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

  • Olympus Patents Granted: Olympus patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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  • Publication number: 20180103835
    Abstract: A scanning-endoscope image evaluation system includes: a scanning endoscope provided with a light detector and a fiber scanner that includes an optical fiber for guiding illumination light coming from a light source and emitting it from its distal end and an actuator that scans the emitted illumination light by vibrating the distal end of the optical fiber; and a chart for evaluating a characteristic of an image acquired by the scanning endoscope, wherein the distal end of the optical fiber and the light detector are disposed so as to face each other with the chart sandwiched therebetween, and forward scattered light that has been emitted from the optical fiber and that has passed through the chart is detected by the light detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi YAMADA, Atsuyoshi SHIMAMOTO, Mitsuru NAMIKI
  • Publication number: 20180103845
    Abstract: A method for assessing irritancy to a biological sample of the present invention is a method for assessing irritancy of a chemical to a three-dimensional biological sample having a plurality of layers in the depth direction and includes: image acquisition step of acquiring, at different depths of the biological sample, fluorescence images of a nuclei of cells in at least one group of a living cell group and a dead cell group in the biological sample exposed to the chemical, the nuclei of cells in at least one group being labeled with a fluorescent marker; and assessment step of calculating the ratio of the number of cells in the at least one cell group existing in the depth direction on the basis of the plurality of fluorescence images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryutaro AKIYOSHI
  • Publication number: 20180103929
    Abstract: A medical input device for receiving an input of a command signal is provided. The medical input device includes: a main body unit that is a housing; a track ball housed in the main body unit and provided rotatably; an opening forming member configured to form at least an opening having a diameter smaller than that of the track ball, the track ball partially protruding through the opening; and a moving member having an inclined surface on which the track ball is configured to ride, the moving member being movable in a direction of approaching the track ball or in a direction of receding from the track ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihiro KITAHARA
  • Publication number: 20180103829
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a processor comprising hardware. The processor implements a motion information acquisition process that acquires motion information representing a relative motion with respect to an imaging section and an object, a motion information determination process that determines motion information reliability indicating reliability of the motion information, and a focus control process that determines whether or not to perform a focus operation to cause the imaging section to bring the object into focus based on the motion information and the motion information reliability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoya Kuriyama
  • Publication number: 20180103830
    Abstract: A method for reprocessing an endoscope for the implementation of leak testing the endoscope, the method including: connecting the endoscope in an airtight manner to a compressed air hose, which is operatively connected to a compressed air source; subjecting the endoscope to compressed air up to a predetermined pressure level via the compressed air hose; during the pneumatic leak measurement and after opening of an outlet valve, measuring a temporal course of air pressure in the endoscope without any further compressed air supply; measuring a temporal change of the air pressure at the outlet valve; and determining one of a tightness of the endoscope or a leakage of the endoscope based on a temporal gradient of the temporal change of the air pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Henning THATE
  • Publication number: 20180106993
    Abstract: Provided is a microscope system including: a stage on which a sample is placed and that is movable in a direction orthogonal to an observation optical axis; a detecting unit that detects a position of the stage; an imaging unit that acquires an image of the sample on the stage; an image generating unit that generates an overlapped image by overlapping the acquired image with the position of the stage; a searching unit that searches for a position of the acquired image in the generated overlapped image; and a control unit that performs control including causing the image generating unit to stop the overlapping process and causing the searching unit to execute the position search when detection by the detecting unit fails, and causing the image generating unit to resume the overlapping process starting from a search position of the searching unit when the search is successful.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayuki NAKATSUKA
  • Publication number: 20180107159
    Abstract: Provided is a digital holographic image-taking apparatus, including: an illumination portion (10) having a light emission surface (14D) for emitting illumination light toward an object (1), the illumination light having a specific wavelength in a coherent plane waveform; and an image sensor (50) having an pixel array (51) including two-dimensionally arranged pixels, the image sensor (50) capturing an interference pattern generated based on the illumination light having acted on the object (1), in which the following conditional expression is satisfied: 0.0000001<Z2/S<16, where S represents the area of the light emission surface (14D), and Z represents the distance from the light emission surface (14D) to the pixel array (51).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keigo MATSUO
  • Publication number: 20180106992
