With Camera Or Solid State Imager Patents (Class 600/109)
  • Patent number: 11147435
    Abstract: A suction catheter of the invention includes: a catheter main body that includes a suction passage along a longitudinal direction thereof; a control unit that is attached to an end portion of the catheter main body which is opposite to an operation portion; and an imaging unit that is attachable to and detachable from the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichi Nakatate
  • Patent number: 11147533
    Abstract: A photoacoustic wave detection device includes a light projection optical system and a photoacoustic wave detection system. The light projection optical system includes: a light source that emits excitation light; an excitation light incident surface that guides the excitation light emitted from the light source to the inside by transmission; an internal reflection surface that reflects the excitation light that has entered through the excitation light incident surface by internal reflection; and a prism having positive refractive power and an excitation light emitting surface for emitting the excitation light reflected by the internal reflection surface to the outside by transmission. The photoacoustic wave detection system includes: the prism; and a transducer that detects a photoacoustic wave that has passed through the excitation light emitting surface of the prism, is reflected by the internal reflection surface, and is emitted from the prism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ikutoshi Fukushima
  • Patent number: 11141231
    Abstract: A method includes advancing an end effector of a surgical tool to a surgical site, setting a desired force vector to be assumed on the end effector during actuation of the end effector, engaging tissue at the surgical site with the end effector and calculating a force vector assumed on the end effector, and maneuvering the end effector to obtain the desired force vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Mark D. Overmyer, Sol A. Posada, Joshua D. Young, Mark A. Davison, Christopher A. Denzinger
  • Patent number: 11134831
    Abstract: A capsule endoscope includes a first sensor, a second sensor, an information generator, a signal generator, and an imager. The information generator generates third instruction information on the basis of the first instruction information and the second instruction information. The first instruction information is an analysis result of first data generated by the first sensor. The second instruction information is an analysis result of second data generated by the second sensor. The signal generator generates an imaging synchronization signal on the basis of the third instruction information. The imager performs imaging on the basis of the imaging synchronization signal and acquires an image. The information generator generates the third instruction information on the basis of a combination of at least three pieces of instruction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirokazu Godo
  • Patent number: 11129970
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to multi-segment intraluminal guide wires including an elongate distal portion comprising a first metallic material (e.g., nitinol), an elongate proximal portion comprising a second metallic material (e.g., stainless steel). The distal and proximal portions may be directly joined together end to end by a solid-state weld joint. A diameter of the weld region surrounding the weld joint on either side of the weld joint may be reduced (e.g., ground down) relative to the diameter of the distal and proximal portions of the guide wire on either side of the weld region. A stiffness adjusting sleeve may be disposed over the weld joint so that a transition profile of bending stiffness across the weld region is gradual, rather than abrupt across the distal portion of the guide wire to the proximal portion of the guide wire. A polymer jacket may cover the sleeve and distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Simpson, Bruce M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11129516
    Abstract: A power source apparatus and a system incorporating said power source for medical capsules are disclosed. A medical capsule often includes a power source sealed in a housing. Embodiments of the present invention allow the medical capsule to enable/disable electrical power supplied to a sub-system in the capsule device without special tools and/or skills after the medical capsule is manufactured. In one embodiment, the power source apparatus comprises a plunger responsive to a magnetic field, a spring to interact with the plunger, a battery and a control piece. The plunger is moved between first and second positions according to a magnetic field applied externally. Accordingly, the control piece enables or disables the power depending on the plunger positions. In another embodiment, a capsule system uses an electrical interconnect with pressure contacts between the power source and the capsule sub-system connecting the second circuit board to the power-output nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: CAPSOVISION INC.
