Endoscope Patents (Class 600/101)
  • Patent number: 11503980
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a surgical system and a surgical imaging device enabled to reduce latency. The surgical imaging device generates a surgical image by imaging the inside of a living body, a signal processing device performs predetermined signal processing on the surgical image, and a display device displays the surgical image on which the signal processing is performed. The imaging device generates the surgical image on the basis of scan information indicating a scan order of the surgical image. The present technology can be applied to, for example, an endoscopic surgical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsuneo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11504199
    Abstract: A medical manipulator including an insertion portion, where the insertion section including a bending portion and an end effector disposed on a distal end side of the insertion portion. The medical manipulator further including an actuator configured to generate a first drive force for moving the bending portion; a lever configured to generate a second drive force for moving the bending portion, the lever being used to move the bending portion instead of the actuator; a wire configured to transmit the first drive force or the second drive force to the bending portion; and a transmission blocking device configured to switch from the first drive force to the second drive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi Haraguchi, Shintaro Inoue
  • Patent number: 11478925
    Abstract: A robot according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a body which is provided with a battery therein, a head connected to a front or an upper side of the body, a mouth formed on one side of the head and include a fixed portion and a rotatable portion disposed below the fixed portion, a mouth driver configured to rotate the rotatable portion in a vertical direction, a biometric information sensor disposed inside the mouth and exposed to the outside during the lower rotation of the rotatable portion, and a processor configured to acquire health state information of a user through the biometric information sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joonwon Lee, Reaok Ko
  • Patent number: 11464397
    Abstract: A system for propelling a magnetic robotic device through a human comprises a magnetic actuator device operable to generate a rotating magnetic field, and a magnetic robotic device comprising a compliant body and at least two permanent magnets supported by and spatially separated about the compliant body. A non-magnetic region can also be oriented between the at least two permanent magnets. The at least two permanent magnets can be alternating or non-alternating in polarity with each other. In response to application of the rotating magnetic field generated by the magnetic actuator device and that is situated proximate the magnetic robotic device, the rotating magnetic field effectuates undulatory locomotion of the magnetic robotic device to propel the magnetic robotic device through a human, such as through a natural lumen. Further, the magnetic robotic device can optionally be supported by a catheter or endoscope to assist with propelling a distal end through a human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jacob J Abbott, Lan N. Pham
  • Patent number: 11446058
    Abstract: A fixation device for folding a seal member includes a frame having a horizontal portion and an upright portion, a press assembly secured to the upright portion of the frame, and a nest assembly secured to the horizontal portion of the frame. The press assembly includes a handle assembly and an anvil assembly operably connected to the handle assembly. The nest assembly includes a clamping assembly, a folding assembly supported on the clamping assembly, a support assembly supported on the folding assembly, and a nest member. The support assembly includes a support plate and a seal clamp for securing a seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Roy J. Pilletere, Jason Mickus, Matthew A. Dinino, Eric Brown, Nicolette R. LaPierre, Jacob C. Baril, Justin Thomas
  • Patent number: 11439135
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fishing camera assembly for coupling to a fishing line. The assembly includes a camera and a carrier for carrying the camera along the line. The carrier includes an openable surround (e.g. tube) that surrounds the line. Advantageously, the surround can be opened to readily release the camera from the line thereby reducing complication to the angler's tackle set-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SIREN CAMERAS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Philip West
  • Patent number: 11428920
    Abstract: An information processing device comprises: an image processor which generates surface information from point cloud data generated on the basis of position information of an object, using a value of a first parameter and a value of a second parameter; and a display controller which causes a display to display a surface image on the basis of the generated surface information, wherein the image processor generates a plurality of pieces of surface information, using a plurality of values of the first parameter and a plurality of values of the second parameter, and the display controller causes the display to display a plurality of surface images on the basis of the plurality of pieces of generated surface information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Tomosugi, Sadashige Ishida, Kazuhiro Abe, Shutaro Onishi
