With Chair, Table, Holder, Or Other Support Patents (Class 600/102)
  • Patent number: 10390924
    Abstract: A method of repairing a pelvic floor disorder and a system for carrying out the method are provided. The method is effected by positioning an imaging device in an abdominal, rectal, perianal or vaginal cavity, advancing a surgical instrument through a vaginal wall under guidance of the imaging device to thereby reach a target tissue and using the surgical instrument to attach the tissue repair device to the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: POP MEDICAL SOLUTIONS LTD.
    Inventor: Boaz Harari
  • Patent number: 10383765
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for establishing a global coordinate system to facilitate robotic assisted surgery. The coordinate system may be established using a combination of the robotic data, i.e., kinematics, and optical coherence tomographic images generated by an overhead optical assembly and a tool-based sensor. Using these components, the system may generate a computer-registered three-dimensional model of the patient's eye. In some embodiments, the system may also generate a virtual boundary within the coordinate system to prevent inadvertent injury to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, Jian Zhang, Gregory Kintz
  • Patent number: 10368947
    Abstract: Devices and methods for performing a surgical step or surgical procedure with visual guidance using an optical head mounted display are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Philipp K. Lang
  • Patent number: 10327807
    Abstract: An access system is provided for establishing an access path to a surgical site within a patient. The access system comprises an access portal defining a working channel with a central axis, and an adaptor with a mating section mountable to the access portal. The adaptor is selectively rotatable about the central axis. The access portal includes a plurality of openings and the adaptor includes a plurality of projections, each of the projections and openings being arranged so that, in a first orientation, the openings and projections align to allow mounting of the adaptor to the access portal and, in a second orientation, the openings and projections do not align to prevent disassociation between the adaptor and the access portal. The adaptor also includes a holder for a viewing device, the viewing device being movable with the adaptor about the access portal and vertically translatable relative to the access portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker European Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Erika Corbin, Lori Dombrowski, David Talijan, Felix Eugenio Plaud Pagan
  • Patent number: 10314659
    Abstract: An electromechanical surgical device includes a motor system configured to drive drive-shafts and a steering cable arrangement. A control system may be provided for controlling the motor system. A remote control unit may also be provided for controlling the motor system via the control system. Optical or Hall-effect devices, may be provided for determining the position of the elements of the surgical instrument based on the detected rotation of the drive-shafts. A memory unit stores a plurality of operating programs or algorithms, each corresponding to a type of surgical instrument attachable to the electro-mechanical surgical device. The control system reads or selects from the plurality of operating programs or algorithms, the operating program or algorithm corresponding to the type of surgical instrument attached to the electromechanical surgical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael P. Whitman, John Burbank, David A. Zeichner
  • Patent number: 10307064
    Abstract: A method for locating at least one target, in an electromagnetically absorbent environment, includes: emitting at least one electromagnetic excitation signal from a source; receiving, by an acoustic sensor, an acoustic signal from emission of the excitation signal; detecting, in the received acoustic signal, a first time of receipt of a first response to the excitation signal from an acoustic disturbance caused by electromagnetic heterogeneity of the target in the environment; estimating a first distance between the target and the acoustic sensor using the first time of receipt; detecting, in the same received acoustic signal, a second time of receipt of a second response to the excitation signal from an acoustic disturbance caused by acoustic heterogeneity of the target in the environment; estimating a second distance between the source and target using the second time of receipt; obtaining a location of the target from the first and second estimated distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Ecole Centrale de Marseille, Universite d'Aix Marseille
    Inventors: Anabela Da Silva, Serge Mensah
  • Patent number: 10299838
    Abstract: A method of providing access to an intervertebral disc has been developed that involves using the patient's bony pedicle as an anchoring spot for a pedicle screw that temporarily attaches to the access port. One key element of the method is an assembly comprising: a) a screw extension comprising a shaft having a distal end portion comprising a receiver adapted for receiving a screw and a proximal end portion comprising a pivoting feature, b) a port comprising: i) a tubular wall defining a central passageway, ii) a longitudinal slot in the wall defining opposed ends of the wall, iii) opposed flanges extending radially from each end of the wall, and iv) a mating feature disposed in each opposed flanges adapted to pivotally mate with the pivoting feature of the screw extension, wherein the mating feature of the tube pivotally mates with the pivoting feature of the screw extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Medos International Sarl
