Olympus Patents

Olympus Corporation manufactures camera and audio equipment, including digital cameras, lenses, binoculars and digital audio recorders. Olympus also offers solutions for the medical and life sciences industries with their endoscopes, microscopes, fiberscopes, rigidscopes and flaw detectors.

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  • Publication number: 20170105603
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a flexible insertion section, a display section capable of displaying an endoscopic image, and a grasping section including a bottom portion with a ground contact surface, and to which the display section is fixed, where the insertion section extends downward from a rear surface of the grasping section with a proximal end of the insertion section connected to the grasping section, and the grasping section has a forward tilted posture with a top portion tilted to a front surface side opposite the rear surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi HOSAKA
  • Publication number: 20170105602
    Abstract: An endoscope operation portion includes: an operation portion body provided being connected to a grasping portion; a joystick-type bending operation lever provided on a back side of the operation portion body, including a lever shaft body, and configured to perform a bending operation of a bending portion; and a suction button provided on a front side of the operation portion body so that an angle formed by an operation axis in a pressing-down operation direction relative to a central axis of the lever shaft body is an obtuse angle, and an intersection point between the central axis and the operation axis is positioned inside the operation portion body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiwamu FUJITANI, Keisuke HATANO, Takayasu ITO
  • Publication number: 20170105609
    Abstract: A scanning-type endoscope apparatus includes: a scanning-type endoscope performing scanning with illumination light on a subject by driving an actuator; a storing portion storing drive conditions information and specific information; a reading portion; a controlling portion driving the actuator based on the drive conditions information; a body apparatus; a signal generating portion generating a signal corresponding to light from the subject; and an image information generating portion generating image information based on the signal. The controlling portion causes the image information to be generated using the signal in a state where reading of the drive conditions information is complete but reading of the specific information is not complete, and causes the image information to be generated using the signal and the specific information in a state where reading of the drive conditions information and the specific information is complete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noboru NAKAYAMA, Masanori SUMIYOSHI
  • Publication number: 20170105608
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an insertion portion, a support portion, a first subject image acquisition portion, a second subject image acquisition portion, a third subject image acquisition portion, an image generation section, and an image processing section. The image processing section can switch between a first mode of arranging lateral images around a forward image in a continuously connected state and a second mode of arranging the lateral images and the forward image in a separated. The image processing section continuously connects a third image in a non-display region to the forward image in the first mode, and arranges the lateral images side by side with both sides of the forward image and arranges the third image adjacent to the forward image in the second mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhito KURA, Hideyuki KUGIMIYA, Takeo SUZUKI, Kento HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170105797
    Abstract: An endoscopic submucosal dissection device includes: a cap that is separably attached to a distal end of an insertion portion of an endoscope; a first holding portion and a second holding portion; a wire portion at least one part of which protrudes from the first holding portion and the second holding portion and is formed into a loop shape, and which is held by the first holding portion and the second holding portion to be movable forward and backward; an electrode portion that is provided at the part of the wire portion; an insulation member; and an operation portion that is connected to the wire portion and moves the electrode portion between the first holding portion and the second holding portion, wherein the first holding portion and the second holding portion are formed at opposite sides with a center axis of the cap being interposed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayasu Mikkaichi
  • Publication number: 20170105610
    Abstract: A capsule endoscope includes an imaging device that captures time-series captured images and a processor including hardware. The processor implements a process that performs a first motion determination process with respect to the capsule endoscope based on the captured images to calculate a first motion determination result, and a communication process that transmits the captured images to an external device that is provided outside the capsule endoscope, and receives a second motion determination result, the second motion determination result being a result of a second motion determination process with respect to the capsule endoscope that was performed by the external device based on the captured images. The processor implements the process that controls the frame rate of the imaging device based on the first motion determination result and the second motion determination result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seigo ON
  • Publication number: 20170105612
