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.

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  • Publication number: 20180020163
    Abstract: An image stabilization device includes a movable portion including an image pickup lens and a VCM driving portion configured to drive the movable portion relative to a fixed portion, the image stabilization device including: a position detection element arranged on the movable portion; and paired position detection magnets arranged at positions facing the position detection element and arranged on the fixed portion; wherein the paired position detection magnets are a first magnet and a second magnet arranged so that different magnetic poles face a surface of the position detection element; the first magnet and the second magnet are arranged in order along a direction away from an optical axis of a light flux incident on the image pickup lens; and magnitudes of densities of magnetic fluxes reaching the surface of the position detection element from the first magnet and the second magnet, respectively, are mutually different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Rintaro NISHIHARA
  • Publication number: 20180020362
    Abstract: An image communication system includes an image transmission apparatus and an image reception apparatus. The image transmission apparatus includes a transmission-side wireless communication unit. The image reception apparatus includes a reception-side wireless communication unit. At least one of the image transmission apparatus and the image reception apparatus includes a radar detection unit configured to execute a detection process on radio waves of radar in a communication channel that has a possibility of being used for image data communication by the transmission-side wireless communication unit and the reception-side wireless communication unit. At least one of the image transmission apparatus and the image reception apparatus includes a channel use confirmation unit configured to execute channel use confirmation for confirming that the communication channel is usable by continuously monitoring the detection process by the radar detection unit for a predetermined time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinya Kawasaki, Takahisa Endo, Tetsuyuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20180020174
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus performs image processing on image data including blinking defective noise generated by an image sensor including pixels configured to generate a signal, and readout circuits configured to read out the signal as a pixel value. The image processing apparatus includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire noise information including position information of a pixel in which there is a possibility that blinking defective noise attributed to the readout circuit occurs; a direction determination unit configured to determine, based on the noise information, and pixel values of neighboring pixels surrounding a pixel of interest in an image corresponding to the image data, a direction in which pixel values having highest correlation with a pixel value of the pixel of interest are consecutively arrayed; and an image processor configured to perform image processing on the image data based on a determination result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki MARUYAMA, Manabu ICHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20180020427
    Abstract: An image communication system includes an image transmission apparatus and an image reception apparatus. The image transmission apparatus includes a transmission-side wireless communication unit. The image reception apparatus includes a reception-side wireless communication unit. At least one of the image transmission apparatus and the image reception apparatus includes a radar detection unit configured to execute a detection process on radio waves of radar in a communication channel that has a possibility of being used for image data communication by the transmission-side wireless communication unit and the reception-side wireless communication unit. At least one of the image transmission apparatus and the image reception apparatus includes a channel use continuation unit configured to execute channel use confirmation for confirming that the communication channel is usable by continuously monitoring the detection process by the radar detection unit for a predetermined time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Endo, Shinya Kawasaki, Tetsuyuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20180017382
    Abstract: A measuring head includes a light source unit, a first image pickup element, a second image pickup element, an objective optical system, an optical path splitting element, a common optical path, a first optical path, and a second optical path. The common optical path is located on one side of the optical path splitting element, and the first optical path and a second optical path are located on the other side. The optical path splitting element is disposed at a position where the first optical path and the second optical path intersect. The light source unit and the first image pickup element are disposed at predetermined positions. The second image pickup element is disposed at a position different from the predetermined positions. Each of the predetermined positions is a focal position of the objective optical system or a position conjugate to the focal position of the objective optical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kanato ADACHI, Terumasa MORITA
  • Publication number: 20180014902
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: an abnormality candidate region detection unit configured to detect, from an intraluminal image obtained by imaging a living body lumen, an abnormality candidate region in which a tissue characteristic of the living body or an in-vivo state satisfies a predetermined condition; a feature data calculation unit configured to calculate, from each of a plurality of regions inside the intraluminal image, a plurality of pieces of feature data including different kinds; an integrated feature data calculation unit configured to calculate integrated feature data by integrating the plurality of pieces of feature data based on information of the abnormality candidate region; and a detection unit configured to detect an abnormality from the intraluminal image by using the integrated feature data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto KITAMURA, Toshiya KAMIYAMA, Mitsutaka KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20180017777
