With Additional Adjunct (e.g., Recorder Control, Etc.) Patents (Class 348/74)
  • Patent number: 10645372
    Abstract: An observation device is provided with an image acquisition unit comprising at least one image sensor, an image display unit, that is arranged for displaying image data that is provided by the image acquisition unit, an image processing unit for image processing procedures, and a control unit comprising a multi-axis input module. The image acquisition unit is configured to provide recorded images having a predefined recording pixel quantity. The image display unit is configured to display images having a predefined display pixel quantity, wherein the recording pixel quantity is equal to or greater than the display pixel quantity. Image pixels of the display pixel quantity are obtained from the recording pixel quantity. Subsets of the recording pixel quantity are selected to form the display pixel quantity. Image acquisition parameters and display parameters are controlled by the input module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Benedikt Köhler, Andreas Heni, Markus Kupferschmid, Eckhart Baum, Peter Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10638920
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of aligning a lens module with respect to an image sensor device for a capsule camera are disclosed. The image sensor device comprises multiple pixel arrays and the lens module comprises multiple lens sets to form multiple images corresponding to multiple fields of view associated with the multiple lens sets, and each lens set forms one image for one corresponding pixel array associated with one field of view. A method according to the present invention present invention, one or more test images are presented in the multiple fields of view associated with the lens module. Multiple images in the multiple fields of view are captured using the multiple pixel arrays. Metric measurement is derived based on the multiple images captured by the multiple pixel arrays. Lens alignment between the lens module and the image sensor device is then adjusted based on the metric measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CAPSOVISION INC
    Inventors: Ganyu Lu, Gordon C. Wilson, Kang-Huai Wang
  • Patent number: 10546656
    Abstract: Apparatus for plotting pathological diagnoses on anatomical diagrams is provided. The apparatus may include a mapping tool. The mapping tool may identify a plurality of biopsy marker records including a received criterion. The mapping tool may identify a body part image associated with a body part image ID. The mapping tool may section the body part image into a first quadrant and a second quadrant. The mapping tool may loop through the plurality of biopsy marker records to identify an X,Y coordinate associated with each of the plurality of biopsy marker records. For each X,Y coordinate identifying a location within the first quadrant, the mapping tool may iteratively tally a first count for the first quadrant. For each X,Y coordinate identifying a location within the second quadrant, the mapping tool may iteratively tally a second count for the second quadrant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Acupath Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Kee Chan, Minning Xie, Barbara Winter, Larry Fox
  • Patent number: 10440246
    Abstract: A system comprising a network of computers programmed to receive and process visual data transmitted from an endoscopic instrument, display the processed visual data as a live stream and as a set of discrete media objects to be annotated by users of multiple computers accessing the media objects remotely. The endoscopic instrument may feature several buttons arranged for capturing, freezing, and annotating the live stream. The media objects, annotations, and metadata associating the users with the annotations will be embedded by the system into a report using image and text matching algorithms, the report exportably stored and accessed in a patient-physician schedule and database environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Kiran K. Bhat
  • Patent number: 10339686
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to implement an image acquisition process that acquires captured images from an imaging section that performs a frame sequential imaging process in which one cycle includes first to N-th frames, and a synthesis process, wherein the processor implements the image acquisition process that acquires a plurality of captured images that have been captured in an i-th frame and differ from each other as to an in-focus object plane position, and the processor implements the synthesis process that calculates a second synthesis map based on a first synthesis map calculated with respect to the i-th frame, and the first synthesis map calculated with respect to a k-th frame, and synthesizes the plurality of images that have been captured in the i-th frame based on the second synthesis map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akikazu Yachi
  • Patent number: 10334163
    Abstract: A multi-camera hemispherical very wide field of view imaging apparatus with omnidirectional illumination capability comprises a cylindrical body (4, 4.a, 4.b), a hemispherical mechanical frame (2) arranged on one end of the cylindrical body (4, 4.a, 4.b), a plurality of imaging channels (3), each imaging channel (3) comprising at least an image sensor and related optics with a fixed focus appropriate for endoscopic imaging, the plurality of imaging channels (3) being distributed over the hemispherical mechanical frame (2), a light source arranged center-down at a back part of the plurality of imaging channels (3) and inside or at the end of the cylindrical body (4, 4.a, 4.b). Each imaging channel (3) comprises a plurality of lightning channels (1) around their center, each of the plurality of lightning channels (1) comprising at least one microfiber light guide having a determined angle of curvature arranged to transmit the light from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL)
