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.

Olympus Patents by Type

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  • Publication number: 20170214853
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: an angular velocity sensor configured to detect image blur in translation and rotation directions; an image stabilization microcomputer; an image pickup device drive actuator configured to cause the image pickup device to move to perform optical correction of image blur in the translation direction and, when necessary, image blur in the rotation direction; a system controller configured to perform electronic correction of cutting out a part of image; and a walking detecting portion configured to detect which of a walking state and a non-walking state of the image pickup apparatus, wherein in a case of the walking state, an amount of correction of the image blur in the rotation direction is caused to be smaller by the optical correction, and is caused to be larger by the electronic correction, compared with the non-walking state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kento KOYANO
  • Publication number: 20170210015
    Abstract: In order to prevent swiveling of unintended joint pieces and enhance positioning and motion reproducibility of a distal end portion, a bending mechanism includes: a plurality of joint pieces connected in series along the longitudinal axis; a plurality of elongated tension-transmissions that transmit tensions for individually driving the joint pieces; and at least one guide having guide channels that movably support the tension-transmissions in the longitudinal direction thereof and that guide the tension-transmissions along curved paths extending around the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuya JOGASAKI
  • Publication number: 20170212341
    Abstract: A three-dimensional shape measuring apparatus includes a light source, an optical sensor, and an imaging unit that images a sensor signal. The three-dimensional shape measuring apparatus includes: a storing unit that stores control information indicating a state of the three-dimensional shape measuring apparatus at a point in time of imaging, the control information being obtained in synchronization with the imaging of the sensor signal performed by the imaging unit; and an output control unit that controls a transfer timing of the control information stored in the storing unit in accordance with a transfer timing of image data obtained by the imaging unit so as to output the control information to an image transfer path in association with the image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideo WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20170209126
    Abstract: An ultrasound observation system includes: an image processing unit that generates an ultrasound image based on an ultrasound signal obtained by an ultrasound endoscope configured to transmit ultrasound to a subject as an observation target and receive the ultrasound reflected from the subject; a display unit for displaying the ultrasound image; a multiple input reception unit that simultaneously receives inputs at multiple points on the ultrasound image on the display unit, with a single touch operation; an input information determination unit that determines the number of the inputs and positions of the inputs; an operation mode setting unit that sets an operation mode related to the ultrasound image, based on the number of the inputs; and a target region setting unit that sets a target region to be processed corresponding to the operation mode, based on the positions of the inputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehiro YOSHIMURA
  • Publication number: 20170209164
    Abstract: A medical treatment tool includes: a long flexible section; a movable member that is attached to a distal end of a flexible section so as to be relatively movable in a longitudinal-axis direction of the flexible section; a grasper that is attached to the movable member and that includes a pair of jaws that can be opened and closed, at least one of which is supported so as to be pivotable about a shaft intersecting the longitudinal axis; and a tension transmission disposed in the flexible section so as to be able to advance and retract in the longitudinal-axis direction, having one end joined to the jaws, and pivoting the jaws by transmitting the tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriaki YAMANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170209120
    Abstract: Provided is an ultrasound transducer for irradiating a subject with ultrasound and receiving an ultrasound echo reflected from the subject. The ultrasound transducer includes a plurality of piezoelectric elements configured to emit ultrasound according to input of an electric signal and convert ultrasound incident from outside into an electric signal, and a mask portion provided between the plurality of piezoelectric elements and a radiation surface of the ultrasound on the ultrasound transducer. The mask portion is configured to: mask any divided region among a plurality of divided regions obtained by dividing an elevation direction orthogonal to a plane parallel to a scanning direction of the ultrasound; reflect the ultrasound in a direction different from a propagation direction of the ultrasound on the masked division region; and allow the ultrasound to pass in the propagation direction in the plurality of divided regions except the masked divided region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takanao FUJIMURA
  • Publication number: 20170209168
    Abstract: An ultrasonic probe includes a probe main body section to which the ultrasonic vibration is transmitted from its proximal end to its distal end; a curving section which is bent relative to the probe main body section; and a treating section which is continuous with a distal portion of the curving section to treat the knee joint. The curving section has a central axis which is bent at an angle of 5 degrees or more and 8 degrees or less relative to the longitudinal axis of the probe main body section, and is always disposed in a projection plane of the probe main body section, when the probe main body section is seen along a longitudinal axis from the proximal end toward the distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideto YOSHIMINE
