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: 20170180682
    Abstract: An image pickup system includes: a light source portion configured to sequentially emit first illumination light and second illumination light; an image pickup portion configured to perform image pickup of return light from an object; an image generating portion configured to generate a first image corresponding to return light of the first illumination light and a second image corresponding to return light of the second illumination light, each of which corresponds to one field, and sequentially output the first image and the second image; a synchronization processing portion configured to simultaneously output images corresponding to a plurality of fields, selectively assigning the images to three channels of a display apparatus; and a control portion configured to set image assignment to and image update frequency for the three channels based on an evaluation value acquired from the images generated by the image generating portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyosuke MIZUNO, Ryuichi YAMAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20170180695
    Abstract: An imaging device includes: an imaging unit configured to output an imaging signal; an illumination unit configured to emit respective beams of light of a plurality of colors; a color separation unit configured to separate the imaging signal into a plurality of signals corresponding to the plurality of colors; an interest color setting unit configured to set a color corresponding to a wavelength band of interest as an interest color; a comparison unit configured to compute a ratio between a detection value of a signal corresponding to an interest color set by the interest color setting unit and a detection value of a signal of another color corresponding to a wavelength band different from the wavelength band corresponding to the interest color; and a changing unit configured to change a light emission ratio between light corresponding to the interest color and light of the other color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi TANAKA, Kentaro HASE, Kotaro OGASAWARA
  • Publication number: 20170172543
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer array is formed by stacking an acoustic lens on a laminated body of a transducer section including transducers and first acoustic matching layers, and a second acoustic matching layer. Arrangement of the laminated body is such that a groove width of a groove portion of the transducer section is equal to or greater than a groove width of a groove portion of the second acoustic matching layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sunao SATO
  • Publication number: 20170179449
    Abstract: A medical battery includes: a chargeable and dischargeable battery cell; a first electrode and a second electrode that are connected to the battery cell and are electrically connected to external electrodes in a non-contact state; a switching unit that is provided in a battery circuit including the battery cell, the first electrode, and the second electrode, the switching unit being configured to switch a current flowing through the battery circuit to an alternating current or a direct current; an insulating housing that seals and houses the battery cell, the first electrode, the second electrode, and the switching unit therein; and a heat storage unit arranged between an inner surface of the housing and the first electrode, and between the housing and the second electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shoei TSURUTA
  • Publication number: 20170172389
    Abstract: An endoscopic treatment instrument includes a guide sheath. The guide sheath includes a second distal end, which has an inside diameter to insert the insertion portion therethrough so that the distal end of the insertion portion is configured to protrude relative to the second distal end. The guide sheath is inserted through the guide pipe so that the second distal end is configured to protrude relative to the first distal end of the guide pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken FUJISAKI, Hiroyuki ARAKI, Kazuhiro YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20170172384
    Abstract: An endoscope configured to measure a specimen using a stripe image formed by projecting a light-dark pattern on the specimen, the endoscope including an insertion portion having an elongated shape; an imaging unit provided at a distal portion of the insertion portion and configured to acquire an image of the specimen; a lighting unit configured to illuminate an observation field of view of the imaging unit; and a pattern projector which emits projection light configured to project the light-dark pattern to the specimen and project the light-dark pattern on the specimen. The imaging unit includes an image sensor configured to image the image of the specimen; and an objective optical system configured to form the image of the specimen on the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayoshi YOKOTA
  • Publication number: 20170172385
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a bending portion provided on a distal end side of an insertion portion, bending wires fixed on a distal end side of the bending portion, wire insertion portions into which the bending wires are inserted in the bending portion, and a channel tube inserted and disposed in the insertion portion and including an axial-directional through-hole into which a treatment instrument is inserted. The bending portion includes a bending portion set including a first bending piece set including a plurality of bending pieces rotatably coupled with each other; a tubular bending tube including a distal end portion rotatably coupled with a proximal end portion of the first bending piece set and capable of bending through a plurality of arrayed slits; and a second bending piece set including a plurality of bending pieces rotatably coupled with a proximal end portion of the tubular bending tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiwamu FUJITANI
  • Publication number: 20170172386