    Abstract: A flexible printed circuit board for use in a video endoscope is provided. The flexible printed circuit board including: a body extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end, the body having two end sections provided at the first end, the two end sections being spatially separate from each other relative to the longitudinal axis and each of the two end sections being configured to be connected to an imaging apparatus. A video endoscope having a flexible printed circuit board is also provided, where the first end of the flexible printed circuit board is arranged in the distal region of the video endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin WIETERS, Thorsten JUERGENS, Sebastian JUNGBAUER
  • Publication number: 20170105613
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes a convex-portion specifying section that detects a convex portion in a picked-up image of a subject picked up by an image pickup section, and a convex-portion-size calculating section that detects a convex portion in a predetermined size range on the basis of information concerning the convex portion. An illumination section includes a plurality of illumination-light emitting sections that illuminate the subject with lights in bands different from one another from directions different from one another. The plurality of illumination-light emitting sections are provided on a distal end side inner circumferential surface of a cylindrical cap attached to the distal end of an insertion section of an endoscope to specify an image pickup range of the image pickup section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Misa TSURUTA, Satoshi TAKEKOSHI, Yuichi TAKEUCHI
  • Publication number: 20170105756
    Abstract: An energy treatment device including a movable handle having a jaw and a first through hole, and a sheath having a hollow portion and a second through hole, wherein the hollow portion is configured to receive an elongated member. The second through hole is configured to extend so as to eliminate an overlap with the hollow portion, and the movable handle is configured to rotate about an axis configured to pass through the first through hole and the second through hole such that the jaw rotates with respect to the sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Minoru KATSUMATA
  • Publication number: 20170105790
    Abstract: In an energy treatment unit and an energy treatment instrument, a jaw openable and closable relative to a probe distal portion of a probe is attached to a distal portion of an energy transmission portion. A liquid feed conduit extends between the energy transmission portion and the probe in a cavity portion, and a liquid ejected from an ejection port, that is formed at a distal end of the liquid feed conduit, flows into a jaw cavity in an inside of the jaw. A liquid outflow portion is provided on an outer surface of the jaw, and the liquid flowing into the jaw cavity flows to an outside of the jaw from the liquid outflow portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryu ONUMA
  • Publication number: 20170105606
    Abstract: A control section outputs a control signal. An actuator is connected to a drive section and operates based on the control signal. An operation information acquisition section acquires operation information related to an operation status of the actuator. A storage section stores correction information included in control information which includes a relationship between an operation status and the control signal. The correction section determines whether or not the control signal and the operation status are consistent with the control information, and when inconsistent, corrects correction information for consistency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitaka UMEMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170105805
    Abstract: A medical instrument according to the present invention includes an end effector that fulfills a predetermined function, a motor unit that generates power for driving the end effector, a transmission member that is connected to the end effector and the motor unit so as to transmit the power to the end effector, a tension holding portion that has a tension generation portion and a tension pulley which is connected to the tension generation portion and which comes into contact with the transmission member the tension pulley being configured to move such that tension applied to the transmission member in a predetermined magnitude, and a switch that can fix a position of the tension pulley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuaki HASEGAWA, Toshihiro YOSHII
  • Publication number: 20170111635
    Abstract: Provided is an image display device, including: a light flux emitter (10) which emits a plurality of parallel light fluxes; and a controller (20) which periodically subjects, to two-dimensional deflection, the parallel light fluxes emitted from the light flux emitter (10), based on a scan signal, and controls, synchronously with the scan signal, light intensity of the plurality of parallel light fluxes based on a light intensity control signal based on image information input thereto, in which: the light flux emitter (10) has at least a plurality of photonic crystal semiconductor lasers (11a) which emit the plurality of parallel light fluxes and are two-dimensionally arranged; and the parallel light fluxes emitted from the plurality of photonic crystal semiconductor lasers (11a) are controlled in light intensity, based on the light intensity control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kanto MIYAZAKI, Takeshi YAMAZAKI, Daichi WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20170108673
    Abstract: An imaging optical system includes a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit, and a fifth lens unit, and the first lens unit includes a first negative lens and a first cemented lens, the second lens unit includes a second cemented lens and one or more positive lens components, the third lens unit includes one or more positive lens components and a third cemented lens, and the first cemented lens includes a negative lens closest to the reduction side and has a concave surface facing the reduction side, the second cemented lens has a positive refractive power and has a concave surface facing the enlargement side, the third cemented lens has a positive refractive power and has a negative lens on the reduction side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keisuke ICHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20170108183
