Having Tool Moving Or Stopping Means Patents (Class 600/106)
  • Patent number: 9414812
    Abstract: An intravenous ultrasound (IVUS) system can include a catheter and a translation mechanism for translating the catheter. Engagement between the catheter and the translation mechanism may be detected, and the translation mechanism can be placed in a connected or disconnected mode, accordingly. When in connected mode, certain IVUS operations may be enabled when compared to disconnected mode, wherein such operations may be disabled. Thus, some embodiments may ensure proper engagement between the catheter and the translation mechanism prior to allowing certain IVUS operations to be carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: ACIST Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Arcadi Elbert
  • Patent number: 9375283
    Abstract: A method for performing a surgical procedure within lungs of a patient. The method comprising the steps of providing a plurality of surgical instruments and providing a housing. Attaching a flexible, elongated shaft with distal and proximal ends to the housing. Engaging at least one working end to the distal end of the housing, the working end including a plurality of tubes disposed therein that define a corresponding plurality of working channels for housing a corresponding plurality of surgical instruments. Controlling an actuator to engage at least one of the corresponding plurality of surgical instruments, wherein rotation of the working end with respect to a longitudinal axis of the elongated shaft engages at least one of the plurality of surgical instruments with the actuator to deploy the at least one surgical instrument to the lung as needed during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Gene H. Arts, Timothy J. Bahney, John D. Carlton, Duane E. Kerr, William H. Nau, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9308049
    Abstract: A medical treatment endoscope includes: a flexible sheath capable of a bending operation; a viewing unit for observing the vicinity of the tip relative to the sheath; an arm section protruding from the tip of the sheath and capable of bending operation; an operation section for operating the arm section; and at least a transmission member, connected to the arm section and the operation section, for transmitting the operation of the operation section to the arm section. The transmission member is detachably connected to the operation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi Dejima
  • Patent number: 9279142
    Abstract: A device and method for use in taking a sample from an item of medical equipment for the purpose of microbiological testing. The device includes attachment mechanism for attaching about a region of the item of medical equipment in an air-tight manner; and collection mechanism for collecting fluid which emanates from the item of medical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: ENDOWORX PTY LTD
    Inventors: Guy Connor, Roland Ian Stokes, David Frank
  • Patent number: 9265505
    Abstract: A system (1) for delivering a staple (9) to the locus of an artery (2) comprises a delivery conduit (5) for inserting into the lumen of an artery through which conduit a staple can be delivered to the locus, and an elongate element (6) such as a catheter for a balloon (7) for translating axial advancement of the delivery conduit through the artery into movement of the distal end of the delivery conduit away from the longitudinal axis of the artery and towards the artery wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Anson Medical Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Jones, Duncan Keeble
  • Patent number: 9216293
    Abstract: An inner subassembly of a delivery system assembly extends within a lumen of an elongate outer tube of the assembly, and includes a flared distal end, which is preferably configured to conform to a proximal end of an implantable medical device; a distal-most portion of the outer tube is sized to contain both the flared distal end and an entirety of the medical device. The inner subassembly includes a core, an elongate pull-wire, extending along the core, and a sheath surrounding the pull-wire and the core; the sheath includes a slot opening that allows the pull-wire to pass laterally therethrough. The assembly preferably has a pre-formed curvature along a length of the sheath, and the slot opening extends along the pre-formed curvature. The outer tube is longitudinally moveable relative to the inner subassembly, for example, to deploy the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Berthiaume, H. Allan Steingisser, Don H. Tran, Erik Griswold, Brent L. Locsin, James C. Allan
  • Patent number: 9192284
    Abstract: An endoscopic system including an accessory that fits over an endoscopic device, the accessory including at least one collapsible tube which has a collapsed state and an expanded state, wherein in the collapsed state, the accessory increases an outer perimeter of the endoscopic device by not more than 10%, and in the expanded state, the at least one collapsible tube has fluid that flows therethrough and the accessory increases the outer perimeter of the endoscopic device by at least 10%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: EasyNotes Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoav Hirsch, Izhak Fabian
  • Patent number: 9179825
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a medical device for accessing a patient's body portion and used for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Embodiments of the invention may include a particular endoscopic positioning mechanism for placing an endoscope and an additional treatment device within desired body portions in order to assist in diagnosis and treatment of anatomical diseases and disorders. In particular, a medical device according to an embodiment of the invention includes a positioning mechanism configured for movement through at least two degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Geitz, Brian Tinkham
  • Patent number: 9101339