    Abstract: The oblique-viewing objective optical system includes a front-side lens group having a negative refractive power, an optical path converting element, an aperture stop, and a rear-side lens group having a positive refractive power. The front-side lens group includes a first lens and a second lens, and the rear-side lens group includes a third lens and a cemented lens which includes a positive biconvex lens and a meniscus-shape negative lens. The first lens is a negative lens having a concave surface directed toward an image-plane side, and the second lens is a single lens having a convex surface directed toward the image-plane side or a cemented lens, and the third lens is a positive lens. The following conditional expressions (1) to (3) are satisfied: 1.6<D1/f<4.7 ??(1), 1.0<D2/f<3.3 ??(2), and 9.0<L/f<31.0 ??(3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiharu TAKASUGI
  • Publication number: 20180014719
    Abstract: A scanning endoscope system includes an endoscope that includes an illumination fiber that is configured to guide illumination light for illuminating a subject and to emit the illumination light from an emitting end, and an actuator section that is configured to swing the emitting end of the illumination fiber according to a voltage or a current of an electrical signal that is applied to cause the illumination light to scan the subject, and a driver unit configured to apply, to the actuator section, the electrical signal that takes, as a drive frequency, a frequency at which an amount of change in amplitude at a time of swinging of the emitting end of the illumination fiber is at or below a predetermined value even when frequency characteristics of the amplitude are changed due to a change in a use condition of the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Soichiro KOSHIKA, Atsuyoshi SHIMAMOTO, Masashi YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20180020152
    Abstract: An imaging device for evaluating focusing of light by one or more optical elements on an imaging sensor, the imaging device having one or more processors configured to compare a first value of a characteristic of a first signal from a first photoelectric conversion structure of the imaging sensor having a first light-receiving surface area and a second value of the characteristic of a second signal from a second photoelectric conversion structure of the imaging sensor having a second light-receiving surface area smaller than the first light-receiving surface area, and to determine whether focusing is achieved by the one or more optical elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kento KOKUBU
  • Publication number: 20180014716
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an image pickup device configured to output a digital signal; an EEPROM in which predetermined information concerning an endoscope is recorded; a signal control portion capable of selectively converting data of one of the digital signal outputted from the image pickup device and the predetermined information of the EEPROM to serial data and outputting the serial data; an electro-optical conversion portion configured to convert the data outputted from the signal control portion to an optical signal and output the optical signal; a universal cable; and a data switching portion switched to transfer the predetermined information from the EEPROM by the signal control portion and then transfer the digital signal by the signal control portion. The signal control portion decides through which of a metal transmitting member and an optical transmitting member the predetermined information is transmitted, based on a data amount of the predetermined information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aiko SAKAI, Hideyuki KUGIMIYA, Ryo KOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20180017771
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes a front-side lens unit, a rear-side lens unit, and an aperture stop. The front-side lens unit includes either one lens unit having a negative refractive power or two lens units having a negative refractive power, and has a negative refractive power as a whole. The rear-side lens unit is disposed on an image side of the front-side lens unit, and has a positive refractive power as a whole at a telephoto end. The rear-side lens unit includes a plurality of lens units, and includes an object-side positive lens unit having a positive refractive power which is disposed nearest to object and the following conditional expressions (1), (2), and (3) are satisfied: 1.2?|MGB_t|?6 ??(1), 10??dGn_min_p?27 ??(2), and ?0.03?TpGn_min_p?0.014 ??(3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuteru KAWAMURA, Toyoki KON
  • Publication number: 20180017770
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes in order from an object side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power. The first lens unit includes a positive lens, and the second lens unit includes a positive lens, and the following conditional expressions (1), (2), (3), and (4) are satisfied: ?0.015?Tp2G_min_p?0.015??(1), 70.3??d1G_max_p??(2), 1.76?nd2G_max_p?2.3??(3), and 0.3?|f2/f3|?0.9??(4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toyoki KON, Kazuteru KAWAMURA, Yasuharu YAMADA, Tetsuya YANAI, Daichi MURAKAMI
  • Patent number: 9867527
    Abstract: A heater unit includes a heater which is provided inside of a distal end portion of an endoscope insertion portion and which heats the inside to prevent fogging which occurs in an optical member provided the inside, a temperature sensor which measures the temperature of the inside and a flexible substrate. The heater unit further includes an insulating sealing portion which seals a mounting surface of the heater mounted on the flexible substrate, which seals the heater so that so that a joint surface of the heater that faces the mounting surface and that is joined to the lens frame is exposed and which seals the whole temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Ide
  • Patent number: 9867649
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrosurgical gripping instrument which includes a cutting section for cutting tissue without deformation. The cutting section can be deflected from an idle position for cutting purposes which brings it into contact with the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Hörlle
