With Means For Indicating Position, Depth Or Condition Of Endoscope Patents (Class 600/117)
  • Patent number: 10314514
    Abstract: A capsule device configured to navigate through a patient's GI track is disclosed. System and method to turn on the capsule device based on acceleration is described. First the capsule is monitored at a slow sampling mode. Then the capsule is monitored at a fast sampling mode. A user can input hand motion to change the acceleration to turn on the capsule device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Xiaodong Duan
  • Patent number: 10299730
    Abstract: There is provided a physiological detection system including a physiological detection device and a host. The physiological detection device is configured to transmit a physiological data series to the host according to a local oscillation frequency. The host is configured to calculate a physiological value according to the physiological data series and determine a correction parameter according to a receiving data parameter and a reference data parameter, wherein the correction parameter is configured to correct the physiological value, process the physiological data series or adjust the local oscillation frequency of the physiological detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Ren-Hau Gu, Chih-Hsin Lin, Yung-Chang Lin, Chien-Lung Liao
  • Patent number: 10277386
    Abstract: An on-body sensor system includes a hub configured to be attached to a surface of a user. The hub being further configured to transmit electrical power and/or data signals into the surface and to receive response data signals from the surface. The system further including at least one sensor node configured to be attached to the surface. The sensor node being further configured to receive the electrical power and data signals from the hub through the surface and to transmit the response data signals into the surface. The electrical power from the hub can power the sensor node and cause or enable the at least one sensor node to generate sensor information that is transmitted back to the hub within the response data signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: MC10, Inc.
    Inventors: Milan Raj, Bryan McGrane, Jeffrey Model, Hoi-Cheong Steve Sun, Alexander J. Aranyosi, Valerie Susan Hanson
  • Patent number: 10267624
    Abstract: A system for reconstructing a trajectory of an optical fiber is described. The system comprises an optical fiber to be inserted into an object, wherein the optical fiber has a length and at least one bending sensor unit arranged along its length. The system also comprises a measurement device configured to measure insertion length increments of the optical fiber and an interrogation device configured to detect optical feedback signals from the at least one bending sensor unit. The system further comprises a processor device configured to reconstruct the trajectory of the optical fiber along its inserted length using data pairs which are based on measured insertion length increments and detected optical feedback signals assigned thereto. Furthermore, a method for reconstructing the trajectory of the optical fiber and a computer program product for executing the method are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Jochen Breisacher
  • Patent number: 10258420
    Abstract: Provided is a surgical manipulator system including: a manipulator provided with a treatment tool having at least one joint and a drive portion that is attached to the treatment tool to drive the treatment tool; a manipulation input portion with which manipulation for causing, by driving the drive portion, the treatment tool to perform a desired operation is input; and a control portion that controls the drive portion on the basis of the manipulation that has been input via the manipulation input portion, wherein the treatment tool is provided with an identification-information retaining portion that retains identification information of the treatment tool, the manipulation input portion is provided with a manipulation-side reading portion that performs short-distance communication with the identification-information retaining portion, thus reading the identification information of the treatment tool, and the control portion controls the drive portion based on the read identification information of the treatm
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Ryohei Ogawa, Masaru Yanagihara, Kosuke Kishi
  • Patent number: 10255995
    Abstract: Systems and methods for credit-based usage of surgical instruments include one or more surgical instruments having associated therewith a usage amount, a pre-determined maximum usage amount, and an available usage credit amount that is less than the pre-determined maximum usage amount. The systems implement and the methods include comparing the usage amount to the pre-determined maximum usage amount and inhibiting further use of the at least one reusable component when the usage amount is equal to the pre-determined maximum usage amount, and identifying the available usage credit amount and inhibiting further use of the at least one reusable component when there is no available usage credit remaining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Michael D. Ingmanson