    Inventor: Gordon C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 11132794
    Abstract: An image processing system connected to an endoscope and processing in real-time endoscopic images to identify suspicious tissues such as polyps or cancer. The system applies preprocessing tools to clean the received images and then applies in parallel a plurality of detectors both conventional detectors and models of supervised machine learning-based detectors. A post processing is also applied in order select the regions which are most probable to be suspicious among the detected regions. Frames identified as showing suspicious tissues can be marked on an output video display. Optionally, the size, type and boundaries of the suspected tissue can also be identified and marked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Dror Zur
  • Patent number: 11122965
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for localization of a capsule based on magnetic fields. The capsule is positioned in a magnetic field generated by a first magnet and an electromagnetic coil is operated to generate a sinusoidal magnetic field with a magnetic moment orthogonal to the magnetic moment of the first magnet. An average signal measurement calculated for each magnetic field sensor is defined as the magnetic field applied to the magnetic field sensor by the first magnet and used as an offset to determine the magnetic field applied by the electromagnetic coil. The pose of the capsule is then determined based at least in part on a combination of magnetic field signals applied by the electromagnetic coil to each of the magnetic field sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Pietro Valdastri, Piotr R. Slawinski, Addisu Z. Taddese, Keith L. Obstein
  • Patent number: 11103123
    Abstract: A light source apparatus for endoscopic imaging includes a light source for emitting at least narrow band blue light and narrow band green light, to illuminate an object in a body cavity. The light source is changeable over between field sequential lighting and simultaneous lighting. The light source, upon setting of the field sequential lighting, emits the narrow band blue light and narrow band green light in a discrete manner, and upon setting of the simultaneous lighting, simultaneously emits the narrow band blue light and narrow band green light. A connector is connectable with an endoscope having a complementary color image sensor of yellow, magenta and cyan, for imaging the object. A controller sets the field sequential lighting assuming that the endoscope is connected to the light source and assuming that the light source is used for emitting the narrow band blue light and narrow band green light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Moriya
  • Patent number: 11103311
    Abstract: Systems and methods may use an augmented reality device during a surgical procedure. The systems and methods may use an augmented reality display of an augmented reality device to present or project a virtual feature during a surgical procedure while permitting physical aspects of a surgical field to be viewed through the augmented reality display. The virtual feature may include aspects of a preoperative plan, a surgical device, an anatomical aspect of a patient, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. May, William Hartman
  • Patent number: 11108951
    Abstract: In an image capturing unit 20, an imaging element has a 4×4-pixel area in which: pixels including at least one pixel of every color component of a plurality of color components are polarization pixels of the same polarization direction; and pixels which are not the polarization pixels constitute a majority of the 4×4-pixel area, and are non-polarization pixels. The unpolarized component calculating unit 31 of the image processing unit 30 calculates unpolarized components for each pixel and for each color component by using pixel signals of polarization pixels, and pixel signals of non-polarization pixels that are generated at the image capturing unit 20. The diffuse reflection component calculating unit 32 calculates diffuse reflection components for each pixel and for each color component by using pixel signals of polarization pixels, and pixel signals of non-polarization pixels that are generated at the image capturing unit 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teppei Kurita, Shun Kaizu, Yasutaka Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 11101654
    Abstract: A power switch configured for use in a multi-way switch system is provided. The power switch includes one or more switching elements configured to selectively couple a load to a power source. The power switch includes a power metering circuit and a communications circuit. The communications circuit can be configured to provide communications between the power switch and at least one other power switch in the switch system. The power switch can include a control device configured obtain data from the power metering circuit. The data can be indicative of power consumption of the load. The control device can be further configured to determine whether the power switch is a master power switch in the multi-way switch system based on the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael Dennis Tetreault, Nicholas Charles Kraus
  • Patent number: 11096553