    Abstract: A light source device includes a first semiconductor light source, a second semiconductor light source, and a wavelength converter. The first semiconductor light source emits light in a first wavelength range. The second semiconductor light source emits light in a second wavelength range different from the first wavelength range. The wavelength converter absorbs the light in the first wavelength range to emit light in a third wavelength range different from either of the first wavelength range and the second wavelength range, and transmits the light in the second wavelength range substantially entirely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi ITO
  • Publication number: 20170108356
    Abstract: A position detecting system includes: a capsule medical device having therein a magnetic field generation coil for generating a magnetic field; detection coils configured to detect the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generation coil, and to output detection signals; at least one reference coil configured to detect a magnetic field and to output a detection signal, and arranged at a position where a signal-to-noise ratio to the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generation coil is smaller than a signal-to-noise ratio in each of the detection signals detected by the detection coils; and a magnetic field correction unit configured to correct magnetic field detection values based on the detection signals respectively output from the detection coils, using at least one reference magnetic field detection value that is a detection value of the magnetic field based on the detection signal output from the at least one reference coil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro IIDA, Atsushi CHIBA, Yusuke SUZUKI, Atsushi KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20170107475
    Abstract: A cell-culturing system includes: a solution-holding means holding a medium; and a solution-supplying means supplying the solution supplied thereto from the solution-holding means to a cell-culturing container. The solution-supplying means may supply a solution to the container via a solution dripping step. The container may be connected to the solution-supplying means at a position that is lower than the solution-supplying means in a direction in which gravity acts; the solution-supplying means may have a space in which the solution supplied thereto from the solution-holding means is made to drip; the system may be provided with a discharging port discharging the solution at a position in a container side surface at a desired height; and the solution may be discharged outside when the height of a top surface of the solution in the container reaches the port as a result of supplying the solution to the container from the solution-supplying means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KIMURA, Tatsuya MINAMI, Yasunori MAKARA
  • Publication number: 20170111624
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus is an image pickup apparatus capable of acquiring an image of an object in gas and in liquid, the image pickup apparatus including: an image pickup optical system; an image pickup device; a controlling portion configured to make an in-gas judgment if a vignetting portion is detected in an image signal and make an in-liquid judgment if a vignetting portion is not detected in the image signal; and a display data generating portion configured to generate certain display data corresponding to in-gas image pickup if the in-gas judgment is made and generate other display data corresponding to in-liquid image pickup if the in-liquid judgment is made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi JINGU, Kenji OMACHI, Hiroyuki NAGAMIZU
  • Publication number: 20170108674
    Abstract: An imaging optical system includes an aperture stop, a first cemented lens, a second cemented lens, and a third cemented lens, and the first cemented lens is positioned closer to the enlargement side than the aperture stop is, the second cemented lens is positioned on the reduction side and adjacent to a predetermined lens unit is, and the third cemented lens is positioned closer to the reduction side than the aperture stop is, the predetermined lens unit has a negative refractive power and includes all of lenses located from a lens positioned closest to the enlargement side to the first cemented lens, the first cemented lens includes a positive lens and a negative lens, the second cemented lens includes a negative lens and a positive lens, and the third cemented lens includes a positive lens and a negative lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keisuke ICHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20170108675
    Abstract: An imaging optical system includes, a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, a third lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, the first lens unit includes a first negative lens and a first cemented lens, the second lens unit G2 includes a second cemented lens, one or more positive lens components, and a third cemented lens, and the first cemented lens includes a negative lens and has a surface having a concave surface facing toward the reduction side, the second cemented lens has a positive refractive power and has a surface having a concave surface facing toward the enlargement side, and the third cemented lens has a positive refractive power and includes a negative lens on the reduction side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keisuke ICHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20170111566
