Patents Assigned to Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20160338797
    Abstract: In a method and an apparatus to provide updated images during a robotically-implemented surgical procedure, 3D data are obtained of a volume of a patient, which includes anatomy involved in the procedure. The anatomy is segmented from a reconstructed image of the volume. During the procedure, the surgeon applies forces on the anatomy, causing a geometric change of the anatomy. Force sensors in the surgical robot detect these forces, which are supplied to a processor that controls display of the segmented anatomy at a display screen. From the applied forces and the physical properties of the anatomy, the processor calculates the geometric change of the anatomy that has occurred and modifies the appearance and/or position of the displayed segmented anatomy on the display screen in real time during the procedure, so as to visualize the geometric change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicants: INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC., SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Mahdi Azizian, Lutz Blohm, Holger Kunze, Christine Niebler, Jonathan Sorger
  • Publication number: 20150250548
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a surgical instrument includes a housing linkable with a manipulator arm of a robotic surgical system, a shaft operably coupled to the housing, a force transducer on a distal end of the shaft, and a plurality of fiber optic strain gauges on the force transducer. In one example, the plurality of strain gauges are operably coupled to a fiber optic splitter or an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) multiplexer. A fiber optic connector is operably coupled to the fiber optic splitter or the AWG multiplexer. A wrist joint is operably coupled to a distal end of the force transducer, and an end effector is operably coupled to the wrist joint. In another embodiment, a robotic surgical manipulator includes a base link operably coupled to a distal end of a manipulator positioning system, and a distal link movably coupled to the base link, wherein the distal link includes an instrument interface and a fiber optic connector optically linkable to a surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Gregory W. Dachs, II, Ian E. McDowall, Christopher J. Hasser
  • Publication number: 20140051922
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing robotically-assisted surgical procedures on a patient enable an image display device to provide an operator with auxiliary information related to the surgical procedure, in addition to providing an image of the surgical site itself. The systems and methods allow an operator to selectively access and reference auxiliary information on the image display device during the performance of a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicants: Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: GARY S. GUTHART, David S. Mintz, Gunter D. Niemeyer, J. Kenneth Salisbury, JR., Robert G. Younge
  • Publication number: 20130331650
    Abstract: A surgical instrument that includes a housing linkable with a manipulator arm of a robotic surgical system, a shaft coupled to the housing, a force transducer on a distal end of the shaft, and a plurality of fiber optic strain gauges on the force transducer is disclosed. The plurality of strain gauges are coupled to a fiber optic splitter or an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) multiplexer, which can be coupled to a fiber optic connector. A wrist joint coupled to an end effector is coupled to a distal end of the force transducer. A robotic surgical manipulator that includes a base link coupled to a distal end of a manipulator positioning system, and a distal link with an instrument interface, and a fiber optic connector optically linkable to a surgical instrument. A method of passing data between an instrument and a manipulator via optical connectors is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Gregory W. Dachs, II, Ian McDowall, Christopher J. Hasser
  • Publication number: 20130090598
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a novel shape-transferring cannula system, which provides access to tortuous and unsupported paths. The shape-transferring cannula system and method enables exploration of hollow body structures, and creates a custom-contoured access port for insertion and removal of, for example, diagnostic, surgical, or interventional instruments to and from a site within the body to which the physician does not have line-of-sight access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventor: INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130046318
    Abstract: An instrument including an end effector at a distal end; an actuator mechanism at a proximal end, the actuator mechanism including a first valve, a robotic control coupled to the first valve, and a manual control coupled to the first valve is provided. The instrument may further include a transport shaft between the actuator mechanism and the end effector, the transport shaft including a cavity, coupled to the first valve, facilitating material transport along the transport shaft, the first valve having an actuating axis perpendicular to a rotational axis of the robotic control. A method for using an instrument as above is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd J. Radgowski, Craig Tsuji
  • Publication number: 20130023898
    Abstract: A medical system that allows a mentor to teach a pupil how to use a robotically controlled medical instrument. The system may include a first handle that can be controlled by a mentor to move the medical instrument. The system may further have a second handle that can be moved by a pupil to control the same instrument. Deviations between movement of the handles by the mentor and the pupil can be provided as force feedback to the pupil and mentor handles. The force feedback pushes the pupil's hand to correspond with the mentor's handle movement. The force feedback will also push the mentor's hand to provide information to the mentor on pupil's movements. The mentor is thus able to guide the pupil's hands through force feedback of the pupil handles to teach the pupil how to use the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Yulun Wang, Modjtaba Ghodoussi, Darrin Uecker, James Wright, Amante Mangaser, Ranjan Mukherjee
  • Publication number: 20120247489
    Abstract: A sterile drape with integrated sterile adaptor, a telerobotic surgical system, and method of use are provided for draping portions of a telerobotic surgical system to maintain a sterile barrier between the sterile surgical field and the non-sterile robotic system while also providing an interface for transferring mechanical and electrical energy and signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Orban, III, S. Christopher Anderson, Roman Devengenzo, Bruce Schena, Michael Prindiville, Thomas G. Cooper, William Burbank
  • Publication number: 20120209305
    Abstract: Disclosed is a four-jawed combinational scissor-grasper surgical tool for use in laparoscopy. Cutting and grasping functionalities are respectively enabled via movement of a pair of such specially contoured jaw members sliding against or splaying apart from the other pair. Also disclosed are means for achieving selectable interlocking of jaw members and mechanical linkage for their actuation by human user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical INC.
