Patents Examined by Anhtuan T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10130245
    Abstract: In order to perform a superior observation, in which halation is less likely to occur, by achieving uniform illumination from near sites to far sites and by ensuring a satisfactory light distribution and brightness, both when performing normal observation and when performing near-field observation, an endoscope apparatus includes an observation optical system that is provided at a distal end of an inserted portion of the endoscope apparatus to observe an observation subject and a plurality of illumination optical systems that are provided in the inserted portion and that illuminate the same viewing field by distributing illumination light emitted from a light source over the observation subject, wherein, of the plurality of the illumination optical systems, the distance from the observation optical system to the widest-angle illumination optical system is smaller than the distance from the observation optical system to the narrowest-angle illumination optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyasu Takato, Nobuhiko Sone
  • Patent number: 10070801
    Abstract: A system for extending the visual capabilities and working channel of a bronchoscope including a probe having optic and/or tracking capabilities at a distal tip thereof and capable of being advanced through the working channel of a standard bronchoscope. The probe also includes a working channel through which various diagnostic and treatment tools may be advanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Benny Greenburg, Oded Zur, Raphael Meloul
  • Patent number: 10028644
    Abstract: An endoscope sheath comprising: a proximal end; a distal end having a distal end region; a surface extending between and connecting the proximal end and the distal end; and a plurality of positioning devices located along the surface; wherein the sheath is configured to: (1) receive all or a portion of an endoscope having a cylindrical end and (2) provide a conduit for communicating fluid between the proximal end of the sheath and the distal end of the sheath when the endoscope is inserted inside the sheath; and wherein the distal end region of the sheath includes the plurality of positioning devices that secure the cylindrical end of the endoscope against a portion of an inner wall of the surface extending between the proximal end and the distal end so that a fluid barrier is created between the cylindrical end of the endoscope and the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Konstorum, Ming J. Cheng, Daniel R. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9993143
    Abstract: A capsule endoscope includes an image pickup device, a memory configured to store brightness information acquired by the image pickup device, and a control section configured to perform control to compare the brightness information acquired by the image pickup device with brightness information acquired by the image pickup device immediately before acquiring the brightness information and stored in the memory, cause the image pickup device to acquire brightness information when the comparison result is no greater than a threshold, compare the acquired brightness information with the brightness information acquired by the image pickup device immediately before and stored in the memory, and cause the image pickup device to pick up an image when the comparison result is greater than the threshold and cause the memory to store the picked-up image or cause an image transmitting section provided in the capsule endoscope to transmit the image to outside the capsule endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kei Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 9986900
    Abstract: A first housing region A which is provided in the operation portion and in which a bending drive mechanism is housed, a second housing region B which is provided in the operation section and in which a flexible member is housed, and a third housing region C which is provided in the operation portion and in which an electric part is housed are provided, the first housing region A and the second housing region B are located to be lined up in an orthogonal direction Q, and the third housing region C is located to be adjacent to both of the first housing region A and the second housing region B so that a first boundary line T1 is orthogonal to a second boundary line T2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanobu Koitabashi, Kazuhiko Hino, Shiho Kabasawa
  • Patent number: 9980632
    Abstract: An endoscope system of the present invention includes a control part has a computation part which computes the radius of curvature of the central axis of the instrument channel when the input signal is received and, may generate the first driving signal according to a result of the computation part computing the radius of curvature so that a treatment instrument at which a rigid part is provided to be easily inserted into a channel while a view of an observation part is limited from deviating from an object to be treated, even when a radius of curvature of a bending part is small while the bending part is bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Banju, Tetsuyuki Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9974430
    Abstract: An ingestible scanning device includes, in an embodiment, a capsule housing having a transparent window and sized so as to be ingestible, a photo-sensing array located within the capsule housing, a mirror located within the housing and oriented to direct an image from a surface outside the transparent window to the photo-sensing array, and a light source for illuminating the surface outside the transparent window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Innurvation, Inc.