    Abstract: An image acquisition apparatus includes: an image acquisition device that includes normal image-acquisition pixels and a phase-difference detection pixel; a shift unit that shifts the image acquisition device; a phase-difference-pixel correcting unit that corrects a pixel value obtained by the phase-difference detection pixel to a value equivalent to values obtained by the normal image-acquisition pixels; a pixel storage unit that arranges and stores the pixel values after the correction at storage areas; and a high-resolution-image compositing unit that composites the stored pixel values to generate a high-resolution image. The shift unit shifts the image acquisition device such that pixel values that correspond to a specific color and that include the pixel value of a normal image-acquisition pixel exist at the same pixel position as the phase-difference detection pixel in the high-resolution image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhito NEMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170108683
    Abstract: A microscope includes: a light source, an objective, a varifocal optical system that is arranged on an illumination light path between the objective and the light source, a reflection optical system that deflects an illumination light axis of the illumination light toward an optical axis of the objective, and a rotator that rotates the objective and the reflection optical system around a rotation axis that is orthogonal to the optical axis of the objective.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuya MIYAZONO, Tatsuo NAKATA, Kenichi KUSAKA
  • Publication number: 20170111607
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a comparison light composition section that composes a comparison light image from image data of a plurality of frames, a number-of-replacement-target-frames calculating section for performing, on the comparison light image, for each of partial regions, at least one of deviation correction for a black level attributable to dark random noise with respect to black level subtraction processing of an OB-value subtracting section and correction for deviation of a pixel value attributable to light random noise by a pixel-gain correcting section, a dark-random-noise-tendency determining section, and a light-random-noise-correction-amount calculating section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinao SHIMADA
  • Publication number: 20170111592
    Abstract: A composite image creating apparatus includes: an image determining unit that determines a specific subject in the first video; a boundary setting unit that sets a boundary that divides a screen of the first video into a specific range and a non-specific range, the specific range including the specific subject, the non-specific range not including the specific subject; a display control unit that displays the boundary when the second video is photographed; and a combining unit that combines an image within the specific range in the first video with an image within a range in the second video that corresponds to the non-specific range so as to create a composite image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sachie YAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170111574
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging circuit, a display, an operation interface, and a controller. The imaging circuit acquires image data from a subject image. The display displays an image based on the image data. The operation interface provides an instruction to the imaging apparatus. The controller causes the display to display a live view image based on image data acquired as live view image data by the imaging circuit, causes, when a first instruction serving as the instruction is provided from the operation interface, the imaging circuit to acquire the image data as first photographed image data, generates at least one piece of model image data based on the first photographed image data, generates guide information based on the generated model image data, and causes the display to display the generated guide information together with the live view image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoyuki MIYASHITA
  • Patent number: 9625696
    Abstract: A laser scanning microscope includes a light irradiating portion that irradiates a sample; a PMT that detects fluorescence from the sample and outputs an intensity signal; a data processing portion that converts the intensity signal to brightness information at each pixel; a full-scale setting portion that can set a normal full scale that is smaller than the intensity signal when a light stimulus is given and an expanded full scale that is larger than the normal full scale, as a maximum range of the intensity signal that can be converted to brightness information; and a control portion that determines whether to switch between a normal observation mode and a stimulation observation mode; wherein the full-scale switching portion sets the normal full scale in the normal observation mode and sets the expanded full scale in the stimulation observation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Hashimoto, Kunihiko Sasaki, Yasunari Matsukawa, Akinori Araya
  • Patent number: 9628748
    Abstract: An imaging device, for carrying out movie recording at a specified frame rate, comprises an imaging unit for outputting movie image data, a divided period calculation section for obtaining a second period that is shorter than the first period based on the frame rate, a switching designation section for designating selective switching of the first period and the second period, an image combining circuit for performing image combination and a control circuit for carrying out control so that while image combination is not carried out by the image combining circuit on image data that was formed with the switching designation section designating the first period, for image data that was formed with the second period being designated, a plurality of image data that was acquired within the first period is subjected to image combination by the image combining circuit to generate a combined image and acquire a movie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Honda, Hiroaki Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 9628733
