Olympus Patents

Olympus Corporation manufactures camera and audio equipment, including digital cameras, lenses, binoculars and digital audio recorders. Olympus also offers solutions for the medical and life sciences industries with their endoscopes, microscopes, fiberscopes, rigidscopes and flaw detectors.

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  • Publication number: 20180131856
    Abstract: A mobile photographing apparatus includes an image sensor provided in a mobile body, a storage section configured to store map information within a moving range of the mobile body, and a control section configured to receive target identification information including information on a moving photographing target generated in accordance with a user's operation, acquire information on a photographing position based on the target identification information, perform movement control to cause the mobile body to move in order for the image sensor to pick up an image of the photographing target based on the information on the photographing position and the map information, and cause the image sensor to pick up an image of the photographing target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akinobu SATO, Koichi Shintani, Kenji Homma, Yoshihisa Ogata, Manabu Tajima
  • Publication number: 20180129033
    Abstract: An optical-scanning observation device including: a laser output unit that outputs a laser beam; a light scanner that radiates the laser beam on an object while scanning; a light detector that detects reflected light of the laser beam; and a controller that sets a detection delay time on the basis of a propagation delay time from when the laser beam is output from the laser output unit to when the reflected light is detected by the light detector and that controls the laser output unit and the light detector such that the light detector detects the reflected light after the detection delay time has elapsed since the laser beam is output from the laser output unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuhei TAKATA
  • Publication number: 20180125457
    Abstract: An ultrasound observation apparatus includes: a B-mode image generation unit; a region selection information input unit; a region-of-interest setting unit configured to set a region of interest of an ultrasound image to be subjected to processing suitable for an operation mode selected, in accordance with the input, from a plurality of operation modes for detecting a selected one of a plurality of pieces of characteristic biological information, by calculation using a region-of-interest setting method previously associated with the operation mode, based on a desired region selected in the region selection information; and a mode image composition unit configured to generate a mode composite image in which an operation mode image presented in two dimensions additional information obtained by performing processing suitable for the operation mode selected in accordance with the input on the region of interest is superimposed on a B-mode image generated by the B-mode image generation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehiro YOSHIMURA
  • Publication number: 20180125334
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an endoscope includes: dividing some of signal lines into bundle portions; notching a part of a tube to form one or a plurality of notch portions; cutting at least one end portion of the tube in a state where the tube is folded with each notch portion to produce a first heat-shrinkable tube having cylindrical portions with aligned end portions in longitudinal directions of the cylindrical portions; inserting the divided bundle portions into the cylindrical portions of the first heat-shrinkable tube, respectively; inserting the signal lines into a second heat-shrinkable tube; heating at least an overlapping portion in a state where the first and second heat-shrinkable tubes partially overlap each other to cause heat shrinkage; inserting the signal cable and the channel into a tubular portion; and connecting the tubular portion to a distal end constituting portion to form the insertion portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teppei TSURUTA, Kenichi NISHINA
  • Publication number: 20180125478
    Abstract: A pushing tool of the present invention includes a tissue pushing part having a shaft portion that is formed in a rod-shape, a linear portion including a pressing portion that is connected to the shaft portion and extends in a longitudinal direction, and a stopper maintaining an angle between the shaft portion and the linear portion at a desired angle when the pressing portion is closely pressed against an outer surface of a hollow organ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kosuke MOTAI
  • Publication number: 20180129914
    Abstract: An image recognition device includes SVM operator which performs SVM operation on input image and data storage which temporarily stores data generated during image recognition process, wherein the SVM operator includes feature value calculator which calculates feature value representing degree to which recognition target that is target captured in the input image is similar to comparison target to be recognized, and cumulative adder which cumulatively adds feature values corresponding to teacher data classified into the same type of comparison targets in teacher data group. In the SVM operation process, the feature value calculator calculates feature values corresponding to all teacher data and stores the feature values in the data storage, and the cumulative adder cumulatively adds feature values of the same type of comparison targets and outputs the feature values as recognition result of the recognition target in the image recognition process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsutomo Kariya, Akira Ueno
  • Publication number: 20180128681
