Patents Examined by Rynae Boler
  • Patent number: 10932650
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for improved control feedback of medical scopes. Buttons on a scope include both touch sensors and button press sensors. The touch sensors activate independently of a button press when a mere touch is applied to the button, causing a function indication to be displayed, preferably on the scope video display, showing which function will activate if the button is pressed. Touch indications may also be displayed identifying the button that is pressed. The buttons may be reconfigured along with the function and touch indications. Such a feedback scheme allows improved operation and safety as the operator does not need to look away from the display to identify a button to be pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Hale
  • Patent number: 10932654
    Abstract: An endoscopic system may include an endoscope including a proximal end, a distal end, and an elongated sheath extending therebetween. The elongated sheath may define at least one lumen. The proximal end of the endoscope may include a handle operably coupled to a proximal portion of the elongated sheath. The endoscopic system also may include a clip coupled to the handle of the endoscope. The clip may include at least one retaining arm configured to receive a handle of an auxiliary tool. The at least one lumen may be configured to receive a distal portion of the auxiliary tool. Associated devices and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oskin, Michael Barenboym
  • Patent number: 10925467
    Abstract: Some implementations of the disclosure are directed to a portable endoscope system. The portable endoscope system may comprise: an endoscope, comprising: a distal end; a proximal end; an endoscope housing integrated into a proximal part of the proximal end; an illumination device housed by the housing; and an endoscope connector to removably couple the endoscope to a first end of a cable connector; and a portable control box separate from the endoscope and to removably couple to the endoscope via the cable connector, the portable control box comprising: a portable control box connector to removably couple the portable control box to a second end of the cable connector; a power source to power the endoscope; a control board to control the endoscope; and a control box housing to house the power source and the control board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: RESNENT, LLC
    Inventor: Willard S. Noyes
  • Patent number: 10912448
    Abstract: A cable connection structure includes: a substrate including a first core wire connection electrode, a second core wire connection electrode, and a shield connection electrode; a single-wire cable including a first core wire, and an insulant; at least two coaxial cables each including a second core wire, an inner insulant, a shield, and an outer insulant, wherein the second core wire, the inner insulant, and the shield are exposed in a step-by-step manner at a distal end portion, and the second core wire and the shield are respectively connected to the second core wire connection electrode and the shield connection electrode; and a conductive member connecting exposed portions of the shields. The conductive member is disposed directly on an upper surface of the insulant, and connects the shields on the shield connection electrode and/or a position closer to a proximal end side than the shield connection electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Masato Mikami
  • Patent number: 10898065
    Abstract: An in-vivo monitoring camera system includes an image capturing portion (camera unit 11) that is capable of being introduced into a body, a support tube (13) that has a connection portion (trocar connection portion 13x) with a tubular tool (trocar 31) which is capable of being introduced into the body on one end side and has a joining portion (protrusion type joining portion 13y) to the image capturing portion on another end side, a cable (camera-side cable 12) that is connected with the image capturing portion and passes through the support tube, and a control system that is electrically connected with the cable and includes at least a display device (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitoshi Aoki, Toshihisa Gotoh, Kei Urakawa, Kishoh Takamatsu, Tomohiro Konishi, Kazunori Morita, Tadahiko Sato
  • Patent number: 10874295
