Patents Examined by Rynae Boler
  • Patent number: 9763650
    Abstract: A control system for allowing a user to control the orientation of a medical device or a medical instrument in a variety of directions. An actuator selectively tensions one or more control cables having ends secured at or adjacent a distal tip of the medical device in order to bend the distal tip in a desired direction. In one embodiment, a physician can adjust the movement of the distal tip in a desired direction without affecting the orientation of the medical device in other directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Anna Chen, Barry Weitzner, John B. Golden, Dan Bacon, Kim Dang, Richard Rothstein
  • Patent number: 9622647
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adaptor that is suitable for attachment to an endoscopic device for delivery of a secondary gas. The adaptor can comprise a substantially cylindrical body with a two, opposing closed ends, two fluid transport channels extending through the cylindrical body and opening at the closed ends, and an inlet port extending outward from the cylindrical body and being in fluid connection with one of the fluid transport channels. The adaptor may be used in endoscopy methods and is particularly useful for adding a secondary gas source in an endoscopy procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED STATES ENDOSCOPY GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Cushner, Christopher R. Stebbins, Kenneth E. Wolcott
  • Patent number: 9615727
    Abstract: An insertion portion, a bending portion, an inner guide sheath, an operation portion, a fixing lever, a guide member, a crank member, a pair of link members, and cam members that are rotatable to a second rotation position where the cam members simultaneously press exposed sites of moving members to wall surfaces in a vertical direction, and a first rotation position where the cam members are separated from the exposed sites, by either one of opening and closing of the respective link members are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiichi Arai, Tsugio Okazaki
  • Patent number: 9549716
    Abstract: A control system for allowing a physician to control the orientation of a medical device or a medical instrument in a variety of directions with one hand. An actuator selectively tensions one or more control cables having ends secured at or adjacent a distal tip of the medical device in order to bend the distal tip in a desired direction. In one embodiment, a physician can adjust the movement of the distal tip in a desired direction without affecting the orientation of the medical device in other directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Weitzner, John Golden, Frank T. McDonald
  • Patent number: 9538906
    Abstract: The present invention provides a capsule-type medical apparatus and a method of manufacturing a capsule-type medical apparatus which can prevent a contact between a burr formed on an optical dome which is a part of a capsule-like casing and a living body in a subject. The capsule-type medical apparatus has a capsule-like casing which can be introduced inside the subject. The casing is configured with optically transparent optical domes and a cylindrical trunk member having an outer diameter dimension larger than an outer diameter dimension of the optical domes. The cylindrical trunk member is fitted onto an outer circumferential surface of the optical domes so as to cover each of the optical domes up to a portion near the burr formed thereon. The cylindrical trunk member has a step higher than the burr so as to prevent a contact between the burr and a living body in the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidetake Segawa
  • Patent number: 9526406
    Abstract: Endoscopic instrument with a control element, an instrument shaft, an adjustment element, a pull element and an actuator, and also with an intermediate element which is operatively connected to the control element and to the adjustment element, wherein the intermediate element has a first portion and a second portion, the first portion is connected to the second portion, the second portion has a greater bending resistance than the first portion, and the first portion has a measurement element for measuring a flexion of the first portion, wherein the adjustment element has a first abutment device, which defines a first movement range of the first portion relative to the adjustment element, and a second abutment device, which defines a second movement range of the second portion relative to the adjustment element, and the first movement range is smaller than the second movement range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christina Friedrich, Peter Schwarz
  • Patent number: 9427143
    Abstract: A self-propelled device for locomotion through a lumen, comprising a set of serially arranged inflatable chambers, adjacent chambers being fluidly connected, and a fluid source attached to one end of the set, such that the chambers inflate sequentially. The chambers are constructed of an elastic material and have a wall thickness and dimensions such that they have a characteristic with a non-monotonous relationship between the inflation pressure within the chamber and the chamber's inflated size. The characteristic is such that after an initial inflation pressure peak, the non-monotonous relationship adopts a negative slope, such that the volume of the chamber increases more rapidly than the volume of fluid flowing into it, and the inflation pressure of the chamber falls. This effect causes the chamber to inflate and anchor rapidly, while essentially slowing down the inflation of the succeeding chamber until inflation of the first is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: TECHNION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION LTD.