    Abstract: An image processing device estimates a depth of specified tissue included in an object based on an image obtained by capturing the object with light with wavelengths. The image processing device includes: an absorbance calculating unit configured to calculate absorbances at the wavelengths based on pixel values of pixels constituting the image; a component amount estimating unit configured to estimate each of component amounts by using reference spectra at different depths of tissue for each of two or more kinds of light absorbing components contained respectively in two or more kinds of tissue including the specified tissue based on the absorbances; a ratio calculating unit configured to calculate a ratio of component amounts estimated for a light absorbing component contained in at least the specified tissue; and a depth estimating unit configured to estimate at least a depth of the specified tissue in the object based on the ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi OTSUKA
  • Publication number: 20180125335
    Abstract: An imaging unit includes: an optical system; a semiconductor package including an image sensor, and a connection electrode formed on a back surface; a cable; an electronic component; and a multi-layer substrate having a rectangular plate shape and including: a first electrode and a second electrode arranged side-by-side with each other on a front surface, the semiconductor package being mounted on the first electrode, and the cable being connected to the second electrode; and a third electrode on a back surface, the electronic component being mounted on the third electrode. The multi-layer substrate includes walls on at least two opposing sides of the back surface, and the semiconductor package is disposed such that a light receiving surface of the image sensor is arranged horizontally with respect to the multi-layer substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki MOTOHARA, Yasuhiro KUSANO
  • Publication number: 20180128684
    Abstract: A dye measurement device includes: an illumination unit that radiates illumination light onto a specimen stained with three or more dyes; an image acquisition unit that captures transmitted light, transmitted through the specimen, of the illumination light radiated by the illumination unit, to obtain image signals; a narrow-band light generating unit that is disposed in the illumination unit or the image acquisition unit and that generates, with a switching manner, a plurality of narrow band light beams having different narrow bands in each of two or more different wavelength bands; and an image processing unit that determines an abundance ratio of the dyes through unmixing processing by using four or more of the image signals obtained when the image acquisition unit captures the narrow-band light beams generated by the narrow-band light generating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihiro KAWANO
  • Publication number: 20180130187
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a dispersion calculation unit for calculating a dispersion of pixel values in each of a plurality of pixel groups which are each composed of a pixel of interest and peripheral pixels around the pixel of interest in an image and in which the pixel of interest and the peripheral pixels are arranged in directions different from one another; and a gradation determination unit for determining whether or not the pixel of interest belongs to a gradation region on the basis of a magnitude relationship among the dispersions calculated by the dispersion calculation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teruaki YAMASAKI
  • Patent number: 9967491
    Abstract: A first voltage line supplies a constant first voltage in column circuits of an imaging device. A second voltage line supplies a second voltage that is lower than the first voltage and is constant. A third voltage line supplies a constant third voltage. A fourth voltage line supplies a fourth voltage that is lower than the third voltage and is constant. The first voltage line is electrically connected to a drain of an NMOS transistor, and the third voltage line is electrically connected to a gate of the NMOS transistor. The second voltage line is electrically connected to a drain of a PMOS transistor, and the fourth voltage line is electrically connected to a gate of the PMOS transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshio Hagihara
  • Patent number: 9965834
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus including a transformation unit that is configured to deform images so that corresponding points in a plurality of images obtained from several viewpoints with respect to the same subject are matched; a separating unit that is configured to separate specular-reflection components from the plurality of images transformed by the transformation unit and create an image from which the specular-reflection component is removed; and an image reconstructing unit that is configured to combine at least one of the specular-reflection components of the plurality of images, separated by the separating unit, and the image from which the specular-reflection component is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION CHIBA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Masao Sambongi, Norimichi Tsumura, Mayu Yokoya
  • Patent number: 9967452
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus, comprising a focus detection section that detects an out of focus amount and an out of focus direction by carrying out a focus detection operation using phase difference detection based on a pixel signal of focus detection pixels that has been thinned and read out, a swirl error determination section that determines swirl error arising in accordance with inclination of an optical image with respect to a direction that is orthogonal to a phase difference detection direction, based on the pixel signal of the focus detection pixels that has been thinned and read out, and an AF control section that determines whether or not to carry out AF operation adopting output of the focus detection section, based on output of the swirl error determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Takinoiri
  • Patent number: 9967486