  • Publication number: 20170209639
    Abstract: A pump device for use with an operating table in an operating room. The pump device including: a pump for pumping a rinsing liquid through a pump tube, and a controller configured to determine a height adjustment of the operating table in the operating room and control the pump pressure of the pump based on the detected height adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Michael WOLTER
  • Publication number: 20170209023
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a solid state image pickup device including a plurality of pixels with a photoelectric conversion element, a transfer section, an electric charge conversion section, a reset section, an operation mode control section configured to switch a first operation mode in which the reset section and the transfer section are turned off, and a second operation mode in which the reset section is turned off, and the transfer section is turned on, a black level correction section, and a memory, and transfers a synchronous signal for outputting an image signal from the solid state image pickup device, and a control signal for causing the solid state image pickup device to operate in the first operation mode and the second operation mode respectively by using a common signal line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuzuru TANABE, Shinji YAMASHITA, Yasunori MATSUI, Yuta MATSUNO
  • Publication number: 20170209227
    Abstract: The manipulator 1 includes a main unit 2, a elongated member 3 that extends from the main unit 2, a bending assembly 4 connected to the elongated member 3, a coupling member 5 for transmission of power for putting the bending assembly 4 into operation, a drive unit 21 for generating power for the coupling member 5, and a regulator 6 that is interposed between the bending assembly 4 and the drive unit 21 and urges the coupling member 5 in a direction of intersecting a path taken by the coupling member 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuhiko YOSHIMURA
  • Publication number: 20170209025
    Abstract: A bendable rigid endoscope includes: a rigid insertion portion; a flexible bending portion; an operation portion at which angle levers for bending the bending portion are provided; and a finger rest/holding portion including a finger rest portion that allows a finger of a user inserted to the finger rest/holding portion when the user holds the operation portion, the finger rest/holding portion being provided on the insertion portion side of the operation portion relative to the angle lever in such a manner that the finger rest groove is pivotable around a longitudinal axis of the operation portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeru IMAI
  • Publication number: 20170209026
    Abstract: A drive shaft extends inside a tubular section along a shaft axis, and the drive shaft rotates around the shaft axis while transmitting a driving force generated in a driving source to a driven portion. The drive shaft includes multiple extension sections, and a hard section. Each of the extension sections extends along the shaft axis. The hard section is interposed between two of the extension sections in a direction along the shaft axis, and has a higher rigidity in comparison to that of the extension sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka MASAKI, Kimihiko NAITO
  • Publication number: 20170209030
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an insertion portion including a distal end rigid portion, a bending portion, and an endoscope tube portion; an image pickup apparatus including an image pickup device; a first optical system having a first optical axis which is in parallel with a longitudinal axis; a second optical system including a first objective optical system having a second optical axis intersecting with the first optical axis, the second optical system being configured to bend the second optical axis to make the second optical axis coincident with the first optical axis; and a rotation driving apparatus that rotates the image pickup device, the first optical system, and the second optical system together around a rotation axis which is in parallel with the first optical axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yosuke NAKAO, Susumu AONO
  • Patent number: 9713457
    Abstract: A groove portion depressed from an unit outer surface toward a first perpendicular direction extends over an entire length of a transmission unit in axially parallel directions, and in the transmission unit, a sectional of a first unit component perpendicular to a longitudinal axis is a first sectional shape and a sectional shape of a second unit component perpendicular to the longitudinal axis is a second sectional shape smaller in sectional area than the first sectional shape. The sectional area changing portion changes from the first sectional shape to the second sectional shape so that a gravity center position in a case where the longitudinal axis is a reference position is consistent over the entire length of the transmission unit in the axially parallel directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsunetaka Akagane
  • Patent number: 9716069
    Abstract: A semiconductor substrate includes: an alignment mark being formed of a material that reflects a detection light for detecting positions and having a detection edge portion; a light-shielding layer portion having a larger outer shape than the alignment mark, being formed of a material that shields the detection light, and being disposed at a position on a backside of the alignment mark when seen from an incidence side of the detection light; and one or more light-transmitting layer portions being laminated between the alignment mark and the light-shielding layer portion so as to transmit the detection light and not being patterned at least in a range that overlaps the light-shielding layer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naohiro Takazawa, Yoshiaki Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9716824
