General Electric Patent Grants

System and method for performing magnetic resonance imaging scan operations from within a scan room

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9687170
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system includes an imaging assembly located in a scan room and a controller coupled to the imaging assembly and located in a separate control room. A display is coupled to the controller and located in the scan room. The display is configured to display at least one graphical user interface relating to the set up of a patient and a scan for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam. An input device is also located in the scan room and is coupled to the…

Method and apparatus for table-gantry alignment in an imaging system

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9687203
Method and apparatus are provided for aligning a cradle supported by a table in an imaging system with a gantry scan plane in a bore of the gantry. More particularly, various embodiments provide a laser alignment structure having at least two alignment apertures arranged along an axis of the bore, and an adjustment device configured to adjust a position of the laser so that the laser beam is aligned with the alignment apertures. Highly accurate alignment of the cradle to the gantry scan…

Ammonia capturing by COproduct liquid in water wash liquid

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9687774
A method for capturing ammonia present in combustion flue gas subjected to carbon dioxide removal using a water wash unit included in a chilled ammonia process. The method includes combining a CO2 loaded liquid and a wash water liquid to form a CO2 enriched wash water liquid that is then brought into contact with the combustion flue gas.

Catalyst and method of manufacture

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9687819
A catalyst system comprising a first catalytic composition comprising a homogeneous solid mixture containing at least one catalytic metal and at least one metal inorganic support. The pores of the solid mixture have an average diameter in a range of about 1 nanometer to about 15 nanometers. The catalytic metal comprises nanocrystals.

System for accommodating differential thermal expansion in syngas cooler

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9688927
A system includes a syngas cooler configured to cool a syngas. The syngas cooler includes a vessel with a head portion and a first opening and a first pipe that extends through the first opening. The first pipe is configured to convey a heated fluid out of the vessel. A first flanged connection is disposed about the first opening, wherein the first pipe extends through the first flanged connection and is coupled to the flanged connection.

Gas lift valve assemblies having fluid flow barrier and methods of assembling same

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689241
A gas lift valve assembly includes a housing, a check valve, and a fluid flow barrier. The housing defines an inlet port, an outlet port, and a main flow passage providing fluid communication between the inlet port and the outlet port. The main flow passage has an upstream end and a downstream end. The check valve includes a sealing element disposed at the downstream end of the main flow passage, and a valve member configured to sealingly engage the sealing element. The valve member is…

Stacked wheel assembly for a rotor of a rotary machine

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689261
A stacked wheel assembly for a rotor of a rotary machine includes a plurality of stacked wheels for rotation about a common axis and forming a portion of the rotor. Also included is a tie bolt passing through aligned bolt holes of the plurality of stacked wheels for retaining the plurality of stacked wheels in axially stacked relation, the tie bolt extending out of a forward end of a forward wheel of the plurality of stacked wheels and out of an aft end of an aft wheel of the plurality…

Thermographic inspection system for composite wind turbine blade

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689262
The present application provides a method of inspecting a bond joint. The method may include the steps of applying an exothermic adhesive to a first shell and/or a second shell, attaching the first shell to the second shell via the exothermic adhesive to create the bond joint, allowing the exothermic adhesive to cure, and imaging the heat released by the exothermic adhesive along the bond joint. The bond joint may be a turbine blade bond joint.

Droplet catcher for centrifugal compressor

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689263
A liquid droplet catching device installed in a compressor impeller, the device includes an aperture disposed on a surface of the impeller and configured to receive the liquid droplet, and a channel disposed beneath and in fluid communication with the aperture, wherein in the channel is configured to direct the liquid droplet away from the aperture and out of the compressor impeller.

Methods and systems to analyze a gas-mixture

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689795
A system is presented. The system includes an absorption cell filled-with a gas-mixture, a mirror-cum-window comprising a first portion that acts as a first mirror and a second portion that acts as a first window, a second mirror, a plurality of radiation sources to generate a plurality of light beams directed into the absorption cell through the first window followed by reflection of the plurality of light beams between the first mirror and the second mirror to irradiate the gas-mixture…

Colorimetric indicators for use in medical devices

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689849
A colorimetric time indicator configured to indicate time specificity is provided. The colorimetric time indicator includes a colorimetric layer configured to be operatively coupled to a disposable medical device. The colorimetric time indicator is configured to indicate the time specificity via one or more visual indicators upon exposure to one or more external stimuli.

