Patents Assigned to Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20190272369
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a device interface system having a first connector and second connector, each with a respective optical signal path arrangement operatively aligned when the two connectors are in a connected position. The operative alignment allows a base optical signal to be transmitted from the first connector to the second connector. An optical signal modification arrangement is included in the second connector and is operable to provide a predefined modification to the base optical signal to result in an optical ID signal that is transmitted back to the first connector. An identification processing unit associated with the first connector receives an ID input signal corresponding to the optical ID signal and produces an identification output responsive to the ID input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Sanandajifar
  • Publication number: 20190265490
    Abstract: An optical device, generally a camera head connected to an endoscope, provides multiple modes of operation, producing images with varying depth of field and/or resolution characteristics. Light from the endoscope passes through a variable aperture and a beam splitter and is directed to two or more independent image sensors. The image sensors may be moved, relative to each other, along their optical paths. An image processor combines the collected images into a resultant image. Adjustment of the relative positions of the image sensor and/or the diameter of the variable aperture permits the selection of optical properties desired, with a larger depth of field, and/or higher resolution than possible with a conventional system. Images may be collected through multiple acquisition periods, and a further enhanced image may be generated therefrom. The camera head may automatically make adjustments based on identifiers of the optical configuration of the attached endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicants: KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG, KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. DUCKETT, III
  • Publication number: 20190219831
    Abstract: A dynamic imaging system of an endoscope that adjusts path length differences or focal points to expand a usable depth of field. The imaging system utilizes a variable lens to adjust the focal plane of the beam or an actuated sensor to adjust the detected focal plane. The imaging system is thus capable of capturing and adjusting the focal plane of separate images captured on separate sensors. The separate light beams may be differently polarized by a variable wave plate or a polarized beam splitter to allow separate manipulation of the beams for addition of more frames. These differently focused frames are then combined using image fusion techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicants: KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG, KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: George DUCKETT, Eric HALE, Nathan SCHARA
  • Patent number: 10331877
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a device interface system having a first connector and second connector, each with a respective optical signal path arrangement operatively aligned when the two connectors are in a connected position. The operative alignment allows a base optical signal to be transmitted from the first connector to the second connector. An optical signal modification arrangement is included in the second connector and is operable to provide a predefined modification to the base optical signal to result in an optical ID signal that is transmitted back to the first connector. An identification processing unit associated with the first connector receives an ID input signal corresponding to the optical ID signal and produces an identification output responsive to the ID input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Sanandajifar
  • Patent number: 10324300
    Abstract: A dynamic imaging system of an endoscope that adjusts path length differences or focal points to expand a usable depth of field. The imaging system utilizes a variable lens to adjust the focal plane of the beam or an actuated sensor to adjust the detected focal plane. The imaging system is thus capable of capturing and adjusting the focal plane of separate images captured on separate sensors. The separate light beams may be differently polarized by a variable wave plate or a polarized beam splitter to allow separate manipulation of the beams for addition of more frames. These differently focused frames are then combined using image fusion techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG, Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: George Duckett, Martin Reese, Eric Hale, Nathan Schara
  • Publication number: 20190159656
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for improved control feedback of medical scopes. Buttons on a scope include both touch sensors and button press sensors. The touch sensors activate independently of a button press when a mere touch is applied to the button, causing a function indication to be displayed, preferably on the scope video display, showing which function will activate if the button is pressed. Touch indications may also be displayed identifying the button that is pressed. The buttons may be reconfigured along with the function and touch indications. Such a feedback scheme allows improved operation and safety as the operator does not need to look away from the display to identify a button to be pressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Hale
  • Publication number: 20190142264
    Abstract: A system, method, scope device, and camera control module device for a stroboscopic laryngoscope, to enable scopes able to operate with a rolling shutter-type image sensor. With selected pulsing of a strobe light, subset image data from adjacent rolling-shutter frames is selected, gain compensated for missing light and combined into a new single video frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Pieter Henderikus Andries Bos, Timothy King
  • Publication number: 20190142265
    Abstract: A video laryngoscope system includes an imager, an audio processing circuitry, a light source, an exposure controller, and a line gain module. The imager generates a first frame and a second frame of a plurality of video frames using a rolling shutter. The audio processing circuitry determines a base frequency of a vocalization based on an audio signal. The light source generates pulses of light based on the base frequency. The exposure controller adjusts a duration and position in time of the pulses based on the base frequency during the first and second frames. The line gain module selectively applies a line gain to at least a portion of the first frame and a portion of the second frame based on a gap time between the first frame and the second frame and the duration and position in time of the pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Pieter Henderikus Andries Bos, Timothy King
  • Publication number: 20190147912
    Abstract: A medical imaging apparatus for processing a frame of a digital video signal, the apparatus includes an image sensor assembly, a frame replication device, a frame modification controller, and a video encoder. The image sensor assembly generates a first video signal having a first frame rate. The frame replication device replicates pixels of a respective frame of the first video signal to produce at least one replicated frame. The frame modification controller randomly modifies at least some of the respective pixels in the at least one replicated frame resulting in at least one modified replicated frame. The video encoder outputs a second video signal based on the at least one modified replicated frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Granneman
  • Publication number: 20190117051
