With Endoscope Patents (Class 348/65)
  • Patent number: 10310250
    Abstract: A method for capturing an image of a moving object in a rotary system, for example, an image of a rotating blade in a gas turbine, uses an endoscope to form an image of a moving object. One-dimensional line images are captured with a line scan image sensor which is oriented to lie orthogonal to the direction of movement of the image of the moving object past the image sensor. Successive line images are combined to form a composite two-dimensional image of the moving object. A second image may be detected using a second line scan image sensor oriented orthogonal with respect to the direction of movement of the image, to the first line scan image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KEYMED (MEDICAL & INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT) LTD.
    Inventors: Andrew Paul Ramsbottom, Gareth Willerton Sykes
  • Patent number: 10278566
    Abstract: [Object] To make it possible to further improve convenience of a user. [Solution] There is provided a control device including: an autofocus control section configured to execute an autofocus operation by moving at least one optical member; and an autofocus operation determination section configured to determine whether it is possible for the autofocus operation to bring biological tissue into focus, the biological tissue serving as an object. In a case where the autofocus operation determination section determines that it is not possible for the autofocus operation to bring the object into focus, the autofocus control section moves the at least one optical member to a predicted focal position set in advance in accordance with a purpose of imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Sakae Okazaki, Hirotaka Hirano, Takahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10251580
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a flexible circuit for insertion into a pill capsule. The flexible circuit has a first portion having an electrical contact to electrically connect with a battery, a second portion having an electrical contact to electrically connect with the battery, a first arm separating the first portion and second portion, a third portion comprising a first antenna, a second arm separating the first portion and third portion, a fourth portion comprising a second antenna, a third arm separating the first portion and fourth portion, a third arm separating the first portion and fourth portion, and a fifth portion comprising a third antenna. The first portion, second portion, and first arm form a first receptacle to receive a battery. The third portion, fourth portion, and fifth portion form a second receptacle to receive a cube ferrite core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Rock West Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Neal Jay Carron, Thomas Eugene Old, Donald Gordon Pritchett, John Christopher Baker
  • Patent number: 10244924
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an insertion section configured to be inserted into a subject; a bending section disposed on a distal end side of the insertion section and bendable in at least one direction; a distal end member connected to a distal end side of the bending section and having a passage to allow a treatment tool to project from the distal end member; a tube inserted into the bending section to allow the treatment tool to be inserted into the tube and having a recessed portion on an inner surface of a distal end side of the tube; and a connection section having a central axis and having one end fixed to the distal end member to be communicated with the passage, and having a projecting portion at the other end of the connection section, projecting along the central axis so as to be fitted into the recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoaki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10231642
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for superimposing known patterns, characteristic of a region, on (real) images of said region. The device comprises, a memory in which patterns are stored, which are representative of a selected region, of known position and orientation with relation to a common reference and processing means, for determining a pattern representative of the selected portion in the memory, on receipt of the designation of at least one portion of an observed image of the selected region, taken at a selected angle and at least one representative attribute of said region, taking account of the attribute selected, then superimposing the determined pattern on the selected portion of the image taking account of the selected angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Eve Coste-Maniere, Thierry Vieville, Fabien Mourgues
  • Patent number: 10217782
    Abstract: An image pickup module includes: an image pickup device provided with a plurality of electrode pads lined up on an inclined surface inclined at an acute first angle to a light receiving surface; and a flexible wiring board provided with a plurality of bond electrodes each bonded with each of the plurality of electrode pads of the image pickup device and lined up in parallel to an end side, and the image pickup module further includes a holding portion that is a triangular angle regulating portion extended from a side face of the wiring board, an angle of which formed by a first side and a second side is the first angle, and a resin member fixing the image pickup device and the wiring board, a relative angle of which is regulated to the first angle by the holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuya Maeda
  • Patent number: 10182709
    Abstract: A fluorescence endoscopy video system includes a multi-mode light source that produces light for white light and fluorescence imaging modes. A filter is positioned at the distal end of an imaging endoscope so that the endoscope can produce fluorescence and white light images of a tissue sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NOVADAQ TECHNOLOGIES ULC
    Inventors: John J. P. Fengler, Francis Regamey
  • Patent number: 10166090
