|| List of recent Ultrasound-related patents
| Catheter assembly for treatment of hypertrophic tissue|
The present invention teaches a new apparatus and process of selective ablation of the hypertrophic tissue to treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The apparatus and process involve percutaneously delivering radiofrequency energy through a manipulable catheter to irradiate the thickened septum to reduce tissue volume of the septum and enhance myocardial function.
| Devices and methods for denervation of the nerves surrounding the pulmonary veins for treatment of atrial fibrillation|
Methods, systems, and devices for providing a denervating energy treatment to the tissue of the pulmonary vein utilizing a catheter-based structure having one or more energy delivery surfaces. In some instances energy delivery surfaces are arranged with a circumferential and axial offset relative to one another.
| Subcutaneous dialysis catheter with ultrasound agitation|
A subcutaneous, venous catheter is provided in conjunction with a method of installation in hemodialysis treatments. The catheter has an implantable hub attached to a first end of the primary lumen.
| Assays for ultrasound mediated delivery|
Ultrasound mediated delivery (usmd), real-time quantitative feedback derived (s264) therefrom, and proceeding by the system based on the feedback all are, in some embodiments, operable automatically and without need for user intervention. Usmd may occur in a clinical setting accompanied by assays (s276) or real-time feedback, or by means of a wearable device that, based on feedback, regulates usmd in real time.
| Ultrasound mediated delivery with critial-organ protection|
A device for delivery of a substance (144) using energy to protect, at a site of activation, against a side effect of another substance (156) that was delivered, is being delivered, and/or will be delivered, at another site. The activation may be non-invasive, remote and the energy beam (140) may be an ultrasound beam.
| Methods and systems for generating thermal bubbles for improved ultrasound imaging and therapy|
A method and system uniquely capable of generating thermal bubbles for improved ultrasound imaging and therapy. Several embodiments of the method and system contemplates the use of unfocused, focused, or defocused acoustic energy at variable spatial and/or temporal energy settings, in the range of about 1 khz-100 mhz, and at variable tissue depths.
| Thrombolysis in retinal vessels with ultrasound|
Systems and methods are described providing for the use of ultrasound energy to effect the dislodging of one or more blood clots inside blood vessels. Such clots can include those inside retinal vessels, especially in patients with central retinal vein occlusion.
| Probe tip assembly and method of using same|
A probe tip assembly for receiving at least a portion of an ultrasound probe therein includes a body having a proximal end and an opposing distal end. A first opening may be located at the proximal end of the body.
| Delta delay approach for ultrasound beamforming on an asic|
Systems are disclosed for ultrasound beamforming on an application specific integrated circuit (asic). In certain embodiments, the system includes an ultrasound probe that includes a plurality of transducer elements electrically coupled to an asic.
| Tissue site markers for in vivo imaging|
The invention is directed biopsy site markers and methods of marking a biopsy site, so that the location of the biopsy cavity is readily visible by conventional imaging methods, particularly by ultrasonic imaging. The biopsy site markers of the invention have high ultrasound reflectivity, presenting a substantial acoustic signature from a small marker, so as to avoid obscuring diagnostic tissue features in subsequent imaging studies, and can be readily distinguished from biological features.
| Transesophageal ultrasound using a narrow probe|
Transesophageal echocardiography is implemented using a miniature transversely oriented transducer that is preferably small enough to fit in a 7.5 mm diameter probe, and most preferably small enough to fit in a 5 mm diameter probe. Signal processing techniques improve the depth of penetration to the point where the complete trans-gastric short axis view of the left ventricle can be obtained, despite the fact that the transducer is so small.
| Ultrasound imaging system and method for drift compensation|
An ultrasound imaging system and method includes acquiring motion data from a motion sensing system on a probe while acquiring ultrasound data with the probe. The system and method includes acquiring probe motion data with a motion sensing system, acquiring probe position data with a position sensing system and calculating a drift compensation using the probe motion data and the probe position data..
