With Monitoring Of Components Or View Field Patents (Class 600/103)
  • Patent number: 10791914
    Abstract: A supporting apparatus for supporting insertion of a flexible insertion member into a subject and removal of the insertion member includes an attention point acquisition unit, a first displacement acquisition unit and a determination unit. The attention point acquisition unit specifies at least one first attention point specified by a shape of the insertion member. The first displacement acquisition unit acquires a first displacement of the first attention point. The determination unit determines how a state of the insertion member or the subject is at a position corresponding to the first attention point, based on displacement information including information on the first displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Yamamoto, Jun Hane
  • Patent number: 10758214
    Abstract: Various biopsy devices configured to biopsy tissue from a body cavity and methods of use are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, a biopsy sleeve is provided with an elongate shaft having distal and proximal ends. The elongate shaft is configured to receive at least a portion of an imaging device therein, and an engagement member is disposed on the proximal end and configured to engage with the imaging device. A biopsy collector is engageable with the elongate shaft and is configured to collect tissue for a biopsy sample. At least part of the distal end of the elongate shaft is configured to allow visualization therethrough using the imaging device such that a user can visualize the tissue being collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: UVision360, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Washburn, Erich Dreyer, Allison London Brown, David Robinson, Brad Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10751134
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods of the present disclosure are directed to facilitating control of a graphical user interface associated with performing a medical procedure. Inputs can be received from a plurality of input devices interacting with respective sets of input options displayed on respective portions of the graphical user interface. One of the input devices can be operable by a physician, during a medical procedure, to navigate a set of input options to modify a graphical representation of at least one of a medical device and an anatomic structure displayed on the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Affera, Inc.
    Inventors: Doron Harlev, Geoffrey Peter Wright, Matthew Peter Neville Harwood
  • Patent number: 10722306
    Abstract: A method, including registering a computerized tomography (CT) scan of a patient with a tracking system configured to track a location and an orientation of a sensor in the patient, and displaying the CT scan on a screen. The method further includes tracking coordinates of a probe having the sensor inside the patient using the tracking system. Based on the tracked coordinates, an icon representative of the location of the sensor is overlaid on the CT scan on the screen. The method also includes overlaying on the CT scan a ray, issuing from the icon in a direction corresponding to the orientation of the sensor, and traversing the screen to a termination point chosen responsively to a gray level distribution of the CT scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Vadim Gliner, Ram Bernard Mayer
  • Patent number: 10709441
    Abstract: A suture body includes: a suture thread having a first end and a second end and fixed to a living tissue; a suture needle connected to the first end; and a thread fixing member connected to the second end. The thread fixing member includes: a rod-shaped protruding portion; and an elastic member having an outer circumferential surface and arranged so that the thread fixing member is in contact with the outer circumferential surface at a predetermined contact pressure. The suture body is configured so that the suture thread can enter between the protruding portion and the elastic member by elastically deforming the elastic member. The suture body further includes a base body to which the protruding portion and the elastic member are fixed. The protruding portion and the elastic member are arranged in an area surrounded by an outer diameter of the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosuke Motai, Tetsuyuki Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10687733
    Abstract: A screen providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for a tissue biopsy system includes a circular area and a plurality of GUI areas of variable size located in the circular area. The plurality of GUI areas includes a first GUI area, a second GUI area, and a third GUI area. The first GUI area is configured to represent a first region of the target site from which at least one tissue specimen has been separated from tissue at the target site by a tissue cutting member. The second GUI area is configured to represent a second region from which the tissue cutting member may separate one or more additional tissue specimens from tissue at the target site. The third GUI area is configured to represent a third region in which the tissue cutting member is deployed to separate a tissue specimen from tissue at the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SenoRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek J. Daw, Frank R. Louw, Paul Lubock, Richard L. Quick, Martin V. Shabaz
  • Patent number: 10646287
