Patents Examined by Timothy J. Neal
  • Patent number: 11564557
    Abstract: The disclosed technology is directed to a medical instrument for endoscopic use. The medical instrument comprises an elongated open ended over tube configured to receive an endoscope in a direction along a longitudinal central axis of the over tube. The endoscope travels retractably from a distal end of the over tube. A tube is disposed concentrically outwardly of the over tube so that a treatment tool is inserted through the tube and is projected forwardly with respect to the over tube from a distal end of the tube. A balloon is disposed on an external surface of the over tube and is expandable outwardly in a radial direction of the over tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukio Sato, Yasuhiro Tabuchi, Yuya Hidaka
  • Patent number: 11559196
    Abstract: A flexible endoscope of the present invention includes a catheter portion and a connection plug. The catheter portion includes an image guide, a light guide, and a catheter tube that surrounds the image guide and the light guide in a longitudinal direction, and the connection plug includes a hollow cover that accommodates the proximal end of the catheter tube, a flexible tube that protrudes from the hollow cover and through which the catheter tube is passed, a first connection terminal that is connected to the light guide extending from the proximal end of the catheter tube, and a second connection terminal that is connected to the image guide extending from the proximal end of the catheter tube. The image guide and the light guide are slidable inside the catheter tube, and at least one of the image guide and the light guide is arranged curved inside the hollow cover of the connection plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignees: OSAKA UNIVERSITY, SUMITA OPTICAL GLASS, INC.
    Inventors: Keita Okayama, Shinsuke Nanto, Hiroya Hoshi
  • Patent number: 11559186
    Abstract: An electronic endoscope system includes a plotting unit which plots pixel correspondence points, which correspond to pixels that constitute a color image that has multiple color components, on a first color plane according to color components of the pixel correspondence points, the first color plane intersecting the origin of a predetermined color space; an axis setting unit which sets a predetermined reference axis in the first color plane; a transform unit which defines a second color plane that includes the reference axis, and subjecting the pixel correspondence points on the first color plane to projective transformation onto the second color plane; and an evaluation value calculating unit which calculates a prescribed evaluation value with respect to the color image based on the pixel correspondence points subjected to projective transformation onto the second color plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao Makino
  • Patent number: 11555997
    Abstract: The present specification describes a method for determining the distance of an object from the tip of an endoscope during an endoscopic procedure, wherein at least one lens is configured to converge light from outside the tip onto a sensor that includes a plurality of photodiodes a portion of which are adjacent pairs of photodiodes configured to be phase detection pixels. The method includes receiving light into each adjacent pair of photodiodes, wherein said light is reflected off a surface of said object; determining a first response curve to said light for a first photodiode of said adjacent pair of photodiodes and a second response curve to said light for a second photodiode of said adjacent pair of photodiodes; identifying an intersection between the first response curve and the second response curve; and using data derived from said intersection to determine said distance to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis William Stith, Edward Andrew Jakl
  • Patent number: 11553834
    Abstract: A force estimation system for calculating force information regarding forces applied to one or more positions of a flexible tubular portion having flexibility through an arithmetic operation, the force estimation system comprising: a processor configured to input the deformation state and the mechanical property at a plurality of longitudinal positions of the flexible tubular portion, and calculates the force information of the force applied to the individual positions of the flexible tubular portion based on the deformed state and the mechanical property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Hane
  • Patent number: 11553833
    Abstract: A handle for an endoscope has a handle housing, an operating member (7) accommodated in said handle, at least one pull wire (17) attached to said operating member (7), and at least one guide tube (16) surrounding and supporting said at least one pull wire (17). The guide tube (16) is fixed with respect to said handle housing at at least a first location. A direction guide (24) adapted for directing the free end of the pull wire (17) in a desired direction during assembly of the endoscope is provided at said first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Jesper Grøndahl Lund, Michael Kappler Hansen, Sean Lim Haow Sen
  • Patent number: 11547304
    Abstract: A composite device for medical image capturing according to the present invention includes: a head part including a camera unit provided with an image sensor to capture a tooth image, a printed circuit board for operation control of the camera unit and signal transmission therefrom, a light source panel having multiple light sources mounted therein, the light sources emitting light towards a target tooth of which an image is to be captured by the camera unit, an upper housing having the camera unit, the printed circuit board, and the light source panel which are embedded therein, and a lower housing; and a main body part provided with an operation panel for signal input, and supplying electric power to the head part and transmitting a tooth image signal received from the head part to outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: GOODDOCTORS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young Woon Kim