    Abstract: A microscope system includes: a stage for placing a sample and movable in a direction; a position detecting unit that detects the stage position; an imaging unit that captures an image of the sample; an image generating unit that combines the acquired image based on the detected position; a position searching unit that searches for the position of an image on the generated combined image as the stage position; a switching detecting unit that detects switching of an optical member; and a control unit that corrects, when switching is detected, the stage position based on a difference between the stage position detected by the position detecting unit and the stage position searched by the position searching unit so that the stage position detected by the position detecting unit coincides with the stage position searched by the position searching unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayuki NAKATSUKA
  • Publication number: 20180109707
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an endoscope image pickup module includes a process of creating a transparent plate with support plates in which the support plates are disposed on side faces of cover glass, a first resin disposing process of disposing uncured first resin in a light receiving section of an image pickup device, a process of fixing a jig to the support plates, a positioning process of arranging the transparent plate with support plates on the image pickup device so that the cover glass covers the light receiving section but does not cover connection electrodes, a process of radiating UV light from above a first principal surface of the cover glass and curing the first resin and a process of separating the support plates from the transparent plate with support plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jumpei YONEYAMA
  • Publication number: 20180103980
    Abstract: A medical instrument introduction device, includes an outer tube portion indwelled within a body wall; and an inner needle portion inserted through the outer tube portion, wherein the outer tube portion includes a base portion; a tubular conduit portion whose proximal end portion is connected to the base portion; and an anchor portion connected to a distal end portion of the conduit portion, wherein the conduit portion has a bellows folded shape in a natural state, a dimension of the conduit portion in an axial direction being capable of being increased as the folded shape is stretched by the inserted inner needle portion, and a force needed for stretching the folded shape being gradually decreased in a direction from the proximal end portion to a distal end portion of the conduit portion, and the anchor portion and the inner needle potion are couplable with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kosuke MOTAI
  • Publication number: 20180109727
    Abstract: A video signal distributor that copies a video signal according to a size of a display region of a device, a video signal magnification/reduction section that magnifies or reduces the copied video signal in accordance with a resolution of the device, a first image size change processor that performs image size increase/decrease processing in such a way that the video signal has a magnification that corresponds to a size of a first display region of the device, and a second image size change processor that performs the image size increase/decrease processing in such a way that the video signal has a magnification that corresponds to a size of a second display region of the device, are included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tamai, Tadao Eto, Daisuke Sano
  • Publication number: 20180107158
    Abstract: Provided is a digital holographic imaging apparatus, comprising: an illumination portion (10) having an illumination light emission surface (32i) for emitting coherent light of a specific wavelength as illumination light toward an object (1) side relative to the illumination light emission surface (32i), and a reference light emission surface (32r) for emitting the coherent light, as reference light, in a direction opposite to the illumination light; and an image sensor (50) located on the reference light emission surface (32r) side of the illumination portion (10) and imaging an interference pattern between object light having been modulated by the object (1) and passed through the illumination portion (10) and the reference light of the illumination light, the image sensor (50) having a pixel array (51) comprising two-dimensionally aligned pixels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoshi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20180107559
    Abstract: A CPU monitoring device includes a memory that includes a plurality of memory areas arranged corresponding to a plurality of CPU cores; a monitoring unit that monitors whether processing performed in the plurality of CPU cores is operating normally, on the basis of an update state of data recorded in the plurality of memory areas; and a reset signal output unit that outputs a reset signal to the plurality of CPU cores when the monitoring unit has detected that the processing performed in the plurality of CPU cores is not operating normally, wherein idle processing is assigned to each of the plurality of CPU cores, the idle processing having the lowest processing priority in the CPU core and updating data recorded in a memory area arranged corresponding to the CPU core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi MACHIDA
  • Publication number: 20180108439
    Abstract: An endoscope inspection report creating method includes creating, before an endoscopic inspection to be performed on an inspection target by a user, at least one folder and a folder name of the at least one folder in a memory, the at least one folder storing an endoscopic image file of the inspection target, the folder name including inspection information related to the endoscopic inspection; setting a storage destination folder in which the endoscopic image file is stored from the at least one folder by the user specifying the storage destination folder; creating a file name of the endoscopic image file, after the storage destination folder is set and an inspection result of the endoscopic inspection comes out, inspection result information of the endoscopic inspection and the folder name of the set storage destination folder being added to the file name; storing the endoscopic image file, the file name of which has been created, in the set storage destination folder; reading the file name of the endoscopic
