Patents Examined by John P. Leubecker
  • Patent number: 10646110
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: a light source unit that alternatingly emits first illumination light and second illumination light; an imaging means for generating a first image signal of a subject illuminated by the first illumination light, and generating a second image signal of the subject illuminated by the second illumination light; a first image signal storing means for storing the first image signals; a second image signal storing means for storing the second image signals; an image evaluation value calculating means for calculating at least one of image evaluation values based on the first image signals and image evaluation values based on the second image signals; an image signal selecting means for selecting a first display image signal and selecting a second display image signal based on the image evaluation values; and a displaying means for displaying a first image and a second image that are based on the first display image signal and the second display image signal respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaaki Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10646104
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an intubation system comprising insertion unit to be connected to a bending section of a medical instrument comprising an inner elongated shaft structure being capable of torque transmission around its length axis and an outer elongated shaft structure surrounding the inner elongated shaft structure and having a continuous outer surface, and an orientation controller being attached to the inner elongated shaft, such that when the orientation controller rotates, the bending section turns around itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: G.I. VIEW LTD.
    Inventors: Avraham Sinay, Yuval Raz, Zohar Deli, Ziv Rozenker, Albert Sviridovski
  • Patent number: 10638922
    Abstract: A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope includes a front-pointing camera on a planar surface of a distal end of the tip section and two side-pointing cameras positioned on a cylindrical surface in proximity to the planar surface such that the side field of view provided by the two side-pointing cameras partially overlaps with the front field of view provided by the front-pointing camera. The tip section further includes a working channel configured for insertion of a surgical tool; and a pathway fluid injector for inflating and/or cleaning a body cavity into which the endoscope is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventor: Avi Levy
  • Patent number: 10631720
    Abstract: A biological observation system includes: a light source apparatus configured to supply a first illuminating light, and a second illuminating light, while switching between the first illuminating light and the second illuminating light; an image pickup device configured to receive light from an object at each of a plurality of pixels having different sensitivities, and picks up an image; a color separation processing portion configured to separate, from respective color components, a color component obtained when an image of light of a predetermined wavelength band is picked up by a pixel having the greatest sensitivity to the light in the predetermined wavelength band; and a control portion configured to cause different processing to be performed between a case where an inputted image pickup signal corresponds to the first illuminating light and a case where an inputted image pickup signal corresponds to the second illuminating light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Igarashi, Kenji Yamazaki, Kotaro Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 10631713
    Abstract: A medical device comprises an end effector for performing a medical procedure, a first connector, and a second connector. The first connector comprises a housing, a first interface, and a second interface. The first interface is coupled to the housing and includes a rod through which a first operational channel extends. The second interface is coupled to the housing and includes a second operational channel. The second connector comprises a housing, a first socket, and a second socket. The housing comprises a cavity bounded by an inner surface including a back surface. The first socket is sized and shaped to receive the rod; the second socket is sized and shaped to receive the second interface and projects from the back surface. The rod engages with the first socket to at least partially align the second interface with the second socket before the second interface engages with the second socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce M. Schena
  • Patent number: 10624525
    Abstract: An endoscopic system includes a mechanical arm, an endoscope and a control unit. The endoscope is held by the mechanical arm, and is configured to capture an image. The control unit is electrically connected to the mechanical arm and the endoscope, and is configured to receive and process the image captured by the endoscope, to determine whether the image has at least two specific instruments that are arranged in a specific configuration, and to drive the mechanical arm to move the endoscope when the determination is affirmative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: HIWIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventors: Jung-Fu Hou, Hung-Chuan Hsu, You-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 10624528
    Abstract: An endoscope connector includes: a fitting portion that has a cylindrical shape, and electrically connects an endoscope for observation of a subject to an external apparatus, the external apparatus processing information of the observed subject; a planar part provided on at least a portion of the cylindrical shape of the fitting portion; and an electroconductive part that is provided to be electrically conductive on the planar part and performs communication with the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Niwa, Minoru Sato, Koji Omori
  • Patent number: 10617289
    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: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Ricardo Alexander Gomez, Sandy Lawrence Heck, Eric William Conley
  • Patent number: 10610084
    Abstract: This invention relates to a tip protector for an instrument such as an endoscope or borescope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: MEDITECH ENDOSCOPY LTD
    Inventor: Peter Ramsey
  • Patent number: 10610082
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: a first semiconductor light-emitting element; a light source drive section; a first detection section; a storage section configured to store a threshold value indicating whether or not the first detection section can correctly detect an intensity; and a control section configured to, if the intensity detected by the first detection section exceeds the threshold value stored in the storage section, control the current value of the drive signal based on the intensity detected by the first detection section, for the light source drive section, and if the intensity detected by the first detection section does not exceed the threshold value, perform control so as to make the current value of the drive signal constant to provide pulsed light emission and change a duty cycle or a number of pulses to perform light adjustment, for the light source drive section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Tanaka, Tomoya Takahashi, Takahiro Masaki, Kazue Hongo
  • Patent number: 10610655
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for inserting an endoscope through an anatomical cavity to a target site. A speaker is positioned externally proximate to a patient and the endoscope is inserted into the anatomical cavity. A signal is received from at least one sensor positioned near the distal end of the endoscope. The signal is indicative of vibrations induced in internal cavity tissue by the externally positioned speaker. A first anatomical structure in contact with the distal end of the endoscope is identified based on the signal indicative of vibrations induced in the internal cavity tissue by the externally positioned speaker. As the distal end of the endoscope moves from the first anatomical structure into contact with other anatomical structures along a path to the target site, the received signal indicative of induced vibrations changes correspondingly and is used to guide the endoscope to the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: OHIO STATE INNOVATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Robert Bailey, Hamdy Mohamed Elsayed-Awad, Joseph Dean West
