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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  • Publication number: 20180172958
    Abstract: An image forming lens system includes a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a third lens unit. The first lens unit includes a front-side lens unit having a positive refractive power and a rear-side lens unit in order from the object side. The second lens unit moves at a time of focusing. The third lens unit includes a positive lens element. Each lens element in the front-side lens unit is a lens element that satisfies following Conditional Expression (a). The rear-side lens unit includes a negative lens element and a positive lens element. The front-side lens unit includes a diffractive lens component having a diffractive lens surface. The diffractive lens component has a positive refractive power. Following Conditional Expression (1) is satisfied: ?0.7?f/fLens??(a) 0.015??GFGR/f?0.25??(1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuteru KAWAMURA
  • Publication number: 20180174978
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes: a semiconductor chip that has a first connection terminal for wiring connection; a substrate that has a second connection terminal for wiring connection, the second connection terminal being electrically connected to the first connection terminal; and a reflective surface that reflects light from the first connection terminal and the second connection terminal in a thickness direction of the substrate or the semiconductor chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato MIKAMI
  • Publication number: 20180168570
    Abstract: A suture body includes: a suture thread having a first end and a second end and fixed to a living tissue; a suture needle connected to the first end; and a thread fixing member connected to the second end. The thread fixing member includes: a rod-shaped protruding portion; and an elastic member having an outer circumferential surface and arranged so that the thread fixing member is in contact with the outer circumferential surface at a predetermined contact pressure. The suture body is configured so that the suture thread can enter between the protruding portion and the elastic member by elastically deforming the elastic member. The suture body further includes a base body to which the protruding portion and the elastic member are fixed. The protruding portion and the elastic member are arranged in an area surrounded by an outer diameter of the base body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosuke MOTAI, Tetsuyuki SAKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180172959
    Abstract: An image forming lens system includes a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a third lens unit. The first lens unit includes in order from the object side, a front-side lens unit having a positive refractive power and a rear-side lens unit. The second lens unit moves at a time of focusing. The third lens unit has a positive lens element. The rear-side lens unit includes a negative lens element and a positive lens element. The front-side lens unit has an aspherical surface having a positive refractive power on an axis, or the rear-side lens unit has an aspherical surface having a negative refractive power on an axis. The lens element closest to the object side in the first lens unit is fixed in position. Following Conditional Expression (9) is satisfied: 0.06?|fG2/f|?0.195??(9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuteru Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20180168436
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a grasp section. The grasp section includes: a first surface adjacent, in the longitudinal axis, to a surface where the bending operation knob is provided, a protruding portion radially outwardly protruding to the longitudinal axis at a position adjacent to the first surface around the longitudinal axis, a first inclined surface provided on the protruding portion at a side adjacent to the first surface and inclined to the first surface, and a second inclined surface which is provided, on the protruding portion, at a side opposite to the first inclined surface across the protruding portion, and which is inclined to the first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki HOSHINO, Yasuo FUNAKOSHI, Risako ASAI
  • Publication number: 20180168541
    Abstract: An ultrasound endoscope includes: an insertion portion; an ultrasound functional unit including an ultrasound transducer; an endoscope functional unit that at least includes an imaging optical system; and a balloon locking portion configured to connect the ultrasound functional unit and the endoscope functional unit, the balloon locking portion having a groove shape that can lock a balloon. A first plane passes, in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the insertion portion, through a first end portion of the ultrasound transducer near the endoscope functional unit, the first plane being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the insertion portion, and the first plane is positioned closer to a proximal end than a second plane passing through a second end portion of the balloon locking portion near the ultrasound functional unit, the second plane being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the insertion portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihiro KITAHARA
  • Publication number: 20180168571
    Abstract: A suture member includes: a suture needle of which a distal end is sharp; a suture thread which includes a first end portion and a second end portion, of which the first end portion is connected to the suture needle, and which sutures the tissue; a first loop portion which has a ring shape, through which the suture needle is capable of passing, and which is connected to the second end portion; and a second loop portion which has a ring shape, through which the suture needle is capable of passing, which is connected to the second end portion, and which is provided to separate from the first loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kosuke MOTAI
  • Publication number: 20180172975