    Abstract: An endoscope operation mechanism includes: a dial operating an endoscope function; a detection sensor that has a sensor rotation shaft to which rotation of a dial rotation shaft of the dial is transmitted and detects the rotation amount, and that outputs an electrical signal in accordance with the detected rotation amount to a control portion performing driving control of a driving source of the endoscope function; an initial position reversion mechanism applying a rotational force to the dial rotation shaft in an opposite direction to the direction in which the dial rotation shaft is rotated, to thereby cause the rotational position of the dial to return to an initial position; and a switching mechanism switchable between a first state in which a rotational force from the initial position reversion mechanism is applied to the dial rotation shaft, and a second state in which the rotational force is not applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro OKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170178326
    Abstract: A biological information measurement apparatus includes: a plurality of first pixels configured to generate a first imaging signal based on received light; a plurality of second pixels configured to generate a second imaging signal based on the received light; a time series signal generation unit configured to generate a first time series signal by connecting representative values of first imaging signals in time series and generate a second time series signal by connecting representative values of second imaging signals in time series; a signal component separation unit configured to separate a plurality of signal components from each of the first and second time series signals; and a biological information component selector configured to select a signal component in accordance with the biological information, among the plurality of signal components separated by the signal component separation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Munenori FUKUNISHI
  • Publication number: 20170172387
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an endoscope, an illumination portion, a light adjustment portion, an insertion channel configured to allow insertion of a laser probe capable of radiating an aiming monochromatic laser beam, a gain control portion, a halation detection portion, and a control portion, and in a case that halation by the aiming monochromatic laser beam is detected in the halation detection portion, the control portion controls the light adjustment portion to adjust the illumination light and controls the gain control portion to control the gain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori MATSUI, Shinji YAMASHITA, Yuzuru TANABE, Yuta MATSUNO
  • Publication number: 20170172390
    Abstract: A medical device includes: an insertion portion formed in an elongated shape that can be inserted into an insertion hole of an insertion assisting instrument that assists insertion into a body cavity of a subject; a distal end portion that is provided in the insertion portion and is configured to be capable of emitting an illuminating light that is irradiated at the subject; and an interlock mechanism which has a member that is provided in the insertion portion, and which is configured to, in conjunction with a position between the insertion assisting instrument and the member, perform an operation for transitioning to either one of a state in which emission of the illuminating light by the distal end portion is possible and a state in which emission of the illuminating light by the distal end portion is not possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuchun FU, Makoto IGARASHI
  • Publication number: 20170172393
    Abstract: An image pickup element includes a first substrate, a second substrate, first pixels, and second pixels irradiated with light transmitted through the first pixels, and the second pixel includes a first PN junction surface parallel to a light-receiving surface, and a second PN junction surface positioned deeper than the first PN junction surface and parallel to the light-receiving surface, and the second pixel generates a second signal corresponding to light of a second wavelength band from electric charge obtained by the second PN junction surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Fukunaga
  • Publication number: 20170172392
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an image forming section configured to arrange first and second images obtained by picking up images of first and second regions of a subject to be adjacent to each other to form an image of one frame, a light source section configured to emit illumination light based on a brightness evaluation of the image to the first and second regions, a brightness-range calculating section configured to detect minimum and maximum luminance values in the first and second images, and an image processing section configured to perform a luminance shift such that a minimum or maximum luminance value of an image, a luminance range of which is smaller than a predetermined luminance range, among the first and second images coincides with a predetermined luminance lower limit or upper limit value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi ITO, Kazuki HONDA
  • Publication number: 20170172402
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion section configured to be inserted into a subject, a distal end portion disposed at a distal end of the insertion section, the distal end portion including an observing section configured to observe the subject, a holding section configured to hold the observing section, a heat medium that changes in phase from liquid to gas when exceeding a predetermined temperature, and a heat receiving chamber configured to house the heat medium, and a heat radiation chamber communicating with the heat receiving chamber, the heat medium gasified in the heat receiving chamber being capable of entering the heat radiation chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuhiro WAKABAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20170172398
