With Particular Arrangement Of Internal Elements (e.g., Shaft Reducing) Patents (Class 600/130)
  • Patent number: 10524643
    Abstract: An image sensor module includes a circuit board, an image sensor, and a turning prism. The circuit board has first and second side sections each extending in a respective plane transverse to a plane of a center section to define a module interior volume. The image sensor has a bottom plane mounted on an inner face of the circuit board within the module interior volume. The turning prism has a mounting surface secured to a top plane of the image sensor. An electronic component arrangement is operatively mounted on the inner face of the circuit board between the image sensor and a circuit board rearward end. A number of wires providing power and data connections to the circuit board are operatively connected to contacts located on the circuit board in the interior volume between the electronic component arrangement and the circuit board rearward end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KARL STORZ Endovision, Inc.
    Inventors: Dashiell Birnkrant, Naushad Kasim, Margus Lohk, Indrek-Toomas Polluks
  • Patent number: 10383507
    Abstract: A sterile sleeve for a medical viewing instrument, in particular for an endoscope, exoscope or surgical microscope, designed to enclose at least one heat-emitting component of the medical viewing instrument, has an air inlet, an air outlet, and means for conveying and/or guiding an air stream from the air inlet through the sterile sleeve to the air outlet in order to carry off the heat emitted by the at least one heat-emitting component. The invention also relates to a method for operating a medical viewing instrument, in particular an endoscope, exoscope or surgical microscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Czupalla, Markus Kupferschmid, Benedikt Köhler
  • Patent number: 10338597
    Abstract: A self-traveling articulated robot for working in a production factory is provided, which includes a carriage having at least two operation shafts driven by servomotors, respectively, and self-travelable in a two-dimensional plane, a robotic arm supported by the carriage and having at least one operation shaft driven by a servomotor and constituting a joint, an end effector provided to a tip portion of the robotic arm, and a control unit provided in the carriage and for controlling the operation shaft of the robotic arm and the operation shafts of the carriage to operate in cooperation with each other so that a control point defined in one of the robotic arm and the end effector reaches a target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Takahiro Inada, Kenji Bando, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Junichi Murakami, Satoru Hibino, Yukio Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10088668
    Abstract: An endoscope includes: a contact surface formed on a part of an outer circumference of a functional member; a distal end member provided on a distal end portion of the insertion portion and including a first hole portion provided with a first hole axis, in which the functional member is arranged, and a second hole portion provided with a second hole axis being orthogonal to the first hole axis and communicating with the first hole portion; and a fixing member configured to fix the functional member to the distal end member by being inserted into the second hole portion in a state that a contactless portion not being in contact with the contact surface is caused to face the contact surface, and being rotated around an axis by a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunichi Imai
  • Patent number: 9999474
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to a device comprising a port assembly, instrument arm assembly, and camera arm assembly. The port assembly includes an outer and inner body. The outer body includes a first access port, first end, second end, and anchoring portions. The inner body is positionable in the first access port to form a second access port. The instrument arm assembly is configurable in a serial arrangement of arm segments, joint portions, and end instrument. The instrument arm assembly is configurable to attach to an anchoring portion. The camera arm assembly includes a camera, and configurable to attach to an anchoring portion. The port assembly is configurable to provide at least one degree of freedom, and configurable to allow insertion of the instrument arm assembly and camera arm assembly into an abdominal cavity. The port assembly is configurable to allow insertion of instruments into the abdominal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Bio-Medical Engineering (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Chung-Kwong Yeung, Kai-Leung Yung, Jimmy Tsun-Ping To
  • Patent number: 9825455
    Abstract: A robotic catheter control system includes a plurality of electric motors. Diagnostic logic automatically detects motor runaway fault conditions based on the current motor position, the target motor position and a predetermined tolerance parameter. Fault conditions include overshoot, movement in the a non-prescribed direction, exceeding a prescribed maximum motor speed and exceeding a prescribed maximum motor acceleration. The diagnostic logic terminates operating power to the electric motor when a fault condition is detected for any one of the motor. An error message is generated to notify the operator of the fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Kulbir S. Sandhu, Atila Amiri, Otto Chiu, Samuel Gee
