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: 20170052359
    Abstract: This endoscope has an observation optical system that switches its observation mode between magnified observation and normal observation by moving some lenses in an optical-axis direction; and a plurality of illumination optical systems, wherein lens surfaces at the most distal ends of the plurality of illumination optical systems are disposed closer to a proximal end than a lens surface at the most distal end of the observation optical system, and all of the lens surfaces at the most distal ends of the plurality of illumination optical systems are disposed substantially parallel to the lens surface at the most distal end of the observation optical system, wherein the following conditional expressions (1) to (3) are satisfied. 1.0?D_Back(far)/D_Back(near)<3.0??(1) 0.015<D_Back(far)/D_far<1.0??(2) 1.01<?(wide)/?(tele)<5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro KATAKURA
  • Publication number: 20170052380
    Abstract: There is provided a practically useful display method that allows viewers to see in-focus images easily. The method includes the steps of providing a lens array including a plurality of lenses, providing display areas at least one of which corresponds to each of the plurality of lenses, displaying partial images of an original image in the display areas respectively, the partial images being different from one another but partially including a same image portion, forming a bundle of beams by beams respectively emergent from the plurality of lenses equivalently, forming virtual images of the respective partial images displayed in the respective display areas by the respective lenses, and forming a single virtual image by superposing the virtual images of the partial images displayed in the respective corresponding display areas formed by the plurality of lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki HORIKAWA, Toshiaki SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20170049307
    Abstract: A video endoscope including: an endoscope shaft; an optical assembly provided in a distal region of the endoscope shaft, the optical assembly being mounted in the endoscope shaft by a mounting; and one or more reversibly deformable bending actuators operatively connected to the mounting such that the one or more bending actuators move the optical assembly relative to the endoscope shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Martin WIETERS
  • Publication number: 20170049523
    Abstract: This treatment instrument adaptor allows a treatment instrument to be rotated about the longitudinal axis while an insertion portion is placed in the body. This treatment instrument adaptor has a cap member attached to a distal end of an insertion portion having a channel and that has a through hole aligned with an opening of the channel; a tubular fitting member attached to the through hole of the cap member so as to be rotatable about an axis of the through hole and so as not to be movable along the axis and that has an inner hole into which a treatment instrument is fitted and with which the treatment instrument is engaged in a circumferential direction; and a rotating mechanism including a driving-force transmitting member that is wound around the fitting member and that rotates the fitting member about the axis using tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihiro YOSHII
  • Publication number: 20170049415
    Abstract: An ultrasound endoscope includes: an ultrasound probe arranged in a distal end rigid portion; a suction and forceps port provided in a vicinity of the ultrasound probe; a treatment instrument insertion channel and a negative pressure channel communicating with the suction and forceps port; and a control valve configured to variably regulate a negative pressure for suction that is transmitted to the suction and forceps port through the treatment instrument insertion channel and the negative pressure channel to two or more states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teppei TSURUTA
  • Publication number: 20170049303
    Abstract: A capsule medical device guidance system includes: an imaging unit arranged inside a capsule medical device; a guidance unit configured to guide the capsule medical device inside a subject; a display unit including a screen is displayed; a first operation input unit configured to input first instruction information for changing at least one of a position and a posture of the capsule medical device; a second operation input unit configured to input second instruction information for rotating within the screen, the image displayed on the screen, around a center of the image; a guidance controller configured to control the guidance unit so as to change at least one of the position and the posture of the capsule medical device, based on the first instruction information; and a display controller configured to control a direction of the image displayed on the screen based on the second instruction information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironao KAWANO
  • Publication number: 20170049306
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope system in which a depth of field is widened, and which is capable of acquiring a high-quality image with an aberration corrected favorably. The endoscope system includes an objective optical system OBL, an optical path splitting unit which splits an object image acquired by the objective optical system OBL into two optical images having a different focus, an image pickup element which acquires the optical images, and an image synthesis processing section which selects in a predetermined area an image with a relatively high contrast from the two optical images acquired, and generates a composite image, wherein the objective optical system OBL includes a first lens L1 having a negative refractive power which is nearest to object, and the endoscope system satisfies the following conditional expressions (1) and (2). 3<D_diff/im_pitch?100??(1) 0.005<D_diff/R1_r<1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro KATAKURA
