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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  • Patent number: 10153311
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: a pixel chip provided with a plurality of pixels, a plurality of first transfer lines, and a plurality of capacitors; a circuit chip provided with a plurality of column reading circuits, a plurality of column scanning circuits, a second transfer line, and a constant current source; and a connection portion stacked and provided between the pixel chip and the circuit chip and configured to connect a capacitor, which is arranged in the pixel chip and has a trench structure, and a first transistor arranged in the circuit chip to each other via an electrode. The capacitor is configured to form a transfer capacity removing a noise included in an imaging signal and connect the pixel chip and the circuit chip to each other via the electrode and the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Adachi, Nana Akahane, Noriyuki Fujimori
  • Patent number: 10152218
    Abstract: An operation device includes a touch panel, a detection unit, and a line drawing determination unit. The touch panel detects a contact position where an object has contacted, and outputs a result of detection. The detection unit detects a trace from a start position of contact to an end position of the contact based on the result of the detection output by the touch panel, and detects a change of an area or a width of the contact of the object with the touch panel from the start position to the end position with time. The line drawing determination unit determines whether a line drawing operation to divide the touch panel by a straight line has been performed based on the trace and the change of the area or the width with time detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Ugawa, Reisuke Osada
  • Patent number: 10154218
    Abstract: An encoding circuit includes a clock generating unit having a delay circuit in which n (n is a power of 2) delay units are connected together a latch unit configured to latch the plurality of delayed signals; and an encoding unit configured to encode state of each of the plurality of delayed signals, wherein the encoding unit encodes the state of each of the plurality of delayed signals by performing: a first operation of determining a position at which logic states of two or more delayed signals in a signal group change from High to Low, a second operation of determining a position at which logic states of two or more delayed signals in the signal group change from Low to High, and a third operation of determining that logic states of two or more signals including at least one delayed signal in the signal group are predetermined states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshio Hagihara
  • Patent number: 10150220
    Abstract: A method for controlling a manipulator includes a joint structure portion having one or more joints connected to a distal end of an insertion portion, a power transmission member inserted into the insertion portion to transmit driving force to the joint structure portion, and a driving portion that drives the power transmission member and which is guided to an application site by being inserted into the channel member. When the manipulator is operated in an insertion control mode for inserting the joint structure portion into the channel member, the method includes detecting a load amount generated in the power transmission member or the driving portion; and creating a bending state in which the joint structure portion follows the channel member by controlling a driving amount of the power transmission member by the driving portion such that the load amount becomes within a predetermined target control range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masatoshi Iida, Ryuichi Yorimoto
  • Patent number: 10151914
    Abstract: An optical scanning observation apparatus includes: a light source selectively emitting a plurality of illumination lights of different colors; a light emission timing controller controlling light emission timing, based on a predetermined ratio of number of light emissions of each color of the illumination light emitted from the light source; a fiber guiding the illumination light from the light source; an actuator vibratory driving the tip part of the fiber; an optical system for irradiating the illumination light emitted from the fiber; an optical detector; and a signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Mori, Ken Fujinuma
  • Patent number: 10151911
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayuki Nakatsuka
  • Patent number: 10151918
    Abstract: A scanner includes: an optical fiber that guides light from a light source; a drive unit including at least one actuator that, when a voltage is applied thereto, displaces an exit end of the optical fiber in a direction intersecting an optical axis; a support portion that is provided on a basal end side from the drive unit and that is spaced away from the drive unit to support the optical fiber; and a correction portion that performs correction so as to bring the center of gravity of the drive unit and a combined center of gravity of the optical fiber, the drive unit, and the support portion close to each other on a cross-section of the drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuaki Kasai, Hiroshi Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 10149608
    Abstract: A bending portion for endoscope includes: a distal end side bending tube in which a plurality of bending pieces are continuously and pivotably coupled; a proximal end side bending tube coupled to a proximal end side of the distal end side bending tube and including a bending element with a bending moment for obtaining a predetermined bending angle greater than a bending moment of the distal end side bending tube; and an operation wire actively bending the distal end side bending tube and the proximal end side bending tube by pulling and relaxing, wherein pulling and relaxing of the operation wire actively bend the distal end side bending tube and the proximal end side bending tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiwamu Fujitani