    Abstract: An image pickup device includes a pixel unit which generates pixel signals for image and pixel signals for focus detection, a first memory unit which stores the pixel signals for image, a second memory unit which stores the pixel signals for focus detection, a pixel signal synthesizing unit which synthesizes the pixel signals for image from a plurality of pixel signals, and an image signal outputting unit which outputs the pixel signals for image synthesized by the pixel signal synthesizing unit and the pixel signals for focus detection stored in the second memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinao Shimada
  • Patent number: 9628700
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imager, a face detecting unit, an object detecting unit, an another-subject determining unit, a trimming-position setting unit, and an image processing unit. The imager acquires image data. The face detecting unit detects a face in the image data. An object detecting unit detects an object specifying a direction in which the face seems to be paying attention. The another-subject determining unit determines whether another subject is present in the direction in which the face seems to be paying attention. The trimming-position setting unit sets a trimming range on the basis of a determination result of the another-subject determining unit. The image processing unit performs trimming on the image data in accordance with the trimming range set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takafumi Kumano
  • Patent number: 9625491
    Abstract: A scanning mechanism includes a movable portion to which a scanning target object is attached, and an X-Y actuator to scan the movable portion in an X direction and a Y direction perpendicular to the X direction. The X-Y actuator is symmetrical with respect to a straight line parallel to the Y direction and asymmetrical with respect to a straight line parallel to the X direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuaki Sakai, Yoshitsugu Uekusa
  • Patent number: 9628715
    Abstract: Photographing equipment includes an image pickup unit which picks up an image of an object to obtain a picked up image, a display unit which displays the picked up image, a portion determining unit which sets an inspection area at the picked up image displayed on the display unit, an analyzing unit which analyzes at least one of an image and a setting associated with the inspection area, and a search unit which obtains a factor of a defect of the image of the inspection area by referring to a database provided in advance using an analysis result of the analyzing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9628737
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state imaging device in which a first substrate and a second substrate having circuit elements, which constitute pixels, arranged thereon are electrically connected to each other. Each pixel includes: a photoelectric conversion unit disposed on the first substrate that outputs a signal based on incident light; a sampling transistor disposed on the second substrate that includes a gate terminal, a source terminal, and a drain terminal, that samples and holds the signal input from the photoelectric conversion unit to a first terminal, and outputs the sampled and held signal from a second terminal; a capacitor disposed on the second substrate that stores the signal output from the second terminal; and a potential fixing circuit that fixes a potential of the first terminal to a potential based on a predetermined fixed potential during a readout period in which the signal stored in the capacitor is read out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Kato
  • Patent number: 9625674
    Abstract: The autofocus device for a sample observation device provided with an objective is provided with a photodetector, an autofocus optical system that includes a tube lens, that guides light to one of two regions of a pupil plane of the objective that has been divided into two, and that guides light that has passed through the other region after being reflected by a sample to the photodetector, and a light shielding member which is arranged between the tube lens and a light receiving plane of the photodetector and on which an aperture has been formed. The autofocus device satisfies 2.1<?AP/(2·?LD), where ?AP represents a diameter of the aperture and ?LD represents a light flux diameter, on the light shielding member, of light reflected by the sample in a state in which the light is condensed on the light receiving plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yohei Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9625664
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion module includes: a substrate having a wiring layer and a through hole; a photoelectric conversion element having a light emitting unit or light receiving unit and mounted on the substrate such that the light emitting unit or light receiving unit faces the through hole; a protruding portion that has a hole portion communicating with the through hole, and protrudes from one of principal surfaces of one of the substrate and the photoelectric conversion element, one of the principal surfaces facing the other one of the substrate and the photoelectric conversion element; and an adhesive that is filled in a part of a region between the substrate and the photoelectric conversion element, the region being a region outside an inner peripheral surface of the hole portion, and that bonds the substrate to the photoelectric conversion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Motohara
  • Patent number: 9625286
