Patents by Inventor Fred E. Silverstein

Fred E. Silverstein has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5025778
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing an endoscope with a plurality of potential channels is disclosed. A tubing having a radially flexible wall is positioned adjacent the endoscope insertion tube. The tubing is collapsed prior to inserting the insertion tube into the patient's body. After the insertion tube is within the patient's body, the tubing is expanded to create a channel. A medical apparatus may pass through the channel for performing a medical procedure. The tubing is expanded by placing a tapered rod therethrough, by placing a fluid under pressure within the tubing, or by elevating a flat coiled wire into a cylindrical coil. A radially rigid tubing is placed within the expanded flexible tubing to permit medical devices to extend from a position outside of the patient's body to the distal end of the insertion tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Assignee: Opielab, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred E. Silverstein, Eric A. Opie, deceased
  • Patent number: 5013305
    Abstract: A device and method for preventing accidental needle sticks. A sleeve having an annular shaft is slidably connected to a needle. A cord is rigidly affixed to the hub of the needle at one end thereof and to a blocking member at the other end thereof is also slidably coupled to the sleeve. After the needle has been used and is being removed from the patient's body, the sleeve is slid along the needle shaft to cover the tip and pulls the blocking member into position over the sharp tip of the needle. This positively covers the sharp tip of a needle with a puncture-proof blocking member to prevent accidental needle sticks. In alternative embodiments, a resilient member is pressed to align a hole through which the needle is projecting with a hole in a puncture-proof member which is covering the sharp tip of the needle to permit the needle protective device to be slid down the shaft of the needle and the needle to be used. A recessed needle assembly to be used in tandem with a needle assembly, is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventors: Eric A. Opie, Fred E. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 4997084
    Abstract: A system for packaging disposable endoscope sheaths so that they do not become contaminated prior to use during shipment, storage and installation on an endoscope. The packaging system also prevents the spread of contamination after use while the sheath is being removed from the endoscope and then discarded. The sheath is shipped in an elongated, flexible bag having a length substantially equal to the length of the insertion tube of the endoscope and a diameter substantially larger than the diameter of the insertion tube. The sheath and bag may be shipped in a sterile tray having a spiral recess containing the sheath, bag and funnel-like container or bag holding the tubing of the air, water, and suction channels. Installation of the sheath on the endoscope is accomplished by inflating the sheath while it is in the bag so that the sheath expands until it contacts the wall of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: Opielab, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Opie, Fred E. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 4947827
    Abstract: Various methods and mechanical devices for providing manipulation and steering of the bending section of an endoscope having a sheath thereon is disclosed. In one embodiment, the longitudinal center axis of a biopsy type is aligned with the longitudinal center of the insertion tube, both being in common with the instantaneous bending center of the insertion tube. The insertion tube is capable of only right and left movement through steering but is also rotatable with respect to the handle to permit the tip to be positioned in any desired location. In an alternative embodiment, the instantaneous bending center is radially offset from the longitudinal center of the insertion tube. The hinges are positioned in the bending section of the insertion tube for locating the instantaneous center of bending at a desired location in a groove. Four, or in an alternative embodiment, three cables are provided for controlling the movement and steering of the bending section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: Opielab, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Opie, deceased, Fred E. Silverstein, David R. Kreft
  • Patent number: 4907395
    Abstract: A system for packaging disposable endoscope sheaths so that they do not become contaminated prior to use during shipment, storage and installation on an endoscope. The packaging system also prevents the spread of contamination after use while the sheath is being removed from the endoscope and then discarded. The sheath is shipped in an elongated, flexible bag having a length substantially equal to the length of the insertion tube of the endoscope and a diameter substantially larger than the diameter of the insertion tube. The sheath and bag may be shipped in a sterile tray having a spiral recess containing the sheath, bag and funnel-like container or bag holding the tubing of the air, water, and suction channels. Installation of the sheath on the endoscope is accomplished by inflating the sheath while it is in the bag so that the sheath expands until it contacts the wall of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Opielab, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Opie, Fred E. Silverstein, Elizabeth J. Terry
  • Patent number: 4869238
    Abstract: An endoscope specially adapted for use with a disposable sheath having an outer casing and one or more internal channels. The endoscope includes a tip portion connected to a control handle through a flexible insertion tube. The insertion tube is formed by a braided wire tube covered by a flexible waterproof coating and surrounding a resilient D-shaped tube through which optical components for the endoscope extend. A longitudinally extending groove is formed in the braided tube to receive the channel(s). The groove extends perpendicular to, and makes contact with, a generally planar portion of the D-shaped tube so that the D-shaped tube can restrict deformation of the groove as the insertion tube bends. Longitudinal channels are formed on opposite sides of the groove to house control cables extending from the control handle to the tip portion. The cables are surrounded by tubes that collectively occupy the entire channel so that the tubes prevent the channel, and hence the groove, from collapsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: OpieLab, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Opie, Fred E. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 4852551
    Abstract: An endoscope and valve system specially adapted for use with a disposable sheath having a plurality of channels and respective resilient tubes extending therefrom. In one embodiment, the resilient tubes extend along grooves formed in the side of an endoscope control handle and are captured behind a pivotably mounted access door. The valve system pinches the tubes against the door. The pinching mechanism selectively releases the tubes by pressing respective valve-actuating buttons on the control handle. In another embodiment, the tubes are placed in external pinch valves which are selectively actuated by actuating switches mounted on the control handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Opielab, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Opie, Fred E. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 4825850