  • Patent number: 9675370
    Abstract: A minimal access tool includes a frame arranged to be attached to an arm of a user, a tool shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, where the tool shaft proximal end is connected to the frame. The tool further includes an input joint having a first end connected to the frame and a second end arranged to receive user input, the input joint including a virtual center-of-rotation (VC) mechanism which provides a center of rotation that generally coincides with a wrist joint of the user. An output joint is connected to the tool shaft distal end, where the output joint is coupled to the input joint via a mechanical transmission connected therebetween to correlate motion of the input joint to motion of the output joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Shorya Awtar, Jens Nielsen, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Andrew Mansfield, Rosa Abani, Patrick Quigley, James Geiger
  • Patent number: 9219888
    Abstract: An image pickup unit includes an image pickup device, an objective lens, and a prism that has a reflective surface. The image pickup unit includes: a projecting portion that is an area at which the image pickup device projects to the rear from the prism; a terminal portion provided on the projecting portion; a flexible printed wiring board that extends along the prism and the projecting portion; an image pickup device connection terminal portion formed on a face that faces the projecting portion of the flexible printed wiring board; and a cable connection terminal portion formed at an area that extends over the projecting portion of the flexible printed wiring board. The terminal portion and the image pickup device connection terminal portion are joined in an opposed state. An electronic component is mounted on a face on an opposite side to the reflective surface of the flexible printed wiring board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nau Satake, Hiroyuki Motohara, Junya Yamada, Takanori Sekido, Mikio Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9072431
    Abstract: A surgical access device can comprise a working channel providing a first lumen having an axial opening for insertion of a surgical instrument having an outflow channel, the first lumen having a fluid inlet for allowing fluid flow through the working channel and into the body, wherein fluid flows out of the body through the outflow channel of the surgical instrument; and a optical channel providing a second lumen for a visualization element and a light source, wherein the working channel comprises a larger cross-sectional area than the cross-sectional area of the optical channel. The surgical access device can further comprise a seal apparatus coupled to the working channel and configured to receive the surgical instrument, the seal apparatus comprising a first seal portion and a second seal portion, the first seal portion configured to close the fluid path into the seal apparatus, and the second seal portion configured to form a seal with the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald David Adams, Eric Karl Litscher
  • Patent number: 9039615
    Abstract: Apparatus for directed cranial access to a site includes a guidepiece and a receptacle. The receptacle includes lower and upper parts. The guidepiece includes a body having a bore defining an alignment axis. The guidepiece is dimensioned to fit rotatably within the receptacle. The bore is dimensioned to accept an imaging device, and an adaptor is provided, dimensioned to accept a device to be placed at the site. The imaging device is inserted into the bore and the guidepiece is swiveled until the image shows that the axis is aligned along an optimal trajectory to the site, the guidepiece is locked, and the imaging device is withdrawn. Then the adaptor is inserted into the bore, and the device is inserted through the adaptor along the established trajectory to the site. After placement of the device, the adaptor, guidepiece, and receptacle are removed while the device is held in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Bedrock Inventions, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander C. Flint
  • Patent number: 9005112
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an articulate minimally invasive surgical endoscope with a flexible wrist having at least one degree of freedom. When used with a surgical robot having a plurality of robot arms, the endoscope can be used with any of the plurality of arms thereby allowing the use a universal arm design. The endoscope in accordance to the present invention is made more intuitive a to a user by attaching a reference frame used for controlling the at least one degree of freedom motion to the flexible wrist for wrist motion associated with the at least one degree of freedom. The endoscope in accordance to the present invention attenuates undesirable motion at its back/proximal end by acquiring the image of the object in association with the at least one degree of freedom based on a reference frame rotating around a point of rotation located proximal to the flexible wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hasser, Nitish Swarup, Thomas G. Cooper, S. Christopher Anderson
  • Patent number: 8998799