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: a solid-state image pickup device partitioned into a light-receiving portion region that generates an image pickup signal of an optical image, a circuit portion region that processes the image pickup signal and generates a driving signal, and a terminal portion region having terminals for inputting/outputting signals with an external apparatus; and an objective optical portion having an objective lens unit including a unit main body having an objective lens group for forming an optical image and a holding barrel where the unit main body is fixed, and a prism that guides the optical image that passes through the objective lens unit to the light-receiving portion region. The prism of the objective optical portion is disposed on the light-receiving portion region of the substrate, and the holding barrel of the objective lens unit is disposed on the circuit portion region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9967442
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a first optical system, a second optical system, a light-blocking shutter, a magnet rotor, drive coils, detection coils, and a CPU, the CPU performs control to provide direct current to the drive coils and control to provide alternating current to the detection coils, and where the alternating current is provided to the detection coils, the CPU detects a pivotal position of the light-blocking shutter by detecting variation of an inductance when a magnetic field generated in each of hollow portions of the detection coils is blocked by a magnetic body, from a value of the alternating current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenichi Zen
  • Patent number: 9962143
    Abstract: A medical diagnosis apparatus obtains a signal for generating an image of an observation target and causes an external display device to display an observation image based on the obtained signal to perform diagnosis. The medical diagnosis apparatus includes: a detection unit configured to detect a shape and spatial position of a finger of a practitioner; an executable command selection unit configured to select one or more commands executable by the medical diagnosis apparatus in accordance with the shape and the spatial position of the finger of the practitioner; a command image generation unit configured to generate a command image corresponding to the one or more commands and to generate a finger shape image indicating the shape of the finger of the practitioner; and a display image generation unit configured to generate a display image using the command image, the finger shape image, and the observation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sho Funakubo
  • Patent number: 9964744
    Abstract: A zoom lens comprises four lens unit, and at the time of zooming, each of a distance between a first positive lens unit and a first negative lens unit and a distance between a second negative lens unit and a second positive lens unit changes, and a distance between the first positive lens unit and the second negative lens unit widens more at the telephoto end than at the wide angle end, and the first positive lens unit includes an object-side sub-lens unit and an image-side sub-lens unit, and an aperture stop is disposed between the object-side sub-lens unit and the image-side sub-lens unit, and the first negative lens unit includes a negative lens and a positive lens, and a refracting surface nearest to an image in the first negative lens unit is concave toward the image side, and a refracting surface nearest to an object in the second positive lens unit is concave toward the object side, and a refracting surface nearest to the image in the second positive lens unit is convex toward the image side, and the z
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuteru Kawamura, Akiko Naito, Keitaro Yokoyama, Toshio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9962216
    Abstract: A treatment device to treat a living tissue, includes: first and second holding portions; a rotary member including a working portion including an edge portion which is rotated around a central axis equal to or substantially parallel with the longitudinal axis, the rotary member capable of moving the edge portion from the first holding portion to the second holding portion; a first guide portion provided in the first holding portion and capable of guiding the edge portion toward the second holding portion through the holding surface of the first holding portion; and a second guide portion provided in the second holding portion, and capable of guiding the edge portion to the second holding portion through the holding surface of the first holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Takei
  • Patent number: 9967460
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus, comprising: an imaging optical system; an image sensor which receives a light flux passing through the imaging optical system, captures an image, and outputs an imaging signal; an aperture which is included in the imaging optical system and which includes an opening to restrict the light flux; a controller which performs a first exposure control to control the exposure of the image sensor by changing the opening of the aperture and calculates, based on an imaging signal output by the image sensor, a deviation between an optimal exposure amount and a currently set actual exposure amount; and an imaging control circuit which performs a second exposure control to control the exposure of the image sensor without changing the opening of the aperture, wherein the controller selects either the first exposure control or the second exposure control based on the deviation to control exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Masatoshi Noda
  • Patent number: 9962068
    Abstract: An image pickup system includes a light emitting section that emits light for illuminating an object which operates periodically, an image pickup section including an image pickup device that performs an image pickup operation by a rolling shutter system, a period detection section that detects a period of motion of the object, a light emission signal generating section that outputs a stroboscopic light emission signal for causing the light emitting section to perform a stroboscopic light emission in synchronism with the period of the motion, a light emission period control section that sets as a light emission permission period, and a light emission non-permission period, and a light emission control section that performs control for causing the light emitting section to perform a light emission in the light emission permission period, and performs control for inhibiting a light emission of the light emitting section in the light emission non-permission period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidetsugu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9964748
