Patents Examined by Timothy J. Neal
  • Patent number: 10842356
    Abstract: A plug as an optical connector is configured to connect mechanically and optically with a receptacle, wherein part of an optical fibre for transmitting an optical signal is disposed internally. The plug includes a tubular plug-side first outer wall into which the optical fibre is inserted, configured to cover an optical signal-emitting end of the optical fibre. An end side of the plug-side first outer wall to be connected to the receptacle is sealed by a plug-side cover member translucent to an optical signal. In the optical connector intrusion of liquid and foreign substances can be suppressed, and reliability of optical communication can be ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hagihara, Kei Tomatsu, Kenji Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10842361
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure may include a medical device comprising an elongate member and a handle assembly connected to the elongate member. The handle housing may house a steering mechanism movable relative to the handle assembly and configured to steer the elongate member along a first plane and a second plane different from the first plane, a camera system configured to capture images from a distal end of the elongate member, and an illumination system configured to provide illuminating light from the distal end of the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Oskin, Brian C. MacLean, William M. Asselin, Michael O'Brien, Thomas M. Zappia
  • Patent number: 10842350
    Abstract: Systems and methods herein are directed to an endoscopic device with a drip flange, including the assembly and use of the endoscopic device. The endoscopic device with a drip flange may be positioned to abut an aperture into an operative cavity and inserted through the aperture. An endoscopic procedure may be performed, during which fluid moves along an outside surface of the elongate shaft, the fluid moving from the distal end toward the proximal end, and where the fluid is directed to a drip flange coupled to the outside surface of the elongate shaft between the distal tip and a proximal end of the elongate shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Nikolai D. Begg
  • Patent number: 10842355
    Abstract: Provided is an endoscope apparatus that can improve the airtightness of a space within a connector part where an optical semiconductor element or the like is present. The endoscope apparatus includes a connector part that is connected to an external device and transmits and receives light signals to and from the external device. The connector part includes a hollow metal member having two openings that communicate with each other, a light emitting element that is press-fitted and fixed to one opening side of the hollow metal member so as to be capable of sealing the periphery of the one opening, a lens that is provided on the other opening side of the hollow metal member, a fixing member that fixes the lens to the hollow metal member, and an O ring that is pressed by the fixing member and seals a gap between the lens and the hollow metal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kimitake Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10835102
    Abstract: A system for medical diagnosis includes a fiber optic cable and a plurality of light emitters optically coupled to a first end of the fiber optic cable. Each light emitter in the plurality of light emitters emits a distinct bandwidth of light. The system also includes a controller electrically coupled to the plurality of light emitters. The controller includes logic that when executed by the controller causes the controller to perform operations including: receiving instructions including an illumination mode, and adjusting an intensity of the light emitted from each light emitter in the plurality of light emitters to match the illumination mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Vidya Ganapati, Supriyo Sinha, Eden Rephaeli
  • Patent number: 10827916
    Abstract: A LED illumination module has at least one LED (6). At a proximal side there is a first electric connection contact (8) and at an axially oppositely directed distal side there is a second electrical connection contact (10) as well as a radiation region emitting radiation. The LED (6), at the second electrical connection contact (10), is contacted via an electrically conductive sleeve (14) which, distanced to the proximal end, is electrically conductively connected to the second connection contact (10) of the LED (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: RICHARD WOLF GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Claus Weber, Rudolf Heimberger, Klaus Schrumpf, Martina Detert, Thomas App
  • Patent number: 10827907
    Abstract: The invention relates to a trocar system for a minimally invasive work station, comprising an endoscopic instrument (2) having imaging means (3) and a device for transmitting the signals containing the image information to a display unit (6) and, as required, work tools, further comprising a trocar assembly (7 to 16) having a trocar sleeve, which is designed to receive a pin, including imaging means (8, 14), provided with a tip that is permeable to imaging media having different wavelengths, wherein the imaging means are provided to make the work field visible through the distal end of the pin and a device (16) is provided for transmitting the signals containing the image information to a display unit (6). The trocar assembly (7 to 16) and the minimally invasive instrument (3) are provided for separate use and for displaying the respective image information for the same display unit (6). The pin is provided with an on/off switch (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Reiner Kunz, Michael Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10827909