  • Patent number: 11547276
    Abstract: An optical bulb for a medical device includes first and second bodies. The first body has a substantially hemispherical distal side. The second body extends from the first body and includes a mechanical connection point at or near the proximal side of the second body. An instrument channel extends through the optical bulb from the proximal side of the second body to the distal side of the first body. An imaging channel extends an aperture defined in the proximal side of the second body and terminates between the proximal and substantially hemispherical distal sides of the first body. The distal end of the imaging channel is substantially hemispherical. The first body is configured and arranged to provide a substantially uniform image path within a field of view of a camera disposed in the imaging channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: The Children's Medical Center Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Maiorano, Jeffrey C. Cerier, Benjamin D. Masella, David P. Biss, Brian E. MacMillin
  • Patent number: 11547393
    Abstract: An endoscope system for delivering a fluid to a patient and retrieving for diagnostic purposes from the patient a specimen. The system includes an endoscope, a fluid container containing a fluid, and a first specimen container for receiving a specimen. The endoscope system has a first user selectable state and a second user selectable state, where the endoscope system in the first user selectable state is configured to automatically deliver the fluid from the fluid container to the patient and in the second user selectable state is configured to automatically retrieve a specimen from the patient and provide the specimen to the first specimen container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Lasse Markworth Johnsen, Jesper Mads Bartroff Frederiksen
  • Patent number: 11547815
    Abstract: A system includes an endoscope configured for insertion into an internal body cavity and a fluid management system. The fluid management system includes a pump configured to pump fluid through the endoscope into the internal body cavity and a controller configured to determine a pressure within the internal body cavity based upon a current feedback signal received from the pump. A method includes supplying a drive signal to a pump to pump fluid into an internal body cavity, receiving a current feedback signal from the pump, and determining a pressure within the internal body cavity based on the current feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Jason S. Minahan
  • Patent number: 11553113
    Abstract: A video endoscope including an operating handle; an insertion tube extending distally from the operating handle; a camera at the distal end of the insertion tube; a working channel extending from the housing to the distal end of the insertion tube; and control cables; the operating handle including: a housing; a control lever comprising a wall and trunnions extending laterally from the wall, the wall comprising a control lever immobilization aperture; a first wall comprising a first support aperture and a first immobilization aperture; a second wall comprising a second support aperture, the first support aperture and the second support aperture receiving the trunnions to facilitate rotation of the control lever, and the control lever immobilization aperture and the first immobilization aperture being alignable to receive a tool and thereby immobilize the control lever in a neutral position during attachment of the control cables to the control lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Kaspar Mat Matthison-Hansen, Thomas Bachgaard Jensen, Jakob Bønnelykke Kristensen
  • Patent number: 11540699
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein is directed to a medical manipulator system having a medical device. The medical device such as endoscope or other surgical instrument includes an elongated insertion portion. A holder assembly includes an articulated arm carrying the medical device that is attached thereto and is actuated following movement of the medical device and holds the medical device in a stationary state at a desired position. A position/attitude detection unit detects positions and attitudes of the elongated insertion portion in plurality states into which the medical device is caused to swing about a constraint point. A constraint point estimation unit estimates a position of the constraint point based on the positions and attitudes of the insertion portion as detected by the position/attitude detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shintaro Inoue
  • Patent number: 11540703
    Abstract: An endoscope comprising: a tubular elongated member; a tensioning wire in a tensioning lumen along one side of the elongated member, between the proximal end and the distal end of the elongated member; a head arranged at the distal end of the elongated member and comprising: a tubular tensioning ring attached to the distal end of the tensioning wire and having a same external diameter as the elongated member; an imaging sensor having a rectangular cross section, arranged at a distal end of the head; and a tubular distal shell arranged longitudinally around the imaging sensor and having an inner diameter identical to or slightly larger than a diagonal of the rectangular cross section of the imaging sensor; wherein a tubular jacket sheathes the elongated member and the tensioning ring of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Marek Sekowski
  • Patent number: 11534053