    Inventors: Ömer Cogal, Yusuf Leblebici
  • Patent number: 10231604
    Abstract: There is provided a connector for an endoscope that is easy to grip and is easily connected to a light source device. The connector includes: a light guide part; a wireless communication unit; a wireless power receiving unit; a housing section which houses the wireless communication unit and the wireless power receiving unit, and in which the light guide part protrudes from a front surface thereof, an upper surface thereof is a curved surface, and a lower surface thereof is a flat surface; a grip section that has a shape in which a cross-sectional area decreases toward a rear portion from a front portion thereof, and includes a concave finger placing portion which is provided on the upper surface; and a finger locking portion that is provided between the housing section and the grip section and locks a forefinger on a lower surface of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ogura, Kimitake Fukushima, Kazuyoshi Hara, Kunihiko Tanaka, Koji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10231603
    Abstract: There is provided a connector for an endoscope that is easy to grip and is easily connected to a light source device. The connector includes: a light guide part, a wireless communication unit, a wireless power receiving unit, a housing section which houses the wireless communication unit and the wireless power receiving unit and in which the light guide part protrudes from a front surface thereof positioned close to a light source device in a connection posture where the connector is connected to the light source device, and a grip section that includes a concave finger placing portion on which a thumb is placed and which is provided on an upper surface thereof on a central axis of the light guide part in a case in which the grip section is viewed from an upper surface of the connector positioned on a vertically upper side in the connection posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ogura, Kimitake Fukushima, Kazuyoshi Hara, Kunihiko Tanaka, Koji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10114928
    Abstract: A method for documenting medical data in which the data captured by at least one data entry device from an operating room are stored in a storage medium wherein storage is activated only by the presence in the operating room of a patient who is to be operated on. A device for documenting medical data includes at least one data reception device for entering data from at least one data source, at least one visual display unit for showing data for a user, and at least one entry device for entering data and/or instructions by the user, wherein the storage device includes a data memory that is configured for automatic erasing and/or overwriting of stored data after a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Omid Abri
  • Patent number: 9977863
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a reading unit that reads an image, image identification information (image ID), and medium identification information (medium ID) from the removable medium; a transmitting unit that transmits, to a server, the image ID and the medium ID that have been read by the reading unit; a receiving unit that receives, from the server, the patient information that corresponds to the image ID and the medium ID that have been transmitted by the transmitting unit, or information indicating no existing corresponding patient information; and a display control unit that displays, on a display device, the image read by the reading unit and the patient information received by the receiving unit, or the image read by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Ukai, Masanao Hara, Ken Suzuki, Takahiro Narasawa, Katsuhiko Nameta, Yasuhiko Okada, Keiichiro Tawara, Yasuhisa Seki
  • Patent number: 9901244
    Abstract: There is provided herein, an electronic circuit board assembly for a tip section of a multiple viewing elements endoscope, the assembly including a base board configured to carry a first metal frame to support a front looking viewing element and a second metal frame to support a side looking viewing element; and a flexible illumination circuit board comprising a front foldable panel configured to carry three sets of front illuminators for essentially illuminating the field of view (FOV) of the front looking viewing element, and a side foldable panel configured to carry a set of side illuminators for essentially illuminating the field of view (FOV) of the side looking viewing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Endochoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Krivopisk, Golan Salman, Amram Aizenfeld, Yaniv Kirma, Moshiko Levi, Stephan Wieth, Jeruham Avron, Robby Dascalo, Avi Levy, Mark Gilreath, Victor Levin
  • Patent number: 9900559
    Abstract: An endoscope system is provided with: an endoscope apparatus capable of recording a picked-up endoscopic image; a memory card attachable to and detachable from the endoscope apparatus, the memory card transmitting the picked-up endoscopic image; and a PC or a mobile terminal having a function of communicating with the memory card and recording the endoscopic image transmitted from the memory card. The endoscope apparatus, and the PC or the mobile terminal are connected via wireless communication. When freeze processing is executed, the endoscope apparatus transmits an endoscopic image from the endoscope apparatus to the PC or the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Doi