    Abstract: A sample image data generating apparatus includes a modulated image imager that picks up a modulated image that is a sample image modulated by structured illumination forming an illumination pattern having a periodic structure in an optical axis direction of an objective and an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction. The sample image data generating apparatus further includes a demodulated image data generator that generates demodulated image data by calculating a demodulated image according to a plurality of modulated images each picked up by the modulated image imager when the illumination pattern is located at a different position on sample with respect to the optical axis direction and the orthogonal direction and according to a defocusing amount of the structured illumination with reference to a focal plane of the objective, the demodulated image being a sample image obtained by demodulating the modulated image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9964526
    Abstract: The phased-array probe to be received on a probe receiving area of a wedge generally has a probe housing, a plurality of acoustic transducer elements disposed in the probe housing and distributed along a length of a working surface of the probe housing, and a matching layer covering the plurality of acoustic transducer elements and extending to cover an extended region of the working surface of the probe housing such that the matching layer forms a closed contact with an upper end of an acoustic damping junction of the wedge when the working surface of the probe housing of the phased-array probe is received on the probe receiving area of the wedge, wherein the closed contact prevents acoustic energy from being reflected from the extended region of the working surface of the probe housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas Inc.
    Inventor: Jinchi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9962186
    Abstract: A trocar including a distal-end tube portion that is disposed inside the body and has a first inner hole through which a medical device can be inserted; a proximal-end tube portion that is disposed outside the body and is connected to the distal-end tube portion, the proximal-end tube portion having a second inner hole that communicates with the first inner hole and has an axis which can be disposed in a direction not parallel to an axis of the first inner hole; and a movement facilitating portion that is disposed on at least one of the inner surface of the first inner hole and the inner surface of the second inner hole to facilitate the movement of the medical device inside the inner hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Kikuchi, Hiromu Ikeda, Yasuhiro Miyazaki, Hiroyoshi Kobayashi, Masafumi Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 9962065
    Abstract: An optical scanning observation system includes: an endoscope having an optical scanning portion for scanning an object; a drive signal generation portion configured to generate a drive signal and supply the signal to the optical scanning portion; an electric-current measurement portion configured to measure an electric current value of the drive signal; a first storage portion in which a measured electric current value when the temperature of the optical scanning portion is a predetermined temperature is stored; a second storage portion in which a plurality of parameters that are set according to the size of the measured electric current value are stored; and a correction processing portion configured to correct a scanning range of the endoscope by reading in from the second storage portion a parameter that corresponds to the size of the measured electric current value read in from the first storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Soichiro Koshika
  • Patent number: 9964742
    Abstract: An optical system which forms an optical image on an image pickup element, comprising in order from an object side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, which includes a plurality of lenses, a stop, and a second lens unit which includes a plurality of lenses, wherein the first lens unit includes a first object-side lens which is disposed nearest to an object, and the second lens unit includes a second image-side lens which is disposed nearest to an image, and the first lens unit includes a negative lens, and a positive lens which is disposed on the object side of the negative lens, and the following conditional expressions are satisfied: ???1.1??(15) 0.08<NA??(16) 1.0<WD/BF??(19) 0.5<2×(WD×tan(sin?1NA)+Yobj)/?s<4.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Uchida, Kenichiro Abe, Keisuke Ichikawa
  • Publication number: 20180116784
    Abstract: A surgical procedure of preparing bone holes to dispose an implanted tendon to a femur when performing reconstruction of a ligament in a knee joint, includes: forming a first bone hole in the femur; and applying ultrasonic vibration from a treatment portion of an ultrasonic treatment instrument to the femur, thereby cutting and expanding the first bone hole from the inside of the knee joint to the first bone hole of the femur along a predetermined depth, and forming a second bone hole having a polygonal shape, an approximately polygonal shape, an elliptical shape or an approximately elliptical shape to receive the implanted tendon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michio TAKAYAMA, Takamitsu SAKAMOTO, Ken FUJISAKI
  • Publication number: 20180116492
