Patents Examined by John P. Leubecker
  • Patent number: 11311176
    Abstract: An endoscope insertion observation apparatus includes a processor designed to perform functions including: detecting an insertion state of an insertion portion of an endoscope that is insertable into and extractable from a subject; determining whether or not the insertion portion has reached a second site in the subject from a first site in the subject and/or whether the insertion portion has reached the first site from the second site in the subject based on a detection result of the insertion state; and calculating a duration of movement of the insertion portion from the first site to the second site after determining that the insertion portion has reached the second site, or a duration of movement of the insertion portion from the second site to the first site after determining that the insertion portion has reached the first site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takechiyo Nakamitsu, Kensuke Miyake, Akira Murata, Isamu Nakajima
  • Patent number: 11304599
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an objective lens provided at a distal end portion of an insertion portion, an image sensor in which a light receiving area is formed on a surface facing the objective lens, and a drive circuit substrate that is disposed on a back side of the image sensor and includes a drive circuit to drive the image sensor, the endoscope further including an electromagnetic shield that houses the image sensor and the drive circuit substrate, in which the electromagnetic shield includes: a first shield member including a cylinder that covers a side portion of the image sensor, a structure that is disposed between the image sensor and the objective lens and that has an opening that allows entrance of light from the objective lens, and a wiring pattern that is formed on an inner peripheral surface of the cylinder and the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Komoro
  • Patent number: 11307430
    Abstract: An optical device, generally a camera head connected to an endoscope, provides multiple modes of operation, producing images with varying depth of field and/or resolution characteristics. Light from the endoscope passes through a variable aperture and a beam splitter and is directed to two or more independent image sensors. The image sensors may be moved, relative to each other, along their optical paths. An image processor combines the collected images into a resultant image. Adjustment of the relative positions of the image sensor and/or the diameter of the variable aperture permits the selection of optical properties desired, with a larger depth of field, and/or higher resolution than possible with a conventional system. Images may be collected through multiple acquisition periods, and a further enhanced image may be generated therefrom. The camera head may automatically make adjustments based on identifiers of the optical configuration of the attached endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG, KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: George E. Duckett, III
  • Patent number: 11298001
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for correcting distortion of a spectrally encoded endoscopy (“SEE”), more specifically, the subject disclosure provides a calibration tool calibrating a rotating spectrally encoded endoscope, which may be reused to recalibrate the endoscope throughout the lifecycle, and which may further act to protect the endoscope during packaging, shipping and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Anderson Thi Mach, Tzu-Yu Wu, Jacob Schieffelin Brauer
  • Patent number: 11284790
    Abstract: A Laparoscopic Visualization System comprising a sterile, self-contained, disposable apparatus used in medical procedures for heating and applying an anti-fog solution to the distal end of laparoscopes or surgical devices is presented. It additionally serves as an endoscopic lens protector and cleaner. An efficient heating and narrow range temperature control mechanism is used in combination with an anti-fog solution to provide clear visualization through a distal lens of the surgical device inserted into the system. The configuration prevents the anti-fog solution from spilling out of the system and is designed to also be used as a holder for the surgical scope, protecting the distal lens from impact with a shock absorbent outer shell, prior to, during, and after a medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ricardo Alexander Gomez, Sandy Lawrence Heck, Eric William Conley
  • Patent number: 11278189
    Abstract: An endoscopic guide includes a tubular guiding element and a magnetic field source. The tubular body element includes a body including a lumen, a longitudinal cavity, an anchoring head, and a magnetic or ferromagnetic agent. The anchoring head includes an endoscopic balloon. The magnetic or ferromagnetic agent is movable in the longitudinal cavity and configured to fill and empty the endoscopic balloon. The magnetic field source includes a permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ENDOSTART S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Tozzi, Alberto Bruni, Carlo Bruni
  • Patent number: 11278193
