With Camera Or Solid State Imager Patents (Class 600/109)
  • Patent number: 11910133
    Abstract: An endoscope image-capturing device includes: a first case inside of which is sealed; an image sensor arranged inside the first case; an electro-optic conversion element arranged outside the first case and configured to convert an image signal output from the image sensor into an optical signal; and a sealing member sealing the electro-optic conversion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Kei Tomatsu
  • Patent number: 11898915
    Abstract: A circuit assembly that includes a circuit board, a switching element that is mounted on one side of the circuit board, a folded portion that extends from a peripheral edge portion of the circuit board and is folded towards the one side, and a temperature measuring device that is mounted on the folded portion and is in contact with the switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 11893737
    Abstract: First and second images are displayed of anatomical structure segments with an attached fixator. Indications may be received of first image hinge locations of a plurality of hinges of the fixator in the first image. Projected second image hinge locations may be determined based at least in part on the first image hinge locations. Hinge candidates may be detected in the second image having shapes associated with the plurality of hinges. The hinges candidates may be detected by computer software using automated software-based image analysis techniques. Adjusted second image hinge locations may then be calculated based at least in part on the projected second image hinge locations and candidate second image hinge locations. The adjusted second image hinge locations may be used to determine physical locations of the fixator and anatomical structure segments in three-dimensional space, which may be used to determine manipulations to the fixator for deformity correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Bernd Gutmann, Andreas Gamber
  • Patent number: 11887236
    Abstract: An OSS animated display system for an interventional device (40) including an integration of one or more optical shape sensors and one or more interventional tools. The OSS animated display system employs a monitor (121) and a display controller (110) for controlling a real-time display on the monitor (121) of an animation of a spatial positional relationship between the OSS interventional device (40) and an object (50). The display controller (110) derives the animation of the spatial positional relationship between the OSS interventional device (40) and the object (50) from a shape of the optical shape sensor(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Paul Thienphrapa, Neriman Nicoletta Kahya, Olivier Pierre Nempont, Pascal Yves François Cathier, Molly Lara Flexman, Torre Michelle Bydlon, Raoul Florent
  • Patent number: 11864732
    Abstract: A medical image processing device includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image signal obtained by capturing a subject image; and an image processor configured to set, in the image signal, a first area for displaying an image, and a second area having a smaller average luminance than the first area, set the second area on a screen according to a depth of field at a time of capturing the subject image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Ushiroda
  • Patent number: 11847805
    Abstract: A method for stitching images of a capsule endoscope, an electronic device, and a readable storage medium are provided. The method comprises: performing image rectification and circular edge masking on original images to form pre-processed images, and performing image enhancement (S1); completing detection and pairing of feature points (S2); calculating a transformation model of all pre-processed images to a same optimal plane according to a set of the feature points (S3); performing projective transformation for each enhanced image to a same coordinate system (S4); and stitching images according to an obtained sequence to form a fused image for output (S5), thus expanding the field of view of a single image of the capsule endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignees: ANKON TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD., ANX IP HOLDING PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Hui Liu, Hang Zhang, Wenjin Yuan, Zhiwei Huang, Hao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11846766
    Abstract: Medical borescopes, such as laparoscopes. In some embodiments, a medical borescope may comprise a handle and a tube extending from the handle, which tube may be configured to reduce electromagnetic interference within the tube. The borescope may further comprise a tip assembly positioned at a distal end of the tube, which may comprise an image sensor configured to take images through the distal end of the tube. The borescope may further comprise a dongle comprising an image processor configured to receive image data from the image sensor. The dongle may be removably coupleable with the medical borescope such that the dongle can be coupled with a plurality of distinct medical borescopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Xenocor, Inc.