    Abstract: Provided is a scanning endoscope system including: an illumination-light emitting portion that is inserted into a body of a patient and that emits illumination light emitted from a light-source portion toward an imaging subject in the body in a spot-like manner; a light scanner that scans the illumination light on the imaging subject; and a light detector that is disposed at a body surface of the patient, and that detects reflected light coming from the scanning position in the imaging subject, at which the illumination light is scanned by the light scanner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi YAMADA, Atsuyoshi SHIMAMOTO, Mitsuru NAMIKI, Keiichiro NAKAJIMA, Takamitsu SAKAMOTO, Mikihiko TERASHIMA, Yoko OKABE, Yu KONDO
  • Publication number: 20180116520
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit and a signal processing unit. The imaging unit generates a first image signal on the basis of visible light from an object and generates a second image signal on the basis of excitation light and fluorescence from the object. The signal processing unit generates a fluorescence image signal corresponding to the fluorescence on the basis of the first image signal and the second image signal. The signal processing unit determines a target area of the object on the basis of the first image signal. The signal processing unit determines a fluorescence area on the basis of the second image signal corresponding to the target area, and the fluorescence area generates the fluorescence in the object. The signal processing unit performs an emphasis process of the second image signal corresponding to the fluorescence area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20180124297
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit configured to generate an image at each of predetermined timings, wherein an exposure time is used at each of predetermined timings. The imaging apparatus includes at least one circuit which divides, according to whether or not a specific photography situation occurs, the exposure time, into a plurality of exposure times including a first exposure time for acquiring still image and a second exposure time for acquiring movie; and generates a still image, based on an image generated by photography with the first exposure time, and generates a movie frame constituting a movie, by using an image generated by photography with the second exposure time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki MATSUHASHI, Ryosuke MOCHIZUKI, Mika MUTO
  • Publication number: 20180124347
    Abstract: This solid-state imaging device includes a first substrate and a second substrate which have circuit elements constituting pixels disposed therein are electrically connected to each other. The pixels includes: a photoelectric conversion element disposed in the first substrate; an amplifier circuit that amplifies a signal generated in the photoelectric conversion element to output the amplified signal; a signal accumulation circuit which is disposed in the second substrate and accumulates the amplified signal which is output from the amplifier circuit; and an output circuit that outputs the amplified signal accumulated in the signal accumulation circuit from the pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi Gomi, Hideki Kato, Naofumi Sakaguchi, Naoto Fukuoka
  • Publication number: 20180116491
    Abstract: The insertion device is adapted to hold a high-frequency treatment tool for performing high-frequency current treatment, by means of a distal-end component of a flexible tube for insertion into lumens. The insertion device includes: a first indicator disposed on the front portion of the distal-end component; a first cover formed of an insulating elasto-plastic material and covering the first indicator at the time of the prescribed attachment; an electrical insulation part as a second indicator disposed at the joint portion between the distal-end component and the flexible tube; and a second cover closely contacting the first cover and the electrical insulation part to apply an elastic force to each of them and covering the second indicator at the time of the prescribed attachment so that the leakage of high-frequency currents is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji YAMAYA
  • Publication number: 20180120343
    Abstract: An atomic force microscope acquires sample information by performing relative raster scanning between a cantilever and a sample across an XY-plane, while causing an interaction to be generated between a probe provided at a free end of the cantilever and the sample. The atomic force microscope includes a raster-scanning-information generator to generate raster scanning information, a raster-scanning controller to control the raster scanning based on the raster scanning information, and an interaction controller to control strength of the interaction based on the raster scanning information. The interaction controller relatively reduces the strength of the interaction, when a relative speed between the cantilever and the sample across the XY-plane of the raster scanning relatively decreases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuaki SAKAI
  • Publication number: 20180122776
    Abstract: An electronic circuit board includes: electronic components; a silicon board that is plate shaped, includes a wiring pattern provided on at least one of a surface and a reverse surface thereof, and includes recessed portions where the electronic components are individually mounted; and a supporting board that is layered over the reverse surface of the silicon board, and includes a wiring pattern provided on at least one of a surface and a reverse surface thereof. Side faces of the recessed portions are perpendicular to the surface of the silicon board, the wiring pattern is connected to at least one of the electronic components mounted in the recessed portions, via at least one of a via and a bottom surface electrode provided in of the at least one of the recessed portions, and the recessed portions penetrate through the silicon board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuro SUYAMA
  • Publication number: 20180120554