  • Patent number: 11419480
    Abstract: Provided are a navigation device and a navigation method capable of reducing the size and the cost of an endoscope, and an endoscope system including the navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Shimomura
  • Patent number: 11419590
    Abstract: Devices and systems for analyzing biological samples are provided. Devices include a hollow body extending from a first end to a second end. The body defines a sample collecting portion. A first opening at the first end of the body is operable to receive a source of negative pressure and a second opening at the second end of the body is operable to receive a biological sample. The body also includes an optically transparent region disposed in a region corresponding to the sample collecting portion, the optically transparent region being configured to transmit electromagnetic radiation therethrough from an imaging device capable of imaging the biological sample when disposed in the sample collecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignees: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, INVENIO IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Orringer, Christian Freudiger, Jay Trautman, Andrew Kelly
  • Patent number: 11422346
    Abstract: A medical observation device includes: an imaging section that acquires imaged video data obtained by photographing an observation target; a supporting section that supports the imaging section; a discriminating section that discriminates existence or nonexistence of an input of a visual field moving instruction to an image to be displayed on a display on a basis of the imaged video data and existence or nonexistence of an occurrence of an image movement to an image to be displayed on the display on a basis of the imaged video data; and a correcting section that creates display video data being video data to be displayed on the display on a basis of the imaged video data by correcting the image movement in a case where the discriminating section has discriminated that there does not exist an input of the visual field moving instruction and the image movement is occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Kenichi Iida, Kenji Hirose
  • Patent number: 11368647
    Abstract: A medical image recording control apparatus includes a processor, a video source switching instruction circuit, and a video source switching device. The processor detects states of a plurality of devices and determines, from a detection result of the states of the plurality of devices, based on states of two or more devices including at least one of a room light, a surgical light, and a light source apparatus for endoscope included in the plurality of devices, a priority level of at least one video source device among a plurality of video source devices included in the plurality of devices. The video source switching instruction circuit generates a switching instruction signal corresponding to the determined priority level. The video source switching device receives the switching instruction signal, switches a video signal outputted to a video signal corresponding to the switching instruction signal, and outputs the video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Okusawa
  • Patent number: 11350813
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an illuminator comprising a light source adapted to emit light of a light amount corresponding to a magnitude of supply energy, the illuminator configured to emit the light in a form of illumination light for illuminating a subject; an imager configured to image the subject to acquire an image; a controller configured to control the illuminator by adjusting the magnitude of the supply energy within a range less or equal to a maximum supply value, to bring brightness of the illumination light close to a target value; and a setter configured to set the maximum supply value according to a temperature of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Nishio
  • Patent number: 11331120
    Abstract: The invention comprises a cannula assembly kit for a trocar suitable for use in minimally invasive surgery. The cannula assembly kit comprises a cannula and a pattern generating member. The cannula has a distal end and a proximal end and comprises a flange portion at its proximal end and an elongate cannula shaft portion extending from said flange portion to its distal end and an access port through the flange portion and the elongate cannula shaft portion, such that a surgical tool of a surgical instrument can be inserted through the access port. The pattern generating member comprises a pattern light source and a projector arranged such that the pattern light source is operatively connected to the projector for projecting a light pattern. At least the projector of the pattern generating member is configured for being at least temporarily fixed to the cannula shaft portion of the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: 3DIntegrated Aps
    Inventors: Steen Møller Hansen, Henriette Schultz Kirkegaard
  • Patent number: 11304718