    Abstract: A method for obtaining and processing image data by using a medical visual aid system including a monitor and an endoscope configured to be inserted into a body cavity and having an image capturing device and a light emitting device, the method including illuminating a field of view of the image capturing device with the light emitting device, capturing the image data using the image capturing device, providing a non-linear scaling model adapted to the body cavity, adjusting the image data by applying the non-linear scaling model such that adjusted image data is formed, and presenting the adjusted image data on the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Finn Sonnenborg, Brian Nielsen, Curt Allan Johansson, Sebastian Ortega Zafra, Qian Yang, Kai-Cheng Chan, Wang Chang-Yu
  • Patent number: 11083529
    Abstract: A robot guiding system employing an endoscope (12), a robot (11), a robot controller (21), an endoscope controller (22) and an image integration module (24). In operation, the robot controller (21) command the robot (11) to move the endoscope (12) within the anatomical region, and the endoscope controller (22) generates an endoscopic video display (15) of an intra-operative endoscopic image of the anatomical region generated by the endoscope (12). As the endoscope (12) is stationary within the anatomical region, the image integration module (24) registers a pre-operative three-dimensional image of the anatomical region to the intra-operative endoscopic image of the anatomical region. As the endoscope (12) is moving within the anatomical region subsequent to the image registration, the image integration module (24) calibrates a motion of the robot (11) relative to the endoscope (12) followed by tracking a motion of the endoscope (12) within the anatomical region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Aleksandra Popovic, Aryeh Leib Reinstein
  • Patent number: 11076750
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an illumination portion, an imager, a reader, and an illumination controller configured to control an intensity of illumination light based on modulated illumination in a non-reading period. The modulated illumination has a first integrated light amount as a product of a variable intensity of a first pulse and an output period of the illumination light and a second integrated light amount as a product of a constant intensity of a second pulse and the output period. In the non-reading period, the illumination controller causes a predetermined light amount that is not larger than a maximum value of the first integrated light amount and is not smaller than a minimum value of the second integrated light amount to transit between the first integrated light amount and the second integrated light amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Nishio
  • Patent number: 11079330
    Abstract: A filter set for simultaneously observing fluorescent and non-fluorescent object regions, and an observation system and a method in which the filter set is used are disclosed. The illumination and observation light filters of the filter set each have two separate passbands with high transmission, which are spectrally defined such that illumination light outside the emission spectrum of fluorescence can pass through the illumination and observation light filters and fluorescent light is not swamped by the illumination light. The transmission of the passbands is defined such that non-fluorescent object regions can be observed substantially with color fidelity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventors: Marco Wilzbach, Christoph Nieten
  • Patent number: 11076920
    Abstract: Instrumentation for microendoscopic surgery comprises a retractor system including a navigated initial probe, nested retractors and a navigated final tubular retractor defining an interior passage extending between a proximal end and a distal working end. A multi-planar navigation marker including a plurality of spaced-apart, radiopaque marker bodies can be mounted to the tubular retractor at a predetermined multi-planar spatial and rotational relation to the distal working end. The retractor can optionally include systems for fluid irrigation and suction with differential activation allows for the option of maintaining a dry surgical field or a submerged surgical field depending on the surgeon's preference during various portions of the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Microendoscopic Spine Institute, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew K. Simpson
  • Patent number: 11076094
    Abstract: In an image capturing unit 20, an imaging element has a 4×4-pixel area in which: pixels including at least one pixel of every color component of a plurality of color components are polarization pixels of the same polarization direction; and pixels which are not the polarization pixels constitute a majority of the 4×4-pixel area, and are non-polarization pixels. The unpolarized component calculating unit 31 of the image processing unit 30 calculates unpolarized components for each pixel and for each color component by using pixel signals of polarization pixels, and pixel signals of non-polarization pixels that are generated at the image capturing unit 20. The diffuse reflection component calculating unit 32 calculates diffuse reflection components for each pixel and for each color component by using pixel signals of polarization pixels, and pixel signals of non-polarization pixels that are generated at the image capturing unit 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teppei Kurita, Shun Kaizu, Yasutaka Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 11064905