  • Patent number: 10152108
    Abstract: A mobile apparatus that can surely execute desired actuation and devises control of actuation to realize power saving and a power feed control method for the mobile apparatus are provided. Therefore, a mobile apparatus of the present invention includes an acceleration detecting section configured to detect acceleration, a state identifying section configured to identify switch operation, and a power-feed control section configured to perform power feed control. The power-feed control section performs control to start power feed when the acceleration detecting section detects acceleration and continue the power feed when the state identifying section identifies the switch operation after the acceleration detecting section detects the acceleration and performs control to stop the power feed when the state identifying section does not identify the switch operation after the acceleration detecting section detects the acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Miura, Kenta Yumoto, Masatoshi Tobinai, Ko Kimura
  • Patent number: 10149719
    Abstract: A medical manipulator including: an elongated main body that is to be inserted into a body; an arm that is provided so as to be protruded forward from a distal end surface of the main body; and an observation part that is located on the distal end surface of the main body and that has an objective optical system for collecting light coming from a front direction, in which the arm and the observation part are relatively movably provided such that the objective optical system is located at a position equivalent to the position of a distal end of the arm or at a position anterior to the distal end of the arm and is located at a position posterior to the distal end of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Komuro
  • Patent number: 10151916
    Abstract: An optical scanning observation apparatus includes a light emission timing controller, a fiber, a driver, a photodetector, an offset processor that corrects an offset value based on an electrical signal output by the photodetector while a light emission timing controller suspends light emission of a light source, and a signal processor that generates an image signal based on the electrical signal for which the offset value was corrected by the offset processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Mori, Ken Fujinuma
  • Patent number: 10149619
    Abstract: A measurement probe is configured to be detachably connected to a biological optical measurement apparatus that performs an optical measurement on body tissue. The measurement probe includes an illumination fiber configured to irradiate the body tissue with illumination light, and a plurality of detection fibers configured to detect return light of at least one of the illumination light reflected from the body tissue and the illumination light scattered from the body tissue. On a plane which is away from distal ends of the illumination fiber and the plurality of detection fibers and through which the illumination light and the return light can pass, a detection area of the return light in each of the plurality of detection fibers is included in all of an illumination area of the illumination fiber or inside of the illumination area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ito, Koji Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10149599
    Abstract: A processing apparatus includes: a light source unit configured to emit partially coherent light having a coherence length that is equal to or more than inverse of a scattering coefficient of a light scattering body and shorter than half of inverse of a reduced scattering coefficient of the light scattering body; an illumination unit configured to irradiate an illumination area on a surface of the light scattering body, with the partially coherent light emitted from the light source unit; a detection unit configured to detect, in a detection area including the illumination area, a signal of scattered and returned light from the light scattering body; and an interference component extracting unit configured to extract an interference component by excluding a noninterference component from the signal of the scattered and returned light detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Ito
  • Patent number: 10149604
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion portion, the endoscope being configured to allow a treatment tool to protrude from the insertion portion. The endoscope further includes: a treatment tool elevator base configured to be elevated by rotation around a rotation shaft with respect to a direction in which the insertion portion extends; an operating portion configured to input operation of changing an angle of elevating the treatment tool with respect to the treatment tool elevator base; a wire configured to be connected to the operating portion; a first member including a first engagement portion; and a second member including a second engagement portion and a wire connection portion to be connected to the wire, the second member being configured to: be supported so as to be rotatable with respect to the rotation shaft; and transmit the operation to the treatment tool elevator base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jin Hiraoka, Hiroshi Kodama
  • Patent number: 10149606
    Abstract: An optical unit 1 includes a voice coil motor 10 which can relatively move a movable part 3 with respect to a fixed part 2 in the axis C direction by using a coil 11 arranged on the fixed part 2 and a magnet 12 arranged on the movable part 3, wherein the movable part 3 includes a movable-side sliding surface which can slide over an inner periphery of the fixed part 2, and a distance L1 from a position closest to an object side to a position closest to an image side of the movable-side sliding surface in the axis C direction of the movable part 3 is greater than a distance from an emission surface of the object-side fixed lens group Gf held by the fixed part 2 to an incident surface of the image-side fixed lens group Gb held by the fixed part 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehiko Iguchi