  • Patent number: 10201394
    Abstract: In order to improve work efficiency of inserting manipulators into proximal ends of an over tube, a medical manipulator system includes: manipulators having, at the proximal ends, proximal-end driving parts; an over tube having channels through which the manipulators pass; and a base provided with support parts to which proximal end parts of the over tube are attached, and driving sources that supply driving force to the proximal-end driving parts, wherein each support part includes a movable part movable between a first position where the longitudinal axis of the proximal end part is supported horizontally and a second position where the proximal end is supported at a further position from the top surface, and an urging part that moves the movable part to the second position during the proximal-end driving part is not connected to the driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Masaru Yanagihara, Kosuke Kishi
  • Patent number: 10201269
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for reprocessing a medical device includes a decontamination basin, a first flush conduit, a second flush conduit, and a manifold. The first and second flush conduits have respective first and second coupling ports configured to fluidly connect to the medical device positioned within the decontamination basin. The manifold is fluidly connected to the first and second flush conduits and configured to distribute the fluid received therein accordingly. The apparatus also includes a first valve, a second valve, and a primary pump configured to discharge the fluid into the manifold at a predetermined supply flow rate. The first and second valve are positioned respectively in the first and second flush conduits for balancing the respective flow rates discharged therefrom at a first predetermined conduit flow rate and a second predetermined conduit flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Sungwook Yang, Dang Minh Ngo
  • Patent number: 10123780
    Abstract: A medical image diagnosis apparatus according to an embodiment includes a lumen image generating unit, a running line generating unit, an image synthesizing unit and a control unit. The lumen image generating unit generates a lumen image depicting a shape of a lumen having a branch based on volume data. The running line generating unit generates a plurality of running lines based on the shape of the lumen. The image synthesizing unit generates a synthetic image by superimposing, on the lumen image, the plurality of the running lines indicating moving paths of a viewpoint in a virtual endoscopy image. The control unit displays the synthetic image and controls the image synthesizing unit to perform depiction that distinguishes between a range of a running line along which a virtual endoscopy image is displayed and a range of a running line along which no virtual endoscopy image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Toshie Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10117584
    Abstract: A sensor assembly has a flexible body, and a plurality of fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) sensor inserted into the body, the FBG sensor includes an optical fiber extending in a length direction of the body and a plurality of lattices disposed in the optical fiber, a variation of a wavelength spectrum of light, caused by a variation of an interval of the plurality of lattices, is detected, and at least one of force information applied to the body and temperature information of the body is extracted together with refraction information of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Jinseok Kim, Yong-Won Song, Jinwoo Jeong, Hyowon Moon
  • Patent number: 10105107
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to medical systems and methods for combining and synergizing information in an expedient format for viewing on a display screen. In one embodiment, a method for combining and synergizing data from different medical systems comprises obtaining from a first medical system an image disposed relative to a first coordinate system, obtaining from a second medical system supplemental data; synchronizing first and second clocks of the first and second medical systems, respectively, and displaying in synchronicity the supplemental data combined with the image. In other embodiments, coordinate systems of the first and second medical systems can be co-registered. In another embodiment, sensor integration time and spatial accuracy of the first and second medical systems can be used with an algorithm to produce synergized information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical International Holding S.à r.l.
