|Publication number||US3629594 A|
|Publication date||Dec 21, 1971|
|Filing date||Apr 16, 1970|
|Priority date||Apr 16, 1970|
|Publication number||US 3629594 A, US 3629594A, US-A-3629594, US3629594 A, US3629594A|
|Original Assignee||Reese Hospital Michael|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (3), Non-Patent Citations (1), Referenced by (20), Classifications (18)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
United States Patent  Inventor Glen Sandberg OTHER REFERENCES [2'] A I N g g-2 Willis, 0. R.; IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin; Vol. 6,
l No 6;Nov., I963; .13; 250- 22l.  Filed Apr. 16, 1910 W I  Patented Dec. 21, 1971 Primary Examiner-Anthony L. Blrch  Assignee Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center y L Goldsmith, Clement & rd n  PAT]ENT-POSITION-MONITORING METHOD ABSTRACT: A light beam is directed upon a retroreflective AND SYSTEM FOR USE DURING MEDICAL element, located adjacent the pertinent portion of the pa- DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES tient's body and is reflected upon a photocell or some other 21 Claims, 3 Drawing Figs. photoresponsive means. If there is any appreciable change in the patients position, the signal from the photocell will Cl g g change. The changed signal can be employed to perform a H i I t Cl cdsbfllm control function, such as actuating a warning device. or ter- 'L' 250/65 93 minating the diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. so that the 95 I03 2 radiation will not be misdirected. The light beam is preferably A 5 produced by an optical system comprising a lamp an apertured member to produce a small spot of light, a partially light- 5 References Cited transmitting mirror, and a lens for focusing the beam upon the UNITED STATES PATENTS retroreflective element. The reflected beam is preferably focused by the lens through the mirror and upon the 22 3 32; g g 250/221) photocell. The retrorefiective element is preferably in the ig g i g gSO/ZH form of a small piece of retroreflective adhesive tape, to be 2, art eta. 25 /221X stuck to oradjacemto the patients body 42 X- RAY TUBE WARNmG DEVICE RELAY AMPUF! El? FIG PHOT O CELL PATENTEU B 2 I971 MS mmy W m 1w Nd /v f v uw Mn PATIENT-POSITION-MONITORING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USE DURING MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES This invention relates to a method and system for indicating any appreciable change in the position of a patient during medical procedures utilizing a high-energy beam source such as radiography, radioisotope or ultrasonic scanning, radiation therapy, laser beam treatment or the like, or utilizing a highenergy source. Any change in the position of the patient is undesirable, because such change may cause the high-energy beam or radiation to be misdirected, or because inaccurate sensing of the high-energy source may give false data.
A misdirected radiation therapy beam may have serious effects on the intended cure of the patient. All high-energy beams such as radiation beams must be considered as potentially harmful, even at levels used in diagnostic procedures, and a misdirected diagnostic beam will usually necessitate a repeat procedure. By reducing the number of these repeats, the system will achieve the goal of reducing unnecessary exposure of patients in diagnostic procedures utilizing X-rays or radioactive isotopes, as well as in therapy procedures.
The method and system of the present invention may be employed to perform a control function, such as producing a warning signal, or shutting off the source of radiation or source of other high-energy beam. In either case, the operator will reposition the patient before continuing the procedure.
It is an object of the present invention to produce a monitoring system which is reliable and highly effective, and easy to use in the presence of normal room light.
Thus, the present invention preferably involves directing a light beam upon a retroreflective element, associated with, mounted on, or adjacent the pertinent portion of the patients body. The light beam is reflected upon a photocell or some other photoresponsive means. If there is any appreciable movement of the patients body, the signal from the photocell or other photoresponsive means will be changed, or will otherwise indicate the change of position or movement. Such signal is preferably fed through an amplifier to a relay which can actuate a warning device, and can also, if desired, control or turn off the X-ray tube or any other source of radiation or high energy.
