Patents Examined by Timothy J. Neal
  • Patent number: 11224331
    Abstract: An advance and retreat assisting tool for a treatment instrument includes: a base; an attaching portion; a first cylinder which is attached to the base; a second cylinder which has a fixing portion fixing the treatment instrument and slides in an advance and retreat direction with respect to the first cylinder along a center axis of the first cylinder; an advance and retreat mechanism which advances and retreats the second cylinder along the center axis with respect to the first cylinder by rotation; and an assisting portion which urges the second cylinder in a predetermined direction along the center axis with respect to the base with an urging force smaller than a resistance force when the second cylinder slides and assists the rotation of the advance and retreat mechanism when the advance and retreat mechanism rotates in one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 11224334
    Abstract: A radial illumination system is for projecting a light pattern radially. A light source generates a light output to an optical fiber. A ferrule is provided around the end of the optical fiber, and a reflector is mounted over or in the ferrule or integral with the ferrule, for redirecting the light to form generally radial light. In this way, a simple design with low component count is able to perform the optical alignment and optical reflecting functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Pippinus Maarten Robertus Wortelboer, Antonius Johannes Josephus Rademakers
  • Patent number: 11213193
    Abstract: An endoscopy system including: an endoscope; a light source; an optical cable connecting the light source to the endoscope; wherein the endoscope includes at least one bundle of endoscope optical fibers; the cable includes at least one bundle of cable optical fibers; a light source coupling point provided where light is coupled into the cable optical fibers; an endoscope coupling point provided where light is coupled from the cable optical fibers into the endoscope optical fibers; and the light source is configured to selectively illuminate individual cable optical fibers or groups of cable optical fibers at the light source coupling point, the light source including a controller to control the light source such that at least some of the cable optical fibers not coupled to endoscope optical fibers at the endoscope coupling point are not illuminated by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Thorsten Juergens
  • Patent number: 11213190
    Abstract: An endoscope including an insertion tube, a working, channel located within the insertion tube, and a protecting feature disposed within at least a portion, of the working channel The protecting feature may be adapted to protect the working-channel from thermal damage and/or from mechanical damage caused by a medical instrument located in the working channel. The protecting feature may be adapted to determine presence or absence of a medical instrument within the working channel, arid/or a location of the medical instrument within the working channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Shelton, Allison Dianis, Giorgio Brusa
  • Patent number: 11213191
    Abstract: An endoscopic probe extending from a proximal end to a distal end thereof, and configured to be inserted in a tubular lumen to observe a sample is disclosed. The probe includes a first waveguide enclosed within an inner sheath and extending from the proximal end to the distal end along an axis of the inner sheath; and a plurality of second waveguides having at least the distal ends thereof arranged in one or more rings around the inner sheath to surround the distal end of the first waveguide. At the distal end, the axis of each of the second waveguides is tilted with respect to the axis of the first waveguide by a tilt angle which can be adjustable. This novel endoscopic probe has a resultant numerical aperture larger than the numerical aperture of each of the second waveguides, and it may be applicable to forward-viewing spectrally encoded endoscopes (SEE).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Seiji Takeuchi, Mitsuhiro Ikuta, Anderson Thi Mach
  • Patent number: 11213645
    Abstract: Airway management methods, devices, assemblies and systems. Methods, devices, assemblies and systems may include robotic movement and control of an intubation tube introducer or guide, and may include utilizing image data from one or more image sensors. The methods, devices, assemblies and systems may optionally be used in endotracheal intubation procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Spiro Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Nekhendzy, Dimitri Sokolov
  • Patent number: 11202554
    Abstract: A handle (2) for an endoscope (1), the handle (2) having a proximal end, a distal end, a front and a back, and the handle (2) including a gripping section (12) separated by a transition section (17) from an operation section (13). The gipping section (12) surface is provided with grooves. The gripping section has a cross-section with mirror symmetry and varying radius of curvature, with the minimum radius (r) of curvature at the front of the handle (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Jesper Grøndahl Lund, Michael Kappler Hansen
  • Patent number: 11197732
