Patents by Inventor Giuseppe Prisco

Giuseppe Prisco 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: 10004387
    Abstract: Navigation guidance is provided to an operator of an endoscope by determining a current position and shape of the endoscope relative to a reference frame, generating an endoscope computer model according to the determined position and shape, and displaying the endoscope computer model along with a patient computer model referenced to the reference frame so as to be viewable by the operator while steering the endoscope within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Prisco
  • Publication number: 20170079725
    Abstract: Methods and system perform tool tracking during minimally invasive robotic surgery. Tool states are determined using triangulation techniques or a Bayesian filter from either or both non-endoscopically derived and endoscopically derived tool state information, or from either or both non-visually derived and visually derived tool state information. The non-endoscopically derived tool state information is derived from sensor data provided either by sensors associated with a mechanism for manipulating the tool, or sensors capable of detecting identifiable signals emanating or reflecting from the tool and indicative of its position, or external cameras viewing an end of the tool extending out of the body. The endoscopically derived tool state information is derived from image data provided by an endoscope inserted in the body so as to view the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Brian D. Hoffman, David Q. Larkin, Giuseppe Prisco, Guanghua G. Zhang, Rajesh Kumar
  • Publication number: 20170079726
    Abstract: Methods and system perform tool tracking during minimally invasive robotic surgery. Tool states are determined using triangulation techniques or a Bayesian filter from either or both non-endoscopically derived and endoscopically derived tool state information, or from either or both non-visually derived and visually derived tool state information. The non-endoscopically derived tool state information is derived from sensor data provided either by sensors associated with a mechanism for manipulating the tool, or sensors capable of detecting identifiable signals emanating or reflecting from the tool and indicative of its position, or external cameras viewing an end of the tool extending out of the body. The endoscopically derived tool state information is derived from image data provided by an endoscope inserted in the body so as to view the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Brian D. Hoffman, David Q. Larkin, Giuseppe Prisco, Guanghua G. Zhang, Rajesh Kumar
  • Publication number: 20160310115
    Abstract: A mechanical interface for a robotic medical instrument permits engagement of the instrument and a drive system without causing movement of an actuated portion of the instrument. An instrument interface can include a symmetrical, tapered or cylindrical projection on one of a medical instrument or a drive system and a complementary bore in the other of the drive system or the medical instrument. Symmetry of the projection and the bore allows the projection to be compression fit to the bore regardless of the rotation angle of the drive system relative to the medical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Prisco, SR., Theodore W. Rogers, John Ryan Steger
  • Publication number: 20160235496
    Abstract: To assist a surgeon performing a medical procedure, auxiliary images generally indicating internal details of an anatomic structure being treated are displayed and manipulated by the surgeon on a computer display screen to supplement primary images generally of an external view of the anatomic structure. A master input device controlling a robotic arm in a first mode may be switched by the surgeon to a second mode in order to function instead as a mouse-like pointing device to facilitate the surgeon performing such auxiliary information display and manipulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian David Hoffman, Rajesh Kumar, David Q. Larkin, Giuseppe Prisco, Nitish Swarup, Guanghua G. Zhang
  • Patent number: 9241767
    Abstract: A medical robotic system has a robotic arm holding a medical device, and a control system for controlling movement of the arm according to operator manipulation of an input device. If the medical device is being commanded to a state exceeding a limitation by a threshold amount, then the control system disengages control of the medical device by the input device, servos the arm so that it remains in its current state, servos the input device so that it is set at a position such that a force being applied on the input device remains at its current level, requests the operator to lighten hold of the input device, sets a parameter associated with the input device upon detecting such lightened hold so that the medical device is commanded to a different state that does not exceed the limitation, and reengages control of the medical device by the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Prisco, David J. Rosa
  • Patent number: 8944070
    Abstract: Tool force information is provided to a user of a telesurgical system using an alternative modality other than force reflection on a master manipulator, such as providing the information on user-visible, user-audible, or haptic “buzz” or “viscosity” indicators, so as to allow expanded processing, including amplification, of the information, while not significantly affecting the stability of the telesurgical system or any closed-loop control systems in the telesurgical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary S. Guthart, David Q. Larkin, David J. Rosa, Paul W. Mohr, Giuseppe Prisco