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Saichi SATO
  • Publication number: 20180109745
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data and noise information including one of positional information on a reading circuit in which blinking defect noise caused by the reading circuit occurs and positional information on each of pixels; and a correction unit configured to set the image data acquired by the acquisition unit as correction target image data, and correct a pixel value of a pixel of interest of the correction target image data based on the noise information and reference image data that is based on image data acquired at a time different from the correction target image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroki MARUYAMA, Manabu ICHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 9943220
    Abstract: A tubular insertion system includes an insertion unit including a bendable portion, a bending operation mechanism that operates the bendable portion. The tubular insertion system further includes a bending operation amount detection/calculation device that calculates bending operation amount information, a bent shape detection/calculation device that calculates bent shape information, and a first operation support information acquisition unit that acquires first operation support information based on at least one of the bending operation amount information and the bent shape information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Yamamoto, Jun Hane, Hiromasa Fujita, Jun Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9943216
    Abstract: An endoscopic mucous membrane lifting instrument includes: a cap mounted at a distal end of an insertion portion of an endoscope device; a first wire disposed at the cap and configured to be capable of protruding from an outer circumferential portion of the distal end of the insertion portion toward a direction more distal than the insertion portion and in a direction approaching an extension line of a central line of the insertion portion; a second wire disposed at the cap and be capable of protruding from the outer circumferential portion of the insertion portion along the central line of the insertion portion in the distal direction than the insertion portion; and a wire-manipulating portion configured to independently operate the first wire and the second wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayasu Mikkaichi
  • Patent number: 9945992
    Abstract: The optical unit includes an objective optical system and a splitting element. The splitting element consists of a first right-angle prism, a second right-angle prism, and a third right-angle prism, and has a surface of incidence and an optical splitting surface. The surface of incidence is provided to the first right-angle prism, and the first right-angle prism is positioned such that the surface of incidence is orthogonal to an optical axis of the objective optical system. The optical splitting surface is provided to a boundary of the second right-angle prism and the third right-angle prism. The second right-angle prism has a first optical path and the third right-angle prism has a second optical path. A first optical image and a second optical image are both formed on the same plane, and an area of the first optical image and an area of the second optical image are separated spatially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Homma
  • Patent number: 9943215
    Abstract: A holder which is disposed inside an endoscopic operation section and which fixes the flexible substrate, includes a first opening to pass the flexible substrate into the holder from the outside of the holder, a cavity portion which has a ceiling portion in the inner circumferential surface thereof and in which the flexible substrate is disposed in a bent state inside the holder, and a second opening to pass the flexible substrate to the outside of the holder from the inside of the holder. The flexible substrate is disposed separately from the ceiling portion of the cavity portion in a state where the flexible substrate protruding to the outside of the holder from the first opening and the second opening is fixed to the outer circumference of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Okada
  • Patent number: 9947440
    Abstract: A mounting cable includes: a coaxial cable including: a core wire made of a conductive material; an internal insulator covering an outer periphery of the core wire; a shield covering an outer periphery of the internal insulator; and a jacket covering an outer periphery of the shield with an insulator, the coaxial cable having one end portion on which the core wire, the internal insulator and the shield are exposed; a cable fixing unit that fixes one end portion of the exposed core wire and has a connection surface on which an end face of the core wire is exposed; and a conductor having one end electrically and mechanically connected to the exposed shield and having the other end fixed to the cable fixing unit. An end portion of the conductor is exposed on the connection surface of the cable fixing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takanori Sekido
  • Patent number: 9946080
    Abstract: There is provided a practically useful display method that allows viewers to see in-focus images easily. The method includes the steps of providing a lens array including a plurality of lenses, providing display areas at least one of which corresponds to each of the plurality of lenses, displaying partial images of an original image in the display areas respectively, the partial images being different from one another but partially including a same image portion, forming a bundle of beams by beams respectively emergent from the plurality of lenses equivalently, forming virtual images of the respective partial images displayed in the respective display areas by the respective lenses, and forming a single virtual image by superposing the virtual images of the partial images displayed in the respective corresponding display areas formed by the plurality of lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Horikawa, Toshiaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9946050