    Inventors: William Robert Bandy, Brian Glenn Jamieson, Kevin James Powell, Kenneth Edward Salsman, Robert Charles Schober, John Weitzner, Michael R. Arneson
  • 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: 9955965
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a surgical device, comprising: a jaw assembly defining a first longitudinal axis and including a first jaw and a second jaw moveable relative to the first jaw; an elongated body defining a second longitudinal axis and coupled to a proximal end of the jaw assembly, wherein the jaw assembly is configured to articulate about an articulation axis transverse to the second longitudinal axis relative to the elongated body; a handle assembly coupled to a proximal end of the elongated body and comprising at least one motor mechanically coupled to the jaw assembly; and a control assembly coupled to the handle assembly, the control assembly including a first control button, a second control button, a first rocker device disposed about the first control button and configured to rotate thereabout, and a second rocker device disposed about the second control button and configured to rotate thereabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Xingrui Chen, David A. Nicholas, Matthew J. Chowaniec, Michael A. Zemlok, Blaine Williams, Anthony Calderoni
  • 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: 9949624
    Abstract: A living body observation system includes: an illuminating light generation section configured to generate first light and second light; an image pickup section; a computation section configured to calculate a difference degree indicating a degree of difference between a luminance value of a first image obtained by picking up an image of return light of the first light and a luminance value of a second image obtained by picking up an image of return light of the second light in a same pixel; an enhancement processing section configured to enhance a contrast of the pixel in which the difference degree exceeds a threshold relative to a pixel in which the difference degree does not exceed the threshold; and an observation image creation section configured to create an observation image by using the first image after the process by the enhancement processing section and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makoto Igarashi
  • 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: 9943372
    Abstract: A device for controlling an endoscope system for laparoscopic surgery. The device includes a wearable interface and an automated assistant for maneuvering an endoscope to a desired location, and at least one wearable operator. The wearable operator includes a transmitter that is in communication with at least one instrument. The system also includes a wireless receiver to receive signals from the transmitter and a computerized laparoscopy system that is in communication with the wireless receiver and that provides a visual depiction of a selected instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: M.S.T. MEDICAL SURGERY TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Mordehai Sholev, Gal Atarot, Motti Frimer
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9936862
    Abstract: A video recording and image capture device for documenting surgical procedures that includes a main board for executing a plurality of software, a multimedia interface operable to receive a video signal and process it into an MPEG layer stream, the video interface connected on a first bus to the main board, a hard drive to record an MPEG layer stream as a file, an optical media drive to write an MPEG layer stream as a file, the hard drive and the optical media drive operably connected on a second bus, the bus being vertically stacked and connected to the main board, and a touchscreen interactive for user control, connected to the main board on a second bus to control the video interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce L. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9931020
    Abstract: A surgical instrument, such as an endoscope, having a hermetically sealed housing for accommodating, optical and/or electrical devices therein. The housing having a wall with a via provided in the wall to electrically connect an electrical contact formed on the inside of the wall with an electrical contact formed on the outside of the wall, wherein the via has a penetration in the wall, and the penetration is filled with a filling material to form a hermetically sealed housing, wherein the electrical contacts are formed as at least one electrically conductive conductor path on the inside of the wall and on the outside of the wall, wherein one conductor path on the inside of the wall, and one conductor path on the outside of the housing are connected to each other by means of the via, and wherein the filling material of the via consists of metal or solder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Stuehle, Sebastian Jungbauer
  • Patent number: 9903709
    Abstract: An insertion portion detection device provided with a light source unit which emits measuring beam to an outer circumferential surface of a cylindrical shape of an insertion portion to be inserted into an insertion target and to be a detection target, an optical pattern detection unit which receives reflected light from the outer circumferential surface and which sequentially acquires image data in a predetermined range of the outer circumferential surface including given optical patterns so that at least some of the optical patterns correspond to the image data, and a displacement amount calculation unit which detects a corresponding optical pattern from the image data and calculates at least one of an insertion amount of the insertion portion and an amount of rotation around the central axis of the cylindrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Tojo, Eiji Yamamoto, Jun Hane
  • Patent number: 9895052
    Abstract: An insertion instrument includes an insertion portion having a curving portion, and an operation portion body coupled to the proximal side of the insertion portion. The operation portion body includes a first surface, and a second surface extending from the first surface and extending in a direction different from the direction in which the first surface extends. A finger side other than a thumb of a grasping hand is located in the second surface. The operation portion body includes a first curving operation portion which is provided in the first surface and which curves the curving portion in a first direction, a functional switch which is provided in the second surface and which operates a predetermined function of the insertion instrument, and a second curving operation portion which is provided in the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9888836
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: a CMOS image sensor including only a vertical OB pixel region as an optical black pixel region, and a horizontal OB pixel region generation processing section that reads a photoelectric conversion signal generated in an effective pixel region in the CMOS image sensor and an OB signal generated in the vertical OB pixel region, adds the OB signal generated in the vertical OB pixel region to the beginning or end of each row of the photoelectric conversion signal which has been generated in the effective pixel region and read out for each row, and outputs a signal to which the OB signal is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiyuki Okawa, Hidenori Hashimoto, Yasunori Matsui
  • Patent number: 9861271
    Abstract: A system and method for accounting for motion of a target in a medical procedure includes an endoscope (302) including a tracking mechanism (304) for tracking positions and orientations of the endoscope. Memory storage (310) is configured to record the positions of the endoscope when positioned at or near moving target tissue. A motion sensor (312) is configured to track cyclical motion of an organ such that the cyclical motion of the organ can be correlated to the recorded positions of the endoscope and the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Xin Liu, Luis Felipe Gutierrez