    Abstract: A system for tissue dissection and retraction is disclosed herein. A tissue dissection assembly generally comprises an elongate body shaft, an actuation member movable relative to the elongate body shaft, and at least one dissector arm member having at least a first end attached to the elongate body shaft, wherein the at least one dissector arm member is adapted to reconfigure within a plane from a low profile to an expanded profile when urged via the actuation member, and wherein the at least one dissector arm is further adapted to dissect tissue within the plane. In use, the assembly dissects tissue within the plane typically by advancing the elongate body shaft into the tissue region where the dissector arm member or members are then reconfigured within the plane from its low profile to its expanded profile to thereby dissect the tissue region along the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: John A. Cox
  • Patent number: 11298011
    Abstract: A processing device to which an endoscope inserted into a subject is connected includes: an image processor configured to execute image processing based on a setting value set in advance relating to the image processing on image data; a recorder configured to record setting information as setting values for respective multiple sets of image processing, the setting values being determined according to a combination of: at least one of identification information and observation light information; and each of multiple modes; an acquisition unit configured to acquire: at least one of the identification information and the observation light information; and information about one of the multiple modes selected by a user; and a setting unit configured to set the setting information specified based on a result of acquisition as the setting values used in the image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuji Kutsuma
  • Patent number: 11228718
    Abstract: It is desirable to provide a technology capable of further appropriately adjusting the luminance of the endoscopic image. Provided is an image processing device including: an area extraction unit configured to extract, as an extraction area, an area corresponding to the size of an insertion unit from an endoscopic image based on imaging by an image sensor; and an exposure control unit configured to perform exposure control on a basis of an output value of the image sensor in the extraction area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Murakita
  • Patent number: 11213353
    Abstract: A system facilitating planning of a surgical procedure includes one or more storage devices, one or more input devices, a processor, and a memory. The storage device(s) stores, for previous surgical procedures, surgical instrument information, procedure information, and patient information. The input device(s) is configured to receive procedure information and patient information corresponding to a surgical procedure to be performed. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to identify similar previous surgical procedures, identify outcome information for each of the similar previous surgical procedures, determine whether there is a correlation between the surgical instrument information of the similar previous surgical procedures and the outcome information of the similar previous surgical procedures, and, if a correlation is determined, output the correlation to facilitate planning of the surgical procedure to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Scott E. M. Frushour
  • Patent number: 11206968
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an actuation device that comprises: (a) a device body that comprises a first fixation mechanism configured to affix a proximal end of a first elongate member of an accessory device to the device body, (b) an actuator that comprises an operable mechanism and a second fixation mechanism configured to affix a proximal end of a second elongate member of the accessory device to the actuator, wherein the operable mechanism is configured to move the second elongate member relative to the first elongate member, and (c) a fastener configured to attach the device body to an endoscope. The present disclosure further provides endoscopic systems comprising an actuation device of this type in an assembly with an endoscope and an accessory device, and also provides kits that comprise an actuation device of this type and one or more accessory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine Shimin Yee, Shawn Ryan, Norman May, Naroun Suon
  • Patent number: 11185720
    Abstract: An ultrasound system for an ultrasound therapy (ablation or hyperthermia) of a region of interest comprising: a patch comprising a two-dimensional array of ultrasonic transducers (preferably CMUTs) arranged on a support, wherein a plurality of the transducers is adapted to operate in a variable frequency range; a transducer controller means adopted to activate at least two groups of the plurality of the transducers in the array for a transmission of the ultrasound signals, wherein each of the at least two groups: is arranged in a pattern; and operates at a frequency different from other group's frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Debbie Rem-Bronneberg, Aaldert Jan Elevelt, Sergei Shulepov
  • Patent number: 11154378
    Abstract: A medical apparatus is described for providing visualization of a surgical site. The medical apparatus includes an electronic display disposed within a display housing. The medical apparatus includes a display optical system disposed within the display housing, the display optical system comprising a plurality of lens elements disposed along an optical path. The display optical system is configured to receive images from the electronic display. The medical apparatus can include.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: CamPlex, Inc.