  • Patent number: 9603511
    Abstract: The specific gravity of a capsule-type endoscope according to the invention is set to be lower than that of liquid in an organ, so that the capsule-type endoscope is floated on a liquid surface of the liquid. A center of gravity of the capsule-type endoscope is set to a position deviated from a center of a casing, so that the casing is maintained in a specific floating position while being floated on the liquid surface. A boundary between the casing and the liquid surface is formed within a projection plane, which is obtained by projecting the casing in the specific floating position perpendicularly to the liquid surface, at a position excluding an outer periphery of the projection plane Ka.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Miho Katayama, Hironao Kawano, Ayako Nagase
  • Patent number: 9589103
    Abstract: A medical image recording apparatus for recording observed images of a subject outputted from a medical instrument, includes: an image arithmetic portion which generates feature images by highlighting specific features contained in the observed images; a display portion which displays inputted display images; a display image switching portion which switches the display images outputted to the display portion to either the observed images or images including the feature images generated by the image arithmetic portion; and an image information recording portion which records, as an image file, image-relevant information including timing information at execution of image switching by the display image switching portion and image generation information for generating the feature images and image information of the observed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Wataru Sasaki, Goro Miura, Kunimasa Shimizu, Atsushi Misawa, Yasuhiro Asai, Takeshi Misawa
  • Patent number: 9313382
    Abstract: The application is directed to an image pickup system that includes a lens holder; an image pickup optical system that is secured by a portion of the lens holder; an image pickup device comprising a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface is nearer the image pickup optical system than the second surface in an optical axis direction, a light receiving sensor that receives light entering through the image pickup optical system, and a cover glass attached to the first surface of the image pickup device, wherein the cover glass comprising a fitting portion of the cover glass in an outer circumferential face of the cover glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takatoshi Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9265408
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may include an imager configured to generate a plurality of frames at a frame frequency greater than an electromagnetic energy emission pulse frequency of a medical device, wherein each frame of the plurality of frames may include a first plurality of rows. The apparatus may also include an electronic shutter module configured to offset a start time of each row of the first plurality of rows in each frame from the plurality of frames from a start time of an adjacent row in that same frame. The apparatus may further include an image processing module configured to generate a plurality of valid frames based on at least a portion of the plurality of frames, wherein the plurality of valid frames may include a frame frequency lower than the frame frequency of the plurality of frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Modell, Jason Sproul
  • Patent number: 9041807
    Abstract: An image processing device configured to be installed in a vehicle includes an image acquirer, an image selector, a first luminance adjuster, a synthetic image generator, and an image provider. The image acquirer acquires camera images captured by cameras provided on the vehicle. The image selector selects one of the camera images as a representative image based on luminances of the camera images. The first luminance adjuster adjusts a luminance of at least one of the other camera images based on a luminance of the representative image. The synthetic image generator generates a synthetic image showing a periphery of the vehicle, based on the representative image and the other camera images the luminance of at least one of which has been adjusted by the first adjuster. The image provider outputs, to a display device installed in the vehicle, information corresponding to the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiko Murakami, Nobunori Asayama
  • Patent number: 9041793
    Abstract: A method of using a scanning microscope to rapidly form a digital image of an area. The method includes performing an initial set of scans to form a guide pixel set for the area and using the guide pixel set to identify regions representing structures of interest in the area. Then, performing additional scans of the regions representing structures of interest, to gather further data to further evaluate pixels in the regions, and not scanning elsewhere in the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FEI COMPANY
    Inventors: Cliff Bugge, Brandon van Leer
  • Patent number: 9030544