  • Patent number: 9870445
    Abstract: An endoscope inspection report creating apparatus includes a folder creating section creating a plurality of folders for storing a plurality of endoscopic images for each inspection target; a file name creating section that creates a file name of an endoscopic image file, the file name including inspection result information about an inspection result of an inspection target; an image storage section that stores the endoscopic image file with the file name including the inspection result information, in a specified folder; a report template format storage section storing a report template format for each inspection target; a report template format reading section that reads the report template format from the report template format storage section; a file name reading section that reads file names of endoscopic image files stored in the folder of the inspection target; an automatic report creating section that automatically creates an inspection report by writing the inspection result information and an endos
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Saichi Sato
  • Patent number: 9869612
    Abstract: The present invention provides a substrate collecting device that includes a first stage on which a sheet is placed with a plurality of substrates facing downward, an sampler which carries out a predetermined operation on some of the substrates, which are disposed at predetermined positions, from above the first stage thereby to cause the substrates to come off from the sheet and fall, an optical system and a collector disposed below the first stage, and a second stage, which integrally moves the optical system and the collector in a horizontal direction. The second stage is capable of positioning the optical system and the collector at two positions at which the optical system or the collector is disposed substantially vertically below a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9869853
    Abstract: An illumination device for a microscope includes: a lamp house configured to emit illumination light; and a turret having a first mirror unit for polarization observation and a second mirror unit for another observation method, the turret being configured to rotate the first and second mirror units on a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of an observation optical system of the microscope to position one of the first and second mirror units on the optical axis. The first mirror unit includes a polarizer and a mirror. The turret includes an analyzer arranged on an optical axis of the first mirror unit. The turret rotates the analyzer and the first mirror unit on the plane perpendicular to the optical axis of the observation optical system of the microscope while maintaining a positional relation between the analyzer and the first mirror unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Kan
  • Patent number: 9867624
    Abstract: An endoscopic treatment instrument includes a pressing tube with an insertion lumen; a clip main body that has a first arm being inserted into the insertion lumen; a second arm fixed to the pressing tube; and an operation wire connected to the clip main body to move it with respect to the pressing tube, wherein the first arm approaches the second arm while being moved to a proximal end side of the pressing tube, in an initial state before the clip main body is pulled by the operation wire, a position of a distal end of the first arm is more distal than a position of a distal end of the second arm, and the distal end of the first arm is approaches the distal end portion of the second arm when the clip main body is pulled to the proximal end side of the pressing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motoi Satake, Tomohiro Tsuji
  • Publication number: 20180008132
    Abstract: An optical transmission module includes a light emitting device for transmitting a first optical signal, a light receiving device for receiving a second optical signal, an optical fiber for guiding a third optical signal in which the first optical signal and the second optical signal are coupled, and an optical waveguide substrate having an optical waveguide made of first resin, wherein a groove formed on the optical waveguide substrate is provided with a prism having the optical fiber and a reflective face through which the first optical signal transmit, a first side face of the prism contacts a first wall face of the groove, and a second side face thereof contacts a second wall face of the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Youhei SAKAI, Yusuke NAKAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20180011308
    Abstract: An optical system for a stereo video endoscope, a stereo video endoscope and a method for operating an optical system. The optical system includes a distal optical assembly and a proximal optical assembly with a left lens system channel and a right lens system channel. The distal optical assembly couples light incident from an object space into the left lens system channel and into the right lens system channel of the proximal optical assembly. The distal optical assembly is an optical assembly with an adjustable focal length, wherein a change in the focal length causes a displacement of an axis intersection point in the object space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Jianxin ZHAO
  • Publication number: 20180008152
    Abstract: A blood-vessel recognition blood-flow measurement method including: obtaining a real-time Doppler spectrum by performing a Fourier transform on a temporal waveform of the intensity of scattered light of laser light in a living body; calculating a normalized real-time Doppler spectrum and a normalized zero spectrum; calculating a region spectrum from a subtracted spectrum that is calculated through subtraction of these calculated spectra; calculating a PS reference spectrum by subtracting, from the region spectrum, the maximum value of the region spectrum in a predetermined PS reference region; calculating an average frequency on the basis of a computational spectrum that is obtained by replacing an element of which the PS reference spectrum is negative with zero; and determining a blood flow velocity by comparing the calculated average frequency with a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi WATANABE, Shintaro TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20180013973
