Carestream Health has been granted a patent for an adjustable collimator with a pair of knobs that can adjust the aperture size by manipulating one or both knobs. The knobs are attached to opposite ends of a shaft and can adjust different dimensions of the aperture. GlobalData’s report on Carestream Health gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Adjustable collimator with pair of knobs for aperture size adjustment

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Carestream Health Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11929187B2) discloses a collimator with an adjustable aperture size controlled by a first pair of knobs attached to opposite ends of a shaft. Each knob is designed to adjust a different dimension of the aperture, such as length and width. The collimator also includes two pairs of collimator blades, with the first pair of knobs moving a specific pair of blades. The design of the collimator allows for precise adjustment of the aperture size for various applications.

Furthermore, the patent describes a method for operating the collimator, involving manually adjusting the aperture size using the pair of knobs attached to the shaft. By manipulating both knobs, users can adjust the dimensions of the collimator aperture, including length and width. The method also includes moving specific collimator blades by manipulating one of the knobs. Additionally, the method specifies the attachment of one knob to the shaft's end in a fixed manner, while the other knob is attached in a rotatable fashion, ensuring efficient operation of the collimator. Overall, the patented collimator and method provide a practical solution for adjusting aperture size in a precise and controlled manner.

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