    Abstract: A user assistance system for use with a device for cleaning and disinfecting a surgical instrument. The system including data eyeglasses including a camera and a projection surface, wherein the data eyeglasses projects information on the projection surface, a data storage in which a plurality of data sets on different types of surgical instruments are saved, information relating to an identifying feature of a particular type of surgical instrument and visual data relating to instructions on cleaning the particular type or surgical instrument are in each data set, and a controller configured to capture an image of a surgical instrument to be cleaned, compare image data with the identifying feature in the data sets, identify a type of the surgical instrument to be cleaned using the identifying feature in the image, and display visual information relating to instructions on cleaning the identified type of surgical instrument on the projection surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Torben CARLSON
  • Publication number: 20170172399
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes a fluid supply section configured to supply a fluid, a fluid supply conduit configured to communicate with the fluid supply section and include an opening open to the atmosphere, a first valve disposed in the fluid supply conduit, a second valve disposed closer to the opening side than the first valve of the fluid supply conduit, a processing tank in which an endoscope is disposed, a first connector and a second connector provided in the processing tank, a first conduit configured to connect a section between the first valve and the fluid supply section and the first connector, a second conduit configured to connect a section between the first valve and the second valve and the second connector, and a pressure sensor configured to measure a pressure of a section between the first valve and the fluid supply section in the fluid supply conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroo TAKADA
  • Publication number: 20170172401
    Abstract: An antifogging device includes: an optical system having one or a plurality of optical members including at least an objective lens; a hollow casing in which the optical system is stored; a heater configured to generate heat according to supplied power to heat a hollow space in the casing; a temperature sensor configured to detect temperature of the hollow space; a temperature controller configured to estimate temperature difference between the temperature detected by the temperature sensor and temperature of the optical member, based on a power value of the supplied power; and an overall controller configured to control the heater based on the temperature difference estimated by the temperature controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki IDE, Yuta SUGIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170172395
    Abstract: A control method for an endoscope reprocessor including a medicinal solution tank, a concentration measurement chamber, and a concentration meter disposed in the concentration measurement chamber and which comprises a container, an electrode housed inside the container, a permeable membrane sealing the container, and a content fluid sealed inside the container, the control method, includes: a step I of introducing a medicinal solution into the medicinal solution tank; a step II of introducing the medicinal solution into the concentration measurement chamber and measuring a concentration of the medicinal solution; a step III of draining the medicinal solution inside the medicinal solution tank from the endoscope reprocessor, and maintaining a state where inside of the medicinal solution tank is empty for a predetermined time period; and a step IV of maintaining a moisture content inside the concentration measurement chamber at a predetermined value or more during the step III.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihisa OGAWA, Hiromasa AKAHORI
  • Publication number: 20170172587
    Abstract: An arthroscopic surgery method for ankle impingement of the embodiment removes a posterior process of talus from the portal formed in the position specified beforehand by vibrating ultrasonically of an ultrasonic treatment tool which inserted and inserted the ultrasonic treatment tool to the posterior process of talus and a tendon sheath of flexor hallucis longus muscle tendon, and deletes the tendon sheath of flexor hallucis longus muscle tendon by the ultrasonic treatment tool used for deleting the posterior process of talus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sohei UEDA, Chie ONUMA
  • Publication number: 20170172610
    Abstract: A method for replacement arthroplasty of an embodiment is losing precise cutting and surface unevenness and performing the smoothening treatment to the part of the joint region which the component of the artificial joint attaches, using an ultrasonic treatment device, and exact processing can be performed, dimensional processing accuracy also becomes high, and bonding surfaces stick it without a crevice, and it controls generating of wear debris by friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Manabu ISHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20170177789
    Abstract: A cell observation information processing system includes: a tag acquiring section that acquires, as a search tag for searching for observation information acquired in response to an acquisition order at one time point, tags containing a cell name, first culture tool identifying information for identifying a culture tool for culturing cells under observation, and second culture tool identifying information for identifying a passage-source culture tool; a storing section that stores in an archive section each piece of the observation information acquired at each time point upon assigning thereto the search tag; a search criterion acquiring section that acquires, as a search criterion, tags containing a cell name and first culture tool identifying information; and a retrieving section that searches through the archive section using the acquired search criterion and retrieves search-tagged observation information on cells having undergone passage of culture from a single cell line over a plurality of generations