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system comprises a manipulator arm including a spring loaded input and a spring loaded plunger. The system also comprises a sterile adaptor. The sterile adaptor includes a housing, an electrical contact coupled to the housing, and a retractor plate assembly including a top retractor plate and a bottom retractor plate. The retractor plate assembly is movably disposed relative to the housing and adapted to engage the spring loaded plunger. The sterile adaptor also includes a disc captured between and rotatable relative to the top retractor plate and the bottom retractor plate. The disc has a first surface adapted to engage the spring loaded input and a second rotatable surface adapted to engage a surgical instrument in a sterile field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Orban, III, S. Christopher Anderson, Roman Devengenzo, Bruce M. Schena, Michael Prindiville, Thomas G. Cooper, William A. Burbank
  • Patent number: 8995756
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described for processing 3D vision algorithms. A 3D vision processor device comprises one or more 3D vision processing cores. Each 3D vision processing core includes one or more memory blocks for storing location values associated with 3D point cloud images and an arithmetic logic unit coupled to the one or more memory modules. The arithmetic logic unit includes a plurality of memory registers for temporarily storing location values associated with a point in a 3D point cloud image and a processing unit coupled to the plurality of memory registers for performing arithmetic operations on the location values stored in the memory registers, the arithmetic operations used for 3D vision processing algorithms. The 3D vision processing core also includes a communication link for transferring data between the arithmetic logic unit and the memory modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: VanGogh Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Lee, Xin Hou, Jun Yin
  • Patent number: 8911355
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a tube having a single layer structure or a laminated structure made up of a plurality of layers, a branching member that branches a tubular path in an endoscope operation section and has a tube connection section to which the tube is connected, a channel locking member that sandwiches the tube with the tube connection section to thereby fix the tube to the branching member in close contact, and a fastening member that presses and brings into close contact the tube sandwiched between the tube connection section and the channel locking member, in which the channel locking member is formed so as to have a tapered portion that covers an outer circumference of the tube and have at least one flat surface on an outer circumferential face of the tapered portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Yasuo Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8911356
    Abstract: An insertion portion, an operation portion, a signal cable, a plate-shaped member, an electric board, and a fixing member are included. The fixing member is formed into a U-shape in which a bottom surface, a top surface, a side surface and a fitting port are formed, and has a stopper for a surplus portion that is fitted in an inside formed, a distance between the bottom surface and the top surface is set to be slightly larger than a diameter in the surplus portion, and the surplus portion is configured not to be disposed in layers in a height direction of the side surface when the surplus portion is housed between the bottom surface and the top surface of the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Shiho Matsukawa, Kazuhiko Hino, Takafumi Kubo
  • Publication number: 20140350344
    Abstract: An optics tube for an endoscope including a magnet arrangement which extends parallel to a longitudinal axis of the optics tube. A rod lens including a rod-shaped lens unit made of a rod-shaped lens element or a plurality of lens elements cemented to one another, wherein, on one side on the circumferential face thereof, the lens unit includes a magnet arrangement. The invention also relates to a combination of an optics tube and a rod lens, and to an endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Walter Vogel
  • Patent number: 8876702
    Abstract: An electronic endoscope includes a distal end portion of an insertion portion which incorporates electronic components, a metal frame which holds an observation window, an earth member which is connected to a patient-side ground of an external device, and a static-protective member which is disposed in the distal end portion to have a predetermined clearance from the metal frame and is electrically connected to the earth member to let static electricity applied to the distal end portion flow to the earth member. With the configuration, the electronic endoscope prevents occurrence of trouble, a fault, and the like in an electronic component incorporated in the distal end portion due to applied static electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Tomohisa Takahashi, Hironobu Ichimura
  • Publication number: 20140316199
    Abstract: A digital endoscope having an outer sheath that encloses an elongate core. The elongate core of the digital endoscope has a square radial cross section that serves as a light pipe for illumination within the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: CANNUFLOW, INC.