    Abstract: A microscope device 10 includes a color camera 3 that obtains observation images of a sample, an image process device that performs a mapped image generation process of generating a mapped image by combining a plurality of observation images obtained by the color camera 3, and a determination device that performs a first determination process of determining whether or not to use the observation images for the mapped image generation process. The image process device generates a mapped image by combining the observation images, including an observation image determined to be used for the mapped image generation process in the first determination process, and refrains from using, for the mapped image generation process, an observation image determined to be not used for the mapped image generation process in the first determination process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke TANI
  • Patent number: 10003760
    Abstract: An image sensor comprising a plurality of imaging pixels and a plurality of focus detecting pixels in which opening positions of light receiving parts are shifted from those of the imaging pixels, wherein first focus detecting pixels in which the opening positions are shifted in a first direction are arranged in a first pixel pitch at positions corresponding to first color filters for the imaging pixels, and second focus detecting pixels in which openings are shifted in a second direction different from the first direction are arranged in a second pixel pitch at positions corresponding to second color filters for the imaging pixels different from the first color filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Kikuchi, Atsuro Okazawa, Yoshinao Shimada
  • Patent number: 10001632
    Abstract: A laser microscope apparatus including: a scanning unit that scans laser light on a sample; an objective lens that collects observation light from the sample; a photo-detection unit that has a light-receiving surface formed of an array of a plurality of detecting elements capable of detecting a single photon, that receives the observation light incident on the light-receiving surface, and that outputs intensity signals having intensities corresponding to the amounts of the received observation light; an image generating unit that generates an image on the basis of the intensities of the intensity signals and scanning positions of the laser light; a processor for notifying a user when the intensity signals used to generate the image include intensity signals having intensities equal to or larger than a predetermined threshold that is set according to the beam diameter of the observation light incident on the light-receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirokazu Kubo
  • Patent number: 10001440
    Abstract: An observation apparatus and an observation method are provided. The observation apparatus includes a light source that emits illumination light used to observe a specimen to which a fluorescent substance that specifically binds to or is expressed in a stimulus target has been supplied, an illumination optical system that radiates the illumination light emitted from the light source 11 onto the specimen, a deflecting device that changes an area of the specimen to be irradiated with the illumination light, a wavelength selecting section that selects the wavelength of illumination light to be radiated onto the specimen, an observation optical system that collects light from the specimen, a detector that detects the light collected by the observation optical system, an image processing section that generates an image from the light detected by the detector, and a control section that controls these components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Susumu Honda
  • Patent number: 9999344
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a lens unit, a diaphragm for brightness adjustment, a diaphragm for type determination and an image pickup device. The diaphragm for type determination has an image formation portion an image of which is formed in a light receiving section, a position and a number of the image formation portion provided for the diaphragm for type determination differing according to a plurality of adapters. The endoscope further includes a CPU that determines a type of an adapter by determining a position and a number of the image formation portion an image of which is formed in the light receiving section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaki Ichihashi
  • Patent number: 9999477
    Abstract: A manipulator system including a manipulator that includes an insertion part having a main section and a bending section, a bending-section driving portion, and a linear member inserted through a sheath fixed to the main section at one end thereof, the linear member connecting the bending section and the bending-section driving portion through the main section and transmitting a driving force generated by the bending-section driving portion to the bending section; an operation input unit via which an operation instruction to the bending section is input; a sheath-tension detecting portion that detects the tension in the sheath; a compensation-value setting portion that sets a compensation value for a bending control signal on the basis of the tension in the sheath, and a control unit that generates the bending control signal and sends the bending control signal corrected with the compensation value to the bending-section driving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keigo Takahashi, Masatoshi Iida
  • Patent number: 10003779
    Abstract: A multi-area white-balance control device includes a device that divides an inputted image into a plurality of areas, a device that estimates a white-balance correction gain for each of the divided areas, a device that determines whether the estimated white-balance correction gain of the area is peculiar or not, based on comparison with estimated white-balance correction gains of adjacent areas of the area and a device that modifies an estimated white-balance correction gain of an area determined to be peculiar, based on estimated white-balance correction gains of adjacent areas; and realizes color reproduction without unnaturalness even if white-balance correction gain estimation is wrong in an individual area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ken Ioka
