and a distal portion. A measuring portion is coupled to the distal portion, and an indicator is coupled to the proximal portion of the support member. The measuring portion is biased towards a deployed configuration such that when deployed it applies an outwardly directed radial force to the native valve annulus.09-30-2010
20100249660SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING JOINT FORCE DATA - A computer assisted orthopaedic system includes a sensor module, a display, and a computer coupled to the display. The sensor module is configured to be positioned in a knee joint of a patient and transmit joint force data indicative of a joint force of the patient's knee joint. The computer includes a receiver circuit to receive the joint force data. The computer is configured to determine position data indicative of a position of a patient's femur and a patient's tibia and display an image of the patient's femur and the patient's tibia based on the position data. The computer is also configured to determine a medial force value and a lateral force value based on the joint force data and display the medial and lateral force values on the display.09-30-2010
20100249659DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING JOINT FORCE DATA - A hand-held display module includes a housing, a display coupled to the housing, and a circuit positioned in the housing and coupled to the display. The circuit includes a receiver circuit configured to communicate with a sensor module positioned in a knee joint of a patient to receive joint force data indicative of the joint force of the patient's knee joint. In one mode, the circuit is configured to display a visual indication of the medial-lateral balance of the joint force based on the joint force data. In a second mode, the circuit is configured to display a visual indication of the medial-lateral and the anterior-posterior balance of the joint force.09-30-2010
20100249658DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING FORCE OF A KNEE JOINT - An orthopaedic surgical device for determining the joint force of a patient's knee joint includes a tibial paddle shaped to be positioned in the patient's knee joint and a handle extending from the tibial paddle. The tibial paddle includes a sensor array positioned therein and configured to generate sensor signals indicative of the joint force of the patient's knee joint. The orthopaedic surgical device also includes a control circuit configured to control a display located on the handle to provide a visual indication of the medial and lateral balance of the joint force.09-30-2010
20100249657Method and Apparatus for Aligning and Securing an Implant Relative to a Patient - A surgical apparatus includes an orientation sensor that detects an actual orientation of a surgical tool. The apparatus also includes an orientation feedback device that selectively provides an orientation feedback signal. Moreover, the apparatus includes a controller that causes the orientation feedback device to provide the orientation feedback signal when the actual orientation of the surgical tool detected by the orientation sensor is substantially equal to a predetermined target orientation of the surgical tool.09-30-2010
20120004575SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INDEXING CONTENT VIEWED ON AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An apparatus and method for collecting heart rate information associated with a user while the user is viewing and/or listening to multimedia content and/or experiencing real-life events. The heart rate information is interpreted to determine a level of physical arousal. The level of physical arousal may be stored with the multimedia content. Interpretation of emotional characteristic can provide several gradations of user's preference (e.g., the degree to which the user is aroused).01-05-2012
20110288444Eschar Prevention Device - The invention relates to a device for preventing the formation of eschars in a support area, i.e the area on which a person in a seated or lying position rests. The invention comprises: pressure sensors which are disposed under the aforementioned support area; means for comparing each measurement supplied by any of the sensors to at least one threshold value; storage means for storing all of the measurements supplied by all of the sensors during a first period of time from the point at which the threshold value is exceeded by at least one measurement; means for processing the stored measurements, which, once the first time period has elapsed are used to determine movement instructions for the person in the seated or lying position such as to prevent the formation of eschars; a lingual electro-stimulation device for transmitting the aforementioned movement instructions to the person; and actuators which can be actuated by the person in the seated or lying position and which regulate the movement of said person11-24-2011
20120191013System to select condom using hand held electronic measuring device - A method for fitting a wearable covering for a body part comprises the steps of running a program on a portable terminal; determining with the portable terminal specific geometrical points regarding the body part; using the determined specific geometrical points to determine an approximate shape of the body part; comparing the determined approximate shape with a table of different sized wearable coverings for the body part; and selecting a size for the wearable covering.07-26-2012
20110295157Compliant Blood Vessel Graft - Stents and methods of using stents are provided. Stents of the invention provide external support structure for a blood vessel segment disposed within, wherein the stents are capable of resilient radial expansion in a manner mimicking the compliance properties of an artery. The stent may be formed of a knitted or braided mesh formed so as to provide the needed compliance properties. A venous graft with the stent and a vein segment disposed within is provided, wherein graft is capable of mimicking the compliance properties of an artery. Methods of selecting stents for downsizing and methods of using the stents of the invention in downsizing and smoothening are provided. Methods of replacing a section of an artery with a venous graft including a stent of the invention are provided. Methods of reducing intimal hyperplasia in implanted vein segment in a venous graft using stents of the invention are provided.12-01-2011
20110295156MALE CHASTITY DEVICE HAVING A SENSOR FOR DETECTING PROHIBITED BEHAVIORS - A male chastity device utilizes sensors to detect sexual arousal, sexual activity, and/or attempts to tamper with or remove the device. It reports sensed data and/or employs an aversive electric stimulus to discourage the detected unwanted behaviors. The male chastity apparatus includes a structural element wearable on male genital anatomy, and at least one sensor for detecting unwanted activity relating to the male genital anatomy. The apparatus can also include at least two electrodes capable of delivering aversive stimulation to the male genital anatomy. The at least two electrodes can also be capable of delivering pleasurable stimulation to the male genital anatomy. The structural element can also include electrodes for electrically preventing or electrically inhibiting removal of the structural element from the male anatomy.12-01-2011
20120191015COORDINATE INSTRUMENT SET - Surgical instruments for use in mapping tissue defects include telescoping rulers and tubes. One of the instruments has a pointed anchoring tip for piercing tissue near the site of the defect. Another instrument has a hook for catching an anatomical landmark. Measuring portions of the rulers of both instruments include distance indicia so that a coordinate system can be established for mapping the location of the defect or of an implant at the defect site. The coordinate system can be re-established at a later time using the same fixation point for the anchoring tip and the same landmark for the hook to evaluate the clinical effects of the treatment selected. The method of using the instrument set is also described.07-26-2012
20120191014METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING CHEST PARAMETERS, ESPECIALLY DURING CPR - This invention relates to a system for monitoring the position of a measuring unit when placed on a person, especially on the chest of a person, the system comprising a drive unit generating a magnetic field oscillating at a predetermined frequency adapted to be positioned on the opposite side of the person, e.g. chest to back dimensions, and the measuring unit being adapted to measure the magnetic field strength, the system including calculating means for calculating the distance between the measuring unit and the drive unit.07-26-2012
20100036285SINGLE-AXIS SENSORS ON FLEXIBLE BACKBONE - An apparatus includes a narrow elongate probe is adapted for insertion into the body of a living subject. The probe may be flexible and has a plurality of sensors consisting of single coils of very fine wire wound about a backbone of the probe, which transmit signals proximally via fine connecting wires to a position processor. The position processor analyzes the signals to determine position coordinates at multiple points along the length of the probe.02-11-2010
20100113980Hybrid Terrain-Adaptive Lower-Extremity Systems - Hybrid terrain-adaptive lower-extremity apparatus and methods that perform in a variety of different situations by detecting the terrain that is being traversed, and adapting to the detected terrain. In some embodiments, the ability to control the apparatus for each of these situations builds upon five basic capabilities: (1) determining the activity being performed; (2) dynamically controlling the characteristics of the apparatus based on the activity that is being performed; (3) dynamically driving the apparatus based on the activity that is being performed; (4) determining terrain texture irregularities (e.g., how sticky is the terrain, how slippery is the terrain, is the terrain coarse or smooth, does the terrain have any obstructions, such as rocks) and (5) a mechanical design of the apparatus that can respond to the dynamic control and dynamic drive.05-06-2010
20100113979METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF NEUROMOTOR DISORDERS - The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for quantitative assessment of neuromotor disorders using sensors and analyzing the data collected from the sensors to determine if a patient suffers any neuromotor disorders. In one embodiment, the present invention is a system for assessing neuromotor disorders in a body including a plurality of pressure sensors adapted for attachment to the body and measuring pressure, a med node connected to the plurality of pressure sensors for generating data corresponding to the plurality of pressure sensors, and an analysis unit connected to the med node for analyzing the data generated by the med node to determine the existence of a nueromotor disorder in the body.05-06-2010
20100268122SYSTEM AND METHOD OF REDUCING RISK AND/OR SEVERITY OF PRESSURE ULCERS - A pressure monitoring method and system for warning a patient or caregiver that soft tissue pressure has exceeded some predetermined level that over time would necessitate moving the patient to minimize or prevent soft tissue damage. The method and system entail the use of a pressure-sensitive pad assembly adapted to be applied to a surface of the patient's body and generate electrical outputs corresponding to soft tissue pressure sensed at the surface. The system monitors the electrical outputs over a preselected time period and generates a cumulative output signal based on the electrical outputs and corresponding to whether or not the soft tissue pressure has exceeded a predetermined pressure level during the preselected time period. The system generates audible and visual warnings if the cumulative output signal exceeds a predetermined cumulative threshold until the soft tissue pressure drops below the predetermined pressure level.10-21-2010
20100268120Coil System and Method for Obtaining Volumetric Physiological Measurements - A coil device is provided having a member adapted to extend around and conform to an outer surface of a subject and a conductor adapted to extend only once around a first portion of the subject. The coil device can be positioned about the subject in order to measure a volume of the subject. When placed about the subject in the presence of a relatively homogeneous magnetic field, the conductor can generate a signal indicative of a volume of the first portion of the subject. The coil device may also include two or more conductors separately generating signals indicating volumes of two or more corresponding portions of the subject. In some cases the coil device includes associated authorization data that can limit use of the coil device. Systems and methods incorporating the coil device are also provided.10-21-2010
20100268119INTEGRATED FEEDBACK FOR IN-SITU SURGICAL DEVICE - Apparatuses, systems, and methods including integrated feedback for in-situ surgical device contouring or bending are disclosed. One embodiment is a system including a bone anchor, a longitudinal member coupled with the bone anchor, an instrument adapted to bend the longitudinal member, a sensor configured to provide an output indicative of force exerted by the bone anchor on a bone coupled with the bone anchor when the instrument applies force to the longitudinal member, and an indicator configured to provide an indication when the output meets or exceeds a threshold. Another embodiment further includes a second sensor configured to provide a second output indicative of temperature of the longitudinal member and wherein the instrument is further configured to apply heat to the longitudinal member and the indicator is further configured to provide an indication when the second output meets or exceeds a second threshold.10-21-2010
20120109013Peripheral Sensory And Supersensory Replacement System - A sensor-based quantification and analysis system includes an input device including a plurality of sensors that generate an input based on a force. The input device also includes a transmission device that transmits force information based on the input. The system also includes an output device that receives the force information. A processing unit selects, for each of the plurality of sensors, one of a plurality of levels of a likelihood of tissue damage based on the force and a predetermined time period. Further, the output device includes a display that presents or logs the one of the plurality of levels of the likelihood of tissue damage for each of the plurality of sensors.05-03-2012
20120109012DISTANCE MEASUREMENT USING IMPLANTABLE ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCERS - Implantable systems and methods (e.g., using an implantable medical device) for measuring distance including a transmit/receive acoustic transducer implantable at a first location for transmitting and receiving acoustic signals, an echo acoustic transducer implantable at a second location for receiving the acoustic signal from the transmit/receive acoustic transducer and in response thereto transmitting a return echo signal to be received by the transmit/receive acoustic sensor, and a controller to control transmission of the acoustic signal from the transmit/receive acoustic transducer at a transmit time and determine a receive time corresponding to the time the transmit/receive acoustic transducer receives the return echo signal. The distance between the transmit/receive acoustic transducer and the echo acoustic transducer is determined as a function of the transmit time and the receive time.05-03-2012
20100094174METHOD FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL BIOMECHANICAL DATA AND PARAMETER ANALYSIS AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME METHOD - A 3D biochemical data and parameter analysis method and system are provided. The 3D biochemical data and parameter analysis method, including: collecting first biomechanical information of an upper body and second biomechanical information of a lower body with respect to a standard movement; and providing 3D static data or 3D motion tracking data for a diagnosis or prognosis of a musculoskeletal system disease considering both the upper body and lower body, the 3D static data or 3D motion tracking data being generated by associating the collected first biomechanical information with second biomechanical information.04-15-2010
20110270133Steson's Algorithm - A method of electing a patient suffering from low back pain (LBP) for the treatment of a physiotherapist or to undergo an imaging process for further analysis of an underlying complication, said method comprises a predetermined sequence of physical examinations.11-03-2011
20100100011System and Method for Orthopedic Alignment and Measurement - At least one embodiment is directed to a system for measuring parameters of a skeletal system in positions of optimal alignment for implantation of an orthopedic device. The system comprises one or more position sensors (04-22-2010
20100100010IMPLANTABLE DEVICE SYSTEM - An implantable device system is disclosed. The implantable device system comprises, a first energy transceiver system, a second energy transceiver system at least partially implanted within an organic tissue and capable of being interrogated by the first energy transceiver system, and a sensing system, wherein a state of the sensing system is available at the second energy transceiver system.04-22-2010
20120035507Device and method for measuring anatomic geometries - Provided herein is a device and system for measuring an object geometry. The device comprises a probe with contacting and tracking ends and a tracking means and actuation control unit positioned on the probe. The system further comprises a measurement and post processing unit in electronic communication with the tracking means and/or the actuation control unit. Also provided is a method for measuring a geometry of an anatomic object, for example, a hernia. One or more locations of interest on the object are touched directly with the contacting probe end and the location or motion data of the probe end and of the tracking means are tracked and transmitted to the measurement and post processing unit as the point(s) of interest are touched. The data is processed into the geometric measurement and a representative image may be displayed.02-09-2012
20090287119BREAST VOLUME MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND SYSTEM - A measuring device for measuring the volume of a breast of a woman. The measuring device includes a plurality of arc-shaped elements coupled together to allow each of the plurality of arc-shaped elements to pivot to different angular positions relative to the other of the plurality of arc-shaped elements. The plurality of arc-shaped elements are pivotable relative to each other between a closed position where the plurality of arc-shaped elements are generally aligned at a common angular position, and an open position where the plurality of arc-shaped elements are generally spaced from each other at different angular positions to at least partially define a portion of a spheroid having a predetermined volume. The plurality of arc-shaped elements in the open position are configured to be positioned against the breast to receive the breast for determining a volume of the breast relative to the predetermined volume.11-19-2009
20090299229DEVICE TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF ASPIRATION - The invention relates to a form of a passive or active annunciator that solves the problem of reminding a caregiver to reposition a patient at risk for aspiration usually located in an adjustable bed to some predetermined angular position. The annunciator may take the form of an inclinometer (12-03-2009
20090299227EQUINE LOCOMOTOR FLEXION ALGOMETRY DEVICE (ELFA) - A cordless handheld equine leg flexibility testing device 12-03-2009
20090299230APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR MEASURING PORTIONS OF A BODY - Apparatuses, systems, and methods for measuring portions of a body are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a disposable subassembly and a reusable subassembly releasably coupled to the disposable subassembly. The disposable subassembly includes a flexible member for positioning relative to the portion of the body. The reusable subassembly includes an encoder for detecting movement of the flexible member, a processor operably coupled to the encoder for receiving data corresponding to a dimension of the portion of the body, and an output device operably coupled to the processor for sending data to an external device.12-03-2009
20090299228IMPLANT SENSORS - Exemplary orthopedic implants are disclosed. The orthopedic implants may include one or more sensors. Exemplary sensors include sensors to monitor bone growth, changes to the implant over time, and proper placement of the implant. The orthopedic implants may include a woven material. Sensor arrangements to detect a state of an item are disclosed. Exemplary states include folded, unfolded, and inflated. Exemplary items include an orthopedic implant and a parachute.12-03-2009
20120296234MEASURING SKELETAL DISTRACTION - In one aspect, a method includes transmitting an interrogation signal. A first signal transmitted in response to the interrogation signal is detected, the first signal being transmitted by a first transponder arranged to move with a first bone fragment. A second signal transmitted in response to the interrogation signal is detected, the second signal being transmitted by a second transponder arranged to move with a second bone fragment. A distance between the bone fragments is determined using the detected signals.11-22-2012
20080275367Systems and methods for mapping intra-body tissue compliance - Robotic instrument systems and methods for generating a geometric map of an area of body tissue which is correlated with a tissue characteristic such as tissue compliance or related property. The system comprises a robotically controlled catheter which is controlled by a robotic instrument driver. A force sensor system is provided generates force signals responsive to a force applied to the distal end of the catheter. A position determination system is also provided which generates position signals responsive to the location of the distal end of the catheter. A computer is configured to receive and process the force signals and position signals to generate a geometric map of an area of body tissue correlated to the tissue compliance of different regions of the body tissue or a tissue characteristic determinable from the tissue compliance.11-06-2008
20090118646Human Cavity Gas Measurement Device And Method - A device and method for gas measurements in body cavities are provided. These may be any body cavity containing a free gas, where there is an interest in detecting and/or measuring the concentration of said free gas by means of a non-invasive or minimally invasive method. According to an exemplary embodiment measurement of free oxygen in cranium cavities is performed by scattering media absorption spectroscopy, and in particular variations of such oxygen. This is particularly useful for diagnostic purposes based on the measurements, for instance for detecting sinusitis or the like.05-07-2009
20110270132METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR KNEE JOINT EVALUATION AND DIAGNOSTIC AID IN NORMAL AND PATHOLOGIC STATE - The present document describes an apparatus and method for identifying and characterizing a problem of a knee joint. In accordance with an embodiment, the method comprises receiving biomechanical data from sensors and generating a biomechanical profile based on the biomechanical data, the biomechanical data being representative of a movement of the knee joint. The method also involves, in a processing device, classifying the biomechanical profile of the knee joint in one of multiple classes of knee joint problems by applying a pattern recognition technique to a normative biomechanical profile associated to the one of the multiple classes, each one of the multiple classes corresponding to at least one knee joint problem; based on the classifying, identifying the problem as comprising the at least one knee joint problem of the one of the multiple classes; and archiving the problem identified in a storing device to make the problem accessible during consultation.11-03-2011
20080281232Device for Measuring the Diameter of an Aortic Annulus - The invention relates to a device for measuring the diameter of an aortic annulus. The distal end of the device is equipped with an expandable cylindrical measuring head (11-13-2008
20100004565SENSOR ARRANGEMENT FOR HOME REHABILITATION - A sensor arrangement for home rehabilitation in particular after a stroke comprising at least two sensors. The sensors are attached to the user's body. Each sensor includes—a receiver for receiving a first signal being generated from a source outside the sensor 01-07-2010
20100004563Graduated Compression Device for the Treatment of Circulatory Disorders - A method of applying therapeutic compression to a patient's body limb, by: (a) measuring the dimensions of a patient's body limb; (b) determining a desired compression profile for the patient's body limb; and (c) forming a compression device comprising a plurality of tension bands dimensioned to be wrapped around the patient's limb, wherein different tension bands have different widths such that applying an equal tension to the bands results in different compressions being applied along the length of the patient's limb such that the desired compression profile is applied to the patient's limb.01-07-2010
20130218051SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING LIVING TISSUE - Disclosed herein is a system for evaluating living tissue comprising a probe device having a probe, an actuator adapted to displace the probe in accordance with a programmed displacement profile, and force sensors that measure deflection of the probe at each position of the probe while the probe is in contact with the tissue. Disclosed herein too is a method comprising contacting a sample with a probe device having a probe, an actuator adapted to displace the probe in accordance with a programmed displacement profile, and force sensors that measure deflection of the probe at each position of the probe while the probe is in contact with the sample; measuring the deflection of the probe at each position of the probe at each point of contact with the sample; and determining whether any tissue present on the sample is a living tissue.08-22-2013
20080306408Measuring device - A measuring device for measuring a depth of a tear of a tissue is disclosed. The measuring device comprises a member having a shaft and a distal tip, a plurality of indicia on the shaft of the member for measuring the depth of the tear, and a cannulated member into which the member is disposed. In an example, the measuring device is used to measure the depth of a tear of the rotator cuff tendon. A method of measuring a tear of a tissue using the measuring device is also disclosed.12-11-2008