    Inventors: John Tesar, William B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11045179
    Abstract: A retractor mounting assembly including an end-effector having a body extending between first and second faces. The first face is configured for attachment to an interface plate on the robotic arm of a surgical robot. The second face defines an arm mount. An arm extending between first and second ends with the first end configured for attachment to the end-effector arm mount and the second end providing a retractor mount configured for supportive attachment of a retractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Global Medical Inc
    Inventors: Paden Troxell, Andrew Berkowitz, James Cascarano, Stephen Cicchini
  • Patent number: 10952602
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices for cardioscopic and pericardioscopic access to the heart, including direct access to the left atrium. In certain embodiments, the device may comprise an atrial portal having a configuration such that the distal end of the atrial portal can access the atrium while the proximal end of the portal can extend to outside of the subject. The devices and methods may also include a pericardioscopic portal for emplacement of the atrial portal. Also, methods for using such atrial portals and pericardial portals to perform surgery on the heart, and in some cases to directly access the left atrium, and systems (e.g., kits) comprising these portals in combination with other therapeutic devices are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CONVEYOR CARDIOVASCULAR LIMITED
    Inventors: Andy Christopher Kiser, Mark Douglas Landers
  • Patent number: 10932651
    Abstract: An adapter for an endoscope, the adapter including: a cylindrical body having an internal portion formed on the cylindrical body, the internal portion configured to matingly engage with each of distal and proximal external portions provided on a tip of the endoscope, the distal and proximal external portions being separated in a longitudinal direction of the cylindrical body by a portion of the tip that does not engage the internal portion; and wherein the cylindrical body further having an anti-slip portion formed on an exterior of the cylindrical body, the anti-slip portion having a plurality of recesses arranged circumferentially on the exterior, a position of the anti-slip portion in the longitudinal direction being set such that a position of the proximal external portion in the longitudinal direction does not overlap with the longitudinal position of the anti slip portion where the proximal external portion is engaged with the internal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiko Kato
  • Patent number: 10874291
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fluid block (1) for an endoscope operating element, comprising at least one gas-conducting channel (4) provided inside the fluid block (1) and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, at least one liquid-conducting channel (5) provided inside the fluid block (1) and having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, and at least one control valve (2) for opening/blocking the at least one gas-conducting channel (4) and the at least one liquid-conducting channel (5). The invention further relates to an endoscope having such a fluid block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Digital Endoscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Viebach, Fritz Pauker
  • Patent number: 10856727
    Abstract: Medical devices, systems and methods that are useable to facilitate transnasal insertion and positioning of guidewires and various other devices and instruments at desired locations within the ear, nose, throat, paranasal sinuses or cranium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Goldfarb, John H. Morriss, John Y. Chang
  • Patent number: 10856842
    Abstract: An ultrasonic wave generating device includes a housing to seal an inside of a cartridge; a transducer to generate ultrasonic waves and disposed in the housing; a rotational force applying unit to receive a rotational force from an outside of the housing and perform a rotational motion; a conversion unit to convert the rotational motion of the rotational force applying unit into a rectilinear motion and provide the rectilinear motion to the transducer; and a controller to control an ultrasonic wave generating operation of the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: ATTIBE Beauty Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Rae Eun Park, Hyung Chel Kim, Sung Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10820786
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an endoscope including a side-viewing observation unit that includes a field of view in a lateral direction of an insertion part to be inserted into an object to be observed and a second protruding portion that protrudes from the insertion part and forms a blind spot in the field of view of the side-viewing observation unit; an image acquisition unit that acquires a side-viewing observation image by using the side-viewing observation unit; a monitor that displays the side-viewing observation image; and a display control section that allows at least a part of the blind spot of the side-viewing observation image in which the second protruding portion is shown up not to be displayed, and displays the side-viewing observation image on the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Yashiro, Masahiro Kubo, Masaya Inoue, Takeichi Tatsuta, Issei Suzuki, Makoto Sugizaki
  • Patent number: 10813629
    Abstract: A medical device comprises a tube including a wall with a plurality of slits oriented generally transverse to a longitudinal axis of the tube and defined by opposing surfaces. A pair of force transmission elements is actuatable to alter the tube between a flexible state and a stiffened state. A first force transmission element of the pair is coupled to an opposite side of the tube from the second force transmission element of the pair. The surgical device also includes a plurality of routing members coupled to the wall of the tube and configured to receive and route the force transmission elements along a length of the tube while permitting the length of the tube to flex and compress. Equal tension forces applied to the pair of force transmission elements compress the tube to create the stiffened state by deforming regions of the tube disposed between the plurality of slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Katherine D. Stoy, Giuseppe Maria Prisco, Samuel Kwok Wai Au, Carolyn M. Fenech