    Abstract: A method for automatically predetermining an intended movement of a manipulator arrangement of a medical system having a medical instrument and a recording means for generating images, wherein the recording means and/or the instrument is guided by the manipulator arrangement. The method includes establishing an intended transformation between a reference stationary in relation to the recording means and a reference stationary in relation to the instrument; monitoring a deviation between the intended transformation and a current transformation between the reference stationary in relation to the recording means and the reference stationary in relation to the instrument; and determining a reset movement of the manipulator arrangement for returning the current transformation to the intended transformation when the deviation satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: KUKA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Yevgen Kogan
  • Patent number: 10646288
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated steering control of a robotic endoscope, e.g., a colonoscope, are provided. The control system may comprise: a) a first image sensor configured to capture a first input data stream comprising a series of two or more images of a lumen; and b) one or more processors that are individually or collectively configured to generate a steering control output signal based on an analysis of data derived from the first input data stream using a machine learning architecture, wherein the steering control output signal adapts to changes in the data of the first input data stream in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BIO-MEDICAL ENGINEERING (HK) LIMITED
    Inventors: Chung-Kwong Yeung, Steven Chu, Wenling Chan, Tin Chak Johnson Pang, Hon Chung Chung
  • Patent number: 10499792
    Abstract: An adapter for endoscopy can operably connect camera features and light source features of a portable electronic device with a respective viewfinder and illumination element of a medical endoscope. Systems including an endoscope, adapter, and handheld electronic device with a microphone, light source, and camera can, when connected, be used to perform stroboscopic endoscopic examinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
    Inventors: Anthony Law, Angelique Berens, Muneaki Miyasaka, Randall Bly
  • Patent number: 10492758
    Abstract: A device and method for guiding surgical tools by ultrasonic imaging having means for acquiring a time sequence of 3D ultrasonic images of a target area, means for determining and tracking the position and orientation of a surgical tool and means for defining the direction of a characteristic axis of the tool corresponding to the detected position and orientation of the tool. The device further having means for determining the position of a working end of the tool along the characteristic axis, means for determining the relative position in space of each 3D image and the direction of the characteristic axis corresponding to each 3D image, and means for generating a 2D image defined by an image plane that intersects the corresponding 3D image of said time sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Esaote, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano De Beni, Marco Maccio'
  • Patent number: 10484438
    Abstract: A collaboration system may include a computing device that may communicate with the at least one other computing device via a computing network. The computing device may receive data that has been acquired using one or more non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection devices, receive an input that may cause a list of one or more experts indicated as available to collaborate to be derived. The computing device may also receive a selection of at least one expert from the list of experts. After receiving the expert selection, the computing device may establish a communication connection between the computing device and the at least one other computing device that corresponds to the at least one expert. Here, the communication connection may share data depicted on the computing device with the at least one other computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Robert Carroll Ward, Michael Christopher Domke, Jason Howard Messinger, Scott Leo Sbihli
  • Patent number: 10362204
    Abstract: An illuminated object viewing and retrieval tool having a body including a control rod guide portion and a housing, a display screen mounted on the housing, an elongated flexible member extending from the control rod guide portion and a control rod extending through an open passage of the control rod guide portion to an outer end connected to a grasping mechanism having finger elements that are movable relative to an outer housing mounted to the control rod guide portion and which expand outwardly relative to one another and the open end of the outer housing, a camera device including a lens mounted within the outer housing to record images through the outer open end of the outer housing and a light source mounted within the outer housing adjacent the lens to cast light outwardly of the outer open end of the outer housing, and power source for connecting to the camera device, the light source and the display screen so that images from the camera lens may be viewed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Edwards, Adam L. Boggia
  • Patent number: 10188315
    Abstract: To accurately recognize the position and direction of an insertion member, there is provided an insertion system which detects operation support information such as an insertion amount and a rotation amount of the insertion member, and the position and shape of the distal end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Tojo
  • Patent number: 10130378
