Patents Assigned to Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20220361737
    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: July 28, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Duckett, III, Russell Granneman, Daniel Lietz
  • Patent number: 11497389
    Abstract: Medical imaging camera head attachment devices and methods are provided using light captured by an endoscope system or other medical scope or borescope. Various camera head attachments are provided with a camera head design and system allowing recognition of the attachments, and enabling processing algorithms associated with each. The camera head optics are designed to work with a variety of attachments. Several attachments optical designs are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Duckett, III, Marios Kyperountas
  • Patent number: 11496693
    Abstract: Scopes such as medical imaging camera head devices and methods are provided using light captured by an endoscope system or other medical scope or borescope. At least one polarizing optical element manipulates the polarization properties of image light. The manipulated image light is focused on an image sensor including polarizers for each pixel. Multiple images are produced based sets of pixels having the same orientation of polarizer. The resulting images are combined with high dynamic range techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Duckett, III
  • Patent number: 11488292
    Abstract: A fluorescence imaging system is configured to generate a video image onto a display. The system includes a light source for emitting infrared light and white light, an infrared image sensor for capturing infrared image data, and a white light image sensor for capturing white light image data. Data processing hardware performs operations that include filtering the infrared image data with a first digital finite impulse response (FIR) filter configured to produce a magnitude response of zero at a horizontal Nyquist frequency and a vertical Nyquist frequency. The operations also include filtering the infrared image data with a second digital FIR filter configured with a phase response to spatially align the white light image data with the infrared image data. The operations also include combining the white light image data and the infrared image data into combined image data and transmitting the combined image data to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Kennedy
  • Patent number: 11480756
    Abstract: A two-speed focusing mechanism includes a base having an inner guide, a carrier disposed within the inner guide, a first drive, an outer guide and a second drive. A first and second bearing are disposed in a respective inner dimple of the carrier and a second bearing is disposed within a first dimple of the first drive. The first and second bearings are held within a respective inner slot and outer slot and a first guide and second guide, wherein a rotation of the second drive is translated into an axial movement of the carrier at different speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Anhalt
  • Patent number: 11462246
    Abstract: A camera control unit for processing a first video signal from an image sensor, the first video signal including a plurality of frames includes a frame replication device that replicates pixels of a respective frame of the first video signal to produce at least one replicated frame, an image processing controller that detects a noise level in the first digital video signal and that selects a modification level for the random modification of the respective pixel data based on the detected noise level, and a frame modification controller that modifies at least some of the respective pixels in the at least one replicated frame resulting in at least one modified replicated frame based on the selected modification level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Granneman
  • Patent number: 11432712
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Duckett, III, Russell Granneman, Daniel Lietz
  • Publication number: 20220269064
    Abstract: An endoscope or other endoscopic instrument is provided with multiple image sensors incorporated into the distal tip, each capturing a portion of the image provided from an optical imaging system. The output from the multiple sensors is combined and manipulated into a single image of a resolution higher than is possible with only one of the sensors. The resulting image, or a portion thereof, can then be displayed to the user. A digital panning feature is also provided where the region of interest displayed from the combined field of view including data from the multiple image sensors is changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Duckett, III
  • Patent number: 11413111
    Abstract: A system for displaying medical data is provided having a source providing image data, a monitor presenting the image data, a plurality of medical devices generating signals each indicative of a medical parameter, and a display for presenting at least one signal correlated with a view vector of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric L. Hale
  • Patent number: 11415517
    Abstract: An enhanced fluorescence imaging system includes a light source for emitting non-visible and visible light and a visible light image sensor and a non-visible light image sensor. Each pixel of the visible light image sensor corresponds to a pixel of the non-visible light image sensor. Data processing hardware performs operations that include, for each pixel in the visible light image sensor, determining an intensity of visible light received by the pixel. The operations also include determining, based on the intensity, an amount of unwanted non-visible light captured by the corresponding pixel of the non-visible light image sensor. The unwanted non-visible light originates from sources other than the non-visible light source. The operations also include reducing an intensity of non-visible light in non-visible image data captured by the corresponding pixel based on the determined amount of unwanted non-visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Meyer, Jonathan Bormet
  • Patent number: 11412998
    Abstract: A system for indicating an area of interest on an image, including a source of image data, an image processing unit, a user interface, and a destination, which may be a display. The image data may be ultrasound, X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance tomography, computed tomography or surgical image data. The image processing unit may be configured to receive the image data from the source and combine it with a desired overlay pattern selected from a plurality of overlay patterns for indicating an area of interest on the image, which is then displayed on the display. The overlay pattern may include a key with coordinates or labels. Properties of the overlay pattern and the image data may be adjusted independently or automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy King, Thomas Prescher, Kim Barnhill