    Abstract: An image acquisition device including: an imaging optical system forming two images having parallax; and an element acquiring the parallax images, the imaging optical system includes: a first negative lens group having negative refractive power; a first positive lens group having positive refractive power; and a second positive lens group having positive refractive power, the first negative lens group includes two negative lens groups disposed side by side in the parallax direction and having central axes respectively, the first positive lens group is a common lens group having a single central axis, and light rays emitted from the negative lens groups pass therethrough, the second positive lens group includes two positive lens groups disposed side by side in the parallax direction and having central axes respectively and the first positive lens group includes a moving lens group moved along the central axis of the first positive lens group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikutoshi FUKUSHIMA
  • Publication number: 20180116709
    Abstract: A therapeutic treatment system includes a holding section configured to hold a biological tissue, electrodes provided in the holding section and capable of outputting first high-frequency energy for sealing the biological tissue at a first sealing temperature and second high-frequency energy for dissecting the biological tissue at a first dissection temperature higher than the first sealing temperature, electrodes provided in the holding section and capable of outputting first thermal energy for sealing the biological tissue at a second sealing temperature higher than the first sealing temperature and second thermal energy for dissecting the biological tissue at a second dissection temperature lower than the first dissection temperature and higher than the second sealing temperature, and a control section configured to control temperature of each of the electrodes to output the second thermal energy after the output of the first high-frequency energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Honda, Tsuyoshi Hayashida, Kazue Tanaka, Sumihito Konishi
  • Publication number: 20180117365
    Abstract: A medical instrument includes: a rod including a curving portion formed on a distal side of an extension along a longitudinal axis and curved with respect to the longitudinal axis; and a sheath including an inner peripheral surface and a cutout, the cutout formed in at least one of a distal portion and a proximal portion of the sheath, the sheath configured to insert the rod along a central axis extending and defined from the distal portion to the proximal portion and to protrude the curving portion from an opening of the inner peripheral surface in the distal portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seigo KASE
  • Publication number: 20180116688
    Abstract: A medical device according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: a vibration transmission member that comprises a node position of vibration and an area including the node position and a portion at a distal end side relative to the node position, and to which the vibration is transmitted; a first coating that covers a side of the node position of the area; and a second coating that covers a distal end side relative to the first coating of the area and has a thickness smaller than that of the first coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsunetaka AKAGANE
  • Publication number: 20180120549
    Abstract: A microscope apparatus includes: an objective lens; an observation optical system that makes the specimen be irradiated with excitation light by the objective lens, and acquires image information of the specimen; a first stimulation optical system that includes a scanning section which scans stimulus light, makes the scanning section scan an irradiation position of the stimulus light and applies an optical stimulus to the specimen; a second stimulation optical system that includes an SLM arranged at a pupil conjugate position of the objective lens and capable of modulating a phase of the stimulus light, selectively switches the irradiation position of the stimulus light by the SLM and applies the optical stimulus to the specimen; and a light path selecting section that selects at least one of a light path of the first stimulation optical system and a light path of the second stimulation optical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Susumu HONDA
  • Publication number: 20180122145
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes an image acquisition unit to acquire a first image by imaging, an information acquisition unit to acquire first imaging range information including information on a first imaging, range of the imaging acquired by the image acquisition unit, and a communication unit, to perform communication to acquire, from an external device acquiring a second image by imaging, second imaging range information including information on a second imaging range of the imaging acquired by the external device. The display apparatus also includes a controller to acquire an area included in the first imaging range and the second imaging range as a corresponding range, and a display controller to generate display information indicative of the corresponding range, and a display to display the display information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko SHIMURA, Kazuo KANDA, Yoshiyuki FUKUYA, Nobuyuki SHIMA
  • Patent number: 9961439
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a recording apparatus includes an apparatus body having a front surface and a rear surface that constitute a front and a back, a first microphone which is placed in the front surface of the apparatus body and which has a predetermined directivity, a second microphone which is provided in the rear surface facing the front surface of the apparatus body and which has a directivity that is narrower than that of the first microphone, and a recording processing unit which switches a microphone for use in recording processing between the first microphone and the second microphone to perform the recording processing in accordance with the state of the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Mariko Ushio, Katsuhisa Kawaguchi, Yuichi Ito, Osamu Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9955956