  • Publication number: 20170049305
    Abstract: An oblique-viewing objective optical system includes in order from an object side, a front-side lens group which includes a negative lens, an optical path converting element, an aperture stop, and a rear-side lens group having a positive refractive power, wherein the rear-side lens group includes a positive lens and a cemented lens having a positive refractive power, and the cemented lens includes in order from the object side a positive lens and a negative lens, and the following conditional expressions (1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) are satisfied: ?2.0<fF/f<?1.3??(1), 1.7<fR/f<2.7??(2), 0.63<|fF/fR|<0.88??(3), 2.4<D1/f<4.4??(4), and 1.1<D2/f<1.7??(5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiharu TAKASUGI
  • Publication number: 20170049304
    Abstract: In an optical fiber scanning apparatus, an optical fiber to which a permanent magnet is disposed and which is configured to emit illumination light from a distal end portion is arranged in a hollow portion where a magnetic field generation unit is disposed of a frame body, the frame body for which a cross section of the hollow portion is a square includes a first frame body for which planar coils are disposed respectively on a first surface and a second surface that are orthogonal to each other, and a second frame body for which planar coils are disposed respectively on a third surface and a fourth surface that are orthogonal to each other, and which is bonded with the first frame body, and the first surface to the fourth surface configure inner surfaces of the hollow portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhisa KARAKI, Mamoru HASEGAWA, Hiroya FUKUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170049300
    Abstract: A distal end structure of an endoscope includes: an opening of a treatment instrument insertion channel formed on a distal end of an insertion portion in the endoscope and including an opening having a long side and a short side; a first wall portion extending in a longitudinal direction so as to face the opening, at the distal end; and a second wall portion facing the first wall portion in a short side direction so as to sandwich the opening and extending in the long side direction, at the distal end, wherein a first end surface in the first wall portion and a second end surface in the second wall portion are inclined such that inclination directions in the longitudinal axis direction are opposite to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuya TOYOOKA
  • Publication number: 20170049302
    Abstract: A treatment-tool adaptor including: an adaptor body that is secured to the tip of an insertion portion of an endoscope; a movable member that is disposed along the longitudinal direction of the insertion portion and that supports the tip portion of a treatment-tool channel member through which a treatment tool is passed; and a moving mechanism that causes the movable member to translationally move relative to the adaptor body in a direction intersecting the longitudinal axis of the treatment-tool channel member supported by the movable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi ISODA
  • Patent number: 9574745
    Abstract: The invention provides a light source apparatus including first and second light sources that output light in mutually opposing directions along a single optical axis; a wavelength conversion element that is disposed between these light sources and that generates light of a wavelength different from that of said light due to irradiation with the light; a first optical member that is disposed between the wavelength conversion element and the first light source, that transmits the light therefrom, and that reflects back light that is scattered towards the first light source, toward the wavelength conversion element; and a second optical member that is disposed between the wavelength conversion element and the second light source, that transmits the light therefrom, and that deflects, in a direction intersecting the optical axis, the light scattered toward the second light source and the light reflected back by the first optical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichiro Furuta
  • Patent number: 9578250
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes: a stability brightness calculation unit for calculating a stability brightness obtained by modifying a temporal change in a brightness of a subject to a slower temporal change on the basis of a change in the brightness of the subject detected by a brightness detection unit; and a display brightness control unit for controlling a following speed of the change in the brightness of a display image with respect to a change in the brightness of the subject on the basis of the calculated stability brightness so that an amount of a change in the brightness related to the display image can become longer than the amount of the change in the brightness of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasunori Kudo
  • Patent number: 9578264
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an image acquisition section that acquires a plurality of images captured while sequentially shifting the relative positions of a light-receiving plane of an image sensor and an image formed in the light-receiving plane, and an estimation calculation section that estimates a high-resolution image based on the plurality of images, the high-resolution image having a number of pixels larger than that of each of the plurality of images. The estimation calculation section estimates the pixel values of the high-resolution image corresponding to a first color based on the pixel values of the plurality of images corresponding to a second color when the estimation calculation section has determined that the pixel values of the plurality of images corresponding to the first color and the pixel values of the plurality of images corresponding to the second color have a high correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takanori Fukuda