    Abstract: An ingestible capsule device collects fluid aspirates from locations within the body, locations such as the small intestine, and retains the fluid aspirates free from contamination as the capsule device is expelled from the body. The device allows for microbial and metabolomics analysis for a variety of gastrointestinal, allergic, endocrinologic, and oncologic diseases. In some examples, the capsule device is a multi-stroke device that includes a capsule shell and two reservoirs located within the shell. Check valves work in conjunction with a vacuum pressure pumping mechanism to control fluid movement from one reservoir to another, where one of the reservoirs may be expandable and permeable to some fluids. In other examples, the capsule device employs a peristaltic pump fluid control with the capsule device, and a single semi-permeable bladder stores collected fluid aspirate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
    Inventors: Baharak Moshiree, Alex Espinosa
  • Patent number: 11062442
    Abstract: There are provided a vascular information acquisition device, an endoscope system, and a vascular information acquisition method that can accurately acquire vascular information on a blood vessel of a target layer that is an object to be measured of a subject. A first blood vessel extraction unit (82) analyzes the image of a target layer to be measured and extracts a blood vessel (first blood vessel) from the image of a target layer. A blood vessel specification unit (84) specifies a blood vessel (second blood vessel) extending to a non-target layer from the target layer. In a case in which the second blood vessel is specified, a second blood vessel extraction unit (83) analyzes the image of the non-target layer in which the second blood vessel is present and extracts the specified second blood vessel from the image of the non-target layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11062465
    Abstract: A medical tracking method for tracking a spatial position of a medical instrument within a medical workspace including an anatomical structure of a patient. The method includes: acquiring, using a first camera targeted on the medical workspace, instrument position data describing a spatial position of the medical instrument with respect to a first camera; acquiring, using a second camera and at least one optical tracking marker that is adapted to be recognized by the second camera, camera position data describing a spatial position of the first camera with respect to the anatomical structure, determining, based on the instrument position data and the camera position data, tracking data describing the spatial position of the medical instrument with respect to the anatomical structure; and tracking the spatial position of the medical instrument within the medical workspace using the tracking data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: BRAINLAB AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Stopp, Johannes Manus, Sven Flossmann, Martin Pregler, Uli Mezger, Manfred Weiser
  • Patent number: 11045082
    Abstract: A catheter (12) has an image sensing system (S1-S5) for imaging the interior wall of a passageway in which the catheter is to be located. The catheter has a radial imaging system comprising a light source arrangement for generating a light output radially around the catheter and an image sensor for receiving the generally radial light after the light has been scattered back by the interior wall. The catheter is positioned within the passageway with a known position and orientation, for example a known angle with respect to the anterior-posterior plane along the length of the catheter, so that it is known where along the catheter length, and at which angular position around the catheter, it is close to the passageway wall. The light output has a different intensity at different radial directions and/or the catheter comprises a light transmission arrangement which gives rise to different transmission of the light output at different radial directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Manfred Mueller
  • Patent number: 11045071
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus for an endoscope includes an image acquisition circuit configured to acquire an image captured by using the endoscope, an interference area setting circuit configured to set, on the image, an interference area having a different characteristic from an observation target in the image, and an interference area corrector configured to perform correction on the image, the correction including a reduction in luminance of the interference area. The interference area setting circuit includes an interference candidate area extractor configured to extract at least one interference candidate area based on the different characteristic from the observation target, and an interference area selector configured to select the interference area from the at least one interference candidate area based on luminance distribution in the at least one interference candidate area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiaki Mikami
  • Patent number: 11039732
    Abstract: An image selection unit selects a B2 image signal of which an image blurring amount satisfies a first condition, from a B2 image signal at a first timing T1 or B2 image signals at the second timing T2 to an N-th timing TN. A computed image signal generation unit performs computation based on a B1 image signal at the first timing T1 and a second image signal selected in the image selection unit, thereby generating a computed image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiro Imai
  • Patent number: 11033340
