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: 10102880
    Abstract: An information processing device is provided with: an image meaning judgment section classifying and judging an inputted image as having a particular meaning by classifying characteristics of the image itself and referring to a database; an audio meaning judgment section classifying and judging an inputted audio as having a particular meaning by classifying characteristics of the audio itself and referring to a database; and an association control section outputting the inputted image and the inputted audio acquired at different timings mutually in association with each other on the basis of each of judgment results of the image meaning judgment section and the audio meaning judgment section; and the information processing device is capable of, even if an image without a corresponding audio or an audio without a corresponding image is inputted, outputting the image and the audio in association with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takao Takasu, Kei Matsuoka, Yukari Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10102643
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: a reference image generating section that generates a reference image to be used for determining whether an inspection object is non-defective or defective; and a mixer that outputs the reference image in a superimposed manner on an endoscopic image from an endoscope, the endoscopic image being obtained by photographing the inspection object, in a predetermined inspection mode, and an image of the inspection object and the reference image are displayed in a superimposed manner, to thereby facilitate a non-defective/defective determination and improve an operability in an inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Saichi Sato
  • Patent number: 10104323
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki Maruyama, Manabu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10102442
    Abstract: An image processing device comprises a trail extraction section that extracts a region where pixel values continuously become a given value or more, within image data made up of a plurality of pixel values, as a trail, a trail determination section that determines movement state of the trail that has been extracted by the trail extraction section, and a trail detection section that detects type of the trail based on movement state that has been determined by the trail determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoko Saito
  • Patent number: 10104305
    Abstract: An imaging device includes an image acquisition unit that acquires an original image in which pixels with different exposure periods coexist; a corrected-image generating unit that generates corrected images individually for a plurality of pixel groups formed by classifying the pixels according to the exposure periods, the corrected images being generated by interpolating pixel values and executing exposure correction; and an HDR combining unit that combines the corrected images, wherein, in a case where the difference between the pixel value of a pixel belonging to one of the pixel groups, acquired by exposure, and the pixel value of a pixel belonging to another one of the pixel groups, generated by interpolation at the same position as the aforementioned pixel, is greater than a predetermined threshold, the HDR combining unit increases the combining ratio of the pixel in the corrected image belonging to the one of the pixel group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhito Nemoto
  • Patent number: 10098528
    Abstract: An illumination device according to the present invention includes a light output unit having an output end that outputs illumination light; a diffusion layer that is disposed in a circumferential direction centered on a predetermined axis and that receives the illumination light from the output end, guides the illumination light while diffusing the illumination light, and outputs the illumination light from a surface thereof; and a reflective layer that is provided adjacent to a surface of the diffusion layer at an inner side in a radial direction and that reflects the illumination light outward in the radial direction. The diffusion layer contains a light guide material that guides the illumination light and a diffusion material dispersed and supported in the light guide material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichiro Furuta
  • Patent number: 10098688
    Abstract: A treatment system includes a pair of holding members, a high-frequency energy output section, a heat generating section and a control section. At least one of the pair of holding members moves to the other holding member. The high-frequency energy output section and the heat generating section are provided on at least one of the holding members. The high-frequency energy output section exerts high-frequency energy to a living tissue to denature the living tissue, and collects the biological information of the living tissue. The heat generating section applies heat to it held between the holding members, generates the heat owing to the supply of the energy, and conducts the heat therefrom to denature the living tissue. The control section controls the output of the energy to the high-frequency energy output section and the heat generating section based on the biological information collected by the high-frequency energy output section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Takashino, Kenichi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10101575
    Abstract: This endoscope objective optical system is capable of acquiring images of high resolution and wide angle of observation field, maintaining low invasiveness and appropriately correcting various aberrations. This optical system has at least a first cemented lens which has a positive lens and a negative lens, in which the cemented lens satisfies the following conditional expressions: (1) 15.0<?A?ndA<15.75 and (2) ?0.2>rdyA1/ih>?20, wherein ?A is an Abbe number of the negative lens, ndA is a refractive index of the negative lens at the d-line, rdyA1 is a curvature radius of a joining surface of the negative lens, and ih is an image height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Katakura
  • Patent number: 10098655
