Having Tool Moving Or Stopping Means Patents (Class 600/106)
  • Patent number: 8632460
    Abstract: Method and surgical instrument for treating prostate tissue including a surgical instrument having a main body, a needle deployment port, a needle, first and second handles and a lockout release mechanism to limit needle extension. Additionally, a kit includes the surgical instrument, together with a cystoscope, and optionally a syringe and reservoir of ethanol. The method includes needle-less injection and visualizing the ethanol injection by delivering both an echogenic agent and ethanol either by needle or needle-less injection or by providing an ultrasonically visible marker near the tip of the ethanol delivery cannula. The method also includes extending the needle transversely of the instrument housing using a link assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: Sidney F. Hauschild, Stephen L. Bolea, Johann J. Neisz
  • Patent number: 8633975
    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: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc R. Amling
  • Publication number: 20140018621
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods of inserting a delivery system assembly into a working channel are disclosed. In accordance with some embodiments, a sealing insert is configured to reduce fluid leakage and spray-back. In accordance with some embodiments, a sealing insert is disclosed in which a distal sealing surface is configured to seal against differently sized working channels of a plurality of endoscopes. In accordance with some embodiments, a sealing insert is disclosed in which a cap is configured to control a seal between a sealant and a delivery system assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher A. Stout
  • Publication number: 20140018620
    Abstract: A steerable tube for endoscopic applications includes a set of longitudinal elements arranged for interconnecting a proximal and a distal end portion of the steerable tube. The set of longitudinal elements is arranged for transferring a movement of the proximal to the distal end portion. The tube further includes an actuator coupled to the set of longitudinal elements at the proximal end portion, for manipulating the set of longitudinal elements, a flexible body that is arranged between the proximal and distal end portions for accommodating the set of longitudinal elements, and a coupling arrangement for establishing an adjustable coupling between the actuator and at least one of the longitudinal elements, thereby allowing the longitudinal elements to assume different lengths between the proximal and distal end portions. An endoscopic instrument, an endoscope and an assembly including a steerable tube set forth are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: FORTIMEDIX B.V.
    Inventor: Marcel Antonius Elisabeth VERBEEK
  • Patent number: 8617054
    Abstract: The medical treatment endoscope according to the present invention includes a sheath having a flexibility; at least one arm member having a bending part that projects out from a front end of the sheath and performs bending actions; an open/close mechanism which directs the arm member from a direction along a central axis of the sheath to a direction deviated from the central axis of the sheath, and from a direction deviated from the central axis of the sheath to a direction along the central axis of the sheath; and a viewing device and an illuminating member that are disposed to the front end side of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Manabu Miyamoto, Takahiro Kogasaka, Takumi Dejima, Kiyotaka Matsuno, Ken Yamatani, Saori Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20130338435
    Abstract: This invention discloses a method for manufacturing a disposable endoscopic puncture outfit for laparoscopy operations. The manufacturing method comprises the following steps: 1) preparing a camera shooting module; 2) preparing a puncture needle; 3) preparing a positioning puncture casing pipe; 4) mounting the camera shooting module on the puncture needle; 5) inserting the puncture needle in the positioning puncture casing pipe, and making a transparent cover slightly extend out of the positioning puncture casing pipe. This invention also discloses a puncture outfit made with a method for manufacturing a disposable endoscopic puncture outfit for laparoscopy operations. The manufacturing method provided by this invention has a simple process, is easy to implement, and has high production efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Dongguan Microveiw Medical Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Zhenquan Shen, Chengjun Gou, Zhitan Yan, Zhenning Huang
  • Publication number: 20130331645
    Abstract: An endoscopic device includes a longitudinal shaft member having a lumen, a curved section formed at a distal portion of the longitudinal shaft member and having a first recovering force, and a guide section formed at a proximal end portion of the curved section of the longitudinal shaft member and having a second recovering force. The curved section has an opening section in communication with the lumen at a surface of an inner section of the curved shape recovered by the first recovering force, and a pressing surface configured to press a tissue by the second recovering force is formed at a surface of an outer section of the curved shape of the curved section opposite to the opening section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Ken YAMATANI, Kunihide KAJI
  • Publication number: 20130331646