    Inventors: John Langell, Lane Brooks
  • Patent number: 11842503
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for superimposing known patterns, characteristic of a region, on (real) images of said region. The device comprises, a memory in which patterns are stored, which are representative of a selected region, of known position and orientation with relation to a common reference and processing means, for determining a pattern representative of the selected portion in the memory, on receipt of the designation of at least one portion of an observed image of the selected region, taken at a selected angle and at least one representative attribute of said region, taking account of the attribute selected, then superimposing the determined pattern on the selected portion of the image taking account of the selected angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Eve Coste-Maniere, Thierry Vieville, Fabien Mourgues
  • Patent number: 11832912
    Abstract: A wireless magnetic ultrasonic cavitation in-vivo therapeutic robotic device, including a micro-robot and an in-vitro control device; the in-vitro control device has an outer housing in which provided with electromagnetic coils and wireless power emitting coils; the micro-robot has a capsule shaped housing in which a super magnetic module is provided; a micro ultrasonic vibrator and a micro wireless power receiving coil electronically connected with each other are provided inside the housing; the wireless power emitting coils emit electromagnetic field to the micro wireless power receiving coil, which receives and then transforms the electromagnetic field to electrical current to supply power to the micro ultrasonic vibrator. The robotic device creates ultrasonic cavitation effect in the blood, causing rapid vibration of blood cells, which enhances cell regeneration power, burn blood lipids, clear blood clots and ensures good condition of blood vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventor: Zhijun Peng
  • Patent number: 11805985
    Abstract: A stereo endoscope for capturing a first image which is provided to be observed by a first eye and a second image which is provided to be observed by a second eye, including a shaft with a distal end region, a first image sensor in the distal end region of the shaft, for capturing the first image, and a second image sensor in the distal end region of the shaft, for capturing the second image. The first image sensor and the second image sensor are arranged offset relative to one another in a direction which is parallel to at least either a light-sensitive layer of the first image sensor or a light-sensitive layer of the second image sensor and which is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis the distal end region of the shaft. The first image sensor and the second image sensor are oriented in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & CO. KG
    Inventor: Jonas Forster
  • Patent number: 11805968
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for cleaning an endoscope during a procedure, are disclosed. One method comprises utilizing a trocar comprising a main body defining a cavity for receiving an endoscope, a wash orifice disposed in the main body and configured allow a flow of wash solution into the cavity, and a gas orifice disposed between the distal end of the main body and the wash orifice, the gas orifice configured allow a flow of gas into the cavity, the method comprising: washing the endoscope; drying the endoscope; and managing residual fluids on the endoscope or in the cavity, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Bayou Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajitha Aluru, William Cohn, Jorge Salazar, Scott Sloss, Abdul Umaru
  • Patent number: 11800969
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a colonoscope withdrawal speed, the method including: 1) acquiring, a real-time video of colonoscopy, decoding the video into images, cropping the images, and zooming-out the images cropped where texture information of the images is retained; 2) converting the images including the texture information to grayscale images; 3) obtaining Hash fingerprints of the images; 4) calculating a Hamming distance between the images; 5) comparing the Hash fingerprints of a current colonoscopy image with n previous colonoscopy images, to obtain an overlapping rate of the current colonoscopy image with any one of the n previous colonoscopy images; 6) calculating a weighted similarity of the images at a point in time t; 7) converting a weighted overlapping rate of the images at the point in time t into a stability coefficient; and 8) calculating a mean stability coefficient of colonoscopy images within a period of time 0-t.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: WUHAN ENDOANGEL MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Honggang Yu, Bin Liu, Shan Hu, Lianlian Wu
  • Patent number: 11759277
    Abstract: Removable barrier devices (e.g., sleeves) for covering medical scanning devices to reduce the chance of cross-contamination between patients and/or to protect the scanning devices from physical damage. The barrier device can include a cover that has an integrated window for passing optical signals between the scanning device and an external environment. The cover can include a sleeve that covers a handle portion of the scanning device to prevent contamination of the handle from a user's hand or glove. The cover and sleeve may both be formed of the same flexible material, or the cover may be rigid to maintain the window in a fixed position and the sleeve may be flexible to allow a user to activate a button or touchpad on the handle. An interface region between the cover and sleeve may provide a hermetic seal. The window may include a nanostructured antireflective material to limit internal reflections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Shalev, Eran Green, Zakhar Ginzburg, Matthew Durban, Roee Gorfinkel, Ofer Saphier, Tal Verker, Nir Makmel, Eran Ishay, Raphael Levy
  • Patent number: 11759098
