Patents Examined by Pamela F Wu
  • Patent number: 10694925
    Abstract: An elevator assembly to be accommodated in the leading end section of the endoscope includes an assembly body, an elevator, and an elevation lever. The elevator includes an elevator rotation shaft portion, the elevation lever includes a lever rotation shaft portion, and the assembly body includes a bearing hole for supporting the rotation shaft portions and. The elevator rotation shaft portion is inserted into the bearing hole from a recessed portion of the assembly body, and the lever rotation shaft portion is inserted into the bearing hole from a side opposite to the recessed portion, and then the shaft portions are coupled to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10675102
    Abstract: A robot configured for mini-invasive surgery through a single parietal incision and/or natural orifice includes at least one articulated support, a stiffening component, and at least one maneuvering element. The articulated support includes a plurality of rigid bodies that are mutually associated. The stiffening component is associated with the articulated support and adapted for the transition of the articulated support from an inactive configuration, in which the rigid bodies can move with respect to each other, to an active configuration, in which the rigid bodies are mutually aligned so as to form a guide, and vice versa. The least one maneuvering element can be associated slidingly with the guide of the articulated body in its active configuration and can engage selectively a plurality of operating instruments accommodated in at least one container body that can be associated with the articulated support in its active configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: VALUEBIOTECH S.R.L.
    Inventors: Antonello Forgione, Louis Judah Jauvtis, Renzo Zaltieri
  • Patent number: 10660719
    Abstract: A master interface device for remotely controlling at least one instrument mounted in an endoscope. The device includes at least one control handle device in the form of a subassembly able to be manipulated in the same degrees of freedom as the associated control instrument. The control device includes on the one hand a gripping and manoeuvring shaft, designed for gripping with the whole hand by the operator, and on the other hand a mounting bracket supporting said shaft. Translation and pivoting of the bracket controls respectively translation and rotation around itself of the associated instrument, and the pivoting of the shaft relative to the bracket controls the bending of the end of the instrument concerned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: Universite De Strasbourg, Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, Institut De Recherche Sur Les Cancers De L'Appare-
    Inventors: Michel De Mathelin, Florent Le Bastard, Florent Nageotte, Philippe Zanne, Lucile Zorn
  • Patent number: 10646288
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated steering control of a robotic endoscope, e.g., a colonoscope, are provided. The control system may comprise: a) a first image sensor configured to capture a first input data stream comprising a series of two or more images of a lumen; and b) one or more processors that are individually or collectively configured to generate a steering control output signal based on an analysis of data derived from the first input data stream using a machine learning architecture, wherein the steering control output signal adapts to changes in the data of the first input data stream in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Chung-Kwong Yeung, Steven Chu, Wenling Chan, Tin Chak Johnson Pang, Hon Chung Chung
  • Patent number: 10619714
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a medical device. The medical device may include an elongate member, a first control member and a second control member each coupled to a distal end of the elongate member, an actuator coupled to the first control member and the second control member and configured to selectively move the first control member and the second control member to steer the elongate member, and a holding mechanism deflecting a path of the first control member from the actuator to the distal end of the elongate member and a path of the second control member from the actuator to the distal end of the elongate member. The holding mechanism may be configured to apply tension on one of the first control member and the second control member as the other is moved to steer the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Currier, James R. Black, Paul K. Barner
  • Patent number: 10602913
    Abstract: A capsule endoscopic system is disclosed, where the system comprises a capsule device and a docking device. The capsule device comprises a battery, a secondary coil, an optical transmitter all enclosed in a capsule housing. The docking device comprises a primary coil to generate an alternating magnetic field, a primary core and optical receiver to receive an optical signal. The alternating magnetic field is coupled to the secondary coil to supply power to the capsule device when the capsule device is at a docked position in the docking device. The primary core is arranged to concentrate the alternating magnetic field on the secondary coil when the capsule device is at the docked position. Furthermore, the capsule endoscopic system is arranged so that an optical path is formed between the optical transmitter and the optical receiver when the capsule device is at the docked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CAPSOVISION INC.
