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Title:
MULTIMEDIA CONTROL INTEGRATED IN A MEDICAL TOOL
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2009/078019
Kind Code:
A2
Abstract:
A device for controlled operation of a multimedia system by a medical tool is disclosed. The device includes an actuator communicating with the medical tool and adapted to activate the multimedia system upon detection of a first operation mode of the medical tool and deactivate the multimedia system upon detection of a second operation mode.

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Inventors:
PIKKEL, Dvora (8 Etrog St, Ceasaria, 30889, IL)
HADAD, Yehuda (10 Hagvura St, Nesher, 36850, IL)
Application Number:
IL2008/001633
Publication Date:
June 25, 2009
Filing Date:
December 17, 2008
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Assignee:
PIKKEL, Dvora (8 Etrog St, Ceasaria, 30889, IL)
HADAD, Yehuda (10 Hagvura St, Nesher, 36850, IL)
International Classes:
A61C1/18
Foreign References:
US5697363A1997-12-16
US20070254261A12007-11-01
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PEARL COHEN ZEDEKL LATZER et al. (PO Box, 46733 Herzlia, 12704, IL)
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Claims:

CLAIMS

1. A device for controlled operation of a multimedia system by a medical tool, the device comprising an actuator communicating with the medical tool and adapted to activate the multimedia system upon detection of a first operation mode of the medical tool and deactivate the multimedia system upon detection of a second operation mode.

2. The device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first operation mode is "on" and the second operation mode is "off.

3. The device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first operation mode is "off 1 and the second operation mode is "on".

4. The device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the medical tool comprises a dentist tool.

5. The device as claimed in claim 4, wherein the dentist tool comprises a drill with a hand-piece.

6. The device as claimed in claim 5, wherein the actuator is communicating with a cradle on which the hand-piece can be placed.

7. The device as claimed in claim 6, wherein the actuator is communicating with a foot switch for activating the drill.

8. The device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the medical tool is activated by a compressor, and wherein the actuator comprises a splitter, which splits supply of flow from the compressor through a sideline to a pressure detector.

9. The device as claimed in claim 8, wherein the compressor comprises an air compressor.

10. A method for reducing patient anxiety during a medical treatment in which a medical tool is used on the patient, the method comprising: providing a device for controlled operation of a multimedia system by the medical tool, the device comprising an actuator communicating with the medical tool and adapted to activate and deactivate the multimedia system upon detection of different operation modes of the medical tool; activating the multimedia system upon detection of a first operation mode of the medical tool; and deactivating the multimedia system upon detection of a second operation mode.

11. The method as claimed in claim 10, wherein the first operation mode is "on" and the second operation mode is "off.

12. The method as claimed in claim 10, wherein the first operation mode is "off and the second operation mode is "on".

Description:

MULTIMEDIA CONTROL INTEGRATED IN A MEDICAL TOOL

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to multimedia technology. More specifically, the present invention relates to audio and video technologies controlled by and integrated in medical tools.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Medical Phobia and anxiety of patients while being treated by a medical doctor are very common. Most people have experienced a certain level of fear when undergoing medical treatment and particularly when the treatment is invasive. Fear of doctors is sometimes so severe that in some cases it can keep people from getting the medical treatment they need. In terms of medical treatments, this can have serious implications, as delays in getting treatment can be harmful, causing irreversible damage or even death. In terms of dental health, besides severely infected gums and teeth, the ability to chew and digest can be seriously affected due to dental phobia.

Over the years, doctors have tried various ways to reduce medical phobia. Some common attempts include face-to-face communication, answering of the patient's questions and a lot of listening. Nevertheless, none of the suggested techniques fully achieves the goal (i.e., relief of patient' s fear).

In recent years, some doctors have been playing background music, while others have been playing music over headphones during treatments. The use of headphones has been found to have a better effect, however, since the music continues even when the doctor stops working, the patient continues to be isolated from the surrounding environment and thus cannot hear the doctor's instructions. Such isolation is not entirely beneficial both to the patient and the doctor, as there may be times when the doctor needs the patient's undivided attention.