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a display section with a touch panel having a left image display region and a right image display region and a control section. The control section is configured to perform display control so as to change, upon receiving a drag operation instruction while the left image display region selected, a position of a cursor displayed in the left image display region and the right image display region by an amount of variation da, and change, upon receiving a drag operation instruction while the right image display region selected, the position of the cursor displayed in the left image display region and right image display region by an amount of variation db.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi FURUHATA
  • Publication number: 20180008265
    Abstract: A treatment device includes: an operating section; an elongated insertion section connected to the operating section; a pair of clamp members provided at the distal end of the insertion section so as to be openable and closable relative to each other; a movable member that is moved so as to push staples relative to tissue sandwiched between the clamp members; and a coil member that is arranged so as to pass through the insertion section in the longitudinal direction and that transmits a pressing force from the operating section to the movable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki HATANAKA, Tetsuyuki SAKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180013966
    Abstract: In a solid-state imaging device, a first substrate has a plurality of pixels and a plurality of first control signal lines. The plurality of first control signal lines are connected to pixels of each row. The second substrate includes a plurality of second control signal lines and a control circuit. The arrangement of each of the plurality of second control signal lines on the second substrate corresponds to the arrangement of a corresponding one of the plurality of first control signal lines on the first substrate. The connection portion has a plurality of control connections and a plurality of readout connections. Each of the plurality of control connections is connected to one of the plurality of first control signal lines and a corresponding one of the plurality of second control signal lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20180013999
    Abstract: An endoscope processor includes: an image generation portion that generates a picked-up image of a subject, an image of which is picked up by an endoscope; a correction information acquisition portion that acquires correction information corresponding to magnification chromatic aberration of the endoscope from a scope memory in the endoscope; and an image correction portion that corrects the magnification chromatic aberration in the picked-up image based on the correction information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Soichiro KOSHIKA, Masanori SUMIYOSHI
  • Publication number: 20180012103
    Abstract: An image retrieval apparatus includes a processor, and the processor performs a process including: determining an image in which a first characteristic object is included in a subject to be a first image, and determining an image that is captured after the first image and in which a second characteristic object is included in the subject to be a second image, from among a series of captured images; specifying images as an image group, the images being captured during a period after the first image is captured before the second image is captured from among the series of captured images; and extracting a representative image from the image group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicants: OLYMPUS MEMORY WORKS CORP., OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisayuki HARADA, Yuichi TSUCHIMOCHI
  • Publication number: 20180008131
    Abstract: A guidance apparatus includes: a magnetic field generator configured to generate a magnetic field that acts on a magnet; a magnetic field shielding material configured to shield the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator; an operation input device configured to receive an input of at least one of a target position and a target posture for guiding a position and a posture of a capsule medical apparatus; and a controller configured to control the magnetic field generator to generate a magnetic field that has been corrected to offset or reduce a deviation amount of the position or the posture of the capsule medical apparatus with respect to the target position or the target posture, caused by distortion, due to the magnetic field shielding material, of a magnetic field for guiding the capsule medical apparatus to at least one of the target position and the target posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironao KAWANO, Yuya TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20180008126
    Abstract: A treatment device used together with an endoscope, has a guide pipe and a movement mechanism. The guide pipe has a first pipe having a curving portion and a second pipe continuous with a proximal side of the curving portion. The curving portion has, in its inner circumferential surface, a bent surface bent to the second pipe, and bending the flow direction of the fluid discharged from the distal end of the sheath in a state where the distal end of the sheath is located near the distal end of the second pipe. The movement mechanism protrudes a distal surface of the insertion portion from the distal end of the sheath and brings the distal surface closer to or into abutment with the bent surface in a state where the distal end of the sheath is disposed near the distal end of the second pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norimasa ARAI
  • Publication number: 20180011263
    Abstract: An optical transmission module is configured such that: a first optical device is provided on an upper surface of an optical waveguide substrate; a second optical device is provided on a lower surface of the optical waveguide substrate; a V-groove is formed on an end face of the optical waveguide substrate, the V-groove including a first reflective face and a second reflective face as wall faces; the first optical device is optically coupled with an optical waveguide via the first reflective face; and the second optical device is optically coupled with the optical waveguide via the second reflective face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keiichi KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20180008134