  • Patent number: 10149609
    Abstract: A signal processing device processes a signal sent from an imaging device detachably attached to the signal processing device and includes: a signal processing unit configured to rewrite processing contents in accordance with a configuration; configuration memories having different capabilities and configured to store pieces of configuration data corresponding to contents of image processes that are performed in accordance with imaging sensors held by the imaging devices; a configuration controller configured to perform control to subject the signal processing unit to reconfiguration using the configuration data that depends on the imaging sensor of the imaging device attached to the signal processing device among the configuration data; a priority setting unit configured to set priority for each configuration data based on a predetermined condition; and a rewrite controller configured to rewrite the configuration data in the configuration memories based on the priority set by the priority setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shiraishi, Takashi Saito
  • Publication number: 20180344418
    Abstract: A medical manipulator system includes: a treatment tool including an arm with joints and an end effector provided at a distal end of the arm; an insertion aid device; an advancement/retraction driving unit configured to drive the treatment tool to be advanced/retracted in the insertion aid device; an advancement/retraction operation unit configured to drive the advancement/retraction driving unit; a stopper configured to limit an operation of the advancement/retraction driving unit by actuation; an interference detector configured to be capable of detecting interference between an arm unit projected out of the insertion aid device and the insertion aid device; and an operation instruction unit configured to be capable of actuating the stopper. The operation instruction unit limits retraction movement of the treatment tool with respect to the insertion aid device by actuating the stopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro KOMURO
  • Publication number: 20180344139
    Abstract: An imaging unit includes: an optical system configured to collect light; a semiconductor package including an image sensor and a sensor electrode; a plurality of electronic components; and a circuit board including: a first connection electrode provided on a front surface side of the circuit board; and an electronic component mounting area and an inspection electrode disposing area that are provided on a back surface side of the circuit board. A wall portion having a height higher than a height of the plurality of electronic components is formed at least on two facing sides around the electronic component mounting area, and a maximum thickness of the circuit board at the inspection electrode disposing area is thinner than a thickness of the circuit board including the wall portion, at the electronic component mounting area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichi IMAI
  • Publication number: 20180344382
    Abstract: The electrode head includes two working surfaces in accordance with an actual bipolar electrode. These may be manufactured lithographically, exhibiting even more complicated outlines. Working surfaces are depicted, which are structured as annulus sector-shaped, concentrically arranged areas, when projected in a plane. Moreover, a further area is situated centrally, which is disc-shaped in a planar projection. Plasma is ignited alternately at both poles. If the individual concentric zones are situated close enough with respect to each other a continuous plasma layer will result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Christian BROCKMANN, Thomas FREITAG, Christoph KNOPF
  • Publication number: 20180346869
    Abstract: A cell culture monitoring system includes measuring units housed in an incubator and each equipped with an indicator, the measuring units each measuring a state of cells in a culture container mounted therein; and an administration unit. The administration unit includes a receiver that receives, from each of the measuring units, a state of the cells measured, the state being associated with identification information of the measuring unit; an analyzer that analyzes the state of the cells and computes information indicating a culture state; a storage that stores, in association with each other, the information indicating the culture state and the identification information; a display that displays, in association with each other, the information indicating the culture state and an identification based on the identification information; and a controller that controls the indicators so that each of the indicators displays the identification corresponding to the identification displayed on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naohiro ARIGA, Toshiyuki HATTORI, Mina KOBAYASHI, Ayumu SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20180344138
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes a video signal processing section configured to convert an endoscope image signal into a signal displayable on a display section, a status information notification necessity determination section configured to determine whether or not it is necessary to notify status information of a peripheral device, a visual line detection section configured to detect a visual line location of an operator in an endoscope image, an observation region setting section configured to set an observation region of the operator, a treatment instrument sensing section configured to sense a region in which a treatment instrument exists in the observation region, a status display control section configured to set a status display region in which the status information is displayed in a region within the observation region, and a status display superimposition section configured to superimpose the status information on the endoscope image in the status display region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro KUDO
