With Camera Or Solid State Imager Patents (Class 600/109)
  • Patent number: 11559366
    Abstract: A method includes grasping a user input device in communication with a surgical tool of a robotic surgical system, the surgical tool including an end effector with opposing jaws, squeezing the user input device and thereby actuating a motor that closes the jaws and clamps down on tissue at a surgical site, and calculating with a computer system in communication with the surgical tool work completed by the motor to close the jaws and clamp down on the tissue. The computer system generates one or more effort indicators when the work completed by the motor meets or exceeds one or more predetermined work increments corresponding to operation of the motor, and communicates the one or more effort indicators to an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: CILAG GMBH INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Mark D. Overmyer, Sol A. Posada, Kris Eren Kallenberger, Christopher A. Denzinger
  • Patent number: 11553837
    Abstract: Improved fluorescent imaging and other sensor data imaging processes, including hyperspectral imaging, devices, and systems are provided to enhance endoscopes with multiple wavelength capabilities and providing sequential imaging and display. A first optical device is provided for endoscopy imaging in a white light and a fluoresced light mode with an imaging unit including one or more image sensors. A mechanism in the first optical device to automatically adjust the focus of the first optical device using one or more deformable, variable-focus lenses, wherein the automatic focus adjustment compensates for a chromatic focal difference between the light collected at distinct wavelength bands caused by the dispersive or diffractive properties of the optical materials or optical design employed in the construction of the first or second optical devices, or both. Further variable spectrum imaging is enhanced with the use of adjustable spectral filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & Co KG
    Inventors: Harald Baumann, Christin Baumann
  • Patent number: 11558534
    Abstract: An imaging module includes: a support substrate that includes a first surface, a second surface on an opposite side of the first surface, and a first mounting terminal disposed on the first surface; a planar light emitter including a light-emitting face, and a light-emitter terminal disposed on the first surface of the support substrate and connected to the first mounting terminal; and a solid-state image sensing device disposed adjacent to the planar light emitter and that includes a light-incident surface that has a quadrangular shape in plan view and that captures an image of an imaging object that is irradiated with light emitted from the light-emitting face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Numasawa, Kenichi Ishibashi, Daisuke Murakami, Takeshi Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 11547416
    Abstract: A left atrium appendage (LAA) isolator, including: a body sized and shaped to fit an at least partially inverted LAA of a human adult, wherein a distal end of said body defines a two-state sealing adaptor interface configured in a first state to apply a radially outward force against a wall of said LAA or against a wall of said LAA opening sufficient to anchor said body to the LAA wall, and in a second state the sealing adaptor interface is configured to apply a radially inward force on a portion of the inverted LAA positioned within said body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Append Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Zachi Berger, Oded Meiri, Leonid Sternik
  • Patent number: 11546532
    Abstract: A method of reading a pixel value from an image sensor housed with a set of components includes determining a current state of the set of components; adjusting, at least partly responsive to the current state of the set of components, a correlated double sampling (CDS) time; and performing, in accordance with the adjusted CDS time, a CDS readout of at least one pixel in a pixel array of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashirwad Bahukhandi, Timothy J. Bales
  • Patent number: 11540707
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an image pickup module, and the image pickup module includes: an image pickup device an external electrode being disposed on a back surface of the image pickup device; a wiring element provided with a through-hole passing through a first main surface and a second main surface, a first electrode on the first main surface being bonded with the external electrode; a signal cable bonded with a second electrode on the second main surface of the wiring element; and a first resin that seals a first bump bonding the first electrode and the external electrode and a second bump bonding the second electrode and the signal cable, and fills the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuro Suyama, Takatoshi Igarashi
  • Patent number: 11540875
    Abstract: The present invention discloses access devices and methods to create an access channel for introduction of one or more working devices into an anatomical region. The access channel is created using a visualization modality that is later removed before inserting one or more working devices through the access channel. This allows the methods and devices of the present invention to be used even in small sized natural or surgically created insertion tracts leading to the anatomical region. The access channel can be made of a device such as a sheath, a guidewire, and an elongate device comprising a lumen. Examples of visualization modalities are endoscopes and body insertable ultrasound imaging devices. The working devices can be used to perform a variety of diagnostic, therapeutic, or preventive procedures. Endometrial ablation devices and procedures have been used as an example to describe various aspects of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: MicroCube, LLC