    Inventors: Daniel Glozman, Noam Hassidov, Moshe Shoham
  • Patent number: 9408525
    Abstract: An objective lens unit for endoscopes, with an objective lens having at least one lens and with an objective lens frame that is mounted in an endoscope housing in such a way that the insertion depth in the distal direction is restricted by a covering glass established in the endoscope housing and the objective lens frame that can be fastened in the endoscope housing forms the proximal end. In order to provide an objective lens unit for endoscopes that is simple to assemble and can be positioned in stationary manner in the endoscope housing, it is proposed according to the invention that the objective lens frame should be capable of being removably fastened in the endoscope housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jan Dahmen
  • Patent number: 9398840
    Abstract: An endoscope with a variable direction of view is provided, which includes an endoscope shaft and imaging optics arranged inside the endoscope shaft. These image an object located before the distal end of the endoscope and produce an image of the object in the proximal area of the endoscope in which a field stop is arranged. The produced image is larger than the field stop. In the proximal area of the endoscope an image module is arranged with which the relative position between the produced image and the field stop can be changed for changing the section of the produced image visible after the field stop in order to change the direction of view of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Henke-Sass, Wolf GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Rehe
  • Patent number: 9375138
    Abstract: Medical devices are described and illustrated herein. In particular, steerable guide members and catheters useful in the identification and treatment of bodily passages are provided. Methods of identifying and treating bodily passages are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Darin Schaeffer, Patrick Melder, Vicky Tran, Logan Cage
  • Patent number: 9357901
    Abstract: A system for graphically visualizing an orientation of a steerable distal portion of an elongate instrument is disclosed. The system includes an instrument having an elongate body. The elongate body includes a proximal portion and a steerable distal portion. The system also includes at least one tensioning member attached to said steerable distal portion, wherein the actuation of said at least one tensioning member results in an approximate y-bend and an approximate x-bend of said steerable distal portion, and wherein said approximate y-bend and approximate x-bend define an approximate overall bend of said steerable distal portion. The system further includes a graphical user interface and an icon representing said approximate overall bend on said graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Eno, Amir Belson, David Blaha, David Mintz, Bruce Robert Woodley
  • Patent number: 9289267
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for presenting three-dimensional data to a physician is provided to facilitate the flexible navigation of an endoscope and surgical instruments with respect to anatomical structures. In accordance with a first embodiment a first set of data corresponding to a three dimensional model of a patient's anatomy is received. This three-dimensional model may be rendered from images taken in CT or MRI scanning, as discussed above. In accordance with this embodiment, this model is then combined with a second set of data corresponding to a view obtained from an endoscope. In another embodiment, the view from the illustrative endoscope is displayed as an inset image on the display of the three-dimensional image. In yet another embodiment, the three-dimensional image comprises a graphical representation of at least a first surgical instrument, such as said endoscope. The surgeon may select among various combinations of views and may zoom in or out from any particular view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS USA, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Sauer, Ali Khamene, Sebastian Vogt
  • Patent number: 9277850
    Abstract: Computer systems and software for controlling an endoscope integrity tester. The pressurization and humidity measurement and calculations, and the resulting determination of passage or failure is automated and controlled to eliminate concerns of human error in the detection process. Further, the computer system is capable of adapting its calculations to specific endoscopes and particular testing changes to further improve accuracy by being context-sensitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Medivators Inc.