    Inventors: Eric Biester, Ralph Solitario
  • Patent number: 10265057
    Abstract: Control of the endoscope in a surgical system is described. In some embodiments, the endoscope can be controlled by movement of the surgeon's head or face at a surgeon's console. In some embodiments, the endoscope can be controlled using sensors integrated with a surgeon's headrest mounted on the surgeon's console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter M. Herzlinger, Govinda Payyavula, Brian E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10251716
    Abstract: Robotic surgical systems are provided for control of an end effector in response to actuation of a user interface device based upon different control states. In each control state, selected movement directions of the user interface device are either coupled to or decoupled from corresponding movements directions of the end effector. Decoupled movement directions can be recoupled by positioning the user interface device within a range of where the user interface device and the end effector were decoupled. To assist with such recoupling, a graphical image estimating a position of the end effector that would be achieved, based upon a current position of the user interface device, if the decoupled movement direction was recoupled can be overlaid upon a current position of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Mark D. Overmyer
  • Patent number: 10219868
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for controlling movement of a robotic surgical system are provided. In general, a plurality of surgical instruments are simultaneously usable during performance of a surgical procedure. One or more of the plurality of instruments is coupled to a robotic surgical system that is configured to control movement of the one or more of the plurality of instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Weir
  • Patent number: 10182791
    Abstract: A multimodality imaging system including ultrasound, optical coherence tomography (OCT), photoacoustic (PA) imaging, florescence imaging and endoscopic catheter for imaging inside the gastrointestinal tract with real-time automatic image co-registration capability, including: an ultrasound subsystem for imaging; an optical coherence tomography (OCT) subsystem for imaging, a PA microscopy or tomography subsystem for imaging and a florescence imaging subsystem for imaging. An invasive interventional imaging device is included with an instrumentality to take a tissue biopsy from a location visible on the ultrasound subsystem for imaging, on the optical coherence tomography (OCT) subsystem for imaging, photoacoustic (PA) subsystem for imaging and florescence subsystem for imaging. The instrumentality takes a tissue biopsy from a visible location simultaneously with the visualization of the tissue about to be biopsied so that the tissue biopsy location is visualized before, during and after the biopsy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of California, University of Southern California
    Inventors: Qifa Zhou, Xiang Li, Jacques Van Dam, K. Kirk Shung, Thomas Cummins, Zhongping Chen, Jiawen Li, Teng Ma
  • Patent number: 10172514
    Abstract: A cannula system and method for accessing a blood mass in the brain. The system comprises a cannula with a camera mounted on the proximal end of the cannula with a view into the cannula lumen and the surgical field below the lumen. A prism, reflector or other suitable optical element is oriented between the camera and the lumen of the cannula to afford the camera a view into the cannula while minimizing obstruction of the lumen. The system may also include an obturator with a small diameter shaft and a large diameter tip which is optically transmissive, so that a surgeon inserting or manipulating the assembly can easily see that the obturator tip is near brain tissue (which is white) or blood (which is red).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rebound Therapeutics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter G. Davis, Ross Tsukashima, Jeffrey J. Valko, Michael R. Henson, Todd McIntyre
  • Patent number: 10165933
    Abstract: The overtube includes a slider within an overtube body, which guides an endoscope and a treatment tool into a body cavity. An endoscope-coupled part and a treatment tool-coupled part are provided in the slider, and the slider has a dead zone where the forward and backward movement of either the endoscope or the treatment tool does not interlock with the movement of the other and a sensing zone where the forward and backward movement of either the endoscope or the treatment tool interlocks with the movement of the other. A side hole for sending a fluid into a body cavity is formed in a side wall of the overtube body, and a side wall is configured to be openable and closable by the forward and backward movement of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 10154886
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for controlling movement of a robotic surgical system are provided. In general, a plurality of surgical instruments can be simultaneously in use during performance of a surgical procedure. One or more of the plurality of instruments can be coupled to a robotic surgical system, which can be configured to control movement of the one or more of the plurality of instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Weir
  • Patent number: 10139607
