Patents Examined by Ryan Henderson
  • Patent number: 10271713
    Abstract: The specification describes a manifold for use in a tip section of a multi-viewing elements endoscope. The manifold has: a first section attached to an elongated second section, where the proximal section has a proximal socket and the distal section has a distal socket; a groove having a first portion along a first axis parallel to a longitudinal axis of the manifold, and a second portion along a second axis tilted at an angle to the first axis; and a working channel tube wherein a distal segment of the tube extends along the first axis to lie within the first portion of the groove, and where a proximal segment of the tube extends along the second axis to lie within the second portion of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventor: Yaniv Ofir
  • Patent number: 10264954
    Abstract: The invention relates to an imaging device (E) comprising: at least one generator (1) of structured light; an emission first image guide (5, 5?) for uplinking the structured light from the generator (1) to an object to be observed; and a return second image guide (5?, 5) for downlinking the light reflected by said object to be observed to a system (2) for capturing said reflected light. Each of the two image guides (5, 5?) is able to uplink the structured light and downlink the reflected light, and the imaging device comprises an optical switch (3) configurable into three different operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE TECHNOLOGIE DE COMPIEGNE—UTC, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON, ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON, UNIVERSITE CLAUDE BERNARD LYON 1
    Inventors: Frederic Lamarque, Erwan Dupont, Christine Prelle, Laurent Petit, Tanneguy Redarce
  • Patent number: 10265057
    Abstract: Control of the endoscope in a surgical system is described. In some embodiments, the endoscope can be controlled by movement of the surgeon's head or face at a surgeon's console. In some embodiments, the endoscope can be controlled using sensors integrated with a surgeon's headrest mounted on the surgeon's console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter M. Herzlinger, Govinda Payyavula, Brian E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10251535
    Abstract: A flexible tube includes a first outer layer covering an outer side of a closely-wound region; a second outer layer forming a second flexible portion which is more difficult to bend than the first flexible portion; a third outer layer covering an outer side of the sparsely-wound region, and forming a third flexible portion which is as difficult to bend as the second flexible portion, or more difficult to bend than the second flexible portion; and a fourth outer layer arranged consecutively between the second and third outer layers to cover the outer side of a boundary position of the closely-wound region and the sparsely-wound region, and reducing a difference in bending difficulty/bending easiness at the boundary position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Saito, Takahiro Kishi, Naoyuki Hoshi
  • Patent number: 10244935
    Abstract: A dilation system includes a handle, guide member, balloon dilation member, balloon, dilation member movement actuator, and endoscope. The handle is configured to provide single-handed use to a user. The handle includes a first and second body member pivotably coupled together such that the first body member and the second body member are configured to pivot toward and away from one another. The handle includes a rotation mechanism configured to impart rotation upon the guide member. The handle further includes a locking feature configured to lock endoscope in position relative to the handle. The handle may further include a rotation limiting feature configured to limit rotation of the guide member and or the body members. The dilation member movement actuator is configured to translate to thereby cause translation of the balloon dilation member. One or more components of the dilation system may include a plurality of measure markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung V. Ha, Ketan P. Muni, Darius D. Eghbal, James G. Lee, Gregory W. Johnson, Lawrence D. Wasicek
  • Patent number: 10238270
    Abstract: The flexible tube includes a plurality of spiral tubes fitted with each other, and each spiral tube is formed by winding a band-like element and includes a densely wound portion and a loosely wound portion. The loosely wound portion of a first spiral tube is covered with the densely wound portion of a second spiral tube, so that the flexible tube has uniform hardness and resiliency. The flexible tube is suitably applied to an insertion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kohei Araki
  • Patent number: 10238457
    Abstract: An apparatus (20) for performing endoscopic surgery on a patient (12) includes at least two concentric tube manipulators (150) adapted to carry devices (152, 154) for performing a surgical operation. A transmission (200) operates the concentric tube manipulators (150). An endoscope tube (106) has a proximal end portion fixed to the transmission (200). The concentric tube manipulators (150) extend from the transmission (200) through an inner lumen (102) of the endoscope tube (106) and are operable to extend from a distal end (104) of the endoscope tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: S. Duke Herrell, Robert J. Webster, III, Trevor Bruns, Philip J. Swaney, Richard Hendrick
  • Patent number: 10234062
    Abstract: A flexible tube used as a part of an insertion section which defines a central axis of an insertion apparatus to be inserted into a hole, the flexible tube includes: a helical tube comprising a closely-wound region including a concave-convex portion which is provided on each of a pair of edges of a strip-shaped member elongated along a longitudinal axis, and which alternately includes convex portions and concave portions on the concave-convex portion, wherein, in a state where the strip-shaped member is spirally wound, the convex portions of the concave-convex portions facing each other along the central axis are compressed to each other; and a cylindrical outer tube which covers an outer surface of the helical tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kento Mori, Takahiro Kishi
  • Patent number: 10231609
    Abstract: A method of defogging and cleaning a laparoscope includes: (1) inserting a laparoscope into a sheath; (2) inserting the laparoscope and sheath into a body cavity; (3) providing gas to a plurality of gas lumens within a wall of the sheath such that the gas flows through the gas lumens and over a lens of the laparoscope to defog the lens while the laparoscope is in the body cavity; and (4) providing a fluid comprising a surface-active agent to a fluid lumen within the wall of the sheath such that the fluid flows through the fluid lumen and over the lens to clean the lens while the laparoscope is in the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Floshield, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne L. Poll, Matthew J. Huddleston, Caroline M. Crisafulli, Adam Landis, Gregory P. Drach
  • Patent number: 10226166