    Abstract: In a transmission device used in a wireless video transmission system in which a medical image is transmitted and received by radio communication, a transmission unit is capable of performing radio communication with a plurality of receiving devices connected to a plurality of display apparatuses. A control unit acquires an identifier for identifying a receiving device connected to a selected single display apparatus when an instruction is received to select one display apparatus on which the medical image is to be displayed from among the display apparatuses, and controls the transmission unit such that the identifier will be used when the medical image is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Hideki Tashiro, Koichi Tashiro, Junichi Tashiro, Masashi Umemura, Kyuma Tanida
  • Patent number: 8982204
    Abstract: An inspection management apparatus includes: a schedule generation unit that, based on a scheduled start date and time of examination, a scheduled start date and time of observation, a predictive transfer time of image data from a receiving device to an inspection management apparatus, and a predictive image processing time for each type of image processing, calculates an image transfer start date and time from the receiving device to the inspection management apparatus, and calculates an image processing start date and time of the transferred image data; and a control unit that starts acquisition of the image data transmitted from the receiving device when the image transfer start date and time comes, and causes, when the image processing start date and time comes, an image processing unit to perform specified image processing on the image data that the transfer has been started on the image transfer start date and time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nishiyama, Isao Tateshita, Keiji Okumura, Takaharu Hosoi
  • Patent number: 8982203
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a video system for viewing an object on a body, including an endoscopic lens for capturing an image, an endoscopic camera head attached to the endoscopic lens for transmitting the image, and a camera control unit attached to the endoscopic camera head for receiving the transmitted image. The endoscopic lens has a field of view, where the object is within the field of view. The endoscopic camera lens has a depth of field between approximately 10 mm and approximately 15 mm. The system also has an arm attached to the endoscopic lens for holding the endoscopic lens between approximately 180 mm and approximately 220 mm away from the surgical field. The magnified image is conveniently seen on large high definition screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: George Berci
  • Patent number: 8979743
    Abstract: The present invention is an endoscope device in which a portion of the optical system can be changed using an optical adaptor, provided with: an image pickup member for capturing an image that is input from an optical system that incorporates a reference scope or user scope, and an optical adaptor; a first recording medium that records a first information that includes at least distortion parameters of the reference scope which indicate the optical properties of the reference scope; a second recording medium that records a second information that includes at least distortion parameters of the user scope which indicate the optical properties of the user scope; and a distortion correcting member that corrects distortion in the image captured by the image pickup member when the user scope and the optical adaptor are combined, based on the first information which is read out from the first recording medium and the second information which is read out from the second recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Sumito Nakano, Fumio Hori, Kiyotomi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8957952
    Abstract: In a processor of a wireless image transmission system that transmits, by radio communication, an image signal obtained by converting an image obtained by an endoscope apparatus, a communication state detection unit monitors a communication state of radio communication. An editing unit edits the image signal according to a mode in which the endoscope apparatus obtains an image when the deterioration of a communication state is detected by the communication state detection unit. A transmission unit transmits the image signal output from the editing unit to a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Junichi Tashiro, Masashi Umemura, Hideki Tashiro
  • Patent number: 8953013
    Abstract: This invention discloses an image pickup device and an image synthesis method thereof The image pickup device comprises an image-pickup module, an image-synthesis module, a database and a processing module. The image-pickup module captures a plurality of temporary images of a scene. The image-synthesis module extracts a part of each temporary image and combines the parts to form a panorama temporary image, and splits the panorama temporary image into a plurality of zone-areas according to at least one threshold value and a panorama luminosity histogram. The database stores a lookup table for recording a plurality of exposure values. The plurality of the exposure values correspond to luminance values of the zone-areas respectively. The processing module obtains the plurality of exposure values corresponding to the luminance values and obtains a weighting-exposure value by an equation, and controls the image-pickup module to capture the panorama image according to the weighting-exposure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Hong-Long Chou, Chia-Chun Tseng, Chia-Yu Wu
  • Publication number: 20150035959
    Abstract: A variety of methods and arrangements for sharing medical data are described. In one aspect, one or more data streams are received from one or more medical imaging/sensing or other types of devices. Frames are obtained from the streams. In some embodiments, particular frames and/or parts of frames are selectively encrypted. The frames are transmitted to a remote device, where they are rendered and/or displayed at the remote device. In various embodiments, the frames of different streams are synchronized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ravi N. AMBLE, Harish P. HIRIYANNAIAH, Farooq Mirza Mohammad RAZA, Steven J. SALVE