The retroreflective element is preferably in the form of a small piece of retroreflective adhesive tape or other similar sheet material. In this way, the retroreflective element can easily be applied to a pertinent portion of the patients body.
The light source preferably comprises a lamp, an apertured member to produce a small spot of light from the lamp, and an optical system for focusing the beam upon the retroreflective element. Such an optical system preferably comprises a partially light-transmissive mirror and a lens. The reflected beam is preferably focused by the same lens, through the mirror and upon the photocell.
The signal from the photocell is preferably fed through an amplifier to a relay which may perform various control functions, such as actuating a warning device or turning off the source of radiation, or both.
Further objects, advantages and features of the present invention will appear from the following description, taken with the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic elevation of a patient-positionmonitoring system, to be described as an-illustrative embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is an elevational view, partially in section of the optical system of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a block diagram of the electrical system of FIG. 1.
As shown in FIG. I, the invention is embodied in a monitoring system 10, comprising a retroreflective element 12, mounted on the pertinent portion of the patients body 14. Preferably, the retroreflective element I2 takes the form of a small piece of retroreflective tape or other sheet material, with adhesive material on the back side thereof, so that the element 12 can easily be stuck to the patient's body. The adhesive material is preferably of the pressure sensitive, permanently tacky tape.
The retroreflective element 12 is preferably applied to the patients body at or near the site of the patients exposure to radiation. If the patient is immobilized, then the element I2 may be applied to the table or couch to which the patient is fixed. The size of the retroreflective element is chosen according to the required tolerance for displacement of the patient. Thus, any movement of the retroreflective element out of the light beam will indicate that the irradiated portion of the patients body has moved more than a prescribed amount.
A light beam 16 is projected upon the retroreflective element l2 and is reflected back by the element. The material of which the retroreflective element is made has the characteristic that any impinging light beam is reflected directly back, along its path of impingement, even if the surface is not normal to the path of impingement of the light beam. Such a material is available from the 3M Company and has been used for making reflective highway signs and the like.
A retroreflective target with the coaxial light source and detector described herein achieves a high contrast between the target and the background in the presence of normally encountered ambient light.
The light beam is produced and is also utilized by an optical unit 18, shown in section in FIG. 2. The light is produced by a lamp 20 and is directed through a small aperture 22 in a plate 24 or the like. In effect, a small spot of light is produced at the aperture 22. The lamp 20 is mounted in a housing 26.
The small spot of light is projected upon the retroreflective element 12 by a mirror 28 and a lens 30, mounted in a tubular housing 32. The mirror 28 is at an oblique angle to the optical axis of the lens 30, so that the lamp 20 and the apertured plate 24 can be disposed laterally from the axis of the lens. As shown, the light beam is reflected at an angle of about by the mirror 28. The lens 30 focuses the light beam so as to produce an image of the small spot of light, on the retroreflective element 12. Although a lens such as that illustrated in the drawings will function satisfactorily, an axicon lens system will perform in a superior manner in this application. Axicon lenses are described in U.S. Pat. No. 2,759,393, and are used in coaxial light-emitting systems. In the present invention and axicon lens achieves a sharp focus over an extended distance to enhance the utility of the system.
The light beam is reflected back through the lens 30 by the element 12 and is focused upon photoresponsive means, illustrated as comprising a photosensitive device such as photocell 34, disposed behind the mirror 28. While the mirror could be apertured, it is preferably of the type having a reflective coating which is partially light-transmissive. Thus, the reflected beam is able to pass through the mirror to the photocell 34. It will be understood that the photocell 34 may be of any suitable type, such as a solid state photodiode.
The reflective element I2 is of small size so that any appreciable or medically significant movement by the patient will move the element 12 out of the path of impingement of light beam 16, hence will cause a change in the amount of light reflected to the photocell 34. That is because the retroreflective element will be moved out of the path of the beam of light and thus the light beam will not be reflected back to the photocell. As such, the electrical signal produced by the photocell 34 will exhibit a corresponding change.