    Abstract: A focus detection apparatus according the present invention includes: a normal focus detection information acquiring section which detects a normal AF evaluation peak position from contrast information; a special focus detection information acquiring section which detects a special AF evaluation peak position among different focus positions using brightness information and the contrast information; a determination section which determines information to be used for focus detection using the brightness information and either of the normal AF evaluation peak position and the special AF evaluation peak position, and a focus detection calculation section which calculates a focus detection position using the information to be used for focus detection determined by the determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Ito
  • Patent number: 9715081
    Abstract: A lens barrel includes a barrel-shaped first barrel having a pair of cam grooves that have two cam locus curves congruent with each other and are separated from each other on a circumferential surface, and a second barrel that has a pair of cam pins formed of a first cam pin that is engaged with one of the pair of cam grooves and a second cam pin that is engaged with another of the pair of cam grooves, and an urging portion that urges the first cam pin in a radial direction of the first barrel, and moves in an optical axis direction relatively to the first barrel, and is configured such that in engagement of the pair of cam pins and the pair of cam grooves, a disposition distance between the pair of cam pins differs from a disposition distance between the pair of cam grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Shishido
  • Patent number: 9715100
    Abstract: Regarding a blade inspection system, each of endo scope guide devices for a borescope has an insertion portion guide tube for guiding an insertion portion and a first fixing portion which is provided on the insertion portion guide tube and fixes the insertion portion guide tube in a corresponding external access port. When the insertion portion is attached into the insertion portion guide tube, lengths of extending portions of the endoscope guide devices are different between the plurality of endoscope guide devices extending from the corresponding external access port so that a position for observing a predetermined portion of a blade by an observation optical system of the insertion portion comes to a position determined in advance for each of the corresponding external access ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Konomura, Eiichi Kobayashi, Fumio Hori
  • Patent number: 9713461
    Abstract: A body fluid collection device comprises a longitudinal member having a lumen formed along a longitudinal axis and configured to be inserted through the channel, a flow path in which a suction is acted by the suction section of the endoscope, which is formed to bring the lumen of the longitudinal member in communication with the channel, an accommodating section which is formed in the flow path, and accumulate the the body fluid suctioned in the lumen by the suction section of the endoscope, and a sealing member configured to seal a space between the longitudinal member and the channel closer to a distal end of the longitudinal member than the suction port so that a fluid does not flow from the distal end side to a proximal end side of the longitudinal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayasu Mikkaichi, Satoko Kato
  • Publication number: 20170202431
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: a first semiconductor light-emitting element; a light source drive section; a first detection section; a storage section configured to store a threshold value indicating whether or not the first detection section can correctly detect an intensity; and a control section configured to, if the intensity detected by the first detection section exceeds the threshold value stored in the storage section, control the current value of the drive signal based on the intensity detected by the first detection section, for the light source drive section, and if the intensity detected by the first detection section does not exceed the threshold value, perform control so as to make the current value of the drive signal constant to provide pulsed light emission and change a duty cycle or a number of pulses to perform light adjustment, for the light source drive section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi TANAKA, Tomoya TAKAHASHI, Takahiro MASAKI, Kazue HONGO
  • Publication number: 20170202438
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: a conduit that is provided inside an insertion section and into which a guide wire is inserted in a direction opposite to an insertion direction of the insertion section; a bent conduit that is bent to make the conduit communicate with a pipe sleeve of a treatment instrument insertion port provided in an operation section; and a forceps plug that is detachable from the pipe sleeve. An opening is deviated from a center of the pipe sleeve toward an outer circumferential side of a bending direction of the bent conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki OGI
  • Publication number: 20170202440
    Abstract: An insertion apparatus includes: a flexible tube; an electric driving source arranged on a proximal end side of the flexible tube; a driven portion arranged on a distal end of the flexible tube; and a single driving force transmitting member inserted in the flexible tube and formed by being wound in a coil shape. For the driving force transmitting member, first torsional rigidity in a first rotating state of being rotated in a direction of being wound in the coil shape is set higher than second torsional rigidity in a second rotating state of being rotated in an opposite direction; and the driven portion performs a first motion by the first rotating state and performs a second motion requiring a larger amount of force than the first motion by the second rotating state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro OKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170202434