    Inventors: Chimay Deodhar, Asokan Thondiyath
  • Publication number: 20120197182
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a robotic surgical system is provided including a master control console and a surgical manipulator. The master control console generates control signals to cause one or more fluids to flow into or out of a surgical site. The surgical manipulator is coupled to the console to receive the control signals and includes at least one robotic arm and a surgical instrument coupled thereto. The surgical manipulator controls the surgical instrument in response to the control signals to control the flow of the one or more fluids into or out of the surgical site. The surgical instrument has a first robotically controlled valve that is responsive to the surgical manipulator and a hollow tube having a first end coupled to the first robotically controlled valve with an opening at a second end to direct the flow of one or more fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Millman, David Bailey, Dean Hoornaert, David Stephen Mintz, David Q. Larkin, John Magnasco, Gary Guthurt, Nitish Swarup, Salvatore Brogna
  • Publication number: 20120083801
    Abstract: Telerobotic, telesurgical, and surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods selectively calibrate end effector jaws by bringing the jaw elements into engagement with each other. Commanded torque signals may bring the end effector elements into engagement while monitoring the resulting position of a drive system, optionally using a second derivative of the torque/position relationship so as to identify an end effector engagement position. Calibration can allow the end effector engagement position to correspond to a nominal closed position of an input handle by compensating for wear on the end effector, the end effector drive system, then manipulator, the manipulator drive system, the manipulator/end effector interfacing, and manufacturing tolerances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Nixon
  • Publication number: 20120059390
    Abstract: Medical and/or robotic devices, systems and methods can provide an indicator associated with each manipulator assembly of a multi-arm telerobotic or telesurgical system. The exemplary indicator comprises a multi-color light emitting diode (LED) mounted to a manipulator moving an associated surgical instrument, allowing the indicator to display any of a wide variety of signals. The invention may provide an additional user interface to facilitate communications between the telesurgical system and/or members of a telesurgical team.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: David Mintz, David Q. Larkin, Michael Lee Hanuschik
  • Publication number: 20120039162
    Abstract: A data packet is provided that includes a synchronization field and an acknowledgement field indicative of an acknowledgement of receipt of a prior data packet. The data packet also includes a response field that includes information indicative of a system fault, a header field, and a sequence number field that includes a number assigned to the data packet. The data packet further includes a data field, an end of packet field, and an error-checking field. Methods and computer program products are provided that, in some implementations, include retransmitting packets if the acknowledgement field in a received data packet is a no acknowledgement (NAK) and/or placing a node into a safe state in response to a fault signal that is included in the received data packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Michael B. Druke, Christopher J. Jacques
  • Publication number: 20110276059
    Abstract: Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector n space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range of configurations for a given end effector position may be driven toward configurations which inhibit collisions. Refined robotic linkages and method for their use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Nowlin, Paul W. Mohr, Bruce M. Schena, David Q. Larkin, Gary S. Guthart
  • Publication number: 20110270271
    Abstract: Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector n space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range of configurations for a given end effector position may be driven toward configurations which inhibit collisions. Refined robotic linkages and method for their use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Nowlin, Paul W. Mohr, Bruce M. Schena, David Q. Larkin, Gary S. Guthart
  • Publication number: 20110264110
    Abstract: Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector n space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range of configurations for a given end effector position may be driven toward configurations which inhibit collisions. Refined robotic linkages and method for their use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Nowlin, Paul W. Mohr, Bruce M. Schena, David Q. Larkin, Gary S. Guthart
  • Publication number: 20110264111
    Abstract: Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector n space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range of configurations for a given end effector position may be driven toward configurations which inhibit collisions. Refined robotic linkages and method for their use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Nowlin, Paul W. Mohr, Bruce M. Schena, David Q. Larkin, Gary S. Guthart
  • Publication number: 20110264112
    Abstract: Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector n space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range of configurations for a given end effector position may be driven toward configurations which inhibit collisions. Refined robotic linkages and method for their use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Nowlin, Paul W. Mohr, Bruce M. Shena, David Q. Larkin, Gary S. Guthart
  • Publication number: 20110264108
    Abstract: Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector n space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range of configurations for a given end effector position may be driven toward configurations which inhibit collisions. Refined robotic linkages and method for their use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Nowlin, Paul W. Mohr, Bruce M. Schena, Larkin David Q., Gary S. Guthart
  • Publication number: 20110264109
    Abstract: Telerobotic, telesurgical, and/or surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods employ surgical robotic linkages that may have more degrees of freedom than an associated surgical end effector n space. A processor can calculate a tool motion that includes pivoting of the tool about an aperture site. Linkages movable along a range of configurations for a given end effector position may be driven toward configurations which inhibit collisions. Refined robotic linkages and method for their use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Nowlin, Paul W. Mohr, Bruce M. Schena, David Q. Larkin, Gary S. Guthart