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an image acquisition section, an attention area setting section, and a dimming control section. The image acquisition section acquires a captured image that includes an object image. The attention area setting section sets an attention area within the captured image based on information from the endoscope system. The dimming control section performs a dimming control process that controls the intensity of illumination light based on the attention area set by the attention area setting section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori MORITA, Seigo ON, Jumpei TAKAHASHI, Naoya KURIYAMA, Keiji HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20180010966
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is configured to: acquire a correction factor from a recording unit for recording, for each of a plurality of pixels, the correction factor for correcting a difference in pixel value corresponding to a difference between a spectral sensitivity and a preset reference spectral sensitivity in a predetermined wavelength range at a pixel of interest, based on image data generated by an image sensor, the image sensor having the plurality of pixels on which color filters of a plurality of colors with different spectral transmittances are respectively located, the color filters forming a predetermined array pattern; calculate a correction amount for correcting a pixel value of the pixel of interest based on the correction factor at the pixel of interest and pixel values of pixels surrounding the pixel of interest; and correct the pixel value of the pixel of interest by using the correction amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu ICHIKAWA, Hiroki MARUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20180008124
    Abstract: An endoscope power supply system includes an endoscope including an imaging unit that images an object, a housing apparatus to which the endoscope is detachably connected, a plurality of power source units that are provided in the housing apparatus and configured to output electric power different from one another, switches each provided in an output stage of each of the power source units of the housing apparatus and formed of two FETs that are back-to-back connected, and a controller that is provided in the housing apparatus, selects a power source unit necessary to operate the endoscope from the power source units, and controls the switches to output electric power generated by the selected power source unit to the endoscope
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takehide FUJIMOTO, Nanako UBAYAMA, Hitoshi KOMINE, Yutaka FUJISAWA, Hideki KATO, Sadaaki TOMURA
  • Publication number: 20180011722
    Abstract: A user assistance system of a reprocessing apparatus for cleaning and disinfecting at least one surgical instrument arranged in a cleaning basket, the user assistance system including: at least one electronically controlled display device; and a controller coupled with the at least one electronically controlled display device, the at least one electronically controlled display device being integrated in a loading station and being configured for arranging the cleaning basket on one side of the display device during the loading of the cleaning basket, the controller being configured to control the display device such that image information is displayed in an actual size and position which indicates a predetermined arrangement within the cleaning basket of the surgical instrument that is to be reprocessed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Michael WOLTER, Uwe SCHOELER
  • Publication number: 20180013930
    Abstract: An observation apparatus includes an imaging unit, a driving mechanism, and a control section. The imaging unit includes an imaging section and an illumination section. The imaging section includes an image sensor and an imaging optical system, and images a sample to output an image signal. The illumination section includes a plurality of emitting sections which are located away from an optical axis of the imaging optical system and configured to emit illumination light toward the sample. The driving mechanism moves the imaging unit. The control section controls operations of the imaging section, the illumination section, and the driving mechanism. The control section determines a lighting emitting section of the emitting sections and causes the lighting emitting section to light based on the image signal, when the imaging unit is moved by the driving mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takato AOKI
  • Publication number: 20180013971
    Abstract: An observation system includes: a plurality of imaging sections to image one or more samples; a plurality of driving mechanisms that respectively move the imaging sections to change an imaging position for the samples; and a control circuit that controls operations of the driving mechanisms and the imaging sections to cause the imaging sections to image the samples, while causing the driving mechanisms to respectively move the imaging sections. The control circuit imposes different limitations on movement patterns of the imaging sections depending on a characteristic of the samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideaki MATSUOTO, Osamu NONAKA
  • Publication number: 20180008244
    Abstract: A biopsy needle includes: a tubular outer needle including a first needle tip at one end in a longitudinal direction of the outer needle; and an inner needle having a columnar shape and configured to be inserted into the outer needle and movable along the longitudinal direction. The inner needle includes: a second needle tip at a distal end of the inner needle; an inclined surface that is inclined toward the second needle tip; and concave portions provided on first and second side surfaces of the inner needle, the first side surface facing a first direction perpendicular to a cross section parallel to the longitudinal direction, the second side surface facing a second direction opposite to the first direction, a part of the inclined surface being included in an area obtained by projecting the concave portions in a direction parallel to a transverse direction of the inner needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi NISHINA, Yasuhiro IIJIMA