    Abstract: On an inner peripheral surface of an assistance tool of an insertion device, a sliding surface extends from an assistance tool proximal surface toward a distal side, and when the assistance tool attached to an insertion section rotates, the sliding surface slides on a supporting surface around a longitudinal axis. A flange portion of the insertion section includes an opposed surface opposed to the assistance tool proximal surface with a gap when the assistance tool is attached to the insertion section. In a part where the assistance tool proximal surface is opposed to the opposed surface, a proximal end of an outer peripheral surface of the assistance tool does not form a step relative to the flange portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki MITAMURA
  • Publication number: 20170202445
    Abstract: A light source apparatus includes: a light source; a light source driving section; a light detection section; a temperature detection section; and a control section being configured to, when determining that detected brightness is outside a range of brightness set for detecting abnormality in the light source or the light detection section and detected temperature is within a range of temperature set for detecting the abnormality in the light source or the light detection section, cause the light source driving section to perform driving of the light source for a case of abnormality in the light detection section, and when determining that the detected brightness is outside the range of brightness and the detected temperature is outside the range of temperature, cause the light source driving section to perform driving of the light source for a case of abnormality in the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aiko SAKAI, Yusuke YABE, Tomoya TAKAHASHI, Kazue HONGO
  • Publication number: 20170202441
    Abstract: An image pickup system includes a stereoscopic endoscope including image pickup optical systems having a parallax therebetween and a first image pickup device and a second image pickup device, and a processor including a first photometric measurement section configured to photometrically measure a luminance value of a first image pickup signal related to the first image pickup device, a second photometric measurement section configured to measure a luminance value of a second image pickup signal related to the second image pickup device, and a control section including a threshold value comparison section configured to compare the luminance value with a threshold value. When the luminance value of either one of the first image pickup signal and the second image pickup signal exceeds the threshold value, the image pickup system performs light adjustment control of a light source based on a photometric value of the other image pickup signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakazu MIZOGUCHI, Satoshi TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170205610
    Abstract: Provided is an image-forming optical system including: image-forming lenses that form a final image and an intermediate image; a wavefront-disturbing element that is placed towards an object from the intermediate image formed by the image-forming lenses and that imparts phase modulation causing a spatial disturbance to the wavefront of light from the object; and a wavefront-restoring element that is placed at a position, between the position and the wavefront-disturbing element being the intermediate image, and that imparts, to the wavefront of the light that has formed the intermediate image, phase modulation canceling out the spatial disturbance imparted by the wavefront-disturbing element, wherein the wavefront-disturbing element and the wavefront-restoring element include optical media and optical media having different refractive indices, and the phase modulation can be imparted by means of the shapes of the interfaces of the optical media and the optical media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroya FUKUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170202580
    Abstract: A curving section is always disposed in a projection plane of a probe main body section. The curving section includes a first bending surface which bends relative to a peripheral surface of the probe main body section to approach a longitudinal axis, thereby intersecting the longitudinal axis; a second bending surface which bends relative to the first bending surface toward a bending direction of the first bending surface and a direction away from the longitudinal axis; a third bending surface which bends relative to the second bending surface toward a direction to approach the longitudinal axis on a side reverse to the bending direction of the first bending surface, and extends toward an extension line of the first bending surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideto YOSHIMINE
  • Publication number: 20170202604
    Abstract: In An energy treatment system, a judgment section judges whether a vicinity of a treated target, with which an end effector is in contact, is filled with a liquid, in a state that the end effector is in contact with the treated target and a driving current is being output from an output section. In the energy treatment system, a controller executes at least one of stopping an output of the driving current from the output section and issuing an alert to an effect that the liquid is not filled, based on a fact that the judgment section judged that the vicinity of the treated target is not filled with the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo TANIGAMI, Hiroto NAKAMURA, Ryo MIYASAKA
  • Publication number: 20170205609
    Abstract: Provided is an image-forming optical system comprising: a plurality of image-forming lenses that form a final image and at least one intermediate image; a first phase modulator that is disposed further on an object side than any one of the intermediate images formed by the image-forming lenses is and that applies a spatial disturbance to a wavefront of light coming from the object; a second phase modulator that is disposed at a position at which at least one of the intermediate images is flanked by the first phase modulator and the second phase modulator, and that cancels out the spatial disturbance applied, by the first phase modulator, to the wavefront of the light coming from the object; and an adjusting part for adjusting an optical magnification in an image-forming relationship between the first and second phase modulators is included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroya FUKUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170203990
