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: 20170150056
    Abstract: An image stabilization apparatus includes a moving member configured to be movable within a plane orthogonal to an optical axis of an image pickup optical system, a stationary member configured to movably support the moving member within the plane orthogonal to the optical axis of the image pickup optical system, and a plurality of drive units configured to drive the moving member so as to move within the plane orthogonal to the optical axis of the image pickup optical system with respect to the stationary member, in which a first drive unit of the plurality of drive units is arranged on a first surface side of the moving member and a second drive unit of the plurality of drive units is arranged on a second surface side of the moving member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hisanori TAKANO
  • Publication number: 20170150035
    Abstract: According an embodiment, an imaging apparatus includes an image acquiring unit which acquires a judgment image showing arranged judgment targets, and an interval judging unit which judges whether the interval between the judgment targets is proper on the basis of figures of the judgment targets shown in the judgment image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshikazu HAYASHI, Osamu NONAKA
  • Publication number: 20170143191
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an endoscope having an image-acquisition optical system at a distal end of an elongated insertion portion; a trocar attached to a body surface so as to penetrate the body surface and having a through-hole though which the portion is made to pass; a rotation sensor provided on the trocar and detecting an amount of rotation of the portion about a longitudinal axis, the portion being located in the through-hole in a passing-through state; a sign disposed at a position where it can be imaged by the image-acquisition optical system when the portion is inserted into the trocar and with which the position in a circumferential direction of the through-hole can be identified; and an detecting unit detecting a relative angle between the portion and the through-hole at the time of insertion on the basis of the sign in an image acquired by the image-acquisition optical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi HARAGUCHI, Shintaro INOUE
  • Publication number: 20170144194
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer includes: an acoustic matching layer bending with a predetermined curvature; a plurality of piezoelectric elements disposed on an inner face on a side of a curvature center of the acoustic matching layer in such a manner that the plurality of piezoelectric elements bend; a plurality of wirings including respective one ends electrically connected to the plurality of piezoelectric elements, respectively; a substrate to which respective other ends of the plurality of wirings are electrically connected; and a holding member provided on the plurality of wirings at a position partway of the plurality of wirings between the plurality of piezoelectric elements and the substrate, the holding member being configured to hold a pitch of the plurality of wirings so as to be a pitch that is equal to or smaller than a predetermined arrangement pitch of the plurality of piezoelectric elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takanao FUJIMURA
  • Publication number: 20170144193
    Abstract: An ultrasound observation apparatus includes: a sheet including a first transducer, a first transducer region, a columnar portion, and a film portion configured to connect a plurality of first upper electrodes in the first transducer region and a second surface of the columnar portion in an arrangement direction C; and a bonding portion provided between the first transducer positioned on a second end portion in the first transducer region and the columnar portion and configured to maintain a state in which the sheet is rounded such that the film portion becomes an external surface, and the first transducer positioned on the second end portion and a first surface of the columnar portion are attached to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sunao SATO
  • Publication number: 20170143190
    Abstract: A holder which is disposed inside an endoscopic operation section and which fixes the flexible substrate, includes a first opening to pass the flexible substrate into the holder from the outside of the holder, a cavity portion which has a ceiling portion in the inner circumferential surface thereof and in which the flexible substrate is disposed in a bent state inside the holder, and a second opening to pass the flexible substrate to the outside of the holder from the inside of the holder. The flexible substrate is disposed separately from the ceiling portion of the cavity portion in a state where the flexible substrate protruding to the outside of the holder from the first opening and the second opening is fixed to the outer circumference of the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi OKADA
  • Publication number: 20170143197
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes: a concentration meter including a housing including a hollow, an osmosis membrane covering the hollow, and internal liquid stored in the hollow; a tank configured to store measurement target liquid and holding the concentration meter so that the osmosis membrane is in contact with the measurement target liquid; a first adjusting portion configured to adjust a pressure of the internal liquid; a second adjusting portion configured to adjust a pressure of the measurement target liquid; a controlling portion configured to control the first adjusting portion and the second adjusting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideto ONISHI
  • Publication number: 20170143438