  • Publication number: 20180008123
    Abstract: An optical transmission module includes a substrate having an opening portion; an optical element closing an opening on the lower surface side of the substrate and converting an electric signal into an optical signal or the optical signal into the electric signal; an optical fiber transmitting the optical signal; a ferrule closing an opening on the upper surface side of the substrate and having an optical fiber insertion hole; and a resin filled into a space surrounded at least by the substrate, the optical element, the ferrule, and a distal end of the optical fiber, wherein the ferrule has a resin filling hole spaced apart from the optical fiber insertion hole to fill the space with the resin, and an angle formed by an axis of the optical fiber insertion hole and an axis of the resin filling hole is equal to or more than 0° and less than 90°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi IWAISAKO
  • Patent number: 9866737
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging optical system provided on a front side of the imaging apparatus facing a subject and configured to collect light from a field of view area; an image sensor configured to receive the light collected from the field of view area via the imaging optical system to generate image data; an optical sighting unit configured to transmit the light from the field of view area collected by the imaging optical system and to produce a virtual image of a light beam or a sighting mark in an area where the light from the field of view area transmits; and an imaging control unit configured to perform imaging under imaging control corresponding to driving of the optical sighting unit when the optical sighting unit is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuyuki Uemura, Kunio Yamamiya, Junichi Ito
  • Patent number: 9865041
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a degree-of-degradation detector, a correction coefficient calculator and an adaptive gradation correction unit. The degree-of-degradation detector detects a degree of degradation of image quality for each of areas included in image data and having predetermined size. The correction coefficient calculator calculates a correction coefficient for gradation correction, for each of the areas of the image data. The adaptive gradation correction unit performs adaptive gradation correction appropriate to the degree of degradation of the image data, based on the degree of degradation detected by the degree-of-degradation detector and the correction coefficient calculated by the correction coefficient calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9865641
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes: a first chip including a pixel array in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions converting incident light into an electric signal are disposed; a second chip having an area in a plan view less than an area of the first chip in the plan view and electrically and physically connected to the first chip; and a support portion provided to cover an entire region which is not covered with the second chip in a surface of the first chip connected to the second chip and configured to support the first chip so that flatness of the first chip may be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9861266
    Abstract: An endoscope device includes: an imaging unit for photoelectrically converting light from an object that has been irradiated with the light to generate an image signal; an optical signal converter for converting the image signal into an optical signal; a signal dividing unit for dividing the optical signal into first and second optical signals at a predetermined light quantity ratio; a first optical signal transmission line for transmitting the first optical signal; a connecting unit configured to connect the first optical signal transmission line and other optical signal transmission line and to input the first optical signal that has been transmitted through the first optical signal transmission line into the other optical signal transmission line; an electrical signal converter configured to convert the second optical signal into an electrical signal including light quantity information of the second optical signal; and an electrical signal transmission line for transmitting the electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Hideaki Kinouchi
  • Patent number: 9861267
    Abstract: A video processor for an endoscope includes an image memory, an image processing unit, a display control unit and a recording unit. The image memory stores, as a sample image, an endoscope image which a user previously acquired. The image processing unit performs the image processing for changing an image quality of the sample image in accordance with a selection value selected by a user and produces a processed image. The display control unit causes a display unit to display the processed image. The recording unit records, as a setting value, a value relating to the selection value determined by the user. The image processing unit performs the image processing, based on the setting value, for the endoscope image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Suzuki, Tomoki Iwasaki, Susumu Hashimoto, Toshihiro Hamada, Yuji Kutsuma
  • Patent number: 9861264
    Abstract: A rigid endoscope includes a first insertion section extending along longitudinal directions, a first needle defining an outer edge of a first opening, and a first functional section provided in a vicinity of the first opening of a first lumen, and configured to perform some part of functions. The rigid endoscope includes a second insertion section extending along the longitudinal directions, and located apart from the first insertion section in directions perpendicular to the longitudinal directions, a second needle defining an outer edge of a second opening, and a second functional section provided in a vicinity of the second opening of a second lumen, and configured to perform some part of the functions different from the functions performed by the first functional section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Okamoto, Kazuo Banju, Hiroki Moriyama