    Abstract: An image forming lens system includes a front lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a rear lens unit, and does not include any other lens unit. The front lens unit includes a first lens unit having a positive refractive power and a second lens unit having a negative refractive power. Each of the first lens unit and the second lens unit includes a positive lens and a negative lens. The second lens unit is a focusing lens unit. The rear lens unit includes a positive lens and a negative lens. The second lens unit is the only lens unit that moves, in the front lens unit, and the following conditional expressions (1) and (2?) are satisfied: 0.5<fFF/f<1.65??(1) 0?|f/rG2b|<6.5??(2?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Fujikura, Keisuke Ichikawa, Kazuteru Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9948867
    Abstract: An apparatus including a processor comprising hardware, wherein the processor is configured to: perform a selection operation of selecting one or more pickup images among a time-sequential series of pickup images; perform a correction operation to correct a brightness of the one or more pickup images selected by the selection operation; and generate a composite image based on: one or more pickup images among the series of pickup images not selected; and a result of the correction operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Fukuya, Kazuo Kanda, Nobuyuki Shima, Tomohiro Hoshino
  • Patent number: 9943957
    Abstract: The method for controlling a medical manipulator is a method for controlling a medical manipulator which drives a driven part by rotating a motor in accordance with an operation input from an operation part. The method includes: a first step of performing a trial driving when the operation input occurs, and evaluating changes in winding resistance based on a temperature rise of the motor, and setting a driving condition of the motor based on the evaluated changes winding resistance; and a second step of performing driving which corresponds to the operation input based on the driving condition of the motor set in the first step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyohei Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9948865
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is intended to find, even when shooting a subject having a depth, respective reflection characteristics of portions of the subject with high accuracy, and includes a high-luminance region extraction unit which extracts high-luminance regions having a higher luminance than a predetermined threshold value in a plurality of image signals obtained by irradiating the subject with light emitted from a known light source and shooting reflected light from the subject at a plurality of viewpoints, a local region extraction unit which extracts local regions respectively most focused on in the portions of the subject using the plurality of high-luminance regions, and a reflection characteristic estimation unit which estimates a reflection characteristic of the subject using respective light source characteristics of the high-luminance regions in the local regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION CHIBA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Masao Sambongi, Norimichi Tsumura, Kaori Baba
  • Publication number: 20180098685
    Abstract: A plurality of images of an observation target are consecutively acquired with time intervals, coordinates of an observation position are identified in each image, and a plurality of corresponding points, which are pixel positions at which a image and a previously captured image correspond, are detected, wherein in this endoscope apparatus, when the coordinates of the observation position cannot be identified in the image, the coordinates of the observation position identified in the previously captured image are transformed to coordinates in a coordinate system of the image, and a direction of the transformed coordinates of the observation position with respect to the image center is calculated and is displayed together with the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenro Osawa
  • Publication number: 20180098688
    Abstract: A lens unit for an endoscope includes: a lens holding frame provided with a through hole extending from a distal end side to a proximal end side; a convex portion; a first lens including a first portion arranged on the distal end side, and a second portion whose outside edge forms a step portion to which the convex portion is housed; and a second lens arranged near the distal end side. The second lens is positioned closer to the proximal end than an end portion of the lens holding frame on the distal end side in a first state where the second portion is arranged closer to the proximal end than the first portion. At least a part of the second lens protrudes from the end portion in a second state where the first portion is arranged closer to the proximal end than the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoaki OGAWA
  • Publication number: 20180098686
    Abstract: An endoscope system of the present invention is provided with: a long, thin inserted portion that includes an illuminating portion that emits an illumination light beam toward an imaging subject, an image-acquisition portion that acquires an image of the imaging subject, and a channel; and an illumination device that is disposed in the channel, wherein the illumination device includes an illuminating portion that emits, toward the imaging subject, an illumination light beam that has a divergence angle that is smaller than that of the illumination light beam and for which the image-acquisition portion has sensitivity, and a pulling member that extends to outside the channel from a base end of the illuminating portion, and wherein the illuminating portion can be removed from the channel by pulling the pulling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kosei Tamiya
  • Publication number: 20180098690