    Abstract: The manipulator system includes a control unit that is configured such that when a current passing as a result of connection of a first electrically conductive portion to a second electrically conductive portion is sensed by a mount sensor unit while a drive unit is driven, there is deactivation of a driving member for driving a second driving force transmission member of the plurality of second driving force transmission members, which member has the sensed second electrically conductive portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro KOMURO
  • Publication number: 20170143399
    Abstract: An ultrasonic vibrator and an ultrasonic treatment device which can adjust a resonant frequency while maintaining driving force are provided. An ultrasonic vibrator 1 includes two metal blocks 2, a driving unit 3 that is arranged between the metal blocks 2 and produces a piezoelectric effect to vibrate by application of an alternating voltage, and at least one adjustment unit 4 that is arranged between the metal blocks 2 and the driving unit 3 in an insulated state and changes Young's modulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nagahide SAKAI
  • Publication number: 20170143237
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus measuring a subject using a pattern projection image of the subject on which a light and dark pattern of light is projected, includes an insertion tube; an image sensor; an objective optical system forming the subject image on the image sensor; an illumination light source illuminating the subject; a pattern projector projecting the light and dark pattern onto the subject; and a projection window disposed at a distal end portion of the insertion tube. When the projection window is viewed from the front and the distal end portion of the insertion tube is divided into two sides by an imaginary first plane which includes a central axis of the insertion tube, a center of the projection window is at one of the two sides of the distal end portion of the insertion tube. An observation window is disposed at the distal end portion of the insertion tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayoshi YOKOTA
  • Publication number: 20170143310
    Abstract: A medical diagnosis apparatus obtains a signal for generating an image of an observation target and causes an external display device to display an observation image based on the obtained signal to perform diagnosis. The medical diagnosis apparatus includes: a detection unit configured to detect a shape and spatial position of a finger of a practitioner; an executable command selection unit configured to select one or more commands executable by the medical diagnosis apparatus in accordance with the shape and the spatial position of the finger of the practitioner; a command image generation unit configured to generate a command image corresponding to the one or more commands and to generate a finger shape image indicating the shape of the finger of the practitioner; and a display image generation unit configured to generate a display image using the command image, the finger shape image, and the observation image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sho FUNAKUBO
  • Publication number: 20170143298
    Abstract: An ultrasound endoscope includes: an insertion portion provided with a housing portion on a distal end side; an ultrasound transmitting/receiving portion provided in the housing portion and configured to transmit and receive ultrasound to and from the observation site; a cable configured to transmit electric signals inputted to and outputted from the ultrasound transmitting/receiving portion; an inserting portion configured to cause the cable to extend from an inside of the housing portion; and a fitted member fitted on an outer face of an outer peripheral side potion of the inserting portion so as to cover at least a part of the outer face along an extension direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihiro KITAHARA
  • Publication number: 20170143300
    Abstract: Provided is an ultrasound observation apparatus for generating an ultrasound image based on an ultrasound signal acquired by an ultrasound probe having an ultrasound transducer. The apparatus includes: an analysis unit that performs FFT on a sample data group having pieces of sample data in RF data generated based on the ultrasound signal, to calculate frequency spectra; a correction unit that generates, based on the frequency spectra, analysis data indicating a relationship between a distance from the ultrasound transducer and an intensity of each of the frequency spectra for each frequency component, and corrects the analysis data based on a correction amount set for each distance, the correction amount causing an intensity of reference data generated from a reference ultrasound signal to be constant regardless of the distance; and a calculation unit that calculates a frequency feature based on a frequency spectrum generated in accordance with the corrected analysis data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigenori KOZAI
  • Publication number: 20170143299
    Abstract: An ultrasound endoscope includes: an insertion portion configured to be inserted into a subject; a distal end portion provided at a distal end of the insertion portion and including at least one fitting groove; an ultrasound transducer unit configured to be attachable to and detachable from the distal end portion and including at least one projecting portion configured to be freely fitted into the fitting groove and projecting outside in a diameter direction K of the distal end portion; and a gap for removal of the ultrasound transducer unit, the gap being formed between the projecting portion fitted in the fitting groove and the fitting groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke KASHIWAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20170143301