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for suspending one or more medical instruments, such as a drying cabinet for endoscopes, comprising a closable space, a plurality of holders positioned in the closable space provided with at least one retaining elements and a control system comprising an identification system configured for identifying the holders, wherein the at least one retaining element of each holder is provided with at least one identification means connected to the identification system, wherein the identification means is configured to identify the retaining element of the respective holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Jan Willem Het Lam, Edwin Petrus Elisabeth Van Opstal, Maurits Sybrandus Augustinus De Koning, Jan Roelof Abel Kortstra
  • Patent number: 11185218
    Abstract: A cannula system and method for accessing a blood mass in the brain. The system comprises a cannula with a camera mounted on the proximal end of the cannula with a view into the cannula lumen and the surgical field below the lumen. A prism, reflector or other suitable optical element is oriented between the camera and the lumen of the cannula to afford the camera a view into the cannula while minimizing obstruction of the lumen. The system may also include an obturator with a small diameter shaft and a large diameter tip which is optically transmissive, so that a surgeon inserting or manipulating the assembly can easily see that the obturator tip is near brain tissue (which is white) or blood (which is red).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Rebound Therapeutics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter G. Davis, Ross Tsukashima, Jeffrey J. Valko, Michael R. Henson, Todd D. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 11179025
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: an optical unit including an incident surface and an emission surface, in which a plurality of optical members are arranged around an optical axis; a polygonal prism image pickup unit including a light receiving surface, a rear surface and a plurality of side faces, in which a plurality of elements including an image pickup device configured to photoelectrically convert light made incident from the optical unit and output an image pickup signal are laminated; and at least one guide, a front portion of which is fixed to the emission surface of the optical unit and a rear portion of which is provided with a plurality of contact surfaces that are respectively in contact with and fixed to the plurality of side faces of the image pickup unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kobayashi, Takahiro Shimohata
  • Patent number: 11179027
    Abstract: The invention provides devices that can be used for any endoscopy procedure. In certain embodiments, the devices of the invention reduce the occurrence of looping in the most difficult segment of the colon to navigate—the splenic flexure. In other embodiments, the devices of the invention make colonoscopies more comfortable for patients and reduce the risk of damage to the colon. In yet other embodiments, the devices of the invention comprise a supportive, friction-reducing device that can be attached to the tip of existing endoscopes to help the scope advance better through the colon and intestinal tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a Body Corporate
    Inventors: Mark Rentschler, Levin J. Sliker, Madalyn D. Kern, Joseph Micah Prendergast, William S. Smith, Kyle Galbraith, James Depoy, Karina Rose Laguardia, Andrew Patrick Gloor, Derek Sawyer
  • Patent number: 11179026
    Abstract: The disclosed technology is directed to an endoscope processor used in an endoscope system which comprises a receptacle configured to receive a plug of an endoscope. The plug includes an illumination plug terminal, an electric plug terminal, and a light-receiving plug terminal. The receptacle includes an illumination receptacle terminal that is displaceable within a predetermined range in a housing for the receptacle and is to be connected to the illumination plug terminal. An electric receptacle terminal is displaceable within a predetermined range in the housing and is to be connected to the electric plug terminal. A light-receiving receptacle terminal that is arranged between the illumination receptacle terminal and the electric receptacle terminal, is attached relative to the housing and is to be connected to the light-receiving plug terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiki Toriyama, Masahiro Yoshino
  • Patent number: 11172808
    Abstract: An endoscope according to the present invention includes an insertion section, a forward observation window and a forward illumination system disposed at a distal end surface of the insertion section, a lateral observation window and a lateral illumination system disposed toward a proximal end, and an image capturing element captures an image of light. The forward illumination system includes a scattering element surrounding the forward observation window, and light guide fibers that cause illumination light from a light source to enter, toward a distal end, input locations arranged in a circumferential direction at a proximal end of the scattering element. The scattering element is constituted by dispersing particles in a homogenous medium, and satisfies the conditional expressions 0.06??s?100 and 0.7?g<1, where ?s indicates a scattering coefficient (1/mm) of the scattering element and g indicates an anisotropy parameter of the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro Oka
  • Patent number: 11172807