20080287832FOOT PRESSURE ALERT AND SENSING SYSTEM - This invention relates to a system that continuously monitors pressure and force on the foot, analyzes and visualizes the pressure and force exerted on said foot in real-time. The invention measures pressure and force applied to a plurality of sensors placed in various points of an orthotic, shoe, shoe lining, insert, sock or sock type device. If the sensors detect pressure or force, the sensors send a signal to a microcomputer processor located in the shoe that subsequently analyzes and sends the data wireless to either a handheld electronic device, a personal computer, an electronic data capture system or a software program. The handheld electronic device or the personal computer then displays the data to an operator of the device or computer instantaneously; while the data capture system or program forwards the information to a handheld device and/or personal computer.11-20-2008
20110208093SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR JOINT REPLACEMENT - Systems and methods for joint replacement are provided. The systems and methods include a surgical orientation device, a reference sensor device, and at least one orthopedic fixture. The surgical orientation device, reference sensor device, and orthopedic fixtures can be used to locate the orientation of an axis in the body, to adjust an orientation of a cutting plane or planes along a bony surface, or otherwise to assist in an orthopedic procedure(s).08-25-2011
20090005707Method and device for real time mechanical imaging of prostate - The present invention relates to a method for real time mechanical imaging of a prostate with a transrectal probe. In the method, generating a composite two- and three-dimensional prostate mechanical image from a plurality of partial mechanical images extracted from pressure response data and a probe orientation data starts with examining the prostate by pressing a probe head pressure sensor array against it at various overlapping locations. Merging of partial mechanical images together is accomplished by analyzing an overlap between each subsequent and previous partial mechanical image. Finding the prostate is assisted with a supplemental pressure response data indicating the location of a sphincter known to be about 4-5 cm away from the prostate. Data processing is improved by including probe orientation data to further increase the accuracy and sensitivity of the method. The probe is equipped with a two-dimensional head pressure sensor array, a supplemental shaft sensor array and orientation tracking sensors including a three-axis magnetic sensor and a two-axis accelerometer sensor for calculating elevation, rotation and azimuth angles of the probe.01-01-2009
20080269644Precision Athletic Aptitude and Performance Data Analysis System - Systems and methods provide collection and analysis of athletic and other human performance and related environmental data. The systems include performance and environmental measurement hardware and data collection and analysis software. Data can be collected in various ways including one of several standardized precision athletic tests. Certification of performance data is provided if environmental data and performance measurement hardware status satisfy preset limits. Performance data can be normalized based on non-standard environmental conditions. The systems and methods establish baseline indications of athletic ability, predict athletic potential for specific sports and team positions, compares individuals to others and to norms, tracks athletic progress, specifies tailored training programs for athletic improvement for specific sports and team positions, provides visual data and analysis, and aids training, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.10-30-2008
20080269643Methods and devices for ostium measurement - Devices and methods for accurately determining the size of an ostium of a patient and in particular sinus ostium. Methods for measuring a target ostium comprise inserting the distal end portion of an ostium measuring device into a patient, locating the target ostium with the measuring device, positioning the distal end portion of the measuring device appropriately adjacent to or into the target ostium and determining the diameter(s) of the target ostium by comparing the length, diameter and/or the circumference of the portion of the distal end portion of the measuring device adjacent to or within the target ostium.10-30-2008
20080269642ANGLE INDICATOR FOR CAPSULAR BAG SIZE MEASUREMENT - Implantation of an accommodating intraocular lens in an eye may require the accurate measurement of the size, circumference, or diameter of the capsular bag of the eye. After the natural crystalline lens has been surgically removed, a flexible ring may be temporarily or permanently inserted into the capsular bag for measuring the circumference of the capsular bag. The ring is generally compressible to fit through a surgical incision, then expands to fill the capsular bag along an equatorial region. The ring has a central component that changes shape as the ring is compressed. The shape change is generally correlated to the size of the capsular bag and may be measured visually or with a camera through the cornea, the measurement being generally independent of corneal magnification.10-30-2008
20090030345METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE RECOGNITION OF THE POSITION OR MOVEMENT OF A DEVICE OR A PERSON - This method uses two sets of sensors to estimate certain characteristics of the movement of a device or a person or states, especially postures, they adopt. A first, abundant, set of sensors (01-29-2009
20090069722METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSESSING MUSCULAR CAPACITIES OF ATHLETES USING SHORT TESTS03-12-2009
20090124935Bicycle Seat Sizer And Positioning Device - A device for determining the distance between protruding anatomical features of a user includes a first portion having a volume of displaceable material and a second portion having at least one scale attached thereto. The displaceable material is configured to be displaced when subjected to a pressured loading to create depressions in the displaceable material. The second portion is movable relative to the first portion such that the scale can be aligned with the depressions to provide an indication of the distance therebetween. Preferably, the scale is coded for association of the distance with a desired bicycle seat size.05-14-2009
20090177121POSTURAL AWARENESS APPARATUS - A postural awareness apparatus includes a pad, a signal producing system, and an activator that activates the signal producing system when a compressive force applied to the apparatus exceed a predetermined compressive force. The activator includes a switch having an upper portion, a compressible element having defined therein an opening, the compressible element at least partially surrounding the upper portion of the switch, and a cap adapted to secure the compressible element in a position at least partially surrounding the upper portion of the switch.07-09-2009
20090187120IMPLANTABLE SENSOR AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - Implantable sensors and methods for detecting changes in a characteristic of a soft tissue is disclosed. In one embodiment, an implantable sensor for detecting indicators of cartilage wear in a joint is provided. The implantable sensor includes a sensing element for detecting a signal indicative of a characteristic of the cartilage of the joint and a telemetry circuit in communication with the sensing element for transmitting a data set representative of the detected signal. In another embodiment, a system for detecting changes in joint cartilage includes an implantable acoustic sensing element and an external receiver in communication with the implantable acoustic sensing element. In other embodiments, methods of detecting cartilage degradation in a joint and methods of using the disclosed sensors are provided.07-23-2009
20090062693System for determining individual user anthropometric characteristics related to mattress preference - A measuring device to aid mattress selection has an upstanding frame with a plurality of vertically space-apart horizontal illuminated strips. A camera mounted in front of the frame takes front view and side view images of a person standing in front of the illuminated strips. These images are delivered to an associated computer having means to determine the body mass distribution and the spine curvature of the person based on the images of the strips taken by the camera and in particular based on those portions of the image of the illuminated strips blocked by the person standing in front of the illuminated strips. This information can then be used to aid in appropriate mattress selection for the person.03-05-2009
20090143703HOSPITAL BED CONTROL APPARATUS - The present invention provides a hospital bed including a force sensor or scale apparatus configured to detect the weight of a patient.06-04-2009
20080319350ELECTRICAL MEANS TO NORMALIZE ABLATIONAL ENERGY TRANSMISSION TO A LUMINAL TISSUE SURFACE OF VARYING SIZE - Methods and devices for measuring the size of a body lumen and a method for ablating tissue that uses the measurement to normalize delivery of ablational energy from an expandable operative element to a luminal target of varying circumference are provided. The method includes inserting into the lumen an expandable operative element having circuitry with resistivity or inductance that varies according to the circumference of the operative element, varying the expansion of the operative element with an expansion medium, measuring the resistivity of the circuitry, and relating the resistivity or inductance to a value for the circumference of the operative element. In some embodiments the sizing circuit includes a conductive elastomer wrapped around the operative element. Other embodiments of the method apply to operative elements that include an overlapping energy delivery element support in which the overlap varies inversely with respect to the state of expansion, and which is configured with sizing electrodes that sense the amount of the overlap.12-25-2008
20090326419Methods for a Movement and Vibration Analyzer - The present patent describes a method for a Movement and Vibration Analyzer (MVA) based on Fast Fourier Transform spectral analysis, and empirical mode decomposition (EMD) for Hilbert transform of a timeseries recorded with an accelerometer attached to a human being or an object. The medical application is the detection of Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurological motor disorders (Dystonias, Dyskinesias, Huntington's disease, Essential Tremor, Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), etc), which affects worldwide more than 5 million persons, where the highest percentage is in the ageing population. The industrial application is the study of vibration and maintenance of rotational devices (motors, turbines, and others which have an intrinsic sinusoidal likewise movement). An EMD is carried out on the acceleration signal which produces a collection of intrinsic mode functions (IMF), on which the Hilbert transform is carried out. A set of parameters extracted from the Hilbert Transformed signal gives information of the deviation of the discontinuities. (1) Number of peaks of the derivative of the Hilbert phase higher than a threshold and normalized to time length of the signal and sampling frequency. (2) Variance or standard deviation of the derivative of the Hubert phase, φ′12-31-2009
20110144539Concussion Warning Apparatus - The present invention is related to detecting possible concussions due to blunt force blows or shocks to the head. In the present invention, areas of the athlete's head are covered with a blunt force blow indicating sheet prior to the possible concussion causing activity and the sheet is examined for indications of blunt force blows that may have caused a concussion. The athlete with indications of possible concussion is then examined to determine if the athlete suffered a concussion. The blunt force blow indicating sheet may be used to line a helmet or headgear used by athletes or the sheet may be shaped like a helmet for use in activities where headgear is not worn. Objects that may be subject to blunt force blows, during for instance shipping, is covered with the sheet to detect if the object experienced a blunt force blow that may have damaged the object.06-16-2011
20090062694INTERNAL NOSTRIL OR NASAL AIRWAY SIZING GAUGE - Methods of sizing a nasal airway by using certain measurements of digits.03-05-2009
20090062692Laparoscopic instrument and method for distance measurements of body parts - A laparoscopic instrument includes an elongated barrel portion which mountably extends between operable parts for engagement with internal structures and organs of a subject patient, which are disposed at a first end of the barrel portion, and an actuating mechanism disposed at a second end of the barrel portion which remains outside the patient and which allows actuation of the instrument by the surgeon, for example by hand manipulation. The operable parts include two jaw parts which collectively define a clamp in which an opening size between the two jaw parts is selectively alterable by operation of the actuating mechanism. The operable parts further include a distance displacement sensor to effect distance measurement when the body part of the patient is received between the jaw parts and the instrument moved there along.03-05-2009
20090192414MOTION GUIDE DEVICE, ITS CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL PROGRAM - A device for inducing a user's motion such that the user's motion rhythm and scale coincide, respectively, with a target rhythm and scale is provided. According to the inventive motion induction device, a first oscillator is generated which attains mutual entrainment with a motion oscillator in such a way as to reflect a natural angular velocity ω07-30-2009
20110230789SENSOR FOR MEASURING MOTOR FUNCTION, A PLASTIC BAND, AND A DEVICE FOR MEASURING MOTOR FUNCTION - This invention provides a sensor or its related art to be easily used for measuring motor function of living body. This invention relates to a sensor for measuring motor function, which includes a magnetic field generator attached to one of two predetermined positions in a living body changing mutual distance caused by an action of the living body to have a coil board generating a magnetic field by electrification, and a magnetic field detector attached to the other of the two predetermined positions in the living body to detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator and have the coil board generating an electric current having a magnitude corresponding to a strength of the magnetic field as detected. Furthermore, each of the magnetic field generator and the magnetic field detector is provided with plastics covering a whole coil board thereof.09-22-2011
20110230788Methods And Systems For Sensing On Body Of Patient - Methods and systems for identifying a strain history of a portion of a body of a patient are disclosed. The method includes measuring an electrical response of at least one thin-film sensor of a sensor apparatus that is applied to the portion of the body of the patient to obtain a reference signal. The at least one thin-film sensor includes an electrically resistant material, conductive nanoparticles dispersed substantially throughout the electrically resistant material, and conductive nano-structures dispersed substantially throughout the electrically resistant material. The electrical response of the at least one thin-film sensor is monitored to detect changes in the electrical response. Based on the changes in the electrical response, a strain history of the at least one thin-film sensor is determined. A strain history for the portion of the body of the patient is identified based on the strain history of the at least one thin-film sensor.09-22-2011
20090005708Orthopaedic Implant Load Sensor And Method Of Interpreting The Same - Joint implant sensors, methods of using the same, and methods of aligning permanent implants are described herein. A device for providing intraoperative in vivo diagnostics of loads having at least one load sensor associated with the implant, and at least one signal processing device operatively coupled with the sensors. The signal processing device is operable to receive the output signal from the sensors and transmit a corresponding signal.01-01-2009
20080262391INSTRUMENT FOR MEASURING THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF VOCAL TISSUES - The present invention provides an instrument and method for measuring the viscoelastic properties of vocal tissues. A contact tip is attached to the tissue of interest and the linearly oscillated. Some of the linear oscillation results in the application of shear force to the tissue. A position sensor and a force sensor send signals from the instrument to a processor that can be used to calculate material properties of the tissue being tested, such as viscoelastic constants. This instrument and related method can be of assistance for in vivo measurements of tissues for diagnosis or corrective surgery.10-23-2008
20080262390Fiducials for placement of tissue closures - Fiducial markings are placed on a patient to identify surgical parameters such as locations for an incision or a surgical closure.10-23-2008
20120078138MEDICAL APPARATUS SYSTEM HAVING OPTICAL FIBER LOAD SENSING CAPABILITY - Apparatus is provided for diagnosing or treating an organ or vessel, wherein a device having at least two optical fiber sensors disposed in a distal extremity thereof is coupled to processing logic programmed to compute a multi-dimensional force vector responsive to detected changes in the optical characteristics of the optical fiber sensors arising from deflection of the distal extremity resulting from contact with the tissue of the wall of the organ or vessel. The force vector may be used to facilitate manipulation of the catheter either directly or automatically using a robotic system.03-29-2012
20090204028Calibration and measurement system - The present invention is a calibration and measurement system designed primarily for use in the rapid evaluation and characterization of open or visible wounds in patients. The invention in a preferred embodiment comprises a set of colored concentric rings, constructed of paper or synthetic material. The practitioner removes only as many rings, from the center outward, until the entire wound is visible within the open aperture at the center of the remaining rings. The area dimensions of the wound are then read out from the size of the inner remaining ring. Photography optionally records the wound appearance and size. A related system is developed for linear dimensioning of wounds. This invention is also designed to standardize the color scheme for accurate photography wound description. This color scheme is also applicable to a linear device to accurately describe wound size. The invention is also useful in forensic and accident investigations.08-13-2009
20090112130Devices, systems, and methods for measurement and evaluation of tissue structures, such as breasts - Devices, systems, and methods measure and evaluate breasts or other exterior tissue structures in connection with contemplated surgery, such as augmentation, revision, or reconstruction, by mechanically and/or electronically forming a three-dimensional replication of the topography of the tissue structure prior to surgery to serve as a guide for the selection of a post-operative implant.04-30-2009
20090112129Anti-Pooling Vest For Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis And In Critical Care - An anti-pooling vest to be worn by a patient undergoing a hemodialysis procedure is disclosed for inhibiting intradialytic hypotensive symptoms in the patient during the course of hemodialysis treatment. The anti-pooling vest includes an inflatable bladder for applying a compressive pressure on the internal organs within the abdomen of the patient during the hemodialysis procedure to reduce the pooling of blood within the patient's internal organs. A pump, such as, for example, a manually compressible bulb or an electrically powered pump, in fluid communication with the bladder is operable to inflate the bladder to a predetermined pressure and a pressure relief valve in fluid communication with the bladder is operable to decrease the pressure within the bladder to the predetermined pressure. The anti-pooling vest may also be utilized to increase venous return in hypotensive patients in critical care suffering from blood or fluid loss by applying compressive pressure to the internal organs within the abdomen of the patient to reduce the pooling of blood within the patient's internal organs.04-30-2009
20090204029SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING PHASIC CARDIAC CYCLE MEASUREMENTS - The disclosure of the present application provides for systems and methods for determining a phasic change in a vessel and vessel compliance. In at least one exemplary method for determining a phasic change in a vessel, the method comprises the steps of introducing a device into a site within a vessel, operating the device in connection with two or more fluid injections in the vessel to obtain two or more conductance values, calculating a parallel conductance value and a total conductance value, and calculating a phasic change in at least one vessel parameter based in part upon the calculated parallel conductance value and the calculated total conductance value. In an exemplary method for determining vessel compliance, the method comprises, in part, the steps of calculating a first vessel parameter and a second vessel parameter based on at least two conductance values, calculating a change in vessel parameter based upon the first and second vessel parameters, and calculating vessel compliance based upon the relationship between the change in vessel parameter and a change in pressure during a cardiac cycle.08-13-2009
20110144540MONITORING CONDITIONS OF IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL FLUID DELIVERY DEVICE - A programmer device includes an interface that communicates with an implantable fluid delivery device and a user interface that allows a user to troubleshoot a catheter connected to the fluid delivery device by measuring a pressure associated with the catheter. A processor may compare the measured pressure waveform to a previously-acquired waveform or the user interface may display the measured pressure waveform for the user to compare the displayed pressure waveform to a previously-acquired baseline waveform. The comparison between the two waveforms may be based on the pressure decay time. A historical log of measured pressure decays associated with the catheter may be maintained by the programmer device or the implantable fluid delivery device and displayed for the user to determine whether the performance of the catheter is deteriorating.06-16-2011
20110144541BIOMETRIC DATA-MEASURING INSTRUMENT, BIOMETRIC DATA-MEASURING SYSTEM, MUSCLE STRENGTH METER, AND MUSCLE STRENGTH-MEASURING SYSTEM - A biometric data-measuring instrument that measures data relating to a living organism by applying pressure to the living organism. The instrument includes: a casing, an auxiliary contacting part that extends from the casing, the auxiliary contacting part being contacted against a vicinity of a point to be measured on the living organism and applying pressure to the vicinity of the point to be measured, a main contacting part that, in a state where the auxiliary contacting part is applying pressure to the vicinity of the point to be measured, is contacted against the point to be measured and applies pressure to the point to be measured in the direction in which the auxiliary contacting part is applying pressure to the vicinity of the point to be measured, a pressure sensor that is provided inside the casing and measures a pressure that the main contacting part receives from the point to be measured, and a biometric data display unit that is provided on the casing and displays the measured biometric data. A tip of the auxiliary contacting part extends outward from a base side thereof.06-16-2011
20090227903MUSCLE THICKNESS SENSOR - A muscle thickness sensor for measuring muscle thickness over a bone structure having a resilient frame placed over the muscle of interest and compressible material within the frame to sense muscle contractions. The compressible material is strain sensitive and generates a detectable signal when compressed due to muscle flexure. The sensor is able to differentiate between muscle contraction and muscle relaxation and is generally immune to signal noise caused by movement of bone structure and adjacent muscle groups.09-10-2009
20090240167Pattern Transferable to Skin for Optical Measurements During Shaving - A system for measuring 3D deformation and strain on the skin of a living person. A non contact optical 3D deformation measuring system is provided having a plurality of high resolution digital cameras for measuring 3D coordinates and 3D deformations operatively connected to a computer. A removable tattoo is also provided including a substrate and a pattern having a plurality of indicia distributed to form a pattern density of between about 40% and about 60%. The removable tattoo provides a reference marking for the non contact optical 3D deformation measuring system.09-24-2009
20090254002KINEMATIC REGISTRATIVE METHOD FOR TKA IMAGE FREE NAVIGATION - A method and a computer system for executing the method is provided for pre-operatively determining a degree of deformity of an anatomical structure joining a first and second limb, the method comprising the steps: 10-08-2009
20080319349System and Related Method For Determining a Measurement Between Locations on a Body - A system and related method for characterizing an effect of a rehabilitation therapy on a body. The apparatus includes a first device, which is configured to be coupled to the body at a first location, and a second device, which is configured to be coupled to the body at a second location that is separated from the first location by a distance. The first device is configured to generate a wireless signal. The second device is configured to detect the wireless signal and to generate data based on the detected wireless signal that is configured to be used to calculate the distance. The distance is used to characterize the effect of the rehabilitation therapy on the body.12-25-2008
20090287120Circulatory 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
20100160832APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING BLOOD VESSELS - An apparatus comprising a blood vessel measuring device is disclosed. The blood vessel measuring device may comprise a handle. A measuring member may be attached to the handle. The measuring member may be dimensioned to wrap around a blood vessel to measure a size of the blood vessel. The blood vessel measuring device may comprise an extension, and a first end of the extension may be attached to the handle. The blood vessel measuring device may comprise a connector attached to a second end of the extension. A method is also disclosed. The method may comprise inserting a measuring device into an incision in a patient. The measuring device may comprise a measuring member. The method may also comprise wrapping the measuring member around a blood vessel of the patient and measuring a dimension of the blood vessel with the measuring member.06-24-2010