    Abstract: An ultrasonic treatment instrument includes a vibration transmitting member transmitting ultrasonic vibration toward a first gripper and formed as one piece, and a second gripper movable between a spaced position where the second gripper is spaced apart from the first gripper and a closed position where the second gripper is put in close to the first gripper. The ultrasonic treatment instrument includes an interlocking actuator increasing, by moving the first gripper in interlock with a movement of the second gripper to the spaced position, a spacing distance between the first gripper and the second gripper in accordance with a movement of the first gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Miyajiri, Kazuhiro Morisaki, Yuji Hirai, Takeshi Onaga, Katsushi Ide
  • Patent number: 10098612
    Abstract: An ultrasound unit includes: ultrasound elements each including a plurality of ultrasound cells formed on a substrate including a semiconductor, the plurality of ultrasound cells each including an upper electrode having a ground potential and a lower electrode to which a drive signal is applied, the upper electrode and the lower electrode being arranged facing each other via a cavity and thereby forming a first capacitor; a package member in which the plurality of ultrasound elements are disposed, the package member having a ground potential; and an insulation member disposed between the package member and each of the ultrasound elements. A second capacitor is formed as a result of the insulation member serving as a gap, and a capacity of a third capacitor serially connected to the second capacitor is smaller than a capacity of the second capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Shiotani, Hideharu Miyahara, Kazuya Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10098654
    Abstract: An arthroscopical surgical method using an ultrasonic treatment device for a joint includes: transmitting ultrasonic vibration to a treatment portion of the ultrasonic treatment device, removing an injured region of an articular cartilage so that a subchondral bone is exposed, and forming a cartilage edge which is nearly angled at 90° with the exposed surface of the subchondral bone to form a pool-shaped depression; forming a hole which pierces up to a cancellous bone of the subchondral bone through the depression, and scratching blood vessels in the cancellous bone; causing bleeding from the blood vessels so that blood is retained in the depression via the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takamitsu Sakamoto, Chie Onuma, Ken Fujisaki, Kiichiro Sawada, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Satoshi Takekoshi, Sohei Ueda, Yasuo Tanigami
  • Patent number: 10098706
    Abstract: Provided is an operation input device for inputting an operation command to a medical manipulator having a distal-end-side moving portion having at least one joint on a distal end and a proximal-end-side moving portion that is connected to a proximal-end side of the distal-end-side moving portion and moves the distal-end-side moving portion, and the operation input device includes a first operation portion that generates a moving command for driving the distal-end-side moving portion in accordance with an operation command input with a palm or a finger and a second operation portion that is linked to the first operation portion and generates the moving command for driving the proximal-end-side moving portion in accordance with an operation command input with a wrist or an arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Ogawa, Kosuke Kishi
  • Publication number: 20180289358
    Abstract: An ultrasound observation device includes a controller. The controller is configured to: generate data on an ultrasound image based on an ultrasound signal; automatically set a second region of interest that is relatively stiff in a first region of interest preset within the ultrasound image; and generate data on first and second elastic images each having a display mode according to stiffness of the corresponding first and second regions of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya MIYAKE
  • Publication number: 20180289246
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an imager configured to detect reflected and scattered light of illumination light radiated to an observation object and output an imaging signal, the illumination light including light in three wavelength ranges corresponding to first, second, and third depth regions, and an image processor including an intermediate emphasis image generator configured to generate an intermediate emphasis image, based on a first emphasis image signal generated based on emphasis narrowband light, a first non-emphasis image signal generated based on non-emphasis narrowband, and image signals corresponding to all wavelength ranges not including the first emphasis and non-emphasis image signals, and a display image generator configured to generate a display image based on the intermediate emphasis image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motoki TABATA, Bakusui DAIDOJI, Takeshi ITO
  • Publication number: 20180289247
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: a light source that generates red, green, and blue laser lights; a light-guiding section including a first end portion into which the laser lights enter, and a second end portion from which the laser lights are applied to the subject; a light detection that detects reflection light from the subject, and outputs a detection signal according to the reflection light; a memory that stores a plurality of color correction parameters, each of which is set for each subject; and an image processing section that generates an observation image based on the detection signal, and performs color correction on the observation image based on at least one of the plurality of color correction parameters, which is selected according to the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Soichiro KOSHIKA
  • Publication number: 20180292637
    Abstract: An illumination device irradiates a sample with excitation light spatially modulated according to a two-dimensional pattern while temporally varying the pattern. A plate-shaped first optical member has a light receiving face that faces the sample face, receives fluorescence light emitted from the sample via the light receiving face, and guides the fluorescence light in a direction that is in parallel with the light receiving face. A photodetector receives the fluorescence light guided by the first optical member, and outputs a detection signal. A fluorescence image of the sample is generated using the detection signal and an intensity distribution formed on the sample face due to the excitation light acquired for every pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiro OKAMURA
