US 10,376,237 B2
Apparatus, systems and methods for proper transesophageal echocardiography probe positioning by using camera for ultrasound imaging
David B. Marmor, Evanston, IL (US); Morgan Clyburn, Naperville, IL (US); and C. Lance Boling, San Jose, CA (US)
Assigned to Visura Technologies, Inc., Evanston, IL (US)
Filed by Visura Technologies, Inc., Evanston, IL (US)
Filed on Dec. 7, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/834,878.
Application 15/834,878 is a division of application No. 15/164,538, filed on May 25, 2016, granted, now 10,045,758.
Application 15/164,538 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/952,289, filed on Nov. 25, 2015, granted, now 10,265,046.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/084,969, filed on Nov. 26, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2018/0092625 A1, Apr. 5, 2018
Int. Cl. A61B 8/00 (2006.01); A61B 8/08 (2006.01); A61B 8/12 (2006.01); A61B 1/00 (2006.01); A61B 1/05 (2006.01); A61B 1/06 (2006.01); A61B 1/273 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 8/4254 (2013.01) [A61B 1/00103 (2013.01); A61B 1/053 (2013.01); A61B 1/0676 (2013.01); A61B 1/0684 (2013.01); A61B 1/2733 (2013.01); A61B 8/0883 (2013.01); A61B 8/12 (2013.01); A61B 8/4416 (2013.01); A61B 1/00016 (2013.01); A61B 1/00018 (2013.01); A61B 8/445 (2013.01); A61B 8/4483 (2013.01); A61B 8/463 (2013.01); A61B 8/5207 (2013.01)] 10 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus, comprising:
an image capture device configured to be removably coupled to an imager head of a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) ultrasound probe device via a coupling member, and inserted into an esophagus of a patient when removably coupled to the imager head of the TEE ultrasound probe device, the image capture device including a distal-facing camera lens configured to capture image data within the esophagus and distal to the imager head of the TEE ultrasound probe device when removably coupled to the imager head of the TEE ultrasound probe device;
the coupling member configured to releasably attach the image capture device to the imager head of the TEE ultrasound probe device, the coupling member configured to radially expand to allow longitudinal relative movement between the imager head of the TEE ultrasound probe device and the image capture device; and
a retrieval tension member coupled to the image capture device and configured to extend from the image capture device through the esophagus and out the patient when (1) the image capture device is removably coupled to the TEE ultrasound probe device via the coupling member, and (2) the TEE ultrasound probe device is disposed within a target imaging location of the esophagus in which the TEE ultrasound probe device can capture ultrasound images of the heart of the patient.