  • Patent number: 8527094
    Abstract: A multi-user medical robotic system for collaboration or training in minimally invasive surgical procedures includes first and second master input devices, a first slave robotic mechanism, and at least one processor configured to generate a first slave command for the first slave robotic mechanism by switchably using one or both of a first command indicative of manipulation of the first master input device by a first user and a second command indicative of manipulation of the second master input device by a second user. To facilitate the collaboration or training, both first and second users communicate with each other through an audio system and see the minimally invasive surgery site on first and second displays respectively viewable by the first and second users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Kumar, Brian Hoffman, Giuseppe Prisco, David Larkin, William Nowlin, Frederic Moll, Stephen Blumenkranz, Gunter D Niemeyer, J. Kenneth Salisbury, Yulun Wang, Modjtaba Ghodoussi, Darrin Uecker, James Wright, Amante Mangaser, Ranjan Mauherjee
  • Patent number: 8490953
    Abstract: A spring counterbalance mechanism balances a load with a spring. A cable has a protrusion fixed to the cable midway between two ends of the cable. The two free ends of the cable are fixedly coupled to one of the load or the spring, and a cable attachment is coupled to the remaining member. The cable passes through the cable attachment such that the protrusion is captive in the cable attachment and is movable between two stops in the cable attachment. The cable forms two segments each of which couples the spring to the load. The two segments of the cable pass over a pulley. A sensor coupled to the pulley senses rotation of the pulley allowing cable breakage to be detected by the anomalous rotation of the pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Osborne Luke, Giuseppe Prisco
  • Patent number: 8337397
    Abstract: Landmark directional guidance is provided to an operator of an endoscopic device by displaying graphical representations of vectors adjacent a current image captured by an image capturing device disposed at a tip of the endoscopic device and being displayed at the time on a display screen, wherein the graphical representations of the vectors point in directions that the endoscope tip is to be steered in order to move towards associated landmarks such as anatomic structures in a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Prisco, Vincent Duindam
  • Publication number: 20120266442
    Abstract: A first link and a second link are articulated relative to each other via a joint coupled between the first and second links. A shape-sensing optical fiber is used to sense a position of the first link and the second link relative to each other. The fiber passes through a channel having an opening defining a lip and extending from the first link toward the joint. The lip has a curved surface that begins substantially tangent to a wall of the channel, and during bending of the optical fiber, the optical fiber is positioned tangent to the curved surface of the lip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: THEODORE W. ROGERS, Giuseppe Prisco
  • Publication number: 20120132009
    Abstract: A shape sensing system to determine the position and orientation of one link with respect to another link in a kinematic chain. An optical fiber is coupled to two or more links in a kinematic chain. A shape sensing segment is defined to start at a proximal link and to end at a distal link, crossing one or more joints. A reference frame is defined at the start of the shape sensing segment. As the joints move, an interrogator senses strain in the shape sensing segment. The sensed strain is used to output a Cartesian position and orientation of the end of the shape sensing segment with respect to the reference frame defined at the start of the shape sensing segment. The pose of the kinematic chain is determined from the Cartesian positions and orientations of one or more shape sensing segments defined for the kinematic chain and from an a priori model and constraints of the kinematic chain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: GIUSEPPE PRISCO
  • Patent number: 8182158
    Abstract: Localized strain is effectively eliminated in a shape sensing optical fiber where the fiber exits a link in a kinematic chain. In one aspect, the fiber is positioned in a channel within a fiber fixture portion of the link, and a surface of a lip of the channel is curved. The curved surface of the lip begins tangent to a wall of the channel and has a maximum radius of curvature that is less than the minimum bend radius that the fiber will experience during shape sensing. In another aspect, the fiber is positioned within a shape memory alloy tube that extends from the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore W. Rogers, Giuseppe Prisco
  • Publication number: 20110105898
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing robotically-assisted surgical procedures on a patient enable an image display device to provide an operator with auxiliary information related to the surgical procedure, in addition to providing an image of the surgical site itself. The systems and methods allow an operator to selectively access and reference auxiliary information on the image display device during the performance of a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary S. GUTHART, David Q. LARKIN, David J. ROSA, Paul W. MOHR, Giuseppe PRISCO