    Abstract: A lightweight 3D stereoscopic surgical microscope has a body, a robot set, an image set, and an operating set. The body has a wheel seat, a housing mounted on the wheel seat, and a host computer mounted in the housing. The robot set is connected to the body and has a base mounted on the housing, a transversal lever mounted on the base, a lifting arm connected to the transversal lever, and a rotating arm connected to the lifting arm. The image set is connected to the robot set and has an outer casing connected to the rotating arm, at least one objective lens mounted in the outer casing, a main display screen mounted on the outer casing, an auxiliary display screen mounted beside the body. The operating set is connected to the robot set, is connected to the body and the image set and has two operating bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Visionnaire Medtech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chou Ku, Kai-Che Liu, Kun-Wei Lin, Ivan Ku, Shih-Chi Chan, Tong-Wen Wang, Tsuan-Kao Lin, I-Chun Lee
  • Patent number: 10130429
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for controlling movement of a robotic surgical system are provided. In general, a plurality of surgical instruments are simultaneously usable during performance of a surgical procedure. One or more of the plurality of instruments is coupled to a robotic surgical system, that is configured to control movement of the one or more of the plurality of instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Weir
  • Patent number: 10130243
    Abstract: The image-based feedback endoscopy system includes a steering apparatus having a base platform, a pair of servomotors, a rigid tube, and a biasing member. A flexion member has a tether member and a ball screw, the tether member being in communication with the biasing member. The image-based feedback endoscopy system further includes an endoscope having a tip. The endoscope is positioned through the concentric spring such that the tip extends from the biasing member. The endoscope is in communication with the flexion member such that the endoscope is selectively movable by the pair of servomotors selectively controlling the flexion member. The endoscope includes a piezo actuator, a scanning fiber, a lens assembly, and collection fibers. The image-based feedback endoscopy system also includes an image based feedback algorithm, which selectively controls the operation of the pair of servo motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Qatar University Al Tarfa
    Inventors: Woon Jong Yoon, Eric J. Seibel, Matthew R. Burkhardt, Timothy D. Soper
  • Patent number: 10111711
    Abstract: The embodiments relate to various medical device components, including components that are incorporated into robotic and/or in vivo medical devices. Certain embodiments include various modular medical devices for in vivo medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Tyler Wortman, Kyle Strabala, Ryan McCormick, Amy Lehman, Dmitry Oleynikov
  • Patent number: 10105042
    Abstract: A cannula system and method for accessing a blood mass in the brain. The system comprises a cannula with a camera mounted on the proximal end of the cannula with a view into the cannula lumen and the surgical field below the lumen. A prism, reflector or other suitable optical element is oriented between the camera and the lumen of the cannula to afford the camera a view into the cannula while minimizing obstruction of the lumen. The system may also include an obturator with a small diameter shaft and a large diameter tip which is optically transmissive, so that a surgeon inserting or manipulating the assembly can easily see that the obturator tip is near brain tissue (which is white) or blood (which is red).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Rebound Therapeutics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter G. Davis, Ross Tsukashima, Jeffrey J. Valko, Michael R. Henson, Todd McIntyre
  • Patent number: 10080612
    Abstract: A support mechanism for a medical device may include an adjustable support that includes a plurality of elongate members movable relative to one another. The support mechanism may also include a bracket coupled to the adjustable support. The bracket may be adapted to be coupled to a first medical device that extends along a longitudinal axis. The support mechanism may also include an instrument holder that extends along a central axis. The instrument holder may be movably coupled to the bracket and adapted to be coupled to a second medical device. The bracket and the instrument holder may be oriented such that central axis of the instrument holder intersects the longitudinal axis at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Kappel, Barry Weitzner, Paul Smith, Erin Daly
  • Patent number: 10080820
    Abstract: A tissue modification apparatus includes at least a first plurality of grippers aligned in a plane adapted to secure a first edge of a patch of tissue. The plurality of grippers are each secured to a first force actuator. The first plurality of grippers are each adapted to pivot relative to the first force actuator about an axis perpendicular to the plane. In some cases, a plurality of grippers are attached to a force actuator by a passive force transfer mechanism. In some cases, individual force actuators are attached by pivoted connections to individual grippers. Methods of treating tissue can secure tensioned tissue to a frame to retain the tension during a treatment (e.g., cross-linking the tissue with a chemical cross-linker).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Crystal Marie Anderson-Cunanan, Daniel J. Foster, Ray McCarthy, Mary M. Byron, David Robert Wulfman, Bradley S. Swehla
  • Patent number: 10070775
    Abstract: An endoscopic system according to the invention, in particular for colonoscopy, includes a flexible endoscope with an elongate, flexible shaft, a regulator part, and also an operating part which can be placed on or pushed onto the shaft and which has at least one control element, wherein the endoscopic system furthermore includes a shaft stop, which can be secured on a patient support and which has a locking mechanism, controllable by the at least one control element, for locking the shaft against movement in a longitudinal direction of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Robert Ayrenschmalz, Viktor Josef Wimmer