  • Publication number: 20220244462
    Abstract: Medical imaging camera head devices and methods are provided using light captured by an endoscope system or other medical scope or borescope. Afocal light from the scope is manipulated and split by a beamsplitter. At least one polarizing optical element manipulates the polarization properties of one or both of the beams. The resulting first and second beams are passed through focusing optics to different image sensor areas to produce images with different intensity. The resulting images are combined with high dynamic range techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Duckett, III
  • Patent number: 11399123
    Abstract: Improved fluoresced imaging (FI) and other sensor data imaging processes, devices, and systems are provided to enhance display of different secondary types of images and reflected light images together. Reflected light images are converted to a larger color space in a manner that preserves the color information of the reflected light image. FI or secondary images are transformed to a color range within the larger color space, but outside the color area of the reflected light images, allowing the FI or secondary images to be combined with them in a manner with improved distinguishability of color. Hardware designs are provided to enable real-time processing of image streams from medical scopes. The combined images are encoded for an electronic display capable of displaying the larger color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Steiner
  • Patent number: 11394864
    Abstract: A system for operating surgical imaging devices using configurable processing resources of a virtual camera control unit connected to a network includes an allocation manager for allocating processing resources, a primary imaging device, a secondary imaging device, a feature module, and a load balance module. The load balance module adjusts one or more settings of one or more features of the primary and secondary imaging devices based on the available processing resources and the desired settings of the one or more features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Lietz, Eric Hale
  • Publication number: 20220197007
    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 relay system includes an opposing pair of rod lens assemblies positioned symmetrically with respect to a central airspace. The rod lens assemblies include a meniscus lens positioned immediately adjacent to a central airspace and with the convex surface facing the airspace, a first lens having positive power with a convex face positioned adjacent to the inner face of the meniscus lens, a rod lens adjacent to the first lens having positive power and an outer optical manipulating structure selected from various designs providing chromatic aberration correction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Duckett, III
  • Publication number: 20220187562
    Abstract: A two-speed focusing mechanism includes a base having an inner guide, a carrier disposed within the inner guide, a first drive, an outer guide and a second drive. A first and second bearing are disposed in a respective inner dimple of the carrier and a second bearing is disposed within a first dimple of the first drive. The first and second bearings are held within a respective inner slot and outer slot and a first guide and second guide, wherein a rotation of the second drive is translated into an axial movement of the carrier at different speeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Anhalt
  • Publication number: 20220179189
    Abstract: Endoscopic camera head devices and methods are provided using light captured by an endoscope system. Substantially afocal light from the endoscope is manipulated and split. After passing through focusing optics, another beamsplitter is used to split the light again, this time in image space, producing four portions of light that may be further manipulated. The four portions of light are focused onto separate areas of two image sensors. The manipulation of the beams can take several forms, each offering distinct advantages over existing systems when individually displayed, analyzed and/or combined by an image processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Duckett, III, Marios Kyperountas
  • Patent number: 11356608
    Abstract: A system and method includes operations and steps for obtaining a moving endoscopic image. An optical device stream is received from an optical device by data processing hardware. The data processing hardware identify image frames of the image stream, each including a plurality of rows of pixels. The data processing hardware determines a row exposure value for each of the rows of pixels in each frame, and identifies a defective image frame having at least one overexposed row and a reference frame having a replacement row corresponding to the overexposed row. The data processing hardware modifies the defective image frame by replacing the overexposed row with the corresponding replacement row of the reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Efrain Morales, Marios Kyperountas
  • Patent number: 11333829
    Abstract: Medical imaging camera head devices and methods are provided using light captured by an endoscope system or other medical scope or borescope. Afocal light from the scope is manipulated and split by a beamsplitter. At least one polarizing optical element manipulates the polarization properties of one or both of the beams. The resulting first and second beams are passed through focusing optics to different image sensor areas to produce images with different intensity. The resulting images are combined with high dynamic range techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Duckett, III
  • Publication number: 20220139547
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and program products are provided for operating a medical system that is operable within at least two different medical device regulatory classes. A device control module receives an indicator for performing at least one procedure with a medical device. Based on the indicator, it selects a binary image for booting the control module from among multiple images including a controlled-type and a non-controlled type, which operate in different regulatory classes. A controlled-type image, which may be FDA PMA or other regulatory classes, is verified to be unaltered, and is then used to operate as a regulated medical device. The indicator can be automatic or manual. The indicator may result from connection of a specific medical device or peripheral device or may be user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Granneman