  • Patent number: 9861265
    Abstract: A pneumoperitoneum apparatus includes: an insufflation conduit for pneumoperitoneum; an endoscope connection tube connecting the insufflation conduit for pneumoperitoneum; an insufflation flow rate measuring section that measures an insufflation flow rate as a measured flow rate; a set flow rate setting section that sets the measured insufflation flow rate to a target set flow rate; an insufflation flow rate adjusting section; an adjustment value storing section that if the measured flow rate is equal to the target set flow rate, stores the adjustment value for the insufflation flow rate adjusting section; and a control section that if the measured flow rate varies to a value that is equal to or below a threshold value after the measured flow rate reaches the target set flow rate, performs control to set the adjustment value read from the adjustment value storing section for the insufflation flow rate adjusting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 9866746
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus of the present invention, having a lens barrel including a photographing optical system for guiding photographing light flux and a camera body capable of being attached to and detached from the lens barrel, comprises an image sensor having pairs of focus detection pixels, a first memory for storing information relating to incident angle range of imaging light flux, a second memory, arranged in the body barrel, for storing information on light receiving sensitivity characteristic of the focus detection pixels, and a calculation controller for calculating information for focus adjustment control based on information that has been read out from the first memory and the second memory, wherein the information relating to incident angle range includes angular information of upper and lower ends of imaging light flux corresponding to image height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Kazumi Ito, Ryuhi Okubo
  • Patent number: 9866796
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: an imaging unit that generates image data containing a subject image; a part dividing unit that divides the subject image into a plurality of parts; a changed-image data generating unit; a display control unit that allows a display unit to display an avatar image; a touch panel that accepts a user operation that changes a positional relationship between a plurality of resions contained in the avatar image; a positional relationship storage unit that stores positional relationship information related to the positional relationship between the plurality of resions changed according to the user operation; and an imaging control unit that allows a recording unit to record the image data, based on the positional relationship information and a positional relationship between the plurality of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 9866738
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of an image pickup apparatus includes a step of manufacturing an image pickup device chip, a step of manufacturing a wiring board having first terminals and second terminals disposed on both sides of a first primary surface with a central flexible portion intervened in between, a step of joining a heat conductive block to a second primary surface of the wiring board, a step of joining the image pickup device chip to the first terminals of the wiring board, a step of performing solder joining of core wires of a cable to the second terminals of the wiring board by conducting heat generated by a heat tool through the heat conductive block, a step of bending the wiring board, and a step of performing housing inside a frame member, and sealing with sealing resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuaki Kojima
  • Patent number: 9864185
    Abstract: Provided is a three-dimensional-endoscope optical system that is provided with two objective optical systems having optical axes, which are arranged with a spacing therebetween, and that satisfies the following conditions: 0.5 mm<OP<1.5 mm??(1); 3 mm<D<200 mm??(2); ?<10°??(3); and 110°<?<180°??(4), where OP is a spacing between the optical axes of optical members at the most distal ends of the objective optical systems, D is a depth of field, ? is an angle of convergence (inward angle) of the depth of field D when performing near-point observation, and ? is an angle of view of the objective optical systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayoshi Togino, Ikutoshi Fukushima, Yasushi Namii, Mitsujiro Konno
  • Patent number: 9863806
    Abstract: In the scanning molecule counting method using the light measurement with a confocal microscope or a multiphoton microscope, a measuring time is optimized with suppressing the scattering in a result small irrespective of light-emitting particle concentrations. In the inventive technique of detecting and analyzing the light from an light-emitting particle, there are repeated processes of detecting the light intensity from a light detection region with moving the position of the light detection region of an optical system in a sample solution by changing the optical path of the optical system of the microscope, and detecting the signals of the light of light-emitting particles individually, and based on the time taken for the number of the signals from the light-emitting particles to reach a predetermined number, the light-emitting particle concentration in the sample solution is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuya Tanabe
  • Publication number: 20180000325
    Abstract: Maximum hardness of a flexible tube section of an endoscope is set such that substantial maximum hardness at a time when an over-tube is attached is equal to or lower than maximum hardness of a flexible tube section of an endoscope. That is, the maximum hardness of the flexible tube section of the endoscope is set substantially equal to hardness obtained by subtracting hardness of the over-tube itself from the maximum hardness of the flexible tube section of the endoscope. In the endoscopes including a hardness changing function, maximum hardness of the endoscope, to which the over-tube is not attached, and maximum hardness of the endoscope, to which the over-tube is attached, are set substantially equal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suguru OKANIWA, Seisuke TAKASE, Hidehiro JOKO, Isamu NAKAJIMA