  • Publication number: 20180289360
    Abstract: A processing device includes a controller including hardware. The controller is configured to execute: generating an ultrasound image based on an ultrasound signal acquired by an ultrasound probe, the ultrasound probe being configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave to a subject that is an observation target and receive an ultrasonic wave reflected by the subject; generating shift information including a shift direction of a display area of the ultrasound image displayed on a display unit in accordance with a command position with respect to the ultrasound image; shifting the ultrasound image in accordance with the shift information; and generating a character image indicating an area targeted for a process performed on the ultrasound image in relation to the command position in the ultrasound image after being shifted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sho FUNAKUBO
  • Publication number: 20180293426
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method for the cytometric analysis of multiple cell samples by means of a microscope for examining multiple cell samples under a microscope, wherein the microscope can be or is operated, selectively and/or alternatingly, in a transmission mode and/or in a fluorescence mode, and wherein at least one cell sample has at least one fluorescence marker. The method includes; moving the cell samples continuously in one plane relative to an optical system of the microscope having at least one microscope camera, wherein, during the movement of the cell samples, at least one or more images of a sub-region of the cell samples are recorded in the transmission mode or in the fluorescence mode and at least one or more images of the same sub-region of the cell samples are recorded in the fluorescence mode by means of the at least one microscope camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS SOFT IMAGING SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Mike WOERDEMANN, Stefan DIEPENBROCK, Sascha HOEFLING, Daniel KRUEGER
  • Publication number: 20180289437
    Abstract: A medical manipulator system including: a placement table on which a patient is placed; at least one manipulator configured to support a treatment tool which is configured to treat the patient, the manipulator configured to adjust a position and an orientation of the treatment tool; a base portion configured to support the manipulator; a sensor configured to detect objects which are present in a predetermined area including the manipulator and the placement table; and a controller including at least one processor, wherein the processor is configured to: calculate degrees of proximity between the objects detected by the sensor and the manipulator, and generate, in case that the calculated degrees of proximity exceed a predetermined threshold, a control signal for preventing interference between the objects and the manipulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyohei KURIHARA, Mitsuaki HASEGAWA, Hiroyuki HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180295682
    Abstract: A light source device is provided with: a plurality of surface light sources that have different wavelength bands; a multiplexing unit that multiplexes light beams emitted from the surface light sources; and an adjustment unit that adjusts, when an endoscope that serves as a reference endoscope is connected, the light amounts of light beams emitted from the surface light sources such that illumination light emitted from the reference endoscope has a predetermined color balance and that corrects, when an arbitrary endoscope is connected, the color balance on the basis of the ratio of the color balance of illumination light emitted from the connected endoscope and the color balance of illumination light emitted from the reference endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo MACHIDA
  • Publication number: 20180289435
    Abstract: A medical manipulator system includes a slave manipulator, a master manipulator receiving a manipulation information from an operator; a driver generating a driving force for operating the slave manipulator; a processor; and a master-manipulator-side detector disposed at the master manipulator and detecting the manipulation information. The processor generates an operating command based on the manipulation information and transmits the operating command to the driver, the processor determines whether a blur information is included in the manipulation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirotaka NAMIKI
  • Publication number: 20180289245
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes, an insertion section; a distal structure portion provided at a distal end of the insertion section; a pivot base; an elongated pulling member connected to the pivot base; a tubular elastic member configured to cover the pulling member; a cylindrical cover configured to be attached to the distal structure portion, and including an opening portion; a cover removing tool configured to be capable of pushing an edge of the opening portion, in a state in which the cover removing tool is engaged with the cover; and a projection provided on the cover removing tool, the projection being configured to come in contact with the edge of the opening portion at a position apart from a position of the one end of the elastic member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji YAMAYA
  • Publication number: 20180289986
    Abstract: A treatment instrument includes: a proximal side probe transmits ultrasonic vibration from its proximal end to its distal end; a distal side probe configured to transmit the ultrasonic vibration from its proximal end to a treatment portion at its distal end; and a holding portion which holds a state where the proximal end of the distal side probe is into collision with the distal end of the proximal side probe, and a state where vibration is transmittable from the proximal end of the proximal side probe to the distal end of the distal side probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideo SANAI, Kenichi KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20180292199