As shown in FIG. 3, the output signal from the photocell is preferably fed into an amplifier 36 which produces a corresponding amplified output, adapted to operate a control relay 38 or the like. The control relay 38 may be arranged to perform various control function, such as actuating a warning device 40, when the reflected light beam is diminished in magnitude by movement of the patient. The control relay 38 may also be arranged to shut off or deactivate the radiation source, shown as an X-ray tube 42. It will be understood that the radiation source may comprise any other suitable means for producing radiation, such as an atomic irradiator utilizing radioactive cobalt, for example, or may comprise other means for producing a high-energy beam, such as a laser beam, for example.
The optical unit 18 may have a swivel mounting bracket 44 which provides for universal adjustment, so that the light beam can easily be aimed at the retroreflective element '12. The bracket 44 is secured to a wall 46 or any other suitable support. in some cases, the optical unit may be mounted on the carriage which supports the X-ray tube 42. The unit may also be mounted rigidly in the room or affixed to the equipment to serve as a pointer for positioning the patient.
In the operation of the patient position monitoring system, the retroreflective element 12 is mounted on the patients body, at or near the intended siteof the diagnostic procedure or therapy. When the patient has been properly positioned, the light beam 16 is aimed so that it falls directly upon the retroreflective element 12. The medical procedure is then commenced.
If the patient moves appreciably, the reflected light, projected upon the photocell 34, diminishes. The resulting signal produced by the photocell may be amplified by amplifier 36, and is employed to actuate the warning device 40, and also preferably to deactivate the X-ray tube 42 or other high-energy beam source. The warning device 40 may comprise a buzzer, bell, lamp or the like. In response to the warning, the operator repositions the patient so that the procedure can be completed.
The monitoring system is applicable to certain types of diagnostic X-rays, to X-ray therapy, and to other radiation and high-energy source therapy and diagnostic procedures. Thus, the high-energy source may be a remote beam source, or, for example, a radioactive source administered to the patient, the emission of which is scanned and detected externally of the patient in a known manner. Indeed the system may utilize the eye as the retroreflective element in certain diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
it will be recognized that the patient position monitoring system is highly reliable and effective, yet is easy to use.
Various modification, alternatives and equivalents can be employed. Thus, for example, it is possible to interchange the positions of the photocell 34 and the lamp 2.0, with its apertured plate 24. Further a concave mirror or mirrors may be used for focusing the emitted and reflected light beams, instead of a lens or lenses.
Also, for example, a continuous laser or a light emitting diode can be used for the light beam source. Such a diode is essentially a point source of light, which can be focused by means of a lens upon the retroreflective element. An optical system is used in connection with the laser, to form a narrow Y beam of light. The retroreflective element may comprise a corner reflector of mirrors, prisms or transparentjewels, to be attached to the patients body.
What is claimed is:
1. In combination with a radiation source to be used with a patient in a medical therapeutic or diagnostic procedure, a patient-position-monitoring system comprising a retroreflective element adjacent the pertinent portion of the patients body, a remote source for directing a beam of light upon said retroreflective element, said light beam being reflected by said element, photoresponsive means for remotely receiving the reflected light beam from said element to develop a signal indicative of any medically significant change in the position of the patient, and means responsive to said signal for signalling said change in position.
2. A system according to claim 1, in which said retroreflective element comprises a piece of retroreflective material having an adhesive backing for securing said material to the pertinent portion of the patients body.
3. A system according to claim 1, in which said light beam source includes a lamp, an apertured member restricting the light from said lamp to a small spot, and means for focusing said small spot upon said retroreflective element.
4. A system according to claim 1, in which said light beam source comprises a laser beam source.
5. A system according to claim 1, in which said light beam source includes a light-emitting diode, and means for focusing the light beam from said diode on the retroreflective element.