20100262043ANNULOPLASTY SIZERS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES - A sizing plate for sizing a native valve annulus in a patient's heart for either valve replacement or repair during a minimally invasive surgical procedure is shown and described. The sizing plate is generally shaped such that it corresponds to the shape of the native valve annulus. Additionally, a thickness of the sizing plate is such that it can be inserted through a space between the ribs of the patient during the procedure. The sizing plate includes two keyways extending though the plate separated by a bridge. The keyways are sized and shaped such that they are adapted to be engaged by a minimally invasive surgical tool such as a laparoscopic grasper. The keyways in conjunction with the bridge facilitate manipulation of the sizing plate by the grasper from an external location.10-14-2010
20100191153PROSTHETIC LIMB MONITORING SYSTEM - Parameters related to use of a prosthesis by a patient with a limb amputation are monitored using a tool that includes one or more piezoelectric force sensors. The resulting data are processed for use both in short and long term management of amputee patients. The sensor is a small modular unit that fits within or between traditional prosthetic components, e.g., below a prosthesis socket. The data produced by the tool are collected, processed, and stored. Optionally, the data are periodically communicated to a remote site via a network, e.g., over the Internet. The device and associated software used to process the data can be used to characterize activities conducted by a prosthesis user, to determine pistoning or threatening interface stress distributions between the limb and socket, mal-alignment of the socket, use of improper components, and other possibly undesired conditions that the amputee patient using the prosthesis may be experiencing.07-29-2010
20110060250DEVICE FOR DETECTING VIBRATION IN LIVING BODY AND DEVICE FOR EXAMINING PHYSIOLOGICAL STATE OF THE LIVING BODY USING THE SAME - It is intended to provide a device for detecting a vibration in a living body by which a vibration caused by, for example, a vibration caused by a change in a part (in particular, the head) of a subject, respiration, pulsation, cough, snore, an eyeball movement, a body movement, a jaw movement or turn over can be detected; and a device for examining the physiological state of the living body using the same, and the device for detecting a vibration in the living body at least comprises: a housing on which a definite part (in particular, the head) of a subject is placed; a distortion plate provided on the inner upper face of the housing in contact with the upper face of the housing; a distortion-detection means bonded to the distortion plate; and a holding plate composed of a contacting part being in contact with the inner lower face of the housing and a holding part extending from the contacting part and the both edge of the distortion plate.03-10-2011
20110060249PIPE-SHAPED SENSOR DEVICE - The invention relates to a sensor device (03-10-2011
20110060248PHYSICAL CONFIGURATION DETECTOR, PHYSICAL CONFIGURATION DETECTING PROGRAM, AND PHYSICAL CONFIGURATION DETECTING METHOD - Disclosed is a physical configuration detector, a physical configuration detecting program, and a physical configuration detecting method, which can detect the physical configuration of an object, regardless of whether the object is in motion or not, and which can also decrease the amount of work necessary to prepare for dictionaries and the like. A physical configuration detector comprises: a sensor data acquisition unit (03-10-2011
20110060247METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING BONE LENGTHS - Methods and apparatus measuring bone lengths are provided. The methods include acquiring bone image information from a dual-energy x-ray scan of a subject and generating a dual-energy image using the acquired bone information. The methods further include determining a length of at least one bone of the subject using the dual-energy image.03-10-2011
20100004564WOUND MEASURING DEVICE - This invention relates to a wound measuring device, comprising a transparent, flexible and bendable sheet (01-07-2010
20100228154Postural information system and method including determining response to subject advisory information - A system includes, but is not limited to: one or more determining advisory modules configured for determining subject advisory information regarding one or more subjects based at least in part upon postural influencer status information including information involving one or more spatial aspects for each of two or more postural influencers of the one or more subjects, and one or more response determining modules configured for determining a response to the subject advisory information including one or more changes regarding one or more spatial aspects for one or more of the postural influencers. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.09-09-2010
20100179450APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TESTING A HORSE'S TENDONS AND LIGAMENTS - An apparatus for testing a horse's tendons and ligaments includes a base plate and a rotatable plate with a guide member for receiving and positioning one of a horse's hooves thereon. A rod or lever is provided for manually rotating the rotatable plate up to and include an angle of 55° and a scale or indicator is provided for indicating the angle of rotation. A method for testing the horse's tendons and ligaments is also described.07-15-2010
20100185121Small-Scale Pressure Sensors - The present invention provides a method of sensing pressure in a region of interest by providing a plurality of metallic particles operatively associated with one another in the region of interest (for example, wherein the metallic particles sustain a plasmon upon excitation), and with the metallic particles configured or positioned in relationship to one another so that a physical property of the particles (for example, the energy of the plasmon) varies in response to pressure; measuring the physical property of the metallic particles that varies in response to pressure; and then determining the pressure in the region of interest from the detected physical property (e.g., resistance, energy of the plasmon). Compositions, articles and formulations for carrying out the method in industrial and biomedical applications are also described.07-22-2010
20100152618Medical measuring device and method - A subsurface wound measuring device and method are provided for measuring a subsurface wound or cavity of a patient, the device including a flexible strip having a first and second section, said sections having a first and second ends respectively with an intermediate bend being located between the first and second ends. The first end is adapted for being located internally to a patient, the second end being adapted for being located externally to the patient. The first and second sections have generally concave shaped cross-sections with measuring indicia being located along at least one of the sections. The device also optionally includes a measuring strip and a receiver mounted on the second end for receiving the measuring strip, where the measuring strip and the flexible strip form complementary structure for measuring a subsurface wound or cavity.06-17-2010
20100145232METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CORRECTING SPORT POSTURES CAPTURED BY A DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A sport posture correcting apparatus including a digital image processing apparatus configured to generate a series of image frames. The sport posture correcting apparatus may include a digital signal processing unit configured to set a region in one of the series of generated image frames. The digital signal processing unit may be configured to trace the set region in the series of generated frames to generate a tracing result. The digital signal processing unit may be configured to display the tracing result.06-10-2010
20100228157Tensiometer Utilizing Elastic Conductors - A tensiometer is an elastic conductor which comprises a mixture of an elastomer and carbon nanotubes. The tensiometer has a reproducible conductivity in order to measure and change in shape and tension of an object to which it is applied. The tensiometer is non-toxic and may be implanted into a human body.09-09-2010
20100241033DIGIT GAUGE FOR NONINVASIVE OPTICAL SENSOR - Embodiments of the present disclosure include a digit gauge used to ensure the size of a patient's digit is appropriate for the medical sensor applied thereto.09-23-2010
20100222705METHOD OF MEASURING QUALITY OF THE EQUINE DISTAL PHALLANGE FROM A LATERAL-MEDIAL RADIOGRAPH - A method to determine the relative concavity of the palmar aspect of the distal phalange of the equid from a standard lateral-medial radiograph. Horses are born with a relatively large concavity, and with age, through a demineralization process, the concavity reduces. The method gives a way to monitor and assess this concavity and can be used in various ways, e.g. as an indicator of future soundness likelihood.09-02-2010
20100210972Methods and Devices For Quantitative Analysis of Bone and Cartilage Defects - A method for measuring cartilage defects within a subject includes surgically exposing a joint or cartilage surface. The exposed joint or cartilage surface having at least one defect, and the method may generating a cast of the at least one defect. The method may also include measuring a parameter of the cast, thereby estimating a characteristic of the defect.08-19-2010
20100210971METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REAL TIME CHARACTERIZATION OF SOFT MATERIALS AND BIOLOGICAL TISSUES BASED ON NONLINEAR PROPERTIES - Method and system for real time characterization of soft materials and biological tissues based on nonlinear properties with application in biological tissues diagnostics, robotic assisted surgery, tele-surgery, robotics and minimally invasive surgery is provided.08-19-2010
20120130280LEGS REHABILITATION DEVICE AND LEGS REHABILITATION METHOD USING THE SAME - Disclosed is a legs rehabilitation device. The legs rehabilitation device according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a first sensor that senses a load applied from a support surface of one leg of a rehabilitating patient; a second sensor that senses an angle of the one leg; a third sensor that senses position or motion of the other leg of the rehabilitating patient; and a rehabilitation determination unit for communicating with the first sensor, the second sensor, and the third sensor and determines whether the legs rehabilitation succeeds, based on load information received through the first sensor, angle information received through the second sensor, and position or motion information received through the third sensor.05-24-2012
20130218050ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE NANOTUBE COMPOSITE SENSOR FOR MEDICAL APPLICATION - A sensor and method of sensing dimensional changes, stress changes or pressure changes on a substrate uses a sensor in the following manner. Temporarily and non-destructively attach a piezoresistant sensor to a surface. The piezoresistant sensor has an electrically conductive elastic body having at least one pair of opposed ends, and the elastic body contains conductive nanotubes homogeneously distributed therein. The elastic body has at least one surface with two opposed ends and electrodes at each of the opposed ends. A current is passed through the elastic body between the two electrodes. The current passing through the elastic body is sensed (e.g., a voltmeter). A mechanical step is performed with or on the substrate, and the sensor measures changes in the current between the electrodes, indicating strain or pressure on the sensor.08-22-2013
20120143090Assessment of Spinal Anatomy - A method for modeling a spine, comprising providing at least one image of the spine, extracting a plurality of anatomical elements of the spine from the at least one image, and constructing a model representing the anatomy of the spine using the anatomical elements.06-07-2012
20110130684LOWER-LIMB PROSTHESIS FORCE AND MOMENT TRANSDUCER - A computerized prosthesis alignment system includes a transducer that can measure socket reactions in the anterior/posterior plane and the right/left planes, while canceling or reducing the transverse forces on the measurements of these socket reactions. In addition, the transducer is also capable of determining the axial load or weight experienced by the prosthesis. The computerized prosthesis alignment system is in communication with a host computer. The moment data from the transducer is interpreted by the user via a computer interface. The host computer includes memory for storing one or more applications. These applications receive data from the transducer, interpret the data with discrete algebraic or fuzzy logic algorithms, and display the output numerically and graphically. Applications may also interpret the data to provide analyses to the user for aligning the prosthesis.06-02-2011
20090030344 Control System for a Lower Limb Prosthesis or Orthosis - In a control system for a lower limb prosthesis or orthosis, a plurality of sensors generate sensor signals representing kinematic measurements (01-29-2009
20100305479 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE DISTENSIBILITY OF A VESSEL, LUMEN OR A SPHINCTER - An apparatus (12-02-2010
20130131551METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DIAGNOSING AND TREATING VOCAL CORD DYSFUNCTION - Methods for diagnosing and treating vocal cord dysfunction by recording the position of the vocal cords of a subject during a monitoring period are disclosed. Portable devices are disclosed using electronic signals to provide diagnostic data indicating a subject's closed or open vocal cords to diagnose and treat vocal cord dysfunction. Corresponding software and circuitry are also disclosed.05-23-2013
20100312143HUMAN BODY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROVISION METHOD USING THE SAME - A human body measurement system and a method for using such a system. The human body measurement system includes a photographing unit that includes a plurality of cameras and a hub which send images, captured by the cameras, to a PC of an integrated controller through the hub, a weight scale configured to measure body weight of a subject of measurement, and a body composition analyzer configured to measure body composition of the subject of measurement.12-09-2010
20100312144Systems and Methods for Predicting Potentially Difficult Intubation of a Subject - Systems and methods for predicting potential difficult intubation of a subject acquire, using a facial structure analysis system, facial structure data of the subject. The systems and methods also extract, using facial structure analysis software of the facial structure analysis system, at least one facial structure variable value from the facial structure data and obtain a predicted potential difficult intubation value using an airway classification model and the at least one facial structure variable value. The systems and methods generate a report based on the predicted potential difficult intubation value.12-09-2010
20090069721Apparatus and Method for Measuring the Dimensions of the Palpable Surface of the Prostate - A method and system for measuring the size of the palpable surface of the prostate in the physician's office. In one embodiment a membrane with a grid pattern is located proximate the prostate. A physician moves a measurement system, formed at the end of the index finger and located in a glove, between opposite margins of the prostate. The measurement system counts the grid elements between the margins that translate into a quantitative measurement of size of the palpable surface of the prostate. In another embodiment an accelerometer attaches to the end of the index finger to produce signals along multiple axes that a processing system converts into a measurement of the size.03-12-2009
20090069720Logging daily average metabolic activity using a motion sensor - An implantable activity detector can detect metabolic stress levels, which can be normalized, such as to identify times of activities such as walking and running or to identify trends such as a decrease in metabolic activity. The data can be derived from different sources such as an accelerometer and pedometer. This data can be compared to independently specifiable thresholds, such as to trigger an alert or responsive therapy, or to display one or more trends. The information can also be combined with other congestive heart failure (CHF) indications. The alert can notify the patient or a caregiver, such as via remote monitoring. Metabolic activity data from one or more of the activity detectors can be used to establish a model of metabolic stress, to which further activity data can be compared for identifying periods of increased or decreased metabolic stress.03-12-2009
20100312145DEVICE FOR THE FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSIS OF VESTIBULAR REFLEX ARCS USING MYOGENIC POTENTIALS - The invention relates to a device for the detection of at least one vestibular evoked myogenic potential and the use of this device for the diagnosis of the otolithic organs, particularly for the measurement and/or evaluation of vertigo phenomena in a patient. The use particularly relates to a device for the functional diagnosis of acoustically, mechanically, or electrically evoked vestibular reflexes.12-09-2010
20110172566BIOLOGICAL SKELETAL SYSTEM MONITORING - A method of monitoring target tissue of a biological skeletal system. The method comprises applying a mechanical excitation to a portion of the biological skeletal system to generate a mechanical wave that passes through the target tissue, the target tissue modulating the mechanical wave to produce a response of the target tissue to the mechanical wave, measuring the response; and determining structural or functional status of the target tissue from the response. A system for applying the method is also provided.07-14-2011
20110172563Apparatus and Method for Measuring the Dimensions of the Palpable Surface of the Prostate - A method and system for measuring the size of the palpable surface of the prostate in the physician's office. In one embodiment a membrane with a grid pattern is located proximate the prostate. A physician moves a measurement system, formed at the end of the index finger and located in a glove, between opposite margins of the prostate. The measurement system counts the grid elements between the margins that translate into a quantitative measurement of size of the palpable surface of the prostate. In another embodiment an accelerometer attaches to the end of the index finger to produce signals along multiple axes that a processing system converts into a measurement of the size.07-14-2011
20110172564USER INTERFACE THAT DISPLAYS MEDICAL THERAPY AND POSTURE DATA - The disclosure relates to a system that displays posture state information, physiological conditions of a patient on an avatar or other graphical representation of a human body, and therapy parameter information to facilitate the programming of therapy that is delivered to a patient. In some examples, the system may include an implantable medical device (IMD) that delivers therapy to a patient and incorporates a posture state module that detects a posture state engaged by the patient to determine the therapy delivered to the patient. An external programming device may communicate with the IMD, e.g., in real-time, to display the posture state of the patient as well as therapy parameters and physiological conditions associated with the posture state of the patient. The external programming device may receive adjustment input from the clinician to adjust one or more therapy parameters for therapy delivered to a patient in a specific posture state. In some examples, the external programming device may retrieve therapy information from the IMD to allow the clinician to review and play back previously stored therapy information on a temporal basis.07-14-2011
20110172562AUTOMATED CALIBRATION OF POSTURE STATE CLASSIFICATION FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE - Techniques relate to operating a medical device by classifying a detected posture state of a patient. This classification may be performed by comparing the detected posture state of the patient to posture state definitions available within the system. Each definition may be described in terms of a parameter (e.g., vector) indicative of a direction in three-dimensional space. The posture state definitions may be calibrated by automatically estimating values for these parameters, thereby eliminating the need for the patient to assume each posture state during the calibration process to capture actual parameter values. According to another aspect, the estimated parameter values may be updated as the patient assumes various postures during a daily routine. For instance, estimated vectors initially used to calibrate the posture state definitions may be changed over time to more closely represent posture states the patient actually assumes, and to further adapt to changes in a patient's condition.07-14-2011
20110004123System and method for monitoring bladder distention in a variety of patients having differing anatomical proportions - A system and method are provided for monitoring bladder distention. Independently controllable acoustic transmitters are coupled to the surface of a user's abdomen region in a spaced-apart fashion. Each transmitter can introduce a broadband acoustic signal into a portion of the abdomen region. Acoustic receivers are also coupled to the surface of the abdomen region to detect acoustic reflections generated when the acoustic signals are introduced into the abdomen region. A controller is positioned on the user and is correlated to an orientation of the user. The controller stores a profile indicative of anatomical features of the user. The controller initiates periodic activations of selected ones of the transmitters based upon the profile and the orientation of the user. The controller uses a weighted combination of all of the acoustic reflections to determine bladder distention of the user. The weighted combination is defined by at least the profile and orientation of the user.01-06-2011
20100331736WIRELESS SENSING MODULE FOR SENSING A PARAMETER OF THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM - A sensing insert device (12-30-2010
20100331735WIRELESS POWER MODULATION TELEMETRY FOR MEASURING A PARAMETER OF THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM - A sensing insert device (12-30-2010
20100331734SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ORTHOPEDIC LOAD SENSING INSERT DEVICE - A sensing insert device (12-30-2010
20100331733SENSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR AN ORTHOPEDIC JOINT - One embodiment is directed to a sensor for measuring a skeletal system. A signal path of the system comprises an amplifier (12-30-2010
20110130685METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REAL TIME MECHANICAL IMAGING OF PROSTATE - The present invention relates to a method for real time mechanical imaging of a prostate with a transrectal probe. In the method, generating a composite two- and three-dimensional prostate mechanical image from a plurality of partial mechanical images extracted from pressure response data and a probe orientation data starts with examining the prostate by pressing a probe head pressure sensor array against it at various overlapping locations. Merging of partial mechanical images together is accomplished by analyzing an overlap between each subsequent and previous partial mechanical image. Finding the prostate is assisted with a supplemental pressure response data indicating the location of a sphincter known to be about 4-5 cm away from the prostate. Data processing is improved by including probe orientation data to further increase the accuracy and sensitivity of the method. The probe is equipped with a two-dimensional head pressure sensor array, a supplemental shaft sensor array and orientation tracking sensors including a three-axis magnetic sensor and a two-axis accelerometer sensor for calculating elevation, rotation and azimuth angles of the probe.06-02-2011
20100145231System for measuring space width of joint, method for measuring space width of joint and recording medium - A method for measuring space width of joint includes: a joint image input step of inputting an image of a joint; a contour detecting step of detecting contours of a pair of bones constituting the joint; a measurement range setting step of setting a measurement range of a space of the joint based on the contours detected in the contour detecting step; a space width calculating step of calculating a space width which is a distance between the pair of bones within the measurement range set in the measurement range setting step; and a display step of displaying the space width calculated in the space width calculating step.06-10-2010
20110245732Monitoring System for Pressure Sore Prevention - Systems and methods for monitoring pressure at a contact surface, for applications such as pressure sore prevention. The system includes a number of force sensors positioned at different locations in relation to the contact surface, the force sensors providing a signal in proportion to the amount of force detected. The system includes a controller for receiving the signals from the force sensors and determining values associated with each force sensor. The controller is configured for comparing a first one or more values associated with a first subset of force sensors with a second one or more values associated with a second subset of force sensors, determining from the comparing whether a threshold between said first one or more values and said second one or more values has been exceeded, and controlling, based on the determining, an indicator to provide an indication to the user.10-06-2011
20110125062METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING ANIMAL CONDITION - A method and system for monitoring the condition of animals provides for current height and weight measurements taken from an animal in order to automatically derive a height-to-weight ratio. The height-to-weight ratio thus obtained may be used to determine whether or not an animal's overall physical condition lies inside tolerance limits in relation to its predetermined expected development. An apparatus for implementing the method of the invention may include a control system configured to determine the height-to-weight ratio and may within a control system of an animal installation. The supply of feed to an animal may be adjusted in response to a deviation of its measured height weight ratio from a target or benchmark value.05-26-2011
20110087136WIRELESS MONITORING OF LABORATORY ANIMALS - Systems and methods for monitoring laboratory animals includes a tag comprising an inductive element and a capacitive element attached to a portion of a laboratory animal. The position of the portion is detected by monitoring the effect of the tag on a time-varying magnetic field having different frequencies, one near tag resonance, and one away from tag resonance.04-14-2011