    Abstract: An insertion system includes an insertion apparatus including an insertion section, a fiber sensor configured to detect a bend shape of the insertion section, an attitude detector, and an attitude shape calculator. The attitude detector is configured to detect at least one of a first rotational change quantity related to a change quantity of rotation about a longitudinal direction of the insertion apparatus, and a first directional change quantity related to a change quantity of the longitudinal direction. The attitude shape calculator is configured to calculate attitude shape information including at least one of a change quantity of rotation of the bend shape and a change quantity of a direction of the bend shape, based on the bend shape and the at least one of the first rotational change quantity and first directional change quantity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo TOJO, Hiromasa FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20180291328
    Abstract: Provided is a cell-culturing apparatus including: an incubator that can maintain an interior thereof in an environment that is appropriate for growth of cells; a cell-culturing vessel that is accommodated inside the incubator; an optical-data acquisition unit that acquires optical data of a medium in the cell-culturing vessel; a medium changing unit that changes the medium in the cell-culturing vessel; and a controller, wherein a timing at which the medium is changed is determined on the basis of a change over time in the optical data acquired by the optical-data acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi SASAKI, Tatsuya MINAMI, Yasunori MAKARA
  • Publication number: 20180290296
    Abstract: A manipulator system of the present invention includes a manipulator driven by a motor, an operating part for generating an operation input for operating the manipulator, and a controller for controlling the motor. The controller controls for receiving a first current and a first voltage of the motor, for calculating a first resistance value of the motor on the basis of the first current and the first voltage, for controlling the motor to rotate thereof under a predetermined angle, for receiving a second current and a second voltage of the motor after rotating the motor, for calculating a second resistance value of the motor based on the second current and the second voltage, for adopting the larger one of the first resistance value and the second resistance value as a calculated resistance value, and for controlling the motor based on the operation input and the calculated resistance value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyohei KURIHARA
  • Publication number: 20180292636
    Abstract: An observation device where a first light path in an illumination optical system is different from a second light path in an object optical system, the illumination optical system includes a light source that emits the illumination light in a first direction, and an illumination deflector that deflects the illumination light from the first direction to a second direction, a pre-reflected illumination angle between a pedestal surface holding the sample and the first direction is smaller than a post-reflected illumination angle between the pedestal surface and the second direction, the object optical system includes a transmission deflector that deflects the transmission light transmitted through the sample from a third direction to a fourth direction, and a post-reflected transmission angle between the pedestal surface and the fourth direction is smaller than a pre-reflected transmission angle between the pedestal surface and the third direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadashi HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20180295265
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus, includes a first optical system and a second optical system which generate two optical images having mutual parallax; and one image sensor which captures the two optical images, wherein each of the first optical system and the second optical system has a different focusing unit, further includes a first frame which holds some of lenses in the first optical system, a second frame which holds the image sensor; and a third frame which holds lenses in the first optical system other than the lenses held by the first frame, and lenses in the second optical system, wherein the first frame is movable in a direction of optical axes with respect to the third frame, and the second frame is movable in a direction of optical axes with respect to the third frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi SUGA
  • Publication number: 20180292641
    Abstract: An optical unit includes: a fixing portion including a front frame portion that holds an object-side fixed lens group, a rear frame portion that holds an image-side fixed lens group or an image sensor, and a fixing portion main body formed by using a non-magnetic material; a moving portion that holds a moving lens group and that is arranged on an inner side of the fixing portion main body so as to be slidable with respect to the fixing portion main body; and a voice coil motor configured to move the moving portion along a direction of the optical axis relative to the fixing portion main body, and including a magnetic portion magnetized in a direction intersecting an optical axis of the object-side fixed lens group, and a coil located on an outer side of the fixing portion main body with respect to the magnetic portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadashi ITO
  • Publication number: 20180295410
    Abstract: A moving image capturing instructing terminal includes a communicator, a monitor, a memory, and a control unit. The control unit transmits recording start instruction information to a camera through the communicator. After the recording start instruction information is transmitted, the control unit receives moving image recording information related to the recording of the moving image from the camera through the communicator. After the recording start instruction information is transmitted, the control unit displays at least one of a scheduled recording period of time and a combination of a scheduled recording start time and a scheduled recording stop time through the monitor. After the moving image recording information is received, the control unit displays at least one of a recording period of time and a combination of a recording start time and a recording stop time through the monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arata SHINOZAKI, Kensuke ISHII, Saori MATSUMOTO, Kiiko TAKAMATSU, Yoshitaka SATO