    Inventors: Gordon C. Wilson, Jiafu Luo, Kang-Huai Wang, Chung-Ta Lee
  • Patent number: 10534167
    Abstract: In an endoscope objective lens which includes a reflective member that bends an optical path substantially at a right angle inserted between the last lens surface and an image sensor disposed on the image plane, the effective diameter of the last lens surface is made smaller than the size of the image sensor in a direction corresponding to the optical path bending direction and the endoscope objective lens is made so as to satisfy a conditional expression given below. h1<V+0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Miyano
  • Patent number: 10506919
    Abstract: An operation switching mechanism includes a wire, a reciprocating movement member, a first biasing member, a second biasing member, switching members configured to switch states in which the first biasing member and the second biasing member perform biasing, and an operation member configured to operate the switching members according to operation from an outside and move the reciprocating movement member to a first movement position or a second movement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Takuto Yoshinaga, Kazuhiko Hino
  • Patent number: 10463399
    Abstract: A Veress needle is modified to receive a forward-looking miniature videoscope through the cannula of an insufflation tube of the Veress needle. The modified instrument enables direct viewing of progress of the instrument through tissue to the peritoneal cavity of a patient, for proper location of the needle and insufflation of the cavity via the needle. The videoscope has an elongated shaft of smaller diameter than the cannula of the insufflation tube for passage of insufflation gas with the scope in place. In another embodiment a needle is fitted with a miniature videoscope to provide the same function, with the needle's cannula serving as an insufflation tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Asimion Inc.
    Inventors: Odyssefs Ath. Savvouras, Stephanos Papademetriou, Theofilos Kotseroglou, Ulrich R. Haug
  • Patent number: 10463235
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are intestine pleating attachable structures for use with endoscopes and methods for using said structures. The intestine pleating attachable structures may act in conjunction with a gastrointestinal endoscope and, optionally, a balloon to improve visualization during endoscopic procedures. The intestine pleating attachable structures are coupled to the endoscope shaft, and include at least one flexible appendage to enhance contact between the structure and the intestinal wall. When the endoscope is retracted, the flexible appendage assists in moving the intestinal wall relative to the imaging system. This movement causes the intestine to pleat. Pleating reduces looping, improves efficiency, and results in a less painful endoscopic procedure for the patient. The attachable structures may be used in conjunction with a dome-shaped balloon that is inflated at the distal, imaging end of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Boris Reydel
  • Patent number: 10463234
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a medical device assembly. The medical device assembly described herein may include a medical device and a control unit. The medical device may include an imaging apparatus, an electrical wire coupled to the imaging apparatus, an illumination device, an illumination connector coupled to the illumination device, and a connector coupled to the electrical wire and the illumination connector. The control unit may include an electrical interface, a light source, and a port, wherein the port is configured to receive the connector to operatively couple the electrical wire to the electrical interface, and to operatively couple the illumination connector to the light source, the connector being removably attachable to the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirsten Viering, Russell Dresher, Paul Aquilino, Ryan Foss
  • Patent number: 10463231
    Abstract: There is provided an endoscope which can perform non-contact electric power supply and non-contact signal transmission and of which assembly, repair, and maintenance can be easily performed. A power receiving unit, an image signal transmission unit, and an endoscope side signal transmission and reception unit are disposed in the space (hollow structure) of a first connector of an endoscope. The first connector of the endoscope includes a first connector case and a second connector case disposed in order from a side of the second connector, and a division line between the first and second connector cases includes an inclined portion that is inclined with respect to an insertion direction of the first and second connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Hara
  • Patent number: 10398291
    Abstract: An overtube to be inserted into a body wall is provided with an endoscope insertion passage and a treatment tool insertion passage, the treatment tool insertion passage is provided parallel to a reference axis of the overtube, and the endoscope insertion passage is provided obliquely to the reference axis. A slider, which is engaged with the endoscope and the treatment tool inserted through the respective insertion passages and causes the endoscope and the treatment tool to interlock with each other and move forward and backward, is arranged inside the overtube so as to be movable in a forward-backward direction of the overtube. An endoscope engagement part engaged with the endoscope in the slider is movable in an upward-downward direction, and moves upward and downward along the position of the oblique endoscope insertion passage together with the movement of the slider in the forward-backward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 10398289
