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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Medical Device Implantation Imaging", for Approval

September 4, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Carter, Paul Michael (West Pennant Hills NSW, AU), filed on February 8, 2013, was made available online on August 21, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates generally to implantation of medical devices, and more particularly, to medical device implantation imaging.

"Medical devices having one or more implantable components, generally referred to herein as implantable medical devices, have provided a wide range of therapeutic benefits to recipients over recent decades. In particular, partially or fully-implantable medical devices such as hearing prostheses (e.g., bone conduction devices, mechanical stimulators, cochlear implants, etc.), implantable pacemakers, defibrillators, functional electrical stimulation devices, and other implantable medical devices, have been successful in performing life saving and/or lifestyle enhancement functions for a number of years.

"The types of implantable medical devices and the ranges of functions performed thereby have increased over the years. For example, many implantable medical devices now often include one or more instruments, apparatus, sensors, processors, controllers or other functional mechanical or electrical components that are permanently or temporarily implanted in a recipient. These functional components perform diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or management of a disease or injury or symptom thereof, or to investigate, replace or modify the anatomy or of a physiological process."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In one aspect of the invention, a system is provided. The system comprises a first external coil arranged about a first axis and configured to generate a magnetic field within a surgical region and an elongate assembly configured to be inserted into a recipient located in the surgical region. The elongate assembly comprises an assembly coil configured to detect the magnetic field generated by the first external coil and to generate a voltage for use in determining an orientation of the assembly coil with respect to the first axis.

"In another aspect of the present invention, a method is provided. The method comprises inserting an elongate assembly comprising an assembly coil into a recipient located in a surgical region and generating a magnetic field within the surgical region with a first external coil that is arranged about a first axis and positioned in proximity to the surgical region. The method further comprises detecting the magnetic field at the assembly coil such that a voltage is induced at the assembly coil, and determining, based on the induced voltage, an orientation of the assembly coil with respect to the first axis.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"Embodiments of the present invention are described herein in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

"FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a cochlear implant having an implantable component implanted in a recipient through the use of an implantation imaging system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIGS. 2A and 2B are schematic diagrams illustrating events that may occur during insertion of a stimulating assembly into a recipient's cochlea;

"FIG. 2C is a schematic diagram illustrating a mid scalar position of a stimulating assembly within a recipient's cochlea;

"FIG. 3A is schematic diagram of an implantation imaging system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 3B is a schematic diagram illustrating the angular orientation of an assembly coil relative to a magnetic field in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 4 is schematic diagram of an external subsystem of an implantation imaging system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 5 is schematic diagram of an external subsystem of an implantation imaging system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 6 is schematic diagram of an external subsystem of an implantation imaging system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 7 is a perspective view of an internal subsystem of an implantation imaging system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 8 is a perspective view of an internal subsystem of an implantation imaging system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 9 is a perspective view of an internal subsystem of an implantation imaging system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 10 is a perspective view of an internal subsystem of an implantation imaging system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention;

"FIG. 11 is front view of a display screen configured to display a two-dimensional (2D) representation of a stimulating assembly and a cochlea in accordance with embodiments of the present invention; and

"FIG. 12 is front view of a display screen configured to display a three-dimensional (3D) representation of a stimulating assembly and a cochlea in accordance with embodiments of the present invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Carter, Paul Michael. Medical Device Implantation Imaging. Filed February 8, 2013 and posted August 21, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1445&p=29&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140814.PD.&OS=PD/20140814&RS=PD/20140814

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Surgery, Medical Devices.

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