  • Publication number: 20110044578
    Abstract: Localized strain is effectively eliminated in a shape sensing optical fiber where the fiber exits a link in a kinematic chain. In one aspect, the fiber is positioned in a channel within a fiber fixture portion of the link, and a surface of a lip of the channel is curved. The curved surface of the lip begins tangent to a wall of the channel and has a maximum radius of curvature that is less than the minimum bend radius that the fiber will experience during shape sensing. In another aspect, the fiber is positioned within a shape memory alloy tube that extends from the link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore W. Rogers, Giuseppe Prisco
  • Publication number: 20110009880
    Abstract: A robotic control system is placed in clutch mode so that a slave manipulator holding a surgical instrument is temporarily disengaged from control by a master manipulator in order to allow manual positioning of the surgical instrument at a surgical site within a patient. Control systems implemented in a processor compensate for internally generated frictional and inertial resistance experienced during the positioning, thereby making movement more comfortable to the mover, and stabler from a control standpoint. Each control system drives a joint motor in the slave manipulator with a saturated torque command signal which has been generated to compensate for non-linear viscous forces, coulomb friction, cogging effects, and inertia forces subjected to the joint, using estimated joint angular velocities, accelerations and externally applied torques generated by an observer in the control system from sampled displacement measurements received from a sensor associated with the joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: GIUSEPPE PRISCO, DAVID Q. LARKIN, WILLIAM C. NOWLIN
  • Publication number: 20100332033
    Abstract: A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with articulatable instruments extending out of its distal end, an entry guide manipulator providing controllable four degrees-of-freedom movement of the entry guide relative to a remote center, and a controller configured to manage operation of the entry guide manipulator in response to operator manipulation of one or more input devices. As the entry guide manipulator approaches a yaw/roll singularity, the controller modifies its operation to allow continued movement of the entry guide manipulator without commanding excessive joint velocities while maintaining proper orientation of the entry guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicola Diolaiti, Giuseppe Prisco
  • Patent number: 7843158
    Abstract: A medical robotic system includes a surgical instrument, a robotic arm assembly, an input device, and a processor. The surgical instrument has an end effector and a sensor for sensing a force exerted by the end effector, and is operatively mounted on the robotic arm assembly. The processor is configured to receive commanded movement of the end effector from the input device, receive information of the force from the sensor, determine a reduced velocity of the commanded movement that would inhibit damage causing motion of the end effector, and control robotic manipulation of the surgical instrument in response to the commanded movement of the end effector while restricting the velocity of the commanded movement to the reduced velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Prisco
  • Patent number: 7819859
    Abstract: A robotic control system is placed in clutch mode so that a slave manipulator holding a surgical instrument is temporarily disengaged from control by a master manipulator in order to allow manual positioning of the surgical instrument at a surgical site within a patient. Control systems implemented in a processor compensate for internally generated frictional and inertial resistance experienced during the positioning, thereby making movement more comfortable to the mover, and stabler from a control standpoint. Each control system drives a joint motor in the slave manipulator with a saturated torque command signal which has been generated to compensate for non-linear viscous forces, coulomb friction, cogging effects, and inertia forces subjected to the joint, using estimated joint angular velocities, accelerations and externally applied torques generated by an observer in the control system from sampled displacement measurements received from a sensor associated with the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Prisco, David Q. Larkin, William C Nowlin
  • Patent number: 7815376
    Abstract: Localized strain is effectively eliminated in a shape sensing optical fiber where the fiber exits a link in a kinematic chain. In one aspect, the fiber is positioned in a channel within a fiber fixture portion of the link, and a surface of a lip of the channel is curved. The curved surface of the lip begins tangent to a wall of the channel and has a maximum radius of curvature that is less than the minimum bend radius that the fiber will experience during shape sensing. In another aspect the fiber is positioned within a shape memory alloy tube that extends from the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore W. Rogers, Giuseppe Prisco