  • Patent number: 10806361
    Abstract: A catheter for use in a patient's heart, especially for mapping a tubular region of the heart, has a catheter body, a deflectable intermediate section and a distal mapping assembly that has a generally circular portion adapted to sit on or in a tubular region of the heart. A control handle of the catheter allows for single-handed manipulation of various control mechanisms that can deflect the intermediate section and contract the mapping assembly by means of a deflection control assembly and a rotational control assembly. The deflection control assembly has a deflection arm and a rocker member. The rotational control assembly has an outer rotational member, an inner rotational member and a cam. A pair of puller members are responsive to the deflection control assembly to bi-directionally deflect the intermediate section. A third puller member is responsive to the rotational control assembly to contract the generally circular portion of the mapping assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey William Schultz
  • Patent number: 10792116
    Abstract: A medical manipulator including an insertion portion, where the insertion section including a bending portion and an end effector disposed on a distal end side of the insertion portion. The medical manipulator further including a motor configured to generate a first drive force for moving the bending portion; a lever configured to generate a second drive force for moving the bending portion, the lever being used to move the bending portion instead of the motor; a wire configured to transmit the first drive force or the second drive force to the bending portion; and a transmission blocking device configured to switch from the first drive force to the second drive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi Haraguchi, Shintaro Inoue
  • Patent number: 10729501
    Abstract: Various systems and methods of selecting a display language for a surgical instrument are disclosed. The surgical instrument includes a handle assembly and a module, such as a shaft assembly, that is interchangeably connectable to the handle assembly. The handle assembly includes a first memory configured to store a language parameter and a control circuit that is operably coupled to the memory. The module includes a second memory configured to store a textual phrase in a plurality of languages. When the module and the handle assembly are connected together, the control circuit is configured to retrieve, from the second memory, the textual phrase in a language corresponding to the language parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Leimbach, Raymond E. Parfett, Mark D. Overmyer
  • Patent number: 10701338
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for enhancing the display quality of a stereoscopic image. A display apparatus includes a parallax barrier, a detector, a predictor, and a controller. The detector detects a position of an observer. The predictor predicts, on the basis of a plurality of positions detected by the detector at past times, the position of the observer at a time coming after the past times, at which the plurality of positions have been detected. The controller determines a parallax barrier pattern selectively switching a plurality of barriers to a light transmissive state, and controls the parallax barrier on the basis of the parallax barrier pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Ishiguchi
  • Patent number: 10692608
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods are disclosed for estimating values of hemodynamic forces acting on plaque or lesions. One method includes: receiving one or more patient-specific parameters of at least a portion of a patient's vasculature that is prone to plaque progression, rupture, or erosion; constructing a patient-specific geometric model of at least a portion of a patient's vasculature that is prone to plaque progression, rupture, or erosion, using the received one or more patient-specific parameters; estimating, using one or more processors, the values of hemodynamic forces at one or more points on the patient-specific geometric model, using the patient-specific parameters and geometric model by measuring, deriving, or obtaining one or more of a pressure gradient and a radius gradient; and outputting the estimated values of hemodynamic forces to an electronic storage medium. Systems and computer readable media for executing these methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: HeartFlow, Inc.
    Inventors: Bon-Kwon Koo, Gilwoo Choi, Hyun Jin Kim, Charles A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10646293
    Abstract: A LUS robotic surgical system is trainable by a surgeon to automatically move a LUS probe in a desired fashion upon command so that the surgeon does not have to do so manually during a minimally invasive surgical procedure. A sequence of 2D ultrasound image slices captured by the LUS probe according to stored instructions are processable into a 3D ultrasound computer model of an anatomic structure, which may be displayed as a 3D or 2D overlay to a camera view or in a PIP as selected by the surgeon or programmed to assist the surgeon in inspecting an anatomic structure for abnormalities. Virtual fixtures are definable so as to assist the surgeon in accurately guiding a tool to a target on the displayed ultrasound image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hasser, Russell H. Taylor, Joshua Leven, Michael Choti
  • Patent number: 10627333
    Abstract: An irradiance adjustment device comprising a radiation source and at least one neutral density filter disposed adjacent to the radiation source, wherein the neutral density filter can be moved into or out of the beam path of the radiation source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: ATLAS Material Testing Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Gleissner, Enrico Hetzer
  • Patent number: 10588485