    Abstract: An endoscope device is provided with: an elongated sheath having an endoscope insertion passage that penetrates therethrough in the longitudinal direction and into which an endoscope is inserted; and a wire that is provided in the sheath and that has a bending portion that bends toward the endoscope insertion passage, wherein the wire has a deforming region that is provided in a distal end portion of the sheath and that deforms between a normal form, in which the deforming region is disposed in the interior of the sheath or along an outer circumferential surface thereof, and a loop-shaped expanded form, in which the bending portion is bended and has a diameter larger than the outer diameter of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiro Okazaki
  • Patent number: 11172955
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a medical device may include a shaft including a distal tip with a distal-facing surface. The shaft also may include a fluid lumen extending to the distal tip and a nozzle at a distal end of the fluid lumen. The nozzle may be configured to emit a fluid jet from the distal tip. The shaft also may include a vacuum lumen extending to the distal tip and a vacuum chamber at the distal tip. The vacuum lumen may open into the vacuum chamber, and the vacuum chamber may be wider than the vacuum lumen. The shaft may further include a vacuum opening, and the vacuum chamber may open into the vacuum opening. The vacuum opening may be defined by the distal-facing surface of the distal tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Dayton, Katharine Eckerline, Bryan Bannon, Jeff Gray, Barry Weitzner, Bora Gumustop
  • Patent number: 11166622
    Abstract: A connector ring includes a retention portion; an intermediate portion; and a plug hood made of a flexible material, the intermediate portion connecting the retention portion to the plug hood, wherein the retention portion and the plug hood are larger in cross-section than the intermediate portion in at least one radial extent. The connector ring can be removably attached to a video processing apparatus through an aperture in a wall of the video processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Line Sandahl Ubbesen, Brian Nielsen, Henrik Frengler, Kasper Rieland Jakobsen, Nai-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 11166627
    Abstract: An endoscope made by a method for fixation of portions of a steering wire of the endoscope, the steering wire having a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion, the first portion connected to a steerable tip and the second portion connected to a control element, the method including pulling the third portion so as to tension the steering wire and inserting a pin with a wire guide into a pin spacing so that so that the second portion is positioned in the wire guide and is clamped between the pin and at least one wall of the control element, whereby the pin and the second portion are fixated to the control element to thereby maintain a wire tension between the first and second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Michael Kappler Hansen, Jesper Grøndahl Lund
  • Patent number: 11160633
    Abstract: A medical observation apparatus includes an imaging device that captures an observation target, an arm that supports the imaging device and includes multiple links joined to each other by multiple joints, and driving circuitry. The driving circuitry is configured to determine a control torque in at least one joint to be controlled from among the multiple joints and to control driving of the at least one joint based on the control torque such that an external torque acting on the at least one joint according to an operation on the arm is within a fixed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignees: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC., SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeru Tamura, Yasuhiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11160446
    Abstract: An arthroscope comprises a sleeve having an internally hollow, proximal portion and an internally hollow middle portion connected to the proximal portion so as to create a through axial cavity. The sleeve has, within the middle portion, an abutment area. The arthroscope also comprises an optical unit having an elongated portion and a coupling portion configured to be at least partially received inside the through axial cavity of the sleeve. The coupling portion has a matching area suitable to couple with the abutment area. The matching area and the abutment area are shaped so as to have at least one pilot element so as to determine a univocal predefined coupling position between the sleeve and the optical unit; the matching area and the abutment area are also shaped so as to guide and automatically place the optical unit in such a predefined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: MEDACTA INTERNATIONAL SA
    Inventors: Francesco Siccardi, Sascha Berberich, Ernst Kehrli
  • Patent number: 11160444
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a slotted tube having a plurality of first slots and a plurality of second slots; an imager disposed in the slotted tube, the imager having a plurality of corners arranged in the plurality of first slots; and a plurality of light guides disposed in the plurality of second slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Nanosurgery Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. D'Aquanni, Sam Seiichiro Ochi, Mark Walter