  • Publication number: 20180160882
    Abstract: A shape detection device includes a flexible insertion section, a curved-shape detection sensor and a flexible exterior tube member arranged in the insertion section. The sensor includes an optical fiber, one or more detecting parts to change characteristics of light propagated by the optical fiber in accordance with a curved shape of the optical fiber, and a light detector. The flexible exterior tube member is arranged in the insertion section to include at least part of the optical fiber, and configured to be curved into a similar shape to the curved shape of the insertion section. The curved-shape detection sensor is partly held and fixed to at least one of the exterior tube member and a distal hold member provided at the distal end of the insertion section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toru KUBOI
  • Publication number: 20180161063
    Abstract: An ultrasound observation apparatus for generating an ultrasound image based on an ultrasound echo acquired by an ultrasound probe provided with an ultrasound transducer includes: a puncture needle detection unit configured to detect an image of a puncture needle displayed in the ultrasound image; a motion extraction unit configured to extract a linear motion at a point of the puncture needle based on a history of the image of the puncture needle in the ultrasound image; and a composite image generation unit configured to generate a composite image by generating loci of the linear motions extracted by the motion extraction unit and superimposing the loci on the ultrasound image, the composite image generation unit generating the composite image by using the loci of the linear motions having passed through a common section a plurality of times among the loci of the linear motions extracted by the motion extraction unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya MIYAKE
  • Publication number: 20180161062
    Abstract: A treatment tool includes a sheath, a first grasping member, a second grasping member and a swing member. The first grasping member protrudes from a distal portion of the sheath. The second grasping member is rotatably provided to the sheath so that a first angle, which is an angle formed with the first grasping member, changes. The swing member is provided to the second grasping member so as to swing and so that a second angle, which is an angle formed with the second grasping member, changes. When the second angle is at its maximum, there is a first angle at which the first grasping member and the swing member do not contact each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki KAGA, Shinya MASUDA
  • Publication number: 20180164569
    Abstract: This microplate includes: container sections having wells that open at a first plane and that accommodate samples; and a connection section connecting a plurality of rows of the container sections to be arrayed in a manner where the rows are spaced from each other in a direction along the first plane, wherein each of the container sections includes: at least one side wall section that is optically transparent at at least a portion thereof; and a bottom surface section that is disposed on a second plane on a side opposite from the first plane and that is optically transparent at at least a portion thereof, a recessed section is provided between neighboring rows of the container sections, and the recessed section allows an optical member to be inserted thereinto via the second plane, wherein the optical member introduces sheet-shaped illumination light to the well via the side wall section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brendan BRINKMAN, Yoshihiro SHIMADA
  • Publication number: 20180164582
    Abstract: An endoscope optical adapter includes an objective lens for observation, a lens frame configured to hold the objective lens, and a cover member fixed to an outer circumference of the lens frame and extended to an inner side to surround the objective lens. A path for discharging a droplet adhering to the objective lens is provided at a distal end portion of the lens frame or a distal end portion of the cover member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiko KATO
  • Publication number: 20180167575
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes n first photoelectric conversion elements configured to photoelectrically convert incident light, n first reading circuits configured to output corresponding first pixel signals, m second photoelectric conversion elements configured to photoelectrically convert incident light, m second reading circuits configured to sequentially output corresponding second pixel signals, and a reading control circuit, wherein each of the second reading circuits includes a detection circuit configured to output an event signal when a change in a second charge signal is detected and a pixel signal generation circuit configured to add address information to an event signal, and the reading control circuit causes the first pixel signal to be output by determining a reading region corresponding to address information, and n and m are natural numbers greater than or equal to 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Watanabe, Toru Kondo, Kosei Tamiya
  • Publication number: 20180164563
    Abstract: A scanning confocal microscope apparatus includes: a scanning confocal microscope that includes an objective lens; a computing device that divides a range in a direction of an optical axis of the objective lens of a preliminary scanning area on which preliminary scanning has been performed into a plurality of groups, in accordance with data obtained by performing the preliminary scanning using the scanning confocal microscope; and a controller that controls the scanning confocal microscope so as to perform principal scanning in which at least a portion of the preliminary scanning area is scanned under a measurement condition determined for each of the plurality of groups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro FUJII, Yosuke TANI
  • Publication number: 20180164570