    Inventors: Alon Izmirli, Jeffrey A. Schweitzer, Uzi Eichler
  • Patent number: 10058396
    Abstract: Methods and systems for insertion of an instrument into a body cavity of an animal for performing a surgical procedure using a processor circuit controlled robotic surgery system are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method involves receiving body cavity image data representing an interior view of the body cavity captured by a camera inserted into the body cavity, determining, by the processor circuit, instrument parameters associated with physical extents of the instrument to be inserted, determining, by the processor circuit, an instrument envelope identifying a region through which the instrument is capable of moving in the body cavity, and generating, by the processor circuit, display signals operable to display a composite view of the interior of the body cavity on a display, the composite view being based on the body cavity image data and including an envelope overlay image generated to represent the instrument envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Perry A. Genova, David McNally
  • Patent number: 10028644
    Abstract: An endoscope sheath comprising: a proximal end; a distal end having a distal end region; a surface extending between and connecting the proximal end and the distal end; and a plurality of positioning devices located along the surface; wherein the sheath is configured to: (1) receive all or a portion of an endoscope having a cylindrical end and (2) provide a conduit for communicating fluid between the proximal end of the sheath and the distal end of the sheath when the endoscope is inserted inside the sheath; and wherein the distal end region of the sheath includes the plurality of positioning devices that secure the cylindrical end of the endoscope against a portion of an inner wall of the surface extending between the proximal end and the distal end so that a fluid barrier is created between the cylindrical end of the endoscope and the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Konstorum, Ming J. Cheng, Daniel R. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9993301
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a reprocessing device for endoscopes the method including: logging one or more process parameters as well as a time of each reprocessing operation over a plurality of reprocessing operations for at least one endoscope in at least one reprocessing device; storing the logged one or more process parameters in association with the respective reprocessing operation, and performing a trend analysis of at least one logged process parameter in an evaluation device via the one or more logged process parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Torben Carlson, Henning Thate
  • Patent number: 9968243
    Abstract: A guiding device is configured to guide a capsule medical device within a subject by means of a magnetic field. The guiding device includes a magnetic field generating unit configured to generate the magnetic field to define a specific position where the capsule medical device is restrained on an arbitrary horizontal plane, a position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the capsule medical device in the subject to output positional information, and a control unit configured to: compare a distance between the specific position and the capsule medical device with a first threshold value based on the positional information; and control the magnetic field generating unit to change distribution of the magnetic field relative to the capsule medical device so as to bring the specific position close to a position of the capsule medical device when the distance is determined to be greater than the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Hironao Kawano
  • Patent number: 9968790
    Abstract: A system for controlled sympathectomy procedures is disclosed. A system for controlled micro ablation procedures is disclosed. Methods for performing a controlled surgical procedure are disclosed. A system for performing controlled surgical procedures in a minimally invasive manner is disclosed. An implantable device for monitoring and/or performing a neuromodulation procedure is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Landy Toth, Robert Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9962186
    Abstract: A trocar including a distal-end tube portion that is disposed inside the body and has a first inner hole through which a medical device can be inserted; a proximal-end tube portion that is disposed outside the body and is connected to the distal-end tube portion, the proximal-end tube portion having a second inner hole that communicates with the first inner hole and has an axis which can be disposed in a direction not parallel to an axis of the first inner hole; and a movement facilitating portion that is disposed on at least one of the inner surface of the first inner hole and the inner surface of the second inner hole to facilitate the movement of the medical device inside the inner hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Satoru Kikuchi, Hiromu Ikeda, Yasuhiro Miyazaki, Hiroyoshi Kobayashi, Masafumi Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 9955922
    Abstract: This special gut microbe and chemical substance sampling technology, utilizing swallowable capsules, is for purpose of determining roles gut contents play in some 52 of most costly, in lives and dollars, of diseases with their known origin in the human gut. Gut microbes and substances are collected, analyzed, medicinal substances and objects deployed, and special provisions for attracting, capturing and preserving certain strains of microbes, and means for perturbing the gut environment and immune system are all intended to research, discover, and ultimately find both the causes and cures for the most devastating human diseases, and in the process, create gut microbiome profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Lowell Zane Shuck