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus including: a light source configured to emit illumination light including light in a first wavelength band included in a blue wavelength band, light in a first narrowband included in a green wavelength band, and light in a second narrowband having a same light absorption coefficient of hemoglobin as that of the light in the first narrowband; an imager configured to acquire a first image of an object in the first wavelength band, a first narrowband image of the object in the first narrowband, and a second narrowband image of the object in the second narrowband; and a processor including hardware. The processor is configured to implement acquiring scattering characteristics information based on a comparison result between the first narrowband image and the second narrowband image, and generating an observation image using the first image, the first narrowband image, and the scattering characteristics information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jumpei Takahashi, Ryosuke Ito, Yohei Tanikawa, Takayuki Tsukagoshi, Yuki Shono
  • Patent number: 11759097
    Abstract: A light source device includes: a laser light source configured to emit laser light having a peak wavelength included in a wavelength range of light absorbed or reflected by a first region or a second region of an object under study, the laser light source being configured to form a speckle pattern having speckle contrasts that differ between the first region and the second region; and a speckle variable device configured to control a coherence of the laser light in response to an external control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadaaki Miyata
  • Patent number: 11754828
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for medical imaging. The system may comprise an optical adapter. The optical adapter may comprise a housing that comprises (1) a first end configured to releasably couple to a scope and (2) a second end configured to releasably couple to a camera. The optical adapter may comprise an image sensor coupled to the housing. The optical adapter may comprise an optics assembly disposed in the housing. The optics assembly may be configured to (1) receive light signals that are reflected from a target site within a subject's body and transmitted through the scope, and (2) reflect a first portion of the light signals onto the image sensor while permitting a second portion of the light signals to pass through to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Activ Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Tully, John Oberlin, Emanuel DeMaio, Liam O'Shea, Vasiliy Buharin, Thomas Calef
  • Patent number: 11730371
    Abstract: A method and system for medical imaging employs an excitation source configured to cause an object having a plurality of cells to at least one of emit, reflect, and fluoresce light. An optical receptor is employed that is configured to receive the light from the object. A filter assembly receives the light from the optical receptor and filters the light. An image processor having a field of view (FOV) substantially greater than a diameter of a cell of the object and an analysis resolution substantially matched to the diameter of a cell of the object that receives the filtered light from the filter and analyzes the filtered light corresponding to each cell in the FOV. A feedback system is provided that is configured to provide an indication of a state of each cell in the FOV and a location of a cell in the FOV meeting a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University
    Inventors: Moungi G. Bawendi, Jorge M. Ferrer, W. David Lee, Lisa F. Marshall, David G. Kirsch
  • Patent number: 11730352
    Abstract: A method for image-capturing of an internal organ by a miniature imaging device, comprising: generating a light at a first light intensity on to a subject area of an internal organ and capturing an image of the subject area by a miniature imaging device configured under default exposure parameter values; computing a second light intensity and optimized exposure parameter values based on brightness of the captured image, an orientation, a position, and a motion of the miniature imaging device; and generating a light at the second light intensity on to the subject area and recapturing the image of the subject area by the miniature imaging device configured under the optimized exposure parameter values. The second light intensity and optimized exposure parameter values are derived by an ex vivo processing unit in wireless data communication with the miniature imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited
    Inventors: Chi Chung Leung, Hanqiang Huang
  • Patent number: 11733505
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a plurality of illuminating optical systems, an objective optical system, and an optical-path splitting member. The optical-path splitting member has an optical element which forms a first optical path and a second optical path, and an optical-path length of the first optical path differs from an optical-path length of the second optical path. Illumination light is irradiated to an object from the plurality of illuminating optical systems. The objective optical system has an object-side incidence surface which is located nearest to the object, and each of the plurality of illuminating optical systems has an object-side emergence surface which is located nearest to the object. Each of the object-side emergence surfaces is located on an image side of the object-side incidence surface, and following conditional expression (1) is satisfied: 2.0<Dmin/OPLdiff<50??(1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Katakura
  • Patent number: 11723524
    Abstract: A family of endoscopes includes a non-zero degree endoscope and a zero degree endoscope. The zero degree endoscope includes a first image capture unit mounted in a distal portion of the zero degree endoscope with a lengthwise axis of the first image capture unit substantially parallel to a lengthwise axis of that distal portion. The non-zero degree endoscope includes a second image capture unit mounted in a distal portion of the non-zero degree endoscope with a lengthwise axis of the second image capture unit intersecting a lengthwise axis of that distal portion at a non-zero angle. The first and second image capture units have substantially identical non-folded optical paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Ian E. McDowall
