Patents Examined by John P. Leubecker
  • Patent number: 12035888
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion portion, an operation portion, a bending portion, a pair of wires inserted into the insertion portion and configured to bend at least part of the bending portion in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction, a first pulling mechanism configured to pull and loosen the pair of wires, a linear member inserted into the bending portion, a second pulling mechanism configured to pull the linear member in a direction parallel to a central axis, and a holding portion configured to hold the linear member in the bending portion at a position decentered from a center in a third direction or a fourth direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuaki Akui
  • Patent number: 12035997
    Abstract: A two-by-two pixel array within an image sensor includes a first pixel, a second pixel, a third pixel, and a fourth pixel. A red filter covers the first pixel, a first blue filter covers the second pixel, a second blue filter covers the third pixel, and a green filter covers the fourth pixel. The red filter is configured to allow the first pixel to collect a red component of visible light and prevent the first pixel from collecting blue and green components of the visible light. The first and second blue filters are configured to allow the second and third pixels to each collect the blue component and prevent the second and third pixels from collecting the red and green components. The green filter is configured to allow the fourth pixel to collect the green component and prevent the fourth pixel from collecting the red and blue components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis W. Stith, Jeffrey M. DiCarlo, Changmeng Liu
  • Patent number: 12035895
    Abstract: A light source apparatus includes: a first light source; a second light source configured to emit light having a dimming resolution lower than a dimming resolution of the first light source; a holder configured to hold the first light source and the second light source on a first surface of the holder; a substrate provided to face a second surface of the holder, the second surface being different from the first surface, and a circuit configured to control driving of the first light source and the second light source being mounted on the substrate; a first wiring configured to electrically connect the first light source and the substrate; and a second wiring configured to electrically connect the second light source and the substrate, wherein a length of the first wiring is shorter than a length of the second wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toru Kuboi
  • Patent number: 12035878
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an endoscope including at least one switch, each of which can be assigned two functions, and a controller. The controller sets a plurality of function pairs, each of which is composed of a combination of any one of a plurality of first functions and any one of a plurality of second functions, and assigns one function pair selected from the plurality of function pairs to the switch, measures a switch pressing time period after the switch is pressed, and executes the first function when the switch pressing is released before a predetermined first time period elapses after the switch is pressed and executes the second function when the switch pressing time period passes the first time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Urasaki, Koichi Niida, Masaki Kondo, Takuya Ogura, Aki Matsumoto, Ryunosuke Matsushige, Satoru Ono, Takahiro Yumoto, Hideyuki Wada, Sachiko Hashimoto, Tomomi Ouchi
  • Patent number: 12035894
    Abstract: A light source for illuminating a target for medical imaging include a first light emitter package comprising a first light emitter that emits light having a first wavelength band and a second light emitter that emits light having a second wavelength band that is different than the first wavelength band; and a controller for operating the light source in a first mode in which the first light emitter is activated and the second light emitter is deactivated and a second mode in which the first light emitter is deactivated and the second light emitter is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Chien Mien Pang, Eric Charles Huynh, Ajay Ramesh, William Huei Liang Chang
  • Patent number: 12029384
    Abstract: A processor device includes an image signal acquiring unit, an image processing unit, and a display control unit. The image signal acquiring unit acquires a digital image signal corresponding to an observation mode from an endoscope. The image processing unit includes a region-of-interest-detection-mode image processing unit. The region-of-interest-detection-mode image processing unit detects a region of interest from an endoscopic image and outputs a detection result of the region of interest and a cumulative detection time period of the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Toshihiro Usuda
  • Patent number: 12023010
    Abstract: Methods and devices described herein facilitate improved access of locations within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: AtriCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamer Ibrahim, Matthew Monti
  • Patent number: 12023008
    Abstract: An endoscope attachment is an endoscope attachment that is detachably attachable to a distal end portion part of an insertion portion of an endoscope, and includes a cylindrical member that covers a bonding portion that is arranged in a bending portion of the insertion portion and formed of adhesive, and a flow rate varying member that is disposed in the cylindrical member and varies a flow rate of a medicinal solution that enters from an outside of the cylindrical member to an inside of the cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yamaya
  • Patent number: 12022995
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a connector for connecting a movable body and a long member. The connector includes: an open-close member having a distal end portion and a proximal end portion which are opened or closed by swinging about a predetermined fulcrum, the proximal end portion having a holding portion which holds the long member when the proximal end portion is closed, the distal end portion having an engaging portion which projects outwardly in a radial direction of the distal end portion and is engageable with an inner side of the movable body; and a locking member which moves in a longitudinal direction outwardly in a radial direction of the open-close member, and locks the proximal end portion of the open-close member and the movable body with each other in a state where the long member is held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidetada Sueyasu, Kazuhiko Hino
  • Patent number: 12023204
    Abstract: A distance-measuring method includes acquiring a first curvature angle of a curved portion in a first state in which an endoscope is inserted into a body cavity and captures an observation target, a second curvature angle of the curved portion in a second state in which an insertion direction of the endoscope is changed with a position of a trocar as a pivot point while capturing the same observation target as in the first state, a change amount in an insertion angle due to a change in the insertion direction, and an insertion amount of the endoscope from the pivot point of the trocar to the curved portion, so as to calculate a distance from a distal end portion of the endoscope to the observation target in a state in which the endoscope is inserted into the body cavity via the trocar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Yoshimura, Kazunori Tokiwa
