Minnesota Patent of the Month – October 2022

Radiology and X-ray imaging systems are often set up to have the patient lay on a table to be moved into the imaging system. This design is more complex than you may think. The tables typically have weight limits that don’t allow for additional equipment to be supported. For instance, if a patient suddenly needs to be resuscitated, the force of CPR or the weight of any additional equipment may cause the table legs to bend.

Edd Medical, Inc. has developed an improved table for radiographic imaging that effectively:

  • Supports additional equipment
  • Provides space for the monitoring of vital signs
  • Protects staff from radiation scatter

Their carbon-fiber sled-table is attached to a standard pedestal but is also supported by a series of open side members which increase the overall rigid strength. They also contribute to the torsional strength, which is a critical factor when the table is loaded unevenly. For instance, when the patient is first getting on or off the table.

Radiation scatter is reduced using a cavity-sealing made with a foam pad. The foam is quite impermeable. A set of shields can be flipped into place to increase protection from scatter. The design reduces 91% overall scatter radiation exposure for all staff.

Are you developing new technology for an existing application? Did you know your development work could be eligible for the R&D Tax Credit and you can receive up to 14% back on your expenses? Even if your development isn’t successful your work may still qualify for R&D credits (i.e. you don’t need to have a patent to qualify). To find out more, please contact a Swanson Reed R&D Specialist today or check out our free online eligibility test.

Who We Are:

Swanson Reed is one of the U.S.’ largest Specialist R&D tax advisory firms. We manage all facets of the R&D tax credit program, from claim preparation and audit compliance to claim disputes.

Swanson Reed regularly hosts free webinars and provides free IRS CE and CPE credits for CPAs. For more information please visit us at www.swansonreed.com/webinars or contact your usual Swanson Reed representative.

Recent Posts