20110130683ASPIRATION METHODS AND DEVICES FOR ASSESSMENT OF VISCOELASTIC PROPERTIES OF SOFT TISSUES - Methods for assessing viscoelastic properties of soft tissues are based on detecting an inflection point on a pressure-time plot when air is aspirated from a cavity placed over the tissue sample. A small diameter tube through which air aspiration is conducted is ultimately closed off by tissue being drawn into the cavity causing an abrupt change in pressure slope. First or second derivatives of the pressure-time plot can be used to detect the inflection point. Repeating the test with a different aspiration rates or after a predetermined relaxation time allows determining tissue viscosity and tissue creep in addition to tissue elasticity expressed as Young's modulus.06-02-2011
20100217156SENSING FORCE DURING PARTIAL AND TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY - Systems, devices, and methods are provided for measuring forces in the space of a knee during surgery. Such forces can be caused by tension in the ligaments of the knee. A femoral member is engaged with a distal femur. While the knee is flexed, partially extended, or fully extended, a force sensor and a gauge shim can be placed in the gap between the femoral member and the tibial plateau to measure the forces therebetween. The force sensor provides an accurate and quantifiable measurement of force, making knee replacement surgery and ligament tension balancing more accurate, standardized and repeatable. The force sensor comprises an elongate housing which comprises a thin force sensing distal portion and a proximal handle portion.08-26-2010
20100198110METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A CHARACTERISTIC PROPERTY OF AN ANATOMICAL STRUCTURE - A method for determining a characteristic property of an anatomical structure from scan data which represents the position of scan points on the surface of the anatomical structure, wherein a spatial region is defined, the scan points which lie in the spatial region are determined, and the scan points which are determined to be lying in the spatial region are used to determine the characteristic property.08-05-2010
20110087137MOBILE FITNESS AND PERSONAL CALORIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A user's personal biometric information such as age, sex, weight, height as well as the user's lifestyle information, such as daily caloric input, job description, smoker status and physical fitness, is uploaded onto a host computer. Target heart rate, energy and/or caloric consumption levels related to desired fitness and weight loss goals for a particular individual are then selected having regard to fitness levels for an individual of comparable age, and consuming similar calories are then downloaded to a caloric monitoring unit. The caloric monitoring unit is provided for measuring the user's heart rate and dynamic energy and/or caloric expenditure over one to four weeks. The caloric monitoring unit includes a heart rate monitor, a unit accelerometer, a global positioning system (GPS), and an audio and/or video output. The audio/video output is operable to provide information and/or motivational prompts to the user in the event the heart rate, energy expenditure and/or caloric expenditure falls below or exceeds pre-selected target expenditures over a particular time segment of the selected time period having regard to the calories which are consumed. A display provides a continuously updated visual indication of whether or not the use has achieved the pre-selected optimum caloric burn or energy expenditure for that particular time segment. An internal calendar/clock, a processor and/or memory in the caloric monitoring unit compares measured heart rate and energy expenditures for multiple time segments against target levels stored as the user-specific fitness programme tailored to achieve the desired weight loss. The comparison is then used to generate compliance output data to either the user and/or a nutritionist.04-14-2011
20090048538Systems, methods and devices for promoting thermogenesis - Systems, methods and devices to measure and potentially promote thermogenesis, preferably non-exercise activity thermogenesis are disclosed. In the various embodiments, the present invention may rely on one or more sensors that detect a subject's body posture and/or activity. Feedback regarding the subject's posture and/or activity (relative to preferred postures and/or activity levels) may preferably be provided after the data is retrieved and analyzed. A power interlock may also be used to control delivery of electrical energy based on a subject's posture and/or activity level.02-19-2009
20110178438IMPLANTABLE MICROPHONE DEVICE - An implantable microphone device is provided. The device comprises a hermetically sealed housing (07-21-2011
20100056957METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE REHABILITATION AND/OR CORRECTION OF POSTURAL SYMMETRY IN STATIC OR DYNAMIC SITUATIONS - A method for rehabilitation or correction of the postural symmetry of a person in static or dynamic situations includes the following steps: monitoring at least one parameter of at least one body part; detecting whether the parameter and/or a combination of parameters falls short of, or exceeds, a threshold value; and if so, warning the person by means of a lingual electrostimulation signal and informing the person of a postural response to be carried out in order to bring the value back to the threshold value.03-04-2010
20120245489Moment Fraction Computation for Sensors - An implantable medical sensor system provides signals representative of a magnitude of moment fraction applied to a sensor module at a selected site. A sensor module includes a first transducer producing a first signal having an associated first response to pressure and strain applied to the sensor module and a second transducer producing a second signal having an associated second response to pressure and strain applied to the sensor module. A moment fraction is computed in response to the first signal and the second signal. In various embodiments, the moment fraction is used to guide positioning of the sensor module, indicate a need for repositioning the sensor module, report loading of the sensor module during normal operation for use as sensor design information and in setting sensor calibration ranges.09-27-2012
20100063419Systems and methods for determining a state of a patient - A method of monitoring a patient includes obtaining a first image of an object, obtaining a second image of the object, determining a level of similarity between the first and second images, obtaining a third image of the object, determining a level of similarity between the first and third images, analyzing a time series of values that includes the determined level of similarity between the first and second images and the determined level of similarity between the first and third images, and determining a state of the patient based at least on a result of the act of analyzing.03-11-2010
20100056959Apparatus for Preventing Nerve Damage Positional Injury During Surgery - A method of preventing nerve damage positional injury during surgery includes providing a nerve damage positional injury pressure monitoring system including a site sensor with a transducer in the form of a transducer element and a ring extending outward from the transducer element, and a monitor connected to the site sensor; adhering the ring of the site sensor to the patient so that the transducer element forms a protective barrier in front of the area of the patient prone to nerve damage positional injury during surgery; using the system to continuously monitor pressure on the protective barrier formed by the transducer element in front of the area of the patient prone to nerve damage positional injury during surgery with the site sensor and monitor; and causing an alarm to be actuated to alert medical personnel of a pressure condition when monitored pressure is greater than a predetermined threshold.03-04-2010
20100056958DEVICE FOR MEASURING BLOCKAGE LENGTH IN A BLOOD VESSEL - The present invention is directed toward a lesion measuring device for use with cardiac catheterization assemblies. In one embodiment, the assembly comprises a plurality of rulers physically attached to at least one housing. The housing is configured to connect the assembly to a catheterization assembly. The assembly includes a slidable member engaged with at least one of the plurality of rulers, and a torquer configured to move in relation to a guidewire and the slidable member.03-04-2010
20110098604APPARATUS AND METHODS TO INSTALL, SUPPORT AND/OR MONITOR PERFORMANCE OF INTRAOSSEOUS DEVICES - Various types of supporting structures, supporting devices, attachment mechanisms and attachment techniques may be provided to support and/or stabilize an intraosseous device installed at a target site in a patient. Various methods and procedures may also be provided to releasably engage a supporting structure or supporting device proximate a target site. Apparatus and methods may be provided to monitor performance of an intraosseous device during communication of drugs, medications and/or fluids with an intraosseous space.04-28-2011
20110251522BIOLOGICAL SIGNAL MEASURING DEVICE AND BIOLOGICAL STATE ANALYZING SYSTEM - A configuration is adopted where elastic members made of expanded rein beads and having a size covering air cushions are disposed between a skin member and the air cushions of a human body supporting device. By arranging a plurality of elastic members made of expanded rein beads and in a stacking manner, preferably, arranging two elastic members made of expanded resin beads, spring constants of the elastic members obtained from load-deflection characteristics when they are pressed to a deflection amount of 1 mm by a pressing plate with a diameter of 30 mm being higher than that of the air cushion and being different from each other, a biological signal can be transmitted to the air cushions without damping the biological signal, though the elastic members made of expanded rein beads and are provided.10-13-2011
20110251521System and Method for Measuring and Recording Skull Vibration in situ - A method and apparatus for measuring and recording skull vibration in situ comprising a receiving means, a dental material capable of filling any gaps between the receiving means and the at least one tooth, the material capable of transmitting mechanical vibration within the dental bone conduction pathway to the receiving means; a transducer mounted into or unto the receiving means said transducer capable of transducing mechanical vibration within the dental bone conduction pathway into electrical signals; an extra-orally recordation hardware and software capable of receiving and processing said electrical signals from said transducer.10-13-2011
20110098602Apparatus and Method for Measuring Body Orifice - A device for measuring an expanded internal orifice of a patient includes an orifice-expanding device, a pressure measuring device, and a size-measuring device. The size-measuring device measures a dimension of the orifice after it has been expanded by the orifice-expanding device.04-28-2011
20110098603Method of Normalizing Implant Strain Readings to Assess Bone Healing - A device for treating bone in a living body includes (a) comprises an implant configured for attachment to a bone; (b) a first sensor measuring a strain on a first portion of the implant, the first portion of the implant being configured to be mechanically coupled to a weakened portion of a bone when the implant is coupled to the bone in a target position in combination; and (c) a second sensor measuring strain in a non-weakened portion of the bone.04-28-2011
20110152723BODY INDEX APPARATUS - A body index apparatus (06-23-2011
20110071436AIR CUSHION SENSOR FOR TACTILE SENSING DURING MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY - A sensor is described for detecting the force applied to or by soft material, and that is thus able to measure the stiffness of a soft material. The sensor comprises a sensor body into which is supplied a fluid under pressure. At least one sensor members are provided that are arranged to project from the sensor body under the pressure exerted thereon by the fluid. A sensor member displacement detection system is also provided, that is preferably optically based using optical fibres to illuminate the sensor member and that measures the modulation of the light reflected from the sensor member as the member is displaced against the pressure of the fluid to detect and measure the displacement. From the measured displacement an estimate of the force being applied to the sensor member can be obtained. The sensor is of a small size suitable for use during MIS or catheterisation procedures. Preferably the sensor is constructed of non-metallic material such that it is MRI compatible.03-24-2011
20110071437Apparatus for measuring anatomic angles - A device for measuring anatomic angles with two arms and a fastener for securing them together at one end providing a pivot. One arm has degree markings around the pivot and the other has a marker to indicate the angle between the two. One or both arms have a method for extending and contracting their length. The device is sufficiently small and light to allow ease of portability in a clothing pocket. In a preferred embodiment the arms are made of thin, clear, light plastic to allow ease of portability as well as inexpensive manufacture. In another preferred embodiment the arms are made of metal, or other heat-resistant material, to allow autoclave sterilization for use during surgery. In a further preferred embodiment the method to allow extension and contraction of one or both arms is by affixing thin, tubular, telescoping metal sleeves to one or both arms.03-24-2011
20110009776System for Determining Individual User Anthropometric Characteristics Related to Mattress Preference - A measuring device to aid mattress selection has an upstanding frame with a plurality of vertically space-apart horizontal illuminated strips. A camera mounted in front of the frame takes front view and side view images of a person standing in front of the illuminated strips. These images are delivered to an associated computer having means to determine the body mass distribution and the spine curvature of the person based on the images of the strips taken by the camera and in particular based on those portions of the image of the illuminated strips blocked by the person standing in front of the illuminated strips. This information can then be used to aid in appropriate mattress selection for the person.01-13-2011
20120302923Wound Measuring Device and System - A wound measuring device and system measures the length, width and depth of a wound. The device and system features first and second ruler members connected and secured by a connecting member which allows the ruler members to move to measure the length and width of a wound. The connecting member affords perpendicular movement of the ruler members providing accurate and consistent measurement of wounds irregular in shape and size. An end of the first or second member is designed to be inserted in the wound to measure the depth and undermining of the wound. Use of the device provides little to no discomfort to the patient.11-29-2012
20120302922APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING A TISSUE INSIDE A LIVING BODY - The present invention provides an apparatus for performing a measurement inside a living body. The apparatus includes a first sensing element, a manipulating device and an analyzing device. The first sensing element performs the measurement. The manipulating device is coupled to the first sensing element, and manipulates the first sensing element. The analyzing device is for analyzing the measurement.11-29-2012
20120203139WHEELCHAIR, WHEELCHAIR APPARATUS AND WHEELCHAIR CARE SERVICE NETWORK SYSTEM - A wheelchair includes a seat, one or more wheels and a seat weight sensing mechanism. The wheel includes a brake for stopping the wheel. The seat weight sensing mechanism is placed below the seat and is connected to the brake. When the seat is loaded by a weight more than a predetermined value, the seat weight sensing mechanism releases the brake to free the wheel. When the seat is not loaded by a weight more than a predetermined value, the brake stops the wheel.08-09-2012
20110257560SOUND DISTORTION FEEDBACK - A system is described for facilitating correct performance of CPR by providing feedback to a person performing chest compressions during basic life support or CPR training. The device is adapted to give audio signals to the user indicative of chest compressions being within a desired range or being outside of the desired range. In a first aspect the audio signal comprises two tones, a first tone that is substantially constant in pitch and a second tone that has a varying pitch. The pitch of the second tone is varying in response to a parameter of the chest compression performance. When the parameter is within a desired range, the second tone has substantially the same pitch as the first tone and when the parameter is outside the desired range, the pitch of the second tone is different from the first tone. In a second aspect the audio signal is a piece of music. This is played back at normal speed when a parameter of the chest compression performance is within a desired range and played back at a different speed when the parameter is outside off the desired range. In a third aspect the piece of music is played back with a normal range of frequencies when the parameter is within the desired range. If the parameter is outside the desired range the piece of music is played back using a cut off filter that reduces or eliminates certain frequency ranges of the piece of music.10-20-2011
20090247908MEASURING DEVICE - The present invention relates to a tumour volume measuring device, comprising: a measurer for measuring at least one diameter of a tumour; a keyboard for inputting the at least one diameter of the tumour into the device; a processor linked to a keyboard, and a display which displays the calculated volume.10-01-2009
20080214961Biological luminal body evaluating apparatus - In a process of varying pressure of a pressure container (09-04-2008
20110054356VESTIBULOGRAM - An apparatus for determining a subject's threshold for perceiving acceleration includes a motion platform to execute motions and to receive a response to the executed motions from a subject on the motion platform and a feedback system in communication with the motion platform to receive the subject's responses, and to determine a next motion. The next motion has at least one feature determined based on the response of the subject to the executed motions. The apparatus also includes a controller connected to the motion platform and the feedback system to cause the motion platform to execute the motions defined by a motion set03-03-2011
20110054355Identification Techniques and Device for Testing the Efficacy of Beauty Care Products and Cosmetics - A method for testing the effect of a skin care product includes measuring a mechanical property of skin tissue using nonlinear stochastic system identification, applying the product to the skin, repeating the measurement of the mechanical property after the application of the product, and comparing the before and after measurements to quantify the effect of the product.03-03-2011
20110054354Nonlinear System Identification Techniques and Devices for Discovering Dynamic and Static Tissue Properties - A device for measuring a mechanical property of a tissue includes a probe configured to perturb the tissue with movement relative to a surface of the tissue, an actuator coupled to the probe to move the probe, a detector configured to measure a response of the tissue to the perturbation, and a controller coupled to the actuator and the detector. The controller drives the actuator using a stochastic sequence and determines the mechanical property of the tissue using the measured response received from the detector. The probe can be coupled to the tissue surface. The device can include a reference surface configured to contact the tissue surface. The probe may include a set of interchangeable heads, the set including a head for lateral movement of the probe and a head for perpendicular movement of the probe. The perturbation can include extension of the tissue with the probe or sliding the probe across the tissue surface and may also include indentation of the tissue with the probe. In some embodiments, the actuator includes a Lorentz force linear actuator. The mechanical property may be determined using non-linear stochastic system identification. The mechanical property may be indicative of, for example, tissue compliance and tissue elasticity. The device can further include a handle for manual application of the probe to the surface of the tissue and may include an accelerometer detecting an orientation of the probe. The device can be used to test skin tissue of an animal, plant tissue, such as fruit and vegetables, or any other biological tissue.03-03-2011
20110054353Spinal canal access and probe positioning, devices and methods - Methods and devices for detecting positioning of a probe in a tissue of a patient. A method can include providing a detection device; advancing a device coupled probe through the tissue of the patient and toward the patient's spinal canal; detecting a change in pressure about the distal portion of the coupled probe during advancing, where the detected pressure change indicates probe positioning in the patient's spinal canal; outputting the detected pressure change or indication of probe positioning to a visual display.03-03-2011
20100292615Device for Measuring Real-Time Pressure Exerted By a Support Surface on a Perineal Artery - Provided are methods and devices for measuring real-time pressures on the perineum of a user positioned on a surface. In an embodiment the surface is a bicycle seat and the real-time measurement is a pressure map of the pressure distribution during a bicycle ride. The methods relate to connecting a pressure sensor to the perineum region of the user, positioning the user on the surface, wherein the pressure sensor is positioned between the perineum and the surface, and obtaining output from the pressure sensor while the user is positioned on the surface, such as during a bicycle ride. The devices relate to a plurality of pressure sensors capable of being connected to the perineum region and a microcontroller containing a drive circuit and chip for analog-to-digital conversion and storage. One use of the methods and devices are to assess risk of erectile dysfunction for bicycle riders.11-18-2010
20110137211OPTICAL DEVICE AND TRAINING METHOD FOR CORRECTING POSTURE - A device and a method whereby a computer user seated at a first predetermined position can be provided with a continuous visual indication of the user's spinal posture with respect to the computer monitor. A device is provided which shows either a first indication or a second indication, as a function of the angle at which it is viewed by the user. The first indication is indicative of a viewing angle with a most preferred spinal posture, and the second indication is indicative of a viewing angle with a less preferred spinal posture. The device is placed in a second predetermined position on the computer monitor, so that the user will see either the first or the second indication, depending on whether the user is currently seated with the most preferred or the less preferred spinal posture. Alternatively, an indicator or an appearance exhibited by the device may depend on the angle at which it is viewed by the viewer, rather than the user's spinal posture per se.06-09-2011
20100305478WEIGHT MONITORING APPARATUS, WEIGHT MONITORING SYSTEM, AND RELATED METHODS THEREOF - The present invention relates to embodiments which enable repetitive measurement and monitoring of the load applied to an apparatus, in a system, and/or by a method which may exceed a predetermined threshold of weight. Specifically, the present invention relates to weight monitoring apparatus, locomotion monitoring apparatus, a gait-response apparatus, a weight monitoring system, and a therapeutic load monitoring method.12-02-2010
20100228156DEXTERITY DEVICE - Dexterity device for monitoring, diagnosing, and training a person's dexterity, comprising first and second end parts connected together by a compression means. During use the device is held between one or many fingers being in contact with the end parts, and the end parts are then pressed towards each other resulting in a compression of the compression means. The device further comprises sensor means arranged at one or both end parts at the surfaces intended to be in contact with the fingers during use of the device. The sensor means is adapted to sense and measure the forces applied to the end parts and/or the motions of the end parts, wherein the sensor means is adapted to generate sensor signals in dependence of measured forces and/or motions. The sensor signals are applied to a processing unit for monitoring, diagnosing or training purposes based upon said sensor signals.09-09-2010
20100324454DECEPTION DETECTION USING OCULOMOTOR MOVEMENTS - Embodiments of the present invention relate to a rapid, automated, and objective method for using oculomotor measures to determine whether a person is being truthful or deceitful. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention measure a plurality of oculomotor and behavioral dependent measures while a subject reads and responds to written items that are both related and unrelated to a suspected crime. The oculomotor and behavioral measures may include pupil diameter, response times, the number of fixations during reading, the time spent reading and rereading items, and the rate of eye blinks on the current and subsequent item. Several behavioral and oculomotor measures were diagnostic of deception, and a weighted combination of four of those variables correctly classified 84% of guilty and 89% of innocent subjects.12-23-2010
20100324453MICROPROBES - Microprobes for common mode noise reduction are described.12-23-2010
20090036799Methods and Systems For The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medical Conditions in the Spine and Other Body Parts - Disclosed are methods and systems for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions in the spine. In one variation, the method comprises measuring a first signal from a device positioned at or near a body part of a subject to determine a baseline signal, modifying a physiological condition of the body part, measuring a second signal from the device, and comparing the second signal to the first signal to determine whether a treatment is needed for the body part.02-05-2009
20100331737ENCAPSULATED FORCE SENSOR FOR MEASURING A PARAMETER OF THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM - A sensing insert device (12-30-2010
20100121223Clinical Assessment Scales and Methods - Disclosed herein are scales for assessing eyelash prominence. The scales comprise rows or columns of photographs corresponding to different categories of eyelash prominence.05-13-2010