  • Patent number: 9576362
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an image sequence acquisition section that acquires an image sequence that includes a plurality of images, and a processing section that performs an image summarization process that deletes some of the plurality of images included in the acquired image sequence to acquire a summary image sequence, the processing section selecting a reference image and a determination target image from the plurality of images, calculating a coverage ratio of the determination target image by the reference image based on deformation information about the reference image and the determination target image, and determining whether or not the determination target image can be deleted based on the coverage ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 9575303
    Abstract: A microscope apparatus includes: an objective lens; a CCD that constructs an image of a sample S; an illumination intensity change unit for adjusting an intensity of excitation light; a sensitivity adjustment unit for adjusting a detection sensitivity by the CCD; a galvanometer mirror for changing a light focusing position of excitation light at a pupil position of the objective lens; a storage unit that stores, for each observation method, a predetermined intensity, a predetermined detection sensitivity, and the light focusing position; and a control unit that switches the observation method, reads out the intensity, the detection sensitivity, and the light focusing position according to the observation method based on a synchronization signal synchronized with a frame signal for constructing an image, and controls the illumination intensity change unit, the sensitivity adjustment unit, and the galvanometer mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Takamizawa
  • Patent number: 9575060
    Abstract: Provided is a method for detecting a target particle that is a method for detecting a non-luminescent target particle dispersed and randomly moving in a sample solution using an optical system of a confocal microscope or multi-photon microscope, having: (a) preparing a sample solution containing target particles, and labeling particles of which the average outer diameter is less than 15% of the diameter of a photodetection region of the optical system, binding two or more molecules of the labeling particles per molecule of the target particles in the sample solution, and forming a non-luminescent complex of which the outer diameter is 15% or more of the diameter of the photodetection region; and, (b) calculating the number of molecules of the complex in the sample solution prepared in the (a) using an inverse scanning molecule counting method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutaka Nishikawa, Takuya Hanashi
  • Patent number: 9575002
    Abstract: The number of stimulated spots and/or the area of a stimulated spot is easily increased or decreased while keeping the irradiation power for each stimulated spot constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasunari Matsukawa
  • Publication number: 20170042450
    Abstract: An antenna holder for accommodating antennas includes: first and second antenna accommodating sections that are separate bodies; and a belt configured to join the first and second antenna accommodating sections together and to fix the first and second antenna accommodating sections to a subject. The first antenna accommodating section includes a first antenna fixing section configured to fix the antenna to the first antenna accommodating section. The second antenna accommodating section includes a second antenna fixing section configured to fix the antenna to the second antenna accommodating section. The first and second antenna fixing sections are configured to fix the antennas such that, when the first and second antenna accommodating sections are joined together by the belt, positions of branch points of dipole antenna circuits in a height direction of the subject are aligned with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinsuke TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170042412
    Abstract: An endoscope device includes a flexible insertion portion; a flexible tube portion; a first bending portion; a second bending portion; an observation portion; a first drive portion bending the first bending portion; a second drive portion bending the second bending portion; a position detection portion detecting a position of a rigid distal end portion of a medical instrument; first and second bending detection portions detecting radii of curvature of axes of channels formed in the first and second bending portions and directions in which the channels are bent when an input signal generated by the position detection portion is received, respectively; and a control portion configured to control generating a second drive signal driving the second drive portion based on a first drive signal driving the first drive portion, and sending the second drive signal to the second drive portion while sending the first drive signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shotaro TAKEMOTO, Madoka ITO, Tetsuyuki SAKAMOTO, Kazuo BANJU
  • Publication number: 20170042410
    Abstract: An optical fiber scanning apparatus is the optical fiber scanning apparatus for which an optical fiber to which a permanent magnet is disposed and which is configured to emit illumination light from a distal end portion is arranged in a hollow portion of a magnetic field generation unit, the magnetic field generation unit is provided with four coil units each including a flexible substrate where a planar coil, a lead-out wiring layer of the planar coil and an external connection electrode pad are disposed, and an inside of the four coil units arranged in a square prism shape configures the hollow portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mamoru HASEGAWA, Masanori OGATA, Hiroyoshi YAJIMA