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an accessory including an actuation portion configured to be actuated, an operating unit for operating the actuation portion, an endoscope including an accessory insertion pass wherein the accessory is adapted to be inserted through the accessory insertion pass from a proximal end portion of the accessory insertion pass to a distal end portion of the accessory insertion pass, and projected from and retracted into the distal end portion of the accessory insertion pass, a detecting unit configured to detect a condition of a part of the accessory, which is projected from the distal end portion of the accessory insertion pass, and a control unit configured to control an actuation of the actuation portion by an operation to the operating detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Takahashi, Toshio Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20150148598
    Abstract: A side-viewing endoscope includes an elongated tube for entry in a body cavity for imaging. A wire line is contained in the elongated tube, for moving in an axial direction back and forth. A guide device is coupled with a distal end of the wire line, caused to shift between first and second positions by the wire line, for orientation in a direction crosswise to the axial direction upon being set in the second position. An input lever is disposed at a proximal end of the wire line, for moving the wire line in the axial direction. A cam mechanism is connected between the input lever and the wire line, for shifting the guide device at a first shift between the first position and an intermediate position, and shifting the guide device at a second shift smaller than the first shift between the intermediate and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kimitake FUKUSHIMA, Yoshiyuki KUNUKI
  • Patent number: 9039603
    Abstract: A propulsion apparatus for an endoscope includes a propulsion assembly for mounting on a tip device of the endoscope, for propulsion in a body cavity. First and second wire devices are disposed to extend from the tip device in a proximal direction, having a coil winding, for rotating to drive the propulsion assembly. First and second motors are connected with proximal ends of respectively the first and second wire devices, for rotating the first and second wire devices. A timer is actuated if a speed difference between rotational speeds of the first and second motors becomes equal to or more than a reference speed value, for measuring an elapsed time. A break detector detects breakage of the first wire device if the elapsed time becomes equal to or longer than a predetermined time. A controller controls the first and second motors in response to an output of the break detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ashida, Takayuki Nakamura, Nobuyuki Torisawa, Takumi Dejima, Naoyuki Morita
  • Patent number: 9039604
    Abstract: An endoscope system including an endoscope insertion part to be inserted into a body cavity via a trocar stabbed in a body wall, the endoscope system comprising: a detecting device detecting whether a tip of the endoscope insertion part has been drawn inside the trocar; and a trocar cleaning device cleaning the inside of the trocar by supplying a predetermined fluid into the trocar when it is detected by the detecting device that the tip of the endoscope insertion part has been drawn inside the trocar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20150141816
    Abstract: An atherectomy catheter includes an elongate flexible catheter body, an elongate deflectable distal tip coupled to the catheter body at a hinge point, a rotatable cutter near the distal end of the catheter body, and a drive shaft extending within the catheter body and configured to rotate the cutter. The atherectomy catheter further includes an optical fiber extending through the drive shaft substantially on-axis with the catheter body and attached to the cutter. The optical fiber is configured to rotate with the drive shaft. The atherectomy catheter further includes a wedge configured to deflect the distal tip away from the catheter body at the hinge point upon axial movement of the drive shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: AVINGER, INC.
    Inventors: Priyanshu Gupta, Michael Zung, Charles W. Mcnall, Himanshu N. Patel, Christina Van
  • Patent number: 9033866
    Abstract: An advance and retreat assist tool includes a base unit, a fixing unit and a first tubular member. The advance and retreat assist tool further includes a fixing portion which fixes the treatment instrument to the first tubular member, a rotary portion which provided in the first tubular member and an advance and retreat mechanism which advances and retreats the first tubular member on the basis of the a rotation force of the rotary portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Tetsuhiro Yamada, Mayumi Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 9033865
    Abstract: A treatment tool for an endoscope including: an insertion section inserted from a mouth ring provided at the base-end portion of a channel of the endoscope to the inside of the channel; an operation section provided at the base end of the insertion section; a rigid guide member having a tubular shape, externally fitted around the insertion section at the base end of the insertion section, and fixed to the operation section; and a fixing section that is externally fitted around the guide member, firmly attaches between the inner wall of the mouth ring or the channel and the guide member, and fixes the guide member to the inner wall of the mouth ring or the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: Naoto Suda
  • Patent number: 9033867
    Abstract: A self propelled, endoscopic apparatus formed of a flexible, fluid-filled toroid and a motorized or powerable frame The apparatus may be used to advance a variety of accessory devices into generally tubular spaces and environments for medical and non-medical applications. The apparatus when inserted into a tubular space or environment, such as the colon of a patient undergoing a colonoscopy, is advanced by the motion of the toroid. The toroid's surface circulates around itself in a continuous motion from inside its central cavity along its central axis to the outside where its surface travels in the opposite direction until it again rotates into its central cavity. As the device advances within the varying sizes, shapes and contours of body lumens, the toroid compresses and expands to accommodate and navigate the environment. The motion of the toroid can be powered or unpowered and the direction and speed may be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Troy J. Ziegler, Timothy P. Sheridan, William T. Ryder