  • Patent number: 11716533
    Abstract: Pulsed fluorescence imaging without input clock or data transmission clock is disclosed. 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 plurality of bidirectional data pads and a controller in communication with the image sensor. The system is such that at least a portion of the pulses of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the emitter comprises one or more of: electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength from about 770 nm to about 790 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Joshua D. Talbert, Donald M. Wichern
  • Patent number: 11715212
    Abstract: A dynamic anatomic atlas is disclosed, comprising static atlas data describing atlas segments and dynamic atlas data comprising information on a dynamic property which information is respectively linked to the atlas segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: BRAINLAB AG
    Inventors: Kajetan Berlinger, Andreas Blumhofer
  • Patent number: 11712155
    Abstract: Fluorescence videostroboscopy imaging is described. 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 configured to cause the emitter to emit the pulses of electromagnetic radiation at a strobing frequency determined based on a vibration frequency of vocal cords of a user. The system is such that at least a portion of the pulses of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the emitter comprises electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength from about 795 nm to about 815 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH Intenational
    Inventors: Joshua D. Talbert, Donald M. Wichern
  • Patent number: 11684251
    Abstract: A multifunctional laryngoscope is provided that includes a handle comprising a proximal end and a distal end and a display screen on the handle. The laryngoscope includes a laryngoscope camera at the distal end of the handle and connects to an introducer comprising an orientation sensor at a distal end of the introducer. The laryngoscope includes a processor programmed to execute instructions for receiving from a steering input a steering command in a first reference frame, and mapping the steering command to a second reference frame oriented to the distal end of the introducer based on an orientation signal from the orientation sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Derek Scot Tata, Craig Allen Patton, Peter Douglas Colin Inglis
  • Patent number: 11684248
    Abstract: A medical endoscopy/stereo colposcopy instrument is configured to selectively take stereo colposcopy images of a patient's uterus and endoscopy images of the patient's bladder or uterus. Any of the images can be white light images or images for a selected narrow wavelength band or fluorescence images. The images can be displayed individually or as spatially registered composite images to highlight selected features of the imaged anatomy. A cup-shaped device can be positioned at the patient's cervix and provided with a light source and a fluorescence camera module to monitor changes in fluorescence in response to a photoactivated substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: MicronVision Corp.
    Inventors: Xiaolong Ouyang, James Ouyang, Diana Ouyang, Shih-Ping Wang
  • Patent number: 11674848
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for hyperspectral imaging with increased dynamic range are disclosed. A system includes an emitter for emitting pulses of electromagnetic radiation and an image sensor comprising a pixel array for sensing reflected electromagnetic radiation, wherein the pixel array comprises a plurality of pixels each configurable as a short exposure pixel or a long exposure pixel. The system includes a controller comprising a processor in electrical communication with the image sensor and the emitter. The system is such that at least a portion of the pulses of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the emitter comprises one or more of electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength from about 513 nm to about 545 nm, electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength from about 565 nm to about 585 nm, or electromagnetic radiation having a wavelength from about 900 nm to about 1000 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Inventors: Joshua D. Talbert, Donald M. Wichern
  • Patent number: 11668922
    Abstract: A light source includes a first LED to provide light of a first light wavelength spectrum along a first light path; a second LED to provide light of a second light wavelength spectrum along a second light path; a dichroic filter for passing light emitted from at least one of the first LED and the second LED and reflecting light emitted from at least one of the first LED and the second LED; an optical filter movable between a first position in which the optical filter receives light from the first light path and a second position of which the optical filter does not receive light from the first light path; a light output; a controller which is capable of switching the light source between a first mode for providing a first light to the light output and a second mode for providing a second light to the light output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory G. Otterstrom, Ajay Ramesh, Hannah Lawrence, Candice Pack, Richard I. Palmisano
  • Patent number: 11660072
    Abstract: A probe includes a working channel, at least one optical element provided in the working channel and configured to acquire a spectral image of surface information of an object, and an ultrasonic transducer arranged in the working channel and configured to acquire an ultrasonic image of depth information of the target and move with respect to the at least one optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignees: Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, SNU R&DB FOUNDATION, The Industry & Academic Cooperation in Chungnam National University (IAC)
    Inventors: Jae Youn Hwang, Ji Hun Kim, Teo Jeon Shin, Hong-Keun Hyun, Hyoun Joong Kong
  • Patent number: 11652122