    Abstract: A needle tube includes: a tubular main body section; a distal opening section; a needle tip; a side hole disposed closer to the proximal end side of the main body than the tip; a side hole inner circumferential edge extending around the longitudinal axis of the main body where the side hole and the inner circumferential surface intersect; a side hole outer circumferential edge extending around the longitudinal axis of the main body where the side hole and the outer circumferential surface intersect; and an engaged surface formed between the side hole inner circumferential edge and the side hole outer circumferential edge to be directed toward the proximal end of the main body section and configured to lock biological tissue entering from the distal opening section, wherein the side hole forms an opening area smaller than that of the distal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Asaoka, Junichi Muramatsu, Keita Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9955853
    Abstract: A distal end structure of an endoscope according to the present invention includes a distal end member formed of a metal material, an insulating ring provided in an annular shape around an insertion axis on a proximal end side of the distal end member, a cover formed of a flexible insulative material that covers the distal end member, a projecting section provided integrally with the insulating ring and projecting in a direction crossing the insertion axis, a through-hole provided in the cover and engaging with the projecting section, and a to-be-tom-apart section provided near the through-hole, in which force is applied to the to-be-torn-apart section to tear apart the cover along the insertion axis direction and remove the cover from the distal end member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Iizuka
  • Patent number: 9955855
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical connection piece for a video endoscope having a hermetically closed video unit in a shaft of the endoscope, a video endoscope, and a method for producing an electrical connection in a video endoscope. The electrical connection piece according to the invention includes an at least partially flexible printed circuit board having conductive tracks, wherein the printed circuit board has a base surface with openings for contact pins of a hermetic feedthrough, and a flexible first arm and a flexible second arm that branch off in different, in particular opposite, directions from the base surface, wherein the first arm and the second arm each have a flat end surface at the respective ends facing away from the base surface, wherein the conductive tracks extend between the openings on the base surface and electrical contacting surfaces in the end surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Sebastian Jungbauer, Alrun Thuemen, Nils Torkuhl, Enno Ehlers
  • Patent number: 9955857
    Abstract: An endoscope device includes a flexible insertion portion; a flexible tube portion; a first bending portion; a second bending portion; an observation portion; a first drive portion bending the first bending portion; a second drive portion bending the second bending portion; a position detection portion detecting a position of a rigid distal end portion of a medical instrument; first and second bending detection portions detecting radii of curvature of axes of channels formed in the first and second bending portions and directions in which the channels are bent when an input signal generated by the position detection portion is received, respectively; and a control portion configured to control generating a second drive signal driving the second drive portion based on a first drive signal driving the first drive portion, and sending the second drive signal to the second drive portion while sending the first drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shotaro Takemoto, Madoka Ito, Tetsuyuki Sakamoto, Kazuo Banju
  • Patent number: 9955851
    Abstract: A contact detecting apparatus detects contact between a body tissue and a probe for emitting illumination light onto the body tissue and receiving return light of the illumination light scattered from the body tissue. The contact detecting apparatus includes: a laser light source that emits laser light to irradiate a specified region of the body tissue via the probe; a photoelectric conversion unit that converts light received via the probe into an electric signal; and a signal processing unit that determines whether or not there is contact between a distal end of the probe and the body tissue based on whether the electric signal includes a component of a beat signal caused by interference of the return light of the laser light scattered from each of a surface of the body tissue and a surface of the distal end of the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Ito
  • Patent number: 9958653
    Abstract: An imaging optical system includes, a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, a third lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, the first lens unit includes a first negative lens and a first cemented lens, the second lens unit G2 includes a second cemented lens, one or more positive lens components, and a third cemented lens, and the first cemented lens includes a negative lens and has a surface having a concave surface facing toward the reduction side, the second cemented lens has a positive refractive power and has a surface having a concave surface facing toward the enlargement side, and the third cemented lens has a positive refractive power and includes a negative lens on the reduction side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keisuke Ichikawa
  • Patent number: D816754
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Reisuke Osada
  • Patent number: D816757
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Sakai
  • Patent number: D816990
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Naito, Daisuke Tainaka, Tatsuhiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: D817488
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi Umemura