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for laparoscopic abdominal surgery are disclosed. For example, a system or kit is provided for performing a procedure within a surgical space within a patient's body that includes a plurality of tool heads, and a tool head carrier including features for removably receiving one or more tool heads, the tool head carrier sized for introduction through a trocar or other port into a surgical space. The system or kit may also include a surgical tool including a tool shaft introduceable into the surgical space and including features for securing a tool head to the tool. Optionally, the tool head carrier may include a clip for securing the tool head carrier to an endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Christopher Steven Pell, Bryan J. Duggan, Hattie Zhi Chen Dong, Thomas Ruby, John Avi Roop, Jonathan B. Ticker, James N. Lau, Kevin Chao
  • Patent number: 8602970
    Abstract: An endoscope procedure instrument provided with: a tube part that is cylindrical in shape and attaches to the front end of the endoscope, the tube part having a slit provided to the side surface thereof extending along the direction of the central axis; and a grasping member that is disposed to the tube part extending along the slit, for holding a biologic tissue with respect to the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Yuta Muyari, Keita Suzuki, Tsutomu Okada, Shunsuke Motosugi
  • Patent number: 8602969
    Abstract: A capsule medical apparatus system includes a rotating magnetic field generation apparatus that generates a desired rotating magnetic field in three-dimensional directions, a capsule medical apparatus that includes a magnet and a needle for puncture that can be projected and retracted in a rotation direction of the rotating magnetic field and is rotated in the direction of the rotating magnetic field when the rotating magnetic field is applied to the magnet, a step-out operation detecting unit that detects a step-out operation by which the capsule medical apparatus is inversely rotated when a luminal surface is punctured with the needle, and a magnetic-field control instructing unit that controls the rotating magnetic field generation apparatus on the basis of a detection result performed by the step-out operation detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Shinsuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8602968
    Abstract: When an operation instruction is input by a first (second) control output instruction input device, locus calculation means calculates a locus of movement of a first (second) therapeutic device on the basis of any one of joint sections, which is instructed to operate. On the basis of a calculation result by the locus calculation means, therapeutic device operation control means controls an operation of the first (second) therapeutic device by a first (second) active mechanism. Thereby, there is provided an endoscope apparatus which can improve the operational efficiency and positional precision of the therapeutic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Umemoto, Kazuhiko Takahashi, Tetsuo Nonami
  • Patent number: 8604742
    Abstract: Various robotic devices and related medical procedures are disclosed herein. Each of the various robotic devices have an arm. The arm can have two arm components coupled at a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Dmitry Oleynikov, Stephen Platt, Mark Rentschler, Jason Dumpert, Adnan Hadzialic, Nathan Wood
  • Patent number: 8597174
    Abstract: A medical device includes: a body electrode disposed in contact with a human body; a tubular instrument having a distal electrode at a distal end portion of an insertion portion inserted into the body and a plurality of active joints for changing an orientation and a position of the distal end portion at the insertion portion; a plurality of joint position information detecting sections for respectively acquiring joint position information of the plurality of active joints; and a storage section for storing the joint position information respectively acquired by the plurality of joint position information detecting sections based on conduction between the body electrode and the distal electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Yuta Sugiyama
  • Publication number: 20130317294
    Abstract: A vitrector with integrated imaging capability may include a vitrector tube, a tubular cutter, an actuation mechanism, an optical fiber, and a lens structure for focusing light coupled into the lens structure from the optical fiber beyond the distal end so as to image a region about the focus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brennan, Mark S. Humayun
  • Patent number: 8591400
    Abstract: A medical instrument, includes: an insertion section having a treatment instrument projection port and an active bending section at a position on the insertion section's proximal end portion side of the treatment instrument projection port; a joystick by which an operation of the active bending section is inputted; a driving section for driving the active bending section; and a control section for controlling the joystick and the driving section, and the control section having an active bending section which performs a control in one control mode selected from a plurality of different control modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Yuta Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 8591399
    Abstract: A method of transluminal surgery is provided, which utilizes an endoscopic surgery apparatus having pivotable arms attached by hinges on its distal end. The arms are interchangeable with arms of various configurations. The method includes the steps of inserting an endoscopic surgery apparatus into a body cavity of a patient, making an incision in the body cavity wall to allow access to the patient's abdominal cavity, and further inserting the apparatus through the incision. Surgery is performed at the desired surgical site and the apparatus is withdrawn into the body cavity where the incision is closed. Finally, the apparatus is withdrawn from the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacques Francois Bernard Marescaux, Jeffrey S. Melanson, Bernard Dallemagne, Joel Leroy, Didier Raoul Daniel Mutter, James P. Barry, Stefan Storz, Martin Leonhard