    Abstract: A medical-system control method including a switching-instruction step in which an instruction for switching between two different control states of the bendable section provided at a distal end of the insertion section is received; an angle-difference calculation step in which the difference between the current angle of the bendable section at the time when the instruction is received and the final target angle of the bendable section in the control state after being switched is calculated; a target calculation step in which, when the calculated difference exceeds a predetermined threshold, a minute angle, smaller than the threshold, is added to the current angle to calculate the target angle, and, when the difference is less than or equal to the threshold, the difference is added to the current angle to calculate the target angle; and a driving step in which the bendable section is driven to the calculated target angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Naruse, Shintaro Inoue
  • Patent number: 10567660
    Abstract: A medical data processing method of determining anatomical structure subset data describing a subset of a graphical representation 9 of an anatomical structure of a patient's body to be displayed simultaneously with a medical image of an anatomical body part 1, the method being constituted to be executed by a computer and comprising the following steps: a) acquiring predetermined anatomical structure representation data describing a graphical representation of the anatomical structure and its position in the patient's body; b) acquiring anatomical body part image data describing an image of an anatomical body part 1 of the patient imaged by an optical imaging apparatus 2 for display by a display apparatus 3; c) acquiring optical parameter data describing an optical parameter WD serving as a basis for displaying the anatomical body part image data; d) determining, based on the anatomical structure representation data and the anatomical body part image data and the optical parameter data, anatomical structure s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Valentin Elefteriu, Theodor Mueller
  • Patent number: 10531864
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for tracking an elongate instrument or other medical instrument in an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Serena H. Wong, Sean Walker, Jason Hsu, June Park, Neal A. Tanner, Kiran Murthy
  • Patent number: 10524641
    Abstract: Navigation guidance is provided to an operator of an endoscope by determining a current position and shape of the endoscope relative to a reference frame, generating an endoscope computer model according to the determined position and shape, and displaying the endoscope computer model along with a patient computer model referenced to the reference frame so as to be viewable by the operator while steering the endoscope within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 10478045
    Abstract: A flexible tube for an endoscope, containing: a tubular flexible tube substrate material having a flexibility; and a resin layer covering the flexible tube substrate material, in which the resin layer is adhered to the flexible tube substrate material with an adhesive hardened, the adhesive hardened contains an ester-based polyurethane resin, which is a hardened resin of an adhesive for an endoscope, and the adhesive for an endoscope contains an ester-based urethane polymer having a structure represented by a specific formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takayasu Nagai, Yoshihiro Nakai
  • Patent number: 10460441
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, and methods for marking a main carina and a trachea of a patient, an exemplary method comprising importing slice images of a chest of the patient, generating a three-dimensional (3D) model based on the imported slice images, displaying the 3D model in a graphical user interface (GUI), locating the main carina by viewing 2D images of the 3D model in an axial orientation, marking the main carina in one of the 2D images of the 3D model, adjusting a view plane of the 3D model around a rotation axis defined by the marked location of the main carina to adjust the view plane from an axial orientation to a coronal orientation while keeping the main carina in the view plane to thereby display the entire trachea on the GUI, and marking an upper end of the trachea in one of the 2D images of the 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Elad D. Lachmanovich, Evgeni Kopel, Eyal Klein
  • Patent number: 10448692
    Abstract: Sensor assisted head mounted displays for welding are disclosed. Disclosed example head mounted devices include an optical sensor, an augmented reality controller, a graphics processing unit, and a semi-transparent display. The optical sensor collects an image of a weld environment. The augmented reality controller determines a simulated object to be presented in a field of view, a position in the field of view, and a perspective of the simulated object in the field of view. The graphics processing unit renders the simulated object based on the perspective to represent the simulated object being present in the field of view and in the weld environment. The display presents the rendered simulated object within the field of view based on the position. At least a portion of the weld environment is observable through the display and the lens when the display is presenting the rendered simulated object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Hsu
  • Patent number: 10390970
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for removing an implanted glenoid component from the glenoid of a patient includes a protective cannula and a flexible wire saw. The flexible wire saw is positioned in the protective cannula such that both ends of the flexible wire saw extend out of one end of the protective cannula, with a portion of the middle section of the wire saw forming a loop that extends out of the other end of the protective cannula. Surgical methods for the use of such a surgical instrument are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle E. Lappin, Jason M. Chavarria, Patrick G. McElhaney, Jr., David M. Warlop
  • Patent number: 10371499
