This patent application is assigned to Mobius Imaging, Llc.
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "There exist a number of x-ray diagnostic imaging systems, including 3D computed tomography (CT) scanners and 2D x-ray fluoroscopic imaging systems. Typically, they are located in a radiology department of a hospital or other medical facility. It would be beneficial to have a system that can provide a wide variety of diagnostic images at the point of care."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Embodiments include an imaging system including an O-shaped imaging gantry having at least one radiation source and at least two radiation detectors for obtaining simultaneous images of an object positioned within a bore of the gantry in multiple imaging planes. In embodiments, the imaging system may include at least two x-ray radiation sources and at least two x-ray detectors positioned opposite the x-ray radiation sources for obtaining multi-planar images of the object in real-time.
"In various embodiments, the gantry includes an outer shell defining a housing and a rotor that is positioned within and rotatable around the housing, wherein the radiation source(s) and detectors are secured to the rotor. Various additional components, such as a high-voltage generator, a rotor drive mechanism, a battery system and/or a computer, may be secured to the rotor.
"In various embodiments, the system may provide 2D fluoroscopic images as well as 3D CT images.
"In various embodiments, the system may be a mobile system.
"Further embodiments include methods of imaging an object, such as a human or animal patient, that includes positioning an object with an imaging bore of an O-shaped imaging gantry having at least one radiation source and at least two radiation detectors, and obtaining simultaneous images of the object in multiple imaging planes.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"Other features and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following detailed description of the invention, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings of which:
"FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an imaging system in accordance with one embodiment of the invention.
"FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of an imaging gantry having multiple radiation sources and multiple radiation detectors for obtaining simultaneous images of an object positioned within a bore of the gantry in multiple imaging planes.
"FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the imaging system of FIGS. 1 and 2 with the outer shell of the gantry removed.
"FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the imaging system of FIGS. 1 and 2 with the outer shell of the gantry rendered transparent.
"FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of an imaging gantry having multiple different types of radiation detectors.
"FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the imaging system of FIG. 5
"FIG. 7A is an exploded view of a gantry illustrating an outer shell, a rotor and a bearing system according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 7B is a perspective view of the assembled gantry."
URL and more information on this patent application, see: Gregerson, Eugene A.; Stanton, Russell; Connor, Michael; Allen, Michael; Sebring, Paul; Powell, Robert; Coppen, Scott. Multi-Plane X-Ray Imaging System and Method. Filed
Keywords for this news article include: Mobius Imaging Llc.
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