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating patient specific instruments for use as surgical guides. A region of interest within a body of a patient is scanned to provide a three-dimensional model of the region of interest. A first user is allowed to position a model of a selected implant with the three-dimensional model of the region of interest via a graphical user interface. A patient specific instrument model is generated from a generic patient specific instrument model according to the position of the model of the selected implant within the three-dimensional model of the region of interest and the position of at least one extension of the model that is not visible to the first user. A patient specific instrument is fabricated according to the patient specific instrument model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Jason A. Bryan
  • Patent number: 10130430
    Abstract: A no-touch surgical navigation method for guiding a surgical instrument corresponding to a part of a patient's anatomy is provided. An image registration step is for matching the preoperative implant device planning image and the part of the patient's anatomy via a spatial coordinate transformation relationship. An instrument checking step is for identifying the surgical instrument, and then calibrating a size of the surgical instrument to display an instrument tip mark on the displaying device. An implant device placement selecting step is for moving the surgical instrument by a user, and then the instrument tip mark is synchronously moved with the surgical instrument to select a virtual surgical instrument pattern. A skin incision and trajectory guiding step is for moving the surgical instrument according to a skin incision and trajectory guiding picture so as to move the instrument tip mark close to a planned surgical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTAI TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Kuo-Tung Kao, Chen-Tai Lin, Ying-Yi Cheng, Shih-Chang Chuang, Chih-Yen Chiang
  • Patent number: 10123766
    Abstract: A stylet (100) includes a handle assembly (102) with an indicator display (112) and a stiff wire assembly (120) extending distally from the handle assembly (102) having a non-imaging ultrasonic device on a distal end. The stylet includes a circuit assembly having one or more of a pulser (120), a transmit/receive chip (132), a bandpass filter (134), a differential amplifier (136), an ADC (138), and an MCU (140), operable to control the operation of the ultrasonic device and to receive and analyze data from the ultrasonic device to facilitate implantation of a device such as a catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: University of Washington Through its Center for Commercialization
    Inventors: Pierre D. Mourad, Samuel R. Browd, Brian MacConaghy, Revathi Murthy, Nathaniel Coulson
  • Patent number: 10123816
    Abstract: In an arthroendoscopical surgical method, a resection target area, and a freshening treatment area which becomes repair surfaces with bleeding, are identified, and a resection line and a freshening line are drawn on a tear site in a meniscus, which is emphasized by fluorescence with use of a fluorescent medicine under excitation light. Using an ultrasonic treatment tool and an arthroscope, the resection target area is resected by a probe which generates ultrasonic vibrations, based on the resection line and freshening line under visible-light illumination. Thus, an inclined resection surface is formed, and planar repair surfaces with bleeding are joined and repaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takamitsu Sakamoto, Chie Onuma, Kiichiro Sawada, Ken Fujisaki, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Satoshi Takekoshi, Sohei Ueda, Yasuo Tanigami
  • Patent number: 10120441
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a captured image of users, a determination unit configured to determine an operator from among the users included in the acquired captured image, and a processing unit configured to conduct a process based on information about user line of sight corresponding to the determined operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maki Imoto, Takuro Noda, Ryouhei Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10079969
    Abstract: Provided is an endoscopy system including: an image signal generator connected to one side of a cable, including a signal transmitter for amplifying and transmitting an image signal so as to transmit the image signal of inner body through the cable; a signal processor connected the other side of the cable, for damping and receiving the image signal which is transmitted through the cable; a central processing unit for outputting an operation control signal to perform an user interface for the image signal; and an image processing unit for overlapping the user interface into the image signal outputted from the signal processor and for processing the image signal in accordance with the operation control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTHESMART INC.
    Inventors: Uk Kang, Ilhyung Shin
  • Patent number: 10063806
    Abstract: Provided is an endoscopy system including: an image signal generating unit which is connected to one side of a cable, and which includes a signal transmission unit configured to convert an image signal of inner body according to a protocol for long distance transmission and transmit a converted image signal so as to achieve transmission of the image signal through the cable; a signal processing unit connected to the other side of the cable, and receiving the converted image signal transmitted through the cable and converting the converted image signal into the image signal; a CPU configured to output a user interface for the image signal and an operation control signal according to a handling of the user interface of user; an image processing unit configured to overlap the user interface on the image signal output from the signal processing unit and process the image signal according to the operation control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: INTHESMART INC.
