Patents by Inventor Robert G. Younge

Robert G. Younge 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).

  • Publication number: 20210353129
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein that improve control of a shapeable or steerable instrument using shape data. Additional methods include preparing a robotic medical system for use with a shapeable instrument and controlling advancement of a shapeable medical device within an anatomic path. Also described herein are methods for altering a data model of an anatomical region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventors: Matthew J. Roelle, Neal A. Tanner, Robert G. Younge, Christopher R. Carlson, Federico Barbagli, David Camarillo
  • Patent number: 11067386
    Abstract: An instrument system that includes an elongate instrument body and an optical fiber sensor is provided. The optical fiber sensor includes an elongate optical fiber that is coupled to the elongate instrument body, wherein a portion of the optical fiber is coupled to the elongate instrument body in a manner to provide slack in the fiber to allow for axial extension of the elongate instrument body relative to the optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Bhaskar S. Ramamurthy, Neal A. Tanner, Robert G. Younge, Randall L. Schlesinger
  • Patent number: 11051681
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein that improve control of a shapeable or steerable instrument using shape data. Additional methods include preparing a robotic medical system for use with a shapeable instrument and controlling advancement of a shapeable medical device within an anatomic path. Also described herein are methods for altering a data model of an anatomical region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Roelle, Neal A. Tanner, Robert G. Younge, Christopher R. Carlson, Federico Barbagli, David Camarillo
  • Patent number: 11045077
    Abstract: Robotic, telerobotic, and/or telesurgical devices, systems, and methods take advantage of robotic structures and data to calculate changes in the focus of an image capture device in response to movement of the image capture device, a robotic end effector, or the like. As the size of an image of an object shown in the display device varies with changes in a separation distance between that object and the image capture device used to capture the image, a scale factor between a movement command input may be changed in response to moving an input device or a corresponding master/slave robotic movement command of the system. This may enhance the perceived correlation between the input commands and the robotic movements as they appear in the image presented to the system operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Stern, Robert G. Younge, David S. Gere, Gunter D. Niemeyer
  • Publication number: 20210137620
    Abstract: A robotic catheter system includes a controller with a master input device. An instrument driver is in communication with the controller and has a guide instrument interface including a plurality of guide instrument drive elements responsive to control signals generated, at least in part, by the master input device. An elongate guide instrument has a base, distal end, and a working lumen, wherein the guide instrument base is operatively coupled to the guide instrument interface. The guide instrument includes a plurality of guide instrument control elements operatively coupled to respective guide drive elements and secured to the distal end of the guide instrument. The guide instrument control elements are axially moveable relative to the guide instrument such that movement of the guide instrument distal end may be controlled by the master input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel T. Wallace, Frederic H. Moll, Robert G. Younge, Kenneth M. Martin, Gregory J. Stahler, David F. Moore, Daniel T. Adams, Michael R. Zinn, Gunter D. Niemeyer
  • Patent number: 10907956
    Abstract: A method for mapping an internal structure of a patient with an elongate body is provided. The method includes detecting, at a plurality of instances, contact between a distal portion of an elongate body and an internal structure of the patient; determining a plurality of geometric configurations of the distal portion, the plurality of geometric configurations corresponding to the plurality of instances of contact between the distal portion and the internal structure; determining a plurality of positions of the distal portion, the plurality of positions corresponding to the plurality of geometric configurations; and generating a map of the internal structure based on the plurality of positions of the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NV
    Inventors: Bhaskar S. Ramamurthy, Neal A. Tanner, Robert G. Younge, Randall L. Schlesinger
  • Patent number: 10874468
    Abstract: A robotic catheter system includes a controller with a master input device. An instrument driver is in communication with the controller and has a guide instrument interface including a plurality of guide instrument drive elements responsive to control signals generated, at least in part, by the master input device. An elongate guide instrument has a base, distal end, and a working lumen, wherein the guide instrument base is operatively coupled to the guide instrument interface. The guide instrument includes a plurality of guide instrument control elements operatively coupled to respective guide drive elements and secured to the distal end of the guide instrument. The guide instrument control elements are axially moveable relative to the guide instrument such that movement of the guide instrument distal end may be controlled by the master input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Wallace, Frederic H. Moll, Robert G. Younge, Kenneth M. Martin, Gregory J. Stahler, David F. Moore, Daniel T. Adams, Michael R. Zinn, Gunter D. Niemeyer
  • Publication number: 20190350660
    Abstract: The apparatus of one embodiment of the present invention is comprised of a flexible sheath instrument, a flexible guide instrument, and a tool. The flexible sheath instrument comprises a first instrument base removably coupleable to an instrument driver and defines a sheath instrument working lumen. The flexible guide instrument comprises a second instrument base removably coupleable to the instrument driver and is threaded through the sheath instrument working lumen. The guide instrument also defines a guide instrument working lumen. The tool is threaded through the guide instrument working lumen. For this embodiment of the apparatus, the sheath instrument and guide instrument are independently controllable relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Frederic H. Moll, Daniel T. Wallace, Gregory J. Stahler, David F. Moore, Daniel T. Adams, Kenneth M. Martin, Robert G. Younge, Michael R. Zinn, Gunter G. Niemeyer, David Lundmark
  • Patent number: 10368951