20120209146SOFT TISSUE ELASTICITY DISTRIBUTION MEASUREMENT METHOD AND SOFT TISSUE ELASTICITY DISTRIBUTION MEASUREMENT DEVICE - An aspiration chamber is provided with an aspiration aperture, having a shape in which a width becomes larger from one edge toward another edge, and aspirates soft tissue through the aspiration aperture. A deformation amount measurement portion measures aspiration deformation amounts of the soft tissue within the aspiration aperture along a virtual line from the one edge to another edge. Based on the aspiration deformation amounts that have been measured by the deformation amount measurement portion, a computer uses a finite element model of the soft tissue to derive an approximation equation according to a numerical function for the aspiration deformation amounts and positions on the virtual line and determines a distribution of elasticity from the surface of the soft tissue into its interior by substituting parameters of the approximation equation into estimation equations that are derived by assuming that the deformation along the virtual line reflects elasticity distribution parameters.08-16-2012
20080306407Bandage Pressure Sensor - A pressure sensor for providing an indication of the pressure applied by a bandage to a human or animal body. The sensor comprises an elongate, flexible support strip (12-11-2008
20110137212ORTHOPEDIC TECHNICAL DEVICE - The invention relates to an orthopedic technical device for the lower extremities, with at least one receptacle (06-09-2011
20110152724METHODS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR ASSESSING BONE FRACTURE RISK - Methods and instruments for assessing bone, for example fracture risk, in a subject in which a test probe is inserted through the skin of the subject so that the test probe contacts the subject's bone and the resistance of the test bone to microscopic fracture by the test probe is determined. Macroscopic bone fracture risk is assessed by measuring the resistance of the bone to microscopic fractures caused by the test probe. The microscopic fractures are so small that they pose negligible health risks. The instrument may also be useful in characterizing other materials, especially if it is necessary to penetrate a layer to get to the material to be characterized.06-23-2011
20110152725BIOMEMS SENSOR AND APPARATUSES AND METHODS THEREFOR - Electronic devices, apparatus, systems, and methods of operating and constructing the devices, apparatus, and/or systems include a wireless sensor configured to measure strain of hardware implanted in a subject. In various embodiments, temporal measurement of the hardware strain includes monitoring changes of the resonant frequency of the sensor. The sensor can be realized as an inductively powered device that operates as an all-on-chip resonator, where the components of the sensor are biocompatible. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.06-23-2011
20110152722UTERINE RUPTURE WARNING METHOD - An abnormal uterine wall perforation is inferred by the failure of the distal balloon of a conventional ablation apparatus, to reach a prescribed, “normal” or “expected” pressure within a prescribed time.06-23-2011
20110178437Hormonal quotient profile calculator - A hand held device (07-21-2011
20110201969METHODS FOR CONSTRUCTING POSTURE CALIBRATION MATRICES - A device can include a multi-dimensional posture sensor that provides an electrical sensor output representative of alignment of first, second, and third non-parallel axes of the device with the gravitational field of the earth, and a processor that includes a calibration circuit and a posture circuit. The calibration circuit measures a first sensor output for the first device axis and a second sensor output for one of a second device axis while the subject is in a first specified posture, measures sensor outputs for the first, second, and third device axes while the subject is in a second specified posture, calculates one or more coordinate transformations, generates transformed sensor outputs using the coordinate transformations, and calibrates the posture sensor by calculating a calibration transformation using the first and second sensor outputs and the transformed sensor outputs. The posture circuit determines a subsequent posture of the subject using the posture sensor.08-18-2011
20100030117SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING ERECTILE FUNCTION AND DIAGNOSING ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION - Methods and systems for monitoring erectile function or dysfunction provide for determining concentration data of biochemical compounds in a subject's erectile tissues; and analyzing the concentration data to yield values indicative of the subject's erectile function. The concentration of biochemical compounds may be measured using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). The biochemical compounds may comprise at least one compound from the group consisting of Hemoglobin, Oxygenated Hemoglobin, Cytochromes and Myoglobin.02-04-2010
20100030116TARGETING DEVICE - A targeting device (02-04-2010
20100030115DEVICE FOR MEASURING COMPRESSIVE FORCE OF FLEXIBLE LINEAR BODY - A measurement device capable of sensing presence of an obstacle within a vessel from outside the vessel in operating a linear body inserted in the vessel is provided. According to this measurement device, an easy-to-use measurement device capable of measuring compressive force in a direction of longitudinal axis applied to the linear body that has a sheath thicker than the linear body, such as a wire having a coil for embolizing an aneurysm attached at a tip end, without lowering measurement accuracy, can be provided. In addition, a length of a restraint portion is minimized, to achieve a smaller size of the measurement device. Moreover, the measurement device capable of measuring compressive force in the direction of longitudinal axis applied to the linear body regardless of magnitude of buckling load of the linear body can be provided, and the same measurement device is applicable to linear bodies of various materials, which leads to cost efficiency.02-04-2010
20100022918SENSING SYSTEM EMPLOYING MEDICAL MANIPULATOR AND PRESSING FORCE MEASURING DEVICE AND ITS PROGRAM - Sensing of the pressing force of a balloon against internal body tissues is made possible using the balloon inserted into a gap in the body and pressing the internal body tissues around that gap without inserting a sensor, or the like, separately into the gap. A sensing system comprises an surgical assist manipulator provided to be able to travel by a reaction produced while it pressure-displaces the internal body tissues, a pressure sensor for measuring the pressure of fluid used to operate the surgical assist manipulator, and a pressing force measuring device for determining a pressing force applied to the internal body tissues by the surgical assist manipulator based on the measurement by the pressure sensor. The surgical assist manipulator includes a balloon which can be expanded/contracted by fluid being supplied internally, and the pressing force measuring device determines a function employing the internal pressure when the balloon is pressed as a parameter based on the measurement of fluid amount supplied to the balloon, and determines the pressing force by substituting the internal pressure at pressing measured by the pressure sensor into that function.01-28-2010
20100016760URETHRA GAUGE AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE, AND OPERATION THEREOF - A urethra gauge for measuring an inner size of a urinary tract. The gauge permits a clinician to measure the size of the urethral lumen (proximal to an outer orifice of the urethra) before a catheterization is performed. Selecting a properly-sized catheter for insertion into a patient by measuring the size of the urethral lumen before performing a catheterization is believed to reduce: (1) catheter-associated-urinary-tract infections; (2) urethral injuries due to inserting a catheter that is too large for the urethra; and/or (3) leakage associated with catheters that are too small for a particular patient.01-21-2010
20090247907ANATOMIC MEASUREMENT DEVICE, METHOD, AND DOCUMENTATION MEANS - An anatomic measurement device comprises a base sheet having a central longitudinal axis, a proximal base edge, a left side angle axis, and a right side angle axis. Grid markings are provided on the base sheet, corresponding to the central longitudinal axis, the left side angle axis, and the right side angle axis.10-01-2009
20100121222SENSING THE TENDON TENSION THROUGH THE CONDUIT REACTION FORCES - A technique that determines the tension in a tendon using a conduit reaction force applied to an end of a conduit through which the tendon is threaded. Any suitable tendon tension sensor can be employed that uses the conduit reaction force for this purpose. In one non-limiting embodiment, the tendon tension sensor includes a cylindrical strain gauge element and a force member mounted to an end of the conduit. The force member includes a cylindrical portion having a bore and a plate portion, where the cylindrical portion is inserted into a bore in the strain gauge element. The tendon is threaded through the strain gauge element and the force member. A strain gauge is mounted to the strain gauge element and measures the reaction force when tension on the tendon causes the strain gauge element to be pushed against the force member.05-13-2010
20110306901Lightweight Portable Pelvic Exam Device - A new and useful portable pelvic exam device is provided, which is lightweight for convenient transport or storage, and is readily used atop existing surfaces in the environment such as a bed and maintains a patient in a dorsal or modified lithotic position for a pelvic examination or procedure. The device comprises a substantially wedge shaped prismatic base with a concave semispherical well along the front surface, over which a patient orients her vulva to create a theatre in which the examiner may observe the anatomy, operate ancillary tools and perform an indicated procedure or exam. Stirrup assemblies may be utilized in concert with the device to support the patient's feet and keep her knees spaced apart from each other and legs in an abducted position. Additionally, the device has a drawer moveably attached into an aperature in the device, which can be opened or closed and houses therein ancillary tools.12-15-2011
20110306902SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OCULAR MEASUREMENTS - A system for measuring the size of a capsular bag of an eye of a subject includes a size indicator and a sizing gauge. The size indicator is configured for insertion into a capsular bag and includes a peripheral portion and a pair of arms. The peripheral portion is configured to engage the capsular bag. Each of the arms has a proximal end and a distal end, the arms being joined to one another at the proximal ends. The peripheral portion is joined to the distal ends of the arms. The arms form an angle that depends on a size of the capsular bag into which the size indicator is placed. The sizing gauge has a body having a front surface, along with first and second features disposed along or behind the front surface. The features are configured to correspond to an angle that is within a predetermined range of angles of the arms of the size indicator when the size indicator is placed within a capsular bag.12-15-2011
20120041345SENSING TISSUE PROPERTIES - Some embodiments of a tissue sensor may include a micro-fabricated structure that can be coupled to a medical instrument, such as a probe, an endoscopic tool, or another minimally invasive instrument. The tissue sensor can be configured to provide information indicate of tissue properties, such as tissue elasticity characteristics or the type of tissue.02-16-2012
20120041344APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING BODY FAT MASS - An apparatus (02-16-2012
20120041343System and Method of Detecting Sleep Disorders - An apparatus for detecting sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, includes a housing insertable into an ear canal of a subject. A sensor disposed within the housing measures a position of the subject's head relative to an axis of gravity. A transducer is responsive to the sensor and is capable of creating a stimulus detectable by the subject under certain conditions. In various embodiments, a controller receives signals corresponding to a pitch angle and a roll angle of the subject's head measured by the sensor, determines if the pitch and roll angles correspond to a sleep apnea inducing position, and causes the transducer to generate a stimulus upon determining that the subject's head is in the sleep apnea inducing position more than a predetermined threshold number of times. Various parameters of the stimulus may be modified with successive stimulus generation until a non-sleep apnea inducing position is detected.02-16-2012
20090036800Hair Densitometer - A hair densitometer measures the number of hair shafts in a fixed area and measures the diameters of the counted hair shafts. This is done for two different areas of the head and the comparison results in a quantified measure of the thinning of a persons hair on their head.02-05-2009
20110172565SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING TISSUE - A sensor system for measuring an elastic modulus and a shear modulus and a method for evaluating a tissue. The invention pertains to a method for determining the presence of and/or characterizing abnormal growths, using a piezoelectric finger sensor (PEFS) system. The PEFS system may be particularly useful for screening for tumors and various forms of cancer. Additionally, the PEFS system may be useful for various dermatological applications.07-14-2011
20110015547METHOD AND A DUAL-ARRAY TRANSDUCER PROBE FOR REAL TIME MECHANICAL IMAGING OF PROSTATE - The present invention relates to a transrectal probe and method for real time mechanical imaging of a prostate. The probe is equipped with dual-array pressure sensors—one on the probe head and another on the shaft of the probe spaced away from the head with an angular and linear offset forming an S-shaped transition between the shaft and the head of the probe. The addition of the shaft pressure sensor array together with orientation tracking sensors allows precise calculation of the current head position throughout the examination of the prostate. Display means are used to guide the user in the proper manipulation of the probe in order to reduce the forces on surrounding tissues and organs and to minimize patient's discomfort.01-20-2011
20120046577METHOD AND SYSTEM TO DETERMINE AN OPTIMAL TISSUE COMPRESSION TIME TO IMPLANT A SURGICAL ELEMENT - An apparatus for determining an optimal amount of tissue compression for applying a surgical element to tissue is disclosed. The apparatus includes a device for compressing tissue which supports a measuring device adapted to detect a tissue parameter upon the compression of tissue. The measuring device communicates with an indicator. Upon compressing tissue, when the measuring device determines that the compressed tissue parameter reaches a predetermined threshold, the measuring device sends a signal to the indicator such that the indicator provides an indication to a surgeon that the threshold has been reached. The measuring device may include a load cell and the tissue parameter may be a viscoelastic reactive force of the tissue per unit time.02-23-2012
20120004577TISSUE VISUALIZATION DEVICE AND METHOD VARIATIONS - Tissue visualization device and method variations are described herein where an imaging hood is temporarily sealed against a region of tissue to be treated while under direct visualization. Such a system may include a deployment catheter and an attached imaging hood deployable into an expanded configuration. The imaging hood is placed against or adjacent to the tissue to be imaged in a body lumen that is normally filled with an opaque bodily fluid such as blood. A translucent or transparent fluid is pumped into the hood until the fluid displaces any blood leaving a clear region of tissue to be imaged via an imaging element. Temporary sealing against the tissue can be achieved in a number of ways such as circumferential balloons inflatable within the hood or other sealing techniques. A field of view of the imaging element can be expanded by inflating the balloon beyond the imaging hood.01-05-2012
20120004576PRESSURE SENSING FOR A MULTI-ARM CATHETER - A method for operating a medical probe includes pressing a distal end of the medical probe, which includes one or more arms that extend diagonally outward from a central shaft and have respective position transducers coupled thereto, against an intra-body surface, so as to cause the arms to exert pressure on the surface and bend with respect to the central shaft in response to the pressure. Positions of the respective position transducers coupled to the arms are measured, and the pressure exerted by the arms is estimated responsively to the measured positions.01-05-2012
20120209145MEDICAL SUIT OF AXIAL LOADING WITH AUTOMATIC CONTROL SYSTEM - The area of application of the invention is the development of special cloths for treatment in clinical conditions of the motor function disorders at child's cerebrally palsy, disturbances in vascular system of brain (strokes), and other diseases followed by disturbances of motor coordination both of arms and legs, and also for measuring and registration of loads on patient body created by the suit. The suit contains coverall made of one (at least) fabric layer, and tensioning device. The tensioning device provides the creation of axial loading on the musculoskeletal system with use of buffers. The coverall is additionally provided with the system of loads measurement and registration containing power source, tensodynamometers with intensifiers placed in the fixed anatomic points of cloths, and analog-digital converter with USB cable, so the system converts analog signals into digital ones and transfers them to computer for operative analysis, imaging and registration. Each buffer has the strain sensor made in the form of tenso-clasp with strain-element. The system provides the measurement of loads in 20 points in the range not more than 15 kg, and the accuracy of loads measurement ±3%. The mass of the loads measuring system is not more than 3.5 kg.08-16-2012
20120310116DETECTION OF TENTING - A method, including measuring a force exerted by a probe on tissue of a patient and measuring a displacement of the probe while measuring the force. The method further includes detecting a tenting of the tissue responsively to a relation between the measured force and the measured displacement.12-06-2012
20120065548Orthopaedic Implant With Sensors - A monitoring system includes an implant having at least one sensor and configured for at least partial insertion into a patient, a microchip associated with the implant and the sensor, the microchip configured to receive at least a first signal from the sensor, and a transmitter associated with the microchip for transmitting a second signal, representative of the first signal. The monitoring system also includes a receiver located outside of the patient, the receiver configured receive the transmitted second signal and a display device associated with the receiver, the display device configured to provide an audible or visual representation of the second signal to a user.03-15-2012
20120016267TECHNIQUES FOR PROVIDING HAND-BASED PERSONALITY INVENTORIES - Techniques described and suggest herein include systems and methods for providing to a user an inventory set of personality characteristics derived from hand characteristics. In an embodiment, providing the hand characteristics includes finding mismatched personality types derived from the hand characteristics, extrapolating new personality characteristics derived from the hand characteristics, and updating the inventory set of personality characteristics. In a further embodiment, the extrapolating is done using a context of the hand characteristics.01-19-2012
20120116254Methods and Devices for Ostium Measurements - Devices and methods for accurately determining the size of an ostium of a patient and in particular sinus ostium. Methods for measuring a target ostium comprise inserting the distal end portion of an ostium measuring device into a patient, locating the target ostium with the measuring device, positioning the distal end portion of the measuring device appropriately adjacent to or into the target ostium and determining the diameter(s) of the target ostium by comparing the length, diameter and/or the circumference of the portion of the distal end portion of the measuring device adjacent to or within the target ostium.05-10-2012
20120116252SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING BODY ORIENTATION OR POSTURE - Systems and methods for detecting body orientation and/or posture are provided. At least one wave sensor may be configured to output waves and collect measurements data based upon the reflections of the output waves. At least one processor may be configured to receive measurements data from the at least one wave sensor and evaluate the received measurements data to determine a posture of a monitored subject. Based at least in part upon the determined posture, one or more suitable control actions may be implemented.05-10-2012
20120022408Surgical Procedures Using Visual Images Overlaid with Visual Representations of Selected Three-Dimensional Data - Embodiments of the invention are directed to improved surgical procedures such as ophthalmic procedures that utilize overlaid visual representations of three-dimensional data or other data with direct or indirect visual images of a surgical region (e.g. the eye) to provide improved information to a surgeon to speed surgical procedures and/or to provide improved outcomes of those procedures. In some embodiments, ophthalmic procedures are combined cataract removal and astigmatism reduction procedures. In other embodiments the ophthalmic procedures are corneal refractive surgical procedures that reshape the cornea to reduce astigmatism or other aberrations. In some ophthalmic procedures the three-dimensional data is topography data associated with the anterior surface of the cornea. In some embodiments, the three-dimensional data may be enhanced or replaced with aberrometric data associated with the optical path of the eye.01-26-2012
20120022407DEVICE FOR LOCATING A STRUCTURE INSIDE A BODY - A device for locating a structure (01-26-2012
20120022406METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALIGNING A PROSTHESIS DURING SURGERY USING ACTIVE SENSORS - A method and system for determining the orientation of a surgical tool with respect to a bone of a patient, and a device for positioning a sensor are disclosed. The bone has at least three predetermined reference locations. The method includes: (a) defining a reference plane based on distances between the at least three predetermined reference locations; (b) determining a first sensing location on the bone based on the at least three predetermined reference locations; (c) attaching a first active sensor to the bone at the first sensing location; (d) positioning the surgical tool proximate the bone, the surgical tool including a second active sensor; (e) sensing movement of the bone using the first active sensor; (T) transmitting first information relating to movement of the bone using the first active sensor; (g) sensing movement of the surgical tool using the second active sensor; (h) transmitting second information relating to movement of the surgical tool using the second active sensor; (i) receiving the first and second information from the first and second active sensors; and (j) determining a three-dimensional orientation of the surgical tool with respect to the reference plane based on the first and second information. In some cases, the method may further include displaying the three dimensional orientation information to the user on a display device.01-26-2012
20110082391METHODS FOR MEASURING CHANGE IN LIP SIZE AFTER AUGMENTATION - A method for measuring the effect of a medical treatment on the size of lips. The method has the following steps: (a) providing a scale of at least four visual reference images exhibiting varying lip sizes and assigning a unique indicator to each of the at least four visual reference images; (b) visually examining a lip of a human subject to be augmented and selecting one from among of at least four different reference images most closely corresponding in lip size and identifying the corresponding unique indicator; (c) introducing into the lip of the human subject a filler or an implant to augment the size of the lip; (d) visually examining the lip after introduction of the filler or the implant and selecting one of the at least four different reference images most closely corresponding in lip size and identifying the corresponding unique indicator; and (e) comparing the unique indicator of the lip before introduction of the filler or the implant and the unique indicator of the lip after introduction of the filler or the implant to determine if they are different. There is also a method for counseling a human subject undertaking augmentation of lips. There is also a method for developing a scale for measuring differences in lip size in human subjects. There is also a method for determining the amount of filler or implant needed to augment the lips of a human subject.04-07-2011
20120059282INTERNET-BASED COGNITIVE DIAGNOSTICS USING VISUAL PAIRED COMPARISON TASK - Disclosed are methods for diagnosing declarative memory loss using mouse tracking to follow the visual gaze of a subject taking a visual paired comparison test. Also disclosed are methods for diagnosing dementia such as mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.03-08-2012
20120059281Intrinsic Hand Strength Measurement Device - A device for measuring intrinsic hand muscle strength comprising an adjustable restraint adapted to restrain at least a portion of a hand, a force transfer member adapted to fit on or around one or more digits of the hand, a force sensor connected to the force transfer member, and a processing unit connected to the force sensor is provided. Methods of measuring intrinsic hand strength are also provided.03-08-2012
20120065547DEVICES FOR PREVENTION OF PRESSURE ULCERS - A support surface, such as an underpad, for preventing pressure sores in a patient is a multi-layer textile assembly having a skin contact layer formed from a fabric of synthetic filament yarns woven to provide air permeability and moisture vapor permeability and having a thickness of less than 1 mm. An absorbent middle layer is formed from a breathable microfiber fabric woven to provide for moisture transition from an upper surface of the middle layer to a bottom surface of the middle layer. The skin contact layer and the middle layer are stitched together using a stitching pattern optimized to produce an open pattern with minimal puckering. A bottom layer is formed from a breathable, waterproof fabric woven from synthetic yarn to produce a moisture vapor transfer rate within the range of 5,000 to 20,000 grams per meter squared per 24 hours. The three layers are attached together around their outer edges.03-15-2012
20120065546MEASUREMENT AND ESTIMATION METHOD FOR ORTHOPEDICS DIAGNOSIS - A measurement and estimation method for orthopedics diagnosis is disclosed, which includes providing a resonant frequency of a bone, providing a bone length of the bone, providing a correction parameter, and calculating a bone density according to the resonant frequency, the bone length, and the correction parameter.03-15-2012