  • Publication number: 20170042413
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus has an image pickup device having a first pixel having a sensitivity in a predetermined wavelength band, and a second pixel having a sensitivity in a wavelength band including a part of the predetermined wavelength band, a light source section configured to generate a light for irradiating a subject, an intensity of which reaches a peak in the part of the predetermined wavelength band to which the second pixel has a sensitivity, and an addition section configured to generate an addition signal obtained by adding a first image pickup signal obtained by receiving a return light from the subject at a time of the subject being irradiated in the first pixel, and a second image pickup signal obtained by receiving a return light from the subject in the second pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto IGARASHI, Yasunori MORITA, Kazuhiro TAKIZAWA
  • Publication number: 20170042406
    Abstract: A medical-system control method including a switching-instruction step in which an instruction for switching between two different control states of the bendable section provided at a distal end of the insertion section is received; an angle-difference calculation step in which the difference between the current angle of the bendable section at the time when the instruction is received and the final target angle of the bendable section in the control state after being switched is calculated; a target calculation step in which, when the calculated difference exceeds a predetermined threshold, a minute angle, smaller than the threshold, is added to the current angle to calculate the target angle, and, when the difference is less than or equal to the threshold, the difference is added to the current angle to calculate the target angle; and a driving step in which the bendable section is driven to the calculated target angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato NARUSE, Shintaro INOUE
  • Publication number: 20170042414
    Abstract: The endoscope apparatus includes a light exit that radiates an illumination light constituted by narrow-band lights to an observation target, an image sensor that detects a reflected/scattered light from the observation target to output an imaging signal, and an image processing circuit that processes the imaging signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi ITO, Hiroyuki KAMEE
  • Publication number: 20170042522
    Abstract: A mucous membrane lifting instrument for an endoscope includes a first support portion which has an outer circumference surface and a longitudinal axis; a second support portion which is provided at a position spaced from the outer circumference surface of the first support portion, and has an outer circumference surface and a longitudinal axis; a pressing portion which has a proximal end and a distal end connected to the proximal end thereof and positioned more distally than the distal end portion of the endoscope; a lifting portion which is connected to the distal end of the pressing portion, extended from the distal end of the pressing portion, and passes through the space between the first support portion and the second support portion; and an attachment member configured to attach both of the first pressing portion and the second pressing portion to the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi KOGISO
  • Publication number: 20170042602
    Abstract: A grasping surface opposed to a second jaw is provided on an outer surface in a first jaw of the grasping treatment unit, and a heat applying portion applying heat to a treated target is provided in a grasping-surface-side part in the first jaw. The heat applying portion includes a projection portion in which the grasping surface projects toward the second jaw, and the projection portion includes a first thermal conduction portion, and a second thermal conduction portion with a thermal conductivity which is different from that of the first thermal conduction portion. The second thermal conduction portion is continuous with the first thermal conduction portion in a longitudinal direction of the first jaw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki TAKASHINO, Yusuke TAKEI, Kazuhiro TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170045518
    Abstract: A method for suggesting a stage of progression of pancreatic cancer, includes: a first process of measuring a concentration of S100P or CEA in the duodenal juice; a second process of measuring a concentration of CA19-9 in a blood sample of the subject; and a third process of comparing the concentration of S100P or CEA with a first cutoff value, comparing the concentration of CA19-9 with a second cutoff value, suggesting the stage of progression of the pancreatic cancer based on the concentration of the S100P or CEA as an early stage, as a middle stage, or as a stage more progressed than the middle stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mari NAKATA
  • Publication number: 20170042644
    Abstract: Provided is an implant including a base material composed of magnesium or a magnesium alloy and an anodized membrane formed on a surface of the base material. The anodized membrane has 8,000 to 250,000 pores with an average diameter of 0.1 ?m to 1 ?m within 1 mm2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato TAMAI
  • Publication number: 20170044481
    Abstract: Provided is a culturing observation apparatus including: a light source portion that radiates illumination light into a culturing container, in which cells are being cultured, from a side surface of the culturing container, which is optically transparent, within a predetermined angular range; an image-acquisition portion that, when the illumination light radiated from the light source portion is scattered at the cells in the culturing container and when a portion of this scattered light passes through a bottom surface of the culturing container, acquires an image by capturing the scattered light that has passed through the bottom surface; and a transmitting portion that transmits the image acquired by the image-acquisition portion to an exterior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro KAWANO, Hiroyuki KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20170046846