| Method and system for pda-based ultrasound|
A method and system are disclosed for a compact, inexpensive ultrasound system using an off-the--shelf personal digital assistant (pda) device interfacing to a hand-held probe assembly through a standard digital interface. The hand-held probe assembly comprises a detachable transducer head attached to a beamforming module that performs digital beamforming.
| Adaptive acoustic pressure estimation in medical ultrasound|
Adaptive acoustic pressure estimation is provided in medical ultrasound. The responses of tissue of a specific patient at different frequencies (e.g., linear and non-linear responses) are measured.
| Polymeric nanoparticles for ultrasound imaging and therapy|
Provided herein are nanobubbles designed for use in ultrasound-mediated ablation of cancer cells. The nanobubbles undergo ultrasound-mediated cavitation at an ablation threshold which is significantly decreased, relative to standard ultrasound-mediated treatment of cancer cells.
| Color ultrasound needle|
An echogenic needle and a method of using the needle with an ultrasound machine, in which the needle has a turbulence inducing member positioned within the hollow body of the needle towards the tip end of the needle. The turbulence inducing member is preferably be a reamer.
| Transmissive imaging and related apparatus and methods|
Ultrasound imaging devices and heads up displays, as well and systems utilizing both are described. In some embodiments, ultrasound data or images may be displayed on a heads up display, which may be a head-mounted display.
| Intracavity ultrasound probe disinfectant system|
A disinfectant system for intracavity ultrasound probes in disclosed generally including a housing, a disinfectant chamber positioned in the housing and receiving at least one ultrasound probe, a container for containing a disinfectant solution fluidly coupled to the disinfectant chamber, at least one pump for supplying the disinfection solution from the container to the disinfection chamber and from the disinfection chamber to the container, and a controller for automated operation of the disinfectant system, wherein the disinfectant solution is a multi-use disinfectant solution. A method for disinfecting intracavity ultrasound probes is also disclosed generally including placing at least one ultrasound probe into a disinfectant chamber, supplying a disinfectant solution from a container to the disinfectant chamber via a pump, and returning the solution to the container via the pump, wherein the steps of supplying and returning the disinfectant solution are controlled by a controller..
| Ultrasound probe diagnosing system and method for diagnosing ultrasound probe|
An ultrasound probe diagnosing apparatus for diagnosing an ultrasound probe having a probe head comprising a plurality of transducer elements is disclosed. The ultrasound probe diagnosing apparatus includes a reflective interface configured to reflect ultrasonic signals transmitted from a transducer element of the plurality of transducer elements.
| Ultrasound imaging apparatus|
Multiple elements 401 receive ultrasound signals from a test subject, and the similarity operator 404 obtains the similarity between the received signals x(n). By using the similarity c(n) between the received signals obtained by the similarity operator 404, the adaptive weight operator 407 computes the adaptive weight w(n) in association with the similarity.
| Capacitive micromachined ultrasound transducers with pressurized cavities|
A capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer (cmut) is provided that includes a substrate, a bottom conductive layer disposed on a bottom surface of the substrate, a cavity disposed into a top surface of the substrate, a nonconductive layer disposed on the substrate top surface and on the cavity, a cmut plate disposed on the nonconductive layer and across the cavity, a top conductive layer disposed on a top surface of the cmut plate, a pressure control via that spans from the cavity to an ambient environment, and an active pressure controller connected to the pressure control via, wherein the active pressure controller is capable of actively varying a pressure differential across the cmut plate.. .
| Ultrasound probe system|
An ultrasound probe system includes a main body portion, an ultrasound observation portion transmitting ultrasound in a side surface direction of the main body portion and receiving a reflected wave, a distal-end portion provided such that a proximal-end face, on a proximal-end side is adjacent to a distal-end in an axial direction of the main body portion, a sheath portion housing the main body portion inside to be capable of advancing and retracting in the axial direction, a distal-end face arranged at a distal-end of the sheath portion and facing the proximal-end face, a specimen collecting portion provided on the proximal-end face and/or the distal-end face, the specimen collecting portion being formed at an acute angle to separate a specimen from a subject, and an edge portion arranged on the proximal-end face or the distal-end face to cross the entire circumference of the specimen collecting portion to cut the specimen.. .