  • Publication number: 20130310641
    Abstract: An enhanced flexibility auxiliary endoscope assembly for use with an endoscope, the assembly including at least one flexible elongate element and a flexible sleeve having a first lumen for accommodating a distal portion of an endoscope capable of assuming at least a first curvature and a second lumen for accommodating the at least one flexible elongate element, the second lumen being configured to allow the at least one flexible elongate element to assume the at least first curvature as well as at least a second curvature about the first curvature, thereby to enhance flexibility of the auxiliary endoscope assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: GAD TERLIUC, GILAD LURIA, OHAD SHAFRAN
  • Patent number: 8585698
    Abstract: A treatment device for an endoscope includes an operating wire having a treatment section at a distal end thereof, a first sheath through which the operating wire is inserted, a second sheath into which the first sheath is inserted, a locking portion provided in the treatment section to advance or retreat, a first stopper that regulates advance movement of the locking portion, a second stopper that regulates retreat movement of the locking portion, and a sheath operating portion that advances or retreats the second sheath between a first positional relationship and a second positional relationship. The first stopper is provided in the first sheath via a connecting portion that extends toward the front side from a distal end of the first sheath, and the second stopper is provided in the second sheath on the rear side of the first stopper in the direction of the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Keita Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8585583
    Abstract: A working unit of a manipulator includes a hollow joint shaft, wires disposed as power transmitting members in the hollow joint shaft, and a distal-end working unit mounted on an end of the hollow joint shaft and movable by the wires. The wires are wound around respective tubular members in the distal-end working unit. The hollow joint shaft has a pair of visual checking holes defined in respective side walls thereof near the distal end thereof for allowing the wires to be visually checked therethrough. The visual checking holes are positioned to expose the tubular members therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Sakaguchi, Hiroaki Sano
  • Patent number: 8574150
    Abstract: A capsule medical apparatus to be introduced into a subject includes a tissue collecting unit that collects in-vivo tissue; a storage unit that stores therein the in-vivo tissue that is collected by the tissue collecting unit; a liquid storing unit that stores therein liquid for suppressing autolysis of in-vivo tissue; a liquid supplying unit that supplies the liquid in the liquid storing unit to the storage unit; and a control unit that allows, in response to an instruction to start collecting the in-vivo tissue, the tissue collecting unit to collect desired in-vivo tissue and to store the collected in-vivo tissue in the storage unit and that then allows the liquid supplying unit to supply the liquid to the storage unit and makes the storage unit be in a liquid-tight state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Miho Katayama, Shinsuke Tanaka, Junichi Uchida
  • Patent number: 8568295
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes at least an endoscope of the endoscope and an accessory, a placement unit on which the endoscope is adapted to be placed, a detecting unit configured to detect whether the endoscope is placed on the placement unit or not, an actuating unit for at least one of the endoscope and the accessory, an operating unit for operating the actuating unit, and a control unit configured to be switched between a normal mode wherein the actuating unit is controlled according to an operation to the operating unit and a restricting mode wherein the actuating unit is controlled regardless of an operation to the operating unit, on the basis of a result of detection by the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Umemoto, Kazuhiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8562513
    Abstract: An endoscope device comprising: an elongated tubular insertion part; a plurality of arm members which is provided in the distal portion of the insertion part so as to protrude forward and is capable of treatment with a treatment tool inserted thereinto; an observation main body provided in the distal portion of the insertion part so as to freely separate from the insertion part; an energization member which energizes the observation main body disposed within the distal portion of the insertion part toward the direction opposite to the plurality of the arm members in the radial direction of the insertion part; and a holding mechanism which resists the energization member to hold the observation main body in a state where the observation main body is disposed within the distal portion of the insertion part and is capable of releasing the holding state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Ken Yamatani
  • Patent number: 8562516
