Patents Examined by Matthew J Kasztejna
  • Patent number: 10881284
    Abstract: A cleaning device for a surgical tool includes a housing having at least one opening for accessing an interior of the housing; a sponge and a heater assembly positioned in the interior of the housing; and a connector. The connector includes a first arm and a second arm extending from an outer surface of the housing. An inner surface of the first arm and an inner surface of the second arm define at least a first recess sized to receive a sidewall of a first tubular body having a first diameter, and a second recess sized to receive a sidewall of a second tubular body having a second diameter, different than the first diameter. The connector is configured to removably attach the housing to the sidewall of the first tubular body or to the sidewall of the second tubular body to supporting the housing relative to the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Medix3d LLC
    Inventor: Claude Fiset
  • Patent number: 10874415
    Abstract: Unitary endoscopic vessel harvesting devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, such devices comprise an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end; an inflatable, coated or conditioned tip disposed at the distal end of the elongated body; and a cutting unit having a first cutting portion and a second cutting portion, the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion being moveable in a longitudinal direction relative to the elongated body to capture a blood vessel between the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion, and being rotatable relative to one another circumferentially about the tip to cut the captured blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Saphena Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Orphanos, Michael Glennon
  • Patent number: 10874829
    Abstract: A stiffening assembly comprises a bulkhead including an inner surface defining a central lumen. The bulkhead further includes an outer surface surrounding the inner surface and includes a wall connecting the outer surface to the inner surface. The wall is shaped to form a plurality of holes spaced apart and surrounding the central lumen. The stiffening assembly further comprises a plurality of longitudinal beams. Each beam extends through a corresponding hole of the plurality of holes. The stiffening assembly further comprises a clamping assembly configured to contact the plurality of beams. The stiffening assembly is adjustable between a flexible state in which each beam is movable within the corresponding hole and a stiffened state in which the clamping assembly clamps the plurality of beams against the bulkhead such that a transfer of forces in a radial direction between the plurality of beams and the bulkhead stiffens the stiffening assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Theodore W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10863891
    Abstract: A signal processing device includes: a connection detector that detects whether an endoscope including one or more operation members is connected; an input unit to which an operation state signal is input from an external input device including one or more buttons that correspond to the one or more operation members included in the endoscope when the endoscope is not connected; and an operation execution unit that executes an operation according to the operation state signal that is input to the input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yugo Koizumi, Mai Ojima
  • Patent number: 10856727
    Abstract: Medical devices, systems and methods that are useable to facilitate transnasal insertion and positioning of guidewires and various other devices and instruments at desired locations within the ear, nose, throat, paranasal sinuses or cranium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John H. Morriss, John Y. Chang
  • Patent number: 10820785
    Abstract: The cover removal tool of the endoscope includes an enclosure, which is a fit hole that is fitted to cover the distal end cover having a locking portion and mounted on the distal end assembly, which is provided at the tip of the insertion section. The cover removal tool is provided with a protrusion that protrudes inside the enclosure. When the cover removal tool is fitted with the distal end cover being into contact with its interior, the protrusion comes into contact with part of the edge of the opening of the distal end cover and pushes in the peripheral direction. As the edge of the opening is pressed while being twisted, the distal end cover is broken by plastic deformation, and the lock with the locking portion is thereby released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Yamaya
  • Patent number: 10820787
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus comprises a processor comprising hardware. The processor is configured to implement a motion amount calculation process and a focus control process. The processor implements the motion amount calculation process that calculates a plurality of local motion amounts, calculates a correlation between each of the plurality of local motion amounts and a peripheral local motion amount, and calculates the relative motion amount based on a local motion amount among the plurality of local motion amounts that has the correlation higher than a given correlation. And the processor implements the focus control process that calculates a cumulative motion amount by accumulating the relative motion amount over N frames (wherein N is a natural number equal to or larger than 3), and causes the imaging section to perform a focus operation when it has been determined that the cumulative motion amount is larger than the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoya Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 10813533
    Abstract: A direct vision cryosurgical and methods of use are described herein where the device may generally comprise an elongated rigid structure with a distal end, a proximal end, and a central lumen. The distal end may comprise a non-coring optically transparent needle tip with at least one lateral fenestration in communication with the central lumen. The distal end may also house at least one imaging device configured for distal imaging. A proximal end of the device may comprise a handle with a means for connecting the imaging device(s) to an imaging display(s), and a means for accessing bodily tissue in the vicinity of the distal end with a cryo-ablation probe through the central lumen and the lateral fenestration(s) for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Arrinex, Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Matthew Herron, Richard C. Ewers
