Laser Patents (Class 600/108)
  • Patent number: 10729315
    Abstract: A medical device may include a sheath extending from a proximal end to a distal end. The medical device may further include a light source coupled to the sheath. The light source may have a first state in which light is not emitted distally of sheath and a second state where the light source emits a visual pattern distally of the distal end of the sheath. The visual pattern may represent a cross-sectional dimension of a structural feature of the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Harrah, Christopher L. Oskin, Arpita Banerjee, Sandesh Gavade, Abhijit Takale, Pavan Misra
  • Patent number: 10687698
    Abstract: In some embodiments, endoscopy systems and/or methods of using endoscopy systems are described. In some embodiments, an endoscopy system comprises a shaft having an image sensor within a distal tip of the shaft. The shaft can have an expandable cuff disposed on an outer surface of the shaft. The expandable cuff can be moved from a contracted configuration to a deployed configuration. In the deployed configuration, an outer surface of the expandable cuff can inhibit, reduce, or prevent fluid (e.g., blood) flow in the vessel. Inhibiting or preventing the fluid flow can permit direct visualization of the interior of the vessel by the image sensor without interference from the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: EnlightenVue LLC
    Inventors: Giacomo Basadonna, Alan Lucas
  • Patent number: 10653303
    Abstract: Provided are an endoscope and a hardness adjustment device configured so that an arrangement space of built-in components in an operation portion can be ensured and that burden on a coil spring and a wire can be reduced. In an operation portion, a retained portion of a coil spring unit is retained at a first radial position by a coil spring holder as a first retainer, and a base end portion of a wire unit is retained at a second radial position by a wire holder as a second retainer. A base end portion of the coil spring unit is retained at a third radial position by a coil spring contact portion as a third retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takuro Asaoka, Yoshihiro Ueda
  • Patent number: 10646276
    Abstract: An apparatus for fragmenting a stone includes an endoscope, a laser fiber, a sheath and a detection feedback system. The endoscope includes a working channel. The working channel is configured to have a retrieval basket inserted therethrough. The sheath may include a first lumen and a second lumen. A first one of the lumen is connected to the endoscope with a shaft of the endoscope extending through the first lumen. A second one of the lumen is spaced from the shaft of the endoscope providing a channel proximate an exterior side of the shaft. The second lumen has the laser fiber inserted therethrough. The detection feedback system is configured to deliver a low energy check pulse from the laser fiber and detect a response, and configured to at least partially control delivery of a high energy laser pulse from the laser fiber to cause the stone to fragment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Tailin Fan, Kurt G. Shelton
  • Patent number: 10548467
    Abstract: A device having an optical element with a conductive coating. The device may include an optical element, a conductive material and at least one connector. The conductive material is disposed on at least a portion of the optical element. The optical element, for example, may be an object lens of an endoscope or an optical coupler. The connectors (acting as terminal(s)) are capable of providing energy (such as electrical energy) to the conductive material. In one aspect, the conductive material is an optically transparent material. Advantageously, the device may allow visualization of an object—such as body tissue or other matter—concurrent with the application of energy to the object via the conductive coating. This allows the user to observe the alteration of tissue and other matter in real time as the energy is delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Miller, Frank Carter, Adnan Merchant, Carl Gauger
  • Patent number: 10531891
    Abstract: Methods and systems for separating an object, such as a lead, from formed tissue are provided. Specifically, a tissue slitting device is configured to engage patient formed tissue at a slitting engagement point. While the object is subjected to a first traction force, the tissue slitting device is caused to move further into the engaged tissue and slit the tissue past the point of engagement. The slitting device causes the tissue to separate along an axial direction of the length of the formed tissue and releases at least some of the force containing the object. The methods and systems are well suited for use in cardiac pacing or defibrillator lead explant procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: THE SPECTRANETICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wade A. Bowe, George Woodrow Burton, Paul Joseph Dalby, Kenneth P. Grace, Ryan Michael Sotak, Blaine Andrew Schneider
  • Patent number: 10517672
    Abstract: A catheter device for renal denervation ablation includes a flexible catheter shaft having an electrically insulating expandable member in its distal portion with at least one electrode located proximal to the member, at least one electrode located distal to the member, and with openings in the distal shaft with at least one opening proximal to the proximal electrode and one opening distal to the distal electrode of said electrode pair, said openings connected through an inner lumen in the catheter that provides a path for blood to flow through the expandable member. In one embodiment, the device comprises a flexible catheter shaft with a multiplicity of recessed paired electrodes disposed in recessed spaces in its distal portion, such that an electrically conducting portion of each electrode is exposed to the exterior of the catheter within a recessed space, and with an electrical insulator separating the electrodes of each pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Farapulse, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Long