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for detecting the three-dimensional geometry of objects, in particular teeth, comprising a handpiece which is provided with at least one position sensor for detecting the change of the spatial position of the handpiece, and an optical device having at least one camera for capturing images and at least one light source for at least one projector. The position sensor in the handpiece initially determines the size of the change of the spatial position of the device. It is determined therefrom, how many pictures the camera can take in a defined time unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: A.TRON3D GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Nowak, Horst Koinig, Jurgen Jesenko
  • Patent number: 10153311
    Abstract: An image sensor includes: a pixel chip provided with a plurality of pixels, a plurality of first transfer lines, and a plurality of capacitors; a circuit chip provided with a plurality of column reading circuits, a plurality of column scanning circuits, a second transfer line, and a constant current source; and a connection portion stacked and provided between the pixel chip and the circuit chip and configured to connect a capacitor, which is arranged in the pixel chip and has a trench structure, and a first transistor arranged in the circuit chip to each other via an electrode. The capacitor is configured to form a transfer capacity removing a noise included in an imaging signal and connect the pixel chip and the circuit chip to each other via the electrode and the connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru Adachi, Nana Akahane, Noriyuki Fujimori
  • Patent number: 10149609
    Abstract: A signal processing device processes a signal sent from an imaging device detachably attached to the signal processing device and includes: a signal processing unit configured to rewrite processing contents in accordance with a configuration; configuration memories having different capabilities and configured to store pieces of configuration data corresponding to contents of image processes that are performed in accordance with imaging sensors held by the imaging devices; a configuration controller configured to perform control to subject the signal processing unit to reconfiguration using the configuration data that depends on the imaging sensor of the imaging device attached to the signal processing device among the configuration data; a priority setting unit configured to set priority for each configuration data based on a predetermined condition; and a rewrite controller configured to rewrite the configuration data in the configuration memories based on the priority set by the priority setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shiraishi, Takashi Saito
  • Patent number: 10120181
    Abstract: The optical unit is including a tubular fixed part, a front frame part, a back frame part, a movable part, and a voice coil motor that is capable of moving the movable part relatively with respect to the fixed part in a direction of the axis by a coil located in the fixed part and a magnet located in the movable part and magnetically polarized in a direction orthogonal to the axis, wherein at least a part of the movable part is included in a portion of the front frame part projected in the axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinya Kono, Takehiko Iguchi
  • Patent number: 10092216
    Abstract: In an endoscope system, an insertion amount of an insertion unit is detected based on camera images captured by two cameras provided to a mouthpiece. Then, past images of a predetermined range corresponding to the detected insertion amount are acquired from a past image storage unit. A current image is compared with each of the acquired past images to calculate similarity between the current image and each of the past images. A body part captured in the past image having the highest similarity with the current image is determined to be the body part captured in the current image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Miura
  • Patent number: 10097750
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling the focus of a camera arranged to capture a sequence of frames, includes an image processor configured to: form an image characteristic for a plurality of blocks of a first frame, each block comprising one or more pixels of the first frame; and calculate an image parameter for each block by combining the image characteristics of blocks lying within a predefined zone relative to that block; and a focus controller configured to derive a measure of focus for a selected frame area of the first frame by identifying a set of blocks whose respective predefined zones, when combined, substantially represent the selected frame area, and forming a measure of focus for the selected frame area by so combining the image parameters of the set of blocks; wherein the focus controller is configured to generate a signal for controlling camera focus in dependence on the measure of focus formed for the selected frame area of the first frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Paul Buxton
  • Patent number: 10085630
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: first and second cooling units configured to cool first and second light source portions; an image pickup portion configured to generate a picked-up image; and a cooling control portion configured to control amounts of light emission of the light source portions while maintaining an amount-of-light ratio so that the brightness of the picked-up image becomes the target brightness and control cooling based on the information about the amount-of-light ratio and the brightness control information; wherein the cooling control portion decides a cooling capacity of the first cooling units and a cooling capacity of the second cooling units for cooling the respective light source portions for which the amounts of light emission are controlled, at the cooling ratio, so as to cause the light source portions to be included within a predetermined temperature range, based on the brightness control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Shirota, Tomoya Takahashi, Masato Toda, Yusuke Yabe, Yusuke Yoshida, Aiko Sakai, Takahiro Masaki, Takahiro Hayama, Ryo Machida, Koji Omori
  • Patent number: 10085615