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunobu IGA, Yohei TANIKAWA, Shinichi TAKIMOTO, Yoshinobu AKAHORI
  • Publication number: 20170172609
    Abstract: An arthroscopic surgery method for ankle ligament reconstruction of this embodiment is removed using an ultrasonic treatment tool, blowing away a synovial membrane, and secures the view for a remnant ligament. Then, bone holes are produced to a fibula, a talus and a calcaneus using the ultrasonic treatment tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sohei UEDA, Chie ONUMA
  • Publication number: 20170172643
    Abstract: A grasping treatment unit includes a first jaw, and a second jaw openable and closable relative to the first jaw. In the first jaw, a heating wire continues without branching from a first extending end to a second extending end, and generates heat over an entire length from the first extending end to the second extending end when an electric current flows therethrough. A heating portion is lower in calorific value per unit area in a distal portion than in a proximal portion in the first jaw in a state where the heat is generated from the heating wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki TAKASHINO, Yusuke TAKEI, Kazuhiro TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170172623
    Abstract: An ankle arthrodesis of this embodiment performs a cartilage the ultrasonic treatment procedure using an ultrasonic treatment tool. As one condition, when wear of cartilage has attained to the whole of an ankle, it carries out. A method for ankle arthrodesis is disposal which excises the cracked organization which exists in an ankle using the ultrasonic treatment tool, and fixes a tibia and a talus under it with a screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken FUJISAKI, Takamitsu SAKAMOTO, Takeo USUI, Kenji MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170172611
    Abstract: The therapeutic method of an arthroscopic surgery method for osteochondritis dissecans or osteochondral lesion of a talus of the embodiment carries out the cutting treatment safely, without being able to avoid non-treatment target, being able to reach a treatment target region and doing damage to any peripheral tissues, when performing a treatment since an ultrasonic treatment device is used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuo TANIGAMI
  • Publication number: 20170176742
    Abstract: Provided is an optical fiber scanner including: an illumination optical fiber; an annular elastic member formed of an elastic material having an engagement hole that engages with the illumination optical fiber; and a plurality of piezoelectric elements fixed to the annular elastic member, each piezoelectric element being polarized in a radial direction of the illumination optical fiber and applied an alternating voltage in a polarization direction so as to cause the illumination optical fiber to vibrate. The annular elastic member has a vibration transmitting section to a side of which the plurality of piezoelectric elements are bonded and transmits vibrations to the illumination optical fiber, and a fiber support section that is integrally molded together with the vibration transmitting section and that is capable of supporting the illumination optical fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuaki KASAI, Hiroshi TSURUTA, Hirokazu YOKOTA
  • Publication number: 20170176765
    Abstract: A camera shake correction apparatus (100) comprising a coil (8) provided at the movable member (2), a magnet (41) used for driving provided at the stationary member (4), facing the coil (8) in the direction orthogonal to the optical axis (C), a yoke (43) provided at the stationary member (4), facing the coil (8) and the magnet (41) used for driving in the direction of the optical axis, the yoke and the magnet used for driving constituting a magnetic circuit (6), and a magnet (11) used for biasing provided at the movable member (2), facing the yoke (43) in a non-contact manner on the opposite side of the coil (8) and the magnet (41) used for driving, the magnet (41) used for biasing applying a magnetic suction force to the yoke (43).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki SUEOKA
  • Publication number: 20170176283
    Abstract: An endoscope reprocessor includes a concave treatment tank in which an endoscope is disposed, a lid that covers the treatment tank, an air-open conduit that is connected with the treatment tank and opens the treatment tank to air, a gas filter connection part disposed on the air-open conduit, an on-off valve disposed closer to the treatment tank than the gas filter connection part on the air-open conduit, a pressure sensor that detects an internal pressure of the treatment tank, a pressurizing unit that is disposed closer to the treatment tank than the on-off valve on the air-open conduit or connected with the treatment tank and pressurizes the treatment tank even when the on-off valve is closed, and a control unit 61 that controls the on-off valve and pressurizing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichiro KAWACHI
  • Publication number: 20170176732
    Abstract: Provided is an image-forming optical system including: a plurality of image-forming lenses that form a final image and at least one intermediate image; and a wavefront disturbing device and a wavefront restoring device that are disposed at positions having any of the intermediate images formed by the plurality of image-forming lenses therebetween and that apply phase modulation to the wavefront of light coming from an object. The wavefront disturbing device and the wavefront restoring device have the same phase distribution including a wave-shaped phase-advancing region and phase-delaying region that are symmetrical to each other, and are paired such that light passes through the corresponding phase-advancing region and phase-delaying region having opposite wave shapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroya FUKUYAMA
  • Patent number: 9684147