  • Patent number: 8934004
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an endoscope including a CCD for generating an image pickup signal, and a processor including a video processing circuit. The processor includes: a VCXO that generates a reference clock signal; a PLL circuit that synchronizes a phase of the image pickup signal to be inputted and a phase of the reference clock signal; a synchronization detection circuit that detects whether the phase of the image pickup signal synchronizes with the phase of the reference clock signal; and a multiplexer that controls the video processing circuit, on the basis of the detection result by the synchronization detection circuit, to cause the video processing circuit to output a predetermined video when a non-phase-synchronized state is detected, and to cause the video processing circuit to output a video signal obtained by processing the image pickup signal by the video processing circuit when a phase-synchronized state is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Komine, Takehide Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20150009311
    Abstract: Plural predetermined examination parts of a patient are imaged sequentially and still images of the respective examination parts are thereby acquired by inserting an endoscope insertion unit having an imaging optical system in its tip portion into the body cavity of the patient. To this end, the number of still images taken is counted every time one of the predetermined examination parts. The counted number of still images taken is compared with a preset number of images which corresponds to the number of the plural predetermined examination parts. An alert is generated when non-coincidence is detected between the counted number of still images taken and the preset number. The operator is thus notified of occurrence of a failure to image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Wataru SASAKI, Goro MIURA, Kunimasa SHIMIZU, Atsushi MISAWA, Yasuhiro ASAI
  • Publication number: 20140375784
    Abstract: An image sensor system for a medical procedure system includes a sensor array for generating image data for a scene and an orientation sensor directly mechanically connected to the image sensor. The orientation sensor generates an electrical signal indicative of orientation of the sensor array. A processor receives the image data and the electrical signal and generates an image of the scene, the image of the scene being altered to compensate for orientation of the sensor array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Dominic Massetti
  • Publication number: 20140333743
    Abstract: The present specification describes an endoscopy display system including an endoscope with a distal tip having at least three image capturing components, and a handle with an actuator that, when activated, generates a video processing command; a controller including a video processing system adapted to transmit commands to the three image capturing components and receive an image feed from each of said three image capturing components; and a display system, including at least one monitor that concurrently receives and concurrently visually displays each of said processed image feeds, where the video processing system is adapted to process each of said image feeds in accordance with the video processing command to cause at least one of changing a position of, zooming into or out of; recording; freezing; highlighting; or superimposing a navigation indicator upon the at least one of the processed image feeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Gilreath, Will Parks, Avi Levy, Yoram Ashery, Yaniv Kirma, Anat Shimony, Charlie Jacobs, Stephan Wieth, Doug Ladd, Yuri Gershov, Leonid Krivopisk
  • Patent number: 8860794
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an imaging apparatus that outputs, as image information, an electrical signal photoelectrically converted from a plurality of pixels, outside the imaging apparatus, and a processing apparatus that is connected to the imaging apparatus so as to bi-directionally communicate with the imaging apparatus. The imaging apparatus includes a first recording unit that records identification information for identifying the imaging apparatus. The processing apparatus includes a second recording unit that records correction information for correcting characteristics of the imaging apparatus in association with the identification information, and a control unit that acquires, from the second recording unit, the correction information corresponding to the identification information received from the imaging apparatus and transmits the correction information to the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Saeri Saito, Jun Konishi, Hiroyuki Usami
  • Publication number: 20140300719
    Abstract: An inspection management apparatus includes: a schedule generation unit that, based on a scheduled start date and time of examination, a scheduled start date and time of observation, a predictive transfer time of image data from a receiving device to an inspection management apparatus, and a predictive image processing time for each type of image processing, calculates an image transfer start date and time from the receiving device to the inspection management apparatus, and calculates an image processing start date and time of the transferred image data; and a control unit that starts acquisition of the image data transmitted from the receiving device when the image transfer start date and time comes, and causes, when the image processing start date and time comes, an image processing unit to perform specified image processing on the image data that the transfer has been started on the image transfer start date and time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Takeshi NISHIYAMA, Isao TATESHITA, Keiji OKUMURA, Takaharu HOSOI