    Abstract: An image processing system includes an image acquisition unit, a candidate value estimation unit, a band characteristics evaluation unit, an effective frequency determination unit and a candidate value modification unit. The acquisition unit acquires images. The estimation unit estimates, for each pixel of the images, a candidate value of a 3D shape. The evaluation unit calculates, for each pixel, a band evaluation value of a band included in the images. The determination unit determines an effective frequency of the pixel based on statistical information of the band evaluation value. The modification unit performs data correction or data interpolation for the candidate value based on the effective frequency and calculates a modified candidate value representing the 3D shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuyuki WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20170045730
    Abstract: An endoscope optical adapter attachment/detachment assisting tool includes: an assisting tool body configured to contain and hold an optical adapter attachable to and detachable from a distal end portion of an insertion portion of an endoscope; an adapter seizing portion configured to come into contact with the optical adapter contained in the assisting tool body and press the optical adapter in a direction orthogonal to a direction of attaching and detaching the optical adapter to and from the distal end portion to seize the optical adapter; and an urging member configured to urge an adapter holding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiko KATO
  • Publication number: 20170045734
    Abstract: Provided is a method for calculating a scanning pattern of light and an optical scanning apparatus. The method includes the steps of: detecting a resonance frequency and an attenuation coefficient of an oscillation part of an optical fiber which guides light from a light source and irradiates an object with the light; and calculating a scanning pattern of the light, based on the detected resonance frequency and attenuation coefficient. The apparatus includes: an optical fiber which guides light from a light source and irradiates an object with the light; a scanning part which drives an oscillation part oscillatably supported of the optical fiber; a detector which detects a resonance frequency of the oscillation part; a calculation part which determines an irradiation position of the light using a scanning pattern calculated based on the resonance frequency detected by the detector and the attenuation coefficient obtained in advance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsuyoshi SHIMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170045725
    Abstract: A microscope includes a condenser lens that is arranged removably and insertably with respect to a light path of light from a light source, and an objective that collects the light from the light source, which has been transmitted through a sample. A conditional expression below is satisfied when b is an exit pupil diameter of the objective and adet is a diameter of an area in a state in which the condenser lens has been removed from the light path, the area being included in an exit pupil plane of the objective and being an area through which the light from the light source, which has entered the objective through one point on the sample, passes: 1/20?adet/b?1/2 ??(1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bunryu ARASHI
  • Publication number: 20170046362
    Abstract: A cell observation information processing system includes: a tag acquiring section that acquires tags, as search tags for searching for observation information acquired in response to an acquisition order at one time point; a storing section that stores into an archive respective sets of the observation information acquired at respective time points upon assigning to them the search tags; a retrieving section that retrieves a list of tags as possible search tags from the archive; and an output section that outputs the list of tags to a display. For retrieving the list of tags, the retrieving section designates a narrowing-down criterion and narrows down tags to the possible search tags using the narrowing-down criterion. The tag acquiring section acquires a tag selected by the user from the list of tags as displayed. This configuration can save operation effort and time of the user taken to acquire tags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunobu IGA, Yohei TANIKAWA, Shinichi TAKIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170046819
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus including a transformation unit that is configured to deform images so that corresponding points in a plurality of images obtained from several viewpoints with respect to the same subject are matched; a separating unit that is configured to separate specular-reflection components from the plurality of images transformed by the transformation unit and create an image from which the specular-reflection component is removed; and an image reconstructing unit that is configured to combine at least one of the specular-reflection components of the plurality of images, separated by the separating unit, and the image from which the specular-reflection component is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicants: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION CHIBA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Masao SAMBONGI, Norimichi TSUMURA, Mayu YOKOYA
  • Patent number: 9565991