  • Publication number: 20180344136
    Abstract: An endoscope device is disclosed which includes an image processing unit that generates a first image corresponding to light in a green wavelength band on the basis of an imaging signal generated by an imaging device when a light source unit emits first illumination light or second illumination light, and generates a second image corresponding to light in other one of wavelength bands. Resolution of the first image obtained when the light source unit emits the first illumination light is equal to or higher than resolution of the first image obtained when the light source unit emits the second illumination light, and resolution of the second image obtained when the light source unit emits the second illumination light is higher than resolution of the second image obtained when the light source unit emits the first illumination light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sunao KIKUCHI
  • Publication number: 20180348170
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method of determining the test surface profile and compensating the gain amplitude when using time reversal focal laws in ultrasound non-destructive testing. Computer simulations are used to compute the diffraction field at time of incidence of the transmitted parallel wave front on the test surface. Knowledge of the surface profile and the diffraction field allows determination of coverage at the test surface and improved accuracy of flaw sizing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Badeau, Guillaume Painchaud-April, Benoit Lepage
  • Publication number: 20180348141
    Abstract: A compact, low cost device for laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) makes use of a silicon photomultiplier detector and a photon counting method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas Inc.
    Inventor: Peter HARDMAN
  • Publication number: 20180351568
    Abstract: An A/D converter includes: a first wiring layer including a first A/D conversion circuit including a first capacitor group in which a plurality of weighted unit capacitors are connected in parallel and a second capacitor group in which a plurality of unit capacitors are connected in parallel, the second capacitor group being connected in parallel with the first capacitor group; and a second wiring layer including a second A/D conversion circuit including a third capacitor group in which a plurality of weighted unit capacitors are connected in parallel and a fourth capacitor group in which a plurality of unit capacitors are connected in parallel, the fourth capacitor group being connected in parallel with the third capacitor group, in which the first wiring layer and the second wiring layer are stacked such that the first A/D conversion circuit and the second A/D conversion circuit are disposed at overlapping positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuzo Hiraide, Yasunari Harada, Masato Osawa, Hideki Kato
  • Publication number: 20180344380
    Abstract: An energy treatment tool includes: a heat transfer plate including a treatment surface for treating body tissue; an energy generating unit configured to generate thermal energy and transmit the thermal energy to the heat transfer plate; and a wiring unit connected to the energy generating unit and serving as an electrical conduction path to the energy generating unit. The wiring unit includes: a low thermal resistance unit; and a high thermal resistance unit that has higher thermal resistance than the low thermal resistance unit and connects the low thermal resistance unit and the energy generating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira MATSUI, Shoei TSURUTA
  • Publication number: 20180350460
    Abstract: A first report input screen generation unit generates a first report input screen in which a first image interpreter inputs a result of image interpretation, and a second report input screen generation unit generates a second report input screen in which a second image interpreter inputs a result of image interpretation. A coordination processing unit causes input data input by the first image interpreter in the first report input screen to be reflected in an input area in the second report input screen. The first report input screen generation unit generates the first report input screen including a first comment input area in which the first image interpreter inputs a comment for the second image interpreter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaru HISANO, Hirokazu NISHIMURA
  • Publication number: 20180348494
    Abstract: A microscope system includes a microscope apparatus and a controller. The microscope apparatus includes an objective and a correction device that corrects a spherical aberration. The controller, during an interval period of a time-lapse observation, detects a reference target position of an observation target and updates correction information on the basis of at least variation information, the correction information representing a relationship between a position of the objective and a setting of the correction device and the variation information representing a variation amount of a distance from the objective to the reference target position. The controller, during an observation period of the time-lapse observation, controls the correction device in accordance with the correction information for each position of the objective determined on the basis of at least the variation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kanako ISONO
  • Publication number: 20180348502