  • Patent number: 10070801
    Abstract: A system for extending the visual capabilities and working channel of a bronchoscope including a probe having optic and/or tracking capabilities at a distal tip thereof and capable of being advanced through the working channel of a standard bronchoscope. The probe also includes a working channel through which various diagnostic and treatment tools may be advanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Benny Greenburg, Oded Zur, Raphael Meloul
  • Patent number: 10064545
    Abstract: A multi-resolution foveated laparoscope (MRFL) addresses a number of the clinical limitations described in the background section. The MRFL technology can (1) simultaneously obtain both wide-angle- and high-magnification images of a surgical area in real-time in a single, fully integrated scope, (2) yield ultra-high spatial resolution which is over 3 times better than a standard laparoscope (SL) at a close-up working distance, (3) automatically scan and engage the high-magnification imaging probe to any sub-region of the surgical field through region-of-interest (ROI) tracking capabilities, (4) vary the optical magnification of the high-resolution imaging probe without the need of physically advancing or withdrawing the scope, (5) maintain a low-length profile, optimized for operating at a long working distance (WD), providing both superb spatial awareness and high-magnification views simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
    Inventors: Hong Hua, Yi Qin, Mike Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10058395
    Abstract: Methods and systems for damping vibrations in a surgical system are disclosed herein. The surgical system can include one or several moveable set-up linkages. A damper can be connected with one or several of the set-up linkages. The damper can be a passive, active, or semi-active damper. The damper can mitigate a vibration arising in one of the set-up linkages, and the damper can prevent a vibration arising in one of the linkages from affecting another of the set-up linkages. The active and semi-active dampers can be controlled with a feedback model and a feed-forward model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman L. Devengenzo, Bruce M. Schena, David W. Robinson
  • Patent number: 10046140
    Abstract: The present application is related to devices, systems, and methods for controlling active drive systems. In one embodiment, the drive system may include a first surface and a second surface for engaging an elongate member. The first and second surfaces may be attached to a drive mechanism to move the elongate member. The first surface may be slidable relative to the drive mechanism and may have a clearance between the drive mechanism and an end of the first surface during movement of the elongate member in a non-slip condition. A sensor may be associated with the first surface and may be configured to detect movement of the first surface in a slip condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Hansen Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Arkady Kokish, Sean P. Walker, Kamini Balaji, Francis Macnamara
  • Patent number: 10034719
    Abstract: A method of controlling an end effector of a robotically-controlled surgical instrument may include receiving a first input signal indicative of a high grip level input at a master grip input mechanism that controls a slave gripping force of the end effector; receiving a second input signal indicative of a user's readiness to operate the surgical instrument to perform a first surgical procedure; and outputting a locking signal in response to receiving the first input signal and the second input signal together to lock one or more degrees of freedom of the surgical instrument during the first surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory F. Richmond, Gary S. Guthart
  • Patent number: 10038888
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a digital zoom and panning system for digital video is disclosed including an image acquisition device to capture digital video images; an image buffer to store one or more frames of digital video images as source pixels; a display device having first pixels to display images; a user interface to accept user input including a source rectangle to select source pixels within frames of the digital video images, a destination rectangle to select target pixels within the display device to display images, and a region of interest within the digital video images to display in the destination rectangle; and a digital mapping and filtering device to selectively map and filter source pixels in the region of interest from the image buffer into target pixels of the display device in response to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Hoffman, Christopher J. Hasser, William C. Nowlin
  • Patent number: 10022197
    Abstract: A device sized and shaped for insertion into a body comprising: at least one mechanical limb comprising: a support segment; a first flexible section extending from the support segment and terminating in a coupling section; and a second flexible section extending from the coupling section and terminating in a tool or a connector for a tool; wherein a long axis of one or more of the flexible sections is bendable in a single bending plane; wherein a long axis length of the first flexible section is at least double a maximum extent of the first flexible section perpendicular to a flexible section long axis; wherein a long axis length of the second flexible section is at least double a maximum extent of the second flexible section perpendicular to a flexible section long axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Memic Innovative Surgery Ltd.
