Notre Dame Patents

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This collection brings together all of the patents assigned to the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to the present, plus other selected patents prior to 1952. Each record includes a full-text searchable and accessible PDF document for the corresponding invention. The record also includes the present-day academic department with which the inventor was or would have been associated.

Why patents? According to the University’s IDEA Center, “Part of the University’s public service mission is to ensure that the results of its research are made available for public use and benefit. This is accomplished in many ways: through educating students, publishing results of research, and ensuring that inventions are developed into useful products and services for the benefit of the public.”

“Today, our research universities play an even more vital role in creating a better future—not only by educating close to 600,000 graduate students in science and engineering every year, but also, and critically, by performing more than 15% of U.S. R&D in 2011—and according to 2012 NSF data, accounted for the majority (53%) of national basic research. This research, some basic, some applied or ‘translational’ creates new technologies, new products and services, medicines, diagnostics — the list is long and impressive — but also, this research gives rise to entire new industries.” (David Winwood, “The Importance of Patents and Academic Technology Transfer,” March 26, 2015)

The collection also includes the most famous patent associated with Notre Dame, U.S. patent 1,811,959 from 1931, “Vinyl derivatives of acetylene and method of preparing the same” — in other words, synthetic rubber. Invented by Rev. Fr. Julius Nieuwland, CSC, and assigned to DuPont, this patent did, in fact, give rise to entire new industries. More about this invention may be found at the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

These patents are one more example of the University fulfilling Rev. Fr. Sorin’s vision of becoming a “powerful force for good.”

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  • Inventor(s):
    Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Jiang Hsieh
    Patent Number:
    US 6907102 B2
    Description:

    A multi-slice computed tomography imaging system is provided including a source that generates an x-ray beam and a detector array that receives the x-ray beam and generates projection data. A translatable table has an object thereon and is operable to translate in relation to the source and the detector array. The source and the detector array rotate about the translatable table to helically scan the object. An image reconstructor is electrically coupled to the detector array and reconstructs…

    Date Issued:
    2005-06-14
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman, Jiang Hsieh, Jean-Baptiste Thibault
    Patent Number:
    US 7676074 B2
    Description:

    A method for filtering a measurement of density of an object is described. The method includes filtering the measurement of the density and preserving a local average of the measurement and additional measurements when performing the filtering.

    Date Issued:
    2010-03-09
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Jiang Hsieh, Charles A. Bouman, Ken D. Sauer, Jean-Baptiste Thibault
    Patent Number:
    US 7440602 B2
    Description:

    A method for improving images of an imaging system including a plurality of detector cells includes assigning a quality factor for each detector cell.

    Date Issued:
    2008-10-21
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman, Jiang Hsieh, Jean-Baptiste Thibault
    Patent Number:
    US 7327822 B2
    Description:

    A method of reconstructing an image includes combining a two-dimensional forward projection function and a three-dimensional stabilizing function to generate an iterative reconstruction algorithm, and using the obtained iterative reconstruction algorithm to perform a multislice Computed Tomography (CT) reconstruction to generate an image.

    Date Issued:
    2008-02-05
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Jiang Hsieh, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman
    Patent Number:
    US 7583780 B2
    Description:

    A method for reconstructing an image in a tomographic imaging system is described. The method includes improving a spatial resolution of the image by iteratively reconstructing the image.

    Date Issued:
    2009-09-01
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman, Jiang Hsieh
    Patent Number:
    US 7272205 B2
    Description:

    A method for calculating an element of a projection includes calculating an element A.sub.i,j of a projection matrix using at least two different rays through a voxel.

    Date Issued:
    2007-09-18
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Ken D. Sauer, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Charles A. Bouman, Jiang Hsieh
    Patent Number:
    US 7251306 B2
    Description:

    A method of reconstructing an image includes performing an iterative CT X-ray image reconstruction using a model including a point spread function (PSF) to reconstruct an image.

    Date Issued:
    2007-07-31
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Charles A. Bouman, Ken D. Sauer, Jiang Hsieh, Jean-Baptiste Thibault
    Patent Number:
    US 7308071 B2
    Description:

    A method of reconstructing an image includes substantially minimizing a cost function of the form .times..times..times..times..times..function..function..function. ##EQU00001## where {circumflex over (x)} is the value of x which achieves the minimum summation, y.sub.m is an integral projection, F.sub.m(x) is an forward projection function, and S(x) is a stabilizing function, to obtain {circumflex over (x)}, and using the obtained {circumflex over (x)} to perform a multislice Computed Tomograp…

    Date Issued:
    2007-12-11
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman, Jiang Hsieh, Jean-Baptiste Thibault
    Patent Number:
    US 8218715 B2
    Description:

    Methods and systems for reconstructing an image are provided. The method includes performing a tomographic image reconstruction using a joint estimation of at least one of a gain parameter and an offset parameter, and an estimation of the reconstructed image.

    Date Issued:
    2012-07-10
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Kai Zeng, Zhou Yu, Charles A. Bouman, Ken D. Sauer
    Patent Number:
    US 8787521 B2
    Description:

    A system and method include acquisition of a set of image data corresponding to a time period of data acquisition, the set of image data corresponding to a plurality of voxels, wherein each of the plurality of voxels corresponds to a distinct acquisition time within the time period of data acquisition. The system and method further include the modeling of the plurality of voxels as a function of time based on a plurality of kinetic parameters associated therewith and reconstruction of an imag…

    Date Issued:
    2014-07-22
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Debashish Pal, Jie Tang, Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman, Ruoqiao Zhang
    Patent Number:
    US 9460485 B2
    Description:

    A method includes obtaining spectral computed tomography (CT) information via an acquisition unit having an X-ray source and a CT detector. The method also includes, generating, with one or more processing units, using at least one image transform, a first basis image and a second basis image using the spectral CT information. Further, the method includes performing, with the one or more processing units, guided processing on the second basis image using the first basis image as a guide to pr…

    Date Issued:
    2016-10-04
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    Public
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Kai Zeng, Charles A. Bouman, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Jiang Hsieh, Ken D. Sauer, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Zhou Yu
    Patent Number:
    US 8655033 B2
    Description:

    An improved iterative reconstruction method to reconstruct a first image includes generating an imaging beam, receiving said imaging beam on a detector array, generating projection data based on said imaging beams received by said detector array, providing said projection data to an image reconstructor, enlarging one of a plurality of voxels and a plurality of detectors of the provided projection data, reconstructing portions of the first image with the plurality of enlarged voxels or detecto…

    Date Issued:
    2014-02-18
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    Public
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    Patent