    Abstract: A switch unit includes a frame body which is fixed to an opening section and in which a plurality of holes are formed, a plurality of switches provided in each of two of the plurality of holes, a soft switch cover that is disposed in each of the two holes and covers the plurality of switches, a first catch section formed as part of the switch cover in a position between the plurality of switches, a switch fixing member that is disposed in each of the two holes, is covered with the switch cover, fixes the plurality of switches to the opening section, and catches the first catch section in a position facing the first catch section, and a second catch section formed at an outer circumference of the switch cover and caught by the frame body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fuminori TANAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20180344129
    Abstract: An endoscope processor is capable of controlling a light amount control unit configured to control an amount of illumination light for illuminating an object, an image of which is picked up by an endoscope including an insertion section insertable into a body cavity of a subject, and performs a halation detection process of detecting a generation state of halation in the image of the object, performs a light-adjusting operation of adjusting an amount of the illumination light supplied to the endoscope, based on a processing result obtained by the halation detection process, and selects and sets one light-adjusting mode matching a type of the endoscope, from among a plurality of light-adjusting modes specified by combinations of the halation detection process and the light-adjusting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Shiraishi
  • Publication number: 20180344135
    Abstract: A scanning endoscope system includes an optical fiber for guiding illumination light, an actuator configured to displace an irradiation position of the illumination light emitted through the optical fiber, and a controller. The controller generates a driving signal having periodicity for driving the actuator and supplies the driving signal via a predetermined signal line connected to the actuator, determines presence or absence of occurrence of a trouble in the predetermined signal line based either on a current value of an electric current flowing in the predetermined signal line at predetermined timing in a period for one cycle of the driving signal or a voltage value of a voltage applied to the actuator at the predetermined timing, and obtains a determination result that a trouble has occurred in the predetermined signal line when detecting that the current value continuously deviates predetermined times from a predetermined threshold range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Soichiro KOSHIKA, Kazuma KANEKO
  • Patent number: 10143503
    Abstract: A bone plate is provided with: a strip-shaped main-body portion that is secured, along a longitudinal direction of a tibia, to an oblique anterior inner surface of the tibia below a cut formed in an inner surface of the tibia; a transverse portion that is secured to an inner surface of the tibia above the cut along a direction that intersects the longitudinal direction of the tibia; and a joining portion that joins the main-body portion and the transverse portion, wherein the transverse portion and the main-body portion are provided with a plurality of screw holes that are arrayed with spaces between each other and that pass therethrough in plate-thickness directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS TERUMO BIOMATERIALS CORP.
    Inventors: Koichi Kuroda, Mitsuya Urata, Masaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10143511
    Abstract: A living tissue to be treated is brought into contact with a first high-frequency electrode having high thermal conductivity. A substrate on which an electric resistance pattern is formed is longer than the first electrode. The substrate includes an end portion projected from the first high-frequency electrode. A first lead connection portion electrically connected to the electric resistance pattern is formed on the projected end portion. The substrate is pasted to the first electrode by use of a high-thermal-conductivity heat-resistant adhesive sheet. A lead line for applying power to the electric resistance pattern is arranged in the first lead connection portion where it extends in the longitudinal direction of the first electrode and on the side close to the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Yasunaga
  • Patent number: 10146038
    Abstract: A disk scanning apparatus is used in combination with an imaging optical system and an imaging apparatus. The disk scanning apparatus includes a rotating disk and a relay optical system. In the rotating disk, a disk surface including a shielding part and a transmitting part is placed so as to be positioned on a focal plane of the imaging optical system. The relay optical system performs relaying of an optical image of a sample to the imaging apparatus. The relay optical system includes a front group having a positive power and a rear group having a positive power, in this order from the rotating disk side, and is configured so that a luminous flux between the front group and the rear group becomes an afocal luminous flux. The disk scanning apparatus further includes a structure configured to make the distance between the front group and the rear group variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10143470
    Abstract: A tissue-fastening tool indwelling device includes: a sheath; a needle tube having a needle tip and disposed to be retractable from a distal end of a lumen of the sheath; a tissue-fastening tool having a restoring force to a curved shape with distal and proximal end side regions and disposed inside the needle tube in a stretched state; and a stylet coupled to a proximal end portion of the tissue-fastening tool in the needle tube. The stylet has a first state in which the stylet is advanced straight with respect to the needle tube and the sheath until the entire distal end side region of the tissue-fastening tool protrudes from the needle tube, and a second state in which the stylet is advanced while being rotated until a proximal end of the proximal end side region of the tissue-fastening tool protrudes from the needle tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masatoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10148866