Currently there is no such device that operates automatically, to play music during predetermined times during medical treatments. Most doctors use regular CD players for playing background music with or without headphones, and thus, some of their attention has to be directed towards operating the multimedia system. In a dental clinic, for instance, a dentist starts and stops the work of his drill about a dozen times in an average treatment, thus, he or she has to operate (i.e., starting and stopping the music) an multimedia system 24 times.

An aim of the present invention is to provide multimedia control integrated in the medical tool used in a variety of medical clinics.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

There is, therefore, provided, according to some preferred embodiments of the present invention, a device for controlled operation of a multimedia system by a medical tool, the device comprising an actuator communicating with the medical tool and adapted to activate the multimedia system upon detection of a first operation mode of the medical tool and deactivate the multimedia system upon detection of a second operation mode.

Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the first operation mode is "on" and the second operation mode is "off.

Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the first operation mode is "off" and the second operation mode is "on". Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the medical tool comprises a dentist tool.

Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the dentist tool comprises a drill with a hand-piece.

Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the actuator is communicating with a cradle on which the hand-piece can be placed.

Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the actuator is communicating with a foot switch for activating the drill.

Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the medical tool is activated by a compressor, and wherein the actuator comprises a splitter, which splits supply of flow from the compressor through a sideline to a pressure detector.

Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the compressor comprises an air compressor.

Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, there is provided a method for reducing patient anxiety during a medical treatment in which a medical tool is used on the patient, the method comprising:

providing a device for controlled operation of a multimedia system by the medical tool, the device comprising an actuator communicating with the medical tool and adapted to activate and deactivate the multimedia system upon detection of different operation modes of the medical tool; activating the multimedia system upon detection of a first operation mode of the medical tool; and deactivating the multimedia system upon detection of a second operation mode.

Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the first operation mode is "on" and the second operation mode is "off. Furthermore, in accordance with some preferred embodiments of the present invention, the first operation mode is "off and the second operation mode is "on".

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS In order to better understand the present invention and appreciate its practical applications, the following figures are provided and referenced hereafter. It should be noted that the figures are given as examples only and in no way limit the scope of the invention.

Fig.1 is a schematic diagram that illustrates a system of multimedia control integrated in a medical tool in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the medical tool in this case being a dentist tool (drill).

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The implementation of audio and/or video systems in medical clinics may contribute in reducing the patient's phobia by diverting the patient's mind away from the treatment into some relaxing music and/or entertaining movie. The multimedia content is presented to the patient while the medical specialist attends to him, and this is interrupted momentarily when the specialist halts his attendance.

In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention, a dentist is provided with a drill (this being the most dreaded medical tool in a dental clinic) that when activated facilitates presenting multimedia content to the attended patient - through headphones, loudspeakers, screen or a combination thereof.

This is achieved by providing the drill with an auxiliary circuitry that activates a multimedia device, such as a CD player, or DVD player, when the dentist activates the drill and deactivates the multimedia device when the dentist halts the action of the drill.

Alternatively the activation and deactivation of the multimedia device can be performed by a switch located on the drill.

Another alternative for the activation and deactivation of the multimedia device is to associate them with the action of the compressor, which integrally operates with the drill.

"Activation and deactivation" can mean, in the context of the present invention, turning the multimedia device on and off, increasing and decreasing the volume level, switching between broadcasting channels, switching between audio content (such as radio channels or recorded music) and multimedia content (such as presenting TV programs, showing a recorded movie) and other noticeable changes in the provided multimedia.

In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention, a "built in" multimedia system in a dental clinic automatically starts working when the drill starts working and stops automatically when the drill stops working.

A dental clinic typically includes a compressor, which is used to power one or more drill or other dental tools, as well as used for evacuating saliva, blood and dental debris from the mouth of the patient. It is assumed that while the compressor is in operation the dentist is busy treating the patient, while when the compressor is inactive the dentist is free to address the patient and talk to him, explaining the nature of the treatment and the anticipated procedure.