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to implement: an image acquisition process, an attention region detection process, a motion vector estimation process, and a display control process that displays an alert image based on an attention region and a motion vector. The processor implements display control process that performs display control on the alert image in the second captured image to achieve the second object region that is smaller than the first object region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidekazu IWAKI
  • Publication number: 20180102768
    Abstract: A semiconductor device is provided that includes an amplification circuit, a downstream circuit, and a clipping circuit. The amplification circuit includes a sampling capacitor, a feedback capacitor, and an operational amplifier circuit. The sampling capacitor holds air input signal on which sampling is performed, as a signal whose reference is a first reference voltage. The signal that is held in the sampling capacitor is transferred to the feedback capacitor. The operational amplifier circuit amplifies the signal that is held in the sampling capacitor, according to a ratio between values of the sampling capacitor and the feedback capacitor, and outputs the amplified signal, as a signal whose reference is a second reference voltage. The clipping circuit limits a voltage of an output signal of the operational amplifier circuit to a predetermined voltage or below.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunari Harada, Masato Osawa, Hideki Kato
  • Publication number: 20180100627
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus includes a first wavelength converter which absorbs part of the first excitation light and emits first wavelength-converted light, a second wavelength converter which absorbs part of the first excitation light and emits second wavelength-converted light, a reflector including a reflecting surface which is arranged to surround the members, and a holder which holds the members. A first region where light distribution angles of light emitted from the members have a predetermined value or less and a second region where the light distribution angle is less than the predetermined value are present in a region surrounded by the reflecting surface. The holder holds at least one part of the wavelength converter and at least one part of the second wavelength converter at the first region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuaki TAMURA, Masahiro Nishio, Satoshi Ohara
  • Publication number: 20180103246
    Abstract: In this endoscope apparatus, an imaging optical system is disposed in a distal end of an endoscope insertion unit. An measurement processing unit performs a measurement process by the principle of triangulation on the basis of an image corresponding to an optical image obtained via an imaging optical system and camera parameters of a first position and a second position. A reliability determination unit determines the reliability of the measurement process. The measurement process is based on a measurement point set in the image corresponding to the optical image obtained via the imaging optical system at the first position. A notification control unit sends a notification to prompt a user to perform an operation of moving the distal end in a direction from the second position toward the first position when the reliability determination unit determines that the reliability is low.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoki YAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180100995
    Abstract: A zoom lens includes, in order from the object side, a first lens unit having negative refractive power, a second lens unit having positive refractive power, a third lens unit having negative refractive power, and a fourth lens unit having positive refractive power. At a time of zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end, the distance between the first lens unit and the second lens unit is reduced, the distance between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit is increased, the fourth lens unit is fixed, and Conditional Expressions (1) and (2) below are satisfied: 2.5?f2/fw4.5??(1), and 4.3??2GWT/fw?8.0??(2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akinori NISHIO, Koji NAKAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20180098784
    Abstract: A treatment method is a treatment method for cutting cartilage of a human body by an ultrasonic device including a cutting section that ultrasonically vibrates. The treatment method includes cutting the cartilage with a product of an amplitude of the cutting section and a pressing force for pressing the cutting section against the cartilage being 100 (N·?m) or larger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chie ONUMA, Yasuo TANIGAMI
  • Publication number: 20180098817
    Abstract: The present invention can cope with both localized treatment and large-scale invasive surgery and reduces operating time. Provided is a medical system comprising: a first robot arm provided with a first manipulator including a first treatment section and with a first imaging unit having a field of view that includes a movable range of the first treatment section; a second imaging unit having a field of view that is wider than said field of view; a display unit that displays video from the first or second imaging unit; a switching unit that switches the video; an operation unit for inputting operation command for the first manipulator and the first robot arm; and a control unit that controls the first manipulator and the first robot arm on the basis of the operation command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masao NICHOGI
  • Publication number: 20180102189
    Abstract: An examination schedule management unit manages an examination schedule of a plurality of endoscopic examinations, including an examination room where an endoscopic examination is to be performed, information on scheduled examination start time, that on scheduled examination end time, and examination type information on an examination content of an endoscopic examination. A cleaning schedule management unit manages a cleaning schedule of a plurality of endoscopes, including a cleaning machine, information on scheduled cleaning start time, and that on scheduled cleaning end time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaharu HOSOI, Hirokazu NISHIMURA, Kohei YADA, Katsuyoshi ISHIBASHI, Toshiro BABA, Yasuyuki HORI, Hiromi AKIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180099161