20120157884MEDICAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A measurement system for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system is disclosed. The measurement system comprises a capacitor, a signal generator, a digital counter, counter register, a digital clock, a digital timer, and a data register. The sensor of the measurement system is the capacitor. The measurement system generates a repeating signal having a measurement cycle that corresponds to the capacitance of the capacitor. The capacitor comprises more than one capacitor mechanically in series. Electrically, the capacitor comprises more than one capacitor in parallel. In one embodiment, the capacitor includes a dielectric layer comprising polyimide. A force, pressure, or load is applied to the capacitor that elastically compresses the device.06-21-2012
20120157885MUSCULAR-SKELETAL FORCE, PRESSURE, AND LOAD MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A measurement system for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system is disclosed. The measurement system comprises a capacitor, a signal generator, a digital counter, counter register, a digital clock, a digital timer, and a data register. The sensor of the measurement system is the capacitor. The measurement system generates a repeating signal having a measurement cycle that corresponds to the capacitance of the capacitor. The capacitor comprises more than one capacitor mechanically in series. Electrically, the capacitor comprises more than one capacitor in parallel. In one embodiment, the capacitor includes a dielectric layer comprising polyimide. A force, pressure, or load is applied to the capacitor that elastically compresses the device.06-21-2012
20110092858SURGICAL APPARATUS AND PROCEDURE - A computer assisted surgery method and apparatus for determining a change in a property of a joint of a patient caused by an arthroplasty procedure is described. The relative position of a first bone and a second bone of the joint is determined with the joint in a first position. The position of a pre-operative center of motion of the joint relative to the first bone is determined. The position of the second bone relative to the pre-operative center of motion is determined using the relative position of the first and second bones. The position of a post-operative center of motion resulting from a prosthetic component to be used in the joint is determined. The position of the second bone relative to the post-operative center of motion is determined. Any change in the property of the joint. is determined from the difference between the position of the second bone relative to the pre-operative center of motion and the position of the second bone relative to the post-operative center of motion.04-21-2011
20120130281ORIFICE PROBE APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF USE THEREOF - An orifice probe, particularly for detecting if a patient has or has a risk of having cauda equina syndrome and a method for using same, the probe having a body for insertion into the anus of a patient, a sensing device for measuring at least one of the rectal tone and perianal or rectal sensation, and an output device for yielding at least one of the measurement of the rectal tone of the patient and whether the patient has perianal or rectal sensation.05-24-2012
20120071792PHYSIOLOGICAL AND BEHAVIORAL SENSORS AND METHODS - In various embodiments, a physiological or behavioral signal is derived from a vertical force resulting from the entire weight of a subject.03-22-2012
20120157883CALIBRATION AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present invention include a calibration and measurement system designed primarily for use in the rapid evaluation and characterization of open or visible wounds in patients. The invention in a preferred embodiment comprises a set of colored concentric rings, typically constructed of paper or synthetic paper. The practitioner removes only as many rings, from the center outward, until the entire wound is visible within the open aperture at the center of the remaining rings. The area dimensions of the wound are then read out from the size of the inner remaining ring. Photography optionally records the wound appearance and size. A related system is developed for linear dimensioning of wounds. This embodiment is also designed to standardize the color scheme for accurate photography wound description. The color scheme is also applicable to a linear device to accurately describe wound size. Embodiments of the invention are also useful in forensic and accident investigations.06-21-2012
20090043229Device and method for quantifying edema - The preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed at a device that provides a reliable, accurate and quantifiable measure of a patient's edema. The device improves on the current method of digital manipulation by evaluating the pitting phenomena in a user-independent manner. The output of the device allows a physician to categorize edema into at least ten different levels of severity. The systems of the present invention provides the ability to distinguish between tissues of varying viscosity.02-12-2009
20110082392LUMEN-MEASURING DEVICES AND METHOD - The present invention provides a lumen measuring device and method that allows the user to calculate the exact length and diameter of a suitable interventional prosthesis as well as the height and length of stenosis during the same exploratory procedure.04-07-2011
20110082390COMPLIANT PRESSURE ACTUATED SURFACE SENSOR FOR ON BODY DETECTION - A system for detecting actuation pressure is provided, where actuation pressure is a pressure above a pre-defined limit on the surface of a body of a user. The system includes a multi-layered pad of flexible materials which remains in contact with the surface of the body while complying with the shape of the surface of the body. The system also includes a plurality of pressure detection zones. The plurality of pressure detection zones is located on the multi-layered pad to detect actuation pressure on the surface of the body.04-07-2011
20120157882SENSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING GAIT DYNAMICS - Systems and method for monitoring gait dynamics are disclosed. The performance of an orthotic or prosthetic device or other device associated with a limb may be measured based on the resistance of a bending sensor. Data from the sensors is gathered or processed, particularly for purposes of alignment, safety, failure, usage, selection, and artificial proprioception. Information relating to the device may be outputted visually or auditorily to an individual.06-21-2012
20110066079PROSTHETIC DEVICE AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPLANTING PROSTHETIC DEVICE - A prosthetic device includes one or more components configured to be disposed in a joint. The component includes at least one feature configured to provide information about the component. The information can be used to determine or create the relationship between the component and the joint and/or other components. This relationship may be used to evaluate and/or modify the expected performance of the prosthetic device and assist in determining the optimal relationship between one or more components and a patient's anatomy.03-17-2011
20120165700INTESTINAL PERISTALSIS DETECTING DEVICE AND SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An intestinal peristalsis detecting device comprises a radio frequency (RF) signal generator, an antenna, and a mixer. After the RF signal generator sends a pulse signal, the antenna receives the pulse signal and emits a pulse electromagnetic wave to an organism. Thereafter, the antenna receives a response pulse electromagnetic wave reflected from the organism to generate a response pulse signal. The mixer couples with the RF signal generator and the antenna to mix the pulse signal and the response pulse signal.06-28-2012
20090131832Electronic Syringe with Safety System for Spinal Injection - A device for locating an epidural space. The device includes a connector for forming a hermetically sealed connection with a needle. An air vessel is formed by an air tank, a diaphragm, and a space in the needle when the needle is attached to the connector. The device includes a pressure sensor configured to detect the air pressure in the air vessel. An actuator is coupled to a switch and positioned adjacent to the diaphragm to compress the diaphragm when the switch is actuated by a user causing a reduction in volume in the air vessel. A circuit coupled to the pressure sensor and to an alarm detects a signal indicative of the air pressure sensed by the pressure sensor. The circuit compares the signal to a threshold and outputs a first state to the alarm when the pressure is above the threshold, and outputs a second state to the alarm when the pressure falls below the threshold.05-21-2009
20120165701Intramedullary locked compression screw for stabilization and union of complex ankle and subtalar deformities - This invention describes an implant to fuse the bones of the ankle and subtalar joints together. The method includes steps of producing an implant to apply compressive forces across the bones of the ankle or the bones of the subtalar joint. In one embodiment, the invention includes a method that uses images such as radiographs preoperatively to determine the length and width of the disclosed implant or any other implant based on each patient's unique anatomy, that will properly allow coaptation of the ends of the prepared tibia and talus at the ankle joint or the prepared talus and the calcaneus at the subtalar joint. The implant is inserted from the bottom of the foot through a predetermined hole in the calcaneus extending through the talus into the diaphysis of the tibia. When properly seated in the bones, the implant is locked to the bones by screws.06-28-2012
20120130282TARGETING THERAPEUTIC AGENTS - Provided are devices, systems, and methods for targeted administration of therapeutic agents to a subject. For example, provided are devices, systems, and methods for targeting the administration of peri-urethral bulking agents.05-24-2012
20120130279SURGICAL ORIENTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for detecting and measuring changes in angular position with respect to a reference plane is useful in surgical procedures for orienting various instruments, prosthesis, and implants with respect to anatomical landmarks. One embodiment of the device uses dual orientation devices of a type capable of measuring angular position changes from a reference position. One such device provides information as to changes in position of an anatomical landmark relative to a reference position. The second device provides information as to changes in position of a surgical instrument and/or prosthesis relative to the reference position.05-24-2012
20100228155MUSCULAR STRENGTH TEST SYSTEM - Disclosed therein is a muscular strength test system, which can test muscular strength of a specific part of the body in a state where a user binds the body to the frame in safety. The muscular strength test system includes: a controlling part (09-09-2010
20120220902INNER DIAMETER MEASUREMENT INSTRUMENT AND PRIMING METHOD THEREFOR - An inner diameter measurement instrument (08-30-2012
20120220901Coil System and Method for Obtaining Volumetric Physiological Measurements - A coil device is provided having a member adapted to extend around and conform to an outer surface of a subject and a conductor adapted to extend only once around a first portion of the subject. The coil device cats be positioned about the subject in order to measure a volume of the subject. When placed about the subject in the presence of a relatively homogeneous magnetic field, the conductor can generate a signal indicative of a volume of the first portion of the subject. The coil device may also include two or more conductors separately generating signals indicating volumes of two or more corresponding portions of the subject. In sonic cases the coil device includes associated authorization data that can limit use of the coil device. Systems and methods incorporating the coil device are also provided.08-30-2012
20120220900CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION MONITORING APPARATUS - A monitoring apparatus for cardiopulmonary resuscitation includes: an information acquiring section configured to acquire information of a force, displacement, and velocity during a compression of a chest of a living body; a calculating section configured to calculate viscoelasticity information of the chest based on the information of the force, displacement, and velocity, which are acquired by the information acquiring section; an evaluating section configured to perform evaluation related to the cardiopulmonary resuscitation by using the viscoelasticity information which is calculated by the calculating section; and an outputting section configured to perform an output showing the evaluation which is performed by the evaluating section.08-30-2012
20120215134Skin Elasticity Measurement - A method of measuring a characteristic of a skin, including varying an air pressure in a chamber positioned adjacent to a skin, in which the chamber has an opening that exposes the skin to changes in the air pressure in the chamber. A plurality of measurements of surface profiles of the skin are made over a period of time as the surface profile of the skin varies in response to changes in the air pressure.08-23-2012
20100174212Sexual quotient systems and methods - The present invention generally relates to systems for assessing quantitative quotients related to various static and dynamic characteristics of pelvic (i.e., vaginal) structures of females and penile structures of males associated with sexual activities. More particularly, the present invention relates to various systems capable of measuring one or multiple variables of such structures each of which represents a physiologic state of such structures, obtaining values of such variables, and assessing various sexual quotients such as vaginal quotients for females and penile quotients for males. Such a system may include at least one sensor unit for measuring such variables and at least one control unit for processing sensing signals generated by the sensor unit and assessing such quotients according to a preset format. The present invention also relates to various methods of assessing such quotients from the values of various variables and matching a given vaginal quotient with one of multiple penile quotients (or vice versa). The present invention also relates to various processes for making various members, units, and/or parts of the above system and providing various formats of such quotients.07-08-2010
20100174213Audio relaxing systems and methods - The present invention generally relates to pelvic relaxing systems capable of generating sound of an user or third party or capable of being manipulated by the sound. More particularly, the present invention relates to pelvic relaxing systems for acquiring real-time or pre-recorded sounds, playing the sounds during use or in response to an user input, synchronizing the sounds with movements and/or operations of the system, and playing the sound synthesized from multiple audio signals with different content and/or voice bases. Such systems may be controlled so that the movements of various parts and/or operations thereof may be controlled by or synchronized with the sounds provided thereto by audio and communication devices. The present invention also relates to various methods of obtaining such sounds, making and using such sounds, synchronizing such sounds with the movements of the parts, and controlling such movements according to such sounds. The present invention also relates to various processes for making various members, units, and parts of the pelvic relaxing systems, for synchronizing such with the sounds, and for making such controlled by such sounds.07-08-2010
20130172785APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MEASURING FORCE OF EJACULATION - An apparatus for measuring the force of ejaculation including a cylinder having a length and an internal diameter sufficient to enclose an erect male penis, a groove track extending along at least part of the length of the cylinder, a membrane positioned within the cylinder and oriented substantially perpendicularly to the length of the cylinder, and a connector slide connected to the membrane, the connector slide being configured to suspend the membrane within the cylinder and to slide along groove track as the membrane is caused to moved lengthwise within the cylinder. A method of evaluating the force of ejaculation using the apparatus including inserting a penis into the cylinder and measuring the distance the membrane is propelled lengthwise within the cylinder by the force of semen ejected from the penis.07-04-2013
20120083714Activity Monitoring Systems and Methods of Operating Same - The present inventions, in one aspect, are directed to an activity monitoring system comprising a portable monitoring device and a base device. In one embodiment, the portable monitoring device includes a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the body of the user, a motion sensor, disposed in the housing, to detect motion of a user and, in response thereto, to generate data which is representative of motion of the user, processing circuitry, disposed in the housing, to calculate a calorie burn of the user and/or number of steps taken by the user using the data which is representative of motion of the user. The portable monitoring device also includes a display to display data to the user, wherein the display includes a data transfer mode to optically transmit data which is representative of the calorie burn of the user and/or number of steps taken by the user. The base device includes a visual sensor to detect the data which is representative of the calorie burn of the user and/or number of steps taken by the user transmitted by the display.04-05-2012
20120083713DEVICE FOR GAUGING A FORCE THRESHOLD AND ENGAGING A TARGET OF INTEREST - The disclosure generally relates to devices and instruments for engaging a target of interest, having a resilient member for gauging a force threshold. The device or instrument may include a tip portion, wherein the tip portion includes a first end portion a having an engaging member configured to engage a target of interest, an opposite, second end portion, and a body portion defined therebetween, the body portion including a resilient member configured to be elastically compressible up to a predetermined maximum compression level.04-05-2012
20120083712Monitoring Compliance Using Venous Refill Detection - Monitoring patient compliance with a compression therapy regimen. Venous Refill Time (VRT) is monitored via a pressure sensor in a bladder of a compression system. A controller of the compression system correlates the monitored VRT to a predetermined threshold to determine whether the patient is using the compression system.04-05-2012
20120172762DEVICE AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION OF A TENSOR IN ARTHROPLASTY PROCEDURES - The present invention relates to a computer assisted surgical navigation method for determining the patient-specific pressure that must be applied on one or both sides of a joint during the ligament balancing steps of an arthroplasty procedure, said method comprising: 07-05-2012
20120316469DETERMINING A PLANE OF ANATOMICAL BODY PART - A data processing method for determining the position of a main plane of an anatomical body part, comprising the steps of: • providing absolute auxiliary point data which describe the position of at least one actual auxiliary point of the body part relative to a marker device attacked to the body part, the at least one actual auxiliary point being outside the main plane; • providing relative point data which constrain the possible positions of the main plane relative to the at least one actual auxiliary point; • providing absolute main point data which describe the position of one or two actual main points of the body part relative to the marker device attached to the body part, said one or two actual main points lying in the main plane and/or calculating the position of at least one virtual main point relative to the marker device, said at least one virtual main point being in the main plane and being calculated based on the absolute auxiliary point data and the relative point data; • calculating a position of the main plane relative to the marker device, wherein the calculation uses the relative point data and auxiliary point data as well as the provided absolute main point data and/or the calculated position of the at least one virtual main point.12-13-2012
20120179068Medical Apparatus System Having Optical Fiber Load Sensing Capability - An apparatus and method for diagnosis or treatment of a vessel or organ. The apparatus includes a deformable body such as a catheter having a tissue ablation end effector and an irrigation channel in fluid communication therewith. At least two sensors are disposed within a distal extremity of the deformable body, the sensors being responsive to a wave in a specified range of frequency to detect deformations resulting from a contact force applied to the distal extremity. A microprocessor can be operatively coupled with the sensors to receive outputs therefrom, the microprocessor being configured to resolve a multi-dimensional force vector corresponding to the contact force. In one embodiment, the sensors are fiber Bragg grating sensors, and the wave is injected into the fiber Bragg grating strain sensors from a laser diode.07-12-2012
20120179069DEVICE AND METHOD OF SPACER AND TRIAL DESIGN DURING JOINT ARTHROPLASTY - A spacer block for gathering data to be used in the balancing of the joint arthroplasty or repair and in the selection of a trial insert which includes a first body piece and a second body piece. A plurality of sensors and a processor are positioned between the first body piece and the second body piece when the pieces are assembled together to form the spacer block. A chim is removably mounted to a top surface of the second body piece, the chim is associated with the plurality of sensors and positioned in relation to the plurality of sensors such that a force exerted on the chim by a weight bearing surface is detected by the plurality of sensors.07-12-2012
20120179067SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PATIENT MONITORING - Systems and methods of monitoring a patient. Exemplary methods include receiving sensor data associated with the patient from a plurality of sensors of a patient monitoring device and determining whether the sensor data satisfies one or more trigger conditions. For each of the trigger conditions satisfied, one or more messages are sent to at least one of the patient monitoring device and an external computing device for display thereby to at least one of the patient, a caregiver, and a support person. Satisfaction of one or more of the trigger conditions may indicate the patient has edema and/or is trending toward decompensation. The sensor data may have been collected from a heart rate sensor, an oximeter, an accelerometer, and/or a sensor configured to detect a distance around a limb of a patient. In some embodiments, the trigger conditions are provided by the patient, caregiver, and/or support person.07-12-2012
20120123299MALLEOLAR REGISTRATION CLAMP AND MALLEOLAR REGISTRATION METHOD - A malleolar registration clamp comprising a reference unit and a receiving portion for receiving the malleolus, wherein the receiving portion is designed to receive at least part of the malleolus in a defined position relative to the receiving portion, and the position of the reference unit relative to the receiving portion is defined.05-17-2012
20100010383REORIENTATION OF PATIENT POSTURE STATES FOR POSTURE-RESPONSIVE THERAPY - In general, the disclosure relates to medical devices and systems configured to deliver posture-responsive therapy to a patient. For example, a medical system may detect a posture state of a patient and deliver therapy based at least in part on the detected patient posture state. In some examples, the system comprises a posture state sensor configured to generate first posture sensor data when a patient is in a first posture state. The system may further comprise a processor configured to define posture state reference data corresponding to the first posture state based at least in part on the first posture sensor data, and redefine the posture state reference data based on second posture data generated by the posture state sensor when the patient is in the first posture state.01-14-2010
20100010382BLENDED POSTURE STATE CLASSIFICATION AND THERAPY DELIVERY - Techniques for classification of a posture state of a patient using multiple posture state definitions, and for delivering therapy according to the patient's classified posture state. Detected parameter values describing a patient's posture state are compared to posture state definitions. This comparison is used to determine similarity values describing how similar the patient's posture state is to each of the posture states described by the posture state definitions. Weighting factors may be determined from the similarity values and used to weight therapy parameter values that are associated with each of the posture state definitions. The resulting weighted therapy parameter values may be used to derive a blended therapy parameter value for use in delivering therapy to the patient. The patient's posture state may be expressed in terms of a blending of the multiple posture state definitions.01-14-2010
20100010381POSTURE STATE RESPONSIVE THERAPY DELIVERY USING DWELL TIMES - Techniques related to classifying a posture state of a living body are disclosed. One aspect relates to sensing at least one signal indicative of a posture state of a living body. Posture state detection logic classifies the living body as being in a posture state based on the at least one signal, wherein this classification may take into account at least one of posture and activity state of the living body. The posture state detection logic further determines whether the living body is classified in the posture state for at least a predetermined period of time. Response logic is described that initiates a response as a result of the body being classified in the posture state only after the living body has maintained the classified posture state for at least the predetermined period of time. This response may involve a change in therapy, such as neurostimulation therapy, that is delivered to the living body.01-14-2010
20100010379DEVICES AND METHOD FOR MONITORING THE FORM OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS - Devices for monitoring the deformation of three-dimensional objects thanks to the presence of sensors integrated in the device are described.01-14-2010
