Verathon has been granted a patent for a system that uses transducers to transmit ultrasound signals to a blood vessel, generating images and estimating vessel diameter. The device can be attached to the body and includes position sensors for accurate imaging. GlobalData’s report on Verathon gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Ultrasound system for measuring blood vessel diameter

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11911220B2) describes a system designed to assess blood vessels using ultrasound technology. The system includes multiple transducers housed in a flexible strip or housing that can be attached to the body. These transducers transmit ultrasound signals to a target blood vessel and receive echo information, which is then processed by a device to generate ultrasound images of the vessel. The system can estimate the diameter of the blood vessel at various locations and output image information based on the ultrasound images. Additionally, position sensors or encoders help determine the relative position of the ultrasound images, allowing for the creation of a comprehensive image of the target blood vessel.

Furthermore, the patent details a method and a computer-readable medium that follow a similar process of transmitting ultrasound signals, processing echo information, and generating ultrasound images of a target blood vessel. The system can be used to assess the possibility of an abdominal aortic aneurysm based on the maximum estimated diameter of the vessel. The transducers utilized in the system include capacitive micro-machined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) or piezoelectric micro-machined ultrasonic transducers (PMUTs), and the ultrasound images can be generated using pulsed wave or color doppler technology. The system also includes a display to showcase the generated images and provide information on the estimated maximum diameter of the blood vessel, offering a comprehensive solution for assessing blood vessels non-invasively.

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