    Abstract: An endoscope operation portion includes: an operation portion body provided being connected to a grasping portion; a joystick-type bending operation lever provided on a back side of the operation portion body, including a lever shaft body, and configured to perform a bending operation of a bending portion; and a suction button provided on a front side of the operation portion body so that an angle formed by an operation axis in a pressing-down operation direction relative to a central axis of the lever shaft body is an obtuse angle, and an intersection point between the central axis and the operation axis is positioned inside the operation portion body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiwamu Fujitani, Keisuke Hatano, Takayasu Ito
  • Patent number: 10213095
    Abstract: The invention discloses a percutaneous puncture and dilation visible irrigation-suction system and a method of using the same. The system comprises a main tube, which is contiguous with the sheath tube and has an end for an endoscope insertion. The sheath tube comprises an inner sheath and an outer sheath joined together in a sleeve type. There is a space between inner and outer sheath. The inner sheath is connected to main tube, together building a channel via which the endoscope is inserted and withdrawn. The sheath tube is connected to main tube after completing puncture and dilation, then endoscope system is introduced for observation and operation. The present invention provides a percutaneous puncture and dilation visible irrigation-suction system and a method of using the same, with a continuous controllable visible negative pressure aspirator, achieving high irrigation and powerful suction efficiency, as well as clear endoscopic view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Hangzhou Hawk Photoelectric Instrument Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Minitech Trade Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Guohua Zeng, Guohua Bao, Xinrong Lu, Lifang Hua, Jianqiang Ma
  • Patent number: 10188273
    Abstract: Biological navigation devices and methods are disclosed. The devices can be used as or to support colonoscopies or endoscopes. The devices can have longitudinally extensible cells that can be selectively inflated. The devices can have articulable links. The devices can be removably attached to elongated elements, such as colonoscopes or other endoscopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: LOMA VISTA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Quillin Tilson, Mark Christopher Scheeff, Gene Duval
  • Patent number: 10188268
    Abstract: A treatment instrument lifting adjusting portion including a lifting member and an operation wire is disposed outside of a treatment instrument guiding-out path including an exit member and a tube in a distal end portion. Thus, cleaning work can be performed by inserting, for example, a brush into the treatment instrument guiding-out path, and is easily performed similarly to an endoscope of a type having no treatment instrument lifting function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jin Hiraoka
  • Patent number: 10182712
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a guided endotracheal intubation endoscope. A guide catheter is used to position an endoscope and a tube for intubation of a patient. The endoscope can include a steering device for steering the endoscope in at least two directions, as well as suction, irrigation and retraction devices for maintaining a clear field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Kai Matthes
  • Patent number: 10165931
    Abstract: An endoscope (1) having a distal end being arranged to be inserted into a body cavity of a patient to be examined and a proximal end which is arranged to be held by a user of the endoscope. The endoscope further comprises a handle (2) arranged at the proximal end of the endoscope, an insertion portion (3) arranged at the distal end of the handle, a bending portion (4) arranged at the distal end of the insertion portion, and two control wires (40, 41) arranged between the handle and the bending portion, said control wires being used to control the bending of the bending portion via control inputs made at the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Lasse Kjeld Gjoeske Petersen, Louise Wagner Petersen
  • Patent number: 10154780
    Abstract: A view optimizing assembly, method and kit for use in combination with a laparoscope having a lens located on the shaft tip of the laparoscope, and a source of insufflation CO2. The invention includes a multi-lumen sheath assembly, a deflector assembly in fluid communication with the lumens of the sheath assembly, wherein the flow of CO2 through the lumens forms a vortex when coming into contact with the deflector assembly, thereby preventing fogging of the laparoscope lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FLOSHIELD, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory P. Drach, Wayne L. Poll
  • Patent number: 10149602
    Abstract: An endobronchial tube which contains an integrated camera and light source and a cleaning nozzle arrangement disposed within dedicated peripheral lumen within the tube's wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Elias Daher, Yonat Granot
  • Patent number: 10143357
    Abstract: A gripping device for an endoscope insertion tube utilizing first and second arms that are hingedly attached to one another. Each arm includes an opening to accommodate the insertion tube of an endoscope such that the endoscope insertion tube spans both arms. First and second jaws are associated with first and second arms and are positioned in opposition to one another. The movement of the arms toward one anther causes the jaws to engage the insertion tube which is guided through the arms by the apertures found in the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Ronald Yamada
  • Patent number: 10136799
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to endoscopic systems. The system includes an elongated main body having a first end. The system may further comprise an anchor assembly attached to the main body near the first end of the main body. The anchor assembly may comprise a first expandable member. The first expandable member may be configurable to expand radially away from the main body. The anchor assembly may further comprise a second expandable member provided between the first expandable member and the first end of the main body. The second expandable member may be configurable to expand radially away from the main body. The anchor assembly may be operable to secure the main body with respect to an interior wall forming the cavity of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Chung-Kwong Yeung, Steven Chu, Wing Fai Lam
  • Patent number: 10130244
    Abstract: A case or encasement for use with a smartdevice, such as a smartphone or tablet and an endoscope is disclosed. The encasement includes a power supply, logic for controlling wireless communications, a light source, and other accessories, for use with an endoscope. In an embodiment, the encasement includes a power supply that may be used to charge a smartdevice, power a light source and a wireless communications module. Other embodiments include a mechanism for communicating between the smartdevice and the encasement to control the light source and any other accessories coupled to the encasement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Endoluxe Inc.
    Inventors: Neal Patel, Philip Zhao