    Abstract: Provided is an alimentary engagement device that may be used for certain medical procedures such as colonoscopies and endoscopies. The alimentary engagement device includes a conduit that is fitted over a medical instrument such as a colonoscope or an endoscope as it is inserted within a body cavity. On the outer surface of the conduit is a balloon which may be expanded to engage the walls within the interior of the cavity. The interior of the conduit includes a seal which has an aperture for allowing a medical instrument to pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Fadi N. Bashour
  • Patent number: 10813701
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention relate to systems methods and computer program products for bend estimation. The system comprises a first and second light absorbers disposed at a substantially same position along an axis of a light guide and enabled to absorb first and second respective amounts of a plurality of wavelengths of a light transmitted along the light guide, a light detector enabled to detect respective intensities of the plurality of wavelengths of the light not absorbed by the first and second light absorbers, and a processor enabled to calculate a bend state of the light guide according to the detected intensities of the plurality of wavelengths of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken Sato, Hiromasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 10813542
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus for an endoscope includes an exterior member; an internal unit including an image pickup unit; a fixing frame formed of metal and including at least one fixing portion configured to retain the internal unit and to fix the internal unit to an inner surface of the exterior member; and a washer provided between the at least one fixing portion and a screw hole of the inner surface, the washer being formed of a member with a lower thermal conductivity than metal, wherein the at least one fixing portion of the retaining member is fixed to the fixing part of the exterior member by a fixing member via the heat insulating member, and the heat insulating member covers an outer circumference of the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuro Nara
  • Patent number: 10806528
    Abstract: An adapter assembly is provided for selectively interconnecting a surgical end effector that is configured to perform a function and a surgical device that is configured to actuate the end effector, the end effector including at least one axially translatable drive member, and the surgical device including at least one rotatable drive shaft. The adapter assembly includes at least one drive converter assembly including a drive shaft; a drive coupling nut threadably connected to a distal end portion of the drive shaft; and an axially translatable drive bar connected to the drive coupling nut, wherein rotation of the drive shaft results in axial translation of the drive bar. The drive coupling nut engages 29 teeth of the threaded distal end portion of the drive shaft. The drive coupling nut is manufactured from unreinforced PEEK thermoplastic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Russell Pribanic, Stanislaw Marczyk
  • Patent number: 10809519
    Abstract: In a minimally invasive surgical system, an image capture unit includes a prism assembly and sensor assembly. The prism assembly includes a beam splitter, while the sensor assembly includes coplanar image capture sensors. Each of the coplanar image capture sensors has a common front end optical structure, e.g., the optical structure distal to the image capture unit is the same for each of the sensors. A controller enhances images acquired by the coplanar image capture sensors. The enhanced images may include (a) visible images with enhanced feature definition, in which a particular feature in the scene is emphasized to the operator of minimally invasive surgical system; (b) images having increased image apparent resolution; (c) images having increased dynamic range; (d) images displayed in a way based on a pixel color component vector having three or more color components; and (e) images having extended depth of field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KITAGAWA INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ian E. McDowall
  • Patent number: 10809522
    Abstract: The electronic endoscope has an endoscope shaft (2) and an electronics housing (3), and also an optical waveguide (5) having optical fibers (4). The endoscope shaft (2) is formed on the electronics housing (3) or connected thereto, the electronics housing (3) being closed so as to be vapor-tight and liquid-tight from outside. The optical waveguide (5) extends between a distal end (6) of the endoscope shaft (2), directed away from the electronics housing (3), and a light source (7) arranged in the electronics housing (3). The optical waveguide (5) has, at its proximal end (8), an optical waveguide connector (9), with which a light exit point (10) from the electronics housing (3) is closed off in a vapor-tight and liquid-tight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Schölly Fiberoptic GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Lietzau
  • Patent number: 10806330
