Patents Assigned to Olympus Winter & Ibe GmbH
  • Publication number: 20240050181
    Abstract: A container for one or more of storing and transporting a disinfected surgical instrument. The container including at least one wall having an inner surface defining a storage space for accommodating the surgical instrument. At least a portion of the inner surface is an antimicrobial surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2023
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: OLYMPUS Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis AEHLIG, Stefan SCHROEDER
  • Publication number: 20240053526
    Abstract: An illumination device for fluorescence image guided surgery and a surgical instrument. The illumination device includes a glass rod, a mixing rod and a plurality of optical fibers surrounding a circumferential surface of the glass rod. A first mixing rod end face of the mixing rod abuts a second rod end face of the glass rod and end faces of the optical fibers, so that white light and excitation light are guided and homogenized in the mixing rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2023
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: OLYMPUS Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventors: Konrad ANDERS, Matthias DISSEL, Jens KLINDER, Sven PABST, Timo PFANDER
  • Patent number: 11889990
    Abstract: An endoscope including: an elongated shaft comprising at least a first shaft tube with a window inserted in its distal end, and an electrical heating device arranged proximate to the window at or in the first shaft tube; wherein the heating device includes a flexible printed circuit board on which a resistive heating element configured as a conductor loop and a temperature sensor are arranged, and a heat-conducting structure connected in a thermally conductive manner to the temperature sensor is applied to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Sebastian Jungbauer, Sven Pabst
  • Patent number: 11889985
    Abstract: An endoscope including: a shaft; a main body arranged at a proximal end of the shaft; an eyepiece arranged at a proximal end of the main body; an eyepiece system tube, in which the eyepiece is arranged; an eyepiece cone arranged at a proximal end of the eyepiece, wherein the eyepiece cone comprises at least two parts; and an electronic component arranged between the at least two parts of the eyepiece cone; wherein the electronic component is connected to an electronic circuit arranged inside the endoscope and outside the eyepiece system tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Berkner, Malte Kirsch-Roesner
  • Publication number: 20240008918
    Abstract: An electrode instrument and a resectoscope, wherein a cross section of the at least one electrode carrier is locally enlarged between the distal end of the electrode carrier and a guide element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Publication date: January 11, 2024
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin HORN, Christian BROCKMANN
  • Publication number: 20240000494
    Abstract: Electrosurgical generator and method for outputting a high-frequency alternating voltage to an electrosurgical instrument, including an inverter that generates a high-frequency alternating voltage having variable frequency and amplitude which is fed to an output socket for the electrosurgical instrument. Ahe inverter is a multi-level inverter controlled by a reference signal defining shape of the generated HF alternating voltage, the reference signal being defined by a datagram including a finite series of sequenced amplitude and frequency data vectors for a defined number of periods. By such datagrams including descriptive data for the desired HF sinusoidal curve, data amount and bandwidth required can be reduced. Thereby a variety of modes can be described using a minimum of data which can be as low as just a few dozen bytes long. This allows for efficient control even of complex modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2023
    Publication date: January 4, 2024
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Fabian JANICH, Jelle DIJKSTRA, Raphael BEHRENDT
  • Patent number: 11857165
    Abstract: A method for endoscopic imaging including: capturing white light images with a video endoscope under white light illumination; evaluating the captured white light images for a structure having a predefined characteristic, when the presence of the structure having the predefined characteristic is found in a white light image, setting a special light imaging mode in which a light source generates special light illumination using the at least one special light and one or more images of a video stream are captured under the special light illumination and subjected to image processing in the set special light processing mode; identifying a subregion of the at least one white light image that contains the structure with the predefined characteristic and reading out only the subregion of a CMOS image sensor associated with the video endoscope, and processing the image data read out from the subregion as one or more special light images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Thorsten Juergens
  • Patent number: 11854381