    Inventors: Dinesh I. Mody, Ketan Shroff, Amrish J. Walke, Clarence Emmons, Grason Ott, Michael Dobrowski, Meera Mody
  • Patent number: 11538151
    Abstract: A method for measuring objects in a digestive tract based on an imaging system is provided. The imaging system captures a detection image in the measurement stage. The depth distance zi from a target point P? to a board is calculated, a correction factor is obtained according to the predicted brightness g?1(zi) of a reference point P in the detection image. The depth image z(x, y) from the actual position of each pixel to the board is calibrated by the correction factor. The scale r of each pixel is calculated according to the depth image z(x, y). The actual two-dimensional coordinates Si? of each pixel are calculated by the scale r, and the actual three-dimensional coordinates (Si?, z(x, y)) of each pixel are obtained. The distance between any two pixels in the detection image or the area within any range are calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: ANKON TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD
    Inventor: Tianyi Yangdai
  • Patent number: 11529048
    Abstract: Endoscopes and methods of their use, where the endoscopes provide a low profile or cross-section which facilitates introduction through small body passages, such as patient's cervix, and into body cavities, such a patient's uterus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Meditrina, Inc.
    Inventors: Csaba Truckai, Britta Kotov, John H. Shadduck
  • Patent number: 11533417
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for laser scanning in a light deficient environment. A system includes an emitter for emitting pulses of electromagnetic radiation and an image sensor comprising a pixel array for sensing reflected electromagnetic radiation. The system includes a controller comprising a processor in electrical communication with the image sensor and the emitter, wherein the controller synchronizes timing of the pulses of electromagnetic radiation during a blanking period of the image sensor. The system is such that at least a portion of the pulses of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the emitter comprises a laser scanning pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventors: Joshua D. Talbert, Donald M. Wichern
  • Patent number: 11517192
    Abstract: An arrangement for sterile handling of a non-sterile endoscope in a sterile environment. The arrangement includes a sterile endoscope sheath, and the non-sterile endoscope. The sterile endoscope sheath has an optical element arranged at a distal end of the sterile endoscope sheath. The non-sterile endoscope has an endoscope shaft with an optical element arranged at a distal end of the endoscope shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Peter Preuß
  • Patent number: 11510552
    Abstract: A medical system includes: an endoscope and at least one treatment tool; a treatment-tool coordinate calculating unit that extracts the treatment tool by processing two or more images acquired at different times by the endoscope, that determines directions of longitudinal axes of the extracted treatment tool, and that calculates a coordinate of an intersection of the determined two or more longitudinal axes; and a judgment unit that judges whether the treatment tool serves as a follow target, on the basis of the coordinate of the intersection calculated by the treatment-tool coordinate calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shintaro Inoue
  • Patent number: 11503981
    Abstract: A flexible tube insertion apparatus includes a flexible tube having flexibility and configured to be inserted into an object to be inserted, one or more external force detectors disposed on the flexible tube and configured to detect a force of an external force applied to the flexible tube when the flexible tube is twisted in at least one direction, and a providing device configured to provide twisting information regarding a twisting direction of the flexible tube for releasing a loop section formed in the flexible tube, according to a direction in which the flexible tube is twisted and the detected force of the external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Tezuka, Hirokazu Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11503990
    Abstract: An imaging system includes: a light source configured to emit illumination light; an imager configured to store an electric charge corresponding to an amount of received light and read out the stored electric charge as a signal value by using a rolling shutter method; a frequency detector configured to detect a vibrational frequency of a predetermined site of a subject; and an illumination controller configured to control emission of the illumination light during a readout period of the signal value. The illumination controller is configured to set a phase for an emission timing of the illumination light in an exposure period during which the imager stores the electric charge to be an identical phase at the frequency in each frame, and refer to respective phases set in exposure periods of chronologically adjacent frames to set an emission timing of the illumination light in the readout period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu Ishizeki, Ryohei Kagawa
  • Patent number: 11497384