  • Publication number: 20150119641
    Abstract: An advance and retreat assist tool includes a base unit, an attachment portion which attaches the base unit to a treatment instrument insertion portion, a tubular member provided to advance and retreat relative to the base unit coaxially with a central axis of a hole portion and a fixing portion which fixes an endoscopic treatment instrument to the tubular member. The advance and retreat assist tool further includes a rotary portion which has an axis different from an axis of the tubular member and which rotates around the axis, and an advance and retreat mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro YAMADA
  • 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: 20150087900
    Abstract: A bronchoscope adapter is configured for one hand operation by providing a slide lock that is captured within a housing and a retaining nut that can be operated with a single finger or thumb. Rotation of the retaining nut is eased by isolating rotational force from a compression block with a spacer ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: RAPHAEL MELOUL
  • Patent number: 8986197
    Abstract: A medical system includes: a treatment instrument having an insertion portion configured by an exterior member, and an insertion member that is inserted into the exterior member and is longer than the exterior member; an insertion portion inserting/pulling-out device to transmit a driving force to the exterior member or the insertion member configuring the insertion portion of the treatment instrument, the insertion portion inserting/pulling-out device advancing/retreating at least one of the exterior member and the insertion member; and a driving force non-transmitting portion provided to the insertion member, the driving force non-transmitting portion preventing a driving force of the insertion portion inserting/pulling-out device from being transmitted to the exterior member when the insertion member is moved by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Okada, Hiroaki Ichikawa, Takaaki Komiya, Yoshio Onuki, Kazuki Honda, Yasuhito Kura, Kazushi Murakami
  • Patent number: 8986196
    Abstract: A surgical instrument extends through a guide tube and exits at an intermediate position of the guide tube. The instrument includes a parallel motion mechanism that changes the position of a distal end of the surgical instrument without changing the orientation of the distal end. An image capture component is at the distal end of the guide tube, and a joint allows the image capture component to move while the intermediate position remains stationary. The configuration allows a cross section of the guide tube to be oblong. In some aspects, a joint for the image capture component is placed between exit ports for surgical instruments, which allows the guide tube cross section to be further reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: David Q. Larkin, Thomas G. Cooper, David C. Shafer, David J. Rosa, Matthew R. Williams, Eugene F. Duval
  • Patent number: 8986195
    Abstract: A medical operation device is attachable to an insertion portion of a medical instrument for observation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Okamoto, Kazuo Banju
  • Patent number: 8982199
    Abstract: A network based surgical system including a first medical device having a first network interface, a second medical device having a second network interface, a communications network over which the first medical device, through the first network interface, and the second medical device, through the second network interface, are communicable, wherein the first network interface and the second network interface employ the same network protocol for communicating over the communications network, and wherein the first network interface has a maximum throughput greater than a maximum throughput of the second network interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc R. Amling
  • Patent number: 8974492
    Abstract: An endoscopic treatment tool includes: a treatment part which is adapted to conduct treatment of tissue within a body cavity; an operation part which is adapted to operate the treatment part; an operation shaft member which connects the treatment part and the operation part; and a coil sheath part through which the operation shaft member passes so that the operation shaft member is capable of forward or backward movement, in which: the coil sheath part comprises: a first coil sheath around which wire is helically wound; and a second coil sheath that has a lower compressive resistance than the first coil sheath, and that has a higher rotation follow-up capability than the first coil sheath; the first coil sheath and the second coil sheath are disposed so as to coaxially and radially overlap; a first end part and a second end part of the second coil sheath are respectively connected to the treatment part and the operation part so as to be incapable of relative rotation around an axis of the second coil sheath;
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Keita Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8974371
    Abstract: Apparatus includes Flexible Sheath extending from a proximal end which extends into living body; Capsule extending from a proximal to a distal end and having an opening formed in a proximal end thereof; Clip Assembly provided in Capsule and configured to be operably movable between a closed configuration in which first and second arms of Clip Assembly are drawn toward one another and an expanded configuration in which the first and second arms are separated from one another to receive target tissue therebetween; Bushing extending between a proximal end coupled to Sheath and a distal end releasably coupled to Capsule via a tab on the distal end of Bushing engaging the opening of Capsule; and Control Member a distal end of which is releasably coupled to Clip Assembly to transmit to Clip Assembly forces applied thereto to move Clip Assembly between the insertion and expanded configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell F. Durgin, William C. Mers Kelly, Lance Alan Wolf, Brian Keith Wells, Vasily P. Abramov, Gregory R. Furnish