    Abstract: A system including: a foot switch for controlling a medical device; and a receiver for the medical device to be controlled as components. Where the foot switch and the receiver are configured for wirelessly transmitting uniquely assignable control signals after completion of coupling at least from the foot switch to the receiver; one of the components comprises an NFC read module for reading out a transponder in a vicinity and an other component comprises the transponder that can be read out by the NFC read module; and the NFC read module is configured at least to initiate the coupling of the foot switch and the receiver on the basis of items of information read out from the transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Hamid Rezaie
  • Publication number: 20230404645
    Abstract: An electrosurgical generator for operating an electrosurgical instrument is characterized by a control device which is adapted to control a cooling device at least with a first control curve and a second control curve, wherein the first control curve is used to control the rotational speed of the cooling device depending on the monitored temperature during a first operating mode of the electrosurgical generator and the second curve is used to control the rotational speed of the cooling device depending on the monitored temperature during a second operating mode of the electrosurgical instrument, wherein the first control curve and the second control curve are different from each other. A method for operating an electrosurgical generator for operating an electrosurgical instrument and to an electrosurgical generator system includes an electrosurgical generator and an electrosurgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Jens KRÜGER, Stefan SCHIDDEL
  • Publication number: 20230404704
    Abstract: A surgical tool, which can be identified in a simple and at the same time unambiguous manner. This is achieved in that a surgical tool has an electrical conductor element having a tool-specific electronic signature. An unambiguous identification of the tool is possible via this tool-specific electronic signature. Each surgical tool of the claimed type thus has a signature, using which it can be unambiguously identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas MÜCKNER
  • Patent number: 11819264
    Abstract: An electrically insulating insert for detachable connection to the distal end region of a resectoscope shaft, characterized in that the insulating insert has a hollow portion with an elongate cavity for the passage of pass-through instruments, and that the insulating insert has fastening means for detachable connection to the resectoscope shaft. An electrode instrument is connected to this insulating insert and to a resectoscope including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Brockmann, Andreas Offt
  • Patent number: 11812929
    Abstract: A plug connection between distal video and proximal cable units, including: a plug; and a connector inserted into the plug, the plug is a glass cast part arranged at a proximal end of the distal video unit; the connector is arranged at a distal end of the proximal cable unit; the plug is connected to a housing of the distal video unit, has electrical feedthroughs and is connected on a distal side to a first flexboard in the distal video unit and has a connector receptacle; the connector is enclosed in a housing formed to fit the connector receptacle; the connector has a plurality of electrical feedthroughs arranged in accordance with an arrangement of the electrical feedthroughs of the plug; and the electrical feedthroughs are connected proximally to a second flexboard having a planar solder pad structure having solder pads, to which signal and connecting cables are soldered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Alrun Thuemen, Sebastian Jungbauer
  • Publication number: 20230346453
    Abstract: A surgical generator providing a high-frequency alternating voltage to a surgical instrument. It includes a control unit and a user interface connected thereto. The control unit is configured for controlling the surgical generator based on a set of functions. A signaling interface is provided for optical signaling in a bidirectional manner to and from the remote control. The signaling interface configures the control unit and/or the surgical generator dependent on communication from the remote control. Thereby the surgical generator can be re-configured by limiting certain functions for different fields of application by the remote control. Optical signaling avoids risks of radio transmission. It is an efficient short range communication usable within same room only, providing safety against external access. Thus, re-configuration can be accomplished in a safe and cost-effective manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2023
    Publication date: November 2, 2023
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Jens KRÜGER, Anne KWIK
  • Patent number: 11801112
    Abstract: A method for monitoring consumables during a medical procedure, wherein unused consumables are provided in a supply area, consumables are used in a surgery area, and used consumables are deposited in a collection area. The method including: observing the supply area and the collection area with at least one first camera, registering, by a first automatic image processing method, when unused consumables are removed from the supply area, registering, by a second automatic image processing method, when used consumables are deposited in the collection area, and balancing the consumables removed from the supply area and the consumables deposited in the collection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Borg Enders, Thorsten Juergens
  • Publication number: 20230338112