    Abstract: A microscope device 10 includes a color camera 4 that obtains an observation image, and a control device 20 functioning as an image process device that performs, in a state in which the color camera 4 is obtaining the observation images under a particular observation condition, a mapped image generation process in which the obtained observation images are combined so as to generate a mapped image, halts the mapped image generation process when the state transitions to a state that is an observation condition other than the particular observation condition from the state, and restarts the mapped image generation process when the state again transitions to a state in which the color camera 4 is obtaining the observation images under the particular observation condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke TANI
  • Publication number: 20180167561
    Abstract: Observation in which the properties of a detection element are utilized is performed. Provided is a detection device including: a detector that has a linear response characteristic, in which an output signal changes linearly, and a nonlinear response characteristic, in which the output signal changes nonlinearly, and that detects light from a sample and outputs the output signal in accordance with the intensity of the light; a light detection circuit that is capable of switching between a first amplification factor and a second amplification factor, the light detection circuit amplifying the output signal output from the detector based on the first amplification factor or the second amplification factor so as to generate a brightness signal; and an input unit with which a user is allowed to switch the amplification factor for the output signal to be used between the first amplification factor and the second amplification factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akinori ARAYA
  • Publication number: 20180166492
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a plurality of first connectors, and a plurality of second connectors. The plurality of first connectors are configured to transmit a first signal. The plurality of second connectors are configured to transmit a second signal. The first signal has at least two levels, and the levels of the first signal discretely vary between the at least two levels. The second signal is a continuous time signal. A first area of a first region is smaller than a second area of a second region. The first region is a projection region of each of the plurality of first connectors in a principal surface of the first substrate. The second region is a projection region of each of the plurality of second connectors in the principal surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Aoki
  • Publication number: 20180168046
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an image pickup unit at a distal end portion of an insertion portion, the image pickup unit includes a chip part provided with a first electrode pad and a second electrode pad, an image pickup device provided with a third electrode pad and a wiring board including a flying lead, the flying lead is inserted into a gap between the chip part and the image pickup device, the first electrode pad and the flying lead are bonded together via a first bump, a bonded portion between the first electrode pad and the flying lead is sealed with first sealing resin, the second electrode pad and the third electrode pad are bonded together via a second bump which is higher than the first bump and sealed with second sealing resin having a Young's modulus lower than a Young's modulus of the first sealing resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahide MIYAWAKI
  • Patent number: 9993138
    Abstract: A rigid endoscope set according to the invention includes a rigid endoscope body having a first insertion portion inserted into a subject, a first channel provided in the first insertion portion and an ultrasound observation section disposed at a distal end of the first insertion portion to observe the subject, a treatment instrument guide having a second insertion portion configured to be inserted into or removed from the first channel and a second channel provided in the second insertion portion, and an optical telescope having a needle portion configured to be insertable into or removable from the second channel, a third insertion portion configured to be insertable into or removable from the first channel instead of the treatment instrument guide and an optical observation section disposed at a distal end of the third insertion portion to observe the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihiko Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 9993145
    Abstract: A washing instrument for an insertion device performs positioning of a distal portion by an axial direction regulating portion provided in a cylindrical hollow washing instrument main body and abutting on the distal portion of the insertion device, and a rotating direction regulating portion facing an observation surface of the insertion device, thereby attaching the insertion device. A raised distal portion of a swing base received in a receiving chamber of the distal portion abuts on a projecting locking portion provided on an inner peripheral surface between the washing ports, the locking portion and the axial direction regulating portion hold a positioned state of the distal portion, and washing liquids jetting out from the washing ports directly collide with washing target regions of the receiving chamber to perform washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yamaya
  • Patent number: 9993143
    Abstract: A capsule endoscope includes an image pickup device, a memory configured to store brightness information acquired by the image pickup device, and a control section configured to perform control to compare the brightness information acquired by the image pickup device with brightness information acquired by the image pickup device immediately before acquiring the brightness information and stored in the memory, cause the image pickup device to acquire brightness information when the comparison result is no greater than a threshold, compare the acquired brightness information with the brightness information acquired by the image pickup device immediately before and stored in the memory, and cause the image pickup device to pick up an image when the comparison result is greater than the threshold and cause the memory to store the picked-up image or cause an image transmitting section provided in the capsule endoscope to transmit the image to outside the capsule endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kei Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 9993144