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an observation optical system, a solid-state imaging element, a memory section, and an image processing section, wherein the memory section stores the information therein for specifying the image cutting-out region for the process of cutting out the image for display, which corresponds to an overlapping region in which a displayable pixel area of the solid-state imaging element and an imaging area of the optical image to be formed on the solid-state imaging element by the observation optical system overlap one another, and overlap one another when the center of the imaging area is matched with the center of the display area, as the image cutting-out information, and the image processing section expands the image for display to an image size of the display area, when an image size of the cut-out image for display becomes smaller than the image size of the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Mai Hikita
  • Patent number: 10067333
    Abstract: An image pickup unit includes an objective lens unit, cover glass fixed on a light receiving surface of an image pickup device, a circular optical member stuck to a front end face of the cover glass and having a diameter smaller than a diagonal line length of the cover glass, a holding frame having a circular fitting hole in which the optical member is fit from a rear, a first light blocking member disposed in a front of the optical member, and a second light blocking member disposed between a rear end face of the optical member and a front end face of the cover glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seiji Sakai
  • Patent number: 10051193
    Abstract: A processing device includes a signal processing unit configured to: input first and second pixel signals from an image sensor having pixels for receiving light from a subject illuminated with pulsed light and generating a pixel signal, the first pixel signal being a one-frame signal read at read timing at least a part of which is included in an illumination period of the pulsed light, the second pixel signal being a one-frame signal read after the one frame of the first pixel signal; and generate a one-frame third pixel signal by synthesizing first and second overlap pixel signals, the first overlap pixel signal being defined as the first pixel signal corresponding to an overlap line of the pixels in which the illumination period of the pulsed light is overlapped with the read timing, the second overlap pixel signal being defined as the second pixel signal corresponding to the overlap line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryohei Kagawa, Kotaro Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 10045685
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion tube having a distal end and an imaging device with a steerable extension. The proximal end of the extension is attached to the distal end of the insertion tube. An endoscope includes an insertion tube having a distal end region and a rear-viewing imaging device at least partially disposed inside the distal end region. An endoscope includes an insertion tube having a distal end cap, an imaging device, and a link that couples the imaging device to the distal end cap of the insertion tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Avantis Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lex Bayer, Fred Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10010245
    Abstract: A subject irradiated with violet light and green light is imaged to obtain RGB signals, based on which a base image is produced. Frequency filtering processing is applied to the B signal to obtain a blood vessel extraction signal, in which a most superficial blood vessel, a superficial blood vessel, and a middle-layer blood vessel at different depths are extracted. Edge strength of each blood vessel in the blood vessel extraction signal is calculated. Display control processing based on the edge strength of each blood vessel is applied to the base image. Thereby, a first image or a second image is produced. In the first image, the most superficial blood vessel, the superficial blood vessel, and the middle-layer blood vessel are displayed in a distinguishable manner. In the second image, the most superficial blood vessel, the superficial blood vessel, and the middle-layer blood vessel are selectively enhanced or suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yuki Terakawa
  • Patent number: 9964759
    Abstract: An image capturing system includes a barrel, a lens assembly, at least one planar light shielding sheet and at least one space maintaining member. The lens assembly includes lens elements disposed in the barrel. The planar light shielding sheet has an aperture for light to travel through. The space maintaining member is disposed in the barrel for adjusting a relative position of two of the lens elements. The space maintaining member includes a regulating portion, and the regulating portion includes an annular groove. The planar light shielding sheet is assembled to the annular groove, and the regulating portion is for adjusting and limiting a position of the planar light shielding sheet. A thickness of the planar light shielding sheet is smaller than a width of the annular groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO.,LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng-Feng Lin, Ming-Ta Chou
  • Patent number: 9962070
    Abstract: Violet light and blue light is applied sequentially to an object. In a wavelength range (380-440 nm) of the violet light, each of reflectances of most-superficial and superficial blood vessels is lower than reflectance of middle-layer blood vessels. In a wavelength range (440-480 nm) of the blue light, the reflectance of the middle-layer blood vessels is lower than those of the most-superficial and superficial blood vessels. Brightness of mucous membrane in a normalized first signal obtained under the violet light is equivalent to that in a normalized second signal obtained under the blue light. A subtraction image is obtained by subtraction between the normalized first and second signals, and superimposed on the first signal. A special image, in which the most-superficial and superficial blood vessels correspond to falling edges and the middle-layer blood vessels correspond to rising edges and the blood vessels are distinguished from each other, is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yuki Terakawa