    Inventors: Uk Kang, Ilhyung Shin
  • Patent number: 10004899
    Abstract: An electric pulse generator for electroporator includes a poring pulse generator, and a transfer pulse generator. The poring generator includes an n-stage Cockroft-Walton circuit, and a first circuit branched from a branching point of wiring on output side of the Cockroft-Walton, the first circuit includes a switching switch that is turned off in high-voltage mode and turned on in low-voltage mode, a voltage value for switching between the modes is in 200 to 1400 V, the first circuit includes a second circuit in which m2 series of m1 series-connected capacitors are connected in parallel, the switch and second circuit are connected in series, and first wiring on output side of the second circuit is merged with second wiring on output side of the Cockroft-Walton on output side of the branching point, and a withstand voltage of the Cockroft-Walton is a value in 1500 to 5000 V in the high-voltage mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NEPA GENE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hayakawa, Kiyoshi Hayakawa, Masahiko Sugiyama, Dai Ayusawa, Kensuke Miki
  • Patent number: 10004467
    Abstract: A high contrast instrument, such as a radiopaque portion, can be captured and/or viewed in an image that is acquired with an imaging system, such as with a fluoroscopic imaging system. A statistical model can be used to assist in identifying a possible or probable location of a target. A user may move the instrument coil to the statistically probable location of the target to, for example, perform a procedure or carry out a task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan P. Lahm, Ronald Alan Drake, Eric A. Schilling, Brian W. Schousek, Mark W. Shepler, Lester O. Stener
  • Patent number: 9913572
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer J. Donhowe, Kenneth R. Krieg, Eric M. Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9649168
    Abstract: A system and a method of performing a frameless image-guided biopsy uses imaging, a six-dimensional robotic couch system, a laser guidance system, an optical distance indicator, and a needle control apparatus. A planning CT scan is made of the patient with stereotactic fiduciary markers to localize and produce digitally reconstructed radiographs. Two stereoscopic images are generated using an imaging device to visualize and identify a target tumor. The images are fused with the digitally reconstructed radiographs of the planning CT scan to process tumor location. The tumor location data are communicated to the movable robotic couch to position the target tumor of the patient at a known isocenter location. A biopsy needle is guided with a laser alignment mechanism towards the isocenter at the determined depth using a needle positioning apparatus and an Optical Distance Indicator, and a biopsy sample of the target tumor is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Voxel Rad, Ltd.
    Inventors: Javad Rahimian, Amir Rombod Rahimian
  • Patent number: 9584795
    Abstract: A wireless transfer system includes: a wireless transmission section including: an input section configured to receive, as an input signal, one of a first video signal provided with ancillary information including identification information of a high-definition 3D/2D video signal and a second video signal not including the identification information; a video signal extraction section configured to extract one of the high-definition video signal and the second video signal from the input signal; an ancillary information extraction section configured to extract the ancillary information; a wireless video transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit extracted one of the high-definition video signal and the second video signal; and the like; and a wireless reception section including: a wireless video receiver configured to receive wirelessly transmitted one of the high-definition video signal and the second video signal; a wireless ancillary information receiver configured to receive the wirelessly transmitted
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Kasumi, Hideki Tashiro, Junichi Tashiro
  • Patent number: 9517000
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer J. Donhowe, Kenneth R. Krieg, Eric M. Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9468489
    Abstract: A method of controlling an electrosurgical system is described, the system including an electrosurgical generator and an electrosurgical instrument connected to the generator by means of a cable. A radio frequency signal is supplied to the electrosurgical instrument at an operating frequency, and the voltage of the radio frequency signal is monitored at a frequency corresponding to the frequency of a resonant circuit established by the electrosurgical instrument together with the cable. The monitored voltage is capable of indicating the initiation of arcing from the electrosurgical instrument, such that the voltage of the radio frequency signal can be adjusted in response to the monitored voltage at the resonant frequency. The magnitude of the monitored voltage is an indication of the degree of arcing. An electrosurgical system including an arc detector is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventor: John Roland Hosier
  • Patent number: 9036882
    Abstract: Overview images that represent the overview of a structure (e.g., the large intestine) are generated based on volume data, and displayed on a screen. Points within the overview images and points corresponding thereto in the volume data are set as target points. A target volume that includes the target points and line of sight vectors within the volume data having the target points as endpoints and a movable viewpoint as a starting point are set within the volume data. The directions of the line of sight vectors are changed by moving the viewpoint, and the target volumes are projected onto projection planes perpendicular to the directions of the line of sight vectors to generate detailed images that represent details of the structure in the vicinity of the target points. The detailed images are displayed on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Masumoto, Masaki Miyamoto
  • Publication number: 20150126808