  • Patent number: 9901408
    Abstract: A volume is defined in which a control system permits an instrument to move, and the volume is a sum of one volume that is defined by previous movements of the instrument and another volume that is defined by the boundaries of an image capture component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: David Q. Larkin
  • Patent number: 9844325
    Abstract: A voxel tagging system (100) includes a sensing enabled device (104) having an optical fiber (126) configured to sense induced strain within the device (Bragg grating sensor). An interpretation module (112) is configured to receive signals from the optical fiber interacting with an internal organ, e.g. heart, and to interpret the signals to determine positions visited by the at least one optical fiber within the internal organ. A data source (152, 154) is configured to generate data associated with an event or status, e.g. respiration, ECG phase, time stamp, etc. A storage device (116) is configured to store a history (136) of the positions visited in the internal organ and associate the positions with the data generated by the data source (152, 154).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Robert Manzke, Bharat Ramachandran, Raymond Chan, Tobias Klinder
  • Patent number: 9833134
    Abstract: A protective cap for use on arthroscopic instruments and sheaths disposed over arthroscopic instruments. The cap protects the distal end of the instrument from accidental damage caused by other instruments used during a surgical procedure. The cap has a flange disposed within an inner diameter of a bore within the cap to prevent the sheath from being pushed into the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Cannuflow, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore R. Kucklick
  • Patent number: 9775539
    Abstract: Implantation imaging techniques are presented herein to provide a surgeon with visual feedback during implantation of an implantable medical device in a recipient. The implantation imaging techniques may include the generation of a magnetic field that induces a voltage at a coil positioned in the recipient. The induced voltage is used to determine the orientation of the coil positioned in the recipient relative to direction of the magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Paul Michael Carter
  • Patent number: 9775540
    Abstract: An endoscope insertion shape observation probe that is elongatedly formed along a longitudinal axis direction and is insertable into a channel provided in an endoscope insertion section or is incorporated in the endoscope insertion section includes an electronic component, a housing section having a recessed shape that houses the electronic component, a pair of electric connection sections provided in the housing section, a pair of electric connection terminal sections provided in the electronic component and engaged with and electrically connected to the electric connection sections, the electric connection terminal sections mechanically holding the electronic component in the housing section, a groove section formed in the housing section, and two attaching-direction defining terminal sections provided in the electronic component, the attaching-direction defining terminal sections engaging into the groove section and defining a direction around a longitudinal axis in which the electronic component is attach
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Masahiko Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 9773312
    Abstract: A method of registering a camera of a surgical navigation system for an augmented reality which realizes an augmented reality with lowered error range is disclosed. The method of registering the camera of the surgical navigation system for the augmented reality enables single person to do the work by calculating and adjusting the coordinate of the optical center of the camera by moving the optical tracker, the camera, or the pattern board with a second marker attached on the pattern board, not manually attached on the pattern board. And, there is an effect of improving accuracy and safety of a surgery by realizing an augmented reality without generating an accumulated error by the second marker, since the spatial coordinate of the second marker attached on the pattern board maintains uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Hyun-Ki Lee
  • Patent number: 9757038
    Abstract: A miniature intraoperative probe (30) capable of forward-imaging with optical coherence tomography. The probe includes a housing (130), an actuator (150) supported by the housing, and a single mode (146) fiber supported by the housing and configured to laterally scan light data reflected from a sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Karen Joos, Jin Hui Shen
  • Patent number: 9750575
    Abstract: A system for evaluating patency includes a light sensor (128) positionable relative to a blood vessel to receive light from the blood vessel and convert the light into an image signal. A photo-plethysmography (PPG) interpretation module (115) is configured to receive the image signal and output pixel values in an image representing PPG information. An image generation module (148) is coupled to the PPG interpretation module to receive the pixel values and generate a PPG map to be output to a display for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Haytham Elhawary, Aleksandra Popovic, Willem Verkruijsse
  • Patent number: 9750395
    Abstract: An information management apparatus that is used in a capsule endoscope inspection system including a receiving device operated by a built-in rechargeable battery and that is capable of communicating with the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 9723977