  • Patent number: 10602916
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an image forming section configured to arrange first and second images obtained by picking up images of first and second regions of a subject to be adjacent to each other to form an image of one frame, a light source section configured to emit illumination light based on a brightness evaluation of the image to the first and second regions, a brightness-range calculating section configured to detect minimum and maximum luminance values in the first and second images, and an image processing section configured to perform a luminance shift such that a minimum or maximum luminance value of an image, a luminance range of which is smaller than a predetermined luminance range, among the first and second images coincides with a predetermined luminance lower limit or upper limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Ito, Kazuki Honda
  • Patent number: 10595712
    Abstract: A lightguide is configured to transmit a scanned and/or focused processing beam to a target. The processing beam has a wavefront amplitude and phase set by a spatial light modulator. Suitable wavefront characteristics are obtained based on portions of the processing beam returned to a detector through the lightguide. A beam path can be detected at a first, reduced power, and processing along the beam path performed at a second, higher optical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Peng Kevin Chen, Tatum Varut Tarin, Bryan L. Nelsen, Botao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10591713
    Abstract: An endoscope has an imaging unit at a tip portion of an insertion unit to be inserted into a body cavity, the imaging unit includes: a solid-state imaging device which performs photoelectric conversion on an optical image formed on a photodetecting surface thereof; a circuit board having a connection surface which is opposed to a surface, opposite to the photodetecting surface and formed with terminals, of the imaging device and which serves for electrical connection to the terminals; and a case member which covers part of the imaging device and part of the circuit board, the circuit board has a wide portion and a narrow portion that are different in length in a width direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the insertion unit, and the case member is formed with first cuts in such a range as to correspond to the wide portion in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Ryo Kitano
  • Patent number: 10588496
    Abstract: Autonomous/self-powering image detecting systems and their manufacturing technologies are disclosed. An antenna is used to communicate signals. A first energy harvester is used to harvest energy from blackbody radiation, RF signals, movement/vibration, or combination thereof. A power management system is used which controls the energy flow to and from the energy-storage. An image sensor to take the image, a lens, and a transmitter to transmit the images to an outside device are also used in this invention. According to this preferred embodiment, an energy harvester harnessing energy from blackbody radiation from and within the body, is used to extract enough energy to increase the operation time and also to make precision of the image detecting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Banpil Photonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Achyut Dutta, Robert Olah
  • Patent number: 10582833
    Abstract: Endoscopic systems and methods that provide wireless power transmission from a camera head to at least one solid-state light source housed in an endoscopic device. The endoscopic systems and methods employ a multi-stage electromagnetic induction coupling mechanism that can wirelessly transfer power from the camera head to an endocoupler, as well as from the endocoupler to the solid-state light source, while allowing axial rotational motion of at least the camera head, the endocoupler, and/or the endoscopic device relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Gheorghe Mihalca, Baoduy Tran, David Sonnenshein
  • Patent number: 10582832
    Abstract: An endoscopic system including an endoscope having saved information therein related to the endoscope, a light source console for providing light to the endoscope, and a light cable connected between the endoscope and the light source console. The light cable is configured to communicate the light from the light source console to the endoscope. The information related to the endoscope is relayed from the endoscope to the light source console through the light cable for altering functions of at least one of the light source console and an auxiliary device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Hannah Lawrence, Benjamin Feingold
  • Patent number: 10568490
    Abstract: Provided is a surgical apparatus for an endoscope with which an operator can change, as desired, the size of an image of a site to be observed that appears in an endoscopic image obtained by an endoscope or the size of the range of the site to be observed. An image processing unit (zooming means) of a processor device changes a zoom magnification factor of an endoscopic image from an endoscope through electronic zooming on the basis of the operation of a foot switch. In the non-sensing region of the slider, the activation and deactivation of the zooming operation by the foot switch are switched according to a relative position of a distal end of the endoscope with respect to a distal end of the treatment tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 10568712
    Abstract: An illumination system includes a surgical tool and an attachable cannula comprising a transparent or semi-transparent material capable of carrying light from the proximal end to the distal end of the cannula, thereby illuminating the surgical field through components that do not occupy space that may otherwise be used for optics of the tool. The illumination system further comprises one or more illumination sources disposed at the proximal end. The illumination source may be optically coupled with the cannula at the hub or other appropriate location. The cannula comprises a sterilizable polymer which functions as a waveguide. A waveguide is a material medium that confines and guides light. When in use, the light source connected to the hub provides light which may be guided to the distal end of the cannula or any other suitable location. Thus, the sheath provides structure-guided illumination resulting in the illumination of the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Invuity, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Vayser, Kenneth B. Trauner, Jonathan G. Gasson, Thomas L. Grey
  • Patent number: 10561338
    Abstract: An image obtaining unit obtains actual endoscope images, and a virtual endoscope image generating unit generates virtual endoscope images including a plurality of virtual endoscope branch images. A corresponding virtual endoscope image determining unit obtains a plurality of actual endoscope images which were obtained within a predetermined amount of time before the endoscope reached its current position, compares the plurality of actual endoscope images and the plurality of virtual endoscope branch images, and determines a corresponding virtual endoscope image that corresponds to the branch structure closest to the current position of the endoscope, through which the endoscope has passed. A matching unit performs matching between each of a plurality of actual endoscope path images and a plurality of virtual endoscope path images for each of a plurality of paths. A position identifying unit identifies the current position of a leading end of the endoscope based on the results of matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Caihua Wang