    Inventor: Theodore R. Kucklick
  • Patent number: 8864654
    Abstract: The foregoing application describes a system and method of performing a minimally invasive surgical operation. More specifically, the invention involves the use of disposable cannula and slender dilators of variable lengths, which incorporate a source of illumination to carry light to a surgical site and video capabilities for capturing and displaying images from a CMOS or CCD camera device. According to one embodiment, fiber optics run semi-circumferentially or along walls of the cannula/dilator and terminate at about a centimeter from the distal end of the cannula/dilator, thereby preventing illumination from “bottoming out” at the floor of the incision. According to one alternate embodiment, the light fibers may be fashioned in an annulus around one or more camera chips to provide illumination and video of the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Kleiner, Jeffrey Adair, Kevin Wiggins
  • Patent number: 8855748
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to biopsy needle guidance which employs an x-ray/gamma image spatial co-registration methodology. A gamma camera is configured to mount on a biopsy needle gun platform to obtain a gamma image. More particular, the spatially co-registered x-ray and physiological images may be employed for needle guidance during biopsy. Moreover, functional images may be obtained from a gamma camera at various angles relative to a target site. Further, the invention also generally relates to a breast lesion localization method using opposed gamma camera images or dual opposed images. This dual head methodology may be used to compare the lesion signal in two opposed detector images and to calculate the Z coordinate (distance from one or both of the detectors) of the lesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hampton University
    Inventors: Cynthia Keppel, Douglas Kieper
  • Patent number: 8845522
    Abstract: A deflection assembly of a medical instrument (such as an endoscope or a flexible ureteroscope) allows an operator to deflect a distal portion of the instrument using one or more controls located at a proximal portion of the instrument. The instrument allows the operator to achieve multi-directional deflection of the distal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon T. McIntyre, Jessica Hixon, Isaac Ostrovsky, Jozef Slanda
  • Patent number: 8834352
    Abstract: Endoscopic instrument assemblies and methods for making and using the same. An example endoscopic instrument assembly includes an endoscope having a working channel and an endoscopic instrument slidably disposed in the working channel. The inside surface of the working channel and the outside surface of the endoscopic instrument each have a non-circular cross-sectional shape along at least a portion of their respective lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis J. Maseda, Barry Weitzner, Roy H. Sullivan, William Lucas Churchill
  • Patent number: 8801603
    Abstract: An endoscope of an embodiment includes: a distal end rigid member made of resin; a channel tube connecting member which has a distal end side fitted and fixed in the distal end rigid member and is formed in a tubular shape using a conductive member, and which includes a stepped portion on a part of an outer circumferential surface in a longitudinal direction; and a bending piece member which is formed in a tubular shape using a conductive member and arranged just behind a rear end side of the distal end rigid member, and which has a protruding portion protruding and elastically-deformed toward an inner circumferential surface side, wherein when the bending piece member is fixed to the distal end rigid member with the channel tube connecting member being housed inside thereof, the protruding portion contacts the outer circumferential surface of the channel tube connecting member to establish conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Yuki Mitamura, Takeshi Ogura, Toshihiro Hadano
  • Patent number: 8771175
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a magnet driven capsule type endoscope comprising an image recording unit as well as an image data processing unit, a position sensor for providing data about the position of the capsule type endoscope with respect to the direction of gravitation, a data transmitting unit, an energy source for supplying the units and the sensor with energy and a permanent magnet. In accordance with the invention, the permanent magnet is arranged offset with respect to the center of gravity and to the geometrical center of the capsule type endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Novineon Healthcare Technology Partners GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Schostek, Fabian Rieber, Philipp Troebner, Marc Oliver Schurr
  • Patent number: 8734435