    Abstract: An optical coherence analysis system uses a laser swept source that is constrained to operate in a mode locked condition. This is accomplished by synchronously changing the laser cavity's gain and/or phase based on the round trip travel time of light in the cavity. Many high-speed wavelength swept laser sources emit pulses synchronized with the round trip time of the cavity as part of a nonlinear optical frequency red shifting process. Stable pulsation is associated with smooth tuning and low relative intensity noise. Addition of mode-locking methods to this class of lasers can control and stabilize these lasers to a low clock jitter and RIN state, and in specific cases allow long-to-short wavelength tuning in addition to the usual short-to-long (red shifting). The laser may comprise a SOA (410), a tunable Fabry-Perot-Filter (412) as one reflector and an Output coupler (405) in an optical fiber (406) to adjust the cavity length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AXSUN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bartley C. Johnson, Dale C. Flanders
  • Patent number: 10349820
    Abstract: The present invention may be embodied as a retrievable device capable of sensing one or more properties of an individual (e.g., chemical or physical parameters, etc.) In use, the retrievable device can continuously determine the chemical concentrations within the vaginal tract. An embodiment of the retrievable device comprises a first housing having a light source and an image capture device, a second housing removably connected to the first housing and having a sensor, and a fitting for retrieving the device. The sensor may be an analyte sensor configured to obtain at least one measurement of a concentration of an analyte in a fluid. The analyte sensor comprises a sensor substance in a sol-gel material so the sensor substance reversibly interacts with an analyte of interest. In addition, the retrievable device can be configured to determine different physical parameters and re-implanted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TheraSyn Sensors, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome J. Schentag, Frank V. Bright, David T. D'Andrea
  • Patent number: 10342418
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing device including a detection unit configured to detect a mask from an acquired image, a determination unit configured to determine whether there is a change in the mask detected by the detection unit, and an output unit configured to output a parameter when the determination unit determines that there is a change in the mask, the parameter being related to the mask detected by the detection unit before it is determined that there is a change in the mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Uemori
  • Patent number: 10314560
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of devices and methods for imaging the inside of a body part, such as a blood vessel. In particular embodiments, a catheter has a chamber within which is a transducer. A wire guide channel extends throughout the length of the catheter. The transducer is rotatable around the wire guide channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Muffin Incorporated
    Inventors: William J. Havel, Sarah Robbins, Peter S. McKinnis, Yun Zhou, Neal E. Fearnot
  • Patent number: 10293122
    Abstract: Described herein are introducer devices and methods for using an introducer device to facilitate passing an endoluminal instrument to a target region of a body cavity. An introducer device may include a tubular member having an inner wall that defines a channel configured to receive the endoluminal instrument and a plurality of projections disposed in the channel at perimetrically spaced apart locations around the inner wall, where the projections extend inward and are configured to offset the endoluminal instrument from the inner wall, thereby creating a space between the endoluminal instrument and the inner wall. A method for using an introducer device may include passing the endoluminal instrument to a first instrument insertion depth within the introducer device, advancing the introducer device in the body cavity, and advancing the endoluminal instrument to a second instrument insertion depth within the introducer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NOVADAQ TECHNOLOGIES ULC
    Inventors: Gavin Michael Murray, Gregory Vincent Browne
  • Patent number: 10278704
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices for pericardial access to the heart, including direct access to the left atrium. In certain embodiments, the device may comprise a device and/or an atrial appendage (AA) portal having a configuration such that the distal end of the device and/or the portal can access an atrial appendage while the proximal end of the device and/or portal can extend to outside of the subject. The devices and methods may also include a pericardial portal for emplacement of the device and/or the AA portal. Also, methods for using such devices and/or AA portals and pericardial portals to perform surgery on the heart, and systems (e.g., kits) comprising these devices and/or portals in combination with other therapeutic devices are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ArtiCure, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Christopher Kiser, Mark Landers
  • Patent number: 10238461
    Abstract: Techniques for a surgical system are provided that allow controlling a force applied by an electromechanical surgical tool coupled to an electromechanical surgical arm. A force limiter can be associated with at least one of the surgical arm and the tool and is used to limit the force applied by jaws of the tool to tissue when the tissue is engaged therebetween or when the tissue is otherwise manipulated. The force can be limited to a maximum force value, which can be preselected, and it can be adjustable based on user input or automatically. Also are provided techniques for a surgical system that allow controlling a stiffness of an electromechanical passive arm coupled to a fixture and having an active arm mounted thereon. The stiffness is adjusted, either manually or automatically, by adjusting a friction at a joint of the arm based on an angle at the arm's joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Auld