    Abstract: To make it possible to configure a medical support arm apparatus which does not impair operability for the surgeon, and which is also compact. Provided is a medical support arm apparatus including: an arm section configured so that a medical tool is provided on a front end, and movable axes are arranged so that the arm section has at least six degrees of freedom. Among the movable axes, a movable axis provided on the front end side that prescribes an attitude of the medical tool is a passive axis that rotates by following an external force, and at least one axis provided on a base end side that prescribes a position of the medical tool is a drive axis driven by an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Kamikawa, Tetsuharu Fukushima, Wataru Kokubo, Yasuhiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11026568
    Abstract: Presented is a method and apparatus for aiding medical procedures. An apparatus includes a housing defining a first opening, a second opening, and a interior, and a first cleaning element maintained within the interior relative to the first opening, the first cleaning element comprising at least one cleaning agent operable to remove extraneous debris from an object. The apparatus further includes a second cleaning element maintained with the interior relative to the second opening, the second cleaning element comprising at least one cleaning material and at least one white reference material, the at least one cleaning material operable to remove debris from an object. The apparatus also includes a conduit defining a passage from a first end of the housing to a second end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Buffalo Filter LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Miller, William Kellner, Kyrylo Shvetsov, Greg Pepe, Samantha Bonano
  • Patent number: 11027434
    Abstract: A telepresence controller is provided for interaction with a remote telepresence session to control haptic interactions between an end effector and the remote telepresence session. Force sensor(s) monitor force(s) applied to an end effector. Position sensor(s) monitor a position of the end effector. The telepresence controller communicates with the remote telepresence session to exchange position data and force data indicative of concurrent haptic movements of the end effector and an object in the remote telepresence session. Magnetorheological fluid clutch apparatus(es) have an input adapted to be connected to a power source and configured to receive a degree of actuation (DOA) therefrom, the magnetorheological fluid clutch apparatus(es) having an output being actuatable to selectively transmit the received DOA to the end effector by controlled slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: EXONETIK INC.
    Inventors: Pascal Larose, Jean-Sebastien Plante, Marc Denninger, Guifre Julio
  • Patent number: 11026562
    Abstract: An endoscope has an elongate shaft, with a housing that is arranged in the endoscope and has a fluid-tight embodiment and a sensor for capturing a physical measurement variable, the sensor being arranged in the shaft. The sensor is situated outside of the fluid-tight housing. A signal line extends from the sensor to a coupling point at the fluid-tight housing. The coupling point connects the signal line to an evaluation unit that is arranged in an interior of the housing for the purposes of evaluating the measurement signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Daniel Ulmschneider
  • Patent number: 11006821
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes an illuminator including: an emphasis light source that emits emphasis narrow band light whose peak or central wavelength is included in an emphasis wavelength range that includes a maximum wavelength taking a maximum value of an optical absorption spectrum of a diagnosis target substance or a largest wavelength taking a largest value of the spectrum in any of three color ranges; and a non-emphasis light source that emits non-emphasis narrow band light whose peak or central wavelength is included in a non-emphasis wavelength range that is a wavelength range not including the emphasis wavelength range of the color ranges. The illuminator further includes a light quantity ratio changing section that changes a light quantity ratio between the emphasis and non-emphasis narrow band light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bakusui Daidoji, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 11006049
    Abstract: A visualization module (1, 50, 100, 200), in particular for an endoscope (2), having an image sensor (3) and an illumination unit (4) for lighting a field of view of the image sensor (3), wherein the illumination unit (4) is arranged in the shadow of the image sensor (3) in the case of light that is incident perpendicularly on an end face (32) of the visualization module (1, 50, 100, 200), and the image sensor (3) and the illumination unit (4) are encapsulated at least partially in a transparent encapsulation material (5). A method for producing a visualization module (1, 50, 100, 200) is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Schölly Fiberoptic GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Kuhn, Maximilian Gotz, Johannes Bourbon, Stefan Schroer, Holger Reinecke
  • Patent number: 10976734
    Abstract: Described is a method of providing an augmented reality (AR) scene of pipe inspection data, including: obtaining, using a processor, pipe inspection data derived from a pipe inspection robot that traverses through the interior of an underground pipe, the pipe inspection data including one or more sets of condition assessment data relating to an interior of the underground pipe; obtaining, using a processor, real-time visual image data of an above-ground surface; combining, using a processor, the pipe inspection data with the real-time visual image data in an AR scene; and displaying, using a display device, the AR scene. Other examples are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: RedZone Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Kueny, Justin Starr, Timothy Renton, Antony van Iersel