    Abstract: A dual port ablation cannula kit includes a trocar and a hollow shaft defining a longitudinal lumen. The shaft has a proximal segment and a distal segment, such that the distal segment includes a distal tip substantially aligned with the shaft to permit passage of the trocar within the hollow shaft. The distal tip also is configured with a tissue-gripping surface in as much as a plane of the tissue-gripping surface is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the shaft, dual ports extending from an exterior surface of the hollow shaft, each port defining a hollow passageway into the hollow shaft, and dual couplers, one coupling a suction line to one of the dual ports and another coupling an irrigation line to another of the dual ports. Finally, the kit can include a laser fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Orthopaedic Development LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Greenberg, Scott S. Katzman
  • Patent number: 8738181
    Abstract: Methods, devices (such as computer readable media), and systems (such as computer systems) for defining and executing automated movements using robotic arms (such as robotic arms configured for use in performing surgical procedures), so that a remotely-located surgeon is relieved from causing the robotic arm to perform the automated movement through movement of an input device such as a hand controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander Greer, Garnette Sutherland, Tim Fielding, Perry Newhook
  • Patent number: 8734312
    Abstract: A remotely controlled surgical device control portion comprises a user moveable bi-directional trigger, a finger loop disposed within the trigger, and a flange coupled to the finger loop. The trigger is configured for receiving a motion input in opposing first and second directions. The motion input is for controlling an articulation motion of an articulating surgical instrument. The finger loop is configured for receiving the motion input in the form of a user squeezing the trigger in the first direction with at least one finger or pushing the trigger in the second direction with said at least one finger. The flange is configured for receiving the motion input in the form of pushing the trigger in the second direction with a thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Carefusion 2200, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Conner, Mark Doyle, David Gennrich, Curt Irwin, Jose Jacquez, Corey Magers, Brooke Skora
  • Patent number: 8721526
    Abstract: An insertion assisting device 60 has an insertion path 70 into which an insertion portion 12 of an endoscope 100 is inserted and has a substantially tubular shape. The insertion assisting device 60 includes a ventilation opening 90 that is formed on a distal-end surface or outer circumferential surface thereof, a ventilation duct 74 that communicates with the opening 90 and is different from the insertion path 70, and a liquid reservoir tank 116 that is connected to a base-end side of the duct 74 and stores liquid flowing out of the duct 74.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Fujinon Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya Fujikura
  • Patent number: 8708893
    Abstract: The present invention provides a structural unit, an endoscope and an adhering method that suppress deterioration in adhesive strength of an adhesive that adheres plural structural members that structure the endoscope. An imaging unit 68 side of an adhesive 88 is covered by a first moisture-proof coating 91, and an obverse side of the adhesive 88 is covered by a second moisture-proof coating 92. Due thereto, in autoclave sterilization processing or the like, even if moisture passes along a wire portion 86 and penetrates into the imaging unit 68, penetration of the moisture into the adhesive is suppressed by the first moisture-proof coating 91. Due thereto, deterioration in adhesive strength of the adhesive, that adheres plural structural members of the imaging unit 68, can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Ozaki, Toshiaki Fukunaga
  • Patent number: 8678998
    Abstract: An endoscopic instrument has a portion having an outer surface with a non-circular cross-sectional shape. The non-circular cross-sectional shape may be provided to the instrument by providing peripheral projections or fins along the length of the portion or by providing the periphery of the portion with a polygonal shape. The resulting instrument has significantly reduced backlash while maintaining adequate fluid flow in the working channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin W. Smith
  • Patent number: 8652028
    Abstract: An endoscopic instrument has a control member, a portion of the member having an outer surface with a non-circular cross-sectional shape. The non-circular cross-sectional shape may be provided to the control member by providing peripheral projections or fins along the length of the portion or by providing the periphery of the portion with a polygonal shape. Where fins are used, the fins are preferably quite small and only have a minimal effect on the fluid flow cross-sectional area between the interior of the endoscope instrument shaft and the central control member. The resulting instrument has significantly reduced backlash in end effector assembly manipulation, while maintaining adequate fluid flow in the endoscope shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140046129