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for obtaining endoluminal access. An elongate body is configured for insertion within a body lumen, conduit, organ, orifice, passageway or cavity, the elongate body having a working axis and a distal region, and an articulating element disposed near the distal region, the articulating element configured to articulate off-axis from the working axis of the elongate body. The elongate may achieve access in an endoluminal or a laparoscopic fashion. Methods of using the apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: USGI Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, John A. Cox, Chris Rothe
  • Patent number: 8556800
    Abstract: A lubricant supplying device of an endoscope everting tube drive comprises a drive tube everted at least once to thus form an outer and an inner tube portion. Inside the inner tube portion an endoscope shaft is mounted in an axially displaceable manner. In addition a drive device is provided which encompasses the drive tube everted at least once or the inner tube portion thereof so as to apply a driving force for an advancing movement of the endoscope shaft onto the inner tube portion, the drive means being in fluid connection with a lubricant supplying line and a lubricant discharge line for introducing a lubricant via the drive device into the drive tube everted at least once and/or for discharging it. The lubricant supply line and the lubricant discharge are connected to the drive device in two locations thereof diametrically opposite with respect to the endoscope shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Invendo Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Albert Hecker, Guenter Wilhelm Schuetz, Wilhelm Franz Pommersheim
  • Patent number: 8540622
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: a distal end opening of a treatment instrument insertion channel opened at a side surface of a distal end portion; a treatment instrument elevator base that is provided at a position facing the distal end opening in the treatment instrument insertion channel and leads a distal end of a treatment instrument protruding from the distal end opening, to a desired position; a first wall portion along the insertion direction of the distal end opening; and a second wall portion at a proximal end side of the insertion direction of the distal end opening and provided with a groove in which a part of the treatment instrument elevator base is fitted when the treatment instrument elevator base is raised, and as the treatment instrument elevator base is raised, a guide wire protruding from the distal end opening is releasably engaged by contacting the treatment instrument elevator base, the first wall portion, and a surface constituting the groove of the second wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Seiji Kitano, Takashi Otawara, Takayasu Miyagi
  • Patent number: 8529554
    Abstract: A treatment instrument operation unit is provided with a drive unit, an operation portion installation section and a command signal output section. The drive unit drives an operation portion for operating each treatment section of the respective treatment instruments. The operation portion is attached to the operation portion installation section provided to the drive unit. The command signal output section outputs an installation start signal to a controller for notifying that the installation of the treatment instrument has begun upon installation of the operation portion in the operation portion installation section. After outputting the installation start signal from the command signal output section to the controller, the drive unit drives the operation portion installation section to the position where the operation portion is allowed to be installed based on the control signal outputted form the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Kazushi Murakami, Yoshio Onuki, Takaaki Komiya, Hiroaki Ichikawa, Tsutomu Okada, Kazuki Honda, Yasuhito Kura
  • Patent number: 8517917
    Abstract: A capsule medical apparatus includes a needle driving unit that punctures an internal region of a subject with an injection needle and pulls out the injection needle from the internal region, a liquid injection unit that injects a liquid into the internal region through the injection needle, and a leak prevention unit that prevents the liquid that is injected into the internal region from leaking from the internal region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Shinsuke Tanaka, Hironobu Takizawa, Hironao Kawano, Masaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8512229
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for obtaining endoluminal access. An elongate body is configured for insertion within a body lumen, conduit, organ, orifice or passageway, the elongate body having a working axis and a distal region, and an articulating element disposed near the distal region, the articulating element configured to articulate off-axis from the working axis of the elongate body. Methods of using apparatus of the present invention are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: USGI Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Desmond Birkett, Chris Rothe, Tracy Maahs
  • Patent number: 8512227
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided which assists operations required for a medical instrument. A tubular portion and a therapeutic member of the instrument are inserted through a channel of an insertion tube of an endoscope. In the apparatus, a first drive unit enables the therapeutic member to perform the desired therapeutic operations responsively to a first command signal and a second drive unit enables the tubular portion inserted in the channel to convey responsively to a second command signal. An input device is provided at which two kinds of commands are allowed to be inputted command by command. The two kinds of commands allow the therapeutic member and the tubular portion to be driven in parallel with each other. A controller provides the first and second drive units with the first and second command signals, respectively, in accordance with the two kinds of commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Kazushi Murakami, Yoshio Onuki, Takaaki Komiya, Yasuhito Kura, Takehiro Nishiie