    Abstract: An ultrasound observation apparatus includes: an ultrasound probe; a transmitting-receiving section; an image processing section; an input section; a reference image storage section; a first position correction section; a movie storage section; a TIC analysis section; a second position correction section; a sensor; and a positional information storage section, wherein the first position correction section automatically corrects, based on information of a position and direction of the ultrasound probe, a scanning plane to allow a reference image to be constantly displayed, the second position correction section automatically corrects a position of second region of interest, based on the information of the position and direction of the ultrasound probe, and the transmitting-receiving section controls an output of ultrasound beam to allow an output of ultrasound beam in acquisition of temporal variation data of contrast luminance to be larger than an output of ultrasound beam in acquisition of volume data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro NAKATSUJI
  • Patent number: 9655593
    Abstract: A medical diagnostic apparatus includes: a feature calculating unit configured to calculate a plurality of kinds of features that is based on luminance information or frequency spectrum information obtained from a received signal from a specimen, and that relates to attributes of a tissue of the specimen; a classification unit configured to: classify the attributes of the tissue of the specimen by using a feature determined among the plurality of kinds of features calculated by the feature calculating unit according to a classification item selected in advance from a plurality of classification items assigned for each classification purpose; and assign visual information according to a classification result to pixels of an image based on the received signal; and a feature image data generating unit configured to generate feature image data on which the visual information assigned to the pixels of the image based on the received signal is superimposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomonao Kawashima
  • Patent number: 9658428
    Abstract: An optical instrument comprising a plurality of focus drivers, including first and second focus drivers for respectively independently driving the first and second focus lenses within the plurality of focus lenses, and a second focus lens control position determination section for determining a control target position for every fixed period by referencing second focus position characteristic data that has been stored in the memory, based on control target position that has been determined by the first focus lens position determination section, wherein the plurality of focus drivers carryout driving of the first and second focus lenses based on control target positions for every fixed period that have been determined by the first and second focus lens control position determination sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Watanabe, Keita Imai
  • Patent number: 9658445
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: an endoscope including at least an elongated insertion section having flexibility and an image pickup device, the insertion section including, at a distal end portion, an observation window forming an observation optical system and an illumination window forming an illumination optical system and the image pickup device including an image pickup surface on which an optical image passing through the observation window is formed; and an apparatus body incorporating a display section that displays an image picked up by the image pickup device, the apparatus body including the display section on one surface having a largest area of the apparatus body and including a holding member that holds the insertion section on a rear surface of the one surface in a wound state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Yamamoto, Kiyotaka Shioiri, Mitsunobu Ono, Nobuyuki Motoki
  • Patent number: 9658367
    Abstract: An image acquisition apparatus includes: an image acquisition lens that focuses light from a subject; an imaging device that detects an image signal by capturing the light focused by the image acquisition lens; and a microlens array that is provided between the imaging device and the image acquisition lens so that there is a space, in the direction of the optical axis, between the microlens array and a focal plane of the image acquisition lens, in which the microlens array is formed by setting, in an array in a direction intersecting the optical axis, a plurality of microlenses that each focus incident light to form an image in an imaging plane of the imaging device and that are of two or more types having an identical focal distance and different effective diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masao Sambongi
  • Patent number: 9655500
    Abstract: A receiving device includes a receiving unit that receives, via a receiving antenna, an image signal including an in-vivo image of a subject that is captured by an in-vivo-image acquiring device introduced into the subject; a transmitting unit that wirelessly transmits the image signal to a real-time display device that displays the in-vivo image in real time; a detecting unit that detects a non-receiving period in which the receiving unit does not receive the image signal; and a control unit that performs a control to wirelessly transmit the image signal to the real-time display device during the non-receiving period immediately after receipt of the image signal by the receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiaki Shigemori, Seiichiro Kimoto
  • Patent number: 9658429
    Abstract: A focus adjustment device comprises an image sensor having imaging pixels and focus detection pixels, which subjects light flux that is passed through a photographing lens to photoelectric conversion and outputs an image signal, a first memory which stores information relating to incident angle range of light flux that is incident towards the image sensor, a second memory which stores information relating to characteristics of the image sensor, and a calculation section which calculates information for focus adjustment based on output of the first memory and output of the second memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Kazumi Ito, Keigo Matsuo, Satoru Ito
  • Patent number: 9661210
