Patents Examined by Alexandra L Newton
  • Patent number: 11819190
    Abstract: A tissue visualization system comprises a flexible elongate shaft through which a lumen extends. The system also comprises a pliable visualization device coupled to a distal portion of the flexible elongate shaft. The pliable visualization device includes a chamber configured to receive a fluid. The system also comprises a piercing instrument configured to extend through the lumen and to penetrate a surface of the pliable visualization device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventors: David Miller, Zachary J. Malchano, Ruey-Feng Peh, Christopher A. Rothe, Vahid Saadat, Edmund Tam, Aseem K. Thakur
  • Patent number: 11771303
    Abstract: A system for wirelessly transmitting data from an endoscope, comprising an endoscope having a control body, an insertion tube extending from the control body, the distal end of the insertion tube containing an image sensor and a light source, and a control head connected to the control body, which comprises a battery; a light source amplifier connected to the battery, the light source amplifier operable to boost the intensity of the light source; a video processor configured to create compressed video data from a video stream captured via the image sensor; and a wireless communication module configured to negotiate a wireless connection with a mobile device, wherein the wireless communication module is further configured to transmit the compressed video data to the mobile device over the wireless connection, and wherein the wireless communication module comprises a channel discriminator configured to automatically avoid RF interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Dawn R. Williams
  • Patent number: 11751751
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present disclosure, a device may include a shaft having a distal end, and a tip at the distal end of the shaft. The tip may include an opening defined by a surface of the tip. An instrument inserted through the shaft may extend distally out of the opening. The device also may include an elevator for engaging the instrument. The elevator may include a proximal end fixed relative to the surface of the tip, a proximal portion extending distally from the proximal end, and a distal portion extending distally from the proximal portion. A force exerted on the elevator bends the proximal portion to deflect the distal portion without bending of the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Calabrese, Mark D. Wood, Gregory Thomas Hughes, Brian Gaffney
  • Patent number: 11744445
    Abstract: A medical system comprises an elongate instrument including a camera configured to capture at least one real-time image of anatomy within a patient anatomy. The medical system further comprises a processor configured to display, on one or more display screens: a three-dimensional patient computer model of the patient anatomy; a synthetic representation of the elongate instrument registered to the three-dimensional patient computer model; over the patient computer model, a representation of a view angle of the elongate instrument, the representation of the view angle being displayed so as to appear to project from a distal tip of the synthetic representation of the elongate instrument; and in a position based on the registration of the synthetic representation of the elongate instrument to the patient computer model, the at least one captured real-time image so as to appear to project from the distal tip of the synthetic representation of the elongate instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Inventor: Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 11696678
    Abstract: An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners includes a housing, a firing system moveable along a first axis, a handle extending upwardly from the housing along a second axis that defines an acute angle with the first axis, the handle having an upper free end that defines a top of the applicator instrument, a trigger coupled with the housing for activating the firing system, and an elongated shaft extending from the distal end of the housing, the elongated shaft having a proximal shaft section extending along the first axis and a distal shaft section that is oriented at an angle relative to the proximal shaft section for extending upwardly toward the top of the applicator instrument. The trigger is squeezed for dispensing surgical fasteners from the distal end of the elongated shaft. The applicator instrument has at least one visual indicator for indicating a proper orientation for the applicator instrument in which the upper free end of the handle is positioned above the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cardinale, Doug Souls, Simon Cohn, Matthew Rohr Daniel, Jonathan B. Gabel, Danial Paul Ferreira
  • Patent number: 11684740
    Abstract: A manually articulated stylet assembly for placing an endotracheal tube. The stylet assembly has a steering shaft that carries a flexible distal tip at one end and is attached to a handle at the other end. The distal tip is manipulated via sheathed cables controlled by a remote actuator in the handle. A biasing member inside the remote actuator maintains continuous tension on the cables to improve control. A video camera is carried in a recessed lens pocket in the steering shaft but spaced from the distal tip. The camera FOV captures movement of the distal tip with foreshortened perspective. A collar seat in the handle receives the collar connector of a standard endotracheal tube, providing quick disconnect when removing the stylet assembly upon placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Brio Device, LLC