    Abstract: An optical fibre having a functionalised distal exploration end including a sheath, and a ferrule rigidly connected to the sheath at the distal exploration end, characterised in that the distal exploration end has a functionalised head which is removably attached on the ferrule. Also, a method of assembling the optical fibre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: KAMAX INNOVATIVE SYSTEM, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, UNIVERSITÉ DE LIMOGES
    Inventors: Jérôme Desroches, Olivier Baudet, Martine Lejeune, Romain Trihan, Fabrice Lalloue
  • Patent number: 11478136
    Abstract: An endoscope system and an operation method therefor in which information regarding a residual liquid is obtained to efficiently remove the residual liquid are provided. On the basis of image signals in a plurality of wavelength ranges, baseline information that is information regarding a light scattering characteristic or a light absorption characteristic of an observation target and that does not depend on specific biological information is calculated. A baseline correction value for adjusting the baseline information to reference baseline information that is a reference for evaluating the baseline information is calculated. From the baseline correction value, residual liquid information regarding a residual liquid included in the observation target is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Maiko Endo
  • Patent number: 11478207
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding system are provided. The method comprises steps of providing 2D images and subsequently detecting outlines of a primary structure in each of the images. A visual representation of the 2D images is generated and the 2D images are then arranged as 2D slices in a 3D visual representation. To this end, at least two of the 2D images are taken at different imaging angles. The method provides a 3D visual representation of a region of interest comprising a primary structure to support a spatial sense of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker European Operations Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Bernd Simon, Arno Blau
  • Patent number: 11471033
    Abstract: A capsule core and a capsule endoscope are provided. The capsule core includes a printed circuit board module, connecting structures and functional units. The printed circuit board module includes more than more printed circuit boards connected through flexible circuit boards and spaced apart. The connecting structures connect adjacent printed circuit boards. The functional units are mounted on the printed circuit boards or the connecting structures, and at least part of the functional units communicates with the printed circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ANKON TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun Chen, Nianqi Zhou, Yunwen Chen
  • Patent number: 11474334
    Abstract: [Object] An observation device according to an embodiment of the present technology includes an emission unit, an imaging unit, a polarization control unit, and a calculation unit. The emission unit sequentially emits a plurality of polarization light beams of mutually different polarization directions to a biological tissue. The imaging unit includes a plurality of pixels capable of outputting pixel signals respectively. The polarization control unit considers a predetermined number of pixels of the plurality of pixels as one group and causes mutually different polarization components of reflection light beams reflected by the biological tissue to be respectively incident upon respective ones of the predetermined number of pixels included in the one group. The calculation unit calculates biological tissue information regarding the biological tissue on the basis of the pixel signals output from the respective ones of the predetermined number of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takanori Fukazawa, Goro Fujita, Koichiro Kishima
  • Patent number: 11471032
    Abstract: An endoscope is proposed with a shaft (2) that is designed as a flexible or rigid elongated hollow body with a main body (3) which houses the shaft (2) on its proximal end (5) with an image guide (7) and a working channel (10) which extend through the shaft (2) from the distal to the proximal end, continuing into the main body (3) wherein the working channel (10) receives an instrument with a distal end (11) of the working channel (10) which is located in the area of the distal end (6) of the shaft (2) with a proximal end (12) of the working channel (10) which is located in or on the main body (3) wherein the cross-section of the working channel (10) is circular at its proximal end (12) and non-circular at its distal end (11) and wherein the working channel (10) has a transitional area (18) in which the circular cross-section transitions into the non-circular cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Blazejewski MEDI-TECH GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhold Blazejewski
  • Patent number: 11467100
    Abstract: A borescope for use within an unlit, closed conduit can include an elongated probe, an artificial light source illuminating the conduit, and a microlens array mounted to the probe. An imaging device can be in data communication with the microlens array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Eric John Ruggiero
  • Patent number: 11457981