6. A system according to claim 3, in which said focusing means comprises a mirror and a lens, said mirror being disposed at an oblique angle to the optical axis of said lens.
7. A system according to claim 6, in which said photoresponsive means comprising a photosensitive device disposed behind said mirror, said mirror being partially lighttransmissive, the reflected light beam being adapted to be focused by said lens, through said mirror and upon said photosensitive device.
8. A system according to claim I, in which said light beam source includes means for developing a small spot of light, and a partially light-transmissive mirror and a lens for projecting said spot upon said retroreflective element, the reflected light beam being adapted to be projected upon said photoresponsive means through the agency of said lens and said mirror.
9. In the combination of claim 1 in which said radiation source remotely produces a radiant energy beam directed toward the patient, and said means responsive to said signal controls said radiation source.
10. in the combination of claim 9, wherein said controlling means is adapted to deactivate said radiation source.
11. in the combination of claim 9, wherein the retroreflective element is secured to the patient.
12. A system according to claim 9, in which said light beam source includes means for developing a small spot of light, and a partially light-transmissive mirror and a lens for projecting said spot upon said retroreflective element, the reflected spot of light being adapted to be projected upon said photoresponsive means through the agency of said lens and said mirror.
13. In the combination of claim 12 in which said lens is an axicon lens.
14. A patient position monitoring system for use during a medical procedure involving the exposure of a patient to radiation and for controlling a radiation source comprising: a radiation source, a retroreflective element to be mounted closely adjacent the pertinent portion of the patients body to be exposed to said radiation, a light source for directing a beam of light upon the retroreflective element, said light beam being reflected by said element, photoresponsive means for receiving the reflected light beam from said retroreflective element to develop a signal indicative of any substantial change in the position of the patient from a first position, and means connected between said photoresponsive means and said radiation source and operative to deactivate said radiation source in response to a change in the signal from said photoresponsive means.
15. A method of sensing medically significant changes in the position of a patient during a medical radiant energy exposure procedure, comprising the steps of mounting a retroreflective element adjacent the patients body, remotely directing a beam of light upon the retroreflective element, and remotely directing the resulting reflected light beam from the retroreflective element.
[6. A method according to claim 15, comprising the further step of performing a control function in response to a change in the reflected light beam.
17. A method according to claim 15, comprising the further step of producing a warning signal in response to a change in the reflected light beam.
18. A method according to claim 15, comprising the further step of discontinuing the medical procedure in response to a change in the reflected light beam.
19. A method of responding to a medically significant change of position of a patient during a medical procedure comprising the steps of providing a retroreflective element in a fixed relation adjacent the pertinent portion of the pateints body, directing a beam of light from a remote position toward the retroreflective element, remotely detecting the reflected beam of light from said retroreflective element, producing a warning signal in response to a medically significant change of position of the patient from a first position to another position, and discontinuing the medical procedure in response to said warning signal.
20. A method according to claim 19, comprising the further steps of beaming radiant energy toward the patient, and
discontinuing said beaming in response to the signal.
21. A method according to claim 20 in which the retroreflective element is mounted on the patient. 5
t i i i t UNITED STATES PATENT oTFTeE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. 3 62Q,594 Dated December 21, 1971 Inventor(s) Glen Sandberg It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:
Column 4, Claim 19, line 66, "pateint's" should be patient's Column 5, Claim 21, line l, "20" should be *9 19 Signed and sealed this 31st day of October 1972.
ROBERT GOTTSCHALK Attesting Officer Commissionerof Patents
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|U.S. Classification||378/95, 378/117, 600/595, 250/221, 378/98, 601/15, 378/206, 600/407|
|International Classification||A61B6/08, G05D3/12, A61N5/10|
|Cooperative Classification||A61N5/1049, G05D3/125, A61B6/08, A61N2005/1056|
|European Classification||G05D3/12K, A61B6/08, A61N5/10E1|