    Inventors: Laura McCormick, Gregg D. Niven
  • Patent number: 11675159
    Abstract: A prism holder for use with a surgical instrument, having a prism. The prism holder including: a casing for receiving the prism; and at least one prism pressure element configured to be brought into contact with a pressure surface of the prism; wherein the casing having an opening for arrangement of the at least one prism pressure element in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventor: Martin Wieters
  • Patent number: 11642010
    Abstract: A method for manufacture of a tip part for an endoscope including providing a camera assembly with an image sensor and a circuit board; providing a distal end segment having a distal end and a circumferential wall enclosing a spacing; providing an exterior housing having a circumferential wall enclosing a spacing; inserting the distal end of the camera assembly in the spacing of the exterior housing; positioning the proximal end of the exterior housing adjacent to the distal end of the distal end segment; injecting an adhesive into the spacing of the distal end segment so that at least parts of the circuit board are embedded in the adhesive; and allowing or causing the adhesive to harden; whereby the distal end segment, camera assembly and exterior housing form an assembled tip part of an endoscope attached to each other by means of the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Thomas Bachgaard Jensen, Michael Kappler Hansen
  • Patent number: 11622675
    Abstract: An articulation joint includes proximal links, distal links, and intermediate links connecting the proximal and distal links. The articulation joint has a straight configuration along a straight longitudinal axis, a first bent configuration when the articulation joint bends toward a first side of the longitudinal axis, and a second bent configuration when the articulation joint bends toward a second side of the longitudinal axis, opposite to the first side. When the articulation joint is in the straight configuration, a first gap is defined at the first side between adjacent proximal links, and the adjacent proximal links contact each other at the second side, a second gap is defined at each of the first side and the second side between adjacent distal links, and a third gap is defined at the first side between adjacent intermediate links, and adjacent intermediate links contact each other at the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Powell, Almir Velagic
  • Patent number: 11607115
    Abstract: A handle for a medical device includes a proximal segment defining a proximal lumen extending therethrough and sized and shaped to receive an endoscopic medical device therein. A medial segment is received within a distal portion of the proximal segment and has an outer diameter smaller than an inner diameter thereof. A medial lumen extends through the proximal segment and is open to the proximal lumen. A distal segment is received within a distal portion of the medial segment and defines a distal lumen extending therethrough open to the medial lumen. The distal segment has an outer diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the medial segment. The medial segment includes a first movement limiting mechanism limiting movement of an endoscopic medical device inserted therethrough along an axis of the distal lumen and a second movement limiting mechanism limiting advancement of an endoscope attached to the distal body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Brian Tinkham, Robert DeVries, Michal Weisman, Shawn Ryan, Daniel Bacon
  • Patent number: 11602260
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating rhinitis are provided. An integrated therapy and imaging device is provided for single handheld use. The device may have a hollow elongated cannula, a therapeutic element coupled to a distal portion of the cannula, an imaging assembly coupled to the cannula to provide visualization of the therapeutic element, and an articulating region operably coupled to the imaging assembly to articulate the imaging assembly. The imaging assembly may be articulated so as to translate vertically, laterally, axially, and/or rotationally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Arrinex, Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Mojgan Saadat, William Jason Fox
  • Patent number: 11596298
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a shaft having proximal and distal ends and a longitudinal axis therebetween. A handle is coupled to the proximal end of the shaft, and an image sensor is carried on the distal end of the shaft. A channel extends through at least a distal shaft portion and has a channel diameter, and a section of the channel is re-configurable between a constricted shape and a non-constricted shape to accommodate tools introduced therethrough. The combined diagonal dimension and channel diameter is usually greater than the outer shaft diameter. The image sensor may be connected to a connector on the housing by a first slack flex circuit and a lights source on the shaft may be connected to a connector on the housing by a second slack flex circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Meditrina, Inc.