  • Patent number: 12017033
    Abstract: A gas feeding/suction valve includes: a cylinder including a conduit opening communicable with a fluid conduit of an endoscope; two coupling members provided at different positions from the conduit opening of the cylinder and connected to respective fluid sources; and an operation member provided inside the cylinder and including a shaft slidably disposed in a space forming respective fluid paths through which openings of the two coupling members and the conduit opening communicate with each other, and the cylinder includes a sounding body provided near at least one of two ventilation ports, through which the fluid paths communicate with an outside of the cylinder, and configured to generate a warning sound when a fluid flows in a direction opposite to a direction in which a fluid generated from the fluid source is supposed to flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sho Nakajima, Masahiko Murayama
  • Patent number: 12016530
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a therapeutic endoscope. The therapeutic endoscope includes a main body, an image sensor unit connected to the main body, and a cover attached to the main body. The cover includes a first opening adjacent to the image sensor unit, a second opening opposite to the first opening, and a sidewall extending between the first opening and the second opening. The sidewall of the cover includes a third opening connecting the first opening and the second opening. The present disclosure also relates to a cover for a therapeutic endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: TECHEVERST CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pa-Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 12016527
    Abstract: A video endoscope, more specifically a video mediastinoscope, and an associated method for its configuration, comprises an elongate rigid shaft and a handle detachably attached to a proximal end section of the shaft, wherein the shaft comprises an optics shaft comprising an imaging optics and an electronic image sensor, wherein the optics shaft and a plug connector housing arranged at a proximal end of the optics shaft form a hermetically sealed unit enclosing the imaging optics and the image sensor, and wherein the handle comprises a handle housing in which an electronics unit is accommodated, wherein the electronics unit is hermetically sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Lawrence Geafer, Andreas Heni, Markus Kupferschmid, Daniel Ulmschneider
  • Patent number: 12016524
    Abstract: Medical devices and related methods are described. The medical device may include a shaft, a handle housing a proximal portion of the shaft, and a lock having a first configuration and a second configuration. In the first configuration of the lock, the shaft may be rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the shaft relative to the handle, and, in the second configuration of the lock, the shaft may be stationary relative to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Man Minh Nguyen, Scott E. Brechbiel, Evan Wilder, James Weldon, Sean Powell
  • Patent number: 12004718
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an achromatic capsule endoscope with diffractive optics. A micromotor (or a broadband rotary joint) and a custom 800 nm SD-OCT system make ultrahigh-resolution 3D volumetric imaging over a large area possible. The diffractive microlens is used directly with other miniature lens including but not limited to a GRIN lens, making the capsule endoscope design simpler and cost effective. Preliminary ex vivo 3D intraluminal imaging was performed with the distal-scanning capsule endoscope in conjunction with a home-built broadband spectral-domain OCT system, demonstrating the performance of the diffractive capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: The John Hopkins University
    Inventor: Xingde Li
  • Patent number: 12004723
    Abstract: An endoscope system that controls an amount of illumination light according to a change of a subject where the subject is illuminated with a plurality of pieces of light while the plurality of pieces of light are switched. The system includes a light source unit that emits first illumination light and second illumination light having an emission spectrum different from an emission spectrum of the first illumination light, a first processor, and a second processor. A set light amount-adjustment unit performs at least one of adjustment of the amount of second illumination light that is set at a first switching timing at which illumination light is switched to the second illumination light from first illumination light or adjustment of the amount of first illumination light that is set at a second switching timing at which illumination light is switched to the first illumination light from second illumination light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kosuke Iwane
  • Patent number: 11998176
    Abstract: An elongate flexible instrument includes an elongate flexible instrument, an image capture instrument, and at least one heat transfer element. The elongate flexible instrument defines an internal channel. The internal channel is configured to receive a fluid from a fluid source. The image capture instrument is disposed within the internal channel in a distal portion of the elongate flexible instrument. The at least one heat transfer element is configured to transfer heat from the image capture instrument to the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Carolyn M. Fenech, Christopher B. Allenby, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Anoop B. Kowshik
  • Patent number: 11998171
    Abstract: Provided is an endoscope including a separable probe. The endoscope includes a handle unit and a probe unit detachably mounted on the handle unit. The handle unit includes a first connector reciprocally movable by an adjustment knob. The probe unit includes a probe deformable in response to movement of a wire and a second connector coupled to an end of the wires and detachably coupled to the first connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: TAEWOONG MEDICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyong Min Shin, Sung Hwan Park, Hyun Soo Ji
  • Patent number: 11998166
    Abstract: The disclosure relates and extends to a light source having a strobing or pulsing sequence suitable for use with a CMOS sensor that does not require, have, or use a global shutter. Instead, the CMOS sensor synchronizes the strobing input with the blanking portion of the sensor readout pattern and disables the strobing during sensor readout, or when the strobing would otherwise leave artifacts in the image. The CMOS sensor freezes its readout during the strobing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald M. Wichern, Joshua D. Talbert, Laurent Blanquart
  • Patent number: 11998172
    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: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Meditrina, Inc.
    Inventors: Akos Toth, Csaba Truckai