  • Patent number: 8803962
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may include an imager configured to generate a plurality of frames at a frame frequency greater than an electromagnetic energy emission pulse frequency of a medical device, wherein each frame of the plurality of frames may include a first plurality of rows. The apparatus may also include an electronic shutter module configured to offset a start time of each row of the first plurality of rows in each frame from the plurality of frames from a start time of an adjacent row in that same frame. The apparatus may further include an image processing module configured to generate a plurality of valid frames based on at least a portion of the plurality of frames, wherein the plurality of valid frames may include a frame frequency lower than the frame frequency of the plurality of frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Modell, Jason Sproul
  • Patent number: 8803960
    Abstract: In a first aspect the invention is a video camera head comprising an objective lens assembly and a solid state imager (SSI) comprised of a solid state pick up device and additional circuitry adapted to produce an output video signal. The video camera head has a maximum outer diameter of 1.1 mm or less and the length of the objective lens assembly is 2.5 mm or less. In a second aspect the invention is a visualization probe comprising illumination means, an objective lens assembly, and a solid state imager (SSI) comprised of a solid state pick up device and additional circuitry adapted to produce an output video signal. The visualization probe has a maximum outer diameter of 2.8 mm or less. In a third aspect the invention is a medical device comprising a visualization probe comprised of illumination means, an objective lens assembly, and a solid state imager (SSI) comprised of a solid state pick up device and additional circuitry adapted to produce an output video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Medigus Ltd.
    Inventors: Elazar Sonnenschein, Ariel Smoliar, Yuval Malka
  • Patent number: 8786690
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging section that images an object, an observation mode setting section that sets an observation mode when the imaging section images the object, and a control section that controls an image read mode in which an image is read from the imaging section and a in-focus object plane of the imaging section based on the observation mode set by the observation mode setting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Yoshino
  • Publication number: 20140192176
    Abstract: A medical control system comprises: first and second controllers; a touch panel operation unit which receives an operation to the controllers; a switching unit which selectively switches a connection state between first and second states. The operation unit has a touch signal transmission unit which transmits a signal to the first controller when and the operation unit is touched in the first state. The first controller has a first operation command transmission unit which transmits to a peripheral equipment an command in which an operation content of the peripheral equipment is specified by the signal, a first connection state detection unit which detects a change of connection state from the first state to the second state by the switching unit during a period the operation unit is being touched, a first control unit which stops a transmission of the command in accordance with a detection result of the detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi SEKIGUCHI
  • Patent number: 8731367
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a storage unit which stores data of a plurality of medical images at different imaging angles or different imaging positions with respect to the same region, a display unit which displays the data of the medical image read out from the storage unit, and a control unit which controls the storage unit and the display unit to play back the plurality of medical images as moving images and pause playback of the medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Takuya Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 8730313
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: a reading unit which reads video data and control data from a recording medium, the recording medium containing the video data including a plurality of image data and the control data used to control a measurement operation; a measuring unit which performs the measurement operation on the basis of the image data of the video data read by the reading unit; and a control unit which controls the measuring unit on the basis of the control data read by the reading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Numata
  • Patent number: 8698886
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a shape of an insertion portion includes an insertion portion, an acceleration calculation unit calculating acceleration at measurement points, and a determination unit which determines whether the measurement points move. The apparatus further includes an attitude information calculation unit calculating attitude information of the measurement points in a resting state, an attitude estimation unit estimating a movement period attitude, a movement vector calculation unit calculating a movement vector of the measurement points, and a position calculation unit calculating a position of the measurement points. The apparatus further includes an image generation unit generating a display image expressing the position and the movement vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Katsumi Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 8681208