    Abstract: An image pickup device includes a pixel section in which image pixels and phase difference pixels are arranged in a matrix shape, an image-signal generating section that stores pixel signals outputted from the pixel section in a memory section for one or more rows of unit rows, which are rows of unit pixels configured by a plurality of pixels adjacent to each other, combines, for each of the unit rows, the pixel signals of the unit pixels as combined pixel signals, and extracts phase difference pixel signals from the unit row, and an image-signal readout section that reads out, as signals of one row, the combined pixel signals and the phase difference pixel signals of one unit row generated by the image-signal generating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Haneda
  • Patent number: 9661220
    Abstract: A portable terminal device comprising: a control section that controls power supplied to a display section; and an acceleration detection section including a comparator that outputs a signal when the power is supplied to the display section even in a power-off state and acceleration equal to or greater than a predetermined value is detected, wherein the control section starts supplying the power to the display section, if there is no vibration during a predetermined time, after detecting the acceleration equal to or greater than the predetermined value with the acceleration detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Kawaguchi, Koichi Shintani, Haruyuki Ishihara, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9658815
    Abstract: A display processing device includes: a first display processing unit that divides a display image into a first area and a second area and outputs a first output image obtained by performing display processing on display image data of the first area; a second display processing unit that outputs a second output image obtained by performing the display processing on display image data of the second area; a storage unit that temporarily stores the first and second output images; a memory writing control unit that controls writing of the first and second output images to the storage unit; an output selection unit that reads the first and second output images stored in the storage unit and outputs the read first and second output images to a first display device that displays a display image; and a clock control unit that supplies an operation clock to each element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryusuke Tsuchida, Akira Ueno
  • Patent number: 9661252
    Abstract: An image capturing device includes: an image capturing section having a plurality of pixels disposed in a matrix and configured to output a pixel signal via a first signal line connected to pixels arranged in a first direction among the plurality of pixels; a plurality of calculators including: a comparator configured to compare a magnitude of a first analog signal with a threshold value to generate a digital value according to a comparison result; an amplification section configured to amplify the first analog signal by multiplying the first analog signal by an amplification degree ? (1<?<2) and output a second analog signal by executing computation according to the digital value; and a switching section configured to output one of the pixel signal and a ? estimation signal as the first analog signal when a most significant bit of a first digital value sequence is computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshio Hagihara
  • Patent number: 9661284
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit that images a subject to generate a plurality of pieces of image data having information corresponding to different types of color components at same pixel positions, an operation mode setting unit that sets an operation mode of the imaging unit, a thinning rate setting unit that sets a thinning rate relative to each of the plurality of pieces of image data of the different types of color components in accordance with the operation mode, a thinning processor that performs thinning processing relative to each of the plurality of pieces of image data of the different types of color components generated by the imaging unit in accordance with the thinning rate, and a transmission unit that transmits the plurality of pieces of image data of different types of color components subjected to the thinning processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyosuke Mizuno, Hitoshi Komine, Yutaka Fujisawa, Takehide Fujimoto, Hideki Kato, Sadaaki Tomura, Nanako Ubayama
  • Patent number: 9661081
    Abstract: A wireless image transfer system includes an image quality judgement unit configured to judge reception states of a first image transmitted in a first frequency band by a first image wireless block and a second image transmitted in a second frequency band by a second image wireless block and image qualities of the received images; and a second control unit configured to sort the reception states into a good state, a bad state, and an intermediate state, select a first image signal in the good state, steadily operate the second image wireless block and periodically operate the first image wireless block in the bad state, and select an image with a better quality from the first image signal and a second image signal and output the selected image in the intermediate state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Kasumi, Hideki Tashiro, Junichi Tashiro
  • Publication number: 20170142784
    Abstract: A device for heating liquids to be supplied to the human body includes an electric heating, a conduit for passing liquid there through, which conduit includes a conduit body on which the electric heating acts for supplying heat, and a heating which acts by electromagnet radiation on the liquid in order to heat it, characterized in that the heating is a microwave heating which includes a microwave generator and a housing which is shielded against microwaves and which includes a cavity in which the microwave generator generate a microwave field, and that a section of the conduit is disposed to extend in the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Michael WOLTER