  • Patent number: 9955857
    Abstract: An endoscope device includes a flexible insertion portion; a flexible tube portion; a first bending portion; a second bending portion; an observation portion; a first drive portion bending the first bending portion; a second drive portion bending the second bending portion; a position detection portion detecting a position of a rigid distal end portion of a medical instrument; first and second bending detection portions detecting radii of curvature of axes of channels formed in the first and second bending portions and directions in which the channels are bent when an input signal generated by the position detection portion is received, respectively; and a control portion configured to control generating a second drive signal driving the second drive portion based on a first drive signal driving the first drive portion, and sending the second drive signal to the second drive portion while sending the first drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shotaro Takemoto, Madoka Ito, Tetsuyuki Sakamoto, Kazuo Banju
  • Patent number: 9958668
    Abstract: There is provided an image pickup unit which is capable of achieving a focused image of a favorable depth of field while changing a visual field direction of observation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Kato
  • Patent number: 9936864
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes a head portion including an image pickup device, and a connector portion integrally connected with the head portion via a cable. The head portion includes: an electronic shutter register configured to store a set value for controlling an image pickup device, among control data transmitted from the connector portion; and a communication circuit configured to, based on information indicating whether or not to transmit the set value for controlling the image pickup device, among the control data transmitted from the connector portion, to a register provided in the image pickup device, perform control of whether or not to transmit the set value stored in the electronic shutter register to the register provided in the image pickup device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Tsutsui, Fumiyuki Okawa
  • Patent number: 9942452
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optoelectronic module and an imaging apparatus such as an endoscope comprising such module. The optoelectronic module includes a housing and an image sensor. The image sensor's face has a perimeter S, the cross section of the optoelectronic module along the face has a perimeter H, and S<H<1.6S. In an example, illumination components such as a flashing LED and the image sensor are confined within the minimum bounding circle of the sensor's face. The invention exhibits technical advantage in minimizing the size of the insert portion of the endoscopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ningbo WISE OptoMech Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Xibo Wei, Geping Liu, Jingjing Wei
  • Patent number: 9907462
    Abstract: The present specification discloses an endoscope having a tip section equipped with multiple viewing elements. Each of the viewing elements' field of view is illuminated by a discrete illuminator, such as a LED, being operated in a flash mode. The flash mode of operation of the LEDs enable doctors to obtain a position of the endoscope tip within a patient's body from outside by viewing the light emitted by the LEDs. Since the light is emitted for short pre-defined periods of time, the heat generated by the LEDs during their periods of operation is within a safe threshold value, and does not cause any burn injury inside the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Endochoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaniv Kirma, Yuri Gershov, Avi Levy, Golan Salman
  • Patent number: 9912911
    Abstract: A multi-function cable, and more particularly, a multi-function cable having components permitting its interchangeable use with a variety of modules, the modules including endoscopes, cameras input units and display units. The multi-function cable is capable of receiving inputs from multiple different types of modules having diverse data and signal formats and may generate diverse output signals compatible with differing modules. The multi-function cable is used in a medical operating room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy King, Jason Radtke, Brendon Bolin, Tony Wonsyld
  • Patent number: 9894286
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and method for enabling control of an illuminator having predetermined operating parameters by a vision system processor/core based upon stored information regarding parameters that are integrated with the illuminator. The parameters are retrieved by the processor, and are used to control the operation of the illuminator and/or the camera during image acquisition. In an embodiment, the stored parameters are a discrete numerical or other value that corresponds to the illuminator type. The discrete value maps to a corresponding value in look-up table/database associated with the camera that contains parameter sets associated with each of a plurality of values in the database. The data associated with the discrete value in the camera contains the necessary parameters or settings for that illuminator type. In other embodiments, some or all of the actual parameter information can be stored with the illuminator and retrieved by the camera processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paul Burrell
  • Patent number: 9872609
    Abstract: There is provided herein a tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section comprising a front-pointing camera and a discrete front illuminator associated therewith two or more side-pointing cameras positioned at or in proximity to a distal end of said tip section, wherein each of said two or more side-pointing cameras having a discrete side illuminator associated therewith, and a working channel configured for insertion of a surgical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: EndoChoice Innovation Center Ltd.