    Abstract: A changeable lens barrel includes a fixed barrel formed in an annular shape a straight-advancing barrel housed in the fixed barrel during non-photographing and extended to an outside of the fixed barrel during photographing, and a first annular member that turns according to manual operation. When the changeable lens barrel is in a photographable state, a part of an outer circumference of the first annular member is exposed to an outside and a front end face of the annular member forward in an optical axis direction is located further forward than a front end face of the fixed barrel, and, when the changeable lens barrel is in an un-photographable state, a rear end face backward in the optical axis direction is within the fixed barrel and the rear end face is present further backward in the optical axis direction than when the changeable lens barrel is in the photographable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Tamotsu Koiwai, Shigeo Hayashi, Naohiro Kageyama, Mitsuru Toyama
  • Patent number: 9684152
    Abstract: To off-axis and on-axis aberrations at low cost while having a wide angle of view, an endoscope objective optical system (1) has in order: a negative first lens (L1); a negative second lens (L2) and a third lens (L3) joined to each other; a brightness diaphragm (S); and a positive lens group (G2) having a cemented lens (CL2) including one positive lens and one negative lens joined to each other, and satisfies expressions (1) and (2): 1.0<D3(96 deg)/f_all<10??(1) 1.1<(r1+r2)/(r1?r2)<5.0??(2) where, D3(96 deg) is a distance in which a chief ray of a d-line having an incident angle of 96 degrees that enters the first lens transmits the third lens, f_all is a focal distance of the whole system, r1 and r2 are radii of curvature of an object side surface of the first lens and an image side surface of the second lens, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Katakura
  • Patent number: 9683950
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sample handling assembly facilitating a sample holding cell used for XRD analysis. The assembly holds the sample cell upright during sample loading and analysis phases. The sample handling assembly is vibrated, partly by a tuning fork, to allow the powder to flow into the sample cell. After the XRD analysis, a rotating arm holding the sample cell is rotated 180° to orient the sample cell completely upside down so that the sample can be emptied. Also disclosed are jets of air that are pulsed onto the sample cell, and/or into the sample cell funnel-tube assembly, to shake and clean the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS SCIENTIFIC SOLUTIONS AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Christian Sarrazin, Aaron Troy Baensch, Will M. Brunner
  • Patent number: 9684224
    Abstract: A light adjusting apparatus includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a spacer configured to form a space for disposing a light adjusting section between the first substrate and the second substrate, a notch provided so that measuring light to measure a space dimension reaches the spacer and an extending peripheral portion provided so that the measuring light reaches the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuhiko Okita
  • Patent number: 9683952
    Abstract: Disclosed is a test stand that supports and stabilizes a handheld XRF analyzer, and holds a body of sample to be tested. The test stand allows both horizontal and vertical analysis positions of the analyzer. The preferred embodiment of the test stand comprises a shielded X-ray chamber in which samples are tested and which affixes to the XRF analyzer's window via a spring loaded handle, a stabilizing base to which the analyzer's handle is situated, and a stanchion for horizontal mounting of the XRF analyzer. In the horizontal orientation, the chamber contains an adjustable platform and soil sample retainer to facilitate the positioning of the sample to be tested. The stanchion can be stored under the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Ted Michael Shields, Michael Drummy, David Joyce, Matthew Thomas Susa
  • Patent number: 9681797
    Abstract: A video endoscope including: a endoscope shaft; a hermetically enclosed video-optical unit arranged in the endoscope shaft, wherein the video-optical unit comprises an enclosure including a substantially cylindrical, hermetically sealed housing having a distally arranged entry window, an objective lens, an image sensor unit, and one or more signal lines, the housing being connected to an outer jacket tube in a rotationally fixed manner, wherein the image sensor unit is mounted in the housing rotatably about a longitudinal axis of the endoscope shaft and comprises at least one image sensor, wherein, in order to rotate the image sensor unit, a magnetic coupling with an outer magnet and an inner magnet operationally connected to the outer magnet in a magnetic manner, is arranged in the area of the distal tip of the endoscope shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Patrick Scherr, Andreas Braun
  • Patent number: 9681912
    Abstract: A grasping treatment apparatus includes an ultrasonic control section stopping an output of a vibration generating electric power or outputting the vibration generating electric power in a second ultrasonic output mode where incision performance provided by an ultrasonic vibration in a treatment section becomes smaller than that in a first ultrasonic output mode before a peak detection point. The grasping treatment apparatus includes a high-frequency control section outputting a high-frequency electric power in a second high-frequency output mode where incision performance provided by a high-frequency current flowing between a probe electrode portion and a jaw electrode portion becomes higher than that in a first high-frequency output mode before the peak detection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Tsubuku, Minoru Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 9681795