  • Publication number: 20170135557
    Abstract: An endoscope system is provided with an operation part, an elongated part, an imaging part, a control part, a display part, a rotation operation input part, and a rotation coupling part that rotates an imaging field of view in the imaging part around the optical axis in accordance with the rotation amount provided to the control part, wherein the control part outputs to the display part an image which has been captured by the imaging part and is brought into a state in which the field of view is rotated by the rotation coupling part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shintaro INOUE
  • Publication number: 20170139198
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an endoscope distal end rigid member; an objective optical system fixing frame; a moving frame; a wire unit including a rigid shaft portion; a wire unit connecting projection portion configured such that a flange having a diameter larger than the rigid shaft portion is screwed to a distal end face side; a first wire unit insertion hole through which a flange of the rigid shaft portion can pass in a state that screwing to the wire unit connecting projection portion is canceled; a lid member; a second wire unit insertion hole configured to be coaxial with a center axis of the first wire unit insertion hole, and through which the flange of the rigid shaft portion can pass; and a sealing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehide KIBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20170135710
    Abstract: A medical treatment instrument of the present invention includes: a pair of opening and closing pieces; an opening and closing shaft section configured to hold the pair of opening and closing pieces so that the pair of opening and closing pieces are able to pivot relative to each other; a first gear fixed to either of the pair of opening and closing pieces to pivot about the opening and closing shaft section; a second gear which is able to rotate to transmit a rotational force to the first gear; a rotatable member fixed to the second gear coaxially with the second gear and having a diameter larger than a diameter of the second gear; and a power transmission member provided around an outer circumference of the rotatable member and configured to rotate the rotatable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuaki HASEGAWA, Toshihiro YOSHII
  • Publication number: 20170135564
    Abstract: Provided is an objective optical system composed of, in order from an object side, a first and a second groups, the first group including: a positive and single lens having a flat surface on an object side and a convex surface directed toward an image plane; a positive and single lens having a convex surface directed toward an object; a positive lens in which a convex lens having a flat surface directed toward the object and a negative lens are cemented, and the second group including: a lens in which a negative lens and a double-convex lens are cemented; a lens in which a lens having a concave surface directed toward the object and a lens having a convex surface directed toward the object are cemented; a negative lens in which a negative lens, a positive lens, and a negative lens are cemented; and a positive and compound lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi WATANABE, Tadashi HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20170142338
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a subject image formed by an optical system, a first driving actuator configured to cause translation and a rotational movement of the image sensor, a first angular velocity detector configured to detect a first rotation angular velocity, a second angular velocity detector configured to detect a second rotation angular velocity, a third angular velocity detector configured to detect a third rotation angular velocity, and an image blur correction control unit configured to control the first driving actuator so that the first driving actuator causes both the translation and the rotational movement, on the basis of a first rotation angular velocity, a second rotation angular velocity, a third rotation angular velocity, an optical center position of the optical system and a rotation center position of the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Tanaka, Hitoshi Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20170135555
    Abstract: An image processing method includes: acquiring correction data for correcting first image data into second image data, the first image data being generated by an imaging device when a subject is irradiated with three rays of narrow band light having wavelength bands narrower than those of spectral sensitivity of pixels R, G, and B, and having spectrum peaks within wavelength bands of the spectral sensitivity of the pixels R, G, and B, and the second image data being deemed to be generated by the imaging device when white light is emitted; acquiring the first image data when the subject is irradiated with the three rays of narrow band light; generating color image data of the second image data using the first image data and the correction data; and calculating oxygen saturation of the subject using a pixel value R and a pixel value G included in the first image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazunori YOSHIZAKI
  • Publication number: 20170136207
    Abstract: A catheter includes: an outer tube; an inner tube provided inside of the outer tube; and a branched part that separates the outer tube and the inner tube from each other on a first end side thereof, wherein a ratio between cross-sectional areas of a first lumen formed at least by inside of the outer tube and outside of the inner tube and a second lumen formed within the inner tube is set such that a ratio between cross-sectional areas of the outer tube and the inner tube in the branched part is equal to or greater than the ratio between the cross-sectional areas of the first lumen and the second lumen in a state where the inner tube is arranged inside of the outer tube in a length direction in which the outer tube and the inner tube extend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junji SHIONO, Hiromichi MIYANO