    Abstract: The system for intubation comprises:—a disposable sterile endotracheal tube (30) having proximal (30P) and distal (30D) end. It is essentially characterized with:—a disposable removable sterile optical fiber bundle (20) having a proximal (20P) and a distal (20D) end, to be inserted into the airway lumen 30P (32) of said endotracheal tube (30), so that said distal end (20D) is capable of illuminating a region of said distal end (30D), and of collecting an image of said illuminated region, and—a module (10) comprising a screen (11) and a light source (12), to be connected to said optical fiber bundle (20) to provide light to the distal end (20D) of said optical fiber bundle (20), and to display on the screen (11) said image collected from the distal end (20D) of said optical fiber bundle (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE DE BORDEAUX (C.H.U. DE BORDEAUX)
    Inventor: Hadrien Roze
  • Publication number: 20150119639
    Abstract: A medical system includes an endoscope apparatus including a plurality of insertion portions and a main unit supporting them; a sheath unit attachable to a biological subject and having a through-hole through which the insertion portions can be passed; a monitor; barcodes from which the insertion portions issue identification information; an identification-signal generating unit that acquires the identification information from the barcodes and outputs this to the main unit every time the insertion portions pass through the through-hole; wherein the main unit includes an image selector that displays, on the monitor, an image acquired by the insertion portion identified by the main unit as having being have passed through the sheath unit on the basis of the identification information from the identification-signal generating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sadao EBATA
  • Patent number: 9016560
    Abstract: A component identification system for identifying an industrial machine component in situ is disclosed herein. In an embodiment, a computer system is provided which is configured to implement a method of identifying a component of an industrial machine in situ. In particular, the computer system is configured to decode an image containing a data matrix code, and identify the data matrix code in the image. The computer system is further configured to associate the data matrix code in the image with an identified component in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shyamanth Kotian, Srivatsa Dhanvantri, John David Ward, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150112128
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an in-focus object plane position switch section that switches an in-focus object plane position of an imaging section, a target in-focus position determination section that calculates an in-focus evaluation value, and determines a target in-focus position based on the in-focus evaluation value, and a change-in-scene detection section that detects whether or not a change in scene has occurred based on a captured image. The target in-focus position determination section determines whether or not the in-focus evaluation value satisfies a determination criterion until the change-in-scene detection section detects that the change in scene has occurred, and selects the first in-focus object plane position or the second in-focus object plane position that is not currently selected by the in-focus object plane position switch section when it has been determined that the in-focus evaluation value does not satisfy the determination criterion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koichiro YOSHINO
  • Publication number: 20150099927
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for improved intubation which have particular application for awake or sedated intubation are described. An intubation scope having a handle, a flexible probe, and an articulatable tip where the handle has a control lever coupled to a rotary control wheel, which is in turn connected to control wires which when moved by the rotary control wheel cause articulation of the tip of the intubation scope. Systems utilizing the intubation scope may also include endotracheal tubes adapted to fit over the tip of the intubation scope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Ali Sadoughi
  • Publication number: 20150099926
    Abstract: The insertion tube of an endoscope is equipped with an array of pressure sensors that provide real-time information of the pressure exerted by the insertion tube as it passes through a patient's body during an endoscopic procedure. Pressure information may be displayed in real time, wherein regions of high pressure are highlighted. An alarm is generated when the pressure applied at any location inside the patient's body exceeds safe limits. Further, sensors may be placed along the length of the insertion tube for measurement of distance travelled by the tip of an endoscope, which is integrated with measurement of the force applied by a physician in maneuvering the endoscope to determine applied force at a given location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Tal Davidson, Moshiko Levi, Idan Levy, Mark Gilreath
  • Publication number: 20150099925
    Abstract: The insertion tube of an endoscope is equipped with an array of pressure sensors that provide real-time information of the pressure exerted by the insertion tube as it passes through a patient's body during an endoscopic procedure. Pressure information may be displayed in real time, wherein regions of high pressure are highlighted. An alarm is generated when the pressure applied at any location inside the patient's body exceeds safe limits. Further, sensors may be placed along the length of the insertion tube for measurement of distance travelled by the tip of an endoscope, which is integrated with measurement of the force applied by a physician in maneuvering the endoscope to determine applied force at a given location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Tal Davidson, Moshiko Levi, Idan Levy, Mark Gilreath
  • Patent number: 8998797