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a micro endoscope camera module, including a first tube body having one or more objective lenses disposed therein; and a second tube body supporting the first tube body at a one side, wherein an image capturing means is disposed to be adjacent to a rear portion of the objective lens inside the second tube body. In addition, the present invention relates to a micro endoscope, in which the above-described micro endoscope camera module is disposed at the tip end of the scope, whereby it is possible to realize a high-quality image acquisition by disposing the image capturing means for image acquisition at the front end of the scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: HAESUNG OPTICS
    Inventors: Seong Hun Kim, Jae Son Yi
  • Patent number: 11266296
    Abstract: Techniques, systems, and devices are disclosed for obtaining optical images of a targeted object or scene such as a person's organ or tissue based on a fiber bundle having imaging optical fibers and optical phase modulation for improved imaging quality without using an objective lens to receive light from a target. Among its applications is an endoscope that bears no lens at the distal end, which affords miniaturization and bendability, and that has adjustable focal distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: C URCHIN TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Feiling Wang
  • Patent number: 11259858
    Abstract: An endoscopy device is configured with a flexible cannula or tube for nasal insertion and has multiple parallel and adjacent lumens that provide sub-chambers configured to provide means to diagnose and treat Barrett's esophagus, such as by spray cryo-therapy with no further insertion of tubes. The lumens are configured to impart a small diameter with sufficient flexibility for nasal insertion into a patient's esophagus and accommodate a means any treatment modality. In the case of cryo-therapy, a lumen provides gas pressure relief, and is along the tube, with separate lumens for the delivery of a liquid freezing agent and an imaging means, which includes a source of illumination. Outer lumens may support guide wires used to steer the tube tip and aim the camera to determine the where to immobilize tip before the start of the treatment and/or to correct strictures formed in prior procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Jason Rahimzadeh, Paul Robert Wickern
  • Patent number: 11253144
    Abstract: An anatomical probe system includes an elongated flexible body including a channel defined by a wall, an operational component, a support member, an image obstruction detector, and a fluid director. The support member comprises a curved wall having a portion sized to fit within the channel and a frame shaped to retain the operational component. A frame wall is coupled to the curved wall such that the frame wall and the portion of the curved wall form an enclosed interior channel. The frame wall overlaps the portion of the curved wall in an axial direction such that a plane transverse to the axis intersects both the frame wall and the portion of the curved wall. The image obstruction detector is configured to detect an obstruction of the operational component and initiate a cleaning routine. The fluid director is configured to direct the fluid toward the operational component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Carolyn M. Fenech, Anoop B. Kowshik, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Christopher B. Allenby
  • Patent number: 11253141
    Abstract: A handheld surgical endoscope has a disposable, single-use handle, cannula and distal tip. The distal tip includes LED illumination and an imaging module that feeds live video to a re-usable display module that connects off-axis to the disposable handle. A rechargeable battery module also attaches to the handle. The cannula includes two lumens for separate fluid in-flow and out-flow channels, as well as providing a working channel through which a surgical implement can be used. Extruded cannula and molded distal tip parts can be separately formed which aids in manufacturing and assembly. The working channel can have a substantially straight proximal access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: UroViu Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaolong Ouyang, Robert K Deckman
  • Patent number: 11229350
    Abstract: The resin tube is a porous resin that has a porosity changing in a radial direction from a larger porosity at the center of the tube to a non-porous resin layer on a radially outer surface of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayoshi Morishima, Kohei Iketani, Keiji Ito
  • Patent number: 11224332
    Abstract: An endoscope with a camera module turning function is revealed. The endoscope includes a housing provided with a mounting slot and an output portion, an insertion tube connected to the output portion, a bending member connected to the insertion tube and having a first upper turning hole and a lower turning hole, a first upper string passed through the first upper turning hole of the bending member and mounted in the insertion tube, a lower string passed through the lower turning hole of the bending member and disposed in the insertion tube, a first roller provided with a first string groove on the circumference thereof, a control member provided with a pin and a connecting rod, and an elastic member fixed on the housing and connected to the lower string. The pin is connected to the first roller while the connecting rod is connected to the pin and a control button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignees: IEI INTEGRATION CORP., ARMORLINK SH CORP.