    Inventor: Avi Levy
  • Patent number: 9872613
    Abstract: A system for imaging a body lumen includes a scanning capsule with a scanning device, a flexible tether coupled to the scanning capsule, a reel coupled to the flexible tether, and one or more processors. The scanning capsule is sized to be introduced into the body lumen of the patient by swallowing and advanced along the body lumen with normal peristalsis. The one or more processors are configured to scan light onto a portion of the body lumen using the scanning device, detect light from the portion of the body lumen using a light sensor, generate one or more images of the portion of the body lumen in response to the detected light, determine a rate for withdrawing the scanning capsule from the body lumen based on the one or more images, and withdraw the scanning capsule from the body lumen using the reel according to the determined rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Eric J. Seibel, Richard S. Johnston
  • Patent number: 9872601
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an electronic endoscope having an imaging device and a first processing unit which judges whether a first error has occurred that is an error in image data taken by the imaging device and resets the imaging device if a variable for judgment of occurrence of a first error is larger than or equal to a first threshold value; a light source unit which supplies illumination light to the electronic endoscope, and a second processing unit which judges whether a second error has occurred that is an error in image data transmitted from the electronic endoscope and initializes supply of power to the electronic endoscope if a variable for judgment of occurrence of a second error is larger than or equal to a second threshold value that is larger than or equal to the first threshold value; and a processor as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Suzuki, Koji Shimomura
  • Patent number: 9854959
    Abstract: There is provided herein an endoscope assembly, the assembly comprising at least one front-pointing camera and at least one front illuminator associated therewith, at least one side-pointing camera and at least one of side illuminator associated therewith, a first front working channel configured for insertion of a medical tool and a second front working channel configured for insertion of a medical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: EndoChoice Innovation Center Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi Levy, Moshe Levi
  • Patent number: 9848124
    Abstract: An endoscope system has an insertion portion, a forward observation window configured to acquire a forward-field-of-view image, a lateral observation window configured to acquire a lateral-field-of-view image, an image pickup device and a video processor. A positional displacement correcting portion of the video processor detects a positional relationship between a portion where the forward-field-of-view image is formed and a portion where the lateral-field-of-view image is formed, on the image pickup device, and generates displacement amount data. A boundary correcting portion generates an image signal in which the forward-field-of-view image and the lateral-field-of-view image are arranged with an image center point provided in the portion and an image center point provided in the portion caused to correspond to each other, based on the displacement amount data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoki Iwasaki, Takeo Suzuki, Kazuki Honda
  • Patent number: 9827054
    Abstract: A medical navigation system is provided, comprising a computing device having a processor coupled to a memory, a tracking camera for tracking medical devices, and a display for displaying an image; an automated arm assembly electrically coupled to be computing device and controlled by a signal provided by the computing device, the automated arm assembly including a multi-joint arm having a distal end connectable to an effector that supports a surgical camera electrically coupled to the computing device; and a medical device having a tracking marker attachable to the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBADOS) INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Lee Richmond, Brent Andrew Bailey, Stephen B. E. McFadyen, Michael Wood, Abhijit Saxena, Kai Michael Hynna, Yanhui Bai
  • Patent number: 9826169
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes: an image pickup device configured to pick up an optical image formed by an objective optical system and generate an image; a cut-out range setting portion configured to set a cut-out area so that a center comes close to a field-of-view center as a zoom magnification set by an electronic zoom setting portion increases; and a zoom processing portion configured to cut out the set cut-out area from the image, perform enlargement or reduction corresponding to the zoom magnification and generate a zoomed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Suzuki, Tomoki Iwasaki, Susumu Hashimoto, Toshihiro Hamada, Yuji Kutsuma
  • Patent number: 9824444
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an input section, a specification section, an extraction section, and a calculation section. The input section receives fluorescence image information obtained by picking up an image of fluorescence based on application of excitation light to a subject provided with a fluorescent substance with a specific effect on a living tissue and therapeutic light position image information including an application position of therapeutic light. The specification section specifies an application region of the therapeutic light. The extraction section extracts a luminance value corresponding to the application region of the therapeutic light and a luminance value corresponding to a region other than the application region of the therapeutic light. The calculation section calculates and outputs a ratio of the extracted luminance value corresponding to the application region to the luminance value corresponding to the region other than the application region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Kei Kubo