    Abstract: A patient monitoring, feeding, and mechanical breathing system, the system including an endotracheal probe including a first longitudinal member connected to a first camera and a semi-rigid longitudinal member inserted in an ET tube such that the first camera is aligned with a tip of the ET tube; an OG probe including a second longitudinal member configured to be inserted in an oral gastro (OG) tube, the second longitudinal member including a side camera, configured to be placed facing a window of the OG tube, wherein the side camera includes a tapered side; an enhanced OG probe, including a second camera and a motion sensor placed at the tip of the enhanced OG tube; a device communicatively coupled to the endotracheal, OG and enhanced OG probes, and having a screen configured to display images from any of the first camera, the side camera, and the second camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Alaaeldin Soliman
  • Patent number: 10863889
    Abstract: Disclosed is a modular endoscope system in which a plurality of connecting pieces, tools, and cannulas which are selected according to the use thereof are assigned to a single optics. The connecting pieces and the cannulas are preferably designed for single use, so that merely the optics has to be decontaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Polydiagnost Entwicklungs—, Produktions—, Vertriebs—, Und Service GmbH
    Inventor: Hansgeorg Schaaf
  • Patent number: 10842963
    Abstract: A manually articulated stylet assembly for placing an endotracheal tube. The stylet assembly has a steering shaft that carries a flexible distal tip at one end and is attached to a handle at the other end. The distal tip is manipulated via sheathed cables controlled by a remote actuator in the handle. A biasing member inside the remote actuator maintains continuous tension on the cables to improve control. A video camera is carried in a recessed lens pocket in the steering shaft but spaced from the distal tip. The camera FOV captures movement of the distal tip with foreshortened perspective. A collar seat in the handle receives the collar connector of a standard endotracheal tube, providing quick disconnect when removing the stylet assembly upon placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Brio Device, LLC
    Inventors: Laura McCormick, Gregg D. Niven
  • Patent number: 10806331
    Abstract: A variably-flexible, locking insertion device includes a hollow body having a proximal end with an entrance for receiving an instrument, a distal end with a tip for protrusion of the instrument, and a handle to be gripped by an operator. A device transitions the hollow body between a relatively flexible condition and a relatively stiff condition. Tendons are disposed within the hollow body for maintaining the hollow body in the relatively flexible and relatively stiff conditions, the tendons being neither in tension nor compression when the hollow body is in the relatively stiff condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Syntheon, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Derek Dee Deville, Korey Kline, Thomas O. Bales, Jr., Matthew A. Palmer, Carlos Rivera
  • Patent number: 10806338
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion part that includes a distal end and a proximal end, and a distal-end-portion body that is provided on a distal end side of the insertion part and formed with a treatment tool outlet from which a treatment tool is led out. The distal-end-portion body includes an observation window, a nozzle that ejects washing water to the observation window, a standing base that is disposed in a standing base-housing portion adjacent to the treatment tool outlet and is rotationally moved between a standing position and a falling position, and a guide wall that is disposed at a position facing the nozzle with the observation window interposed therebetween and guides the washing water to the standing base-housing portion. Washing water, which has been ejected from the nozzle and has passed the observation window, is guided to the standing base-housing portion by the guide wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Morimoto, Shozo Iyama
  • Patent number: 10786301
    Abstract: An arthroscopic surgical temperature control system and method able to monitor and control the temperature within a surgical site during arthroscopic ablation procedures in order to prevent tissue damage is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Cannuflow, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore R. Kucklick
  • Patent number: 10709314
    Abstract: An apparatus including a first end configured to connect to a control of an endoscope object removal tool; a second end having a connector configured to removably connect to a handle of an endoscope; and a spine connecting the first end to the second end. The spine comprises a plurality of serially interconnected members which are rotatable relative to each other. Connections of the members to one another comprise friction locks. The friction locks are configured to be temporarily unlocked by overcoming friction forces at the friction locks such that the spine is semi-flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI Inc.