  • Patent number: 10972686
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing including a first surface, a display exposed through a first portion of the first surface, a first light emitting source exposed through a second portion of the first surface, an imaging sensor circuit that is exposed through a third portion of the first surface and is electrically connected with the first light emitting source, and a processor that is disposed in the housing and is electrically connected with the imaging sensor circuit. In addition, various embodiments recognized through the specification are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Soo Kim, Hwa Yong Kang, Min Young Park, Woon Tahk Sung, Young Kwon Yoon, Moon Soo Kim, Jong Hoon Won
  • Patent number: 10959600
    Abstract: Disclosed is an endoscope device. An endoscope device according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a heating source that heats a diagnosis target tissue; a cooling source that cools the diagnosis target tissue; a sensing unit that measures temperature of the diagnosis target tissue; and an image processing unit that obtains a first value meaning a temperature change for a predetermined time of the diagnosis target tissue heated by the heating source on the basis of the temperature obtained by the sensing unit, obtains a second value meaning time until the heated diagnosis target tissue is stabilized by being cooled by the cooling source after obtaining the first value, and produces an image for diagnose a tumor in the diagnosis target tissue on the basis of the first value and the second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Eui Heon Chung, Gyung Seok Oh, Su Woong Yoo, Soon Joo Hwang
  • Patent number: 10952600
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an endoscope, a display device, and a cable interconnecting the endoscope and the display device. The endoscope includes an elongated body extending distally from a handle. An image sensor is disposed within a distal portion of the elongated body, a lens is disposed at a distal end of the elongated body, and a light source including one or more light emitting elements is integrated into the distal end of the elongated body and positioned radially outward of the lens. An integrated processor is disposed within the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Desheng Huang, Ruoxi Sun, Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10952592
    Abstract: An optical system includes: a first optical element; a first movable frame; a holding frame; a voice coil motor; a first position detection unit configured to detect information related to a position of the first movable frame with respect to the holding frame and generate a first position signal; a determination unit configured to determine whether the first position signal is normal; and a drive control unit configured to perform, when the determination unit determines that the first position signal is normal, first drive control for driving the first movable frame by controlling, based on the first position signal, a current allowed to flow in the coil or configured to perform, when the determination unit determines that the first position signal is not normal, second drive control for driving the first movable frame by flowing a current with a predetermined value in the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kanako Saito
  • Patent number: 10945796
    Abstract: A robot guiding system employing a robot unit (10) including an endoscope (12) and a robot (11), and a control unit (20) including an endoscopic image controller (22) and a robot controller (21). In operation, the endoscope (12) generate an endoscopic image of an anatomical region as the robot (11) move the endoscope (12) within the anatomical region in response to robot actuator commands. The endoscopic image controller (22) controls a display of the endoscopic image (14) of the anatomical region and generates endoscope pose commands to maintain a visibility of two or more interventional instruments within the display of the endoscopic image (14) relative to a center of the endoscopic image (14). The robot controller (21) generates the robotic actuator commands responsive to the endoscope pose commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Aleksandra Popovic, David Paul Noonan
  • Patent number: 10939799
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide an image processing apparatus, an endoscope system, an image processing method, an image processing program, and a recording medium capable of accurately estimating blood vessel information. An image processing apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention includes: an image acquisition unit that acquires an image of a living body; a blood vessel index value calculation unit that calculates a blood vessel index value of the living body from the acquired image; a blood vessel density calculation unit that calculates a blood vessel density of the living body from the acquired image; a blood vessel index value correction unit that corrects the calculated blood vessel index value according to the calculated blood vessel density; and a blood vessel information estimation unit that estimates blood vessel information of the living body based on the corrected blood vessel index value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Shumpei Kamon
  • Patent number: 10932708
    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 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ViOptix, Inc.