    Abstract: An adjustable probe holder assembly is disclosed for an inspection or measurement sensor, such as an ultrasound transducer, eddy current sensor, magnetic thickness sensor or optical image sensor, in order to position the sensor in a confined space using an extended arm with an adjustable curvature. The probe holder has at least two elongated holding arms, among which a first arm and a second arm, each having a probe end and a holding end, wherein the probe end of each of the holding arms are attached to the probe and the at least two arms remain substantially parallel and very close to each other when the probe holder is at a non-operational status. The two arms bulge open away from each other due to either a tension force or a compression force being exerted along the longitudinal direction of either one of the arms, holding the probe to be against the test surface of the test object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS SCIENTIFIC SOLUTIONS AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Edward Stanton, Ernest Bill
  • Patent number: 9625687
    Abstract: The 1st positive lens unit is located closer to the object side at the telephoto end than at the wide angle end. The distance between the 1st negative lens unit and the 1st positive lens unit is larger at the telephoto end than at the wide angle end. The distance between the image side lens unit group and the 1st negative lens unit varies during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end. The image side lens unit group comprises a 2nd positive lens unit and a 3rd positive lens unit. The distance between the 2nd positive lens unit and the 1st negative lens unit is smaller at the telephoto end than at the wide angle end. The distance between the 3rd positive lens unit and the 2nd positive lens unit varies during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Toshio Takahashi, Hiroshi Kodama
  • Patent number: 9625694
    Abstract: For achieving an expanded observation range without sacrificing resolution, a scanning optical system according to the present invention includes a scanner that deflects laser light from a light source while changing a deflection angle of the laser light; a polarization beam splitter that is capable of splitting-off the laser light from an optical path of the laser light deflected by the scanner; a polarization beam splitter that is disposed between the light source and the scanner and that causes the laser light split-off by the polarization beam splitter to travel toward the scanner; and a first relay optical system that has 1× relay magnifying power and that is disposed between the polarization beam splitter and the polarization beam splitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahito Dohi
  • Patent number: 9625424
    Abstract: Disclosed is phased array inspection system with automatically generated PAUT scan plan based on a set of configurable probe operation parameters and a combination of preferred code requirement and rules given by PAUT expertise. The complex code requirements and PAUT expertise are pre-assembled into a plurality of templates applicable to categories of inspection tasks by PAUT experts. Requirements and optimization scoring schemes are then used to automatically score each of specifically proposed scan plan setup, including the selection of probe operation parameters against the corresponding template for a specific task. This allows less skilled field inspector to operate with the correct interpretation of the complex code and accurate evaluation of the scan plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS SCIENTIFIC SOLUTIONS AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Benoit LePage, Martin St-Laurent
  • Patent number: 9625693
    Abstract: An object is to enable LSM observation while correcting aberrations, as well as illumination with a desired pattern, using a single LCOS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Susumu Honda
  • Patent number: 9622644
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion portion having an elongated shape, an imaging unit provided at a distal portion of the insertion portion and configured to acquire an image of a specimen, a lighting unit configured to illuminate an observation field of view of the imaging unit, and a pattern projector having a light source configured to emit projection light to project a light and dark pattern on the specimen. The pattern projector generates a region, in which the light and dark pattern is not projected, in at least one end of a direction in which stripes of the light and dark pattern are arranged in an imaging field of view of the imaging unit, in a state in which the light and dark pattern is projected on the specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayoshi Yokota
  • Patent number: 9622648
    Abstract: An insertion device includes a movement section provided in an inserting section or an attachment unit attached to the inserting section, and moving to cause a propulsive force to act on the inserting section, a holdable grip provided to a proximal direction side with respect to the inserting section, and a driving source driven so as to generate a movement driving force to move the movement section. The insertion device includes a base member to which the grip is abutted, and a coupling member including a driving source-side abutting surface to which an outer peripheral surface of the driving source is abutted, and coupling the driving source to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kimihiko Naito
  • Patent number: 9622652
    Abstract: An endoscope objective optical system comprises: a front group having a negative refractive power, a brightness diaphragm, and a back group having a positive refractive power in order from an object side, wherein the front group is composed of a first group, which is a first lens which is a single lens and a second group, which is a single lens or a cemented lens having a negative refractive power; 1<Iw/ft<1.8 0.6<Ia/Iw<0.95 |DL1/RL1a|<0.4 ?3<fL1/ft<?1 where Iw is a maximum image height in underwater observation, ft is a focal distance of an entire objective optical system in observation in the air, Ia is a maximum image height capable of transmitting a principal ray in the observation in the air, and DL1, RL1a, and fL1 are an outer diameter, a radius of curvature of an object side surface, and a focal distance, respectively of the first lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Igarashi