  • Patent number: 9813218
    Abstract: A duplex LC communication light detecting adapter for forming two parallel optical transmission lines therein when a duplex LC connector is inserted so as to extract as a leak light a portion of communication light transmitting through the optical transmission lines, including an adapter main body that is opaque to light. The adapter main body includes a first space defined by a first wall and isolated from other spaces to arrange a first optical transmission line of the two optical transmission lines, a first light extraction hole for extracting the leak light from the first space, a second space defined by a second wall and isolated from other spaces to arrange a second optical transmission line of the two optical transmission lines, and a second light extraction hole for extracting the leak light from the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kanako Suzuki, Takao Nishikawa, Toshiyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9808147
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to the present disclosure includes an illuminating section which sequentially irradiates an object with first and second illuminating light beams polarized in first and second directions. First and second polarization images are generated based on signals representing light transmitted through polarizers having the polarization transmission axis in respective directions that are parallel to, and intersect with, the first direction while the object is being irradiated with the first illuminating light beam, and third and fourth polarization images are generated based on signals representing light transmitted through polarizers having the polarization transmission axis in respective directions that are parallel to, and intersect with, the second direction while the object is being irradiated with the second illuminating light beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Kanamori
  • Patent number: 9801531
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an image acquisition section, an attention area setting section, and a dimming control section. The image acquisition section acquires a captured image that includes an object image. The attention area setting section sets an attention area within the captured image based on information from the endoscope system. The dimming control section performs a dimming control process that controls the intensity of illumination light based on the attention area set by the attention area setting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori Morita, Seigo On, Jumpei Takahashi, Naoya Kuriyama, Keiji Higuchi
  • Patent number: 9798124
    Abstract: The image display apparatus includes an optical system causing a light flux entering from an original image by being transmitted through a fifth surface to reflect at a fourth surface, a third surface, a first surface and a second surface and then cause the light flux to be transmitted through the first surface and exit toward an exit pupil, causing the light flux to form an intermediate image and causing optical paths to intersect with each other. The optical system satisfies 0.62?L12/f?5.00 and 1.80?L45/L12?5.00. When a distance between hit points of a central-view-angle principal ray on the surfaces is referred to as a hit point distance, L45 represents a hit point distance between the fourth and fifth surfaces, L12 represents a hit point distance between the first and second surfaces, and f represents a focal length of the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryoji Kondo
  • Patent number: 9795277
    Abstract: A monitor apparatus includes: a display panel that displays a medical image; an as-viewed output terminal capable of outputting a video signal reflecting a same color set value as a color set value reflected in the medical image displayed on the display panel; a communication unit that detects device information regarding an external device connected to the as-viewed output terminal; and a second color setting reflection unit capable of controlling to further change the color set value reflected in the video signal outputted from the as-viewed output terminal based on a detection result of the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Fujita, Masahiro Kudo, Masashi Umemura, Hiroshi Yanagisawa, Hiroshi Higuchi
  • Patent number: 9782059
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: a signal processing apparatus that performs processing on an output signal outputted from an endoscope; a detecting section configured to detect a type of the endoscope; a function setting section configured to set a plurality of functions in the endoscope system; an input section configured to input data to the function setting section; an output section configured to output a list of setting states of the plurality of functions to a display section; and a storing section configured to store recommended setting data corresponding to the plurality of functions, wherein the function setting section sets the signal processing apparatus to selected one of the setting corresponding to the type of the endoscope and a setting recommended by the recommended setting data, according to an input from the input section, and sets the plurality of functions according to the type of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Saito, Takehiko Ito, Sachiko Asatori, Kyosuke Mizuno, Tomoya Sato
  • Patent number: 9774212