| Ultrasound matrix inspection|
A device and method for performing ultrasound scanning of a substantially cylindrical object, the device comprising a cuff adapted to fit around a circumference of the object, a carrier mounted slidably on the cuff and adapted to traverse the circumference of the object, an ultrasound probe mounted on the carrier and positioned to scan the circumference of the object as the carrier traverses the circumference of the object, a carrier motor mounted on the cuff or the carrier and used to drive the movement of the carrier about the circumference of the object, and one or more data connections providing control information for the carrier motor and the ultrasound probe and receiving scanning data from the ultrasound probe.. .
|Method, apparatus, and high intensity focused ultrasound (hifu) system for generating ultrasound that forms multi-foci via medical image in region of interest|
A method of generating therapeutic ultrasound that forms multi-foci by a therapeutic ultrasound probe, the method including: obtaining a medical image including anatomical information of a region of interest in a subject; calculating, by using the medical image, characteristics which influence traveling of therapeutic ultrasound with respect to tissues included in the region of interest; calculating, by using the calculated characteristics, a parameter of the therapeutic ultrasound for forming multi-foci in the region of interest; and generating the therapeutic ultrasound according to the calculated parameter.. .
|Apparatus and method of transmitting ultrasound|
Provided are methods and apparatuses of transmitting ultrasound by adjusting positions of a plurality of ultrasound generating elements within an applicator to direct the ultrasound waves at a position desired by a user.. .
|Method, apparatus, and hifu system for generating ultrasound that form multi-foci in region of interest|
Provided is a method of generating ultrasound that forms focus points in a region of interest. Additional embodiments include related apparatuses and system embodiments.
|System and method for variable depth ultrasound treatment|
A non-invasive variable depth ultrasound treatment method and system comprises a variable depth transducer system configured for providing ultrasound treatment to a patient. An exemplary variable depth transducer system can comprise a transducer configured to provide treatment to more than one region of interest, such as between a deep treatment region of interest and a superficial region of interest, and/or a subcutaneous region of interest.
|Ultrasound transducer element and ultrasound endoscope|
An ultrasound transducer element includes a plurality of electrostatic capacitance type ultrasound cells each having a lower electrode portion and a membrane including an upper electrode portion that are oriented and disposed via a cavity circular in plan view, and a thickness of the cavity monotonously decreases in a curved manner toward an outer circumferential portion from a center portion of the cavity.. .
|Cmut-on-cmos based guidewire intravascular imaging|
An intravascular guidewire with integrated imaging and pressure measurement capabilities is disclosed. The guidewire can comprise an integrated cmut-on-cmos ultrasound transducer array to provide 3d imaging of vasculature and other tissue.
|Ultrasound device with cavity for conductive medium|
Devices and systems are disclosed that are associated with ultrasound sound devices. In one embodiment, a diaphragm for an ultrasound device comprises a housing configured with a receiving cavity defined by one or more sidewalls, wherein the receiving cavity is configured to hold a conductive medium.
|High intensity focused ultrasound probes and methods of manufacturing and operating the same|
An ultrasound probe includes a therapeutic ultrasound transducer, a slot disposed in the therapeutic ultrasound transducer, and a first diagnostic ultrasound transducer disposed in the slot and configured to move along the slot.. .
|Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and ultrasound image producing method|
An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus controls, out of a plurality of arithmetic cores each for phasing addition on element data, the no river of arithmetic cores to be used in phasing addition on element data in accordance with remaining power of a built in battery, and produces an ultrasound image based on the element data that has been subjected to phasing addition by the arithmetic cores used.. .
|Ultrasound diagnosis apparatus|
Ultrasound diagnosis apparatus is provided which easily recreates test conditions same as the past, comprising scanner, signal processor, display controller, storage, detector, collator, and controller. Scanner scans a subject with ultrasound waves through ultrasound probe.
|Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and ultrasound image producing method|
In an ultrasound diagnostic apparatus of the present invention, the controller writes and reads element data of one frame into and out from two or more buffer memories 21a, 21b, . .
|Ultrasound imaging equipment and method|
In ultrasonic imaging, a physically consistent value of blood flow velocity is measured in the vicinity of body tissues. The ultrasound imaging apparatus comprises a shape extraction part for recognizing shape data of biological tissues by using echo signals reflected from a test subject irradiated with ultrasonic waves, a flow velocity distribution acquisition part for detecting blood flow velocities in the vicinity of the tissues from the echo signals, and a velocity determination part for extracting velocity information desired by a tester (objective velocity information).
|Contrast assisted intravascular ultrasound imaging|
A method of imaging a blood vessel includes delivering a bubble-based contrast agent within the vessel and positioning at least one ultrasound device in the vicinity of the bubble-based contrast agent within the vessel. A first burst of low-frequency ultrasound energy can be delivered to excite the bubble-based contrast agent into oscillation within the vessel, and a second burst of high-frequency ultrasound energy can be delivered at the excited bubble-based contrast agent.
|Ultrasound diagnostic device and ultrasound image display method|
An ultrasound image is displayed while clarifying a positional relationship with an ultrasound probe. An ultrasound diagnostic device is provided with an ultrasound probe, a first position detecting means for detecting a position of the ultrasound probe, an ultrasound image generating means for generating an ultrasound image by using a reflected echo signal, an ultrasound volume data generating means for generating three-dimensional ultrasound volume data by accumulating the ultrasound images, a reference image generating means for generating a ultrasound reference image of an arbitrary cross section by using the ultrasound volume data and displaying an ultrasound probe mark indicating the position of the ultrasound probe in a superimposed manner on a position in the ultrasound reference image, the position corresponding to the ultrasound probe position detected by the first position detecting means, and a display means for displaying the ultrasound image and the ultrasound reference image..
|Multi-modality image acquistion|
One or more techniques and/or systems are described for automatically generating a transformation matrix for correlating images from an ultrasound modality with images from another modality (or with ultrasound images acquired at a different point in time). Ultrasound volumetric data and volumetric data yielded from another image modality are examined to identify and/or extract features.
|Apparatus, system and method for multi-modal volumetric ultrasound imaging and biopsy of a single breast|
An apparatus for volumetric ultrasound imaging of a breast using different modes, including transmission, reflection and the speed of sound, which apparatus comprises a negatively pressurized breast imaging cup with integrated ultrasound transducers and an ultrasound coupling mechanism; an ultrasound system comprising the apparatus; and a method of imaging a breast in three dimensions without moving the ultrasound transducers.. .
|Preconfigured gel with infused drug for ultrasound|
Embodiments associated with an ultrasound conductive medium are described. In one embodiment, an ultrasound conductive medium is formed into a preconfigured shape, wherein the ultrasound conductive medium includes a composition combined with a drug..
|Method of controlling a cursor by measurements of the attitude of a pointer and pointer implementing said method|
A system and method of controlling a cursor (120) in a surface (100) by measurements of attitude of a pointer (110). The measurements can be provided by inertial, optical, magnetic, ultrasound, radiofrequency or video means and appropriate processing means.
|Process and system for treating particulate solids|
System and method for treating particulate solids comprises a processor for providing contaminated particulate solids at a predetermined apparent density and a screw feeder for transporting a water-based slurry of the contaminated particulate solids through an ultrasound signal of sufficient size, strength and duration to cause the contaminants to separate from the particulate solids. One or more stacks of ultrasonic transducers arranged around the screw feeder may be employed in which the diameter of each transducer preferably is substantially the same as the pitch of the screw feeder..
|Biocompatible and ultrasound-differentiable micro-objects suitable for implantation in a vertebrate subject|
Described embodiments include a system. A described system includes a set of at least two biocompatible and ultrasound-differentiable micro-objects suitable for implantation in a vertebrate subject.