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a special light image acquisition section that acquires an image including an object image that includes information in a specific wavelength band as a special light image, an attention area detection section that detects an attention area based on a feature quantity of each pixel of the special light image, a disappearance determination section that determines whether or not the attention area has disappeared from a display target area based on a detection result for the attention area, the display target area being an area displayed on an output section, a guide information generation section that generates guide information about the attention area that has disappeared based on a determination result of the disappearance determination section, and an output control section that controls output of information including the guide information generated by the guide information generation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Yoshino
  • Publication number: 20140043455
    Abstract: An endoscope is provided having a video compiler and a recorder. The video compiler continuously receives image signals and creates a video file with the image signals. The recorder receives and stores the video file. The video compiler writes a flag into the video file when a first event occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki FUKUDA, Junko ISAWA, Akihiro ITO
  • Publication number: 20140043456
    Abstract: An endoscope system is provided with: an endoscope apparatus capable of recording a picked-up endoscopic image; a memory card attachable to and detachable from the endoscope apparatus, the memory card transmitting the picked-up endoscopic image; and a PC or a mobile terminal having a function of communicating with the memory card and recording the endoscopic image transmitted from the memory card. The endoscope apparatus, and the PC or the mobile terminal are connected via wireless communication. When freeze processing is executed, the endoscope apparatus transmits an endoscopic image from the endoscope apparatus to the PC or the mobile terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro DOI
  • Publication number: 20140015947
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an imaging apparatus that outputs, as image information, an electrical signal photoelectrically converted from a plurality of pixels, outside the imaging apparatus, and a processing apparatus that is connected to the imaging apparatus so as to bi-directionally communicate with the imaging apparatus. The imaging apparatus includes a first recording unit that records identification information for identifying the imaging apparatus. The processing apparatus includes a second recording unit that records correction information for correcting characteristics of the imaging apparatus in association with the identification information, and a control unit that acquires, from the second recording unit, the correction information corresponding to the identification information received from the imaging apparatus and transmits the correction information to the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Saeri SAITO, Jun KONISHI, Hiroyuki USAMI
  • Publication number: 20130342668
    Abstract: A medical information recording apparatus includes: an input portion that includes a plurality of input terminals and into which a medical image can be inputted from a plurality of image pickup apparatuses, and that detects whether the medical image is inputted through any input terminal among the plurality of input terminals and outputs a detection result; a screen synthesis portion that performs synthesis processing according to one synthesis pattern among a predefined plurality of synthesis patterns for one or more of the medical images inputted through the plurality of input terminals, determines a medical scene or changing of the medical scene based on a detection result of the input portion, switches the synthesis pattern based on a determination result, and outputs a synthesized image based on the one or more medical images that are inputted; and a recording processing portion that records the synthesized image as a single image file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Makoto KASUMI, Shusuke TSUCHIYA, Kuniaki KAMI
  • Patent number: 8587644
    Abstract: This is an endoscope apparatus which has an endoscope which picks up an image of a sample using a solid state image pickup element and outputs an image pickup signal, and a processor which processes the above-mentioned image pickup signal, generates HDTV and SDTV serial digital video signals, switches one side of those selectively, and performs a serial output, in which the serial digital video signal switched selectively by the above-mentioned processor is output through a first connector, the above-mentioned processor is equipped with a discrimination signal generating section which is linked with selection switching of the above-mentioned HDTV or SDTV serial digital video signal to generate an HDTV/SDTV discrimination signal which can discriminate the above-mentioned HDTV or SDTV serial digital video signal, and the discrimination signal is output through a second connector different from the above-mentioned first connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Hirai, Akihito Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8556803