    Abstract: An energy treatment device includes a treatment portion that receives a supply of energy and treats a treatment target, a controller that controls the supply of energy with respect to the treatment portion, a converter that is configured to receive heat energy generated with the treatment of the treatment target, and to convert a temperature difference into an electric energy, and a receiver that receives the electric energy converted at the converter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitaka HONDA
  • Publication number: 20180098689
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes a first capsule endoscope device and a second capsule endoscope device. The first capsule endoscope device is introduced into a living body before the second capsule endoscope device is introduced. The first capsule endoscope device includes a first image sensor and a first processor that controls an imaging operation by the first image sensor. The second capsule endoscope device includes a second image sensor and a second processor that performs a change process for control on an imaging operation by the second image sensor based on first information on the first capsule endoscope device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seigo ON
  • Publication number: 20180098682
    Abstract: A flexible tube insertion apparatus includes an insertion section including a plurality of segments, a plurality of stiffness variable portions provided in the respective segments and configured to vary stiffness of the respective segments, and a state detector configured to detect a shape of the insertion section. The apparatus includes a state calculator configured to acquire a shape of a tube at a time when the insertion section advances into the tube, and configured to calculate a relative position of the segment to the tube, and a control device configured to control, based on the shape of the tube, the stiffness variable portion provided in the segment which is calculated the relative position to the tube by the state calculator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuji Nakamura, Takeshi Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20180100971
    Abstract: in an optical signal transmission system for transmitting signal light through a transmitting fiber, an optical connector, and a receiving fiber to an optical receptacle, the relationships ?1ex<?2en and ?pd<?2en are satisfied, where ?1ex is the core diameter of the transmitting fiber at the exit face of the transmitting fiber, ?2en is the core diameter of the receiving fiber at the entrance face of the receiving fiber, and ?pd is the diameter of a receiving surface of a light receiving element in the optical receptacle, and the relationship NA1ex>NA2en is satisfied, where, in the optical connector, NA1ex is the numerical aperture (NA) of the signal light emitted from the transmitting fiber, and NA2en is the NA of the signal light incident on the receiving fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiaki SUZUKI, Yasuhiro MIYAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20180098809
    Abstract: A medical member improved in yield is provided. The medical member is assembled with an assembly unit, is movable relative to at least part of the assembly unit, and is provided with: a conductor including a plurality of curved portions and a through hole extending along a plane including the plurality of curved portions; and a coating portion integrally formed with the conductor in such a manner as to cover the periphery of the conductor and fill the interior of the through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira MIYAZAKI
  • Publication number: 20180098758
    Abstract: A biopsy needle includes: an outer needle including a first needle tip; an inner needle including a second needle tip, an inclined surface, and a notch portion; and a moving mechanism configured such that a maximum distance by which the outer needle is slidable in a distal end direction is set to be longer than a maximum distance by which the inner needle is slidable in the distal end direction such that the outer needle and the inner needle switch between a first state, in which the second needle tip is positioned closer to a distal end than the first needle tip, and a second state, in which a position of the first needle tip is located closer to the distal end than a proximal end of the inclined surface and a distance between the first needle tip and the second needle tip is shorter than a distance between the first needle tip and the second needle tip in the first state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichi NISHINA, Yasuhiro IIJIMA
  • Patent number: 9942534
    Abstract: An image processing system includes an acquisition unit, a candidate value estimation unit, a cutoff frequency acquisition unit and a candidate value modification unit. The acquisition unit is configured to acquire an image of a sample taken via an optical system. The candidate value estimation unit is configured to estimate a candidate value of a 3D shape of the sample based on the image. The cutoff frequency acquisition unit is configured to acquire a cutoff frequency of the optical system based on information of the optical system. The candidate value modification unit is configured to perform at least one of data correction and data interpolation for the candidate value based on the cutoff frequency and calculate a modified candidate value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9936864