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an imaging section, an image capture optical system, and a controller. The controller sets in an image a first focus adjustment region, which is a target of adjustment of focusing conditions, and a second focus adjustment region, which has a lower priority of adjustment of focusing than the first focus adjustment region. The controller performs focus adjustment based on the image data in the second focus adjustment region, if focus adjustment based on the image data in the first focus adjustment region is difficult. If the focus adjustment based on the image data in the first focus adjustment region is not difficult, while performing the focus adjustment based on the image data in the second focus adjustment region, the controller performs the focus adjustment based on the image data in the first focus adjustment region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10146043
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of images of different imaging fields of view on the same subject; an image selector configured to select, from the plurality of images acquired, in which a common region of a predetermined size is set at a common position in the individual images, a plurality of image pairs that are combinations of images in which a subject image in the common region in one image corresponds to a subject image in a region other than the common region in another image; a correction gain calculating unit configured to calculate a correction gain for performing shading correction; and an image correcting unit configured to correct shading produced in a correction-target image, using the correction gain calculated by the correction gain calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihiko Arai
  • Patent number: 10143453
    Abstract: In a surgical tool, the treatment tool piece operating joint includes a first operating rotation member which is coupled to the moving member and is rotated around a predetermined rotation center; a second operating rotation member which is coupled to the first operating rotation member so as to relatively rotate around a rotation center coaxial with the second bending rotary shaft in a rotation direction opposite to a rotation direction of the first operating rotation member or around a rotation center that is a position closer to the first bending rotary shaft than the second bending rotary shaft in a rotation direction opposite to a rotation direction of the first operating rotation member; and a link which converts a rotational force of the second operating rotation member into the operation of the treatment tool piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryoji Hyodo, Kosuke Kishi
  • Patent number: 10148865
    Abstract: A focus detection apparatus, comprising, focus detection pixels that receive a pair of light fluxes resulting from pupil division of light flux, a memory that stores correction values in accordance with width of the imaging light flux in the pupil-division direction relating to a two-image interval value, and a controller having a focus detection section, a light flux width calculation section, and a defocus amount calculation section, wherein the light flux width calculation section calculates the width of the imaging light flux in the pupil-division direction, and the defocus amount calculation section calculates defocus amount of the photographing optical system based on the two-image interval value, wherein the focus detection section detects a first two-image interval value and corrects the first two-image interval value based on the correction values and the width of the imaging light flux in the pupil-division direction to obtain a second two-image interval value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuhi Okubo, Kazumi Ito
  • Patent number: 10148890
    Abstract: According to the present invention, an image pickup apparatus includes, an image pickup control unit which drives shutter unit and picks up a still image by image pickup device, captures a first through image by the image pickup device when the shutter unit is opened, and picks up a second through image including a light-shielded area by the image pickup device, the light-shielded area being formed by shielding part of light incident upon imaging plane by the shutter unit when the shutter unit is half light-shielded, and a display control unit which causes a display device to display a through image using at least the first through image and the second through image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Matsuhashi, Haruyuki Ishihara, Ryosuke Mochizuki, Mika Muto
  • Patent number: 10143361
    Abstract: An endoscope system is provided with an operation part, an elongated part, an imaging part, a control part, a display part, a rotation operation input part, and a rotation coupling part that rotates an imaging field of view in the imaging part around the optical axis in accordance with the rotation amount provided to the control part, wherein the control part outputs to the display part an image which has been captured by the imaging part and is brought into a state in which the field of view is rotated by the rotation coupling part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shintaro Inoue
  • Publication number: 20180338671
    Abstract: An insert molded product in which a metal base member and a resin are bonded together includes a ground layer; a noble metal layer formed of a noble metal; a compound layer formed of a compound containing silicon (Si) and oxygen (O); and a mixture layer where the compound and the resin are mixed together, wherein the ground layer, the noble metal layer, the compound layer, and the mixture layer are formed in this order on the metal base member, and wherein nickel (Ni) is included in both the compound layer and the mixture layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya ENDO, Naohito SHIGA, Kohei SHIRAMIZU, Junko NAKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180338674