  • Patent number: 10813541
    Abstract: There are provided an endoscopic diagnosis apparatus, image processing method, and recording medium that enable easy measurement of the size of a lesion portion or the like based on an endoscopic image captured through a normal operation without a special operation. A region detecting unit detects, from an endoscopic image, a region of an artificial object or the like that is in contact with a subject. An imaging size calculating unit calculates, in number of pixels, an imaging size in the endoscopic image of the region of the artificial object or the like that is in contact with the subject. A pixel size calculating unit calculates an actual size corresponding to one pixel. A scale generating unit generates scales indicating an actual size of the subject in the endoscopic image. A control unit performs control to combine the endoscopic image and the scales and to display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takaaki Saito
  • Patent number: 10806538
    Abstract: The various inventions relate to robotic surgical devices, consoles for operating such surgical devices, operating theaters in which the various devices can be used, insertion systems for inserting and using the surgical devices, and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Virtual Incision Corporation
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Jeff Shasho, Nishant Kumar, Mateusz Szczesiak, Jason Herman, Chris Santoro
  • Patent number: 10806336
    Abstract: There are provided an endoscopic diagnosis apparatus, lesion portion size detection method, and a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium that enable easy detection of the size of a lesion portion using an endoscope. This object is achieved by capturing an endoscopic image by emitting light having a regular repetitive pattern onto a subject, detecting, from the endoscopic image, a region in which a repetitive pattern is different from the repetitive pattern of the emitted light, and detecting at least one of a length and area of a lesion portion by using a number of repetitive patterns in the region in which the repetitive pattern is different and a size of a unit of repetition in the repetitive pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Toshihiko Kaku
  • Patent number: 10799102
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus in an endoscopic system includes a light source unit having lasers with different peak wavelengths, the lasers being divided by peak wavelength into narrow band light source groups, a color imaging unit that detects the illumination color of illumination light, a memory that stores an appropriate illumination color for each narrow band light source group, an output calculator that, for each narrow band light source group, compares the illumination color obtained upon light emission by the lasers belonging to the narrow band light source group with the appropriate illumination color of the narrow band light source group and calculates an appropriate output for each of the lasers belonging to the narrow band light source group, and a light source controller that controls the lasers on the basis of the calculated appropriate output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kamee, Hiromasa Fujita, Masahiro Nishio
  • Patent number: 10802265
    Abstract: There are provided a lesion part volume measuring method and an endoscopic diagnostic apparatus capable of easily detecting the volume of a lesion part without using a special treatment instrument. This problem is solved by detecting the position of a distal end portion of a scope hood from an image captured by an endoscope to which the scope hood is attached, finding the volume of the internal space of the scope hood, which is formed by the scope hood and the distal end surface of an insertion part, from the position of the distal end portion of the scope hood and the model of the endoscope and/or the model of the scope hood, and injecting water into the scope hood and detecting the volume of a lesion part from the difference between the water injection amount and the volume of the internal space of the scope hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Toshihiko Kaku
  • Patent number: 10791909
    Abstract: An image capturing assembly for use in an endoscope includes a manifold with a base and a casing extending outward from the base, a partially enclosed housing adapted to physically attach to the manifold, a foldable LED carrier substrate capable of carrying a plurality of LEDs, a flexible optical carrier substrate capable of carrying a plurality of camera sensors, and a tip cover adapted to cover the manifold, housing, LED carrier substrate, and optical carrier substrate. The manifold includes at least one continuous channel extending throughout its length. The foldable LED carrier substrate includes a central, forward facing portion, adapted to carry at least one illuminator for a front viewing element, and a pair of arms extending proximally from the central portion. Each arm includes at least one foldable protrusion adapted to carry an illuminator for a side viewing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Endochoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Avi Levy, Moshiko Levi, Golan Salman, Amram Aizenfeld, Stephan Wieth, Jeruham Avron, Robby Dascalo, Mark Gilreath, Leonid Krivopisk, Yaniv Kirma, Victor Levin
  • Patent number: 10791918
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to providing an effective and reliable approach for cleaning an exposed surface of an imaging element (e.g., a lens) of apparatuses including but not limited to medical imaging instruments such as endoscopes and laparoscopes and the like. In the case of medical imaging instruments, cleaning apparatuses configured in accordance with embodiments the present invention can be cleaned while the distal end portion of the endoscope is in vivo. Such apparatuses have a cleaning member incorporated therein (e.g., a resilient polymeric wiper, a sponge, an absorbent pad or the like) that is used for cleaning the exposed surface of the imaging element. The apparatus is preferably adapted for being mounted on imaging apparatus but can also be entirely or partially integral with one or more components of the imaging apparatus or system of which it is a component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ClearCam Inc.