    Inventors: Dvir Cohen, Eli Shapira
  • Patent number: 10004402
    Abstract: Measurement apparatus includes sensors configured to generate signals associated with physiological parameters and adapted to be coupled to tissue comprising blood and to communicate signals associated with the parameters to feedback control circuitry capable of generating physiological information from the signals. A software application is configured to operate on a control system capable of receiving the physiological information and configured to receive voice input signals and manually entered input signals. The control system includes a touch-screen, a proximity sensor, circuitry for obtaining movement information from a positioning sensor, a mechanical system having actuators, and a wireless transmitter to transmit the physiological information over a wireless link to a host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Omni Medsci, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammed N. Islam
  • Patent number: 10004569
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides repositionable medical instrument support systems, devices, and methods. A repositionable medical instrument support system comprises a frame for rigidly connecting the system to a patient support, a ball and socket joint configured to provide three degrees of rotational freedom, a frame mounting arm configured to releasably mount the ball and socket joint to the frame, a sliding joint configured to provide one degree of translational freedom, a connecting arm configured to connect the sliding joint to the ball and socket joint, and a docking member configured to engage a medical instrument to support the medical instrument during a medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Jiwan Steven Singh, Jai Singh
  • Patent number: 10004382
    Abstract: A display apparatus for a living body insertable apparatus includes an inserting unit configured to be inserted into a living body, and a power unit configured to generate a propulsive force for the inserting unit in the living body. The display apparatus includes a driving force detector, a display calculator, and a display controller. The driving force detector acquires a value relating to a driving force of the power unit. The display calculator determines a display area of a gauge configured to have the display area varying according to the driving force, based on the value. The display controller outputs a signal to display the gauge on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Umemoto
  • Patent number: 9943308
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for surgical suturing with thread management. An illustrative apparatus for tissue suturing includes a cartridge having a suturing needle having a pointed end and a blunt end, the suturing needle capable of rotating about an axis, a reciprocating needle drive, and an actuator capable of releasably engaging the needle drive to rotate the needle. A method for suturing tissue is provided that includes placing a suturing device having a cartridge containing a suturing needle to span at least one tissue segment, activating an actuator to cause rotational movement of the suturing needle through the at least one tissue segment, and deactivating the actuator to stop an advancing movement of the suturing needle to cause a suturing material to be pulled through the at least one tissue segment forming a stitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: EndoEvolution, LLC
    Inventors: John C. Meade, Niall G. Deloughry, Gerald I. Brecher, James H. Bleck
  • Patent number: 9924853
    Abstract: The present invention comprises the provision and use of a novel endoscopic device which is capable of stabilizing, straightening, expanding and/or flattening the side wall of a body lumen and/or body cavity so as to better present the side wall tissue for examination and/or treatment during an endoscopic procedure. The present invention also comprises the provision and use of a novel endoscopic device capable of steadying and/or stabilizing the distal tips and/or working ends of instruments inserted into a body lumen and/or body cavity, whereby to facilitate the use of those instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Jeffrey Milsom, Howard Riina, J. Frederick Cornhill, Edward Dickinson, Clair Strohl, James J. Mahoney, Pat Coppola
  • Patent number: 9877644
    Abstract: A system for direct imaging and diagnosing of abnormal cells in a target tissue includes an image acquisition system comprising a plurality of independently movable optical elements. The image acquisition system is arranged to capture at least one of a single image or multiple images or video of cells within the target tissue using at least one of bright field or dark field source divided into independently operated segments to obtain a plurality of data sets. An image analysis and control unit in communication with the image acquisition system analyzes the data sets and applies algorithms to the data sets for diagnosing abnormal cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Illumigyn Ltd.
