Global Patent Index - EP 1090372 A2

EP 1090372 A2 2001-04-11 - ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY WORKSTATION

Title (en)

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY WORKSTATION

Title (de)

ECHOKARDIOGRAFISCHER ARBEITSPLATZ

Title (fr)

POSTE DE TRAVAIL D'ECHOCARDIOGRAPHIE

Publication

EP 1090372 A2 (EN)

Application

EP 99916218 A

Priority

  • US 9906999 W
  • US 7997298 P

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9949775A2] An echocardiography workstation which digitizes the video output of an ultrasound imaging system, such as a cardiac ultrasound imaging system, and applies noise reduction algorithms, which not only reduce excessive noise, but also enhance the definition of cardiac structures. The enhanced images undergo further processing by boundary detection algorithms to automatically identifiy the endocardial border and to track its movement through the cardiac cycle. Indices of cardiac function are automatically calculated by quantitation software, and the results are displayed in color-coded format in two or three dimensions for immediate review by the physician or technician. The quantitative measurements may be used to assess myocardial perfusion and other parameters indicative of the heart's function. A Help system assists the physician in the interpretation process, and an integrated expert system alerts the physician to various diagnostic possibilities that are consistent with the available data, including patient history and data from earlier studies that are stored in the workstation database. Reports are automatically generated based on the findings which are automatically generated and selected or modified by the physician. Similar techniques are used in imaging and evaluating other organs and internal anatomical structures.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

G06K 9/00

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

A61B 8/06 (2006.01); A61B 8/08 (2006.01); G01S 7/52 (2006.01); G06T 7/20 (2006.01); A61B 5/107 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

A61B 8/0883 (2013.01); A61B 8/06 (2013.01); A61B 8/08 (2013.01); A61B 8/463 (2013.01); A61B 8/465 (2013.01); G01S 7/52025 (2013.01); G01S 7/52046 (2013.01); G01S 7/52066 (2013.01); G01S 7/52088 (2013.01); G06F 19/321 (2013.01); G06F 19/345 (2013.01); G06F 19/3487 (2013.01); G06T 7/246 (2017.01); A61B 5/1075 (2013.01); A61B 5/7289 (2013.01); A61B 6/503 (2013.01); A61B 8/488 (2013.01)

Designated contracting state (EPC)

DE ES FR GB IT NL SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 9949775 A2 19991007; WO 9949775 A3 19991216; AU 3457999 A 19991018; CA 2326596 A1 19991007; EP 1090372 A2 20010411

INPADOC legal status


2003-06-04 [18W] WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20030327

2001-04-11 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20010119

2001-04-11 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A2

- Designated State(s): DE ES FR GB IT NL SE