    Abstract: A transport trolley including at least one receiving compartment configured to receive an instrument tray; and one or more of: a pre-cleaning device configured to pre-clean a surgical instrument in the instrument tray, the pre-cleaning device is configured to be connected to the surgical instrument by a coupling; and a pre-cleaning apparatus configured to pre-clean an outside of the surgical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2023
    Publication date: October 26, 2023
    Applicant: OLYMPUS Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventor: Sascha ESCHBORN
  • Publication number: 20230342901
    Abstract: A method for detecting an image irregularity in one or more still images or video images produced by an endoscopic instrument. The method including: producing the one or more still images or video images; transmitting the one or more still images or video images to a processor comprising hardware; detecting, with the processor, a presence or an absence of the image irregularity in the one or more still images or video images; and where the presence of the image irregularity is detected, issuing a notification to a user about the presence of the image irregularity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2023
    Publication date: October 26, 2023
    Applicant: OLYMPUS Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas MUECKNER
  • Patent number: 11798682
    Abstract: An electrosurgical system includes: an electrosurgical supply device, and an electrosurgical instrument, wherein the electrosurgical instrument includes a memory element which can be read out by the electrosurgical supply device when the electrosurgical instrument is connected to the electrosurgical supply device, and configuration data is stored on the memory element, which can be evaluated by the electrosurgical supply device in order to configure operating parameters which are compatible with the electrosurgical instrument. The electrosurgical system is characterized in that the configuration data is arranged in a flexible data structure which allows the memory element to simultaneously store multiple sets of configuration data which can be read and evaluated by different types of electrosurgical supply devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Anne Kwik, Lutz Kersten, Thilo Vahldiek, Christian Schröder
  • Publication number: 20230329533
    Abstract: An illumination device including an illumination source having a light source; a sensor; and a processor; and a light guiding cable having main and secondary fiber bundles. The light guiding cable comprises a first end coupled to the illumination source and an opposite second end configured for coupling with a surgical instrument such that the light source provides the surgical instrument with light from the light source. The first end is coupled to the illumination source such that light from the light source is coupled into the main fiber bundle and light guided in the secondary fiber bundle is directed to the sensor. The processor receives a signal from the sensor indicative of an illumination level at the sensor and generates a control signal if the illumination level of the sensor is above a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2023
    Publication date: October 19, 2023
    Applicant: OLYMPUS Winter & Ibe GmbH
    Inventor: Konrad ANDERS
  • Publication number: 20230320774
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a high resistance condition at an instrument terminal of an electrosurgical generator, which includes current and voltage measuring devices for determining a current and a voltage at the terminal to determine the high resistance condition, and includes a calculation device connected to the measuring devices which is configured to evaluate the determined current and voltage, including: determining a crest factor value from the current and/or voltage, wherein the crest factor value describes a ratio of a peak value to an effective value of the current and/or voltage; comparing the determined crest factor value with a comparison value by means of a comparison device, wherein the comparison value is stored in a data storage device; and signaling a high resistance condition with a signaling device when the determined crest factor reaches or exceeds the predetermined crest factor comparison value. Also, an electrosurgical generator and electrosurgical generator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2023
    Publication date: October 12, 2023
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel RAMIN, Thomas FAEHSING
  • Publication number: 20230326691
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (1) comprising a medical technology device (10) controllable via a foot switch (20), and a foot switch (20), wherein the foot switch (20) comprises a transmitter and the medical technology device (10) comprises a receiver for the wireless transmission of unambiguously assignable signals for the control from the foot switch (20) to the medical technology device (10), and wherein the receiver of the medical technology device (10) is designed to measure the signal strength of signals from the foot switch (20), and the medical technology device (10) is designed to emit a warning if the measured signal strength or the signal-to-noise ratio lies below a predefined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Publication date: October 12, 2023
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Michael WOLTER