    Abstract: An endoscope holding apparatus includes: a base section; a support column; a first link and a second link that rotate around a first linking portion; a third link that rotates around a second linking portion; a fourth link capable of holding an endoscope; a fifth link including a first counter weight; a second counterweight linked to the second linking portion; a sixth link including one arm linked to the fifth link; and a seventh link including a first end configured to rotate around a fifth linking portion and a second end configured to rotate around a sixth linking portion, wherein the first, fifth, sixth, and third linking portions form a parallelogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 9682213
    Abstract: An insertion portion rigidity changeable catheter with a balloon has an insertion portion including a coil-shaped member which is extensible and contractible, with a compression length set to be a predetermined length, and a sheath which is a tube body with flexibility having a fluid conduit, includes a sheath main body surrounded by the coil-shaped member, and a sheath end portion provided at one end side of the sheath main body, and having a contact surface which one end surface of the coil-shaped member contacts, has one opening of the fluid conduit in the sheath end portion and has another opening of the fluid conduit at another end side of the sheath main body, an inflatable/deflatable balloon which is inflated by being supplied with a fluid via the one opening of the fluid conduit to expand to a diameter larger than an outside diameter of the sheath end portion, and is deflated by the fluid being discharged via the one opening to be brought into close contact with an outer circumferential face of the sh
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wataru Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9683973
    Abstract: A non-destructive testing and inspection (NDT/NDI) system and method operable to conduct an ultrasonic scanning test on a test object that synchronizes and merges the apertures of two or more NDT sub-instruments in frequency and phase. Disclosed are a method of using a Phased Lock Loop (PLL) as a synchronizing clock/trigger generator, and also a method of using a General Positioning Clock (GPS) and a pulse per second (PPS) output. Both methods combine ultrasonic scanning data acquisition from two or more NDT sub-instruments, and transform the sub-instruments into one bigger NDT instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Simard, Benjamin Couillard
  • Patent number: 9684849
    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 detecting an observation target area from each of the plurality of constituent images, selecting a reference image and a determination target image from the plurality of constituent images, calculating deformation information about a deformation estimation target area included in the reference image and the deformation estimation target area included in the determination target image, and determining whether or not the determination target image can be deleted based on the observation target area included in the reference image, the observation target area included in the determination target image, and the deformation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 9684988
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging unit that images a subject so as to obtain first image data, an image processing unit that performs image processing on the first image data so as to obtain second image data, a first storage unit in which image data including one or both of the first image data and the second image data is stored, an image analysis unit that analyzes a feature of the image data stored in the first storage unit, a scenario generation unit that generates scenario data on the basis of an analysis result of the image analysis unit, a scenario changing unit that performs setting so as to change the scenario data, and an image collage processing unit that combines the plural pieces of image data stored in the first storage unit on the basis of the scenario data so as to generate the image collage data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shogo Shimamura, Kensei Ito, Maki Toida, Akira Tani, Manabu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9685971
    Abstract: A successive comparison A/D conversion circuit includes: an comparison circuit including a differential amplification circuit which includes a pair of differential input terminals, amplifies a pair of first differential signals input into the pair of differential input terminals, and outputs a pair of second differential signals, and a latch circuit which compares voltages of the second differential signals output from the differential amplification circuit, retains an comparison result, and outputs the retained comparison result; a digital circuit which generates a digital signal corresponding to the first differential signal, based on the comparison result; an arithmetic circuit which generates a reference signal based on the digital signal, generates the first differential signal by subtracting the reference signal from a third differential signal or adding the reference signal to the third differential signal, and outputs the generated first differential signal to the pair of differential input terminals;
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasunari Harada
  • Patent number: 9685199
    Abstract: An editing apparatus includes an image analyzing section that analyzes a recorded video, a sound analyzing section that analyzes recorded sound, and a display control section that displays, on a display section, on the basis of an analysis result of the image analyzing section, a video bar indicator corresponding to a reproduction time of the recorded video and displays, on the display section, on the basis of an analysis result of the sound analyzing section, a sound bar indicator corresponding to a reproduction time of the recorded sound, the sound bar indicator having a time per unit length same as a time per unit length of the video bar indicator. The editing apparatus facilitates editing combination work for the video and the sound by arranging and displaying the video and the sound on time axes of the same scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keinosuke Kimura, Katsuhisa Kawaguchi, Osamu Nonaka
  • Publication number: 20170171484