    Abstract: A steerable imaging catheter is provided, including an elongated catheter tube, at least one steering cable extending along the catheter tube to control the movement of the distal end thereof, and a fiber optic cable extending along the catheter tube. The fiber optic cable transmits illumination light from its proximal end to its distal end and transmits an image from its distal end to its proximal end. In one embodiment, two or more steering cables are used, and the catheter tube is configured to have greater flexibility near its distal end than its proximal end so as to concentrate the movement (flexing) of the catheter tube at its distal end. The use of two or more steering cables, together with the catheter tube having varying flexibility, permit better control of the distal end of the catheter tube while reducing undue twisting of the remainder of the catheter tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. BOUTILLETTE, David Micky GRAVES, M. Kevin RICHARDSON, David I. FREED, Paul M. SCOPTON
  • Patent number: 8641606
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: a long insertion portion that is inserted into an examination object; an illumination portion provided at a distal end portion of the insertion portion, that irradiates illumination light at the examination object; an image pickup portion provided inside the distal end portion, that picks up reflected light captured in the insertion portion; and a heat radiating member that radiates heat emitted from at least one of the illumination portion and the image pickup portion. A distal end of the heat radiating member is disposed on a further proximal end side of the insertion portion than a maximum external diameter portion of the image pickup portion within the distal end portion. Therefore, not only can heat be radiated from the distal end portion of the insertion portion, but the distal end portion of the insertion portion can also be formed with a narrow diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Masaki Ichihashi
  • Patent number: 8636650
    Abstract: Provided are a capsule-type image photographing apparatus and endoscopy using the same. The apparatus includes a shell unit having a globular shape and a main body unit capable of freely rotating in the shell unit. The main body unit includes an image photographing system, a wireless transmitter, a battery, a counterweight for determining the center of gravity of the main body unit, and an encapsulant for fixing the image photographing system, the wireless transmitter, the battery, and the counterweight. The apparatus may be a long-distance capsule-type image photographing apparatus or a short-distance capsule-type image photographing apparatus depending on the position of the counterweight. By use of the long- and short-distance capsule-type image photographing apparatuses, the interior of the tested person's body can be effectively photographed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kolen Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Jin Lee
  • Publication number: 20130331650
    Abstract: A surgical instrument that includes a housing linkable with a manipulator arm of a robotic surgical system, a shaft coupled to the housing, a force transducer on a distal end of the shaft, and a plurality of fiber optic strain gauges on the force transducer is disclosed. The plurality of strain gauges are coupled to a fiber optic splitter or an arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) multiplexer, which can be coupled to a fiber optic connector. A wrist joint coupled to an end effector is coupled to a distal end of the force transducer. A robotic surgical manipulator that includes a base link coupled to a distal end of a manipulator positioning system, and a distal link with an instrument interface, and a fiber optic connector optically linkable to a surgical instrument. A method of passing data between an instrument and a manipulator via optical connectors is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Blumenkranz, Gregory W. Dachs, II, Ian McDowall, Christopher J. Hasser
  • Patent number: 8602972
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus is provided with a prism unit, two solid image pickup devices, two FPCs electrically connected to the solid image pickup devices and on which an electronic component is mounted, respectively, and two communication cables for supplying power to the electronic components through the FPCs and carrying out signal transmission/receiving with the solid image pickup devices, in which a first communication cable and a second communication cable are arranged adjacently and disposed so that a line connecting a center of the first communication cable to a center of the second communication cable is in a diagonal direction of an incident face of the second solid image pickup device in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis O of an objective lens unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Unsai
  • Patent number: 8591403