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: a wiring board that has a first main surface and a second main surface; an electronic components that include an image pickup device mounted on the wiring board; and conductive wires bonded to the wiring board. The wiring board includes a first area disposed in an XY plane, a second area extended from a distal end portion of the first area and disposed in an XZ plane, a third area extended from a first side surface of the first area and disposed in a YZ plane, and a fourth area extended from a distal end portion of the third area and disposed in the XZ plane. The first main surface of the second area is a distal end surface, and the image pickup device is mounted on the distal end surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuaki KOJIMA
  • Publication number: 20180338760
    Abstract: A needle holder includes: a flexible sheath portion which is capable of being inserted into an instrument channel of a flexible endoscope; a first grasping member which is rotatably coupled with a distal end portion of the flexible sheath portion; and a second grasping member which is provided in the distal end portion of the flexible sheath portion. In a state where a curved needle is grasped by a first grasping surface of the first grasping member and a second grasping surface of the second grasping member, the second grasping surface inclines such that a grasped region of the curved needle that is grasped by the first grasping surface and the second grasping surface is positioned between a distal end of the second grasping member and a needle tip of the curved needle in a direction of a center axis of the second grasping member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro SHIMAZU
  • Publication number: 20180342079
    Abstract: An endoscope image processing apparatus comprising a processor comprising hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi YAGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20180341097
    Abstract: A microscope illumination device includes a white LED light source and an illumination optical system. The white LED light source includes a substrate, a plurality of LED chips, and a fluorescent substance layer provided to cover the plurality of LED chips, the plurality of LED chips being arrayed on the substrate and being configured to emit excitation light. The illumination optical system includes a field stop and a light diffusion element that is arranged between the white LED light source and the field stop. The microscope illumination device satisfies 0.2<d/p<1 ??(1) where p is a minimum interval between centers of the plurality of LED chips and d is a size of each of the plurality of LED chips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji KAWASAKI, Masahito DOHI
  • Publication number: 20180338809
    Abstract: Provided is a manipulator system including: a driver provided at a proximal end of a flexible elongated guide member to drive a distal end of the elongated guide member, a slider that is fixed to the proximal end of the elongated guide member and that is movable with respect to the driver in a longitudinal direction of the elongated guide member, and a controller that is configured to control the driver so as to change a moving amount of the slider in accordance with a bending state of the elongated guide member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaru YANAGIHARA, Kosuke KISHI
  • Publication number: 20180342074
    Abstract: In a measurement device, an image acquisition unit acquires a first image generated by imaging an object to be measured in a first imaging state and acquires one or more second images generated by imaging the object in one or more second imaging states. A specified point setting unit sets a specified point on the first image. A three-dimensional (3D) shape restoration unit restores a 3D shape of the object by using a plurality of images including the second image determined to include a point corresponding to the specified point. A reference dimension setting unit sets a reference dimension on the first image or the 3D shape. A measurement unit measures the object on the basis of the 3D shape, the specified point, and the reference dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yohei SAKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180341100
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes two optical path forming optical systems, an image forming optical system, two convex power sections including a convex section, provided in the two optical path forming optical systems, and disposed so as to emit emitted light from the two optical path forming optical systems to the image forming optical system, and an aperture member including two openings configured to transmit the light emitted from the two convex power sections. The centers of the two openings are respectively located on the optical axis side of the image forming optical system with respect to the two optical axes of the two optical path forming optical systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junko ARUGA, Susumu TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 10142557
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a processor configured of hardware functioning as a pixel-shift-combination processing section configured to perform pixel shift combination of a plurality of image data acquired by performing pixel shift photographing in a certain focus position to generate combined image data, a depth-combination processing section configured to perform depth combination of a plurality of combined image data in different focus positions that the depth-combination processing section causes the pixel-shift-combination processing section to generate, and a microcomputer configured to extract a focused region in at least one or more of the plurality of focus positions. The pixel-shift-combination processing section performs, concerning a focus position where the focused region is extracted, the pixel shift combination concerning only a partial image region including the focused region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Takeyuki Ajito