    Abstract: A control method for an endoscope reprocessor including a medicinal solution tank, a concentration measurement chamber, and a concentration meter disposed in the concentration measurement chamber and which comprises a container, an electrode housed inside the container, a permeable membrane sealing the container, and a content fluid sealed inside the container, the control method, includes: a step I of introducing a medicinal solution into the medicinal solution tank; a step II of introducing the medicinal solution into the concentration measurement chamber and measuring a concentration of the medicinal solution; a step III of draining the medicinal solution inside the medicinal solution tank from the endoscope reprocessor, and maintaining a state where inside of the medicinal solution tank is empty for a predetermined time period; and a step IV of maintaining a moisture content inside the concentration measurement chamber at a predetermined value or more during the step III.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihisa Ogawa, Hiromasa Akahori
  • Patent number: 9993139
    Abstract: An optical scanning endoscope apparatus includes an optical fiber for illumination, a driver that drives the tip of the optical fiber for illumination in a Lissajous scan pattern, illumination lenses that irradiate an object of observation with irradiation light emitted from the tip of the fiber, a photodetector that detects light obtained from the object of observation by irradiation with the irradiation light and converts the light to an electrical signal, an image processor that generates an image based on the electrical signal output by the photodetector, and a phase adjustor that adjusts the phase of the drive waveform of the driver so as to correct a phase shift between the drive waveform of the tip of the fiber by the driver and the vibration waveform of the tip of the fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsuyoshi Shimamoto
  • Patent number: 9993289
    Abstract: A treatment device configured to hold a living tissue includes a swing member supported by a first grasping member and rotatable in a first direction and in an opposite direction opposite to the first direction. A support shaft of the swing member is supported on a side close to the distal end including a middle position between the distal end and the proximal end. A first holding surface is provided on the swing member close to a side of the second grasping member and grasps the living tissue. A second holding surface is provided on the second grasping member close to a side of the swing member and which faces the first holding surface and which is configured to hold the living tissue together with the first holding surface of the swing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideo Sobajima, Tomoyuki Takashino, Yusuke Takei
  • Patent number: 9995988
    Abstract: A shake correction apparatus includes: a stationary portion (21) having coils (22S, 22L, 23S, 23L, 24S, 24L) arranged; a movable portion including magnets (52a, 52b, 52c, 52d, 53a, 53b, 53c, 53d, 54a, 54b, 54c, 54d) opposed to the coils and an imaging element; a supporting member for movably supporting the movable portion to the stationary portion along a plane orthogonal to an optical axis of light entering into the imaging element; means for detecting a position of the movable portion; and means for controlling current flowed into the coils based on output of the detection means, the coils including at least three coil pairs when two coils opposed to each other along the plane orthogonal to the optical axis are paired, driving forces of two coils forming each coil pair being different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ezawa
  • Patent number: 9993665
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideo Sanai, Kenichi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9993286
    Abstract: A high-frequency surgical device for treating a tissue surface, device having an electrode device, in which a first electrode is formed on a working surface intended for contact with the tissue, and having a high-frequency generator, to the one pole of which the first electrode can be connected for operation. The surgical device is wherein a second electrode is formed on the working surface which electrode can be connected to the same pole, wherein a control device is connected to this and is designed initially to connect the first electrode and then to switch on the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Thorsten J├╝rgens, Dennis Trebbels, Thomas Freitag, Josef Bartolic
  • Patent number: 9995924
    Abstract: A three-dimensional position information acquiring method includes acquiring a first image of a first optical image, acquiring a second image of a second optical image, and performing a predetermined computation using data of the first image and data of the second image, wherein acquisition of the first image is performed based on light beams having passed through a first area, acquisition of the second image is performed based on light beams having passed through a second area, the position of the center of the first area and the position of the center of the second area are both away from the optical axis in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis, the first area and the second area respectively include at least portions that do not overlap with each other, and three dimensional position information about an observed object is acquired by the predetermined computation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ishiwata
  • Patent number: 9993301