    Abstract: A process deciding method in a method of manufacturing an optical element by heating and press-molding an optical material to mold the optical element using a molding die on which a release film is formed, includes a basicity degree identifying process in which a degree of basicity of the optical material is identified; and a removing process determining process of determining whether to perform one or both of first removing process in which an oxidizing substance is removed and a second removing process in which a basic substance is removed from at least one of a surface of the optical material and a surface of the release film by comparing the degree of basicity of the optical material identified in the basicity degree identifying process with a predetermined reference value, before press-molding the optical material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoyuki MORISADA
  • Publication number: 20170202547
    Abstract: A medical instrument for endoscopic surgery, including a sheath tube having a distal and a proximal end and a connecting body arranged at the sheath tube's proximal end area, whereby the sheath tube and connecting body are penetrated in axial direction by a common channel, through which an elongated actuating element passes, an end body connectable to connecting body having a hand grip attached for operating the medical instrument, a locking slider, which is slidably housed in a channel oriented at an angle to the channel within connecting body, whereby the actuation area of locking slider projects from connecting body and can be actuated to locked and free positions using finger pressure, such that the end body coupled to connecting body is positively locked to connecting body in the locked position, and the end body in the free position can be detached from connecting body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas AUE
  • Publication number: 20170205585
    Abstract: An optical system for optical communications includes: a signal light exit portion, a first coupler optical system that collects the signal light, a first collimator optical system that collimates the signal light into a parallel light, an optical signal-operating portion that reflects the parallel light, a second collimator optical system that collects the parallel light reflected, a second coupler optical system that collects signal light, and a signal light-receiving portion that receives the signal light incident, wherein: the first collimator optical system is defined by a decentered optical system that includes a reflective surface that tilts with respect to an optical axis of incident signal light and is capable of reflection, and the second collimator optical system is defined by a second decentered optical system that includes a reflective surface that tilts with respect to an optical axis of incident signal light and is capable of internal reflection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichi TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20170204379
    Abstract: A luciferase according to an embodiment comprises an amino acid sequence in which a mutation is introduced into an amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 38. The luciferase catalyzes a luminescence reaction that generates luminescence having the maximum luminescent wavelength of 570 nm to 610 nm. The luminescence has an intensity at least 10 times higher than that of luminescence generated in a luminescence reaction catalyzed by a luciferase having an amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 48.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsunori OGO
  • Publication number: 20170205611
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging optical system including: a plurality of imaging lenses that form a final image and at least one intermediate image; a first phase modulation element that is disposed closer to an object than any of the at least one intermediate image is and that gives a spatial disturbance to the wavefront of light from the object; and a second phase modulation element that is disposed at a position so as to sandwich the at least one intermediate image with the first phase modulation element and that cancels out the spatial disturbance given to the wavefront of the light from the object by the first phase modulation element. The imaging lenses are configured so as to satisfy Herschel's condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroya FUKUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170205616
    Abstract: Provided is a microscope system including: a microscope that includes an optical member disposed in an optical path so as to be switchable and that acquires an image of a specimen; and a processor including hardware, wherein the processor is configured to implement: a magnification-estimation unit that, on the basis of a pre-switching optical magnification of the optical member in the microscope, is configured to estimate a post-switching optical magnification, wherein while scaling one of a pre-switching image acquired before switching of the optical member and a post-switching image acquired after switching of the optical member to a plurality of search images respectively corresponding to a plurality of search magnifications, the magnification-estimation unit is configured to calculate a degree of similarity to the other image and estimates the post-switching optical magnification from the search magnification when the calculated degree of similarity becomes the maximum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayuki NAKATSUKA
  • Publication number: 20170205613
    Abstract: Provided is a microscope apparatus including: a light source; an illumination optical system that radiates illumination light from the light source onto an observation object; an imaging optical system that focuses light from the observation object; and an image acquisition device that acquires an image of the light focused by the imaging optical system. The imaging optical system is provided with: imaging lenses that form a final image and at least one intermediate image; a first phase modulation element that is disposed closer to an object than any of the at least one intermediate image and that gives a spatial disturbance to the wavefront of light from the object; a second phase modulation element that is disposed at a position for allowing the at least one intermediate image to be sandwiched with the first phase modulation element and that cancels out the spatial disturbance given to the wavefront.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroya FUKUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170206318