    Abstract: A surgical system performs a surgical procedure on a patient with manipulators and an endoscope. The surgical system has a display unit for simultaneously displaying a plurality of items of information including an endoscopic image captured by the endoscope, and a wireless image processor for transmitting information to the display unit and processing the plurality of items of information to be displayed by the display unit. The information about the endoscopic image is transmitted from the endoscope to the wireless image processor through a link including at least a portion based on wireless communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Shigeru Omori
  • Publication number: 20150094531
    Abstract: An electronic endoscopic device includes a light source, an endoscopic scope including an imaging unit provided at a tip end, a temperature detecting unit that detects a temperature of the tip end, and a light source control unit that performs a light emission control and a light emission stop control in a frame period. The imaging unit includes a plurality of pixels and a driving unit, and the electronic endoscopic device further includes a control unit in which, when a temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit exceeds a threshold value, the control unit performs a control such that, in a frame period following a first frame period, a period in which the light emission stop control is performed is set to be longer, and a read-out speed of the imaging signal is set to be slower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiaki ISHIMARU, Mitsuru HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150094530
    Abstract: A light source apparatus for endoscopic imaging includes a light source for emitting at least narrow band blue light and narrow band green light, to illuminate an object in a body cavity. The light source is changeable over between field sequential lighting and simultaneous lighting. The light source, upon setting of the field sequential lighting, emits the narrow band blue light and narrow band green light in a discrete manner, and upon setting of the simultaneous lighting, simultaneously emits the narrow band blue light and narrow band green light. A connector is connectable with an endoscope having a complementary color image sensor of yellow, magenta and cyan, for imaging the object. A controller sets the field sequential lighting assuming that the endoscope is connected to the light source and assuming that the light source is used for emitting the narrow band blue light and narrow band green light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki MORIYA
  • Patent number: 8992418
    Abstract: A video recording and image capture device for documenting surgical procedures that includes a main board for executing a plurality of software, a multimedia interface operable to receive a video signal and process it into an MPEG layer stream, the video interface connected on a first bus to the main board, a hard drive to record an MPEG layer stream as a file, an optical media drive to write an MPEG layer stream as a file, the hard drive and the optical media drive operably connected on a second bus, the bus being vertically stacked and connected to the main board, and a touchscreen interactive for user control, connected to the main board on a second bus to control the video interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce L. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8992423
    Abstract: An endoscope with a wide angle lens that comprises an optical axis that is angularly offset from a longitudinal axis of the endoscope such that the optical axis resides at an angle greater than zero degrees to the longitudinal axis. The wide angle lens system simultaneously gathers an endoscopic image field, the endoscopic image field at least spanning the longitudinal axis and an angle greater than ninety degrees to the longitudinal axis. The endoscope includes a transmission system with a lens system having f-sin(theta) distortion or substantially f-sin(theta) distortion that distributes the angle of incidence of the light rays gathered from the endoscopic field of view on to the image surface area in order to even out the information density across the surface area of the imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Hale, Hans David Hoeg, George E. Duckett, III, Nathan Jon Schara
  • Publication number: 20150087899
    Abstract: A medical system includes a tube (102) configured to pass internally into a body and an index (108) disposed on the tube and configured to be visible internally within the tube. An outermost nested cannula (110) component is affixed within the tube with a geometric relationship with the tube as indicated by the index. An imaging device (106) is configured to image an anatomic reference relative to the index such that alignment of the outermost nested cannula component is provided by aligning the at least one index with the anatomic reference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Cynthia Ming-Fu Kung, Ksaren Irene Trovato
  • Publication number: 20150080651
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an illumination unit, an optical system including an optical lens and a diaphragm unit configured to adjust a size of an opening, an imaging unit including a solid state imaging device and configured to output an image signal, a region setting unit configured to set a region of interest in an image formed by the image signal, an estimation value calculation unit configured to calculate and output an estimation value showing a focus level in the region of interest, an estimation value storage unit configured to store the estimation value, an estimation value comparison unit configured to compare a reference value and the estimation value and outputs the comparison result, and a diaphragm control unit configured to output a control signal for controlling the opening of the diaphragm unit based on the comparison result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motoo Azuma
  • Publication number: 20150073209
    Abstract: Provided is a stereoscopic endoscope device including a single objective lens that collects light from a subject and forms an image of the light; a light splitting section that splits the light collected by the objective lens; image-capturing devices that capture optical images of the subject at imaging positions of the split beams of the light; focal-position adjusting sections that give optical path lengths different from each other to the split beams of the light; a calculation section that calculates an object distance between each point on the subject and the objective lens from 2D images acquired by the image-capturing devices; and a parallax-image generating section that generates a plurality of viewpoint-images of the subject when observed from a plurality of viewpoints, by using the calculated object distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiromu IKEDA