    Abstract: The apparatus of one embodiment of the present invention is comprised of a flexible sheath instrument, a flexible guide instrument, and a tool. The flexible sheath instrument comprises a first instrument base removably coupleable to an instrument driver and defines a sheath instrument working lumen. The flexible guide instrument comprises a second instrument base removably coupleable to the instrument driver and is threaded through the sheath instrument working lumen. The guide instrument also defines a guide instrument working lumen. The tool is threaded through the guide instrument working lumen. For this embodiment of the apparatus, the sheath instrument and guide instrument are independently controllable relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic H. Moll, Daniel T. Wallace, Gregory J. Stahler, David F. Moore, Daniel T. Adams, Kenneth M. Martin, Robert G. Younge, Michael R. Zinn, Gunter D. Niemeyer, David Lundmark
  • Publication number: 20190125164
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein that improve control of a shapeable or steerable instrument using shape data. Additional methods include preparing a robotic medical system for use with a shapeable instrument and controlling advancement of a shapeable medical device within an anatomic path. Also described herein are methods for altering a data model of an anatomical region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew J. Roelle, Neal A. Tanner, Robert G. Younge, Christopher R. Carlson, Federico Barbagli, David Camarillo
  • Patent number: 10271909
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary S. Guthart, David S. Mintz, Gunter D. Niemeyer, J. Kenneth Salisbury, Jr., Robert G. Younge
  • Publication number: 20190090967
    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 21, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Gary S. Guthart, David S. Mintz, Gunter D. Niemeyer, J. Kenneth Salisbury, JR., Robert G. Younge
  • Patent number: 10213264
    Abstract: This disclosure covers various concepts to use for obtaining measurement of tension in catheter pullwires to improve controllability of a robotic surgical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Neal A. Tanner, Matthew J. Roelle, Gregory J. Stahler, Robert G. Younge, Travis Covington
  • Patent number: 10143360
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein that improve control of a shapeable or steerable instrument using shape data. Additional methods include preparing a robotic medical system for use with a shapeable instrument and controlling advancement of a shapeable medical device within an anatomic path. Also described herein are methods for altering a data model of an anatomical region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Roelle, Neal A. Tanner, Robert G. Younge, Christopher R. Carlson, Federico Barbagli, David Camarillo
  • Publication number: 20180168742
    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: July 9, 2015
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary S. Guthart, David S. Mintz, Gunter D. Niemeyer, J. Kenneth Salisbury, JR., Robert G. Younge
  • Publication number: 20180116735
    Abstract: Robotic surgical tools, systems, and methods for preparing for and performing robotic surgery include a memory mounted on the tool. The memory can perform a number of functions when the tool is loaded on the tool manipulator: first, the memory can provide a signal verifying that the tool is compatible with that particular robotic system. Secondly, the tool memory may identify the tool-type to the robotic system so that the robotic system can reconfigure its programming. Thirdly, the memory of the tool may indicate tool-specific information, including measured calibration offsets indicating misalignment of the tool drive system, tool life data, or the like. This information may be stored in a read only memory (ROM), or in a nonvolatile memory which can be written to only a single time. The invention further provides improved engagement structures for coupling robotic surgical tools with manipulator structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Michael J. Tierney, Thomas G. Cooper, Christopher A. Julian, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Gary S. Guthart, Robert G. Younge
  • Patent number: 9795453
    Abstract: Robotic surgical tools, systems, and methods for preparing for and performing robotic surgery include a memory mounted on the tool. The memory can perform a number of functions when the tool is loaded on the tool manipulator: first, the memory can provide a signal verifying that the tool is compatible with that particular robotic system. Secondly, the tool memory may identify the tool-type to the robotic system so that the robotic system can reconfigure its programming. Thirdly, the memory of the tool may indicate tool-specific information, including measured calibration offsets indicating misalignment of the tool drive system, tool life data, or the like. This information maybe stored in a read only memory (ROM), or in a nonvolatile memory which can be written to only a single time. The invention further provides improved engagement structures for coupling robotic surgical tools with manipulator structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Tierney, Thomas Cooper, Chris Julian, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Gary S. Guthart, Robert G. Younge
  • Patent number: 9726476
    Abstract: An instrument system that includes an image capture device, an elongate body, an optical fiber and a controller is provided. The elongate body is operatively coupled to the image capture device. The optical fiber is operatively coupled to the elongate body and has a strain sensor provided on the optical fiber. The controller is operatively coupled to the optical fiber and adapted to receive a signal from the strain sensor and to determine a position or orientation of the image capture device based on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Bhaskar S. Ramamurthy, Neal A. Tanner, Robert G. Younge, Randall L. Schlesinger
  • Publication number: 20170215978
    Abstract: A robotic catheter system includes a controller with a master input device. An instrument driver is in communication with the controller and has a guide instrument interface including a plurality of guide instrument drive elements responsive to control signals generated, at least in part, by the master input device. An elongate guide instrument has a base, distal end, and a working lumen, wherein the guide instrument base is operatively coupled to the guide instrument interface. The guide instrument includes a plurality of guide instrument control elements operatively coupled to respective guide drive elements and secured to the distal end of the guide instrument. The guide instrument control elements are axially moveable relative to the guide instrument such that movement of the guide instrument distal end may be controlled by the master input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Daniel T. Wallace, Frederic H. Moll, Robert G. Younge, Kenneth M. Martin, Gregory J. Stahler, David F. Moore, Daniel T. Adams, Michael R. Zinn, Gunter D. Niemeyer
  • Publication number: 20170119484
    Abstract: This disclosure covers various concepts to use for obtaining measurement of tension in catheter pullwires to improve controllability of a robotic surgical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Neal A. Tanner, Matthew J. Roelle, Gregory J. Stahler, Robert G. Younge, Travis Covington