  • Patent number: 8961396
    Abstract: A surgical instrument adapted and configured for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures includes a shaft, an end effector and a proximal handle. The longitudinal shaft has proximal and distal end portions, and defines a longitudinal axis of the surgical instrument. The distal end effector is connected to the distal end portion of the shaft, and is adapted and configured for performing a surgical task. The proximal handle portion is operably connected to the proximal end portion of the longitudinal shaft and has an actuatable portion operably connected to the end effector to result in movement of the end effector. The distal end portion of the shaft can be laterally offset from the longitudinal axis of the shaft and/or have one or more bends or curves formed therein. The proximal portion of the shaft can include at least one bend to allow for comfortable positioning of a surgeon's hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: SurgiQuest, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Azarbarzin, Dominick Mastri, Ralph Stearns
  • Publication number: 20150045617
    Abstract: An advance and retreat assist tool includes a base unit, a first tubular member, a rotary portion and an advance and retreat mechanism. The advance and retreat assist tool further includes a hinge mechanism which switches to either a coaxial condition or a slanted condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20150045618
    Abstract: An advance and retreat assist tool includes a base unit, an attachment portion which attaches the base unit to a treatment instrument insertion portion so that the base unit is rotatable around a central axis of a treatment instrument insertion hole portion, and a first tubular member. The advance and retreat assist tool further includes a rotary portion and an advance and retreat mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro YAMADA
  • Patent number: 8944995
    Abstract: An insertion device and an endoscope which are inserted and extracted through a small incision and have multiple functions. A device body has grip forceps as a treatment means. A first folding back section and a second folding back section are provided at a distal portion of the device body such that the first and second folding back sections are aligned in a row in the longitudinal direction of the device body. The first folding back section and the second folding back section respectively have image obtaining means. An operation means can move the first folding back section to a folded back position in which the first folding back section is folded back relative to the second folding back section, and can also move the second folding back section to a position in which the second folding back section is folded back relative to the device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tohoku University
    Inventors: Shinichirou Suda, Yoichi Haga, Tadao Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 8945175
    Abstract: A latch mechanism for a surgical instrument includes a lever moveable from an initial position to an actuated position for moving an end effector assembly from a first to a second state. A pin extends from the lever. A cantilever spring is operably engaged to the housing of the instrument. A pin track member is operably engaged to the cantilever spring at a free end thereof. The pin track member is configured to permit translation of the pin therealong between a first position corresponding to the initial position of the lever and a second position corresponding to the actuated position of the lever. The pin is configured to translate from the first to the second position along a first path and from the second position back to the first position along a second path and is configured to be releasably retained in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: John R. Twomey
  • Publication number: 20150031951
    Abstract: An endoscope for removing tissue at a surgical site includes an elongated tubular body insertable within a mammalian cavity of a patient. An instrument channel extends between a first opening at a distal end and a second opening at a proximal end of the tubular body and is sized and configured to receive a surgical cutting assembly that includes an aspiration channel configured to remove material entering the endoscope via a distal end of the surgical cutting assembly. A torque generation component configured to generate torque is positioned within the distal end and configured to provide the generated torque to a coupling component. The coupling component is positioned at the distal end of the elongated tubular member and configured to actuate a cutting component of the surgical cutting assembly responsive to actuation of the torque generation component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Cosme Furlong, Michael W. Marcoux, Richard Stephen Wisdom, William R. Rebh, JR., Evan Costa, Stephen C. Evans
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8926499
    Abstract: Endoscopes, medical devices for use with endoscopes, and methods for making and using endoscopes. An example medical device for use with an endoscope is a catheter having one or more ridges formed on an outer surface thereof. The ridges may interact, for example, with the elevator of an endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8915837