  • Patent number: 8491463
    Abstract: An endoscope treatment system includes: an endoscope; and a treatment tool that has a sheath that is inserted in a channel of an insertion portion of the endoscope, in which projection portions that project outward from the sheath in the radial direction are provided, and engagement portions that engage the projection portions are provided near the channel of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Goto
  • Patent number: 8480562
    Abstract: A capsule medical apparatus capable of injecting a medical agent into a living tissue includes a casing, a pressing member that presses the surface of the living tissue, a driving unit that causes the pressing member to protrude from the casing in a predetermined direction and to press the surface of the living tissue while rotating the pressing member around a rotation axis parallel to the protruding direction, and a needle-like puncturing member that is arranged on the pressing member and punctures the living tissue in an oblique direction with respect to the surface of the living tissue to thereby inject the medical agent into the living tissue along with the rotation of the pressing member driven by the driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Miho Katayama
  • Patent number: 8465416
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: a treatment instrument elevator base including a contact surface which contacts with a treatment instrument inserted into a treatment instrument insertion channel, and rotatably provided to a distal end to elevate the instrument; a contact portion provided to the distal end to contact with the instrument when the elevator base is elevated; a first leading portion provided to the contact surface to lead the instrument to a predetermined position on the contact surface as the elevator base is rotated; a holding portion provided to the contact surface and the contact portion, and including a grasping surface for sandwiching the instrument with a diameter not exceeding a predetermined value; and a second leading portion provided to the contact portion to lead the instrument larger than the grasping surface away from the holding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Seiji Kitano, Hidenobu Kimura, Kotaro Yoda, Takayasu Miyagi, Haruhiko Kaiya
  • Publication number: 20130144119
    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: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventor: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
  • Patent number: 8449455
    Abstract: A medical system includes: a first operation apparatus used when a first doctor operates a medical instrument; a second operation apparatus that outputs a control instruction signal for controlling a motion of the medical instrument, and is operated by a second doctor; at least one medical action information detection section that detects medical action information based on the motion of the medical instrument when the first doctor operates the medical instrument using the first operation apparatus; a storage apparatus that stores reference information set by the second doctor according to the first doctor for comparing with the medical action information detected by the medical action information detection section; a switching signal generation apparatus that is connected to the second operation apparatus, and switches an output destination of the control instruction signal based on the medical action information detected by the medical action information detection section and the reference information store
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Kazuki Honda, Wataru Matsuura, Yasuhito Kura, Yuji Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 8444547
    Abstract: The medical treatment endoscope according to the present invention includes a sheath having a flexibility; at least one arm member having a bending part that projects out from a front end of the sheath and performs bending actions; an open/close mechanism which directs the arm member from a direction along a central axis of the sheath to a direction deviated from the central axis of the sheath, and from a direction deviated from the central axis of the sheath to a direction along the central axis of the sheath; and a viewing device and an illuminating member that are disposed to the front end side of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Manabu Miyamoto, Takahiro Kogasaka, Takumi Dejima, Kiyotaka Matsuno, Ken Yamatani, Saori Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8439828
    Abstract: In a treatment endoscope which includes: an elongated insertion section having a first channel for inserting a treatment instrument therethrough; an arm, having a second channel for inserting a treatment instrument therethrough, attached to the distal end of the insertion section so that the first channel communicates with the second channel; a first operation section for operating the arm; and a second operation section for operating the insertion section, the arm has a first bending section which can be operated to be bent via the first operation section, the insertion section has a second bending section which can be operated to be bent via the second operation section, and an interlock mechanism connects the first operation section to the second operation section so that, when either one of the first bending section and the second bending section is bent by operating either one of the first operation section and the second operation section, the other one of the first bending section and the second bendin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Takumi Dejima, Kiyotaka Matsuno