  • Patent number: 10433909
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods for thermal therapy, especially to detection-guided, -controlled, and temperature-modulated interstitial thermal therapy. Thermal therapy may be used to treat the tissues of a patient. In the case of interstitial thermal therapy, energy is applied to generate heating of the tissue to affect treatment, such as, for example, thermally inducing tissue damage (e.g. thermally-induced tissue necrosis), which may be useful in treating tumors and/or other diseased tissues. Since targets for thermal therapy are internal to the patient, the use of detection guidance may be useful in locating and monitoring treatment of a target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Visualase, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok Gowda, Roger J. McNichols
  • Patent number: 10420608
    Abstract: An active tracking system includes an imager configured to image the temperature of a biological tissue and a heating laser configured to heat regions of the biological tissue. The imager locates high-temperature regions of the biological tissue and the heating laser is controlled to point toward target regions of the biological tissue based on the located high-temperature regions. The active tracking system can be used to control a heating laser to continuously heat a target region of a biological tissue even when the target region moves relative to the heating laser. The active tracking system could allow one or more target regions of a biological tissue to be ‘tagged’ with heat by the heating laser and to be tracked even when the one or more target regions move relative to the heating laser. Devices and methods for operating such active tracking systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Xiaoyu Miao, Hao Du
  • Patent number: 10406276
    Abstract: In accordance with some configurations, systems and methods for guided removal from an in vivo subject are provided. In some configurations, a method for removing an object is provided. The method comprising, guiding a flexible tube through a passageway of an in vivo subject, wherein the flexible tube comprises at least a first passageway and a second passageway. Positioning a distal end of the first passageway in proximity to the object. Infusing liquid through the second passageway substantially continuously. Removing the object through the first passageway with at least a portion of the liquid while suction is not being provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: The General Hospital Corporation, Kalera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Howard Eisner, Darrin Kent, Steve Thompson, Matthew Yurek
  • Patent number: 10398287
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a visualization device for a robotic surgery apparatus can include a housing configured to be removably attached to a mounting interface of the apparatus and be positioned adjacent an insertion device of the apparatus. The housing can include first and second openings positioned on an exterior of the housing. The housing can include a substantially flexible camera tube with a first end attached to the housing and a second end including at least one camera. The second end can be inserted through the first opening in the housing, pass through interior of the housing, and exit the housing through the second opening in the housing. The second end can extend away from the housing toward a region of interest outside the housing or retract away from the region of interest and back toward the housing. The camera tube can form a loop around a portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Perry A. Genova, Hans Christian Pflaumer, Aki Hannu Einari Laakso, Allan Katz, Alejandro Espinosa, Eduardo A. Ampuero, Duane Couri
  • Patent number: 10327880
    Abstract: An inflated implant, such as an attenuation device, previously implanted in a urinary bladder can later be removed according to a number of different methods. Preferably, removal is accomplished transurethrally. In one embodiment, removal is accomplished by reducing the inflated implant from an enlarged profile to a reduced profile so that it may be withdrawn transurethrally by a removal system. The removal system can be configured differently depending upon whether reduction from the enlarged profile to the reduced profile is accomplished by deflation, compression, and/or other ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: AttenueX Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Connors, William L. Pintauro, Sheila K. Wallin, John T. Kilcoyne, Hung H. Cao, Khoi M. Nguyen, Matthew T. Yurek
  • Patent number: 10314490
    Abstract: An imaging device includes (a) a light source device arranged to illuminate a sample under investigation with illumination light, (b) a detector device arranged to collect a plurality of images including at least one sample light image backscattered by the sample, and at least one marker light image originating from at least one marker substance in the sample, and (c) a processor device adapted to process the at least one sample light image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Helmholtz Zentrum München Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