    Inventors: Kate LeeAnn Bechtel, Todd Louis Harris, Edward Gerald Solomon, Winston Sun, Alan Baldwin, Scott Coleridge, Mark Lonsinger
  • Patent number: 10932659
    Abstract: An LED-type distal end optical adapter includes a three-dimensional molded substrate including a through hole and provided with a mounting surface and wall surface parts provided so as to project from the mounting surface, an adapter frame member including a small diameter hole in which an outer circumferential surface of the first wall surface part of the three-dimensional molded substrate is disposed and forming a first adhesive filling space, and a lens holding frame disposed in a through hole and forming a second adhesive filling space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi Hosaka
  • Patent number: 10929565
    Abstract: A memory region on an IC card has a hierarchical structure. Each application allocated on the memory region is registered in a directory, and the memory region is managed in directory units. A personal identification code is set for each application and directory, and the access right is controlled in application units or directory units. If a mobile terminal is lost, the right to access each application in the IC card automatically disappears. Therefore, the right to access each application allocated to the memory region on the IC card is efficiently controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Yamagata, Masachika Sasaki, Masahiro Sueyoshi, Fumio Kubono, Akira Fukada
  • Patent number: 10925215
    Abstract: A feederhouse conveyor system for an agricultural harvesting machine is provided. The feederhouse conveyor system includes a power transmitting system. The power transmitting system includes first rollers, second rollers, and power transmitting bands. The power transmitting bands are configured to each transmit power between each of the first rollers and the second rollers. The feederhouse conveyor system also includes rigid cross members, configured to each attach near each end to at least one of the power transmitting bands, and flexible cross members configured to each attach near each end to at least one of the power transmitting bands. The centerlines which extend through the rigid cross members and the flexible cross members are parallel. The mat attaches to the flexible cross members by a pocket in the mat through which the flexible cross members extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David W. Peters, Corwin M. Puryk, Michael T. Meschke, Adam J. Donohoe
  • Patent number: 10922841
    Abstract: An image processing device to improve measurement accuracy for a measurement point includes a corresponding point adjusting unit that causes a display unit to display a measurement point peripheral image that is an image of an area in a periphery of the measurement point extracted from a reference image and a corresponding point peripheral image that is an image of an area in a periphery of a corresponding point extracted from a corresponding image, the measurement point peripheral image and the corresponding point peripheral image being displayed side by side, to adjust a position of the corresponding point found by a corresponding point searching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keisuke Omori, Kei Tokui
  • Patent number: 10917615
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: a capsule endoscope that is capable of being introduced into a subject and that wirelessly transmits image data obtained by capturing an image inside the subject; a plurality of receiving devices each of which receives and records the image data wirelessly transmitted by the capsule endoscope, each of the receiving devices including a receiver configured to receive, by using wireless communication, identification information for identifying the capsule endoscope, a recorder configured to record the image data, and a first controller configured to establish wireless communication with the capsule endoscope according to a reception result of the receiver and record, in the recorder, the image data transmitted from the capsule endoscope by associating the image data with the identification information of the capsule endoscope; and a workstation that is connected to the plurality of the receiving devices, the workstation including a processor comprising hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuta Makino, Katsuyoshi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10912618
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system includes a robotic surgical assembly and a control assembly. The robotic surgical assembly includes a robotic actuation assembly, a processing device, and a first communication device. The robotic actuation assembly includes a robotic arm. The processing device is configured to instruct the robotic actuation assembly to perform a task based on a set of instructions. The first communication device is operable to transfer the set of instructions to the processing device. The control assembly includes a second communication device and a user input device. The second communication device is operable to communicate the set of instructions to the first communication device. The user input device assembly is configured to generate the set of instructions and send the set of instruction to the second communication device. At least a portion of the instructions are based on positioning of the user input device within three-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Omar J. Vakharia, James G. Lee, Matthew S. Corbin, Mark D. Overmyer, Cory G. Kimball
  • Patent number: 10905309
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus capable of ensuring safe and compliant use includes an endoscope, a means for identification of the endoscope, a means for determining whether the endoscope is suitable for a given medical act utilizing the identification of the endoscope, and a disablement means that prevents utilization of the endoscope when determined the endoscope is not suitable for the given medical act. The identification may be on a tag fixed to the endoscope and/or container. The information is checked for a match in a cloud database to ensure the endoscope is the right device for the medical act. If not the right device, the endoscope is deactivated. If the right device, the endoscope is activated and the cloud database is updated accordingly. The cloud database can also be updated at each point in the distribution chain to allow complete traceability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: REED CAM, INC.