  • Publication number: 20130116505
    Abstract: A device for coagulating body tissue contains an electrode arrangement comprising a first electrode group and a second electrode group, both of which have strip-shaped electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Wolfgang Seidel
  • Publication number: 20130116559
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for extending a tube, the apparatus including a foldable tube having a folded portion inside an unfolded portion of the tube, and a source of fluid coupled to the unfolded portion for providing fluid into the unfolded portion to unfold and extend the folded portion out of the unfolded portion to become an extension of the unfolded portion. The apparatus and methods are useful, inter alia, for cleansing the colon in the normal direction, that is, from the cecum to the anus, using an apparatus that is introduced via the anus. A washing liquid is supplied deep into the colon via the soft feed tube that is inserted via the anus and is extended into the colon by inflation. The washing liquid is then drained out via the anus through a drainage channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: TORUS MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Boris Levin, Bnaiahu Levin, Levy Ulanovsky, Vlad Lerner
  • Patent number: 8435170
    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 to maintain the relative position of a treatment instrument with respect to an underlying endoscope during a treatment procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Wood, John Hutchins
  • Patent number: 8435169
    Abstract: A method for forming an artificial valve includes inserting a sheath having proximal and distal sections and a lumen extending therethrough orally into a body cavity; inserting an endoscope orally into a body cavity, the endoscope being slidably positioned within the sheath; holding tissue in a vicinity of a junction of a stomach and an esophagus where the artificial valve is to be formed, using a holding device extending from the sheath; penetrating through tissue of the esophagus and then through tissue of the stomach at an oral side of the junction of the stomach and the esophagus with a needle provided outside of the endoscope which is not mechanically connected to the holding device and which is moveable outside of the endoscope relative to the endoscope; and passing a binding member through the tissue of the esophagus and the tissue of the stomach using the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignees: Olympus Corporation, Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Takayuki Suzuki, Pankaj P. Pasricha
  • Publication number: 20130102876
    Abstract: An implantable port system which in at least one embodiment includes a base having an upper surface configured to be positioned under and in contact with a first tissue surface in a body, and a port housing having a lower surface configured to be positioned over a second tissue surface above the first tissue surface. The base and the port housing may be separate from one another and do not contact each other at the time of positioning the base. The base and port may be connected together upon positioning the port in contact with the second tissue surface. A method of implanting a port system may include installing at least a portion of a base of the system beneath a tissue layer in a body, and attaching a port housing to the base at a location above the tissue layer, wherein the port housing is not in contact with the base during the installation of a least a part of the base system beneath the tissue layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Timothy A. Limon, Brian K. Shiu, Theodore M. Bender, Joshua Makower
  • Publication number: 20130096378
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing an endoscopic sheath. An endoscope is received in a scope port of the endoscopic sheath. A dilation device is received in a working port of the endoscopic sheath. The dilation device is controlled utilizing controls of the endoscopic sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Ian Joseph Alexander, Brian Dean Owens
  • Patent number: 8419615
    Abstract: An arc-shaped flexible printed circuit film-type endoscope using an imaging device with driving holes. The endoscope has an image photographing device and an object insertion device and further includes a plurality of driving holes which are formed at regular intervals in a longitudinal direction of the object insertion device, and a driving device which rotates while being sequentially inserted into the driving holes, thus moving the object insertion device. The endoscope controls movement into a small space, makes it easy to inspect a narrow heat transfer tube or gaps formed between heat transfer tubes, achieves high economic efficiency, increases the reliability of endoscopy, and increases life-span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Korea Plant Service & Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gyung-Sub Kim, Jang-Myong Woo, Sang-Hoon Choi
  • Patent number: 8419621