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a reprocessing device for endoscopes the method including: logging one or more process parameters as well as a time of each reprocessing operation over a plurality of reprocessing operations for at least one endoscope in at least one reprocessing device; storing the logged one or more process parameters in association with the respective reprocessing operation, and performing a trend analysis of at least one logged process parameter in an evaluation device via the one or more logged process parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Torben Carlson, Henning Thate
  • Patent number: 9993300
    Abstract: The invention provides an easy-to-manipulate manipulator comprising a manipulating part, a manual joint part that is driven directly by displacement of the manipulating part, a detection unit for detecting an amount of displacement of the manipulating part, a device that moves depending on the amount of displacement detected at the detection unit, an electric joint part that is driven by the device, and a selection portion for selectively determining whether the electric joint part is driven or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shintaro Inoue
  • Patent number: 9996907
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: an IS unit that corrects blurring during exposure by driving a lens or an image pickup device based on a blur amount detected by a blur detecting unit; an alignment processing section that calculates a correlation value for arbitrary two images among image data of a plural images obtained by consecutive photographing; a combination processing section that aligns and combines image data of the two images based on the correlation value; and a microcomputer that is capable of setting a consecutive photographing combination mode. In a case where the consecutive photographing combination mode is set, the IS unit restricts an image stabilization range during live view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kino
  • Patent number: 9996927
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: a detector configured to detect a movement of an organ that moves a subject and output a detection signal; an image pickup portion configured to pick up an image of the subject and output a plurality of picked-up images; and a freeze processing portion configured to calculate a movement evaluation value evaluated according to the detection signal of the detector for at least some of the plurality of picked-up images, and determine a still image from the plurality of picked-up images based on the evaluated movement evaluation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoki Iwasaki, Ryuichi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9998690
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup device including a plurality of pixels arrayed at a predetermined pixel pitch, a shift mechanism configured to perform a pixel shift in a movement amount which is a non-integral multiple of the pixel pitch, a microcomputer configured to cause the image pickup device to pick up an image at pixel shifting positions to respectively acquire a plurality of pieces of image data, a synthesis processing section configured to synthesize the acquired plurality of pieces of image data to generate composite image data with a high resolution, and an image processing section configured to determine an edge enhancement parameter based on a characteristic relating to a pixel opening of the composite image data and perform edge enhancement processing for the composite image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Takeyuki Ajito
  • Patent number: 9997449
    Abstract: A semiconductor device connection structure includes: a semiconductor element having a plate shape and including an external connection electrode on a surface of the semiconductor element; a support member which is stacked on the semiconductor element to be adhered to the semiconductor element and of which adhesion surface has a column shape that is substantially same as that of the semiconductor element, a thickness of the support member in a stacking direction being larger than that of the semiconductor element; and a flexible board configured to be electrically connected to the external connection electrode. The flexible board is arranged on a side surface of the semiconductor element and on a side surface of the support member and is adhered only to the side surface of the support member with an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junya Yamada
  • Patent number: 9998635
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an endoscope including an image pickup device; an EEPROM provided in the endoscope, and configured to hold data according to a kind of the image pickup device; a video processor to which the endoscope is attachably and detachably connected; a control portion provided in the video processor, and configured to acquire the data from the EEPROM when the endoscope is connected to the video processor and set processing content of noise reduction processing, based on the acquired data; and an NR processing circuit provided in the video processor, and configured to execute the noise reduction processing on a video signal outputted from the image pickup device, based on setting of the control portion. The control portion sets execution/non-execution of the noise reduction processing to the NR processing circuit, based on the acquired data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Konishi, Saeri Saito, Takeshi Urasaki
  • Patent number: 9998641
    Abstract: An optical unit includes: a lens holding frame configured to hold an objective optical system; an image pickup device holding frame configured to hold an image pickup device including a light receiving section that detects an object image formed by the objective optical system, to which a first holding frame is interpolated and fitted; a welding section provided on a fitting section of the lens holding frame and the image pickup device holding frame, configured to fix the lens holding frame and the image pickup device holding frame at a fitting position at which an image forming surface of the object image by the objective optical system and the light receiving section are made to coincide; and a bonding material configured to fill a gap formed between the lens holding frame and the image pickup device holding frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teruyuki Nishihara