    Abstract: A medical apparatus system includes: an image generating section that generates an image in an observation field of view obtained from an observing section including an objective lens; an information collecting section that collects information of a treatment instrument; a distortion setting section that sets virtual distortion on the outside of the observation field of view from a characteristic of distortion of the objective lens; a distorted image generating section that generates a distorted image on the outside of the observation field of view with respect to the treatment instrument; and an image combining section that generates a combined image such that an image of the treatment instrument on the inside of the observation field of view and a distorted image of the treatment instrument coincide with each other in a boundary of the observation field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Ken Shigeta
  • Patent number: 8558880
    Abstract: A wireless operating room communication system provides wireless transmission of video signals from a wireless camera or a wireless transmitter unit to a portable wireless display unit. A wireless multiple device control unit is in wireless communication with the transmitter unit, the display unit, and a plurality of surgical devices disposed within the operating room. Each of the surgical devices has a video receiver to obtain a video signal to synchronize the devices and units. The video transmitter unit has a video transmitter and the other units or devices have a non-video transmitter. The arrangement enables transmission of device control signals on the same channel as the video signal. In response to changes in bandwidth, the video transmitter unit reduces the video signal to enable transmission thereof to the video display unit, while maintaining robustness of the control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Vasudev Nambakam, John Shen, Joshua Talbert, Amit Mahadik
  • Publication number: 20130265402
    Abstract: In a transmission device used in a wireless video transmission system in which a medical image is transmitted and received by radio communication, a transmission unit is capable of performing radio communication with a plurality of receiving devices connected to a plurality of display apparatuses. A control unit acquires an identifier for identifying a receiving device connected to a selected single display apparatus when an instruction is received to select one display apparatus on which the medical image is to be displayed from among the display apparatuses, and controls the transmission unit such that the identifier will be used when the medical image is transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Hideki TASHIRO, Koichi TASHIRO, Junichi TASHIRO, Masashi UMEMURA, Kyuma TANIDA
  • Patent number: 8537211
    Abstract: In an image managing apparatus connected to: an image processing apparatus receiving an image signal from an imaging apparatus capturing a medical examination image; and an image recording apparatus recording a captured image, an apparatus information storage stores an image processing apparatus type. An apparatus ID acquiring unit acquires an image processing apparatus identifier from the connected image processing apparatus. An apparatus type acquiring unit reads out the type of the connected image processing apparatus based on the image processing apparatus identifier acquired by the apparatus ID acquiring unit. If the image processing apparatus type read by the apparatus type acquiring unit indicates that the apparatus can transmit an image file directly to the image recording apparatus, a file acquiring unit reads out from the image recording apparatus an image file that the image processing apparatus stores directly in the image recording apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Koji Suzuki, Koichi Hirose, Hirofumi Inaba
  • Publication number: 20130201311
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a shape of an insertion portion includes an insertion portion, an acceleration calculation unit calculating acceleration at measurement points, and a determination unit which determines whether the measurement points move. The apparatus further includes an attitude information calculation unit calculating attitude information of the measurement points in a resting state, an attitude estimation unit estimating a movement period attitude, a movement vector calculation unit calculating a movement vector of the measurement points, and a position calculation unit calculating a position of the measurement points. The apparatus further includes an image generation unit generating a display image expressing the position and the movement vector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
  • Publication number: 20130155216
    Abstract: A medical information recording apparatus includes: a control section that controls moving image recording of a medical image from a medical apparatus; a first recording processing section that records the medical image in a first recording region over an entire first period under the control of the control section; and a second recording processing section that, when a signal based on an operation by a user is provided in the first period, records a copy of the medical image in a second recording region in a predetermined second period according to a timing of the operation by the user and merges with each other a plurality of copies of the medical image generated as a result of the operation being performed by the user a plurality of times, under the control of the control section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.