20100010380POSTURE STATE CLASSIFICATION FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE - One embodiment relates to a medical device including a sensor to provide signals indicative of a detected posture state of a patient. A memory stores one or more defined vectors, each defined vector being associated with a tolerance describing a relationship with the defined vector. A processor determines a respective similarity between the detected vector and each of one or more of the defined vectors and classifies a posture state of the patient based on whether any similarity has a relationship to the respective defined vector that is described by the associated tolerance. In one embodiment, the similarity is determined without regard to a coordinate system of the patient. Another embodiment relates to determining the similarity based on at least one of an inner product, a length of the defined posture vector and a length of the detected vector.01-14-2010
20100130888Systems and Methods for Ocular Measurements - A system for measuring the size of a capsular bag of an eye of a subject includes a size indicator and a sizing gauge. The size indicator is configured for insertion into a capsular bag and includes a peripheral portion and a pair of arms. The peripheral portion is configured to engage the capsular bag. Each of the arms has a proximal end and a distal end, the arms being joined to one another at the proximal ends. The peripheral portion is joined to the distal ends of the arms. The arms form an angle that depends on a size of the capsular bag into which the size indicator is placed. The sizing gauge has a body having a front surface, along with first and second features disposed along or behind the front surface. The features are configured to correspond to an angle that is within a predetermined range of angles of the arms of the size indicator when the size indicator is placed within a capsular bag.05-27-2010
20120226198Total Knee Arthroplasty Systems and Processes - Systems and processes for tracking anatomy, instrumentation, trial implants, implants, and references, and rendering images and data related to them in connection with surgical operations, for example total knee arthroplasties (“TKA”). These systems and processes are accomplished by using a computer to intraoperatively obtain images of body parts and to register, navigate, and track surgical instruments.09-06-2012
20120226197LIMB VOLUME ACCOMMODATION IN PEOPLE WITH LIMB AMPUTATION - A prosthetic sock monitoring system is disclosed. The sock monitoring system includes a storage device and a data collection unit. The data collection unit is operable to receive data from at least one sensor coupled to a prosthetic sock that is wearable by a patient, and store the received data in the storage device. A prosthetic sock is also disclosed. The sock comprises material shaped to fit over at least a portion of the residual limb of the patient and a thickness adapted for inserting the residual limb into the socket of the prosthesis while the sock is fitted over the residual limb. The sock also comprises one or more of a sock identification unit and a force sensing device.09-06-2012
20120259245PERSON SUPPORT APPARATUS WITH ACTIVITY AND MOBILITY SENSING - A person support apparatus may, among other things, support a person in a laying-down or a seated position. One or more sensors, which may be operably coupled to the person support apparatus, monitor changes in the position of a person situated on the person support apparatus. A control system receives output from the sensor or sensors over a period of time, while the person is positioned on the person support apparatus. The control system makes a determination relating to the activity and/or mobility of the person positioned on the person support apparatus. The control system may use the activity and/or mobility determination to control a feature of the person support apparatus, or for other purposes.10-11-2012
20080300510Method and Device For Measuring the Local Mechanical Resistance of a Porous Body - Method and device for determining the local mechanical resistance inside of a porous body having a variable density and/or porosity, in particular inside of a porous bone structure comprising the following steps: 12-04-2008
20110004124IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE INCLUDING MECHANICAL STRESS SENSOR - Systems and techniques for determining in vivo mechanical load exerted on an implanted medical device (IMD) are described. The IMD or a device that has a substantially similar form factor as the IMD includes at least one mechanical stress sensor mechanically coupled to a housing or a component within the housing. In some examples, a patient parameter is determined based on a signal indicative of the in vivo mechanical load exerted on the IMD. In addition, in some examples, a processor determines whether a transient or cumulative mechanical load exerted on an IMD exceeded a predetermined threshold. A processor may additionally or alternatively determine whether a pattern in the mechanical loading of the IMD indicates a diversion from a manufacturing, shipping, storage or other handling process.01-06-2011
20120265102COMPACT FORCE SENSOR FOR CATHETERS - An ablation catheter system configured with a compact force sensor at a distal end for detection of contact forces exerted on an end effector. The force sensor includes fiber optics operatively coupled with reflecting members on a structural member. In one embodiment, the optical fibers and reflecting members cooperate with the deformable structure to provide a variable gap interferometer for sensing deformation of the structural member due to contact force. In another embodiment, a change in the intensity of the reflected light is detected to measure the deformation. The measured deformations are then used to compute a contact force vector. In some embodiments, the force sensor is configured to passively compensate for temperature changes that otherwise lead to erroneous force indications. In other embodiments, the system actively compensates for errant force indications caused by temperature changes by measuring certain local temperatures of the structural member.10-18-2012
20110040211ORAL-ESOPHAGEAL-GASTRIC DEVICE TO DIAGNOSE REFLUX AND/OR EMESIS - A system and method diagnoses esophageal reflux in a patient. A catheter includes a first pressure sensor configured to measure intra-abdominal pressure when the catheter is inserted into the stomach of a patient. A second pressure sensor is located proximal to the distal tip and configured to measure intra-thoracic pressure. A pH indicator is carried by the catheter body and configured to indicate that reflux has occurred in response to an involuntary reflex cough test. A processing device is configured to receive data regarding the first and second pressure sensors and regarding the pH indicator and process that data and assess if reflux is present during the involuntary epoch.02-17-2011
20110046517METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING SKELETAL DEFECTS - The present invention relates to a handheld, point-of-care device that uses non-hazardous low level ultrasound to quantitatively detect, monitor and supply, in real time, information on the status of bone fractures from inception to full healing. The device includes a plurality of transducers housed in the handheld unit or which can be extended from the handheld unit to be placed at or near the site of the bone fracture. A plurality of acoustic parameters of the transducers are selected to provide optimal detection and monitoring of fractures in bone. The information can be displayed as a numerical readout indicating the severity of the break and provides ability for indicating small stress and fatigue fractures. The portable device provides rapid and inexpensive detection and diagnosis of musculoskeletal problems using low level ultrasound which can measure bone density, determine fracture status and monitor healing rate.02-24-2011
20120271200INSTRUMENTED IMPLANTABLE STENTS, VASCULAR GRAFTS AND OTHER MEDICAL DEVICES - Several different smart stent structures are described for placement in vessel of a mammal. The stents can be advantageously used to perform measurements of the conditions in the vessel and transmit the measurements wireless out from the patient. In some embodiments, the stent performs therapy within the vessel and may be controlled with a microprocessor, which may or may not communicate wirelessly. Some implantable devices comprise a drug delivery system based, for example, on either a microelectromechanical structure or a cover that opens upon application of an electrical current. Smart devices can be used, for example, the detect deposits in a vessel, aneurysms in the vessel or other modifications of flow in the vessel.10-25-2012
20100228153Postural information system and method - A method includes, but is not limited to: one or more obtaining information modules configured for obtaining postural influencer status information including information regarding one or more spatial aspects of one or more first postural influencers of one or more subjects with respect to a second postural influencer of the one or more subjects, and one or more determining advisory modules configured for determining subject advisory information regarding the one or more subjects based at least in part upon the postural influencer status information. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.09-09-2010
20110224580THERAPEUTIC MANIPULATION DEVICE - A manipulation device is programmable with different parameters associated with different manipulation exercises for different types of simulated patients. A measuring system determines the success or failure for any of the programmable manipulation exercises and tracks specific results that precisely track how close a student comes to specific target force values. This allows a student to more accurately track performance improvements and more effectively focus practice sessions on problem manipulation techniques. The measurement system not only measures the time and force values associated with the manipulation exercises but also measures angular displacement of the manipulation apparatus during the manipulation exercise. This allows the student to not only determine if a proper amount of force was applied during the manipulation exercise but also to determine if the force was maintained in the same direction and angle.09-15-2011
20120277631OPTICAL DISPLACEMENT SENSOR AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING DISPLACEMENT - An optical displacement sensor is provided according to one embodiment. The optical displacement sensor comprises a housing; a displacement member coupled to the housing, configured to contact an object under test and move based on displacement of the object under test; a light emitter coupled to the housing; an optical transducer coupled to the housing; and a reflecting surface coupled to the displacement member to reflect at least a part of the light emitted from the light emitter to the optical transducer, such that movement of the displacement member modifies intensity distribution of the light reflected to the optical transducer.11-01-2012
20110251520Fall-risk Evaluation and Balance Stability Enhancement System and method - A Fall-risk Evaluation and Balance Stability Enhancement System and method evaluate and treat the sense of body balance. It is focused on measuring the center of pressure (COP) information, evaluating fall risk by the noninvasive physiological signals machines, and improving the body's balance and stability by stimulating physical treatment in feet. The vibratory shoes could produce physical stimulation and generate the positive treatment on the patients who have poor sense of balance to achieve the goal of reducing the risk of falls10-13-2011
20110245731MEDICAL APPARATUS SYSTEM, CAPSULE MEDICAL APPARATUS SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING POSTURE ITEM OF SUBJECT - A medical apparatus system includes a medical apparatus that acquires information on a subject; a posture item display unit that displays multiple posture items of the subject in which the medical apparatus acquires the information on the subject; an input unit that inputs a posture item of the subject in which the information on the subject is acquired among the posture items that are displayed by the posture item display unit; and a display controller that, in response to the input of the input unit, changes a display mode of the posture item of the subject that is displayed by the posture item display unit, such that the display mode indicates that the posture item is input by the input unit.10-06-2011
20120330190OPTICAL PRESSURE MEASUREMENT - Sensing apparatus, consisting of a housing, including a medium having an elastic, transparent outer surface configured to contact a tissue within a living body and to deform in response to a force exerted by the body tissue on the surface. The apparatus has a radiation source contained in the housing and configured to direct radiation toward the surface, as well as a radiation detector contained in the housing and configured to sense the radiation that is reflected from the surface and to output a signal indicative of an amplitude of the reflected radiation. The apparatus further has a processor, which is coupled to measure a change in the signal due to deformation of the surface and, responsively to the change, to output an indication of the force.12-27-2012
20120330191Intramedullary Rod Tracking - A device for determining deformation of an intramedullary rod comprises a longitudinal probe sized and shaped to be inserted into a channel of the rod and including a deflection detection element, a head portion including a lumen extending therethrough and a coupling element to attach the head portion to a proximal end of the intramedullary rod, the lumen slidably receiving the probe therein, and a logging unit configured to detect relative movement between the probe and the head portion and to determine a current path of the intramedullary rod from the relative movement.12-27-2012
20120330192Biomedical Interface Pressure Transducer for Medical Tourniquets - A biomedical interface pressure transducer which is useful for interposing between a limb or tissue and an occlusive band, tourniquet cuff or other biomedical apparatus in order to estimate the pressure and pressure gradient applied to a selected area of the limb or tissue is disclosed. The pressure transducer comprises a modified MEMS pressure sensor and a conformable semisolid body enclosed in a shear relief membrane which translates the pressure applied by the occlusive band to the modified MEMS pressure sensor mounted on a flexible substrate with patterned electrical interconnect tracks allowing the connection of the pressure sensor to digital communication and control circuitry.12-27-2012
20110319791Systems and Methods for Measuring Mechanical Properties of Deformable Materials - Systems and methods deform the surface of the material with a probe, such as a mechanical device or a gas/liquid jet, while optically recording in detail the three-dimensional (3D) topography of the resulting surface deformation. The probe effectively applies a forcing function to the material, the attributes of which are known by performing calibrations prior to use or by direct measurement while it is applied. The topography is effectively the system output that is measured as indicative of the underlying mechanical properties of the material. In one application, systems and methods that apply a pressure in-vivo to human tissue and analyze a three-dimensional topography of the resulting surface deformation to identify localized inhomogeneities and anomalies in the human tissue.12-29-2011
20120101410UNIT, ASSEMBLY, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TESTING A SENSOR MEANS PROVIDED IN A MEDICAL LOCALISATION DEVICE - A unit, assembly and device suitable for a medical localisation device suitable for localizing a region in a body with a distal hollow needle includes a tube extending from a proximal first end to a distal second end. The first end is designed to be in communication with a fluid filled container. The unit includes a first part of sensor means. The first part is a sensor interface, in which the sensor interface is provided to the tube between the first end and the second end. The sensor interface is suitable for observation of the pressure in a fluid in the tube that is in communication with the fluid in the container. The unit includes a closing device distally with respect to the sensor interface for varying the pressure in the fluid in the tube, in which the sensor interface is a membrane.04-26-2012
20130012835ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RE-INPUTTING MEASUREMENT VALUE OF MEDICAL IMAGE - Disclosed is a medical image diagnostic apparatus which is provided with: a measurement calculation unit configured to calculate measured values by used of multi-dimensional information relating to a target region in the medical image of an object to be examined; an image display unit configured to display the measured values and the medical image; a re-input unit for re-inputting one of the multi-dimensional information and the measured values in the medical image displayed on the image display unit; and a measurement recalculation unit configured to recalculate the other of the multi-dimensional information and the measured values, on the basis of the re-input one of the multi-dimensional information and the measured values.01-10-2013
20100130889ELASTOMERIC PARTICLE HAVING AN ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTING SURFACE, A PRESSURE SENSOR COMPRISING SAID PARTICLES, A METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAID SENSOR AND A SENSOR SYSTEM COMPRISING SAID SENSORS - An elastomeric particle (05-27-2010
20120150075SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF METAL DISTURBANCE BASED ON MUTUAL INDUCTANCE MEASUREMENT - Apparatus and method for detecting metal disturbance during a medical procedure includes a probe having an insertion tube, a joint, and a joint sensor for sensing a position of the insertion tube. The joint sensor comprises first and second subassemblies having coils. A processor is used for measuring force using the joint sensor, and having a pre-established baseline value stored therein. The processor detects changes in a position of the insertion tube by applying current to one coil and measures a signal output by a remainder of the other coils. The signal output by a remainder of the coils defines a pickup value, wherein the processor compares the pickup value to the pre-established baseline value and identifies presence of metal when the pickup value is outside of a range of the pre-established baseline value.06-14-2012
20120150074PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEM - An exercise system may be configured to gather and quantify data related to energy expenditure during physical activity. The exercise system may include at least one force sensing node and a portable hub that is physically separate and distinct from the at least one force sensing node. The at least one force sensing node may be configured to gather data related to energy expenditure during physical activity. The portable hub may be configured to quantify data related to energy expended during physical activity. For example, according to exemplary implementations, the portable hub may be include a processor configured to execute an exercise analysis module. The exercise analysis module may be configured to determine one or more exercise parameters based on an output signal generated at the at least one force sensing node responsive to force exerted on the at least one force sensing node during physical activity.06-14-2012
20130018281Systems and Methods for Monitoring Organ Activity - A medical device for monitoring physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of an organ, such as the urinary bladder. The medical device may include an elongate member having a proximal end and a distal end. The device may further include an end-effector assembly extending distally from the distal end of the elongate member. The end-effector assembly may also include a plurality of sensing elements for detecting abnormal organ function. Each of the plurality of sensing elements may include one or more of mechanical, visual, chemical, and biological sensors.01-17-2013
20100168621METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROSTATE HEALTH MONITORING - Disclosed herein are computer-implemented personalized probabilities determination systems and methods for use in integrated health systems and methods related to the medical conditions, such as conditions of the prostate, including benign and malignant disease. A system and method is disclosed herein for estimating trends in biomarkers and calculating the probability of different prostate medical conditions. Also disclosed herein are methods and systems relating to estimating prostate volume and probabilities of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Methods and systems relating to probabilities and feedback during treatment of prostatic conditions or diseases are also provided herein.07-01-2010
20100168620SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING FORCE AND TORQUE APPLIED TO A CATHETER ELECTRODE TIP - A contact sensing assembly including a catheter including an electrode having a base portion mounted adjacent a head portion of the catheter body. A sensor is disposed adjacent the base portion for measuring compression or tensile forces applied to an electrode tip portion, and includes a predetermined sensitivity. The base and head portions include predetermined rigidity so that forces applied to the electrode tip portion are determinable as a function of the sensitivity and a sensor output. A contact sensing assembly also includes an electrode pipe operatively connected to the catheter body for movement and bending with the catheter body, and an electrode wire disposed in the electrode pipe and including isolation. A change in capacitance resulting from movement of the electrode wire toward the electrode pipe or contact of the electrode wire with the electrode pipe during bending of the catheter correlates to a force applied to the catheter.07-01-2010
20110160616SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ORTHOPEDIC LOAD AND LOCATION SENSING - A sensing insert device (06-30-2011
20110160615Swallowing Frequency Measurement - Implementations for measurements of swallowing frequency are generally disclosed.06-30-2011
20130023795DISTRACTOR HAVING AN INTERNAL LOAD MEASURMENT SYSTEM FOR THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR - A distractor suitable for measuring a force, pressure, or load applied by the muscular-skeletal system is disclosed. An insert couples to the distractor. The insert has at least one articular surface allowing movement of the muscular-skeletal system when the distractor is inserted thereto. The insert can be a passive insert having no measurement devices. A sensor array and electronics are housed within the distractor. The distractor can dynamically distract the muscular-skeletal system. A handle of the distractor can be rotated to increase or decrease the spacing between support structures. The measurement system comprises a sensor array and electronic circuitry. In one embodiment, the electronic circuitry is coupled to the sensor array by a unitary circuit board or substrate. The sensors can be integrated into the unitary circuit board. For example, the sensors can comprise elastically compressible capacitors or piezo-resistive devices. The distractor wirelessly couples to a remote system for providing position and magnitude measurement data of the force, pressure, or load being measured.01-24-2013
20130023794DISTRACTOR HAVING A CAPACITIVE SENSOR ARRAY FOR MEASURING A FORCE, PRESSURE, OR LOAD APPLIED BY THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR - A distractor suitable for measuring a force, pressure, or load applied by the muscular-skeletal system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the distractor includes a measurement device that couples to the distractor. In a second embodiment, the sensor array and electronics are placed within the distractor. The distractor can dynamically distract the muscular-skeletal system. A handle of the distractor can be rotated to increase or decrease the spacing between support structures. The measurement system comprises a sensor array and electronic circuitry. In one embodiment, the electronic circuitry is coupled to the sensor array by a unitary circuit board or substrate. The sensors can be integrated into the unitary circuit board. For example, the sensors can comprise elastically compressible capacitors or piezo-resistive devices. The distractor wirelessly couples to a remote system for providing position and magnitude measurement data of the force, pressure, or load being measured.01-24-2013
20130023793SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING MID-ARM CIRCUMFERENCE OF A CHILD TO DETERMINE EQUIPMENT AND MEDICATION FOR PEDIATRIC RESUSCITATION - Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a measuring tape for determining equipment sizes and medication dosages to use during the resuscitation of a pediatric patient. In one embodiment, the measuring tape may have a plurality of regions having different colors and/or patterns that identify weight zones that correlate with information and equipment required for resuscitating the pediatric patient. The measuring tape may be wrapped around the arm of the pediatric patient to determine the mid-arm circumference. Once wrapped around the arm, the color and/or pattern in alignment with an opening of the measuring tape may be used to identify a weight zone for the patient which provides the proper equipment size and medication dosages to be used for resuscitating the pediatric patient.01-24-2013
20130172784IRRIGATED ABLATION CATHETER WITH CONTACT FORCE SENSING MECHANISM - A catheter is configured to indicate contact force between the catheter and tissue. The catheter includes an elongate deformable shaft having proximal and distal ends. The catheter includes an inner tip member projecting outwardly from the distal end, the inner tip member defining a fluid delivery lumen extending therethrough, and an outer tip member coupled to the distal end and disposed about the inner tip member. The inner and outer tip members define a gap therebetween in fluid communication within the fluid delivery lumen and the tip members are configured such that the size of the gap varies in response to contact of the outer tip member with the tissue. The catheter further includes first and second fluid sensing tubes defining ports upstream and downstream from the gap; wherein a difference in fluid pressure between the ports is indicative a contact force between the catheter and the external surface.07-04-2013
20080234607SKIN ELASTICITY MEASUREMENT - A method of measuring a characteristic of a skin, including varying an air pressure in a chamber positioned adjacent to a skin, in which the chamber has an opening that exposes the skin to changes in the air pressure in the chamber. A plurality of measurements of surface profiles of the skin are made over a period of time as the surface profile of the skin varies in response to changes in the air pressure.09-25-2008
20130172787SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE THICKNESS OF ORTHOTICS NEEDED TO CORRECT FOR DIFFERENCES IN LEG LENGTH - The present invention is a system, method, and apparatus that relates to providing a quick measurement the difference, if any, of a person's left and right leg lengths, in order to determine the correct thickness of an orthotic insert for the left and/or right shoes in order to provide correction and alignment of a person's skeletal frame.07-04-2013