  • Publication number: 20180153536
    Abstract: A treatment instrument for an endoscope is equipped with a sheath; and a balloon which is provided at the sheath, the balloon being configured to be expandable to an unfolded inflated shape from a folded initial shape by supplying a fluid, the balloon having a first region and a second region provided at both end portions in a longitudinal direction, and an intermediate section provided between the first region and the second region. In the initial shape of the balloon, an amount of residual strain of the intermediate section is larger than the amount of residual strain of the first region and the amount of residual strain of the second region. When an internal pressure of the balloon has a first internal pressure value, the first region and the second region are unfolded to be faster than the intermediate section, thereby having a greater diameter than the intermediate section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji ONISHI, Koji MIYAKE, Norichika FUKUSHIMA, Masaru YUASA
  • Publication number: 20180153374
    Abstract: A signal transmission circuit includes an impedance conversion circuit and a current-voltage conversion circuit. A first current is input to the impedance conversion circuit. The impedance conversion circuit outputs a second current according to the first current. The current-voltage conversion circuit converts the second current output from the impedance conversion circuit into a voltage. The impedance conversion circuit includes a first current source and a current output circuit. The first current source generates a reference current. The current output circuit outputs the second current according to the difference between the first current and the reference current or the sum of the first current and the reference current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshio Hagihara
  • Publication number: 20180153382
    Abstract: An optical fiber scanning apparatus includes a tubular housing, an optical fiber disposed along a Z axis, which is a center axis of the housing, provided with a magnet, and configured to emit light from a free end thereof, an X-axis coil including at least one spiral coil configured to apply a magnetic field in an X-axis direction orthogonal to the Z axis, a Y-axis coil including at least one spiral coil configured to apply a magnetic field in a Y-axis direction orthogonal to the Z axis and the X axis, and a magnetic-field inducing section including an inner magnetic-field inducing section including a core disposed in a center portion on an inside, which is the center axis side of the spiral coils, and an outer magnetic-field inducing section disposed on an outside opposite to the inside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masanori OGATA
  • Publication number: 20180153377
    Abstract: An endoscope adapted to insert a treatment tool includes: an opening portion from which the treatment tool protrudes, the opening portion being provided on a distal end of the endoscope; a rotary shaft rotatably mounted in the opening portion, a direction of a shaft center being perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the endoscope; and a raise base that is attachable to the rotary shaft and detachable from the rotary shaft in a predetermined attaching/detaching direction through the opening portion and is capable of rising around the rotary shaft while being attached to the rotary shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi KODAMA
  • Publication number: 20180153569
    Abstract: A forceps-type treatment instrument includes an end effector including a pair of clamps. In one of the clamps, a swinger is extended along an extending axis and swings relative to a supporting section around a swing axis extended along a direction intersecting with the extending axis and intersecting with an open and close direction of the clamp. A regulating section regulates movement of the swinger in the direction along the swing axis in at least two portions separated from each other in a direction along the extending axis, and thereby prevents rotation of the swinger around a rotation axis along the open and close direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsushi IDE, Tomoyuki KAGA
  • Publication number: 20180158183
    Abstract: A PC acquires a plurality of images along a rotating direction of an inspection target with a linear sensor at predetermined time intervals ?TI, extracts position change information representing a change in an on-image position of a pixel having a predetermined feature value or a predetermined pixel value of the acquired images arranged along a time lapse, and generates information on correspondence between the position of the pixel in each of the images and an angle of rotation of the inspection target from the position change information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiichi KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20180153539
    Abstract: A device suturing device includes a flexbile tubular insertion portion; a suturing portion disposed at a distal end portion thereof holding a tubular anchor through which a suture thread is insertable; an operation portion disposed at a proximal end portion of the insertion portion; and a suture thread grasping portion inserted through the insertion portion and insertable through the anchor, wherein the suturing portion includes an installation surface on which the anchor is held; a pressing member including a convex portion being arranged to face the installation surface for pressing the anchor; and a driver operating the pressing member via the operation portion, wherein a concave portion is formed on the installation surface into which the convex portion is enterable, and the anchor is sandwiched between the concave portion and the convex portion to be swaged and deformed such that the suture thread is fixed to the anchor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosuke MOTAI, Tetsuyuki SAKAMOTO