  • Publication number: 20170137771
    Abstract: A cell culture apparatus of the present invention includes: a body including a space for accommodating a culture container, and an opening through which the culture container is taken in and out; a door that opens and closes the opening; an optical detection unit that includes optical sensors that optically detects an instruction to open and close the opening from a user, and converts the detection by the optical sensors to a signal and sends the signal; and a door open/close unit that receives the signal from the optical detection unit and controls open/close of the opening by the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KIMURA, Tatsuya MINAMI, Yasunori MAKARA
  • Publication number: 20170139193
    Abstract: A light sheet microscope includes an illumination optical system that irradiates a light sheet onto a sample and a setting changer that changes a setting of a divergence angle or convergence angle relating to a width direction of the light sheet emitted from the illumination optical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihito IGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20170140239
    Abstract: An image processing device comprises a trail extraction section that extracts a region where pixel values continuously become a given value or more, within image data made up of a plurality of pixel values, as a trail, a trail determination section that determines movement state of the trail that has been extracted by the trail extraction section, and a trail detection section that detects type of the trail based on movement state that has been determined by the trail determination section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoko SAITO
  • Publication number: 20170135743
    Abstract: A high-frequency surgical appliance has a peak value detection and control unit, having a current or voltage sensor designed to detect the current strength or the voltage of a high-frequency alternating current output to the load. The control unit has a root-mean-square value former or is connected thereto, connected to the sensor and forms a root-mean-square value of a high-frequency alternating current detected by the sensor. The control unit deactivates the high-frequency generator when, in the steady state of the HF high-voltage circuit, a quantity of an instantaneous peak value of a signal representing an instantaneous value of the high-frequency alternating current detected during operation by the sensor exceeds a quantity of a value derived from the root-mean-square value of the high-frequency alternating current detected during operation by the sensor. The sensor continuously detects the instantaneous value of the current or voltage flowing during operation into the HF high-voltage circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe FISCHER, Tino KIRFE, Stefan SCHIDDEL, Lutz KERSTEN, Frank BREITSPRECHER
  • Patent number: 9649015
    Abstract: A treatment tool for an endoscope includes: a distal end member attached to a distal end of an endoscope; a treatment part; a tube that is arranged in an axis direction of the endoscope and has a lumen formed therein; an insertion part that is inserted into the lumen and has a distal end to which the treatment part is fixed; a connecting member that connects the tube and the distal end member; a first pivot that couples the connecting member and the tube; and a second pivot that couples the connecting member and the distal end member. The second pivot is provided at a position at which the connecting member is capable of rotating such that the first pivot is moved from a position at a proximal end side relative to the second pivot to a position at a distal end side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu Okada
  • Patent number: 9649017
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion portion, a first bending portion, a second bending portion, a bending operation wire, a first coil sheath, a switching mechanism, a guide, a first region of the guide, a second region of the guide, and a central part formed between the first region and the second region on an inner surface of the guide, protruding inside more than the first region and the second region and formed to be longer than a coil elemental wire making up the first coil sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsugio Okazaki
  • Patent number: 9652835
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an image sequence acquisition section that acquires an image sequence that includes a plurality of constituent images, and a processing section that performs an image summarization process that deletes some of the plurality of constituent images included in the image sequence to generate a summary image sequence, the processing section selecting a reference image and a determination target image from the plurality of constituent images, detecting an unnecessary area from the determination target image, calculating a loss area based on deformation information about the reference image and the determination target image, and the unnecessary area, the loss area being an area that is lost when the determination target image is deleted, and determining whether or not the determination target image can be deleted based on the calculated loss area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 9649019
    Abstract: A method for rinsing endoscope channels of an endoscope with a rinsing agent from a rinsing agent supply. The method including: connecting a first endoscope channel to the rinsing agent supply via a first rinsing agent distributor, which has a testing device for checking an endoscope channel for a blockage; connecting at least one other endoscope channel to the rinsing agent supply via a second rinsing agent distributor; and checking the first endoscope channel for a blockage using a testing device and simultaneously rinsing the at least one other endoscope channel with rinsing agent from the rinsing agent supply. A device is also provided for rinsing endoscope channels of an endoscope with rinsing agent from a rinsing supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Winter & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Noack