  • Patent number: 10092174
    Abstract: A cooling device according to the invention includes: a first flow channel configured so that a coolant passes; a first heat receiving portion; a first heat radiating portion arranged in the first flow channel; a first heat transferring portion configured to transfer heat from the first heat receiving portion to the first heat radiating portion; a second flow channel configured so that the coolant passes; a second heat receiving portion; a second heat radiating portion arranged in the second flow channel; and a second heat transferring portion configured having a longer length than the first heat transferring portion and transferring heat from the second heat receiving portion to the second heat radiating portion. The second heat radiating portion is configured having a larger surface area than the first heat radiating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Shirota, Takahiro Masaki
  • Patent number: 10097751
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus carries out imaging at a plurality of focus positions that have been set, and carries out successive image combination for each imaging, generates a focus stacked image after imaging a plurality of times imaging is to be performed that has been set by a focus bracket setting section, and performs image combination of an image that has been taken at the final focus position with a previously taken image or a previously combined image, with position of the finally taken image as a reference for alignment at the time of image combination, and on the other hand performs image combination of taken images other than an image that has been taken at the final focus position with a previously taken image or an image that was previously combined, as the reference for alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsushi Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 10095013
    Abstract: An objective optical system includes in order from an object side a first lens group having a positive refractive power, a second lens group having a negative refractive power, and a third lens group having a positive refractive power, wherein focusing is carried out by moving the second lens group with respect to a change in an object-point distance, and the following conditional expressions (2) and (3) are satisfied: 3<|?|??(2), and 60°<???(3), where, ? denotes a lateral magnification of the overall objective optical system at the time of focusing to an object point at a close distance, and ? denotes the maximum half angle of view at the time of focusing to an object point at a long distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideyasu Takato
  • Patent number: 10095021
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion portion. First and second electronic instruments are located in the insertion portion and are supplied with drive power from different systems. A plurality of power limiting portions limit the drive power supplied to the first and second electronic instruments, respectively, via mutually different systems. First and second wirings, at least a portion of which are located inside the insertion portion, connect respective power limiting portions with the respective ones of the first and second electronic instruments. A ground conductor extends from one end of the insertion portion to the other end of the insertion portion and is connected between a first connection connecting the first electronic instrument and the first wiring and a second connection connecting the second electronic instrument and the second wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaki Ichihashi
  • Patent number: 10095088
    Abstract: An optical apparatus includes a housing including an opening for letting a light flux pass through a first window member configured to let the light flux pass through, and to cover the opening, a second window member, overlapped with and fixed to the first window member, configured to let the light flux pass through, and a sealing member that is made of a stretchable material, and that is provided along an outer edge of the first window member or the second window member so as to form a sealed space portion between the first window member and the second window member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Matsumura, Yukari Takahashi, Kei Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10092307
    Abstract: A tissue grasping tool includes: a longitudinal-axis member; a first member and second member; a manipulation member; a first wire-shaped member protruding from the first member and being formed a first loop; and a second wire-shaped member protruding from the second member and being formed a second loop; the first wire-shaped member and the second wire-shaped member extend in a direction which gradually approaches with each other as it goes toward the distal side from a proximal side of the first and second loops; in a state of which the first member and the second member come close with each other, the second wire-shaped member passes through an inside of the first loop; and a distance between distal end portions of the first and second loops is increased according to an operation in which the first member and the second member approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuo Yokota
  • Patent number: 10094936
    Abstract: Disclosed is a circuit for controlling the temperature and the bias voltage of a detector used by an X-ray analytical instrument. The circuit uses a single common reference voltage for the temperature measurement and for all the ADCs and DACs in the circuit, resulting in reduced drift and improved reproducibility of detector temperature and bias voltage. ADCs with a larger number of bits are used to produce precision values of the temperature, the bias voltage, and their respective setpoints. The setpoints are digitally varied until the precision setpoint values correspond to desired values of temperature and bias setpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS SCIENTIFIC SOLUTIONS AMERICAS INC.