    Inventors: Nison Galperin, Carlo A. DiRusso
  • Patent number: 10695003
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to methods, devices, and systems for removing speckle from a coherent light source, such as laser light. The methods, devices, and systems help eliminate or reduce speckle introduced from a coherent light source, such as laser light, by utilizing the teachings and principles of the disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah D. Henley, Joshua D. Talbert, Laurent Blanquart, Donald M. Wichern
  • Patent number: 10682503
    Abstract: A system for dilating the sinus ostia with a device including a series of elongated members, each having a central channel and increasing outer diameters where the members are positioned one over the other such that the members are advanced to incrementally dilate the sinus ostia. The central channels of each member allow for various procedures to be performed including, for example, the application of wireless energy (e.g., ultrasonic, RF, etc.) to the sinus ostia, the introduction of an irrigating fluid and aspiration from the sinus ostia, and the introduction of a drug to the sinus ostia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Sanovas Intellectual Property, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Gerrans, Peter Christensen Baker
  • Patent number: 10674891
    Abstract: A method for assisting navigation of an endoscopic device using a controller with the aid of a digital image data record of an imaging examination modality is provided. The digital image data record describes an image of an object to be examined with the aid of the endoscopic device in a cavity element. A digital two-dimensional or multi-dimensional model of the object to be examined is determined based on the image data record. An operating action that predetermines a relative location of a sensor of the endoscopic device in relation to the object based on the model is received. The model is registered with the endoscopic device and/or a digital endoscopic data record supplied by the endoscopic device. An initial location of the sensor is compared with the predetermined location, and a navigation signal for navigating the endoscopic device is generated taking into account the predetermined relative location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Lutz Blohm, Philip Mewes
  • Patent number: 10653303
    Abstract: Provided are an endoscope and a hardness adjustment device configured so that an arrangement space of built-in components in an operation portion can be ensured and that burden on a coil spring and a wire can be reduced. In an operation portion, a retained portion of a coil spring unit is retained at a first radial position by a coil spring holder as a first retainer, and a base end portion of a wire unit is retained at a second radial position by a wire holder as a second retainer. A base end portion of the coil spring unit is retained at a third radial position by a coil spring contact portion as a third retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takuro Asaoka, Yoshihiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10653297
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for injecting one or more agents into tissue within a patient's body that includes a catheter. A needle guide extends from a distal end of the catheter and terminates at a distal tip, e.g., including a foot with an atraumatic contact surface, the needle guide having a cross-section smaller than the distal end and being biased to a curved shape. The needle guide includes a passage communicating from a lumen of the catheter to an outlet at the distal tip, and a needle device is disposed within the passage that may be deployed from the outlet to inject one or more agents into tissue. The catheter also includes an imaging assembly on the distal end configured to acquire images of tissue adjacent the needle guide distal tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen A. Leeflang, Christian S. Eversull
  • Patent number: 10646109
    Abstract: A medical device is provided that comprises: (i) an expandable capsule that can be swallowed by a patient and positioned to a target tissue within the patient, (ii) an endoscope attached to the capsule for obtaining an image of the target tissue at a wavelength of interest, and (iii) a thin tube or wire configured to position the device to the target tissue. The thin tube or wire is expandable. The capsule can be swallowed in stages to position the device at different locations within the gastrointestinal tract. The thin tube or wire can deliver electromagnetic radiation for visualization of the target tissue. The thin tube or wire can provide a passage of a biopsy device for access to the target tissue. In some instances, the capsule comprises a band which rotates around the capsule to clean the capsule. In some instances, the capsule collects multispectral or hyperspectral information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Jenny E. Freeman, Derek Brand, Michael J. Hopmeier
  • Patent number: 10639108
    Abstract: A method is described for performing a percutaneous operation on a patient to remove an object from a cavity within the patient. The method includes advancing a first alignment sensor into the cavity through a patient lumen. The first alignment sensor provides its position and orientation in free space in real time. The alignment sensor is manipulated until it is located in proximity to the object. A percutaneous opening is made in the patient with a surgical tool, where the surgical tool includes a second alignment sensor that provides the position and orientation of the surgical tool in free space in real time. The surgical tool is directed towards the object using data provided by both the first and the second alignment sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique Romo, David M. Schummers, David S. Mintz
  • Patent number: 10631714
    Abstract: A swing prism endoscope with adjustable viewing direction includes a shaft with a proximal end and a distal end and a window of a transparent material that seals an opening on the distal end of the shaft so that it is fluid-tight. In addition the swing prism endoscope includes a pivotable prism on the distal end of the shaft for adjustable diversion of light that falls through the window into the shaft of the swing prism endoscope onto an object lens, where the pivotable prism is made of diamond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Harald Baumann