    Abstract: A capsule medical system includes a capsule medical apparatus, a selecting unit, and a control unit. The capsule medical apparatus is introduced inside a subject and includes an imaging unit for taking an in-vivo image of the subject, a treating unit for treating a living tissue in the subject, and a driving unit for contributing to movement of the capsule medical apparatus. The selecting unit selects a treatment target of the treating unit from the in-vivo image. The control unit determines a relative distance between the treatment target and the treating unit, and moves the capsule medical apparatus in an imaging direction of the imaging unit by a distance corresponding to the relative distance using the driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Miho Katayama
  • Patent number: 8419613
    Abstract: Tissue visualization device having a fluid barrier is described herein where an imaging hood is temporarily sealed against a region of tissue to be treated while under direct visualization. Such a system may include a deployment catheter and an attached imaging hood deployable into an expanded configuration. The imaging hood is placed against or adjacent to the tissue to be imaged in a body lumen that is normally filled with an opaque bodily fluid such as blood. A field of view of the imaging element can be expanded and the blood can also be purged in part by inflating a balloon beyond the imaging hood where the balloon is integrally formed along an interior surface of the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Voyage Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund Tam, Amir A. Abolfathi, Chris A. Rothe
  • Patent number: 8414469
    Abstract: A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with articulatable instruments extending out of its distal end, an entry guide manipulator providing controllable four degrees-of-freedom movement of the entry guide, and a controller configured to limit joint velocities in the entry guide manipulator so as to prevent movement of tips of the articulatable instruments from exceeding a maximum allowable linear velocity when the entry guide manipulator is being used to move the entry guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicola Diolaiti
  • Publication number: 20130085326
    Abstract: A multi-utility surgical instrument may include a nosecone, a handle, a housing sleeve, an actuation facilitating sleeve, a piston tube, a hypodermic tube, and an end plug. The hypodermic tube may be disposed within the piston tube; the piston tube may be disposed within the actuation facilitating sleeve; the actuation facilitating sleeve may be disposed within the housing sleeve; the end plug may be disposed within a portion of the housing sleeve; the housing sleeve and the end plug may be disposed within the handle; the nose cone may be fixed to a distal end of the handle; and the hypodermic tube may be fixed to the nosecone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: KATALYST SURGICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D. Scheller, Craig Moore, Matthew N. Zeid
  • Publication number: 20130085327
    Abstract: A main body that has an installation portion which is formed from an elastic material having a cylinder shape, and installed at the metal opening at one end side; a lid insertion portion which cylindrically protrudes to the other end side, and a lid connected to the main body by a flexible connection portion having flexibility, that is formed from an elastic material, that has a tube shape with a cylindrical insertion channel, and that, at both sides where both ends of the insertion channel are respectively open, has first and second installation portions with different external shapes to each other which are installed by selectively inserting to the lid insertion portion. The first installation portion has a larger external shape than the second installation portion, at least a portion of a diameter of the insertion channel decreases when installed to the lid insertion portion of the first installation portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: FUJIFILM Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130072752
    Abstract: A forceps support device 1 is constituted by an endoscope holding portion 20 that holds an endoscope 5, a base portion 30 that holds the endoscope holding portion 20 so as to be rotatable in a circumferential direction of the endoscope, a forceps support portion 50 that supports forceps 40 and is attached relative to the base portion 30 so as to be movable back and forth in an extension direction of the forceps, a first drive means 60 that rotates the endoscope holding portion 20 held by the base portion 30 in the circumferential direction of the endoscope, a second drive means 70 that rotates the forceps support portion 50 and the base portion 30 in the circumferential direction of the endoscope with the endoscope holding portion 20 as a fulcrum, and a third drive means 80 that moves the forceps support portion 50 back and forth in the extension direction of the forceps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: KYUSHU UNIVERSITY, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Hashizume, Hajime Kenmotsu, Kazuo Yuge
  • Patent number: 8399871
    Abstract: An apparatus for control of a procedure, comprising: a communications interface; a control console, wherein the control console is adapted to provide control commands via the communications interface to at least one of: at least one imaging device or at least one medical instrument used to perform the procedure; and, at least one radiation shield attached to the control console and positioned between the control console and a patient on which the procedure is being performed, wherein the apparatus is separately movable from at least one of the at least one imaging device, the patient or the at least one medical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Corindus Inc.
    Inventors: Rafael Beyar, Tal Wenderow, Moshe DePaz