    Abstract: An advance and retreat assist tool includes a base unit, an attachment portion which attaches the base unit to a treatment instrument insertion portion, a tubular member provided to advance and retreat relative to the base unit coaxially with a central axis of a hole portion and a fixing portion which fixes an endoscopic treatment instrument to the tubular member. The advance and retreat assist tool further includes a rotary portion which has an axis different from an axis of the tubular member and which rotates around the axis, and an advance and retreat mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 9568719
    Abstract: A microscope apparatus includes a stage for holding a specimen, a stand portion for holding the stage, an arm portion having two arms extending from an upper part of the stand portion to a front side of the microscope apparatus, an optical system supported by the arm portion and configured to enlarge an image of the specimen on the stage, and gripping portions provided respectively on lower parts of the two arms and configured to be gripped by an observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitsugu Yamazawa
  • Patent number: 9568725
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to reduce the diameter, to make focus adjustment easy, and to achieve bright, wide-angle, high-resolution image quality. Provided is an endoscope objective optical system including, in this order from the object side, a front group having negative refractive power, an aperture stop, and a positive rear group. The front group includes, in this order from the object side, a first lens, which is a single lens having negative refractive power, and a second lens, which is a single lens having positive refractive power. The rear group includes a third lens, which is a single lens having positive refractive power, a cemented lens formed of a fourth lens having positive refractive power and a fifth lens having negative refractive power, and a sixth lens having positive refractive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuaki Ushio
  • Patent number: 9570056
    Abstract: An audio data synthesis method including a time of a plurality of audio data is adjusted without using a device which can acquire the standard time. Specifically, audio data is obtained based on synchronized recording of the first and second recorders without using standard time. A time difference is calculated between an own terminal and another terminal, based on the time at which output of a first sound from the audio output module is started, a time at which input of a sound corresponding to the audio data to the audio input module is started, a time indicated by the first information, and a time indicated by the second information. Second and third audio data is synthesized after a time difference between the second and third audio data based on the third sound which is input to the audio input module is adjusted, based on the time difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryuichi Kiyoshige
  • Patent number: 9568992
    Abstract: A medical manipulator including a base section at which a support surface is formed, a movable part movably supported on the support surface, when a reference direction parallel to the support surface is defined, between a distal end position, which is a distal end side in the reference direction with respect to the base section, and a proximal end position, which is a proximal end side in the reference direction, a positioning mechanism configured to position the movable part at the distal end position with respect to the base section, a holding section movably supported in the reference direction with respect to the movable part and configured to detachably hold a proximal end portion of a treatment tool, and a driving unit configured to move the holding section in the reference direction with respect to the movable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Hasegawa, Kosuke Kishi
  • Patent number: 9569160
    Abstract: A display processing device includes: a first display processing unit that outputs image data of a first output image obtained by performing display processing on display image data of an odd column of a display image; a second display processing unit that outputs image data of a second output image obtained by performing the display processing on display image data of an even column of the display image; an output selection unit that selects the image data of the first output image or the image data of the second output image and outputs the selected image data to a first display device that displays a display image; and a clock control unit that supplies an operation clock required when the respective elements operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryusuke Tsuchida, Akira Ueno
  • Patent number: 9568720
    Abstract: Surgical observation system for observing, in three dimensions, a surgical site from two directions are provided herein. The surgical observation system may include a first image-acquisition optical system that obtains, from a first observation direction, a pair of optical images, having parallax, of a subject via a pair of apertures disposed side-by-side; and a second image-acquisition optical system that obtains, from a second observation direction in which an angle about an optical axis differs from that of the first observation direction, another pair of optical images, having parallax, of a subject via another pair of apertures disposed side-by-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Morita
  • Patent number: 9571717
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging unit that generates image data; a first communication unit; a first communication control unit that transmits the image data to an external communication device and receives recording information for causing the imaging device to record a subject image included in the image data from the communication device; and a specification information generation unit that generates specification information for specifying the subject image based on the recording information and records the specification information in a recording unit. The recording information includes subject image information. The specification information generation unit records the specification information including the subject image information in the recording unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Ichikawa, Katsuhisa Kawaguchi, Masaomi Tomizawa, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9566080