    Abstract: Improved fluoresced imaging (FI) endoscope devices and systems are provided to enhance use of endoscopes with FI and visible light capabilities. An endoscope device is provided for endoscopy imaging in a white light and a fluoresced light mode. A chromatic adjustment assembly, typically implemented with prisms, compensates for a chromatic focal difference between the white light image and the fluoresced light image caused by the dispersive properties of the optical materials or optical design employed in the construction of the optical channel. The assembly is placed optically between the most proximal rod lens of the endoscope and the focusing optics, typically at an internal telecentric image space, to improve the chromatic correction. The prism assembly directs incoming light with different spectral content along separate paths which compensate for chromatic aberration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Duckett, III
  • Patent number: 10251532
    Abstract: A system and method for using a variable direction of view endoscope in conjunction with an electromechanical endoscope holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Jon Schara, Eric Lawrence Hale, Hans David Hoeg
  • Patent number: 10224074
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a first digital video signal having frames at a first frame rate. A respective frame of the first digital video signal is then replicated multiple times to produce a series of replicated frames for inclusion in a second digital video signal have a second frame rate greater that the first frame rate. For at least some of the pixel data defining pixels in at least one of the replicated frames, the method includes randomly modifying the respective pixel data. The random modification of pixel data for a respective pixel in a respective replicated frame results in a modified replicated frame which is included in the second digital video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Granneman
  • Publication number: 20190021576
    Abstract: A control interface and adjustment mechanism for an endoscope including multiple buttons, each button including a touch surface and a magnet disposed below the touch surface. The control system of the control interface includes a magnetometer detecting ambient magnetic fields and a control processor receiving signals from the magnetometer, wherein the control processor is connected to at least one endoscope component and controls the at least endoscope component. The control processor filters received first field information from the magnetometer to determine if the received first field information matches a specific stored button vector of at least one button vector stored in memory, and if the received first field information matches the specific stored button vector, then the at least one endoscope component is controlled based on the first information detected by the control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric HALE
  • Publication number: 20190019532
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a first digital video signal having frames at a first frame rate. A respective frame of the first digital video signal is then replicated multiple times to produce a series of replicated frames for inclusion in a second digital video signal have a second frame rate greater that the first frame rate. For at least some of the pixel data defining pixels in at least one of the replicated frames, the method includes randomly modifying the respective pixel data. The random modification of pixel data for a respective pixel in a respective replicated frame results in a modified replicated frame which is included in the second digital video signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Granneman
  • Publication number: 20190000308
    Abstract: Improved fluoresced imaging (FI) and other sensor data imaging processes, devices, and systems are provided to enhance use of endoscopes with FI and visible light capabilities. A first optical device is provided for endoscopy imaging in a white light and a fluoresced light mode with an image sensor assembly including one or more image sensors. A mechanism in the first optical device to automatically adjust the focus of the first optical device wherein the automatic focus adjustment compensates for a chromatic focal difference between the white light image and the fluoresced light image caused by the dispersive or diffractive properties of the optical materials or optical design employed in the construction of the first or second optical devices, or both. Adjustment mechanisms are provided using liquid lenses or repositioning sensors. The design may be integrated with a scope or detachable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Duckett, III, Russell Granneman, Daniel Lietz
  • Publication number: 20190004305
    Abstract: Videoendoscope designs are provided including an objective and image sensor, preferably in the distal region, the image sensor having a micro-lens array with micro-lens offsets designed for a designated chief ray angle. The scope further includes a lens group having negative optical power optically arranged adjacent to the image sensor. The negative optical power serves to modify the chief ray angle characteristic of the lens group to more closely match that required by the image sensor and micro-lens array. Some designs include a non-linear distortion in the second lens group to compensate for non-linearly varying offsets in the sensor micro-lenses. Various lens group designs and sensor arrangements are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Duckett, III
  • Patent number: 10165938
    Abstract: A medical image routing system that allows for a user to override the current routing of medical image data such that a user need only activate an interface to automatically interrupt the the first medical image data routing to a display(s) with the second medical image data automatically routed to the display(s). Upon activation of the interface a second time, the first medical image data routing is automatically reestablished and the second medical image data is automatically interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Selcho, Hans-Uwe Hilzinger, Devon Bream
  • Patent number: 10165937
    Abstract: A medical image routing system that allows for a user to override the current routing of medical image data such that a user need only activate an input device and the first medical image data routing to a display(s) is automatically interrupted and second medical image data is automatically routed to the display(s). Upon activation of the input device a second time, the first medical image data routing is automatically reestablished and the second medical image data is automatically interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Selcho, Hans-Uwe Hilzinger, Devon Bream
  • Publication number: 20180349595
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a device interface system having a first connector and second connector, each with a respective optical signal path arrangement operatively aligned when the two connectors are in a connected position. The operative alignment allows a base optical signal to be transmitted from the first connector to the second connector. An optical signal modification arrangement is included in the second connector and is operable to provide a predefined modification to the base optical signal to result in an optical ID signal that is transmitted back to the first connector. An identification processing unit associated with the first connector receives an ID input signal corresponding to the optical ID signal and produces an identification output responsive to the ID input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Sanandajifar
  • Patent number: 10130241
    Abstract: A first connector for a medical instrument has one or more first channels extending through a first surface, and terminating at respective ends. A second connector has opposing second channels for coupling with the first channels. A first power transfer element is mounted on the first connector, and defines a first cross-sectional shape that encompasses at least one of the one or more first channels and has a first central axis extending through the first surface. A second power transfer element on the second connector defines a second cross-sectional shape that encompasses at least one of the one or more second channels and has a second central axis extending through the second surface. The first power transfer element may instead be on a side surface of the first connector, and may couple with a paired element on a receptacle or extension of the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc R. Amling, Helga Schemm, Joseph Sanandajifar, Mark Belding, Chris Zimmer