    Inventor: Marc Battyani
  • Patent number: 10095713
    Abstract: The information device includes an imaging unit that images a subject and generates image data of the subject, a meta information generating unit that generates meta information related to the image data generated by the imaging unit, a possibility information generating unit that generates, with respect to the meta information, possibility information setting whether or not change of original information is possible by an external device when the meta information is transmitted to the external device, and an image file generating unit that generates an image file associating the image data generated by the imaging unit, the meta information generated by the meta information generating unit, and the possibility information generated by the possibility information generating unit with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Matsuzawa, Sumio Kawai, Kazuhiro Sato, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 10095902
    Abstract: A barcode reader includes: a reading unit that reads a barcode; a decoder that decodes the barcode read by the reading unit so as to obtain barcode information; a determination unit that determines whether the barcode information obtained by the decoder matches barcode information stored in a storage; and a changing unit that changes a reading condition of the reading unit or a decoding condition of the decoder when a result of the determination performed by the determination unit is “match”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Seiichiro Sakata
  • Patent number: 10092170
    Abstract: The insertion apparatus includes: a linearly-extending insertion section main body, an outer tube covering the outer circumference of the insertion section main body, and an annular band member provided on the outer tube in such a manner as to meander on an imaginary circle on the outer tube whose center is the same as the central axis of the insertion section main body. The annular band member is configured to shrink in the direction along the imaginary circle and thereby secure the outer tube to the insertion section main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Tanii
  • Patent number: 10092273
    Abstract: A medical system includes an operation panel provided with an LCD touch panel and an ultrasound observation apparatus connected via a cable. When a comment receiving section of the operation panel receives comment information from a comment transmitting section of the ultrasound observation apparatus, an LCD image processing section changes a comment on the LCD touch panel according to the comment information, an operation control section sends out information about the change to an apparatus control section, and the ultrasound observation apparatus changes a comment display of a predetermined portion on a diagnosis monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehiro Yoshimura
  • Publication number: 20180279858
    Abstract: A treatment instrument insertion tool includes a tubular treatment instrument guide portion, configured to guide a treatment instrument into an insertion portion of an insertion device via a treatment instrument insertion port, a guide portion body freely attachably/detachably provided in a region of the insertion portion located outside a subject when the insertion portion is inserted into the subject, and a film member including a hole that allows insertion of the treatment instrument, water-tightly engaging with the treatment instrument when the treatment instrument is inserted into the hole, and being formed of a material freely expandable/contractible and restricting permeation of a liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fuminori WAKE, Yuki HOSHINO, Seiko HAMADA
  • Publication number: 20180285623
    Abstract: The number of cells existing and the positions thereof in a container that contains the cells can be grasped at a glance. Provided is an analysis-result browsing device that includes: a camera that captures cells at set capturing positions; a processing unit that detects and analyzes the cells captured by the camera, for the respective capturing positions; a display unit that displays analysis results of the cells analyzed by the processing unit, together with a container map that shows a container and the plurality of capturing positions in the container; and a control unit that sets the capturing positions in the container, which contains the cells, and simultaneously displays the analysis results of the cells at at least two of the capturing positions on the container map, which is displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mina KOBAYASHI, Ayumu SAKURAI, Toshiyuki HATTORI, Naohiro ARIGA, Shinichi TAKIMOTO, Taiji MINE
  • Publication number: 20180284411
    Abstract: A microscope apparatus 10 includes a detection optical system 12 that captures light from a sample S and an illumination optical system 11 that radiates an illumination light onto the sample S. The illumination optical system 11 includes a cylindrical lens 5 that has a power in a first-axis direction and does not have a power in a second-axis direction that is perpendicular to the first-axis direction, a cylindrical lens 6 that has a power in the second-axis direction and does not have a power in the first-axis direction, and a scanner 4 that scans the illumination light in a width direction. The illumination optical system 11 is configured such that the first-axis direction is the width direction described above, and the cylindrical lenses 5 and 6 are arranged posterior to the scanner 4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahito DOHI, Yoshihiro SHIMADA