    Inventors: Lior Greenstein, Gilad A. Davara, Gad Ganon, David Aviv
  • Patent number: 9872738
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for control of surgical tools in a robotic surgical system are provided. In general, a robotic surgical system can be configured to control a surgical instrument in one of first and second modes of operation. In the first mode, the robotic surgical system can be configured to receive an input from a master tool indicating movement of the master tool. In response to the input, the robotic surgical system can be configured to cause the instrument to corresponding move. In the second mode, the robotic surgical system can be configured to receive an input from the master tool indicating movement of the master tool, and, in response to the input, adjust a non-positional output characteristic of the instrument. The robotic surgical system can be configured to switch control of the instrument between the first and second modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Weir
  • Patent number: 9833293
    Abstract: A robotic catheter system including a housing and a drive mechanism configured to engage and to impart motion to a catheter device is provided. The drive mechanism is supported by the housing. The robotic catheter system includes a guide catheter support coupled to the housing. The guide catheter support is located in front of the drive mechanism, and the guide catheter support has a longitudinal axis. The guide catheter support includes a first surface configured to engage a guide catheter and a rotation joint allowing the first surface to be rotated about the longitudinal axis such that the surface is able to engage the guide catheter at a plurality of angular positions relative to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: CORINDUS, INC.
    Inventors: Tal Wenderow, John Murphy, Thomas Bromander, James J. Kennedy, III, Stanley O. Thompson, Jon Bradley Taylor, Robert Elden
  • Patent number: 9807775
    Abstract: A terminal for performing device-to-device (D2D) communication, according to an embodiment of the present invention, includes an antenna configured to transmit/receive an uplink channel signal and a downlink channel signal, a duplexer configured to separate a transmission/reception signal of the antenna into the uplink channel signal and the downlink channel signal, a switch configured to switch the uplink channel signal in a time division duplex (TDD) scheme so as to separate the uplink channel signal into an uplink transmission block and a first reception block, and a second reception block configured to convert the downlink channel signal provided from the duplexer into a baseband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Heon Kook Kwon, Byung Su Kang, Kwangchun Lee
  • Patent number: 9775641
    Abstract: Holding device for holding a manually operated medical device in place, comprising: a connector arranged to connect the holding device to a positioning apparatus; a clamp member arranged to clamp the medical device, wherein the clamp member is moveable between a locking position wherein the medical device is clamped and a moving position wherein the medical device is moveable with respect to the holding device; a joint assembly arranged to allow movement between the clamp member and the connector, wherein the joint assembly is moveable between a moving position wherein the clamp member is moveable with respect to the connector and a locking position wherein movement between the clamp member and the connector is prevented, and; an actuator for moving both the joint assembly and the clamp member between the moving positions and the locking positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: UMC Utrecht Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Joris Emanuel Nicolaas Jaspers, Jesse Mattan Bosma
  • Patent number: 9763741
    Abstract: An endolumenal robotic system provides the surgeon with the ability to drive a robotically-driven endoscopic device to a desired anatomical position in a patient without the need for awkward motions and positions, while also enjoying improved image quality from a digital camera mounted on the endoscopic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery B. Alvarez, Gregory J. Kintz, David S. Mintz, Enrique Romo, Jian Zhang, Steve Burion, Serena Wong, Joseph Daniel Bogusky, Katherine A. Bender, Alan Yu
  • Patent number: 9757016
    Abstract: There is provided a wireless communication system including a wireless capsule including an imaging section, a posture control section, a first wireless communication section which transmits an image captured by the imaging section and receives a control signal for controlling the posture control section, and a power supply section which supplies power to the imaging section and the posture control section, and a wireless terminal apparatus including a second wireless communication section which receives the image transmitted from the first wireless communication section, and transmits the control signal, a display control section which performs a control in a manner that the image is displayed on a display section, a posture detection section which detects a posture of the display section, and a generation section which generates the control signal based on a posture signal detected by the posture detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Hirabayashi, Yoichiro Sako, Katsuhiko Nakano
  • Patent number: 9668768
    Abstract: System and methods are provided for adaptively and interoperatively configuring an automated arm used during a medical procedure. The automated arm is configured to position and orient an end effector on the automated arm a desired distance and orientation from a target. The end effector may be an external video scope and the target may be a surgical port. The positions and orientations of the end effector and the target may be continuously updated. The position of the arm may be moved to new locations responsive to user commands. The automated arm may include a multi-joint arm attached to a weighted frame. The weighted frame may include a tower and a supporting beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBADOS) INC.