    Inventors: Vasilis Ntziachristos, George Themelis
  • Patent number: 10314992
    Abstract: The volume of a hyperinflated lung compartment is reduced by sealing a distal end of the catheter in an airway feeding the lung compartment. Air passes out of the lung compartment through a passage in the catheter while the patient exhales. A one-way flow element associated with the catheter prevents air from re-entering the lung compartment as the patient inhales. Over time, the pressure of regions surrounding the lung compartment cause it to collapse as the volume of air diminishes. Residual volume reduction effectively results in functional lung volume expansion. Optionally, the lung compartment may be sealed in order to permanently prevent air from re-entering the lung compartment. The invention further discloses a catheter with a transparent occlusion element at its tip that enables examination of the lung passageway through a viewing scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Pulmonx Corporation
    Inventors: Nikolai Aljuri, Rodney C. Perkins, Ryan Olivera, Hoang Nguyen, Srikanth Radhakrishnan, Niyazi Beyhan
  • Patent number: 10226167
    Abstract: A laser video endoscope has a laser guide, an illumination guide and an image guide. These are fiber optical guides which extend through the optical probe and through a hand piece that supports the probe. The hand piece is connected by a first relatively long flexible optical fiber cable to a laser energy source and a source of illumination. By contrast, the image is transmitted from the hand piece to an image presentation site by a camera assembly that is mounted to the hand piece and a relatively long electrical cable. The camera and its electrical cable can be uncoupled from the hand piece and used in a plurality of endoscopic routines. The rest of the product, including the probe and the hand piece, can be disposed of after each medical routine thereby providing assurance of an antiseptic procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Beaver-Visitec International, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Uram
  • Patent number: 10223779
    Abstract: A fluorescent image acquisition system includes a light emitting device which emits excitation light during ON period and stop the emission of the excitation light during OFF period, an imaging device which outputs ON image data and OFF image data, an input device which sets a coefficient, an image processing unit which creates fluorescent image data and background image data, and an identification unit which identifies fluorescent pixels and non-fluorescent pixels. In order to create a superimposed image, the image processing unit calculates values obtained by summing pixel values of fluorescent pixels of the fluorescent image data and pixel values of fluorescent pixels of the background image data at a ratio of 1:1, as pixel values of the fluorescent pixels and calculates values obtained by multiplying at least pixel values of the non-fluorescent pixels of the background image by the coefficient, as pixel values of the non-fluorescent pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Takayuki Sato, Mitsuharu Miwa, Kazumasa Hirawake
  • Patent number: 10166068
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided to concentrate energy delivery in non-superficial target tissue within a trigone region of a human bladder wall to modulate bladder function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Amphora Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Sachs, Edwin J. Hlavka
  • Patent number: 10095025
    Abstract: An optical unit includes: a cylindrical member whose thickness varies in a circumferential direction; a transparent member disposed at one end, in an axial direction, of the cylindrical member; and a joining member which joins the transparent member to the cylindrical member and thereby seals the cylindrical member at the one end in the axial direction, and a portion, joining a side surface of the transparent member to an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical member, of the joining member is thicker at a position where the cylindrical member is thick than at a position where the cylindrical member is thin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Iwane
  • Patent number: 10039435
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a laryngoscope having one-on-one Wi-Fi connecting system including a signal transmitter, a camera module, and a signal receiver, which is characterized to apply Wi-Fi direct transmission to transmit the image from the laryngoscope one-on-one to a display with security and stability effect that can prevent from any interference. Moreover, the invention also provides a bendable inspecting tube connected with the camera module, which can be bent to a desired shape easily for inspecting different sides of the patient that facilitates the diagnosis for doctors. It obtains the design effect of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: JOHNFK Medical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fei-Kai Syu
  • Patent number: 9980775
    Abstract: An optical radiation delivery structure including a waveguide conduit having a surgical access portion and a handle portion. The handle portion includes a gripping portion and a waveguide lock, which is configured to have only a locked state and an unlocked state. In some embodiments, the handle portion includes a gripping portion and a counterbalance region, such that a center of mass of the waveguide conduit is disposed towards a proximal end of the waveguide conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: OmniGuide, Inc.