    Abstract: In a wireless power supply system including a power feeding system equipped with a transmission antenna for wirelessly transmitting an electric power from a power source, and a receiver antenna formed by winding a receiver coil around an outer periphery of a substantially bar-like core member for receiving the transmitted electric power, the length of the core member of the receiver antenna is more than 10 times longer than the diameter of the core member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Yoshida, Youhei Sakai
  • Patent number: 8540627
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein is related to a system for optical coherence tomographic imaging of turbid (i.e., scattering) materials utilizing multiple channels of information. The multiple channels of information may be comprised and encompass spatial, angle, spectral and polarization domains. More specifically, the embodiments disclosed herein is related to methods and apparatus for utilizing optical sources, systems or receivers capable of providing (source), processing (system) or recording (receiver) a multiplicity of channels of spectral information for optical coherence tomographic imaging of turbid materials. In these methods and apparatus the multiplicity of channels of spectral information that can be provided by the source, processed by the system, or recorded by the receiver are used to convey simultaneously spatial, spectral or polarimetric information relating to the turbid material being imaged tomographically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Marc D. Feldman, Thomas E. Milner, Jung Hwan Oh, Eunha Kim, Karthik Kumar, Chris Condit, Robert Grant, Nate Kemp, Jeehyun Kim, Shaochen Chen, Li-Hsin Han
  • Publication number: 20130204083
    Abstract: A reinforcement system (reinforcement mechanism) for an endoscope or similar instrument. The reinforcement system utilizes coated reinforcement members that extend along a portion of the needle section of the arthroscope, but not along the distal optic portion of the arthroscope, providing a reinforced arthroscopic needle. The reinforcement system includes at least one of first and second reinforcement members along the arthroscopic needle, one of the first and second reinforcement members being fluted to enable fluid transport. The reinforcement system may include reusable (re-sterilizable) components or single-use only components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Arthrex, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8500722
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a method for a set-up arm of a robotic surgical system is disclosed. The method includes balancing a linkage structure with a balancing mechanism to support a load; moving the linkage structure varying a moment at a pivot point due to the load at the end of a link of the linkage structure; and changing a path length of one or more cables over a plurality of pulleys in the balancing mechanism to compress or decompress a spring to respectively increase or decrease tension in the one or more cables to balance the variance in the moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas G. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8460181
    Abstract: Epicardial access and treatment systems are described herein where such devices may utilize multiple expanding frame members coupled to a flexible or rigid deployment catheter shaft. The multiple frame members may extend distally to collapse into a low-profile configuration and may further expand or open radially to create a working or surgical field under direct visualization and defined by the frame members and surrounding membrane while retracting any surrounding tissue. Moreover, the distal ends of each frame member may be tapered such that the frame members may close tightly relative to one another forming an atraumatic end. Any number of therapeutic tools can be passed through the catheter for performing any number of procedures on the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Nidus Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund Tam
  • Patent number: 8460174
    Abstract: A capsule medical apparatus includes a plurality of rigid boards on which functional members are mounted; and a plurality of board-separation keeping units that sandwich the rigid boards to keep the rigid boards separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Hidetake Segawa, Kanako Kataoka
  • Patent number: 8454496
    Abstract: The present invention involves a new type of capsule pattern endoscope intended to greatly reduce the effective internal volume of the capsule pattern endoscope through reasonable structure arrangement. The technical proposal to implement the above invention is: a kind of capsule pattern endoscope comprises an intelligent capsule and an image-receiving device. The intelligent capsule includes a shell with an electronic circuit printed thereon, and an image information pick-up device including an image sensor and a lens optical system, an image signal processing and transmitting device, a light source, and a power supply, which are arranged inside the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Xiaoxun Zhu
    Inventor: Yiqun Lu
  • Patent number: 8452443