  • Patent number: 8974378
    Abstract: A scanning endoscope apparatus includes a light source section that emits illumination light, an optical fiber that irradiates the illumination light from a distal end to a subject with directivity, a drive element and a scanning drive section that perform scanning by the distal end of the optical fiber, a first light detection section that detects light from a direction of the distal end of the optical fiber, a second light detection section that detects light from an entire scanning range, and an image processing section that forms image information to be outputted to a display section based on a result of addition of a detection result corresponding to an external factor light component in a first light detection result and a second light detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Katsuichi Imaizumi, Tetsuhide Takeyama
  • Publication number: 20150057498
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an image storage section that stores image information associated with position information of a luminal organ of a subject; a virtual endoscopic image generating section that generates a virtual endoscopic image endoscopically depicted; an image pickup section that picks up an image in the luminal organ; a position registration processing section that compares the virtual endoscopic image and an endoscopic image, and extracts an virtual endoscopic image similar to the endoscopic image; a position estimation section that estimates a distal end position of an endoscope insertion portion; a feature region determination section that determines whether or not the distal end position exists in a feature region; a storage section that stores information for presentation; and a candidate information presentation control section that presents the virtual endoscopic image based on the information in the storage section, to a display section as candidate information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Syunya AKIMOTO, Junichi ONISHI, Mitsuhiro ITO
  • Publication number: 20150057497
    Abstract: An activation device activates a capsule medical device that has a first coil inside and is activated when voltage not less than a first specified value or current not less than a second specified value is generated in the first coil. The activation device includes: a case; a second coil that is provided in the case and is configured to generate a magnetic field when current flows through the second coil; and a guide portion for guiding to a position that is located outside the case and that is a position of the capsule medical device where the capsule medical device can be activated based on the magnetic field generated by the second coil. The capsule medical device is housed at a specified position in a specified posture in a container having a specified shape. The case has a placement surface on which the container is configured to be placed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Atsushi CHIBA, Hidetake SEGAWA
  • Patent number: 8961398
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for treating disorders of the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, including methods and apparatus for dilating ostia, passageways and other anatomical structures, endoscopic methods and apparatus for endoscopic visualization of structures within the ear, nose, throat or paranasal sinuses, navigation devices for use in conjunction with image guidance or navigation system and hand held devices having pistol type grips and other handpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Makower, John Y. Chang, Ketan P. Muni, John H. Morriss, Hung V. Ha, Isaac J. Kim, Julia D. Vrany
  • Publication number: 20150045614
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present specification is an alarm/warning system for notifying a user cleaning an endoscope that the main connector/electrical connector of endoscope has not been covered by a connector cover. The warning system indicates an absence of a connector cover cup when the connector of the endoscope is not connected to a main control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Leonid Krivopisk
  • Publication number: 20150025368
    Abstract: An intubation device is provided. An intubation device comprises a movable guide configured to guide an insertion of an endotracheal tube into a trachea of a patient, the guide having a guide extension and a guide tip; an external trachea identifier source external to the trachea and disposed on the patient during an intubation, wherein the trachea identifier source generates and transmits a signal; at least one trachea condition sensor disposed on the guide tip to detect the signal generated by the trachea identifier source; and a guide control device operatively coupled to the guide, the guide control device configured to move the guide into the trachea in response to the detected signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Chunyuan Qiu
  • Publication number: 20150025310
    Abstract: An applicator for use in the fitting of an occlusive plug of the screw in kind to a fallopian tube, said applicator comprising: a body member; an eyepiece fitted to one end of the body member; an elongate probe carried by, and projecting from the other end of the body member; a fibre optic cable extending from the eye-piece along the interior of the probe to a terminal end of the probe distal from the body member; a nose piece movably mounted at said distal end of the probe and adapted to releasably receive a rear, drive end of an occlusive plug; a mechanical connection extending between the body member and the nose-piece whereby the practitioner may, within limits, vary the angle of the nose-piece with respect to its carrier tube; and a rotational drive means extending between the body member and the nose-piece to apply torque & hence rotational movement to an occlusive plug temporarily held by the nose-piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: John Sanders Everingham, Gilbert Marcus Filshie