    Abstract: A system (11) includes a medical probe (36) for insertion into a cavity of an organ, which includes a position and direction sensor (60) and a camera (45), both operating in a sensor coordinate system (62). The system further includes a processor (44) configured to: receive, from an imaging system (21) operating in an image coordinate system (28), a three-dimensional image of the cavity including open space and tissue; receive, from the medical probe, signals indicating positions and respective directions of the medical probe inside the cavity; receive, from the camera, respective visualized locations inside the cavity; register the image coordinate system with the sensor coordinate system so as to identify one or more voxels in the image at the visualized locations, and when the identified voxels have density values in the received image that do not correspond to the open space, to update the density values of the identified voxels to correspond to the open space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignees: Acclarent, Inc., Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Vadim Gliner, Babak Ebrahimi, Ehsan Shameli, Fatemeh Akbarian, Jetmir Palushi, Yehuda Algawi
  • Patent number: 11457801
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing device, an image processing method, an endoscope system, and a program that enable motion detection with higher accuracy. The endoscope system includes: a light source capable of performing a pulsed-light emission; a light-source control unit that controls the light source such that the light source performs the pulsed-light emission a plurality of times in an exposure time period of each captured image; an imaging unit that takes the captured images; and a motion detection unit that detects a motion of a photographic subject in the captured images. The present technology is applicable to the endoscope system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Kikuchi, Akio Furukawa, Masayoshi Akita, Mitsunori Ueda, Hiroshi Ichiki, Tsuneo Hayashi, Yuki Sugie
  • Patent number: 11449964
    Abstract: Provided are an image reconstruction method, a device and a microscopic imaging device. The method includes calculating a gray value at each fiber center in a fiber bundle (04) in a reconstructed image according to a gray value at a center position of each fiber, determined in one or more sample images; performing a spatial interpolation using the gray value at the fiber center to obtain gray values of other pixel points in the fiber bundle (04) in the reconstructed image, so as to form the reconstructed image. This image reconstruction method greatly accelerates the speed of image reconstruction, and is helpful to remove the grating (022) and fiber bundle (04) cellular grid residues in the reconstructed image and improve the imaging quality of the reconstructed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: SUZHOU MICROVIEW MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinhua Shao, Jin Sun, Houli Duan, Qiang Wang
  • Patent number: 11439330
    Abstract: A laparoscopic medical device includes an oximeter sensor at its tip, which allows the making of oxygen saturation measurements laparoscopically. The device can be a unitary design, wherein a laparoscopic element includes electronics for the oximeter sensor at a distal end (e.g., opposite the tip). The device can be a multiple piece design (e.g., two-piece design), where some electronics is in a separate housing from the laparoscopic element, and the pieces (or portions) are removably connected together. The laparoscopic element can be removed and disposed of; so, the electronics can be reused multiple times with replacement laparoscopic elements. The electronics can include a processing unit for control, computation, or display, or any combination of these. However, in an implementation, the electronics can connect wirelessly to other electronics (e.g., another processing unit) for further control, computation, or display, or any combination of these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: ViOptix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kate LeeAnn Bechtel, Todd Louis Harris, Edward Gerald Solomon, Winston Sun, Alan Baldwin, Scott Coleridge, Mark Lonsinger
  • Patent number: 11439601
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solid colonic purgative for oral application, containing anhydrous magnesium sulfate, potassium sulfate, anhydrous sodium sulfate, and, additionally, simethicone. The present invention is more satisfactory in the colon cleansing effect even with the doses reduced by up to about 20 percent compared to those of a conventional colonic purgative consisting of anhydrous magnesium sulfate, potassium sulfate and anhydrous sodium sulfate. Besides, the present invention, due to the reduced doses, has less unpleasant taste or odor caused by the main ingredients and requires a less intake of the preparation and water, improving drug compliance significantly. Further, unlike the conventional solid colonic purgative, the present invention can be prepared into tablets without using a water-soluble lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: PHARMBIO KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Jung Jung, Zong Zhu Piao, Kyung Su Lee, Hwan Hyuk Lee
  • Patent number: 11430114
    Abstract: A landmark estimating method estimates a position of a landmark that is a hole existing in an object and is a site through which an insertion portion penetrates, in an endoscope image obtained by picking up an image of the object by an endoscope with the insertion portion bent. The landmark estimating method includes estimating an axis of the insertion portion, estimating a boundary of the insertion portion and the object, and estimating the position of the landmark based on the axis and the boundary that are estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Mori
  • Patent number: 11428701