    Abstract: An apparatus for deployment of a hemostatic clip comprises a handle assembly, a shaft connected to a distal portion thereof and a clip assembly releasably coupled to a distal portion of the shaft. The clip assembly includes clip arms and a capsule cooperating with the clip arms to provide a first user feedback indicating a decision configuration of the clip assembly. In addition, the apparatus includes a control wire including a ball connector, the control wire extending from the handle assembly and coupled to the clip assembly by the ball connector to maintain the clip assembly coupled to the shaft, wherein the ball connector is detachable from the clip assembly to provide a second user feedback indicating separation of the clip assembly from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Keith Wells, Lance Alan Wolf, Gregory R. Furnish, Vasily P. Abramov, William C. Mers Kelly, Russell F. Durgin
  • Publication number: 20140371527
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a distance information acquisition section that detects the position of a treatment tool and the position of a specific part, and acquires distance information about a distance between the specific part and the treatment tool based on the detected position of the treatment tool and the detected position of the specific part, a degree-of-closeness acquisition section that acquires the degree of closeness between the specific part and the treatment tool based on the distance information, and a treatment tool control section that controls at least one of an incision-related setting and a bleeding arrest-related setting of the treatment tool based on the degree of closeness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki SATO
  • Patent number: 8905920
    Abstract: A bronchoscope adapter is configured for one hand operation by providing a slide lock that is captured within a housing and a retaining nut that can be operated with a single finger or thumb. Rotation of the retaining nut is eased by isolating rotational force from a compression block with a spacer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Raphael Meloul
  • Publication number: 20140350337
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, devices, and methods for providing foldable, insertable robotic sensory and manipulation platforms for single port surgery. The device is referred to herein as an Insertable Robotic Effector Platform (IREP). The IREP provides a self-deployable insertable device that provides stereo visual feedback upon insertion, implements a backbone structure having a primary backbone and four secondary backbones for each of the robotic arms, and implements a radial expansion mechanism that can separate the robotic arms. All of these elements together provide an anthropomorphic endoscopic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
    Inventors: Nabil SIMAAN, Kai XU, Roger GOLDMAN, Peter ALLEN, Dennis FOWLER, Jienan DING
  • Patent number: 8888787
    Abstract: A method for creating a tract in retrograde fashion for nephrostomy tube creation comprising the steps of providing a puncture wire having a tissue penetrating tip shielded in a sheath, inserting the puncture wire and sheath through a channel in an ureteroscope, advancing the puncture wire from the sheath while visualizing under direct vision a position of the puncture wire, advancing the puncture wire through a selected calyx, and inserting antegrade a coaxial catheter over the puncture wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: JBW7 Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Benjamin Wynberg
  • Patent number: 8888681
    Abstract: Endoscopes, endoscopic instruments, and methods for making and using the same. An illustrative endoscopic instrument includes a catheter that can extend through the working channel of an endoscope. The catheter may include an end effector passing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Michal Weisman
  • Patent number: 8888687
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may include an endoscopic housing defining an opening disposed along a plane substantially normal to a longitudinal axis of the endoscopic housing. A rotatable member may be coupled to the endoscopic housing and may have a proximal portion configured to move from a stowed configuration to a deployed configuration when the proximal portion of the rotatable member is rotated about an axis substantially normal to the longitudinal axis of the endoscopic housing. The proximal portion of the rotatable member may be disposed on a distal side of the plane when in the stowed configuration and disposed on a proximal side of the plane associated with the opening when in the deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Ostrovsky, Ty Fairneny, Victor Shukhat, Jozef Slanda
  • Publication number: 20140336456
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment providing one or more improvements includes a micro endoscope having steering, rotation and tool control function which can be utilized for insertion using a needle and catheter for performing arthroscopy and endoscopic procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Research & Development International Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Demers, Marek Sekowski
  • Patent number: 8882656
    Abstract: A diagnostic catheter and method of use for analyzing tissue is provided. A method for analyzing tissue in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention includes inserting a catheter having a sensor at its distal end into the body of a patient, applying suction through the catheter to secure the tissue to the catheter and then analyzing the tissue with the sensor. An apparatus for analyzing tissue within the body of a patient in accordance with an alternative embodiment of the present invention is also provided. This alternative embodiment includes a catheter having a first end and a second end, the first end having an orifice and a sensor, the catheter also having a lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Wendlandt
  • Patent number: 8870749
    Abstract: An access and positioning arrangement for use during an endoscopic surgical procedure in which a pair of surgical tools are utilized, such as an endoscopic imaging device for providing an image of the surgical site and a surgical instrument for manipulating tissue at the surgical site. The arrangement includes a housing for positioning over a surgical portal defined in the patient through which the surgical site is accessed, which housing defines first and second channels which receive the respective surgical tools so that the tools can be maintained in a fixed orientation relative to one another within the surgical site and so that the tools can be readily positioned in the correct positions relative to one another at the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Fouts, Daniel E. Cooper, Reid Cover, Michael Baycura