    Abstract: A grasping treatment device includes a first sheath section, a second sheath section including a bending cylindrical section, and a rotating transmitting portion configured to rotate to allow a grasping section and the first sheath section to rotate in one of periaxial directions of a longitudinal axis with respect to the second sheath section. The grasping treatment device includes an opening/closing transmitting portion configured to move a movable portion of the first sheath section toward a proximal direction with respect to a probe fixed portion by being pulled toward the proximal direction, and an acting force transmitting portion configured to transmit an acting force from the probe fixed portion to the bending cylindrical section, the acting force being configured to act on the probe fixed portion from the movable portion toward the proximal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryu Onuma
  • Patent number: 9566084
    Abstract: A treatment device includes a longitudinal probe, a distal end portion, a sheath, a fixed handle, a movable handle, a jaw side through hole portion that is provided in the movable handle and formed between a finger placing portion and a jaw, a sheath side through hole portion that is provided in the sheath and provided at a position at which the sheath side through hole portion does not overlap with the hollow portion; and an opening/closing axis member. The opening/closing axis member is inserted in the jaw side through hole portion and the sheath side through hole portion to openably and closably attach the movable handle to the fixed handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Minoru Katsumata
  • Patent number: 9566106
    Abstract: A surgical apparatus includes: a treatment section treating a living tissue; an energy generation section providing high-frequency current to the treatment section; a liquid feeding conduit feeding a liquid to the living tissue; a suction conduit suctioning the liquid; an energy control section that outputs a high-frequency output control signal for controlling the energy generation section; a first pump drive section that feeds the liquid from the liquid feeding conduit while the high-frequency current is output, according to a command of the high-frequency output control signal, and stops feeding of the liquid, according to a command of the high-frequency output control signal; and a second pump drive section that suctions the liquid from the suction conduit for a predetermined period of time or in a predetermined amount, according to a command for stopping the high-frequency output control signal, and stops suction of the liquid after the suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideo Sanai
  • Patent number: 9568357
    Abstract: The number of detection channels of detecting sections is increased and the detecting sections are replaced easily and at low cost while suppressing loss in the quantity of returning light. Provided is a detection unit (5A) including a detector entrance port (75A) through which light in a predetermined optical form enters, a detector (57A) that detects at least a portion of the light entering through the detector entrance port (75A), and a detector exit port (65A) through which at least another portion of the light entering through the detector entrance port (75A) can exit in the same optical form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Amano, Masaharu Tomioka
  • Patent number: 9568706
    Abstract: A lens barrel of the present invention is a lens barrel holding a photographing optical system which is a zoom lens constituted by five groups and includes: a cylindrical cam barrel arranged to be rotatable around an optical axis; a first lens driving section driving the cam barrel around the optical axis; a plurality of first cam grooves carved on an outer circumferential surface of the cam barrel; and a plurality of second cam grooves carved on an inner circumferential surface of the cam barrel. A first lens group holding barrel has a plurality of cam followers that are recessed in the first cam grooves; and each of a second lens group holding barrel and a third lens group holding barrel has a plurality of cam followers that are recessed in the second cam grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Tsubasa Niiyama, Mayu Miki, Akinori Nishio, Masahito Watanabe, Masaya Ota
  • Patent number: 9568726
    Abstract: A small-sized objective optical system for an endoscope having in order from an object side, a first negative lens which is planoconcave, a second meniscus lens having a convex surface directed toward an image side, a third positive meniscus lens having a convex surface directed toward the object side, a positive lens unit, and a cemented lens in which, a positive lens and a negative lens are cemented. Focusing is carried out by moving the third positive meniscus lens along an optical axis, and the second meniscus lens is a negative lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Kamo, Shinya Sato
  • Patent number: 9571720
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a determining unit configured to determine, in accordance with two images corresponding to temporally adjacent image data input from an external device, whether or not a field area at a time of imaging has been changed; and a suppressing unit configured to generate and output suppressed image data with an amount of visually recognizable information included in the images being suppressed by performing image processing of reducing at least one of a contrast and a chroma of the images at a time the determining unit determines that the field area at the time of imaging has been changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Kudo, Ryo Karasawa, Kyoko Iijima, Osamu Nonaka