    Inventors: Max Shurgalin, Marc Graham
  • Patent number: 9936963
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a stone fragment suction device. An apparatus includes a steerable access sheath having a proximal end and a distal end, a tip at the distal end, and a suction conduit positioned within a central lumen of the steerable access sheath from the distal end to the proximal end, the steerable access sheath containing an outer lumen surrounding the central lumen with one or more channels therethrough, an outer circumference of the outer lumen and an outer circumference of the central lumen forming concentric circles, the steerable access sheath further including a radiopaque material at the distal end or along a length of the steerable access sheath to enable tracking with a remote fluoroscopic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Kester J. Batchelor, Jyue Boon Lim, Kurt G. Shelton, Alexander Carroux, Koji Shimomura, Shweta Bhola, Christopher A. Cook
  • Patent number: 9907614
    Abstract: Laser energy delivery devices and methods are provided. A laser energy delivery device for providing treatment to a subject may include a coupling adapted to couple to a laser energy generator. A sheath is coupled to the coupling, the sheath including a distal end adapted to be disposed in the subject. A plurality of transport members are carried by the coupling and the sheath, the plurality of transport members being adapted to receive laser energy at the coupling, transmit laser energy through the sheath, and deliver laser energy to the subject. A sensor is adapted to detect transmission of laser energy through at least one of the plurality of transport members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Spectranetics Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Grace, George Woodrow Burton, Gregory Conway Ebbets, Nolan Miller Horrall, Brandon Thomas Hendrick, Thomas Kelby Triffo, Blaine Andrew Schneider, Joseph Nicholas Matterson
  • Patent number: 9901484
    Abstract: A steerable laser probe may include an actuation structure, a nosecone fixed to the actuation structure by one or more links and one or more link pins, a flexible housing tube, and an optic fiber disposed in the flexible housing tube and the actuation structure. A compression of the actuation structure may be configured to gradually curve the flexible housing tube and the optic fiber. A decompression of the actuation structure may be configured to gradually straighten the flexible housing tube and the optic fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Katalyst Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Gregg D Scheller, Matthew N Zeid
  • Patent number: 9848791
    Abstract: A neural analysis system, including: a neural event extractor for generating Sp/Ap curve data and field potential data for background and initial response segments obtained from a person; a correlator for correlating the Sp/Ap curve data and field potential data with pathology data for a condition, and generating biomarker data points for axes of a biomarker display; and a display module for providing display data to generate the display with the points for use in assessing the person relative to the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Monash University
    Inventor: Brian John Lithgow
  • Patent number: 9848899
    Abstract: Systems and methods for aligning directionally operable medical devices with and upon target tissue. Systems and methods for aligning medical devices such as directional ablation catheters to and upon target tissue by monitoring irrigant backpressure. The current disclosure provides solutions to the problem of rotationally or angularly aligning a directional medical device toward tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Sliwa, Zhenyi Ma, Stephen A. Morse
  • Patent number: 9810836
    Abstract: An object is to provide a laser treatment tool capable of guiding a plurality of fluids, a laser transmission path insertable into such a laser treatment tool, and an external tube for forming the laser transmission path. In an external tube 80 which forms a laser transmission path 70 together with a lengthy hollow waveguide path 90 for guiding treatment laser light 57a and has an inner insertion space 81 for allowing insertion of the hollow waveguide path 90, a plurality of sub passages 84 and cooling water passages 85 are provided outside the hollow waveguide path 90, inserted into the insertion space 81, along a longitudinal direction of the insertion space 81.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: J. Morita Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihide Okagami, Mikinori Nishimura, Yoshiteru Tamura
  • Patent number: 9795302