    Abstract: A medical device includes: a communication data file generator that generates a data file that is transceivable by using a prescribed protocol that is different from a communication protocol of a DICOM standard, the data file including metadata based on medical information relating to a subject; and a transmitter that outputs the data file generated by the communication data file generator to a network drive that does not implement an application relating to DICOM, the network drive being connected via a network specified by the prescribed protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi OZAKI
  • Publication number: 20170205619
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an insertion portion configured to be inserted into an inside of an object; a forward observation window configured to acquire a forward field-of-view image; a lateral observation window configured to acquire a lateral field-of-view image; and a control portion. The control portion detects an amount of change in an image signal in a predetermined judgment area in at least one of the forward field-of-view image and the lateral field-of-view image within a predetermined time period, judges a use state of the insertion portion based on a result of the detection, and controls an image signal of the forward field-of-view image and an image signal of the lateral field-of-view image to be outputted to a monitor capable of displaying the forward field-of-view image and the lateral field-of-view image, according to the judged use state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiro HAMADA, Takeo SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20170205627
    Abstract: In order to prevent a flaw or the like on an optical element from overlapping an intermediate image, an observation apparatus includes: a light source; an illumination optical system; an image-forming optical system for focusing light from an observation subject; and an image-capturing element (photo-detector) for acquiring an image, wherein the image-forming optical system includes: a plurality of image-forming lenses for forming a final image and one or more intermediate images; a first phase modulator placed at the observation subject side relative to one of the intermediate images and that imparts a spatial disturbance; and a second phase modulator that is placed at a position so that one or more intermediate images is located between the position and the first phase modulator, and that cancels the spatial disturbance, and the image-forming optical system has an property for maintaining conjugacy in image formation relationship between the first and second phase modulators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroya FUKUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170205949
    Abstract: A touch panel device includes a capacitive touch panel; a manipulation detector that detects a manipulation performed on a manipulation detection area on the touch panel, on the basis of a change in the capacitance of the touch panel; and a manipulation valid area setting unit that sets, in the manipulation detection area, a manipulation valid area in which a manipulation detected by the manipulation detector is determined to be valid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taiji UCHIDA, Hiroyuki USHIFUSA
  • Publication number: 20170205637
    Abstract: A lens holding frame includes: a frame portion, a plate-shaped portion, holding portions, and auxiliary holding portions. The frame portion has a tubular shape extending along a reference axis. The plate-shaped portion overhangs inward from an inner circumferential surface of the frame portion. The holding portions protrude at sites of at least three places, which are away from each other in a circumferential direction around the reference axis on a surface of the plate-shaped portion, in a direction along the reference axis and are located on an abutting plane. The auxiliary holding portions protrude from a surface of the plate-shaped portion up to heights at which the auxiliary holding portions do not reach the abutting plane in the same direction as the holding portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norimitsu NAGAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20170208275
    Abstract: A communication system includes: a first signal line; a second signal line; a first signal line selection portion and a second signal line selection portion for selecting either one of the first signal line and the second signal line so as to be effective as the serial data; and a signal control portion for outputting a signal direction switching signal for controlling a selecting operation. The first signal line selection portion includes a first OR circuit and a first three-state buffer circuit provided on the first signal line, and a first buffer provided on the second signal line, and the second signal line selection portion includes a second OR circuit and a second three-state buffer circuit provided on the second signal line, a second buffer provided on the first signal line, and an inverter circuit provided between a terminal of the signal control portion and the second OR circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei KAGAWA, Hidetsugu TAKAHASHI, Manabu ISHIZEKI, Hidetaro KONO
  • Publication number: 20170208268
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: pixels arranged in a matrix form and configured to generate an imaging signal according to an amount of received light, and output the imaging signal through one of vertical lines in the pixels, each two pixels adjacent to one another in a horizontal direction sharing a single vertical line; dummy pixels, each provided for each vertical line in the pixels; a determination unit for determining whether output values of dummy signals having been output multiple times from a dummy pixel of the dummy pixels, are within a range of a threshold; a correction data generator configured to: calculate, for each vertical line, a statistic of the output values of the dummy signals determined to be within the range of the threshold; and generate, for each vertical line, correction data based on the calculation; and a correction unit for correcting the imaging signal based on the correction data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidetoshi SHIN