    Inventor: Melissa Kubach
  • Patent number: 9179825
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a medical device for accessing a patient's body portion and used for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Embodiments of the invention may include a particular endoscopic positioning mechanism for placing an endoscope and an additional treatment device within desired body portions in order to assist in diagnosis and treatment of anatomical diseases and disorders. In particular, a medical device according to an embodiment of the invention includes a positioning mechanism configured for movement through at least two degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Geitz, Brian Tinkham
  • Patent number: 9149274
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for controlling movement of a working end of a surgical device. In one embodiment, methods and devices are provided for moving an end effector on a distal end of a surgical fastening device. Movement can include rotational movement of the end effector about an axis of the shaft, articulation of the end effector relative to the shaft, and actuation of an end effector, e.g., closing, firing, and/or cutting. In other embodiments, a single cable actuator is provided and is movable between a first position, in which it is effective to rotate an end effector without actuating (i.e., closing and firing) the end effector, and a second position, in which it is effective to actuate the end effector without rotating the end effector. In other aspects, methods and devices are provided for moving a flexible neck formed on a distal end of an accessory channel for use with an endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: James T. Spivey, Mark S. Ortiz, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 9125554
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a jaw portion and a shaft portion that is pivotably coupled to the jaw portion. The shaft portion defines an interior space having first and second openings on respective radially-opposite sides of the shaft portion. A camera assembly is coupled to the shaft portion and is moveable between a first position, in which the camera assembly is positioned within the interior space of the shaft portion, and, for example, second and third positions, in which the camera assembly extends through a respective one of the first and second radially-opposite openings of the shaft portion. In this manner, the camera assembly may be positionable on, and may provide imaging data of, either side of the surgical device, irrespective of which lateral side the jaw portion is articulated relative to the shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael P. Whitman, Donald Malinouskas
  • Patent number: 9113845
    Abstract: A sleeve for simple assembly of in-vivo devices, such as endoscopy capsules, is provided. The sleeve comprises grippers and leaf springs at either end to hold the rigid portions of a rigid-flex PCB (printed circuit board) in a folded configuration before the PCB is inserted into an in-vivo device's housing. A method of assembly of the rigid-flex PCB into the sleeve is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: GIVEN IMAGING LTD.
    Inventors: Zvika Gilad, Chen Mann, Semion Khait
  • Patent number: 9107568
    Abstract: An image sensing system includes: a light emitting device; a pixel configured to capture an optical signal and to convert the optical signal into an analog image signal; an analog circuit configured to selectively filter the analog image signal; an analog-to-digital converting circuit configured to convert the analog image signal to a digital image signal; a digital circuit configured to receive the digital image signal and to switch the light emitting device on and off; wherein the digital image signal includes a dark image frame if the optical signal is captured when the light emitting device is off; wherein the digital image signal includes an effective image frame if the optical signal is captured when the light emitting device is on and the analog circuit is configured to filter the analog image signal; and wherein the digital image signal includes a punctured image frame if the optical signal is captured when the light emitting device is on and the analog circuit is not configured to filter the analog i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures II LLC
    Inventors: Wan-Hee Jo, Jang-Sik Moon
  • Patent number: 9089271
    Abstract: A system for controlling actuation of a capsule endoscope includes a receiving unit receiving an image transmitted from the capsule endoscope; a coil unit generating a magnetic field for actuating the capsule endoscope by using current applied thereto; a power supply unit supplying power to the coil unit; and an actuation controller control the current applied to the coil unit and a coil rotational motor for adjusting of a posture and the location of the capsule endoscope based on the identified lesion or location of the capsule endoscope, wherein the coil unit includes a pair of Helmholtz coils and a pair of Maxwell coils that are fixedly disposed on a main axis; and a pair of uniform saddle coils and a pair of gradient saddle coils that are located inside the pair of the Helmholtz coils and the pair of the Maxwell coils to rotate around the main axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Industry Foundation of Chonnam National University
    Inventors: Suk Ho Park, Jong Oh Park, Hyun Chul Choi, Kyung Rae Cha, Se Mi Jeong
  • Patent number: 9089298
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arthroscopy apparatus, comprising at least three elements selected from: a conventional arthroscopic lens (12), to which there is coupled a power supply device or capsule, in the inside of which is the power source (1), and a miniature camera (8), characterized by not comprising connecting cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: PEDRO GUILLEN GARCIA
    Inventors: Pedro Guillen Garcia, Antonio Lòpez Hidalgo, Marta Guillén Vicente, Jesus López Hidalgo, Miguel Angel López Hidalgo, Isabel Guillén Vicente