    Abstract: Implementations of the tissue illumination systems, devices, and methods disclosed herein take advantage of the translucent nature of tissue to reveal properties by light transmission, for example, tissue type, tissue transition locations, underlying structures, and the like, that are not easily distinguished by reflected light. Illuminating a back-side of a translucent tissue permits a user to distinguish between different types of tissue, tissue transition locations, and/or structures that are difficult or impossible to discern under overhead or front-side illumination. Implementations include a light source that is positionable behind a tissue or disposable within a body cavity or duct, for example, within a heart ventricle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Stanton J. Rowe, Emil Karapetian, Erin M. Spinner, Devin H. Marr, Glen T. Rabito
  • Patent number: 9788897
    Abstract: The device for carrying out underskin radiation treatment consists of a handpiece that allows easy manipulation by physicians, with a part that can be inserted below the skin and a part that can be held and manipulated outside the body. The part inserted below the skin can be vibrated or oscillated by means of suitable transducers to aid in distributing the radiation. Simultaneously or immediately afterwards, liquefied tissue is aspirated. If convenient, fluid irrigation of the area to be treated can be done. In a preferred embodiment, handpiece consists in a hollow cannula incorporating at least one channel for suction and/or irrigation and a light guiding means in its body/wall section for the purpose of the treatment and liquefaction of adipose tissue. The device further comprises at least one radiation source, included in device part affixed to the handpiece either in a permanent or detachable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: biolitec Unternehmensbeteiligungs II AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Neuberger
  • Patent number: 9661997
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an image pickup unit and a treatment instrument channel. The image pickup unit and the treatment instrument channel are adjacent to each other. The image pickup unit includes an objective lens and an image pickup device. In a pixel formation region of the image pickup unit, a segmentation region is set as a region read out as a region for displaying a video. A center of the segmentation region is disposed to be shifted from a center of the pixel formation region toward the treatment instrument channel. An optical axis of the objective lens is parallel to a center axis of the treatment instrument channel. The center of the segmentation region is located on the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuichi Wataya
  • Patent number: 9629749
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates systems, methods, and devices for treating an eye of a patient. In some embodiments, a system may be provided that includes a console for generating a treatment laser and an illumination light. The system may further include a treatment probe for delivering the illumination light to an eye so as to illuminate the ciliary process of the eye. With the illuminated ciliary process, the treatment probe may be aligned to deliver the treatment laser from the console to the ciliary process of the eye for the purpose of treating a patient for glaucoma. In some embodiments, a treatment probe may be provided with an illumination fiber for delivering light to specific portions of the eye or at desired angles in order to illuminate the ciliary process. In some embodiments a treatment probe may be configured to cooperate with a removable light pen for eye illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: IRIDEX Corporation
    Inventors: Steven D. Vold, Kenneth A. Peartree, David Buzawa
  • Patent number: 9629526
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an insertion portion; an illumination portion that emits a plurality of illuminating lights of different hues to each other; an image pickup portion that picks up an optical image formed by an objective optical system in a distal end portion of the insertion portion; a channel that opens in a distal end portion of the insertion portion; a laser probe that is inserted through the channel and has an irradiation portion in a distal end region; a hue range setting portion that sets a hue range of the laser probe in accordance with a hue of an illuminating light; an image analysis portion that detects a hue range portion in a color image obtained from the image pickup portion; and a control portion that permits laser output only in a case where the hue range portion is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nanako Ubayama, Kotaro Ogasawara, Kentaro Hase, Hitoshi Komine
  • Patent number: 9604005
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for injecting a medium into or underneath the skin with a series of pressure pulses. The device includes a reservoir (1) for the medium, an application unit (10) to inject the medium into or under the skin, a hydraulic high-pressure pump (6) to pump the medium out of the reservoir (1) into the applicator unit (10), and an electronic control unit (11) that is suitable for regulating the applicator unit (10) such that the medium is injected with a series of pressure pulses into or underneath the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Jürgen Stockmar
  • Patent number: 9579011