    Inventors: Akos Toth, Eugene Skalnyi, John H. Shadduck, Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 11586106
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a stereoscopic imaging apparatus includes a tubular housing having a bore extending longitudinally through the housing. First and second image sensors are disposed proximate a distal end of the bore, each including a light sensitive elements on a face and mounted facing laterally outward. The apparatus further includes a first beam steering element associated with the first image sensor and a second beam steering element associated with the second image sensor. The beam steering elements receive light from first and second perspective viewpoints and direct the received light onto the faces of the image sensors forming first and second images. Either the first and second beam steering elements or the first and second image sensors are moveable to cause a change a spacing between or an orientation of the perspective viewpoints to cause sufficient disparity between the first and second images to provide image data including three-dimensional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: TITAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Evan Rittenhouse Jones, Maxime Blain, Christopher Dean Smith
  • Patent number: 11579432
    Abstract: An optical system having a viewing angle ? relative to a longitudinal axis including: a prism group to deflect incident light by reflection at first and second surfaces including prisms with mutually adjacent boundary surfaces arranged in pairs and separated by a gap, a total reflection of incident light from outside a field of view takes place at a boundary surface between a prism and a corresponding gap, the prism group has a cylindrical envelope (D), and an input-side prism is configured to have a wedge-shape with angle ? and an optical path length ?; an entry surface of the prism has a length L, which is a length of a line of intersection of the entry surface with a plane that is spanned by a central beam path; and the first prism meets the conditions: ?<cos ?·tan ?·D/2 and L<D/cos ?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Jianxin Zhao, Alrun Thuemen
  • Patent number: 11571112
    Abstract: Exemplary apparatus and method can be provided. For example, using at least one light source first arrangement, it is possible to provide pulses of light to at least one portion of a biological structure. At least one detector second arrangement can be used to detect images from the portion(s) based on the pulses, and provide data based on the detection. With at least one configuration, it is possible prevent and/or reduce a movement of the apparatus within at least one anatomical body (i) is a particular surface of the apparatus, (ii) covers at least one portion of the surface, and/or (iii) extends from the surface. In addition or alternatively, with at least one computer third arrangement, it is possible to receive the data, and control a timing of at least one of activation or deactivation of at least one portion of the first arrangement based on the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Guillermo J. Tearney, Timothy N. Ford, Robert Carruth, Tao Wu, Chulho Hyun, Weina Lu, Kengyeh Ken Chu
  • Patent number: 11559187
    Abstract: In a multistage pushbutton switch device, n pushbutton switches and at least one load absorption spring are movably arranged in between a pushbutton member and a reaction force wall in the same axial line, each of the n pushbutton switches is composed of an electrical switch member and a pressing member that operates the electrical switch member, and (n?1) that is one less than n, or more pushbutton switches is arranged with an intermediate spring member, when the pushbutton member is pressed and displaced, the n electrical switch members are sequentially turned on, the load absorption spring is arranged in at least one of between the pushbutton member and the pushbutton switch that is the nearest to the pushbutton member, between pushbutton switches that are adjacent, and between the reaction force wall and the pushbutton switch that is the nearest to the reaction force wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventor: Tetsu Hirayama
  • Patent number: 11553977
    Abstract: A low profile surgical system includes a movable cart assembly, an endoscope, and a surgical instrument. The movable cart assembly includes a fluid source and a receptacle assembly that are in fluid communication with one another. The endoscope is operably coupled to the cart assembly and in fluid communication with the fluid source. The surgical instrument is operably coupled to the cart assembly. The surgical instrument and the endoscope are configured to dispense outflow fluid into the receptacle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Linda T. Parnham, Lisa M. Quealy, Jonathan M. Bannon
  • Patent number: 11547502
    Abstract: A surgical endoscope for manipulation by a surgical robot arm. The surgical endoscope comprises a shaft having a distal end for insertion into a patient and a proximal end. An endoscope interface is attached to the proximal end of the shaft. The endoscope interface is configured to engage a robot arm interface of the surgical robot arm. The endoscope interface comprises an endoscope wedge mechanism moveable between an unlocked position and a locked position. The endoscope wedge mechanism comprises endoscope wedge elements which are displaceable such that collective displacement of the endoscope wedge elements actuates the endoscope wedge mechanism between the unlocked position and the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Luke David Ronald Hares, James Oliver Grant
  • Patent number: 11541215
    Abstract: An endoscope may include a needle and a scope, which may optionally be contained in an elongated shaft. The endoscope may further include a handle comprising at least one button, a visualization component, a reservoir configured to contain a composition, and a dispensing mechanism. The at least one button, the needle, the reservoir, and the dispensing mechanism may be operably linked to cause the composition to be dispensed from the reservoir through the needle to a portion of an ear. A method for using such an endoscope may include inserting the endoscope into a portion of an ear, using the visualization component to visualize the portion of the ear, and pressing the at least one button to dispense the composition from the reservoir through the needle to the portion of the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: TRITON SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Yoojeong Kim, Sarena Horava, Anant Singh
  • Patent number: 11534249
    Abstract: A method is described for performing a percutaneous operation on a patient to remove an object from a cavity within the patient. The method includes advancing a first alignment sensor into the cavity through a patient lumen. The first alignment sensor provides its position and orientation in free space in real time. The alignment sensor is manipulated until it is located in proximity to the object. A percutaneous opening is made in the patient with a surgical tool, where the surgical tool includes a second alignment sensor that provides the position and orientation of the surgical tool in free space in real time. The surgical tool is directed towards the object using data provided by both the first and the second alignment sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique Romo, David M. Schummers, David S. Mintz