  • Publication number: 20170206631
    Abstract: An image processing unit has an image acquisition part, a correlation determination part, a reference image generation part, and an interpolation image generation part. The image acquisition part acquires an original image. The correlation determination unit determines whether the correlation of an image component of a primary reference band with image components of respective bands other than the primary reference band is either high correlation or low correlation. The reference image generation part interpolates missing pixels in the image component of the primary reference band by switching the interpolation method based on the correlation determination result obtained by the correlation determination part. The interpolation image generation part interpolates, using the correlation determination result and the primary reference image, missing pixels in at least some of the image component of the primary reference band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicants: TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sunao KIKUCHI, Yusuke MONNO, Daisuke KIKU, Masayuki TANAKA, Masatoshi OKUTOMI
  • Publication number: 20170208224
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an endoscope including an image pickup device; an EEPROM provided in the endoscope, and configured to hold data according to a kind of the image pickup device; a video processor to which the endoscope is attachably and detachably connected; a control portion provided in the video processor, and configured to acquire the data from the EEPROM when the endoscope is connected to the video processor and set processing content of noise reduction processing, based on the acquired data; and an NR processing circuit provided in the video processor, and configured to execute the noise reduction processing on a video signal outputted from the image pickup device, based on setting of the control portion. The control portion sets execution/non-execution of the noise reduction processing to the NR processing circuit, based on the acquired data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun KONISHI, Saeri SAITO, Takeshi URASAKI
  • Publication number: 20170208236
    Abstract: An image pickup system includes a light source apparatus and a light-source control section performing first control for setting a duty width and perform second control for, after the duty width is set to a minimum duty width by the first control, changing supply timing of the illumination light not to supply the illumination light in a period other than the period where the light amount control by the PWM is permitted and to supply, in the period where the light amount control by the PWM is permitted, light having a light amount integrated value equal to a light amount integrated value supplied in the period other than the period where the light amount control by the PWM is permitted, and an image pickup apparatus, where data representing a driving current value after the change of the supply timing and a value of the pulse width is stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke YABE, Tomoya TAKAHASHI, Satoshi TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20170208267
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an image pickup device for picking up an object image; a drive control circuit for initializing and driving the image pickup device; and a monitoring portion for detecting abnormality of an image pickup signal from the image pickup device and outputting an initialization start signal to the drive control circuit. The monitoring portion compares a synchronization code, an optical black pixel value and an effective pixel value of the image pickup signal with respective thresholds indicating a normal range and a stipulated number of times or a stipulated number of pieces, and in a case of detecting abnormality of one of the synchronization code, the optical black pixel value and the effective pixel value, outputs the initialization start signal to the drive control circuit, and the drive control circuit initializes the image pickup device in a case of receiving the initialization start signal the monitoring portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke TSUTSUI, Fumiyuki OKAWA
  • Patent number: 9710738
    Abstract: A cell counting device for counting the number of cells in a sample includes: an accommodation portion that accommodates, in a removable manner, at least a part of a holding member for holding the sample; and a display unit configured to display information including a result of counting of the number of cells. The display unit has a screen inclined with respect to a bottom of the cell counting device. The bottom is configured to be in contact with a placement surface on which the cell counting device is placed. The display unit is provided between the accommodation portion and the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Funakoshi, Takumi Umemura, Hideki Obuchi, Yuki Yokomachi
  • Patent number: 9712775
    Abstract: Provided is a semiconductor device including: a first substrate having a first circuit manufactured thereon; a second substrate having a second circuit manufactured thereon and being arranged to be spaced apart from the first substrate; connection part that is arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate and electrically connect the first circuit and the second circuit; and a shielding layer that is sandwiched, together with the connection part, between the first substrate and the second substrate, is arranged so as to surround the connection part, and is connected to an electric potential with a constant value within at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Fukuoka
  • Patent number: D792970
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Shimobayashi