Resonant sensor and an associated sensing method

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689852
A sensing system for selective analyte detection in presence of interferences is presented. The sensing system includes an inductor-capacitor-resistor (LCR) resonant sensor includes a substrate, a plurality of first sensing elements mutually spaced apart and disposed on the substrate, a plurality of second sensing elements, each second sensing element disposed overlapping a corresponding first sensing element of the plurality of second sensing elements, and a protecting film applied onto…

Flow angle probe with a passively rotating vane

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689886
A flow angle probe is provided comprising: (a) a probe vane configured to contact a moving fluid within a fluid conduit; (b) an optional probe mounting mechanically coupled to the probe vane; (c) a rotary shaft coupled either to the optional probe mounting or the probe vane; (d) a rotary encoder coupled to the rotary shaft; (e) a sensor hermetically isolated from the probe vane and configured to sense a change in position of the rotary encoder; and (f) a probe housing encompassing at…

Systems and methods for self-calibrated, nonlinear phase contrast correction of magnetic resonance images

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689950
A system and method of self-calibrated correction for residual phase in phase-contrast magnetic resonance (PCMR) imaging data. The method includes receiving PCMR image data from an MR scanner system, segmenting static tissue from non-static cardiovascular elements of the image data, calculating a non-linear fitted-phase basis function, the non-linear fitted-phase basis function based on system artifacts of the PCMR system, adding the non-linear fitted-phase basis function to linear fit…

System and method for image compression in X-ray imaging systems

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689993
An imaging system includes an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert an analog pixel value into a first digital pixel value. The imaging system also includes an index value source configured to receive the first digital pixel value from the analog-to-digital converter and to generate a digital index value based on a comparison of the first digital pixel value to a digital reference value. In addition, the imaging system includes a transmitter in communication with the index…

Integrated diode DAS detector

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689996
Improved imaging systems are disclosed. More particularly, the present disclosure provides for an improved image sensor assembly for an imaging system, the image sensor assembly having an integrated photodetector array and its associated data acquisition electronics fabricated on the same substrate. By integrating the electronics on the same substrate as the photodetector array, this thereby reduces fabrications costs, and reduces interconnect complexity. Since both the photodiode…

Systems and methods for modular imaging detectors

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9689997
An imaging system includes plural modular imaging detectors and a readout electronics unit. Each modular imaging detector includes pixels configured to collect imaging data, a substrate on which the pixels are disposed, and a mechanical interconnection feature. The mechanical interconnection feature is configured to cooperate with a corresponding mechanical interconnection feature of at least one other of the modular imaging detectors to directly join the modular imaging detector to the…

Methods and devices for adjusting brightness of a light source

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692954
Various exemplary devices and methods are provided for adjusting brightness of a light source. In general, the devices and methods can allow brightness of a light source to be adjusted by varying a power supply of the light source. The power supply can be varied in response to a user input. In one exemplary embodiment, the light source can be included as part of a scope, e.g., a borescope, an endoscope, etc., configured to be advanced into a target and to gather one or more video images…

Systems and methods for controlling X-ray imaging systems

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693437
Systems and methods for controlling an X-ray imaging system are described. The systems and methods typically include a support arm with a first end and a second end. The first end of the support arm connects to an articulating arm assembly and the second end of the support arm pivotally attaches to an X-ray imaging arm at a pivot joint so that the pivot joint functions as an axis of orbital rotation for the X-ray imaging arm. One or more controls for the X-ray imaging system are disposed…

Self-shielding target for isotope production systems

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9693443
A self-shielding target for isotope production systems is provided. The target includes a body configured to encase a target material and having a passageway for a charged particle beam, and a component within the body, wherein the charged particle beam induces radioactivity in the component. Additionally, at least one portion of the body is formed from a material having a density value greater than a density value of aluminum to shield the component.