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a head portion including an image pickup device, and a connector portion integrally connected with the head portion via a cable. The head portion includes: an electronic shutter register configured to store a set value for controlling an image pickup device, among control data transmitted from the connector portion; and a communication circuit configured to, based on information indicating whether or not to transmit the set value for controlling the image pickup device, among the control data transmitted from the connector portion, to a register provided in the image pickup device, perform control of whether or not to transmit the set value stored in the electronic shutter register to the register provided in the image pickup device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Tsutsui, Fumiyuki Okawa
  • Patent number: 9939627
    Abstract: An objective optical system for endoscope includes, a first group having a positive refractive power, an aperture stop, and a second group having a positive refractive power, wherein the first group includes a first lens having a negative refractive power, and a second lens having a positive refractive power, the second group includes a cemented lens, and the cemented lens includes a third lens having a positive refractive power and a fourth lens having a negative refractive power, and the following conditional expressions (1), (2), (3), (4), (7) and (9) are satisfied: 0.13?La/Lb?0.17??(1), ?2.7?f4/f??2.2??(2), ?0.7?(ne2×f2)/(ne4×f4)?0??(3), 2.5??d3/?d4?3.5??(4) ?2.6?r2o/rcc??2??(7), and ?1.2?r2i/f2??0.9??(9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke Eguchi
  • Patent number: 9942491
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a first substrate, a second substrate, a plurality of connection nodes which electrically connect the first and second substrates, a pixel section arranged on the first substrate and including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form, the plurality of pixels outputting pixel signals according to incident light, a row signal generation circuit arranged on the first substrate or the second substrate and configured to generate row selection signals, a column signal generation circuit arranged on the first substrate and configured to generate column-scanning signals, a block of column-scanning circuits arranged on the first substrate and which sequentially outputs the pixel signals output to every row from the pixels by scanning the columns according to the column-scanning signals, to every column, and a signal-processing circuit arranged on the second substrate and configured to process the pixel signals output from the block of column-scanning circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunsuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9942500
    Abstract: An image sensor comprising a plurality of imaging pixels, a plurality of focus detecting pixels in which opening positions of light receiving sections are shifted from those of the imaging pixels, and a plurality of color filters arranged corresponding to the imaging pixels and the focus detecting pixels, wherein first focus detecting pixels in which opening positions are shifted in a first direction are arranged at positions corresponding to first color filters of the imaging pixels, and second focus detecting pixels in which opening positions are shifted in the first direction and which have opening ratios different from those of the first focus detecting pixels are arranged at positions corresponding to the first color filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Kikuchi, Atsuro Okazawa
  • Patent number: 9939622
    Abstract: A microscope optical system includes a first lens group having a positive power, a second lens group, and a third lens group including a positive lens. The first lens group includes: a first lens component arranged closest to an object, the first lens component including a first meniscus lens that has a meniscus shape with a concave surface facing the object side; a second lens component having a positive power that has a meniscus lens shape with the concave surface facing the object side; and a cemented lens including a positive lens and a negative lens that is made of a higher-dispersion material than a material of the positive lens. When NA, ?G3, DG3i, DG23 represent a numerical aperture of the microscope optical system, a lateral magnification of the third lens group, a spacing between the third lens group and an image plane, a spacing between the second lens group and the third lens group, the microscope optical system satisfies the following conditional expressions: 0.25<NA?1.51 ??(1); 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichiro Abe
  • Patent number: 9937001
    Abstract: A therapeutic treatment apparatus includes a first heat transfer unit, a second heat transfer unit, a first heat generating element, a second heat generating element, a temperature acquisition unit which acquires a first temperature of the first heat generating element and a second temperature of the second heat generating element, a control unit and an electric power input unit. The control unit determines a first control value and a second control value concerning the electric power input to the first and second heat generating element based on a lower one of the first temperature and the second temperature. The electric power input unit inputs an electric power to the first and second generating element based on the first and second control value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kotaro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9936859
    Abstract: A medical system includes an endoscope apparatus including a plurality of insertion portions and a main unit supporting them; a sheath unit attachable to a biological subject and having a through-hole through which the insertion portions can be passed; a monitor; barcodes from which the insertion portions issue identification information; an identification-signal generating unit that acquires the identification information from the barcodes and outputs this to the main unit every time the insertion portions pass through the through-hole; wherein the main unit includes an image selector that displays, on the monitor, an image acquired by the insertion portion identified by the main unit as having being have passed through the sheath unit on the basis of the identification information from the identification-signal generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sadao Ebata