    Abstract: An optical instrument (1) for minimally invasive surgery includes an instrument housing (2) for receiving optical elements, wherein the instrument housing (2) is sealed in fluid tight fashion by way of at least one end window (7) on the distal side and/or proximal side. The end window (7) is arranged in a window frame (8) that surrounds the end window (7) around the entire circumference thereof. The end windows (7) is able to be attached with little stress in the associated window frame (8) based on at least two portions (12) that project radially to the inside from the window frame (8). The at least two portions (12) are formed on the inner circumferential surface of each window frame (8) facing the respective end window (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Stefanie Maichle, Michael Egle, Claus Kramer
  • Patent number: 11534241
    Abstract: A medical manipulator system includes: an endoscope; a first manipulator equipped with a first treatment tool at a distal end thereof; a second manipulator equipped with a second treatment tool at a distal end thereof; a display for a user to view; and a controller configured to generate an image to be displayed on the display. The controller is configured to: acquire a first image taken by the endoscope, the first image contains the first treatment tool; and in response to determining that the second treatment tool does not exist in the first image: calculate a relative distance and a relative direction between the first treatment tool and the second treatment tool; generate a second image showing the relative distance and the relative direction between the first treatment tool and the second treatment tool; and send the first image and the second image to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kyohei Kurihara, Mitsuaki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11529039
    Abstract: Borescopes and related methods that are configured to preclude or minimize imaging in hazy and/or smoky conditions. In some embodiments, the borescope may comprise a shaft made up, at least in part, of a material that is electrically non-conductive material and/or thermally non-conductive, and a tip positioned at a distal end of the shaft. The tip may comprise at least one light source, such as an LED or array of LEDS, configured to deliver electromagnetic radiation in which no more than about 20% of the total spectral output is in the infrared spectrum. The electromagnetic radiation delivered from the at least one light source may comprise a spectrum having at least one of a local maximum and a global maximum between about 450 and about 495 nm. The at least one light source may be configured to deliver between about 20 and about 75 lumens of visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Xenocor, Inc.
    Inventors: Lane G. Brooks, Christopher Joseph Pratt, Ashok C. Khandkar, John T. Langell, Dennis James Muhlestein
  • Patent number: 11529197
    Abstract: Systems and methods of tracking the position of an endoscope within a patient's body during an endoscopic procedure is disclosed. The devices and methods include determining a position of the endoscope within the patient in the endoscope's coordinate system, capturing in an image fiducial markers attached to the endoscope by an external optical tracker, transforming the captured fiducial markers from the endoscope's coordinate system to the optical tracker's coordinate system, projecting a virtual image of the endoscope on a model of the patient's organ, and projecting or displaying the combined image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventor: Achia Kronman
  • Patent number: 11523729
    Abstract: There is provided a surgical controlling device including an exposure controlling section that performs exposure control based on a luminance detection value detected from a biological image, in which the exposure controlling section corrects, on the basis of information regarding an identified surgical optical device, the luminance detection value so as to correct luminance unevenness arising from the surgical optical device. Further, there is provided a control method including performing, by a processor, exposure control based on a luminance detection value detected from a biological image, in which the performing the exposure control further includes correcting the luminance detection value so as to correct, based on information regarding an identified surgical optical device, luminance unevenness arising from the surgical optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Murakita
  • Patent number: 11510551
    Abstract: Provided are an endoscope apparatus capable of reducing a diameter of a mounting portion in a case where a balloon is mounted on an insertion part of an endoscope, and the balloon. An endoscope apparatus includes an endoscope having an insertion part, and a balloon mounted on the insertion part. The balloon includes a first sleeve part, a second sleeve part, and a balloon main body. The balloon has an inner diameter of the first sleeve part, which is 1/10 or more and ½ or less of an outer diameter of the insertion part, in a pre-mounting state before the balloon is mounted to the insertion part. An inner diameter of the second sleeve part may be set to 1/10 or more and ½ or less of the outer diameter of the insertion part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Motohiko Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11510557
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes a mother endoscope, a baby endoscope and a fixing member. The mother endoscope includes a first insertion section, a first operation section, a treatment instrument insertion channel and an opening. The baby endoscope includes a second insertion section and a second operation section. The first operation section includes a projection portion. The second operation section includes a recess portion that is a recessed face formed such that at least part of the recessed face comes into face contact with a surface of the projection portion. The second operation section is fixed to the first operation section in a state where the recess portion is in contact with the surface of the projection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xiongwei Wang, Tsukasa Ota, Takuto Yoshinaga