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an endoscope including an insertion portion, an image pickup portion that acquires a plurality of images by time-sequentially picking up optical images of a subject by means of an objective optical system provided in a distal end portion of the insertion portion, and a channel that opens at the distal end portion of the insertion portion; a laser probe that is inserted through the channel; an image analysis portion that detects an area showing the laser probe with respect to each image; and a control portion that permits laser output only in a case where it is determined that the laser probe protrudes from the opening of the channel based on detection results with respect to the area showing the laser probe for a plurality of images that are time-sequentially consecutive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kotaro Ogasawara, Hitoshi Komine, Nanako Ubayama, Kentaro Hase
  • Patent number: 9547123
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a hollow anatomical structure can include a light delivery device. The light delivery device comprises an optical fiber that is located in a lumen of a shaft suitable for insertion into the hollow anatomical structure and has a fiber tip located proximal of a distal end of the shaft during treatment of the hollow anatomical structure. The apparatus can further include a liquid source for providing a liquid flow over the optical fiber at a predetermined liquid flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Walter J. Stevens, Stephen W. Lee, Michael S. Mirizzi, Hoa D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9504372
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient includes inserting an endoscope into an intradural space of the patient via an interspace of a vertebral column of the patient; steering the endoscope along the intradural space to a location; and performing a medical procedure at the location using a working lumen of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel H. Kim
  • Patent number: 9392935
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed, for performing therapeutic or diagnostic procedures at a remote site. According to one embodiment, the methods include the use of a system including an introducer designed for transcervical insertion into the uterus. The introducer is constructed to include a fluid lumen, an instrument lumen, and a visualization lumen. The system may include a fluid source, which is coupled to the fluid lumen and is used to deliver a fluid to the uterus either for washing the uterus or for fluid distension of the uterus. The system additionally includes a tissue modifying device, such as a morcellator, and a distension device for distending the uterus and/or for maintaining the uterus in a distended state. The tissue modifying device and the distension device are alternately deliverable to the uterus through the instrument lumen. The system may further include a hysteroscope deliverable to the uterus through the visualization lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Adams, William H. Gruber, David L. Foshee, Theodore J. Mosler, Douglas R. Drew
  • Patent number: 9357933
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention disclosed herein comprise a system of wearable devices that collectively allow for the continuous, non-invasive, measurement and monitoring of blood pressure, without the use of an inflatable cuff. The system incorporates: 1) An optical module, which is comprised of a coherent source of light, a semi-transparent hologram, optics for viewing the interference pattern developed between the illuminated hologram and arterial blood, a Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) array, and processing electronics with Bluetooth capability that facilitates digitization and wireless transmission of the fringe pattern to, 2) a personal digital assistant (PDA) that is worn on a waist belt. The PDA and associated software allow for continuous calculation and monitoring of real-time arterial blood pressure from the digitized fringe patterns received. The system further comprises 3) a personal computer (PC) with wireless capacity and connection to the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Donna Baldwin, Matthew James Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9295385
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods that utilize a speaker to impart motion to an optical fiber positioned within an imaging probe are provided. In some embodiments, an ophthalmic imaging apparatus comprises an optical probe having a handle sized and shaped for handheld grasping by a user; and a cannula coupled to the handle, the cannula sized and shaped for insertion into an eye to be treated; an optical fiber positioned at least partially within the optical probe, the optical fiber configured to receive an imaging light from an imaging light source and guide the imaging light to an optical element positioned within the cannula of the optical probe; and an actuator system configured to impart motion to the optical fiber, the actuator system including a speaker positioned within the optical probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Barry Lynn Wheatley, Vinh Vu