    Inventors: Cameron Piron, Michael Wood, Gal Sela, Joshua Richmond, Murugathas Yuwaraj, Stephen McFadyen, Alex Panther, Nishanthan Shanmugaratnam, William Lau, Monroe M. Thomas, Wes Hodges, Simon Alexander, David Gallop
  • Patent number: 9668642
    Abstract: The present invention provides a decoupling and coupling type medical instrument which includes a bending deformation portion and a manipulation unit. The medical instrument is excellent in operability while preventing removal, cutting and the like of a wire of the bending deformation portion. A medical instrument which satisfies 0<T1<T2 in which tension in a wire is T1 in a decoupled state and is T2 in a coupled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Ando
  • Patent number: 9662002
    Abstract: An endoscopic portal protective shield assembly has an elongate portal shaft and an elongated protective shield. The elongate portal shaft has a viewing portal. The shaft has a slotted tubular body with interior surfaces. The shaft has a distal end and a proximal end and a slotted opening at the distal end extending partially along the slotted tubular body toward the proximal end. The elongated protective shield has a longitudinal shield body, a proximal end and a distal end. The protective shield is configured to be slid into the slotted opening of the tubular body with an interior portion of the longitudinal shield body being inserted inside the tubular body while maintaining the viewing portal open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Amendia, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaixuan Liu, Zsolt Csernatoni
  • Patent number: 9662018
    Abstract: Surgical visualization devices are provided which include a substrate having at least one imaging device and a plurality of fasteners coupled thereto for attaching the substrate to patient tissue. Systems and methods utilizing the surgical visualization devices are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Joshua Stopek
  • Patent number: 9610041
    Abstract: Fixation mechanism assemblies and methods are disclosed. A fixation mechanism assembly can include a first fixation member and a second fixation member moveably engaged with the first fixation member. The first fixation member can include a housing having a tissue facing surface and an opposing non-tissue facing surface, one or more guide apertures extending between the tissue facing surface and the non-tissue facing surface, and one or more first fixation elements. The first fixation member includes a longitudinal body and a proximal end attached to, or integrated with, the tissue facing surface of the housing. The second fixation member can include one or more second fixation elements. The second fixation element can correspond to a guide aperture and includes a longitudinal body, a proximal end attached to, or integrated with, the second fixation member, and a distal end movable through the corresponding guide aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur J. Foster, Dana Sachs, Benjamin J. Haasl, Brian L. Schmidt, Keith R. Maile
  • Patent number: 9579088
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a console having a visual display and a manipulator arm, a robotic device having a camera and a connection component. The robotic device is configured to be positioned completely within a body cavity. The camera is configured to transmit visual images to the visual display. The connection component operably couples the console and the robotic device. The manipulator arm is positioned relative to the visual display so as to appear to be penetrating the visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane M. Farritor, Mark Rentschler, Amy Lehman, Nathan A. Wood, Adam Bock, Reed Prior
  • Patent number: 9579121
    Abstract: Holding arrangements for a surgical access assembly are disclosed. One holding arrangement includes a body portion, an engagement barrel and a retaining member. The retaining member is configured as a hook at a distal end of the body portion and is sized to partially encircle a portion of an outer sheath. The engagement barrel is position on a proximal end of the body portion and is configured to be operatively connected to a surgical holding arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Nico Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph L. Mark, Alexandra Schwier
  • Patent number: 9572562
    Abstract: A system for accessing a surgical target site and related methods, involving an initial distraction system for creating an initial distraction corridor, and an assembly capable of distracting from the initial distraction corridor to a secondary distraction corridor and thereafter sequentially receiving a plurality of retractor blades for retracting from the secondary distraction corridor to thereby create an operative corridor to the surgical target site, both of which may be equipped with one or more electrodes for use in detecting the existence of (and optionally the distance and/or direction to) neural structures before, during, and after the establishment of an operative corridor to a surgical target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Miles, Scot Martinelli, Eric Finley, James Gharib, Allen Farquhar, Norbert F. Kaula, Jeffrey J. Blewett
  • Patent number: RE46442
    Abstract: A catheter winder/unwinder comprising at least a first system and a second system is disclosed wherein, the first system comprises a first receptacle that receives a catheter and a first drive mechanism that applies movement to the catheter, the second system comprising a second receptacle that receives a guide and including an outlet, said second receptacle being rotatable relative to the first receptacle, and a second drive mechanism that applies movement to the guide. The outlet includes a fastener device for fastening to the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Philippe Bencteux