  • Patent number: 8863748
    Abstract: Endoscopic surgical operation method includes: a step of lifting a living tissue including an diseased tissue located distally relative to an operation channel of an endoscope inserted through a natural orifice; a step of suturing a proximal region and a distal region of the living tissue positioned basal relative to the diseased tissue lifted by a suturing means section projecting distally from the operation channel of the endoscope after the lifting; and a step of resecting the living tissue between the sutured regions and the diseased tissue endoscopically after suturing the proximal region and the distal region of the living tissue surrounding the diseased tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Noriko Kuroda, Takayasu Mikkaichi, Kosuke Motai, Kazushi Murakami, Manabu Miyamoto, Shotaro Takemoto, Satoko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8858424
    Abstract: In an endoscopic system, when an affected area of a biomedical tissue in an image is treated with a scalpel and a holding pair of forceps which movably extend from a distal portion of an endoscope through the endoscope while the image taken by the endoscope in a body cavity in a time-series manner is being observed, a treatment is performed in which the holding pair of forceps holds the affected area detached from the biomedical tissue by the scalpel. When any motion is detected in the distal portion of the endoscope included in the image, a motion direction and a motion amount of the distal portion of the endoscope attributed to the motion are detected, and the distal portion of the endoscope is curved to return the scalpel to an original treatment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Jun Hasegawa, Michifumi Yoshie
  • Patent number: 8858538
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described allow the techniques of endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery to be combined into a minimally invasive hybrid surgical technique called NOTES-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Manual and robotic-controlled versions of a modular laparoscopic tool are described having a small diameter shaft that is delivered laparoscopically to a surgical site. Larger diameter working tips are delivered through a NOTES delivery tube inserted to the surgical site through a natural orifice and joined to the shaft of the modular laparoscopic tool. Larger diameter working tips improve the effectiveness of the modular laparoscopic tools and the number and size of laparoscopic ports used can also be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Modular Sugical, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Belson, James J. Leary
  • Publication number: 20140303437
    Abstract: Appropriate stereoscopic images of an affected site are easily acquired. Provided is a stereo-endoscope device that includes an inserted portion that can be inserted into a subject's body; two imaging devices that are disposed on the inserted portion with a space therebetween; driving units that change the relative angle of the optical axes of the imaging devices; a distance sensor for detecting the distance to the imaging devices from a treatment part of a treatment instrument that is inserted into the subject's body and is used to treat the affected site; and a swivel control section that controls the driving units based on insertion information of the treatment instrument, the insertion information including the distance detected by the distance sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoru KIKUCHI, Osamu KONNO
  • Publication number: 20140296631
    Abstract: A medical treatment endoscope includes: an insertion portion which has a lumen formed along a longitudinal axis of the insertion portion and is configured to be inserted into a body cavity, a lateral opening portion which extends in a lateral surface of the insertion portion, from a distal end surface of the insertion portion to a proximal end side of the insertion portion, an elastic member which is provided in an inner wall of the lumen at a position separated from an edge of a proximal end of the insertion portion in a direction toward a distal end side of the insertion portion, and a tubular arm which includes a bendable bending part provided at a distal end side of the tubular arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Manabu MIYAMOTO, Yoshiaki ITO, Hirokazu TANAKA, Hideya KITAGAWA, Taro IEDE
  • Patent number: 8845516
    Abstract: An apparatus applicable for the ligation of internal tissue in a created or natural cavity in animals or in the human body, for example varicose veins in the gullet or a duodenal diverticulum, by means of an elastic band (19) while observing the ligations through an endoscope. The apparatus includes an automatic trigger unit (1) mounted firmly on the handle of the endoscope which can release a number of elastic bands (19) with the aid of a single-stranded trigger cord (11). Only a single elastic band (19) is released for each ligation thereby establishing a one-man-operated apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventor: Salah Chami
  • Publication number: 20140275774
    Abstract: A catheter device is useful in a procedure in which an injectable material or device is injected into a tissue of a patient. In one implementation, for example, the catheter device is useful in injecting a compound into a tissue of the heart, such as the myocardium. The distal tip of the catheter may include an extensible and retractable needle in combination with a camera, a balloon, a vacuum port, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CardioPolymers, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman Tarazona, Randall J. Lee, Manoj B. Raghuraman