    Abstract: A contamination system for endoscopes having a handle, an insertion tube projecting from the handle, and control knobs detachably mounted on control shafts projecting from the handle to control the angular orientation of distal end of the insertion tube. The handle is placed in a liquid-impermeable bag, with the control shafts projecting through an aperture in the bag. The control knobs are then attached to the shafts prior to performing an endoscopic procedure. After the procedure has been completed, the control knobs are removed from the shafts and decontaminated, the handle is removed from the bag, and the bag is discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: Opielab, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Opie, Fred E. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 4802487
    Abstract: An endoscopically deliverable ultrasound imaging system having an ultrasound probe mounted at the end of an endoscopically deliverable catheter. The catheter connects the probe to an ultrasound imaging system. The axial or radial position of the ultrasound probe is measured by a position transducer mounted on the endocscope adjacent the biopsy port from which the catheter extends. The output of the position measuring transducer is applied to the ultrasound imaging system so that the imaging system provides an image of the tissue depth as a function of the position of the ultrasound probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Washington Research Foundation
    Inventors: Roy W. Martin, Fred E. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 4770185
    Abstract: A system for endoscopic detection of blood flow is disclosed. A catheter is sized to pass through the biopsy channel of an endoscope and includes an elongated catheter tube of flexible material and an ultrasonic probe carried by the catheter tube adjacent its tip. Depending on the application, the ultrasonic field provided by the ultrasonic probe may be either transverse or parallel to the longitudinal axis of the catheter tube and may be either highly directional, omnidirectional, or sectorial. The ultrasonic probe is coupled to a pulsed Doppler circuit (FIG. 16) by an isolation circuit (FIG. 20) that provides electrical isolation and RFI suppression. The Doppler circuit is designed to enhance close proximity detection of blood flow, to limit the range of the probe's ultrasonic field, and to distinguish between arterial blood flow, venous blood flow, and vessel wall motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1988
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Washington
    Inventors: Fred E. Silverstein, Roy W. Martin, David A. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 4646722
    Abstract: An endoscope sheath having a flexible tube surrounding the elongated core of an endoscope. The flexible tube has a transparent window near its distal end positioned in front of the viewing window of the endoscope. Channels for taking biopsies, injecting air or injecting water to wash the window of the sheath may extend along the endoscope, either inside or outside the sheath. Where the channels are positioned inside the sheath, they may be inserted in a longitudinal groove formed in the endoscope core. The protective sheath may be used with either end-viewing endoscopes or side-viewing endoscopes. In the latter case, the channel for taking biopsies extends through an elongated elastomeric membrane so that a catheter through the biopsy channel may be moved longitudinally by manipulation of an elevator. The protective sheath may be installed by rolling the elastomeric tube into an annular configuration and then unrolling the tube over the core of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: Opielab, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred E. Silverstein, Eric A. Opie
  • Patent number: 4582067
    Abstract: Various forms of a catheter that is sized to pass through the biopsy channel of an endoscope include an elongated catheter tube of flexible material and an ultrasonic probe carried by the catheter tube adjacent its tip. The forms include: a papillotome catheter (FIGS. 1 and 3); catheters for general endoscopic and nonendoscopic applications (FIGS. 4, 7A through 7C, 8A through 8B, 10A through 10B, and 11); and, a sclerosing catheter (FIGS. 13 through 15). These catheters may be used to determine the location of the retroduodenal artery in endoscopic papillotomy (FIGS. 2, 5, and 6), to evaluate and treat esophageal varices (FIGS. 9 and 12), or generally to detect blood flow in a biological structure within the body. Depending on the application, the ultrasonic field provided by the ultrasonic probe may be either transverse or parallel to the longitudinal axis of the catheter tube and may be either highly directional, omnidirectional, or sectorial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Assignee: Washington Research Foundation
    Inventors: Fred E. Silverstein, Roy W. Martin, David A. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 4462408
    Abstract: The invention is a fiber-optic endoscope which has an elongated ultrasonic array, such as a linear array or a phased array. The array is mounted on either the distal portion of the bending section (not under operator control) portion of the endoscopic tube or on the proximal portion of bendable portion of the tube. Thus, the present invention includes both a fiber-optic endoscope and an ultrasonic transducer. Yet, the presence of the ultrasonic transducer does not interfere with the operation of the placement of the fiber-optic probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1984
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred E. Silverstein, David Giuliani
  • Patent number: RE34110
    Abstract: An endoscope specially adapted for use with a disposable sheath having an outer casing and one or more internal channels. The endoscope includes a tip portion connected to a control handle through a flexible insertion tube. The insertion tube is formed by a braided wire tube covered by a flexible waterproof coating and surrounding a resilient D-shaped tube through which optical components for the endoscope extend. A longitudinally extending groove is formed in the braided tube to receive and channel(s). The groove extends perpendicular to, and makes contact with, a generally planar portion of the D-shaped tube so that the D-shaped tube can restrict deformation of the groove as the insertion tube bends. Longitudinal channels are formed on opposite sides of the groove to house control cables extending from the control handle to the tip portion. The cables are surrounded by tubes that collectively occupy the entire channel so that the tubes prevent the channel, and hence the groove, from collapsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Opielab, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Opie, deceased, Fred E. Silverstein