    Abstract: An in-vitro diagnostics system arranged is presented. The system comprises a track, carriers to carry samples with data carriers, and a control station comprising a camera to detect sample images, a data carrier reader, a relocation device to relocate the sample, and a controller. The data carrier reader reads the data carrier through a read-out window. Measurement data indicates data carrier characteristics on a sample in a starting position determined from the camera images. Obscuring data indicates obscuring of part of the data carrier when the images are detected in the starting position. The controller determines, from the measurement data and the obscuring data, characteristics of the data carrier comprising location and size of the data carrier. Based on the data carrier characteristics, the sample is relocated relative to the read-out window from the starting position into a read-out position optimizing visibility of the data carrier through the read-out window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Martin
  • Patent number: 11419488
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes a plurality of light sources which emits light having different wavelengths, a photodetector which is provided in each of the plurality of light sources, and which receives a part of the light of the plurality of light sources and obtains information on a light emitting quantity of the plurality of light sources, an image acquisition unit that acquires an image to be observed for each illumination light using at least first illumination light and second illumination light, composed of the light emitted from at least one of the plurality of light sources, and a control unit that makes a mutual image signal ratio constant in the plurality of images acquired by the image acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Otani
  • Patent number: 11413061
    Abstract: A medical device includes a snare wire advanceable and retractable inserted through a channel in an insertion portion that is inserted through an endoscope; a substantially tubular cap member including a first portion and a second portion connected to a distal end of the insertion portion, the cap member having an annular distal end surface, the first portion being attachable to the distal end of the insertion portion in phase with the channel, and the cap member having an internal space formed by the first portion and the second portion; and a guide member being linearly extended along an internal surface of the distal end side of the cap member at a side of the second portion, the guide member being configured to guide the snare wire to form a loop and to restrict a retraction of the snare wire toward the side of the insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshie Aikawa, Takayasu Mikkaichi
  • Patent number: 11418700
    Abstract: Provided is a control device, an endoscope system, a processing method, and a program which can select a region other than the center region in an image to perform a predetermined process. An endoscope system includes an image generation unit which processes an image signal generated by an imaging unit to generate a display image to be displayed, a display controller which overlaps a plurality of select regions selectable according to an external operation to the display image and outputs the overlapped image to the display device, and an autofocus controller which performs a predetermined process on at least one select region selected according to the external operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Sadayuki Tamonoki
  • Patent number: 11412920
    Abstract: Speckle removal in a pulsed fluorescence imaging system is described. A system includes a coherent light source for emitting pulses of coherent light, a fiber optic bundle connected to the coherent light source, and a vibrating mechanism attached to the fiber optic bundle. The system includes and an image sensor comprising a pixel array for sensing reflected electromagnetic radiation. The system is such that at least a portion of the pulses of coherent light emitted by the coherent light source comprises electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength from about 795 nm to about 815 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Joshua D. Talbert, Donald M. Wichern
  • Patent number: 11412152
    Abstract: Speckle removal in a pulsed hyperspectral imaging system is described. A system includes a coherent light source for emitting pulses of coherent light, a fiber optic bundle connected to the coherent light source, and a vibrating mechanism attached to the fiber optic bundle. The system includes and an image sensor comprising a pixel array for sensing reflected electromagnetic radiation. The system is such that at least a portion of the pulses of coherent light emitted by the emitter comprises electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength from about 513 nm to about 545 nm, from about 565 nm to about 585 nm, or from about 900 nm to about 1000 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Joshua D. Talbert, Donald M. Wichern
  • Patent number: 11406463
    Abstract: A master-slave system that includes a first manipulator supporting a first end effector; a second manipulator supporting a second end effector; an input device configured to concurrently receive from a hand of an operator a first movement command to effect a desired movement of the first end effector and a second movement command to effect a desired movement of the second end effector; and a processor configured to determine a desired movement of the first and the second end effectors in response to the first and second movement commands received from the input device respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: CMR SURGICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Keith Marshall, Rebecca Anne Cuthbertson, Gordon Thomas Deane