    Inventors: James Landon Gilkey, Mitchell Ross Gilkey, Christopher Robert Idelson
  • Patent number: 10779707
    Abstract: A multi-camera endoscope includes a the tip section comprising: a front looking camera and a front discrete illuminator to essentially illuminate the field of view of said front looking camera; a right side looking camera and a right discrete illuminator to essentially illuminate the field of view of said right side looking camera; a left side looking camera and a left discrete illuminator to essentially illuminate the field of view of said left side looking camera; and a multi-component cover configured to cover and seal said tip section such as to essentially prevent entry of fluids from the environment of said endoscope to inner parts of said tip section. The tip cover includes removable or repositionable window components which provide access to internal components of the tip for repair or removal, without removing the main tip cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Golan Salman, Amram Aizenfeld, Jeruham Avron
  • Patent number: 10772488
    Abstract: A portable endoscopic inspection system comprises an endoscope having a proximal end with a flanged eyepiece for observation and a distal end with a lens assembly for insertion into a region of interest. A light port transports incident light to the region of interest along an lighting pathway, and reflected light is transported along an imaging pathway from the lens assembly to the eyepiece. A wireless imaging unit comprises a light source which detachably couples to the light port for generating the incident light, and an imaging sensor for recording images of the reflected light from the eyepiece. The wireless imaging unit comprises a variable coupling system which mechanically couples the imaging sensor to the flanged eyepiece independent of the shape and/or size of the flange of the eyepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Endoluxe Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Zhao, Neal Patel
  • Patent number: 10765303
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to systems and techniques for driving a medical instrument having an inner body and an outer body. In one aspect, a system includes a medical instrument comprising an outer body and an inner body configured to be driven through a lumen in the outer body. The system may further include a set of one or more instrument manipulators configured to control movement of the outer and inner bodies and a set of one or more processors configured to: receive a change drive mode command, and in response to receiving the change drive mode command, change a drive mode of the medical instrument from a paired drive mode to an unpaired drive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Chauncey F. Graetzel, Alexander James Sheehy
  • Patent number: 10765307
    Abstract: An endoscopic imaging system includes a reusable control cabinet having a number of actuators that control the orientation of a lightweight endoscope that is connectable thereto. The endoscope is used with a single patient and is then disposed. The endoscope includes an illumination mechanism, an image sensor and an elongate shaft having one or more lumens located therein. A polymeric articulation joint at the distal end of the endoscope allows the distal end to be oriented by the control cabinet. The endoscope is coated with a hydrophilic coating that reduces its coefficient of friction and because it is lightweight, requires less force to advance it to a desired location within a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Banik, Dennis R. Boulais, Lucien A. Couvillon, Albert C. C. Chin, Ian W. Hunter
  • Patent number: 10751086
    Abstract: A cannula assembly for use in laproscopic surgery includes a cannula having a proximal end for use in orientating the assembly into an abdominal cavity, a distal end for insertion into a patient, and a passage through which surgical instruments can be inserted. An expandable feature in the form of an anchor is located toward the distal end of the cannula and is selectively expandable and collapsible. The feature in its expanded state prevents withdrawal of the cannula. A collar is pushed distally until it releasably cinches to the outside of the abdominal cavity thereby creating an airtight seal and stabilizing the assembly. The collar has a friction fit with the cannula designed to prevent excessive force against the cavity walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: APOLLO CAMERA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John I. Shipp, Jeffrey White