    Abstract: There is provided a method of manufacturing an imaging device including a plurality of imaging elements in an imaging area, where each imaging element includes a photoelectric conversion unit in a substrate and a wire grid polarizer arranged at a light-incident side of the photoelectric conversion unit. The method generally includes forming the wire grid polarizer that includes a plurality of stacked strip-shaped portions, where each of the plurality of stacked strip-shaped portions includes a portion of a light-reflecting layer and a portion of a light-absorbing layer. The light-reflecting layer may include a first electrical conducting material that is electrically connected to at least one of the substrate or the photoelectric conversion unit. The light-absorbing layer may include a second electrical conducting material, where at least a portion of the light-absorbing layer is in contact with the light-reflecting layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Yamazaki, Yasushi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 11647966
    Abstract: A method for producing an image of a body tissue surface. The method includes transforming a source 3-D model of the body tissue surface into a flattened model comprising details of the body tissue surface represented visually on an unwrapped and flattened surface, wherein the flattened model represents transformed positions of the source 3-D model of the body tissue surface defined between a first edge and a second edge. The first edge is formed about a lumen defined by the body tissue surface, and the body tissue surface projects about the lumen to the second edge. The method further includes producing an image from the flattened model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Natan Sharon Katz, Lior Zar, Benjamin Cohen
  • Patent number: 11642016
    Abstract: An image capturing module includes a flexible circuit board and an image sensor. The flexible circuit board includes a plurality of first pads and a plurality of second pads. The first pads are disposed on a first surface of the flexible circuit board and the second pads are disposed on a second surface of the flexible circuit board, wherein the first surface is opposite to the second surface. The image sensor is disposed on the first surface. A distance between the image sensor and the first pads is identical to a distance between the image sensor and the second pads. The flexible circuit board is folded to align and weld the first pads with the second pads, such that a light receiving surface of the image sensor is perpendicular to surfaces of the first and second pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: ALTEK BIOTECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ting-Cheng Ke, Chao-Yu Chou, Po-Ju Chen
  • Patent number: 11633084
    Abstract: Provided are: an image diagnosis assistance apparatus capable of assisting diagnosis of an endoscopic image captured by an endoscopist; a data collection method; an image diagnosis assistance method; and an image diagnosis assistance program. The image diagnosis assistance apparatus is provided with: a lesion assessment unit that assesses, by a convolutional neural network, the denomination and the position of a lesion which is present in a digestive system endoscopic image of a patient captured by a digestive system endoscopic imaging device and information about accuracies thereof; and a display control unit that performs control for generating an analysis result image in which the denomination and the position of the lesion and the accuracies thereof are displayed and for displaying the image on the digestive system endoscopic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignees: JAPANESE FOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH, AI MEDICAL SERVICE INC.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Hirasawa, Tomohiro Tada, Kazuharu Aoyama, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Toshiyuki Yoshio
  • Patent number: 11624929
    Abstract: An open cell foam is used to create a seal between a camera and a shell piece. The shell piece, camera, seal and a transparent window form a closed front cavity. Because the cavity is closed, dust can remain away from a lens of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Derek Abbott, Aaron Mark Schuelke, Alejandro Lopez, Bach Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11611725
    Abstract: An endoscope image-capturing device includes: a first case inside of which is sealed; an image sensor arranged inside the first case; an electro-optic conversion element arranged outside the first case and configured to convert an image signal output from the image sensor into an optical signal; and a sealing member sealing the electro-optic conversion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Kei Tomatsu
  • Patent number: 11586029
    Abstract: Endoscopic camera head devices and methods are provided using light captured by an endoscope system. Substantially afocal light from the endoscope is manipulated and split. After passing through focusing optics, another beamsplitter is used to split the light again, this time in image space, producing four portions of light that may be further manipulated. The four portions of light are focused onto separate areas of two image sensors. The manipulation of the beams can take several forms, each offering distinct advantages over existing systems when individually displayed, analyzed and/or combined by an image processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Duckett, III, Marios Kyperountas
  • Patent number: 11583163
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: a light source that is configured to emit primary light; plural illuminators that are configured to be irradiated with the primary light to emit plural respective illumination light generated based on the radiated primary light toward an observation object so that at least part of the plural illumination light overlap on the observation object; and an adjuster that is configured to desirably adjust a ratio of light quantities of the primary light that travels from the light source to the respective illuminators, so as to distribute the primary light to the respective illuminators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motoki Tabata, Bakusui Daidoji
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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