Keiichi Hiyama 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).
Abstract: In a medical information management system, an electronic pen acquires medical information data inputted in handwriting onto a form. A graphic identification unit identifies a graphic area defined by a graphic represented by graphic data contained in the medical information, based on the acquired medical information data. A comment area identification unit identifies a comment area located in a predetermined position relative to the identified graphic area. A comment data identification unit identifies comment data inputted in handwriting to the comment area, among the acquired medical information data. A storage unit stores the acquired medical information data and the identified comment data in a manner that associates the acquired medical information data with the identified comment data.
Abstract: A hospital information system according to the present invention lets an RF reader 12 comprised by a PDA 8 read tag information, once for all, recorded by RF tags either attached to, or embedded in, plural kinds of a plurality of patient wrist bands, injection medicine bottles, patient charts, medical instrument cases, et cetera, and transmits a query to a server 5 by way of a wireless LAN 9, server 7 and LAN 3 for confirmation from the server 5. The server 5 collates it with the content of a medical practice order recorded in its data base, and registers a completion of instructed operation for an instructed item in the database, as well as responds back with notifying “correct” if the transmitted readout data from the PDA 8 is correct. If the readout data is not correct, the PDA will be notified of “incorrect” with an instruction for reading again.
Abstract: A medical image filing system having a first recording device for recording a plurality of image data from a medical image pickup device; a second recording device for recording the plurality of image data from the medical image pickup device, the second recording device has a recording speed slower and a recording capacity greater than that of the first recording device; and at least one image reproducing device for reading and reproducing designated image data from the plurality of image data recorded in the first and second recording devices. The at least one image reproducing device has a third recording device for recording the designated image data, wherein the designated image data recorded in the third recording device can also be reproduced by the at least one reproducing device.
Abstract: A filing apparatus constituting an examination follow-up information management apparatus is disposed in a hospital and is connected to an electronic endoscope apparatus for capturing endoscopic images. This filing apparatus is allowed to manage endoscopic images and the reservation of re-examinations (follow-up examinations) by storing endoscopic images of the patient captured by the electronic endoscope apparatus in relation to the patient information. It thereby makes possible to manage follow-up information for the simple and certain performance of follow-up examinations.
Abstract: Each of a plurality of endoscopes of an endoscope system is provided with a non-volatile memory in which information inherent to an endoscope, such as the model and manufacturing number, is stored. By a large capacity memory device provided in a server, which is connected with the endoscope through a network, with information inherent to each endoscope, the use condition, the cleaning condition, the cleaning effective period and the like are centrally administrated. Accordingly, the use condition, the cleaning condition and the like of each endoscope used in an endoscopic examination can be confirmed so that the endoscopic examination can be performed smoothly.
Abstract: An image recording apparatus which includes a time-serial image recording arrangement for recording time-serial images of an object. The apparatus also includes an outputting arrangement capable of outputting an image information data of at least a part of the time-serial images to be recorded or having been recorded by the time-serial image recording arrangement, which is used as a standard for observing variations in the time-serial images of the object which occur with lapse of time. The outputting arrangement includes an extracting arrangement for extracting a selected feature of at least one image among the time-serial images as the image information to be a standard of the position and a composing arrangement for composing and outputting image information of the selected feature extracted by the extracting arrangement and for composing and outputting the time-serial images.
Abstract: In an image filing system in accordance with the present invention, image files containing images that should be displayed on a viewing monitor in a conference unit are selected from among retrieved image files using a mouse. A CPU determines how many image files are selected using the mouse and identifies management information contained in the selected image files. Under the control of the CPU, images in a work memory are temporarily stored in an image processor. The images in the image processor are displayed on a retrieval monitor. Management information contained in the selected image files and the number of selected image files are supplied from the CPU to a controller over a bus. Reduced images provided in the form of digital data and contained in the selected image files in the image processor are supplied to a D/A converter under the control of the controller. The D/A converter de-quantizes the digital data into analog data so as to display the reduced images on the viewing monitor.
Abstract: An image recording apparatus which includes a time-serial image recording arrangement for recording time-serial images of an object, and still image filling arrangements for recoding a still image. The apparatus also includes an outputting arrangement capable of outputting an image information data of at least a part of the time-serial images to be recorded or having been recorded by the time-serial image recording arrangement, which is used as a standard for observing variations in the time-serial images of the object which occur with lapse of time. The outputting arrangement includes an extracting arrangement for extracting a selected feature of at least one image among the time-serial images as the image information to be a standard of the position and a composing arrangement for composing and outputting image information of the selected feature extracted by the extracting arrangement and for composing and outputting the time-serial images.
Abstract: An image processing apparatus for an endoscope including a smearing component extraction device for extracting a smearing component caused by a high luminance light beam from an original image composed of an image signal of a subject to be imaged. The image processing apparatus also includes a device for correcting the original image composed of the image signal by use of the signal of the smearing component extracted by the smearing component extraction device and reduces or eliminates smearing when a laser treatment is carried out to thereby improve the quality of an image to be observed.
Abstract: An endoscope image recording apparatus comprises a video endoscope having, at a forward end of an inserting section, an image pickup element, for image-picking-up the interior of a body cavity or the like, an image control unit for signal-processing a picture signal from the video endoscope, to generate an image signal, a portable IC memory card for recording the image signal from the image control unit as image data, a digital audio tape (DAT), a monitor for displaying the image signal from the image control unit or image data recorded on the IC memory card or the DATA, and indication means for indicating control operation to the image control unit. The IC memory card and the DAT tape record a serial number of the image, an INDEX image of the image, patient data, and image data. The IC memory card records an ID number of the DAT tape, while the DAT tape records an ID number of the IC memory card.