    Abstract: A single use endoscope device which is inserted inside a subject includes: a distal end portion which includes at least an imaging element; an operation unit which operates an operation of the endoscope device; a curved portion which can be curved inside the subject by operating the operation unit; a fractured portion which detaches the distal end portion from the curved portion; and a soft portion which is extended from the operation unit to the curved portion. The distal end portion, the curved portion and the soft portion are inserted in the subject, the operation unit, the curved portion, and the soft portion are discarded after use of the endoscope device, and the distal end portion and at least the imaging element included in the distal end portion are reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayoshi Morishima, Kohei Iketani, Keiji Ito
  • Patent number: 10806371
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an intubation system include a tracheal tube and an illumination assembly that is removably couplable to a tubular body of the tracheal tube. The tracheal tube may be a double lumen tracheal tube having a first cuff that is adapted to be inflated to seal against the walls of a patient's trachea and a second cuff that is adapted to be inflated to seal against the walls of the patient's bronchial stem. The illumination assembly may have one or more illumination devices that are adapted to produce light within the patient's trachea, the patient's bronchial stem, or both when the illumination assembly is coupled to the tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Sarah Hayman, Lockett E. Wood, Christina Goehrig
  • Patent number: 10799093
    Abstract: An endoscope adapted to insert a treatment tool includes: an opening portion from which the treatment tool protrudes, the opening portion being provided on a distal end of the endoscope; a rotary shaft rotatably mounted in the opening portion, a direction of a shaft center being perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the endoscope; and a raise base that is attachable to the rotary shaft and detachable from the rotary shaft in a predetermined attaching/detaching direction through the opening portion and is capable of rising around the rotary shaft while being attached to the rotary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kodama
  • Patent number: 10799097
    Abstract: A system comprising: (a) a sheath configured to receive all or a portion of an endoscope; (b) an irrigation line connecting the sheath to an irrigation source; (c) a suction line connecting the sheath to a suction source; and (d) a control module located between the sheath, and the irrigation source and the suction source and controls flow of irrigation fluid from the irrigation source to the sheath and movement of suction between the suction source and the sheath; wherein the irrigation source is connected to a resilient reservoir that is located within the control module and movement of the control module compresses the resilient reservoir moving irrigation fluid from the resilient reservoir to the sheath so that the irrigation fluid assists in cleaning the endoscope, and wherein the control module includes a valve and compression of the resilient reservoir initiates movement of the valve so that the valve opens and suction from the suction line is applied to the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming J. Cheng, David C. Church, Daniel R. Goldberg, Gregory S. Konstorum, J. Andrew Willhite
  • Patent number: 10799100
    Abstract: An image processing device for an endoscope in which an operation of bending a distal end portion only within one endoscope bending plane including an axis of the distal end portion is allowed, the image processing device having a processor configured to acquire information of a course along which the endoscope travels in the luminal structure, the course being set based on a three-dimensional image indicating the luminal structure, and calculate a first rotation angle of the endoscope at a first branch in the course, the first rotation angle being an angle to match the one endoscope bending plane where the distal end portion is allowed to bend with a plane of the first branch, by a operation of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kenta Yamada
  • Patent number: 10803662
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for transoral lung access. In some examples, the system includes a bronchoscope, a concentric tube probe deployable from within the bronchoscope, and a steerable needle nested deployable from within the concentric tube probe. The system can include a control system for deploying the concentric tube probe from the bronchoscope into a lung to a location where a target is within a range of the steerable needle and for deploying the steerable needle from the location to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Ron Alterovitz, Richard Harry Feins, Bryan Irby Hartley, Alan David Kuntz, Erik Lamers, Arthur William Mahoney, Andria Annette Remirez, Philip Joseph Swaney, Robert James Webster, III
  • Patent number: 10791914
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus for supporting insertion of a flexible insertion member into a subject and removal of the insertion member includes an attention point acquisition unit, a first displacement acquisition unit and a determination unit. The attention point acquisition unit specifies at least one first attention point specified by a shape of the insertion member. The first displacement acquisition unit acquires a first displacement of the first attention point. The determination unit determines how a state of the insertion member or the subject is at a position corresponding to the first attention point, based on displacement information including information on the first displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Yamamoto, Jun Hane