    Abstract: An image pickup unit includes a fixed frame configured to hold an objective lens, a moving frame movable in a first direction along a photographing optical axis and a second direction, and provided with a moving lens, an urging member configured to urge the moving frame in the second direction, an actuator including a contact member provided to be separable from the moving frame and advanced and retracted by pushing and pulling of a driving wire, the actuator moving the moving frame in the first direction when the contact member moves in the first direction; and a guide member through which the contact member is inserted to be linearly guided and a cover member configuring the actuator, a distal end portion of the cover member being connected to a proximal end portion of the guide member, and the cover member covering the driving wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Takehide Kibayashi
  • Patent number: 10368720
    Abstract: A system for stereo reconstruction from a monoscopic endoscope includes an image pick-up element at a distal end thereof and a working channel defined by a body of the monoscopic endoscope. The system comprises a light patterning component configured to be disposed within the working channel such that a light emitting end of the light patterning component will be fixed with a defined relative distance from the distal end of the image pick-up element. The system also includes a data processor adapted to be in communication with the image pick-up element. The light patterning component forms a pattern of light that is projected onto a region of interest. The data processor receives an image signal of the region of interest that includes the pattern, and determines a distance from the endoscope to the region of interest based on the image signal and based on the defined relative distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Kevin C. Olds, Tae Soo Kim, Russell H. Taylor, Austin Reiter
  • Patent number: 10357149
    Abstract: Various embodiments comprise endoscopes (e.g., arthroscopes) for viewing inside a cavity of a body. The endoscopes may include at least one solid state emitter such as a light emitting diode (LED) located at the distal end of the endoscope. The endoscope may comprise a thermally conductive cradle attached to the distal end of the endoscope. The thermally conductive cradle may be configured to dissipate heat generated by the solid state emitter away from the distal end of the endoscope. The thermally conductive cradle may also be electrically conductive. Further, the thermally conductive cradle may also function as a support structure for a plurality of lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Lonnie R. Hoyle, Kais Almarzouk
  • Patent number: 10345571
    Abstract: An intelligent endoscopic light source system for controlling the intensity of a light source, including a light source emitting light at a first intensity, an attenuator positioned to receive light from the light source at a first intensity and movable to pass light from the light source at a second intensity, a sensor mounted to the attenuator for measuring the first intensity, and a controller for receiving the intensity measurement from the sensor and moving the attenuator to pass light at a desired second intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.
    Inventors: Vernon Hopkins, Eric Webb
  • Patent number: 10321806
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an operation section, an insertion section, a first space provided in a distal end portion of the insertion section, a second space sealed against an inner space of a bending portion, a communication passage communicating between the first space and the second space, and an elongated tube member having one end portion coupled with the first space and another end portion provided inside the operation section and having a through hole in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Iizuka
  • Patent number: 10314464
    Abstract: An insertion apparatus includes an insertion section, a rotational housing, a motor, and a controller. The motor rotates the rotational housing. The controller designates a rotational direction of the motor. The controller limits the rotational direction of the motor to allow the insertion section to move only in a removal direction when inspection control for inspecting an operation relative to an insertion direction of the insertion section is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Takashi Yamashita, Yoshitaka Umemoto, Fumiyuki Onoda, Takuro Onda, Yasuaki Hirata, Takahiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 10292578
    Abstract: There is provided herein an endoscope assembly, the assembly comprising at least one front-pointing camera and at least one front illuminator associated therewith, at least one side-pointing camera and at least one of side illuminator associated therewith, a first front working channel configured for insertion of a medical tool and a second front working channel configured for insertion of a medical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Endochoice Innovation Center Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi Levy, Moshe Levi