|Methods for prediction of ventilation treatment inadequacy|
Ventilatory systems and methods are disclosed including a ventilator and at least one sensor in communication with the ventilator. The sensor is configured to monitor a chest wall movement of a patient during ventilation.
|Method and apparatus for delivering a substance|
A method of delivering a substance includes providing a substance at a location in a gastrointestinal (gi) tract, excluding a buccal membrane, of a biological body; and applying ultrasonic waves, having a frequency between about 20 khz and about 10 mhz, at the location. The method can include storing the substance in at least one reservoir and exposing a medium within or of the gi tract to the substance.
|Method and apparatus for automated ultrasonic doppler angle and flow velocity estimation|
Disclosed is an ultrasound device for measuring blood flow velocity in a blood vessel of a subject without imaging functionality in the device. The measurement depends upon reflections of a collimated beam of ultrasound from a subject's body part.
|Guiding-type medical system|
A medical appliance is easily inserted into a desired blood vessel route. There is provided a guiding-type medical system, including: a cylindrical or linear guidewire made of an elastic body that can be inserted into a blood vessel; and a guiding device having a device head portion that can be inserted into a body to guide the guidewire inserted into the blood vessel.
|Device and method for displaying fetal positions and fetal biological signals using portable technology|
A new, inexpensive and non-invasive fetal visualization process helps to locate fetal body parts and identify fetal positions without exposing the fetus to prolonged ultrasound irradiation. Associating location data with biological electrophysiology signal patterns and/or light absorption/reflection-related tissue-specific local fetal body composition data enables the generation of a 3d anatomical and functional map of the fetal body through the expecting mother's womb, which will be essential for long-term home monitoring of a fetus during pregnancy..
|Sequentially programmed magnetic field therapeutic system (spmf)|
A comprehensive system for inducing cellular regeneration and/or degeneration processes and methods of treatment based on such processes through generating and applying a sequentially programmed magnetic field (spmf) to the area to be treated. In the case of regeneration and degeneration of cells, the pulsing frequencies are in the range of about 0.1 to about 2000 hz based on the indication of the disease type which was determined by either the patient's mri, ct, ultrasound or other diagnostic information.
|Directional ultrasound transmitting stylus|
A stylus that includes a tip portion that has a cavity. The cavity has a plurality of holes at a first end and a transmitter of acoustic, e.g., ultrasound waves at the end longitudinally opposite the first end.
|Method and apparatus for sensing an input object relative to a sensing region of an ultrasound sensor device|
A subsystem, system and method for sensing an input object relative to a sensing region of an ultrasound sensor device are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a subsystem for sensing an input object relative to a sensing region of an ultrasound sensor device includes a circuit, a switch coupled to an output of the circuit, and an integrating capacitor coupled to the output of the circuit.
|Ultrasound generating apparatus, and methods for generating ultrasound|
Ultrasound generating apparatus (10) comprises an arbitrary waveform generator (12) to provide a waveform output at (14), representing a waveform. A power amplifier (16), which may be an operational amplifier, is operable to amplify the waveform output (14) in power and amplitude to provide a power output (18) for applying to an ultrasonic transducer (20)..
|A method and apparatus for cosmetic skin care|
The present method and apparatus seek to provide cosmetic skin care including application in concert or consecutively of various types of energy to bring about a welcomed combination of skin cleansing and skin re - juvenation and enhancing. There is thus provided, in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the current method and apparatus an apparatus for cosmetic skin care including a brush-like head having a multiplicity of bristles attached to one or more carriers at least a portion of which is operative to apply forms of energy to the skin.
|System and method for frequency domain photoacoustic intravascular imaging|
A photoacoustic device capable of performing both intravascular photoacoustic (“ivpa”) imaging and intravascular ultrasound imaging is provided. The device includes one or more optical fibers coupled to a transducer assembly that includes an photoacoustic transducer and optionally an ultrasound transducer.