  • Patent number: 11399699
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a camera head including a first sensor having a first number of pixels, the first sensor being configured to receive green (G) light that is light with a G wavelength band, a second sensor having a second number of pixels smaller than the first number of pixels, the second sensor being configured to receive red (R) light that is light with a R wavelength band, and a third sensor having a third number of pixels smaller than the first number of pixels, the third sensor being configured to receive blue (B) light that is light with a B wavelength band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuaki Takahashi, Kenji Takahashi, Takeshi Miyai
  • Patent number: 11399708
    Abstract: An endoscope illumination unit includes: an incident part into which illuminating light guided via a light guide enters; a light guide body that includes an annular section having an inner peripheral surface and that guides the illuminating light having entered via the incident part and emits the illuminating light from an outer surface of the annular section; and a reflective sheet that has opposite end portions and that is provided on the inner peripheral surface of the annular section and scatters the illuminating light, having entered the light guide body, within the annular section. The opposite end portions of the reflective sheet bent in conformity to the inner peripheral surface of the annular section is positioned at a portion of the inner peripheral surface remote from the incident part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Takada, Hiromasa Okano, Kazuki Honda
  • Patent number: 11399698
    Abstract: To enable calculation a wavelength shift amount more accurately. A light source system is provided including a light source unit configured to emit a light beam, and a calculation unit configured to calculate a wavelength shift amount of the light beam on the basis of an output from a color sensor that detects the light beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Oki, Hirotaka Muramatsu, Zenya Nagashima, Masayoshi Akita, Akio Furukawa
  • Patent number: 11399810
    Abstract: A magnetically controlled digestive tract liquid collection system and a capsule are provided. In an assembled state, with the constraint of a limit structure formed by a rotation limiting pin on an inner shell of the capsule and a rotation limiting slot in an outer shell of the capsule, and an angle exists between the N-S directions of a first magnetic cylinder and a second magnetic cylinder, a torque is present between the two magnetic cylinders, which makes parts inside the capsule tightly coupled. When an external magnetic field is applied, at least one or both of the two magnetic cylinders rotate under the action of the external magnetic field. When the external magnetic field is applied, the liquid inlets are in opened state, and when the external magnetic field is removed, the liquid inlets are in closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: ANKON MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaodong Duan, Shaobang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11397314
    Abstract: In an endoscope system, a first actuator is configured to move a first optical member when a control signal is applied to the first actuator. A second actuator is configured to move a second optical member only when the control signal having a signal value greater than or equal to a predetermined value is applied to the second actuator. A signal source is configured to apply the control signal having the signal value greater than or equal to the predetermined value or the control signal having a signal value less than the predetermined value to the first actuator and is configured to apply the control signal having the signal value greater than or equal to the predetermined value to the second actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinpei Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11382488
    Abstract: A wireless endoscopic camera system includes a surgical endoscope for viewing tissue within a patient, an imager for converting an optical image viewed by the endoscope into digital image data, a processor for processing the digital image data, a transmitter for establishing at least one wireless link to a remote receiver and conveying the processed digital image data over the at least one wireless link, and a plurality of antennas of a camera head that are in communication with the transmitter for receiving the digital image data from the transmitter and wirelessly relaying the digital image data to the remote receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Reid Cover, Emmet McCarthy, Vasudev Nambakam
  • Patent number: 11369253
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a shaft assembly having proximal and distal ends and a longitudinal axis therebetween. A handle is coupled to the proximal end of the shaft assembly, and an elastomeric body housing an image sensor and at least one LED is comprises a distal end of the shaft. The elastomeric body is deformable between a repose straight insertion profile and a deflected offset profile by the insertion of a tool shaft through the shaft assembly and an expandable-collapsible working channel in the elastomeric body. The viewing angle of the image sensor is moved from a first selected angle to a second selected angle when the elastomeric body is actuated from the repose profile to the deflected offset profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Meditrina, Inc.