    Abstract: There are provided a first semiconductor substrate in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion circuits, which are some circuit elements of the pixel cells including the photoelectric conversion unit, are formed in a two-dimensional matrix, a second semiconductor substrate in which a plurality of memory circuits, which are some other circuit elements of the pixel cells, are formed in a two-dimensional matrix, wherein the some other circuit elements of the pixel cells include memory units that correspond to the photoelectric conversion circuits, store electric signals output by the photoelectric conversion units, and output pixel signals according to the electric signals, and a connection electrode electrically connected to a signal line of the photoelectric conversion circuits and a signal line of the memory circuits, wherein the pixel cells are divided into a plurality of pixel groups in which the pixel cells are combined so that adjacent pixel cells are not included if pixel cells corresponding to ligh
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Takemoto, Naofumi Sakaguchi
  • Publication number: 20170164943
    Abstract: A suture needle has: a flexible elongated shaft member; a passing mechanism for passing a suture needle between two gripping members, wherein the passing mechanism has fitting hole portions that are provided in the respective gripping members and that hold the suture needle in a fitting manner, holding member movable in a direction intersecting the axis of each fitting hole portion and having a pressing surface which can press an outer circumferential surface of the suture needle held in the fitting hole portion, and a tensile-force-transmitting member coupled with the holding member and which can move along the longitudinal axis of the elongated shaft member, wherein the outer circumferential surface of the suture needle is pressed by the pressing surface against the inner circumferential surface of the fitting hole portion by the motion of the tensile-force-transmitting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki KASAHARA, Kazuo BANJU, Madoka ITO, Tatsutoshi HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170164817
    Abstract: A signal processing device processes a signal sent from an imaging device detachably attached to the signal processing device and includes: a signal processing unit configured to rewrite processing contents in accordance with a configuration; configuration memories having different capabilities and configured to store pieces of configuration data corresponding to contents of image processes that are performed in accordance with imaging sensors held by the imaging devices; a configuration controller configured to perform control to subject the signal processing unit to reconfiguration using the configuration data that depends on the imaging sensor of the imaging device attached to the signal processing device among the configuration data; a priority setting unit configured to set priority for each configuration data based on a predetermined condition; and a rewrite controller configured to rewrite the configuration data in the configuration memories based on the priority set by the priority setting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi SHIRAISHI, Takashi SAITO
  • Publication number: 20170164820
    Abstract: A capsule medical device configured to be introduced into a subject to acquire information about the subject is provided. The capsule medical device includes: a capsule-shaped casing including: a first casing including a hemispherical portion and a cylindrical portion; and a second casing that is a cylindrical casing where an opening edge portion having an opening is positioned at one end, the cylindrical portion of the first casing being fitted on an outer peripheral surface of the second casing on a side of the opening to incorporate an information acquisition member for acquiring information about the subject; and a positioning member including: a first abutment surface configured to abut on an end surface of the second casing on the side of the opening; and a second abutment surface configured to abut on the information acquisition member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidetake SEGAWA
  • Publication number: 20170164816
    Abstract: A guidance device includes: a magnetic field generation unit configured to generate the magnetic field; a movement mechanism configured to move the magnetic field generation unit in a vertical direction; a rotation mechanism configured to rotate the magnetic field generation unit in a vertical plane including a magnetization direction of the magnetic field generation unit; an input unit configured to input first operation information for changing posture of a capsule medical device; and a control unit configured to: cause the rotation mechanism to rotate the magnetic field generation unit to change the posture of the capsule medical device based on the first operation information; and control the movement mechanism to change a distance between the magnetic field generation unit and the capsule medical device to correct a magnetic attracting force in a vertical direction of the capsule medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironao KAWANO
  • Publication number: 20170164974
    Abstract: An ultrasonic treatment apparatus includes a movement unit moving in accordance with at least one of an acting state of a load to a treatment section from a jaw and an opening angle of the jaw relative to the treatment section, a movement detector detecting a moving state of the movement unit, and a peak detecting section detecting a target peak of an ultrasonic impedance value. The ultrasonic treatment apparatus includes a control section controlling the peak detecting section to a detection disallowed state where a detection of the target peak is not executed when the movement unit is not placed within a prescribed range based on a detection result in the movement detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro TSUBUKU, Minoru KAWASAKI
  • Patent number: D790059
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Reisuke Osada, Tatsuhiko Suzuki