  • Publication number: 20170100027
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes a medicinal solution tank configured to store a medicinal solution; a first detachable portion provided in the medicinal solution tank and configured to detachably hold the concentration meter such that a measuring surface of the concentration meter is placed in the medicinal solution tank; a preserving fluid tank configured to store a preserving fluid of the concentration meter; and a second detachable portion provided in the preserving fluid tank and configured to detachably hold the concentration meter such that the measuring surface of the concentration meter is placed in the preserving fluid tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yumiko AWAU
  • Publication number: 20170100028
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes: a first fluid supply section configured to supply a fluid to a forceps plug pipe sleeve of an endoscope; a second fluid supply section configured to supply a fluid to a suction pipe sleeve; and a control section, wherein the control section performs: first control of driving the first fluid supply section and the second fluid supply section at the same time; second control of driving the first fluid supply section such that a flow rate of the second fluid supply section becomes lower than a flow rate of the first fluid supply section; and third control of driving the second fluid supply section such that the flow rate of the first fluid supply section becomes lower than the flow rate of the second fluid supply section after the first control or the second control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jiro KOMIYA, Takaaki KOMIYA
  • Publication number: 20170102537
    Abstract: An optical scanning actuator (1) includes an optical fiber (2) having a tip (2a) supported to allow vibration and includes a piezoelectric element (4) that generates a driving force by expanding and contracting in the direction of the optical axis of the optical fiber (2), the driving force driving the tip (2a) of the optical fiber (2) in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis. The optical scanning actuator (1) has rotational asymmetry or two-fold rotational symmetry about the optical axis of the optical fiber (2), and the resonance direction of the tip (2a) of the optical fiber (2) and the direction of the driving force of the piezoelectric element (4) are substantially parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato FUJIWARA, Takeharu INNAMI
  • Publication number: 20170100021
    Abstract: A light source device includes a detector that detects a remaining capacity, and a prediction calculation circuit that calculates a capacity consumption predictive value indicating a ratio of consuming a capacity of a supply source within a predetermined period of time in each illumination mode. The light source device further includes a capability calculation circuit that calculates a driving capability of the supply source corresponding to each of the illumination modes, based on the remaining capacity and the capacity consumption predictive value; and a reporting unit that reports the driving capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuaki Tamura, Masahiro Nishio
  • Publication number: 20170105258
    Abstract: A light source device includes a semiconductor light source, a light source control section, an optical sensor, a sensor control section, and an intensity adjusting section. The light source control section controls a light quantity per field of light to be emitted from the semiconductor light source, by pulse width modulation. The optical sensor receives the light emitted from the semiconductor light source to acquire a quantity of the received light. The sensor control section controls the optical sensor to detect the light in an exposure period shorter than a minimum pulse width in the pulse width modulation, thereby acquiring the quantity of the received light which is acquired by the optical sensor. The intensity adjusting section adjusts emission intensity of the semiconductor light source on the basis of the quantity of the received light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aiko SAKAI, Yusuke YABE, Tomoya TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20170102531
    Abstract: Provided is a laser scanning microscope including a scanning unit that scans laser light emitted from a light source two-dimensionally across a specimen, a light-detecting unit that detects light coming from the specimen, an information-acquiring unit that acquires information about an observation mode, and a control unit that controls the scanning unit based on the information acquired by the information-acquiring unit. The scanning unit includes a galvanometer scanner and a resonant scanner that are alternately operable. The control unit controls the scanning unit to deactivate the resonant scanner if the information acquired by the information-acquiring unit indicates an observation mode in which the galvanometer scanner is used alone and to maintain the resonant scanner in an active state if the information acquired by the information-acquiring unit indicates an observation mode in which the galvanometer scanner and the resonant scanner are alternately used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuyuki HASHIMOTO
  • Patent number: D784534
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuo Funakoshi
  • Patent number: D784535
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Reisuke Osada, Yasuo Funakoshi