  • Patent number: 9651767
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus for an endoscope, the image processing apparatus to which, any of a plurality of insertion units respectively having imaging devices with numbers of pixels different from one another being installed therein, is detachably connected and which processes an image signal captured by that imaging device and outputs the processed image signal as image data, the image processing apparatus including: an image signal processing unit that converts a pixel density of the image signal to a high density and generates a standard image signal of a predetermined amount of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsunobu Ono
  • Patent number: 9651774
    Abstract: Provided is an optical scanning observation apparatus including: a light source unit (30) for outputting laser light; a scanning part (23) for scanning, on an object of observation (70), a condensing position of the laser light output from the light source; and a detection unit (40) for sampling signal light obtained through scanning of the laser light, and converting the signal light into an electric signal, in which a sampling time for detecting signal light per one sampling is varied in accordance with changes in scanning rate of the scanning part (24) scanning on the object of observation (70). In this manner, variation in resolution of an image resulting from changes in scanning rate per each sampling can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Fujiwara, Atsuyoshi Shimamoto, Junichi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9654684
    Abstract: A focus adjustment device for carrying out focus adjustment by moving a focus lens, comprises a point light source determination section which determines a point-like light source subject based on the image signals, an orientation stability determination section which determines stability of orientation by detecting orientation of the focus adjustment device, a photometry section which outputs photometric values corresponding to subject brightness based on the image signals, and a focus adjustment section which carries out a focus adjustment operation using the image signals, based on a determination result of the point light source determination section, wherein the point light source determination section, in a state where a point-like light source subject is currently determined, when a determination result of the orientation stability determination section indicates unstable and a photometric value output from the photometry section does not indicate low brightness, determines that the subject is not a po
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Shingo Miyazawa, Makoto Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9654686
    Abstract: A location information designating device includes a location confirming image acquiring section, a display control section, an operating unit that designates a target location in the location confirming image displayed in the display; and a communicating unit. The location confirming image acquiring section acquires a location confirming image by which location information is confirmable. The display control section displays the acquired location confirming image in a display. The operating unit designates a target location in the location confirming image displayed in the display. The communicating unit transmits, to an external information device, information of the designated target location and the acquired location confirming image together with a request for an action to be performed by a user of the external information device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Hara, Koichi Shintani
  • Patent number: 9654695
    Abstract: An imaging device for performing inter-exposure zoom photographing in which a zoom operation is performed during an exposure period, comprising: a zoom control section that controls a zoom-lens driving section; a photographing control section that instructs photographing to an image sensor; and an operation control section that causes the zoom control section and the photographing control section to execute control at the same time so that the photographing control section causes the image sensor to perform continuous photographing in synchronization with controlling of the zoom control section by driving a photographing lens in a predetermined direction, the zoom control section causes the zoom-lens driving section to output the driving amount for operating the zoom driving in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction, and the photographing control section causes the photographing to be performed with a part of a zoom position during exposure overlapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuya Hosono
  • Patent number: 9653416
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor substrate includes a device-forming process of forming a plurality of device areas in a substrate section, a first wiring process of forming circuit wirings connected to the plurality of device areas, an electrode pad-forming process of forming a plurality of electrode pads, a second wiring process of forming a potential adjustment wiring electrically connecting at least a part of the electrode pads, an electrode-forming process of forming electrode bodies on the electrode pads by electroless plating after the second wiring process, and a potential adjustment-releasing process of releasing a connection by the potential adjustment wiring after the electrode-forming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chihiro Migita, Hisashi Ishida, Yoshiaki Takemoto
  • Patent number: D787670
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Suzuki, Koji Sakai