|Ultrasound probe, ultrasound diagnostic imaging apparatus and manufacturing method of ultrasound probe|
Disclosed is an ultrasound probe which outputs ultrasound on a basis of a drive signal which is to be received. The ultrasound probe including a composite piezoelectric layer in which a piezoelectric material and a polymer material are arranged alternately in a one-dimensional array or in a two-dimensional array, an acoustic reflection layer which has an acoustic impedance higher than an acoustic impedance of the composite piezoelectric layer and an adhesion layer which bonds the composite piezoelectric layer and the acoustic reflection layer wherein in a bonding surface of the composite piezoelectric layer that bonds with the acoustic reflection layer, a polymer material part is concaved in a direction opposite to an acoustic reflection layer side comparing to an piezoelectric material part..
|Ultrasound transducer, ultrasound probe including the same, and ultrasound diagnostic equipment including the ultrasound probe|
Provided are an ultrasound transducer, an ultrasound probe including the ultrasound transducer, and ultrasound diagnostic equipment including the ultrasound probe. The ultrasound transducer includes a piezoelectric unit including a plurality of piezoelectric elements which vibrate to convert ultrasound waves into electrical signals and electrical signals back into ultrasound waves, and a dummy piezoelectric unit which is disposed at edges of the effective piezoelectric unit and includes a plurality of dummy piezoelectric elements which vibrate due to vibration of the piezoelectric unit..
|Transformer-based multiplexer for ultrasound imaging system and method|
A low-loss high-voltage multiplexer is implemented using a transformer that is connected to one transmitter, one receiver and transducer elements. At least one primary winding is magnetically coupled at least two secondary windings.
|Ultrasound system with automated doppler flow settings|
An ultrasound system performs duplex colorflow and spectral doppler imaging, with the spectral doppler interrogation performed at a sample volume location shown on the colorflow image. The colorflow image is displayed in a color box overlaid on a co-registered b mode image.
|Ultrasound apparatus and control method thereof|
Disclosed are an ultrasound apparatus and a control method thereof, in which the thickness of subcutaneous tissue is measured using an ultrasound probe or vital data regarding a subject is acquired to select an appropriate injection needle and determine suitability of injection to a corresponding body region, which ensures safe and effective drug administration. In the ultrasound apparatus and the control method thereof, a map containing results of selection of an appropriate injection needle and determination of injection suitability is generated and provided to a patient, which ensures safe self-administration by the patient without a hospital visit.
|Ultrasound diagnostic imaging apparatus|
An ultrasound diagnostic imaging apparatus includes an ultrasound probe, a display unit, a touch panel and a control unit. The touch panel is disposed in such a way as to be superposed on a display screen of the display unit.
|Ultrasound diagnostic imaging apparatus|
Disclosed is an ultrasound diagnostic imaging apparatus which displays an ultrasound image on a display screen of a display unit based on ultrasound image data. The ultrasound diagnostic imaging apparatus includes a touch panel and a control unit.
|Tuning ultrasound acquisition parameters|
Values for ultrasound acquisition parameters are altered in a manifold space. The number of parameters to be set is reduced using a manifold.
|Non-linear echogenic markers|
Medical devices include echogenic subregions and echolucent subregions arranged in an alternating pattern and having exogenous features. Examples include metal printing and cast metal being applied to a plastic structure.
|Real-time 3-d ultrasound reconstruction of knee and its implications for patient specific implants and 3-d joint injections|
Methods and apparatus for treating a patient. The method includes acquiring a plurality of radio frequency (rf) signals with an ultrasound transducer, each rf signal representing one or more return echoes from a scan line of a pulse-mode echo ultrasound scan.
|Apparatus and method for detecting catheter in three-dimensional ultrasound images|
An apparatus for detecting catheter(s) in 3d ultrasound images includes a 3d ultrasound image acquiring module and a catheter centerline 3d trajectory generating module. The 3d ultrasound image acquiring module is used for capturing an original 3d ultrasound image.
|Temporal echogenic markers|
Devices and methods for enhancing observability under ultrasound imaging of medical devices include temporal markers which are dynamic, producing a variable ultrasound image over time. Included are rotating markers which produce a doppler shift visible through ultrasound imaging in a doppler mode and which enhance visibility of the marker.