    Abstract: An insertion method includes: specifying a part of a mucous membrane which lies between a nasal cavity and a maxillary sinus and which is located in a space surrounded by an inferior nasal concha, a lacrimal bone, an ethmoid bone, and a palatine bone, as an opening formation position where an opening connected to the maxillary sinus is formed; forming the opening at the opening formation position; and inserting a medical device into the maxillary sinus through the formed opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Ken Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 9717422
    Abstract: An intravascular sensor system including an array of pressure and/or temperature sensors for detecting pressure and/temperature. In one example, the sensors are interrogated with an optical catheter. In this example, the swept source is able to acquire both image and pressure/temperature data of a patient's vessel or artery. In another example, the intravascular pressure sensor system has a sheath embedded with pressure sensors in the sheath wall. Other examples include the process of making and using the intravascular pressure sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Dale C. Flanders
  • Patent number: 9636040
    Abstract: A surgical system includes a flexible steerable needle and a shape sensor for measuring the shape of the needle. The surgical system can be manual (e.g., laparoscopic), robotic, or any combination of the two. By directly measuring the shape of the needle, complex and potentially inaccurate modeling of the needle to determine trajectory and insertion depth can be avoided in favor of much more robust direct measurement and modeling of needle shape and/or pose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Duindam, Giuseppe Maria Prisco, David Q. Larkin, Simon P. DiMaio, Dorin Panescu
  • Patent number: 9629518
    Abstract: A camera system having a camera head with an imaging device and a first connector; a camera control unit with a processor and a second connector configured to removably engage the first connector; and wherein the first connector and the second connector are configured to allow for contactless transfer of data from the camera head to the camera control unit and contactless transfer of power from the camera control unit to the camera head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Mazzetti, Steven A. Riley, David D'Alfonso
  • Patent number: 9588332
    Abstract: A photography system includes an observation scope inserted into a hole of a case in which a plurality of subjects, which are cyclically disposed around a rotary shaft and rotate around the rotary shaft, are housed along with the rotary shaft and the hole is formed to penetrate through the case, the observation scope being configured to sequentially acquire light from the plurality of subjects. The photograph system includes an imaging section configured to generate an image by continuously imaging light acquired by the observation scope; a sensor configured to continuously detect states of the plurality of subjects which rotate and sequentially output detection values; and an image acquisition section configured to detect a position of the subject based on cyclic variation of the detection value and acquire the image including the subject at the detected position which is a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Eiichi Kobayashi, Fumio Hori, Yutaka Konomura
  • Patent number: 9588175
    Abstract: A semiconductor device inspection system (1) includes a laser beam source (2), for emitting light, an optical sensor (12) for detecting the light reflected by the semiconductor device (10) from the light and outputting a detection signal, a frequency band setting unit (16) for setting a measurement frequency band and a reference frequency band with respect to the detection signal, a spectrum analyzer (15) for generating a measurement signal and a reference signal from the detection signals in the measurement frequency band and the reference frequency band, and a signal acquisition unit (17) for calculating a difference between the measurement signal and the reference signal to acquire an analysis signal. The frequency band setting unit (16) sets the reference frequency band to a frequency domain in which a level of the detection signal is lower than a level obtained by adding 3 decibels to a white noise level serving as a reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Tomonori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9538905
    Abstract: An advance and retreat assist tool includes a base unit, an attachment portion which attaches the base unit to a treatment instrument insertion portion so that the base unit is rotatable around a central axis of a treatment instrument insertion hole portion, and a first tubular member. The advance and retreat assist tool further includes a rotary portion and an advance and retreat mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 9521943
    Abstract: The invention is an endoscopic device comprising a proximal end, a distal end, and a first location positioned between the proximal end and the distal end. The endoscopic device comprises an optical system that terminates with an objective lens that is located at the first position. A lens protector unit is positioned between the objective lens and the distal tip in order to protect the objective lens. The lens protector unit comprises a rotating window that is located at the distal end of the endoscopic device. The endoscopic device also comprises a source of light located on the distal end. The source of light is adapted to illuminate the space in front of the distal end of the endoscopic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Cleanoscope Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Sherwin
  • Patent number: 9500472