Abstract: Arranged within a measuring-light generating unit of an endoscope apparatus for three dimensional measurement, according to the invention, are measuring means, a lamp for outgoing a normal illuminating light, and a laser for outgoing a measuring light. Connected to the measuring means is a signal line which is connected to a CCD. Further, an illuminating light outgone from the lamp is condensed by a condenser lens, and is incident upon an incident end surface of a light guide. Furthermore, the measuring light outgone from the laser is condensed by the condensing lens, and is incident upon the incident end surface of the image guide. Moreover, the incident end of the image guide is connected to scanning means formed by a piezo-electric element, a speaker (voice coil) or the like through a connecting element. The scanning means is operated whereby the incident end of the image guide is reciprocally moved in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the measuring light.
Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for receiving nuclear magnetic resonance signals by applying high frequency energy to a living body placed in a static magnetic field. The distal end portion of the insertion section of the endoscope has a rigid distal end portion and a bendable portion. A housing portion for housing a high frequency coil is provided between the rigid distance portion and the bendable portion. This structure makes it possible to assemble the high frequency coil into the endoscope in a compact manner and can reduce a patient's burden when the insertion section is inserted in the body cavity of the patient.
Abstract: A diagnostic system using a nuclear magnetic resonance phenomenon comprises an external magnetic field generator, provided externally, for generating a magnetic field in a living body, a thin diameter member capable of being inserted into a body cavity and having flexibility, a high frequency coil, provided at a top end of the thin diameter member, for transmitting and receiving a high frequency, a nuclear magnetic resonance signal measuring device for receiving a nuclear magnetic resonance signal from the living body, and a transformer, provided between the high frequency coil and the nuclear magnetic resonance signal measuring device, for electrically isolating and separating the high frequency coil from the nuclear magnetic resonance signal measuring device in a manner such that the nuclear magnetic resonance signal is transmittable between the high frequency coil and the nuclear magnetic resonance signal measuring device.
Abstract: An endoscope image data compressing apparatus comprises a plurality of image compressing apparatus not equivalent to each other for compressing input endoscope image data and outputting the compressed data and a selecting apparatus for selecting the compressed data output from at least one of the image compressing apparatus. The selecting apparatus selects the compressing method in response to the kind of the endoscope, characteristic of the image, picture quality of the compressed image, recording time intervals and others.A method for compressing endoscope image data is realized by an image compressing apparatus capable of compressing image data at different compressing rates. The endoscope image data is determined to be either ordinary image data or dyed image data and, based on this determination, is compressed at different rates. The compressing rate for dyed image data is lowered below the rate for ordinary image data.
Abstract: This invention provides an endoscope image data filing system comprising: a plurality of endoscope devices and a plurality of ultrasonic endoscope devices; an image data recording device which records a plurality of image information after reversibly and irreversibly compressing image signals received from the plurality of the endoscope devices and from the plurality of the ultrasonic endoscope devices; an image reproducing device (A) and an image reproducing device (B) for reproducing the image information recorded in the image data recording device; a large capacity data recording device which as required reads and writes the compressed image information recorded in the image data recording device; and a data communication device for performing communication between the image data recording device and an external host computer via a data input/output terminal device.
Abstract: An endoscope image signal photoelectrically converted by an image sensing device in an endoscope is compressed by an image compressing apparatus and then recorded in a recording apparatus, whereby the number of image frames recordable in the recording apparatus can be increased. Also, the image compression is effectively performed, for example, by changing a compression ratio dependent on a quantity of respective image information contained in plural components of the endoscope image signal, whereby a quantity of information actually recorded can be reduced.
Abstract: This endoscope image data compressing apparatus comprises a plurality of image compressing apparatus not equivalent to each other for compressing input endoscope image data and outputting the compressed data and a selecting apparatus for selecting the compressed data output from at least one of the image compressing apparatus. The selecting apparatus selects in response to the kind of the endoscope, characteristic of the image, picture quality of the compressed image, recording time intervals and others.
Abstract: A medical image displaying method wherein, while retaining the characteristics of the images of first observed image data, other image data are synthesized with the first observed image data to produce second image data having a plurality of observed image data including the first observed image data and these second image data are displayed in a TV monitor so that a plurality of observed images may be simultaneously displayed without being influenced by the color reproductivity of the TV monitor and without deteriorating the characteristics of the observed images.
Abstract: A system comprises a plurality of image signal generating apparatuses which each generate an image signal using an electronic endoscope, an ultrasonic scope or the like and which are connected to a common large capacity filing apparatus through an interface so that image data can be recorded together with image information with respect to the data in the unit of any number of images for a single examination and the image data recorded can be searched for in the unit of a single examination.
Abstract: There is provided a frozen picture memorizing memory holding as a frozen picture image a picture image signal imaged by an electronic endoscope. By the operation of a frozen picture directing switch, whether the frozen picture is adapted to the memorizing condition or not is judged through a picture image movement detecting circuit. In case it is judged to be adapted to the memorizing condition, the picture image signal is memorized actually as a frozen picture image to obtain a clear frozen picture having little color smear and fogging.