  • Patent number: 9295384
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods that utilize a mechanical structure, such as a lever arm or a flexure mechanism, and an electrically energizable member, such as an actuator, to impart motion to an optical fiber positioned within an imaging probe are provided. In some embodiments, an ophthalmic imaging probe can include a handle; a cannula coupled to the handle; an optical fiber positioned at least partially within the handle and the cannula, the optical fiber configured to receive an imaging light from an imaging light source and guide the imaging light to an optical element positioned within a distal portion of the cannula; and an actuator system configured to impart motion to the optical fiber, the actuator system including a mechanical structure and an electrically energizable member configured to selectively impart motion to the mechanical structure upon the electrically energizable member being electrically energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Barry L. Wheatley, Kambiz Parto
  • Patent number: 9220531
    Abstract: A catheter having an internal advancing mechanism that can advance stiffening wires or other devices, has a catheter with a catheter body, a tip section distal the catheter body, a device extending through at least the catheter body, and a control handle proximal the catheter body, where the control handle has an advancing mechanism with a threaded member, an adjustment member, and a guided member to which the device is connected, and the advancing mechanism is configured to advance and retract the device along the catheter body as controlled by a user. Each of the threaded member and the adjustment member has a generally cylindrical configuration. The threaded member has an outer surface configured with a helical guide channel. The adjustment member is configured to guide the guided member to move within the helical guide channel to advance and retract the device. The adjustment member can be rotatable over the threaded member by the user to control advancement and retraction of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER, INC.
    Inventors: Keshava Datta, Jeffrey W. Schultz
  • Patent number: 9138136
    Abstract: A scanning endoscope apparatus includes: a light source section that emits illuminating light; an optical fiber that guides and applies the illuminating light from a distal end, the illuminating light having directionality; a drive element and a scanning drive section that scan the distal end of the optical fiber; a light detecting section that detects light from a subject; a shutter and an intermittent light output control section that controls a light application period and an interruption period for the illuminating light; an extrinsic light component removal section that outputs a result of an average value of a plurality of light detection results obtained in the interruption period being subtracted from each of a plurality of light detection results obtained in the light application period; and an image processing section that forms image information for display, based on the result outputted by the extrinsic light component removal section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuichi Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 9107570
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for mapping anatomical structures and marking them on an image to be printed on a substrate including the steps of inserting an imaging device into a surgical site, obtaining an image of a defect located in the surgical site from the imaging device, adjusting the image, transmitting the image to a printer, and printing the image on a substrate. The printed image may be a size directly proportional to the defect. The adjusting step may further include the steps of setting a minimum margin to be maintained between the perimeter of the defect and the perimeter of the substrate, selecting a shape and size of the substrate, and identifying at least one anatomical feature of the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Ferass Abuzaina
  • Patent number: 9068824
    Abstract: An endoscope having two entry lenses, which are arranged spaced from each other and the fields of view of which overlap, and having guiding devices. The entry lenses are spaced so far apart from each other that the outer edges thereof protrude beyond the cross-sectional area of the guiding devices, and a lens displacing the axis beam is inserted between one entry lens and the guiding devices. A method for the use of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Naviswiss AG
    Inventors: Charles Findeisen, Bruno Knobel, Christof Ballweg
  • Publication number: 20150141845