    Inventor: Chin-Chia Chang
  • Patent number: 11219354
    Abstract: A medical instrument system comprises an imaging probe including a distal tip that includes a first sealing feature. The system includes an elongated medical instrument including a distal portion and a working channel extending to an opening in the distal portion to permit fluid to pass from the working channel. The distal portion includes a second sealing feature. A first interlocking feature is on an external surface of the imaging probe and a second interlocking feature is on an internal surface of the working channel. The imaging probe is configured to be selectively interlocked with the elongated medical instrument when the imaging probe is positioned within the working channel of the elongated medical instrument. The first and second sealing features are complementarily shaped and configured to contact one another to prevent passage of the fluid therebetween when the distal tip of the imaging probe has been advanced within the distal portion of the elongated medical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Lucas S. Gordon, Randall L. Schlesinger
  • Patent number: 11219357
    Abstract: The invention relates to an endoscope with a shaft, in which at least one working channel is arranged, and with an endoscope head arranged at the distal end of the shaft, wherein a deflection lever is arranged in the endoscope head and is adjustable between a non-deflected starting position and a deflected working position relative to the shaft, and wherein the deflection lever is adjustable via a Bowden wire, the proximal end of which is mounted via a collet on a control handle arranged at the proximal end of the shaft, wherein the collet fixing the proximal end of the Bowden wire is arranged on a slide that is movable proximally out of a housing of the control handle, which slide is coupled to the control handle via a rod. In order to create an endoscope which, having a simple structure, can be easily dismantled, in particular for cleaning purposes, and reassembled, the invention proposes that the slide can be coupled to the rod via a clamping connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Maryam Akhoondi, Hans Appenzeller, Vitali Jerjomin, Igor Monakov, Mauno Poldmann
  • Patent number: 11213195
    Abstract: A device for visualization of internal tissue of a patient's uterus having a hand-held control unit, an elongated member, and an image capturing tip. To increase the manoeuvrability of the image capturing tip, the elongated member forms a straight portion extending along a straight axis and a curved portion forming a curvature away from the straight axis, the curved portion being between the image capturing tip and the straight portion. By rotation of an inner tube in an outer tube, the image capturing structure will move along a circular path without being rotated about the centre axis of the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: LINA MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS AG
    Inventor: Jacob Kollerup Jensen
  • Patent number: 11202559
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes vision preservation systems for medical devices, such as cryospray devices for use with endoscopes. Exemplary embodiments provide a distal attachment in the form of a shroud or cap that mounts to the end of a flexible endoscope. A purging fluid supply mechanism is provided along the length of the endoscope, providing a channel for purging fluid, such as gas, to communicate between the endoscope tip and an external gas supply. The cap or shroud assembly incorporates a lens clearing flow field adjustment mechanism, such as nozzles, designed to direct warm (room temperature or higher) purging fluid across a lens at the scope tip. Another flow deflection mechanism, such as a guide or nozzle, may be included with the cap to direct purging fluid at an angle away from the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: CSA Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Mulcahey, Daniel J. Grasso, David Sherrill
  • Patent number: 11191422
    Abstract: A medical imaging device configured to be inserted to a patient's body, comprising an elongated tube, comprising two or more cameras for capturing visual content in the vicinity of the device in different directions of view, a light source for illuminating a field of view of the two or more cameras, a wireless module configured to transmit data captured by the two or more cameras to a remote devices, and a power source for supplying power to the camera, the light source and the wireless module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: 270 SURGICAL LTD.
    Inventor: Avraham Levy
  • Patent number: 11179504
    Abstract: An endoscopic treatment instrument including a dual tube inserted into a channel of an endoscope, the dual tube including an outer tube and an inner tube being inserted into the outer tube and moving forward and backward relative to the outer tube. The outer tube and the inner tube are made of a plastic material composed of a mixture of an organic polymer and a silicone compound, the organic polymer is polypropylene and the silicone compound is polydimethylsiloxane, and the polypropylene is 90 to 99.5 wt % and the polydimethylsiloxane is 0.5 to 10 wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Changbo Kim
  • Patent number: 11166774
    Abstract: Trocar placement locations may be identified, before forming incisions in a patient, by visualizing reach of a surgical instrument relative to a surgical site within the patient. The reach of the surgical instrument is calculated from the position of a robotic manipulator associated therewith. An image of the reach of the surgical instrument may be generated, which a clinician may utilize to ascertain whether the surgical instrument has adequate access to the surgical site. The clinician may move the robotic manipulator to a new position relative to the surgical site and, as the robotic manipulator is repositioned, the image of the reach of the surgical instrument generated is continuously updated to correspond with the new position into which the robotic manipulator associated therewith has been moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventor: Benjamin Lawrence Bertram