    Abstract: An instrument system that includes a first optical fiber, a second optical fiber and a controller is provided. The first optical fiber is operatively coupled to an elongate body that is adapted to be placed inside a patient. The second optical fiber is operatively coupled to the patient, to an actuating element adapted to actuate the elongate body, or to a portion of an imaging system adapted to identify a location of the portion relative to the elongate body. The controller is operatively coupled to the first optical fiber and the second optical fiber and is adapted to receive a first signal from the strain sensor provided on the first optical fiber, receive a second signal from the strain sensor provided on the second optical fiber; and determine a position or orientation of the elongate body based on the first signal and based on the second signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Bhaskar S. Ramamurthy, Neal A. Tanner, Robert G. Younge, Randall L. Schlesinger
  • Patent number: 9501835
    Abstract: A method is provided for image monitoring during an interventional procedure by at least one instrument in a patient's vascular system having vessels. The method includes checking, using positional data of the instrument, whether at least a part of the instrument lies outside of the vessels described by the vascular dataset. If at least a part of the instrument lies outside of the vessel through which the instrument is guided and which is described by the vascular dataset, the method further includes determining an adjusted centerline for the vessel in such a way that the part of the instrument molds itself to fit the boundary of the vessel described by the adjusted centerline, updating the vascular dataset on the basis of the adjusted centerline, and determining the overlay image from the updated vascular dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marcus Pfister, Jens Raab
  • Patent number: 9478023
    Abstract: Provided is a method for discriminating a tissue of interest and a method for generating photo-acoustic images to detect a calcified tissue, which includes: detecting an intensity of each pixel of a tissue-of-interest image obtained for each wavelength; matching an index corresponding to an image, which has a greatest intensity corresponding to each pixel, to each pixel; generating a signal weight corresponding to each pixel in consideration of a wavelength absorbed by the tissue of interest; and applying the generated signal weight of each pixel to each pixel of an image obtained with a wavelength, which is the most absorbed by the tissue of interest, to generate an image in which a background is discriminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Jin Ho Chang, Jeeun Kang, Tai-Kyong Song, Yang Mo Yoo
  • Patent number: 9452018
    Abstract: Various exemplary drive apparatuses and associated methods are disclosed for driving an elongated member, e.g., a guidewire or catheter. An exemplary drive apparatus for driving an elongated member may include a rotational component configured to apply a torque to the elongated member, where the rotational component is positioned a first distance away from an insertion site along the elongated member. The drive apparatus may further include a rotational support configured to apply an assistance torque to the elongated member. The rotational support may be positioned a second distance from the rotational component along the elongated member that is larger than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: HANSEN MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Alan Yu
  • Patent number: 9439806
    Abstract: A phacoemulsification system and method, and a foot pedal device, system and method. The devices, systems and methods may include a console comprising a plurality of modes for at least one physically associated surgical instrument, and a foot pedal communicatively associated with said console and suitable for varying ones of the plurality of modes. The foot pedal may include a foot pedal base, and at least two electronically actuated sensors physically associated with the foot pedal base, communicatively connected to the console, and suitable for receiving physical indications of variations in ones of the plurality of modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Abbott Medical Optics Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J Eastman, Kelvin Kao
  • Patent number: 9436993
    Abstract: Systems and methods for image guidance, which may include an image processing unit, cameras, and handheld real-time imaging components or handheld displays, wherein the cameras observe visual features on patients, tools, or other components, and wherein said features allow camera or object positions to be determined relative to secondary image data or a reference position, and wherein the image processing unit is configured to dynamically register observations with secondary image data, and to compute enhanced images based on combinations of one or more of secondary image data, positioning data, and real-time imaging data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Clear Guide Medical, Inc
    Inventors: Philipp Jakob Stolka, Ehsan Basafa, Pezhman Foroughi, Gregory Donald Hager, Emad Mikhail Boctor
  • Patent number: 9430614
    Abstract: A method, system, and program product are provided for providing a medical tracking interface. The method comprises the steps of: receiving tracking data from at least one tracking tool in any one of a plurality of data formats; converting the tracking data to a uniform data format; and outputting the tracking data in the uniform data format to an IGI application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Sandeep M. Dalal, Xin Liu, Christopher Stephen Hall
  • Patent number: 9429696
    Abstract: A shape sensing apparatus comprises an instrument including an elongated shaft with a neutral axis. The shape sensing apparatus also includes a first shape sensor with an elongated optical fiber extending within the elongated shaft at a first radial distance from the neutral axis. The apparatus also includes a shape sensor compensation device extending within the elongated shaft. The apparatus also comprises a tracking system for receiving shape data from the first shape sensor and compensating data from the shape sensor compensation device for use in calculating a bend measurement for the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Vincent Duindam