    Abstract: Systems for visualizing cardiac tissue during an ablation procedure are provided. In general, the systems include an imaging module configured to measure absorbance data at first and second wavelengths wherein the ratio of these absorbance values identifies the nature of the tissue (e.g., lesion, de novo tissue, etc.). The imaging module can also include a video system having at least two chips with corresponding bandpass filters centered at the first and second target wavelengths. The system can also include a processor and/or video monitor for combining the images produced by the various chips, determining treated and non-treated tissue based on the ratio of absorbance values at the target wavelengths, and displaying images of the treatment area. Methods of visualizing cardiac treatment areas during ablation procedures are also provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Gerald Melsky, Stephen Sagon, Edward L. Sinofsky, Norman E. Farr
  • Publication number: 20150133728
    Abstract: Medical apparatus includes an endoscope, which includes a distal end configured for insertion into a body cavity and which includes an imaging assembly, configured to capture and output an image of a region of the body cavity in proximity to the distal end. An energy source is configured to emit pulses of energy through an energy guide. A control unit is configured to process the image so as to identify a target mass in the body cavity and to verify that an aiming beam directed through the energy guide is incident on the target mass and, responsively to so verifying, to actuate the energy source to direct a pulse of the energy via the energy guide onto the target mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: GYRUS ACMI, INC. (d.b.a Olympus Surgical Technologies America)
    Inventors: Shai Finkman, Adi Navve
  • Patent number: 9014788
    Abstract: An optical coherence tomography probe and laser combination device configured for real-time z-directional guidance of the incisional depth of a surgical procedure. It can be used alone or placed within the working channel of an endoscope. The device includes an OCT single mode fiber, and a laser fiber or laser hollow waveguide or electrical surgical wire positioned adjacent to the OCT single mode fiber. The single mode fiber is configured to move laterally when activated by an actuator to scan light data reflected from a sample that is positioned in front of a distal end of the device. The light data can be processed to generate a B-scan image. The device can collect data in real-time during lasing, or immediately prior to and following the cutting. The surgical tool, when coupled to a processor, can deactivate when the B-scan image identifies that the incision is within a predefined tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Karen Joos, Jin Hui Shen, M. Shane Hutson, John Kozub
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150045675
    Abstract: Methods and percutaneous devices for assessing, and treating patients having sympathetically mediated disease, involving augmented peripheral chemoreflex and heightened sympathetic tone by reducing chemosensor input to the nervous system via percutaneous carotid body ablation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Ary CHERNOMORSKY
  • Publication number: 20150038785
    Abstract: In a first aspect the invention is an endoscopic device in which the empty spaces between the plurality of tubes, wires, and cables are utilized as a channel that enables liquid or gas to flow from the handle section to the distal tip. In a second aspect the invention is a method of reducing the diameter of an endoscope device by utilizing the empty spaces between the plurality of tubes, wires, and cables as a channel that enables liquid or gas to flow from the handle section to the distal tip. In a third aspect the invention is a distal tip comprising a pattern of alternating grooves and lands on its outer surface and a cap that fits tightly over the lands. The tight fitting cap changes the grooves into closed channels through which liquid or gas can flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: MEDIGUS Ltd
    Inventors: Amir Govrin, Yekaterina Dlugach, Tsafrir Kolatt
  • Publication number: 20150005577
    Abstract: A noninvasive treatment of uterine growths such as myomas (fibroids) and polyps is presented. Treatment involves carrying out diagnostic hysteroscopy and ultrasound procedures to detect, measure, and evaluate unwanted uterine growths; then inserting optical fiber into a hysteroscope, reaching target tissue with optical fiber and eliminating said tissue or shrinking it to a size/shape for easy mechanical removal. Finally, ultrasound imaging is used to confirm success of procedure. In one embodiment, optical fiber has an off-axis firing end but can be inserted inside a conventional hysteroscopy device. In another embodiment, a laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) fiber is used to treat myomas found on the outside of the uterus. A high energy laser is used that can emit at wavelengths easily absorbed by water and blood, such as 980 nm and 1470 nm. Procedure is fast and can be done in the physician's office with little or no anesthesia used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Martin Sabado, Wolfgang Neuberger