Given the above it is desired to present the patient with multimedia content while the dentist is busy treating him (or her), which is during the time the compressor is operational, whereas when the compressor is inactive it is desired to allow the dentist to gain the patient's attention by turning off or down or otherwise changing the format or other properties of the provided multimedia content.

Accordingly, a multimedia control integrated in medical tool, in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a detector for detecting airflow from the compressor and a relay system for receiving signals from the detector and controls a multimedia player.

An air splitter is used to split the flow of air and direct a part of the airflow towards the drill and another part of the flow towards the detector.

Wireless or wired headphones can be used to provide audio content to the patient in a private manner. In the case of wireless headphones a transmitter is used to communicate with the headphones.

Main advantages of the current invention are stated below: The present invention is based on readily available technology and uses existing devises.

The multimedia system operates only when needed (i.e., only during treatment), and thus does not isolate the patient from his surrounding and allows free communication between the patient and the doctor, when the latter is not actually occupied with treating the patient.

A multimedia control incorporated in a dentist tool, according to a preferred embodiment the present invention utilizes a parallel control line to the working unit of the dentist, which uses relatively low and insignificant airflow; therefore, the efficacy of the drill is practically unaffected.

The multimedia control is of small size and can be easily assembled in a dental clinic.

Given below is an elaboration of a multimedia control incorporated in a dentist tool according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, as illustrated in the figures:

Fig. l is a schematic diagram that illustrates a system of multimedia control integrated in a medical tool 10 in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the medical tool in this case being a dentist tool (drill 11).

The multimedia control integrated in a dentist tool 10 is using compressed air and can be operated based on the hand piece 12 position or the foot switch position 13.

When the dentist picks up the hand piece 12 or steps on the foot switch 13, air flows from an air compressor 14 to the hand piece 12 and rotates the drill 11. When the dentist deactivates the foot switch 13, or puts back the hand piece 12 in its cradle, air stops flowing, and the air pressure in the line 15 (i.e., the line from the outlet of the air compressor 14 to the hand piece 12) decreases.

Before reaching the hand piece 12, the airflow 17 passes through a splitter 16 (typically a T- connector), which splits air from the main line 17 to sideline 15 and sideline 21. The sideline 21 leads to an air-pressure detector 18. When there is airflow and substantial air pressure, the detector 18 sends an "on" signal to a relay system 20. When there is no airflow, and air pressure decreases below a certain predetermined level, the detector 18 sends an "off signal to the relay system 20.

The relay system 20, in turn, immediately executes electrical switching in response to the output signal of the detector 18. Thus, when the detector 18 sends an "on" signal, the relay system 20 activates a multimedia system 22 (TV set, in the example shown in the figure) and an optional cordless transmitter assembly 24 transmits audio output to headphones 26. When the detector 18 sends an "off signal, the relay system 20 deactivates the multimedia system 22.

The device of the present invention can be made to activate the multimedia system upon detection of an "on" operation mode, and made to deactivate the multimedia system upon detection of an "off operation mode. Alternatively, the system can be made to activate the multimedia system upon detection of an "off operation mode, and made to deactivate the multimedia system upon detection of an "on" operation mode.

The device of the present invention can also be made to respond to other operation modes.

It should be mentioned that in a similar manner, multimedia control (i.e., audio and video systems) could be implemented in other medical tools (for clinics other than a dental clinic) to aid in reducing the patient's fear and phobia. For the purpose of the present invention the scope of the term "medical tool" is to be considered in its broadest sense, and to include, for example, ophthalmological tools, minor surgery tools, medical imaging tools, gynecological tools (such as ultrasound probes), and various other medical tools that are in use on traumatized patients. It should be clear that the description of the embodiments and attached Figures set forth in this specification serves only for a better understanding of the invention, without limiting its scope.

It should also be clear that a person skilled in the art, after reading the present specification could make adjustments or amendments to the attached Figures and above described embodiments that would still be covered by the present invention.