    Abstract: A wireless charging device includes a base, a motor, a rotating member and a first transmitting coil. The base has a hollow pillar and a ring-shaped groove around the hollow pillar. The motor is movably disposed in the hollow pillar and has a rotating axle. The rotating member is connected to a first end of the rotating axle. The first transmitting coil is disposed on the rotating member. When an electronic device is placed in the ring-shaped groove, the motor drives the first transmitting coil to move and rotate to a position corresponding to a receiving coil of the electronic device, such that the first transmitting coil cooperates with the receiving coil to charge the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Wen-Chin Wu, Yi-Sheng Kao, Yao-Tsung Chang
  • Patent number: 9753269
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an endoscope distal end rigid member; an objective optical system fixing frame; a moving frame; a wire unit including a rigid shaft portion; a wire unit connecting projection portion configured such that a flange having a diameter larger than the rigid shaft portion is screwed to a distal end face side; a first wire unit insertion hole through which a flange of the rigid shaft portion can pass in a state that screwing to the wire unit connecting projection portion is canceled; a lid member; a second wire unit insertion hole configured to be coaxial with a center axis of the first wire unit insertion hole, and through which the flange of the rigid shaft portion can pass; and a sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehide Kibayashi
  • Patent number: 9746662
    Abstract: An endoscope observation system includes a light source section generating different types of light in at least partly different wavelength bands for observation of a polarized light-based observation image and for observation of a non polarized light-based observation image, respectively; an irradiation side polarization separation element subjecting the illumination light from the light source section to polarization separation; a light reception side polarization separation element performing polarization separation, in a particular wavelength band of the light from the observation target, by transmitting polarized light with a predetermined polarization component while reflecting polarized light with a polarization component other than the predetermined polarization component, and in a wavelength bend other than the particular wavelength band, exhibiting same transmission and reflection characteristics for both polarized light and non polarized light; and an image pickup element receiving the transmitted
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Akiyama, Takeshi Suga
  • Patent number: 9737200
    Abstract: An endoscope achieves favorable advancing and retracting motion without causing disturbance in displacement of built-in components in bending of a bending tube by covering, out of an image pickup cable and a conduit that are cross-symmetrical built-in components disposed to intersect with each other in a radial direction of the bending tube, an outer circumference of the conduit with a second heat-shrinkable tube serving as a protective member, and removing the second heat-shrinkable tube from a partial region that includes a region (an intersection region) where the image pickup cable and the conduit intersect with each other, even when the built-in components in the bending tube are intersected with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoshi Makiyama
  • Patent number: 9723186
    Abstract: A low-cost resin lens is disclosed for use in miniature cameras. The resin lens features a low profile that is particularly well-suited to consumer products such as smart phones. The resin lens is mounted to an integrated circuit die that is attached to a standard four-layer substrate. The integrated circuit die includes electronic and/or optoelectronic circuits to support digital image capture, transfer, and processing. Image correction software adjusts the image to correct for distortion introduced by the resin lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Loic Pierre Louis Renard, Wee Chin Judy Lim
  • Patent number: 9704238
    Abstract: A method for correcting optical errors occurring in coordinates of positions of a plurality of targets measured via an imaging system comprising a field of view. The plurality of targets includes a first array of targets and a second array of targets overlapping the first array of targets, and a portion of the plurality of targets are outside of the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan Eyring, Oliver Ache, Frank Laske
  • Patent number: 9667843
    Abstract: An imaging module of the invention includes: an electrical cable; a solid-state image sensing device; and a three-dimensional wiring base in which a mount surface is provided on a molded product. The mount surface has two opposed apexes which sandwich a central portion therebetween and is molded so that the distance between the two apexes is the longest in distances between two points on sides of the mount surface, a cross section parallel to the mount surface of the three-dimensional wiring base is equal to the mount surface or smaller than the mount surface, and the distance between two points that is the longest in distances on sides of a shape in a plan view of the solid-state image sensing device is equal to or shorter than the distance between the two apexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Wada, Kenichi Nakatate
  • Patent number: 9659088
    Abstract: It is a non-transitory computer readable medium storing a program causing a computer to execute a process for information processing, the process including: calculating a feature amount of each of document contents to which common attribute information is added; and generating distribution map information by plotting each of document contents in a feature amount space on the basis of the calculated feature amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Sugibuchi, Hiroshi Umemoto, Motoyuki Takaai