US 10,376,226 B2
Method of in vivo monitoring of the condition of an internal surgical repair
Janko Jackson, Alexandria, VA (US); Stephen L. Jackson, Alexandria, VA (US); and Crayton G. Toney, Arlington, VA (US)
Assigned to S. Jackson, Inc., Alexandria, VA (US)
Filed by S. Jackson, Inc., Alexandria, VA (US)
Filed on Mar. 21, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/465,148.
Application 15/465,148 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2015/053169, filed on Sep. 30, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/058,701, filed on Oct. 2, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2017/0188983 A1, Jul. 6, 2017
Int. Cl. A61B 6/12 (2006.01); A61L 17/10 (2006.01); A61L 27/18 (2006.01); A61L 27/50 (2006.01); A61L 27/56 (2006.01); A61B 5/055 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61B 6/00 (2006.01); A61B 8/08 (2006.01); A61B 17/06 (2006.01); A61F 2/00 (2006.01); A61L 17/04 (2006.01); A61B 90/00 (2016.01)
CPC A61B 6/12 (2013.01) [A61B 5/055 (2013.01); A61B 5/4851 (2013.01); A61B 5/7246 (2013.01); A61B 6/481 (2013.01); A61B 6/5217 (2013.01); A61B 8/0833 (2013.01); A61B 8/481 (2013.01); A61B 8/5223 (2013.01); A61B 17/06166 (2013.01); A61F 2/0063 (2013.01); A61L 17/04 (2013.01); A61L 17/10 (2013.01); A61L 27/18 (2013.01); A61L 27/50 (2013.01); A61L 27/56 (2013.01); A61B 2090/3925 (2016.02); A61B 2090/3954 (2016.02); A61B 2090/3966 (2016.02); A61F 2250/0098 (2013.01); A61L 2400/12 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method of in vivo monitoring the condition of an internal body repair in a human or animal in which an imageable, non-absorbable repair device, having non-absorbable, particulate imaging material substantially uniformly dispersed therewithin, which device deforms due to stresses of the healing process, has been surgically inserted within the body to effect the repair, comprising:
a) in vivo sensing using an external to the body imaging device by a medical practitioner of imaging material concentration changes in said imageable repair device during the post-surgical healing process;
b) comparing the sensed imaging material concentration change with a previously developed correlation between said sensed imaging material concentration and the value of said imaging material concentration at which failure occurs of repair devices having comparable size, construction and chemical composition characteristics;
c) wherein said sensed value of said imaging material concentration relative to the repair device's failure value of said imaging material concentration, considered in conjunction with the anticipated time for complete healing of said repair, provides information to said medical practitioner as to the condition of the repair and is indicative of whether medical or surgical intervention is appropriate.