    Abstract: An industrial robot system including a workcell including a load area and a process area. A detector detects when a human enters the load area. A manipulator is located in the workcell. At least one positioner is adapted to hold a workpiece and to change the orientation of the workpiece about at least one axis while the manipulator processes the workpiece. A station exchanger is movable about an axis and adapted to move, upon command, the manipulator or the positioner between the load and process area. Each of the axes is provided with a motor and a drive unit. An axis controller is adapted to switch between executing a first task in which the axes of the positioner and the station exchanger are commanded to a standstill, and a second task in which the axes of the positioner and the station exchanger are allowed to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd
    Inventors: Jan H. Karlsson, Antero Lassuri
  • Patent number: 8425407
    Abstract: An endoscope insertion portion includes an image pick-up assembly including an image pick-up unit and an image pick-up cable provided in order from the distal end portion to the proximal end side wherein the outer diameter of the image pick-up unit is larger than the outer diameter of the image pick-up cable, and a channel assembly arranged side by side with the image pick-up assembly and including a thin outer diameter portion and a thick outer diameter portion provided in order from the distal end portion to the proximal end side wherein a distal end portion of the thick outer diameter portion is arranged on more proximal end side than a proximal end portion of the image pick-up unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Eijiro Sato, Eiji Matsuda, Toru Shinmura
  • Patent number: 8428685
    Abstract: A method for controlling movement of an imaging device in vivo, the method comprising the steps of providing an imaging device having a longitudinal axis and a magnetic component, said device to be inserted into a patient's body; providing a rotating magnetic field outside the patient's body; and advancing the rotating magnetic filed along the patient's body in a desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Given Imaging Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Christopher Swain, Frank Volke, Elisha Rabinovitz, Jeremy Pinchas Gerber, Boaz Aizenshtark, Bertram Manz, Martin Benecke
  • Patent number: 8425405
    Abstract: An electronic endoscope apparatus includes: an image pickup apparatus mounted at a distal end portion of an insertion portion; an operation portion provided consecutively at the insertion portion, with a frame member incorporated therein; and an electrical cable extended from the operation portion for connection with an external device. In the electronic endoscope apparatus, the frame member has a circuit board portion which establishes electrical connection between shields of the insertion portion and the electrical cable, and on which various electronic parts for exchanging signals with the image pickup apparatus are mounted. In spite of the arrangement of the image pickup apparatus that can acquire high-quality images at a distal end portion of the insertion portion, a size of the apparatus, in particular, a diameter of the insertion portion, can be prevented from being increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Takahiko Mitani, Akira Muramatsu, Seiji Sakai, Tomoaki Yamashita, Masahiro Kawauchi, Yuichi Wataya
  • Patent number: 8419617
    Abstract: An apparatus for introduction into a test body includes a functional portion for obtaining information on an inside of a test body; a power source for supplying power for driving the functional portion; and an enclosed container for accommodating the functional portion and the power source. A cross-sectional shape orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the enclosed container is an elliptical shape to make an outer shape small to alleviate a burden on a test subject during introduction into a body by swallowing or the like for test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Takatoshi Igarashi, Kazuaki Kojima
  • Patent number: 8394014
    Abstract: An endoscope comprises a shaft with an outer tube and with an inner tube extending inside the latter, the outer and inner tubes being radially spaced apart from one another such that they form between them an axially extending channel, which provides space for receiving a light guide. An intermediate tube having flexural strength is arranged between the outer tube and the inner tube, which intermediate tube at least partially surrounds the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Fuerst, Joerg Halbig, Markus Kupferschmid, Fang Lei, Sven Mersmann, Jan Dahmen, Ewald Stihl, Frank Lederer
  • Patent number: 8391952
    Abstract: An electromagnetic tracking system comprising at least one electromagnetic transmitter assembly or at least one electromagnetic receiver assembly with two coils attachable to a trackable object to be tracked. The two coils including a first large coil and a second small coil, with the second small coil positioned asymmetrically with respect to the first large coil. The electromagnetic tracking system enables a medical professional to continually track the position and orientation of the object during a medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Peter Traneus Anderson