20130172783Systems and Methods for Prosthetic Component Orientation - A computer-implemented method determines an orientation parameter value of a prosthetic component. The method includes receiving a first desired separation distance between a tibial prosthetic component and a femoral prosthetic component at a first flexion position of a knee joint and estimating a first estimated separation distance between the tibial prosthetic component and the femoral prosthetic component at the first flexion position of the knee joint for at least one potential orientation of the femoral prosthetic component. The method also includes determining a first orientation parameter value of the femoral prosthetic component by comparing the first estimated separation distance to the first desired separation distance and outputting the first orientation parameter value via a user interface.07-04-2013
20110264007Patient support interface pressure monitoring system - An interface pressure monitoring system includes an underlayment interposed between a patient support surface and a patient supported thereon and a processor. The underlayment includes pressure sensors such as, for example, an array of piezoelectric pressure sensors. The processor acquires pressure data from the underlayment, analyzes the data and stores the analyzed data for further processing, alerting and/or reporting.10-27-2011
20110264006Detecting Empty Medical Pump Reservoir - A medical device system comprises a reservoir configured to store a therapeutic fluid and a medical pump configured to deliver the therapeutic fluid from the reservoir to a patient. The system also comprises a sensor that can detect a characteristic associated with the pump and a processor to determine if the characteristic detected indicates the reservoir is empty or near empty. The characteristic may comprise a property associated with the energization of an actuation mechanism configured to be energized to provide a pump stroke. The characteristic may also comprise a characteristic of a noise made by an actuator within the pump at the end of a pump stroke.10-27-2011
20080221484Method and a dual-array transducer probe for real time mechanical imaging of prostate - The present invention relates to a transrectal probe and method for real time mechanical imaging of a prostate. The probe is equipped with dual-array pressure sensors—one on the probe head and another on the shaft of the probe spaced away from the head with an angular and linear offset forming an S-shaped transition between the shaft and the head of the probe. The addition of the shaft pressure sensor array together with orientation tracking sensors allows precise calculation of the current head position throughout the examination of the prostate. Display means are used to guide the user in the proper manipulation of the probe in order to reduce the forces on surrounding tissues and organs and to minimize patient's discomfort.09-11-2008
20130204164Methods and instruments for assessing bone fracture risk - Methods and instruments for assessing bone, for example fracture risk, in a subject in which a test probe is inserted through the skin of the subject so that the test probe contacts the subject's bone and the resistance of the test bone to microscopic fracture by the test probe is determined. Macroscopic bone fracture risk is assessed by measuring the resistance of the bone to microscopic fractures caused by the test probe. The microscopic fractures are so small that they pose negligible health risks. The instrument may also be useful in characterizing other materials, especially if it is necessary to penetrate a layer to get to the material to be characterized.08-08-2013
20130204165LACRIMAL DRAINAGE MANOMETER AND METHOD OF USE - A lacrimal drainage manometer includes a syringe having a syringe body and a piston. The syringe body defines a fluid cavity in fluid communication with a cannula configured for insertion into at least a portion of a lacrimal drainage system. The piston dispenses a fluid from the fluid cavity through the cannula. A pressure sensor is operably coupled to the syringe for measuring fluid pressure in the fluid cavity. A position sensor operably coupled to the syringe measures the position of the piston relative to the syringe body. A user feedback unit in electrical communication with the pressure sensor and the position sensor provides user feedback based on data from at least one of the pressure sensor and the position sensor indicative of a condition of the lacrimal drainage system.08-08-2013
20080214960Method and Apparatus for Computer-Assisted Femoral Head Resurfacing - A method for locating a guide wire axis on a femoral neck comprises the steps of tracking a position and orientation of a femur; registering a frame of reference with respect to the position and orientation of the femur from a first registration probe mounted onto the femur in a predetermined configuration, the frame of reference having preoperative planned data pertaining to the femoral neck; digitizing femoral neck data with respect to the position and orientation of the femur from a second registration probe positioned onto the femoral neck at desired orientations; calculating a position and orientation of the guide wire axis with respect to the position and orientation of the femur as a function of the preoperative planned data and the femoral neck data.09-04-2008
20130172786CATHETER WITH ATRAUMATIC TIP - A medical device is provided comprising a shaft comprising a first segment and a second segment. The first segment is configured to buckle upon application of a first critical force. The second segment includes an outer surface and an inner surface and is configured to buckle upon application of a second critical force. The second critical force is lower than the first critical force. The medical device further comprises a coil disposed radially inwardly of the inner surface of the second segment.07-04-2013
20110270131METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE PRESSURE OF A FLUID IN A SYRINGE, AN ACCESS PORT, A CATHETER, AND A GASTRIC BAND - A method and system for determining pressure in a syringe, and more specifically to a syringe pressure accessory which can be connected to a syringe to determine pressure in a syringe and a gastric band. The syringe pressure accessory can detect a pressure of a syringe and/or a gastric band and digitally display the pressure. The syringe pressure accessory can include a durable unit and a disposable unit. The disposable unit can be disposed of after a single use, while the durable unit can be reused with multiple disposable units. The syringe pressure accessory can also include a syringe attachment unit and one or more display units for a caretaker or a patient. The display unit can be wirelessly connected to the syringe attachment unit to display a pressure chart or the results of various analysis of the pressure data. Markers can be added to the pressure chart.11-03-2011
20130096465Method and Apparatus for Measuring Volume of Subcutaneous Tumors - A method and apparatus for measuring tumors such as subcutaneous tumors is provided. A device having a flexible membrane is positioned over the tumor and displaced toward the tumor so that the tumor deforms the flexible membrane. Deforming the membrane changes the pressure or volume within a fluid-filled cavity. A gauge measures the change in volume or pressure and the gauge reading correlates with the volume of the tumor.04-18-2013
20130102929KNEE BALANCING DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Devices, systems and methods are provided for facilitating knee balancing during a knee replacement surgery. A system can include a force sensor, a main body, a moveable sensor platform, and an adjustment mechanism. The force sensor can sense one or more forces applied within a knee joint, including forces applied on a medial side and a lateral side. The movable sensor platform can be coupled between the force sensor and the main body. The adjustment mechanism can adjust the moveable sensor platform, relative to the main body, thereby adjusting a collective height of the system. A method can include inserting portions of a knee balancing system into a gap formed between a cut distal end of a femur and a cut proximal end of a tibia, adjusting an adjustable mechanism of the system to increase or decrease a collective system height, and sensing and displaying the medial and lateral forces.04-25-2013
20100280416Shape sensing clothes to inform the wearer of a condition - A garment may be configured with one or more sensors and circuitry to communicate information related to a physiological condition to the user.11-04-2010
20080200842Apparatus and Method For Measuring in Vivo Biomechanical Properties of Skin - An assembly for measuring in vivo biomechanical properties of skin, comprising a testing device, said testing device comprising; a first pad attachable to the skin a second pad attachable to the skin, at a known distance from the first pad; said attachability of the pads to the skin to prevent relative movement between the respective pad and the skin to which it is attached; a forcing means for applying a force to the first pad, whilst said pads are attached to the skin, along a first axis connecting the first and second pad, to induce a corresponding relative movement between the pads due to deformation of the skin between said pads; a force measurement device for measuring the applied force, and; a displacement measurement device for measuring the corresponding induced movement.08-21-2008
20080200841Installation and a Method for Measuring a Geometrical Characteristic of an Anatomical Segment of an Individual, and a Computer Program Implementing Such a Method - The measurement installation comprises a measurement computer system comprising: an identification system (08-21-2008
20080200840Structural quantification of cartilage changes using statistical parametric mapping - The analysis of the focal changes in the morphology of a tissue such as cartilage is completed through statistical parametric mapping by first detecting the amount of thickness changes; followed by the point by point estimation of the variance in the thickness delta estimation. Once the change and the variance are estimated, the z-map is computed. The z-map is used to compute single change parameters. i.e: volume significant change, area of significant change, average thickness of the significant changes, and D values from the probability distributions. That can be used for treatment decisions.08-21-2008
20100286569MASSAGE APPARATUS - A massage apparatus includes: a supporting body 11-11-2010
20100286568Systems, Methods and Apparatuses For Recording Anatomic Orientation and Position - Systems, methods and apparatuses for recording anatomic orientation and position.11-11-2010
20100286567ELDERLY FALL DETECTION - Health-sensing and health-action devices and systems are generally described. The health-sensing device may include one or more of a sensor, a filter, and a transmitter. The sensor may be configured to sense when a user is likely to have fallen down and may include a sensor in the form of one or more microphone devices, accelerometers, and/or MEMs devices. The filter may be configured to evaluate a signal from the sensor and determine when a fall has occurred and analyze the magnitude of the fall. The transmitter may be arranged for initiating a transmission based on a signal from the filter. The health-action device may be configured for responding to a fall and may include one or more of a receiver, a processor, and a responder. A notifying element may also be included for interrupting the transmission when assistance is not needed.11-11-2010
20110237980Assessment and classification system - The present invention provides assessment of cranial deformities. One embodiment for providing an on-line assessment comprises providing a server; and providing a database accessible by the server. The database comprises a plurality of image sets. Each image set comprises a plurality of images of a corresponding head shape selected from a plurality of head shapes. Each image is an image of the corresponding head shape from one viewing orientation of a plurality of predetermined viewing orientations. In one embodiment, the plurality of head shapes comprises a normal head shape and one or more head shapes selected from the group comprising a plagiocephalic head shape, a brachycephalic head shape, and a scaphocephalic head shape.09-29-2011
20120277632METHOD AND A DUAL-ARRAY TRANSDUCER PROBE FOR REAL TIME MECHANICAL IMAGING OF PROSTATE - The present invention relates to a transrectal probe and method for real time mechanical imaging of a prostate. The probe is equipped with dual-array pressure sensors—one on the probe head and another on the shaft of the probe spaced away from the head with an angular and linear offset forming an S-shaped transition between the shaft and the head of the probe. The addition of the shaft pressure sensor array together with orientation tracking sensors allows precise calculation of the current head position throughout the examination of the prostate. Display means are used to guide the user in the proper manipulation of the probe in order to reduce the forces on surrounding tissues and organs and to minimize patient's discomfort.11-01-2012
20130138016METHOD OF GENERATING AN ALERT WHILE IMAGING A BREAST OF A SUBJECT DURING A MAMMOGRAM - A method of generating an alert while imaging a breast of a subject is provided. The method comprising applying a predefined pressure on the breast holder, confining the breast in a predefined field of view, and generating an alert based on at least one predefined condition.05-30-2013
20100292616OPHTHALMIC SIZING DEVICES - An ophthalmic sizing device includes a sizing tube or set of such sizing tubes for use in determining a correct size of a bypass tube required in lacrimal surgery, each sizing tube having a flanged end at one end of a longitudinal length of tubing, the remaining end of the tubing distal to the flanged end having a series of ruled markings longitudinally along and towards the flange end. When used, a set of sizing tubes includes tubes having at least two relatively different absolute longitudinal lengths of tubing; and/or diameter flanges. The device can be in the form of a dilator having a sizing section. The use of such sizing devices allows the length of an ophthalmic bypass tube to be determined that leaves the tip of the bypass tube, when in situ, to protrude an optimally desired distance beyond the outer (lateral) nasal wall and into the nasal cavity of each particular patient, while remaining clear of the midline septum. Such a proud projection of bypass tubing helps prevent the bypass tube from being blocked after its permanent insertion.11-18-2010
20120259246REFLEX MEASURING APPARATUS DETERMINING THE REACTIVITY OF A DRIVER AND ITS APPLICATION - Reflex measuring apparatus for determining the reactivity of a driver, or respectively, his ability to drive a vehicle under conditions including under the influence of alcohol or drugs, tiredness, stress or normal effects of age. Reflex measuring apparatus includes s a steering wheel of a vehicle that acts as a sensor for measuring the reaction time span of the driver, a signaling device soliciting the reaction of the driver, a device to record a time span between the solicitation by the signaling device and a reaction of the driver (e.g. an analogue or digital chronograph), and a seat provided with a safety belt. The apparatus can be activated when a driver takes place on the seat.10-11-2012
20100312146TISSUE TENSION DETECTION SYSTEM - An apparatus for indicating the amount of tension applied to separate internal organ sections includes a housing, a shaft extending from the housing, and a fastener applier. The fastener applier is supported on the shaft. The fastener applier includes an anvil assembly and a cartridge assembly. The anvil assembly is positionable between first and second positions relative to the cartridge assembly. The anvil assembly and the cartridge assembly include a tissue detection device positioned to contact separate internal organ sections to generate a signal indicative of an amount of tension between the organ sections as the anvil assembly moves between the first and second positions. The tissue detection device is operably coupled to a gauge configured and dimensioned to generate an output based upon the signal. The output indicates the amount of tension between the organ sections.12-09-2010
20100312142NON-INVASIVE, NON CONTACT SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT, AND ASSOCIATED METHODOLOGY FOR MINIMIZING MUSCLE STRESS AND IMPROVING CIRCULATION - A method, system, and process are described to decrease muscle fatigue and improve circulation of an individual resting on a support device, such as an adjustable chair or bed. The body pose and heat distribution of the individual are determined and used to estimate muscle fatigue and circulation. The estimated muscle fatigue and circulation are then used to determine settings for the support device or the temperature of the environment.12-09-2010
20120283600Sensing Module Having A Piezo-Resistive Sensor For Orthopedic Load Sensing Insert Device - A sensing insert device (11-08-2012
20120283599HIP SURGERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Orthopedic systems and methods are provided for use in preparing joints for implants. Specifically, hip preparation systems and methods are disclosed which can include a surgical orientation device. The hip preparation systems and methods can be used, for example, to orient the hip during the procedure, determine the orientation of an anatomical plane or planes, and orient a prosthetic component or components.11-08-2012
20130158436DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING PRESSURE EXERTED ON A SURFACE - Provided are methods and devices for measuring pressure exerted against a surface. In an aspect, the surface corresponds to the urethra and the device measures the pressure exerted against the urethra. Methods include treatment of a patient suffering urinary stress incontinence. A pressure sensor system is used to determine, pre-surgically, the minimum pressure required to alleviate incontinence. During surgery, the pressure sensor system is employed to ensure the surgical intervention provides a corresponding minimum pressure that was clinically identified. In this manner, the surgical intervention is precisely monitored and measured to insure the appropriate pressure is exerted on the urethra to alleviate stress incontinence, thereby improving surgical outcome and decreasing post-operative complications.06-20-2013
20130158437System For Diagnosing and Identifying Genetic Features, Genetic and Congenital Syndromes And Developmental Abnormalities - The invention is a system for diagnosing and identifying of genetic characteristics, genetic syndromes, congenital syndromes, developmental and exposure related syndromes, and veterinary breed characteristics in fetuses, children and adults, in humans and animals. The system takes a set of facial anatomical measurements of an individual target and biological relatives of the individual target, normalizes the facial anatomical measurements, and compares the normalized measurements with a database of set of anatomical features associated with a desired diagnostic data set.06-20-2013
20130184611SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR POSTURE AND BODY POSITION CORRECTION AND IMPROVEMENT THROUGH A COMPUTER-ASSISTED BIOFEEDBACK SYSTEM - A wireless, programmable biofeedback system, including one or more sensor/transceiver biofeedback devices, a controller/ transceiver biofeedback device, and a wireless communication link that operationally connects the sensor/transceiver biofeedback device to the controller/transceiver biofeedback device(s). A gyroscopic mechanism may be operationally connected to the sensor/transceiver biofeedback device, as may a distance measuring mechanism, memory, and/or a microprocessor. The sensor/transceiver biofeedback devices attached to a user's body to detect changes in position of the part of the user's body to which the device is attached, and communicate such changes wirelessly to the controller/transceiver biofeedback device. One or more indicating means provide stimulus to train and condition users to maintain or achieve certain postures and/or other body positions that the user can set, monitor and modify.07-18-2013
20130184612MOTILITY MANOMETER PRIMING MANIFOLD SYSTEM WITH ICON-BASED USER INTERFACE AND WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY - A catheter includes a distal distension balloon and circumferentially arranged motility measurement balloons proximal of the distension balloon. A manifold includes balloon ports each configured to fluidly couple to a motility measurement balloon, pressure transducer ports, and a priming port. A port selector is coupled to the manifold and movable between different positions. Each port selector position causes the manifold to establish different fluidic couplings between the respective motility balloon, pressure transducer, and priming ports. A pressure sensing device includes pressure transducers each fluidly coupled to one of the pressure transducer ports. The pressure sensing device is configured to coordinate calibration of the pressure transducers at atmospheric pressure with the port selector in a first position and motility balloon pressure measurements with the port selector in a third position. Priming of the motility measurement balloons is implemented by moving the port selector to a second position.07-18-2013
20110313322LIQUID PRESSURE FORCE SENSOR - The invention provides a force sensor device for measuring force when applying compressions or simulating applying compressions to a chest area of a person during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). More specifically, the device has the shape of a flat pad or similar with a top side and a bottom side, for being placed on a chest area of a man or manikin or on any feasible surface or object, preferably with the top side of the device facing up. The device comprises a volume that is filled with a liquid, the device is sufficiently high and rigid to maintain a distance between the top and bottom sides of the device when normal CPR compressions are applied on the device, and the device comprises at least one pressure sensor arranged with fluid contact with the liquid volume and in operative contact with means for force measurement as a function of liquid pressure that varies according to applied pressure during CPR.12-22-2011
20110313321METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OBTAINING A PLANTAR IMAGE AND DOUBLE-SIDED MACHINING OF THE INSOLE THUS OBTAINED - Method for obtaining a plantar image using means for securing and tightening an elastic membrane, as well as to the double-sided machining of the obtained insole, said means taking the form of two adjustable horizontal bars positioned on a scanner or a plurality of cameras and an anti-reflective lens, wherein a membrane is positioned between said horizontal bars and secured using T-flat bars; the stress of the membrane being adjusted using a handle; the foot is positioned on the membrane; an image is taken; and the insole is subjected to double-sided machining on the basis of the image of the surface provided in STL format, with the aid of a securing device that enables the pieces to be rotated up to 12-22-2011
20130190654Device and Method for Normalizing Implant Strain Readings to Assess Bone Healing - A device and method for treating a bone includes a bone plate including first and second portions joined to one another via a connecting portion, a rigidity of the connecting portion being less than rigidities of each of the first and second portions in combination with a first sensor mounted on the first portion measuring strain on the first portion and a second sensor mounted on the second portion measuring strain on the second portion.07-25-2013
20130190655ELASTIC DEVICES, METHODS, SYSTEMS AND KITS FOR SELECTING SKIN TREATMENT DEVICES - Devices, kits, systems and methods are described herein for treatment to skin, including but not limited to wound healing, the treatment, amelioration, and/or prevention of scars or keloids. Certain devices kits, systems and methods are used to select treatment parameters, devices or methods for treating skin in a location, zone, or region of skin having particular mechanical or other properties.07-25-2013
20120010531Small-Animal Unit for Muscle Injury, Muscle Testing and Muscle Training in Vivo - The invention provides a system for measuring contractile torque of skeletal muscles, performing muscle training programs, and inducing contraction-induced injury. The system is versatile and precise to measure contractile torque, train muscles, and perform contraction-induced injury protocols on living rodents. The system also allows for repeated studies of the same animal over time, thus resembling longitudinal human studies, minimizing the effect of animal-to-animal variability, and reducing the total number of animals that need to be studied.01-12-2012
20120029387METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REAL-TIME SURGICAL PROCEDURE ASSISTANCE USING AN ELECTRONIC ORGAN MAP - Methods, systems, and programs for real-time surgical procedure assistance are provided. A first set of 3D poses of the 3D points on the organ may be received. An electronic organ map built for the organ via pre-surgical medical information may be retrieved. A tissue parameter of the organ may be obtained based on the first set of 3D poses and their corresponding 3D poses from the electronic organ map. A deformation transformation of the electronic organ map may be calculated based on the obtained tissue parameter and the first set of 3D poses during the surgical procedure. The deformed electronic organ map may be projected onto the organ with respect to the first set of 3D poses during the surgical procedure.02-02-2012
20130197396SENSOR OVER-MOLD SHAPE - An implantable medical device having a flexible diaphragm is provided with a housing including a shell and an outer layer. The flexible diaphragm extends along the shell. The outer layer has an outer surface and an inner surface. An adhesive coating is applied between the diaphragm and the inner surface of the outer layer. The outer layer includes a recess along the diaphragm for receiving the adhesive.08-01-2013
20130197397Methods and Assessment Scales for Measuring Wrinkle Severity - This invention provides devices, methods, and assessment scales for assessing the severity of wrinkles. Wrinkle assessment using the devices, methods, and assessment scales of the invention can be performed in a clinical setting for the purpose of simply characterizing a wrinkle, or as part of a treatment regimen that varies according to the severity of the wrinkle. Thus, this invention also provides methods of reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and kits comprising for evaluating and treating wrinkles.08-01-2013
20120095370INTRA OCULAR LENS - The invention relates to a intra lens (04-19-2012

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