  • Publication number: 20180288361
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: an operation unit through which recording of an image acquired by an image pickup device can be instructed; and a controller configured to perform control to record, in a main recording unit, a first image acquired by the image pickup device when the image recording is instructed through the operation unit and record, in a sub recording unit, a second image acquired by the image pickup device irrespective of whether the image recording is instructed through the operation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichiro HIRANO, Osamu MITSUNAGA
  • Publication number: 20180280042
    Abstract: An endoscope treatment tool includes: a sheath having a lumen; a basket portion being configured to protrude from the lumen and formed of at least one elastic wire; and a manipulation wire causing the basket portion to be moved, wherein the elastic wire has a maximum-outer-diameter portion between distal and proximal ends of the elastic wire and a largest portion that, between the maximum-outer-diameter portion and the proximal end of the elastic wire, reaches the maximum size in an opposite direction from maximum-outer-diameter portion in a side view from a direction orthogonal to a perpendicular line drawn to a center axis from the maximum-outer-diameter portion, and wherein, in a front view of the basket portion, the largest portion is positioned on an opposite side from the side of the maximum-outer-diameter portion with respect to a straight line that is orthogonal to the perpendicular line on the center axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsutomu OKADA
  • Publication number: 20180284412
    Abstract: A microscope apparatus includes: a light source configured to irradiate a specimen with illumination light; a revolver configured to hold plural objective lenses and arranges the plural objective lenses switchably onto an optical path; a sensor configured to detect an objective lens arranged on the optical path; a first illumination light quantity table configured to store therein a first illumination light quantity set for each of the plural objective lenses; a second illumination light quantity table configured to store therein a second illumination light quantity specified by an observer; an illumination light quantity setting unit configured to set validity/invalidity of the first illumination light quantity and second illumination light quantity; and an illumination controller configured to control light quantity of the light source to the first illumination light quantity or second illumination light quantity validated by the illumination light quantity setting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuki MURATA, Koji IMAZEKI, Daisuke MIZUSAWA
  • Publication number: 20180284413
    Abstract: Provided is a light detecting device including: a light path branching unit that branches a single detection light path of fluorescence from a specimen, into a plurality of branched light paths; a plurality of light detectors that are provided to the respective branched light paths branched by the light path branching unit and that include an SSPD or Geiger mode APD to detect the fluorescence; and a signal adder that generates a single image signal in accordance with the detection signals outputted from the plurality of light detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicants: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY, OSAKA UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hirokazu KUBO, Shigehito MIKI, Hirotaka TERAI, Taro YAMASHITA, Tokuko HARAGUCHI, Yasushi HIRAOKA, Masataka KINJO
  • Publication number: 20180286039
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an image sensor configured to pick up an image of an inspection target, a display configured to display an endoscope image of the inspection target acquired by the image sensor, and a controller configured to perform notification processing to call attention of a user to the endoscope image according to an inspection history that is a history of past inspections of the inspection target and is memorized in a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo NOMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180279853
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an imager that outputs an imaging signal and an image processor that generates an emphasis image signal and a non-emphasis image signal based on the imaging signal. The emphasis image signal corresponds to emphasis narrow band light included in an emphasis wavelength range that includes at least one of a maximum wavelength that takes a maximum value of an optical absorption spectrum and a color-range largest wavelength that takes a largest value of the optical absorption spectrum. The non-emphasis image signal corresponds to non-emphasis narrow band light included in a non-emphasis wavelength range that excludes the emphasis wavelength range from three color ranges and that is included in a color range that does not include the emphasis narrow band light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bakusui DAIDOJI, Takeshi ITO