Boston Scientific has been granted a patent for an external control device used with implanted medical components. The device allows users to interact with a graphical representation of the component within the patient’s anatomy, enabling precise adjustments and modifications. GlobalData’s report on Boston Scientific gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Boston Scientific, Prosthetic cardiac valves was a key innovation area identified from patents. Boston Scientific's grant share as of April 2024 was 56%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

External control device for medical component visualization

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Boston Scientific Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11969601B2) discloses a non-transitory machine-readable medium containing instructions that, when executed by a machine, enable the user to select a lead type and view an image on a display showing a spine and at least one lead of the chosen type positioned relative to the spine. Users can then make changes to the image via a user interface, specifically altering the representation of the spine, with the system responding by updating the image accordingly. The patent emphasizes the interactive nature of the process, allowing users to manipulate a control element on the display to modify the image, such as adjusting the size of vertebrae or displaying different vertebral levels.

Furthermore, the patent details a method where users can select a lead type, view an image on a display showing the spine and leads, and make changes to the spine representation without affecting the lead representation. This method also involves user-controlled adjustments through a pointer device, enabling precise modifications to the image. The patent highlights the inclusion of staggered leads in the representation and the flexibility to change various aspects of the spine display, such as the vertical length of vertebrae or the number of vertebrae shown. Overall, the patent showcases a user-friendly and interactive system for visualizing and customizing spinal lead placements, enhancing the user experience in medical settings.

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