    Inventor: Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 11369256
    Abstract: An endoscope valve for switching connection states of a plurality of conduits formed in an endoscope includes: a cap including a leak hole through which a gas flowing via the conduit is dischargeable to an outside; and a shaft whose one end is connected to the cap, the shaft having a rod shape, extending in a longitudinal direction, and including: a main body portion including a hole portion forming a hollow space and a communication hole extending in a direction intersecting the longitudinal direction of the shaft and communicating with the hole portion and an outside; and a seal member including a protrusion portion provided in the hole portion and the communication hole, the protrusion portion protruding in the intersection direction from the communication hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Saiga, Hiroki Takehara
  • Patent number: 11367182
    Abstract: A medical image processing device includes: a memory; and a processor including hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Taihei Michihata
  • Patent number: 11363943
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes a storage medium that stores a plurality of correspondence between an imaging condition and a plurality of index values relating to a plurality of structures of an observation object, wherein the plurality of index values including a first index value acquirable under the first imaging condition and a second index value non-acquirable under the first imaging condition but acquirable under a second imaging condition, a monitor and a processor, coupled to the storage medium and the monitor. The processor is configured to: acquire an image of the observation object by using an endoscope; acquire a first imaging condition which represents an imaging condition of the image; refer to the plurality of index values and the imaging condition in the storage medium and extract the second imaging condition; and display guidance indicating that the second index value is acquirable under the extracted second imaging condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11363710
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a circuit board including: a terminal part including a plurality of first terminals, a body part spaced apart from the terminal part and including a plurality of second terminals, and a wire part between the terminal part and the body part, wherein the wire part includes a power wire and a ground wire connecting the plurality of first terminals and the plurality of second terminals, and the ground wire is disposed more outward than the power wire, within the wire part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seokryun Park, Seokbong Lee
  • Patent number: 11344182
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: an image pickup device configured to convert image pickup light into an image pickup signal and output the image pickup signal; a light emitting element configured to output an optical signal based on the image pickup signal; a bonded prism including: a first prism including a first reflecting surface configured to reflect the image pickup light and a lower surface that is a first emitting surface configured to emit the image pickup light to the image pickup device; and a second prism including a second reflecting surface configured to reflect the optical signal that is incident from an upper surface and outputted from the light emitting element, the second reflecting surface being bonded with the first reflecting surface; and an optical fiber configured to transmit the optical signal reflected by the second reflecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kosuke Kawahara
  • Patent number: 11337593
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a light emitting element, an image pickup device of a rolling shutter scheme, and a control section. The control section performs control for switching between a first illumination mode for irradiating light on a subject in a readout period in which readout of an electric signal is performed in order for each of lines in the image pickup device and a second illumination mode for not irradiating light on the subject in the readout period. The control section controls the image pickup device to perform electronic shutter processing in all-line exposure period in which exposure of a plurality of lines is simultaneously performed in a frame corresponding to timing when one of the first illumination mode and the second illumination mode is switched to the other illumination mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Tanaka, Yoichiro Sakanoue
  • Patent number: 11330972
    Abstract: An oblique-viewing endoscope includes: an endoscope axis that is a longitudinal direction of an endoscope distal end portion; an optical axis of a lens, the optical axis being an observing direction, the endoscope axis and the optical axis being disposed to form a predetermined inclination angle with respect to each other; a rectangular semiconductor package including an imaging sensor configured to convert an optical image formed by the lens to an image signal, and a terminal formed on a back face of the semiconductor package; and a rigid substrate including a semiconductor package mounting area in which the semiconductor package is mounted, an electronic component mounting area in which an electronic component is mounted, and a cable mounting area in which a cable is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11330970
    Abstract: A flexible high resolution endoscope is provided herein. The endoscope comprises: a plurality of optical fiber bundles; a plurality of lenses in a one-to-one relationship with the plurality of optical fiber bundles; and, a plurality of cameras in a one-to-one relationship with the plurality of optical fiber bundles, each respective optical fiber bundle, of the plurality of optical fiber bundles, having a respective lens, of the plurality of lenses, located at a respective distal end, and a camera, of the plurality of cameras, located at a respective proximal end, the plurality of optical fiber bundles being coupled together at a common distal end, and otherwise being uncoupled from one another, a bending radius of the endoscope defined by a largest respective bending radius of each of the plurality of optical fiber bundles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Sean Jy-Shyang Chen, Kamyar Abhari, Michael Frank Gunter Wood, Gal Sela
  • Patent number: 11314077
    Abstract: A display control unit performs at least one of the change of the display contents of a light amount level-display section on a light amount display screen in conjunction with the selection of a specific emphasis/suppression mode from a plurality of emphasis/suppression modes, the change of the display contents of the light amount level-display section in conjunction with change of the display contents of an emphasis/suppression amount-display section on an emphasis/suppression mode-selection screen, or the change of the display contents of the emphasis/suppression amount-display section in conjunction with the change of the display contents of the light amount level-display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kosuke Iwane