    Inventors: Frantz Roger Lohier, Ali Alex Moayer
  • Patent number: 10881281
    Abstract: A capsule endoscope includes a sensor, an analyzer, a counter, a signal generator, and an imager. A count value becomes a reference value when an imaging synchronization signal is generated. When the count value changes from the reference value to a first predetermined value, the signal generator generates the imaging synchronization signal. A second time that is necessary for the count value to change from the reference value to the first predetermined value is fixed or variable. The second time is longer than a first time in a case in which the second times is fixed. A maximum value of the second time is longer than the first time in a case in which the second time is variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirokazu Godo
  • Patent number: 10874287
    Abstract: A handheld surgical endoscope has a disposable, single-use handle, cannula and distal tip. The distal tip includes LED illumination and an imaging module that feeds live video to a re-usable display module that connects off-axis to the disposable handle. A rechargeable battery module also attaches to the handle. The cannula includes two lumens for separate fluid in-flow and out-flow channels, as well as providing a working channel through which a surgical implement can be used. Extruded cannula and molded distal tip parts can be separately formed which aids in manufacturing and assembly. The working channel can have a substantially straight proximal access port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: UroViu Corp.
    Inventors: Xiaolong Ouyang, Robert K Deckman
  • Patent number: 10869592
    Abstract: A handheld surgical endoscope has a disposable, single-use handle, cannula and an imaging module at a distal tip. A multiple-use display unit is removably mounted on and supported by the handle and includes a touch-sensitive display screen configured to respond to touch commands to control taking of images with the imaging module and further configured to display the images. The display unit and the handle include respective mechanical connectors that engage each other to removably mount the display unit on the handle by sliding motion relative to each other, and the display unit is removable tool-free from said handle for disposal of the handle and cannula after a medical procedure therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: UroViu Corp.
    Inventors: Xiaolong Ouyang, Robert K Deckman
  • Patent number: 10869591
    Abstract: A system for preventing inadvertent actuation of a medical device. The system includes an elongate tube having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end. The lumen is configured to receive a medical device configured to transition between an actuated state and an inactive state. The device further includes a detection system configured to determine a position of a distal end of the medical device relative to the distal end of the elongate tube. The detection system includes a transmitting element and a receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Zappia, Brian MacLean
  • Patent number: 10866150
    Abstract: This invention relates to force/torque sensor and more particularly to multi-axis force/torque sensor and the methods of use for directly teaching a task to a mechatronic manipulator. The force/torque sensor has a casing, an outer frame forming part of or connected to the casing, an inner frame forming part of or connected to the casing, a compliant member connecting the outer frame to the inner frame, and one or more measurement elements mounted in the casing for measuring compliance of the compliant member when a force or torque is applied between the outer frame and the inner frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: ROBOTIQ INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas Lauzier, Simon Lefrançois, David Castonguay, Louis-Alexis Allen Demers, Jean-François Duval, Yan Drolet Mihelic, Pierre Olivier Proulx, Rachid Bekhti, Philippe Cardou, Vincent Duchaine, Samuel Bouchard, Jean-Philippe Jobin