  • Patent number: 9410802
    Abstract: A method for checking situation and position data of an instrument with at least a first section having at least a first sensor and at least a second sensor. The method encompasses the metrological determination of the situation or position, or its change, of the first sensor and the second sensor, determining a variable feature of the spatial reference between the situation or position of the first sensor and the situation or position of the second sensor at least at a first point in time, at a second point in time and at a third point in time. The method further encompasses determining, by means of a criterion, whether a difference of the variable feature between a first expression at a first point in time and a second expression at a second point in time still exists at a third point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: FIAGON GMBH
    Inventors: Dirk Mucha, Timo Krueger
  • Patent number: 9375261
    Abstract: A medical device may include one or more operable components and one or more limited-use portions. The limited-use portion(s) is configured to transition from a first state to a second state upon being subjected to sterilization above a sterilization threshold. In the second state, the limited-use portion(s) inhibit the operability of the one or more operable components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Daniel A. Joseph, Leslie M. Joseph
  • Patent number: 9326662
    Abstract: A probe is a probe insertable through a channel provided in an endoscope insertion portion. The probe is provided with a plurality of accommodation portions for accommodating a plurality of coil units having a predetermined length and a predetermined height, and a plurality of axial portions. Each accommodation portion includes a base portion having a length substantially equal to the predetermined length in a longitudinal direction of the probe, and two wall portions provided to stand upright at both ends of the base portion in the longitudinal direction at a height substantially equal to the predetermined height from the base portion, and the base portion and the wall portions are integrally formed. The plurality of axial portions extend from the wall portions in the longitudinal direction and connect between the plurality of accommodation portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventors: Masahiko Sekiguchi, Fumiyuki Onoda
  • Patent number: 9316564
    Abstract: A blade inspection apparatus has a borescope and a PC. The borescope has a distance sensor for detecting an insertion length when an insertion section of the borescope is inserted through a hole provided in a casing in which a rotor of an engine is housed, an acceleration sensor for detecting an attitude of the insertion section, and distance sensors for detecting two distances from the insertion section to two stator vanes on a stator. The PC compares the insertion length, attitude and two distances detected in the borescope with the insertion length, attitude and two distances relating to an inspection image stored in a HDD. When a match occurs therebetween, the PC outputs match information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Eiichi Kobayashi, Yutaka Konomura, Fumio Hori
  • Patent number: 9258108
    Abstract: A closed loop, optical feedback synchronization system provides real time feedback and control of a light emitting fiber when scanning or displaying an image. The light emitting fiber is driven by an actuator in an angular pattern to scan the image. Light reflected from a lens assembly is received by an optical synchronizer integrated circuit that includes a slot located between walls of the circuit. The reflected light is directed toward a multi-mode fiber in optical communication with the circuit. A radial position of the reflected light as it passes the slot may be used to compensate for a drift in angular velocity of the light emitting fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Gerald McMorrow
  • Patent number: 9157728
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: an imaging unit which takes an image of an object; a display which displays the image and a cursor; an illumination unit which illuminates the object; a pointing device which is for placing the cursor; and a control unit which continuously monitors a cursor position placed by the pointing device, and continuously controls the illumination unit in accordance with a luminance of a partial region of the image corresponding to the cursor position so as to modulate a luminance condition of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Kiyotomi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9138135
    Abstract: A system for inspection of a three-dimensional environment by a user may include a tool arranged to be introduced in a vicinity of the three-dimensional environment, the tool including one or more cameras arranged at or near a distal end of the tool, the one or more cameras arranged to generate respective images of the three-dimensional environment; a display unit arranged to receive said respective images; and a motion tracking system arranged to determine a position of at least a portion of the user for selecting an image generated by the cameras or for causing the one or more cameras to generate the image on demand and for displaying the image on the display. A method, a tool, and a display unit for enabling inspection of an object by a user, as well as use of a tool, may include at least one camera in the system as set forth in the foregoing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventors: Michiel Peter Oderwald, Fokko Pieter Wieringa