Having Imaging And Illumination Means Patents (Class 600/160)
  • Patent number: 11116390
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a capsule endoscope with specific gravity control. The capsule endoscope comprises a housing to enclose various components, an inflatable device attached to a first longitudinal end of the capsule unit and an enteric coated shell attached to the first longitudinal end of the capsule unit to enclose the inflatable device between the enteric coated shell and the capsule unit. The various components include a camera sub-system for capturing image frames. The inflatable device comprises an inflatable membrane and an effervescent formulation inside the inflatable membrane. The enteric coated shell fits tightly onto the first longitudinal end of the capsule unit to prevent body liquid from leaking into a space between the enteric coated shell and the capsule unit when the capsule unit travels in human gastrointestinal tract after being swallowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: CAPSOVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Phat Bao Trinh, Amy Freitas, Mikael Trollsas
  • Patent number: 11103135
    Abstract: Surgical devices and methods for utilizing optical coherence tomography (OCT) to monitor and control tissue sealing are disclosed. The surgical device includes an end effector assembly that includes first and second jaw members that are movable between a first, spaced-apart position and a second proximate position. An OCT system, at least a portion of which is incorporated into the end effector assembly, is configured to sense properties of the tissue, e.g., the structural density of the tissue, disposed between the first and second jaw members. A tissue-sealing energy source may be disposed within at least one of the jaw members and may provide tissue-sealing energy to tissue disposed between the jaw members. A controller, which is coupled to the OCT system and the tissue-sealing energy source, controls the tissue-sealing energy generated by the tissue-sealing energy source based on the properties of the tissue sensed by the OCT system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: William H. Nau, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11096567
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an endoscope having an insertion portion. The endoscope is attached to the proximal end of the insertion portion. An image capturing module is attached to the distal-end portion of an insertion portion. The image capturing module includes a wiring board having a principal surface including first electrodes and second electrodes disposed thereon. An image capturing element includes respective photodetection and reverse surfaces. The reverse surface includes external electrodes and is connected to the first electrodes on the wiring board. A prism having an entrance surface to which light is applied, a reflection surface, and an exit surface in which the exit surface being bonded to the photodetection surface of the image capturing element. A support member is used to support the prism. A layered element including a plurality of elements is layered together and having an upper surface, a lower surface with element electrodes disposed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken Yamamoto, Takuro Suyama
  • Patent number: 10986988
    Abstract: An electronic endoscope has a light source configured to emit normal light toward an object and a rotating filter configured to be positioned in the path of light that passes from the light source to an image sensor. The rotating filter has an optical band-pass filter and a ND filter. The electronic endoscope has further a rotation controller that synchronizes a light-path traverse-interval of the band-pass filter and a light-path traverse-interval of the ND filter with a field/frame interval; and an image generator that generates a normal image from broadband image-pixel signals and generates a spectral image from specific-band image-pixel signals. The image generator has a brightness adjuster that increases a brightness level of the spectral image. Then, the ND filter reduces an amount of light emitted from the light source to an amount of light that corresponds to an increased brightness of the spectral image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaaki Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10992848
    Abstract: A drape configured to cover a handheld imager for use in a medical procedure, the drape including a frame that is removably mountable to a front portion of an enclosure of the imager; and at least one light transmissive component mounted to the frame and recessed with respect to a front of the frame such that the at least one light transmissive component is positioned in front of at least one enclosure window of the imager when the frame is mounted to the front portion of the imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Novadaq Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Gavin Michael Murray, Adam John Tynan
  • Patent number: 10980420
    Abstract: A fluorescence imaging system for imaging an object, the system includes a white light provider that emits white light, an excitation light provider that emits excitation light in a plurality of excitation wavebands for causing the object to emit fluorescent light, a component that directs the white light and excitation light to the object and collects reflected white light and emitted fluorescent light from the object, a filter that blocks light in the excitation wavebands and transmits at least a portion of the reflected white light and fluorescent light, and an image sensor assembly that receives the transmitted reflected white light and the fluorescent light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker European Operations Limited
    Inventors: John Josef Paul Fengler, Robert Anthony Stead
  • Patent number: 10973399
    Abstract: R, G, B laser beams emitted from an R_LD, a G_LD, and a B_LD, respectively, are divided, through demultiplexers, into respective monitoring laser beams and respective irradiation laser beams to be applied to a scanning type endoscope side. R, G, B drive currents for causing light emission at the R_LD, the G_LD, and the B_LD are controlled such that the light quantities of the divided monitoring laser beams become equal to monitoring light quantity values on which the division ratios in the case of temperature change are reflected. As a result of this control, the light quantities of the irradiation laser beams each fall within a range satisfying a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noboru Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10921577
    Abstract: In an endoscope device, an imaging device sequentially reads pixel signals from at least some of a plurality of pixels row by row during a first period. A control unit causes a light source to generate illumination light during a second period. The second period is at least a part of a period other than the first period. The control unit causes the light source to stop the generation of the illumination light during a third period. The third period is all of a period other than the second period. The control unit causes a switching unit to start switching of an imaging condition during the third period and complete the switching of the imaging condition during the third period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiyotomi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10900830
    Abstract: An optical head includes a first module that concentrates pump light and Stokes light on a first point; a second module that collects CARS light from the first point; and a third module that supports the first module and the second module. The first module includes: a high rigidity first frame; and a first optical system including a plurality of optical elements fixed to the first frame. The second module includes: a high rigidity second frame; and a second optical system including a plurality of optical elements fixed to the second frame. The third module includes a high rigidity third frame that fixes the first frame and the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: ATONARP INC.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Ishimitsu
  • Patent number: 10887992
    Abstract: A video camera head is comprised of at least two rigid printed circuit boards (PCBS) arranged in parallel planes. The at least two PCBs are mechanically supported one above the other by pins made of an electricity conducting material that conduct electrical power from the bottom PCB to electronic components or illumination means mounted on the other PCBs and signals from a solid state sensor chip mounted on one of the other PCBs of the at least two PCBs to the bottom PCB. Several embodiments of the video camera head are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MEDIGUS LTD.
    Inventors: Amir Govrin, Minelu Sonnenschein
  • Patent number: 10879607
    Abstract: A rotating unit for controlling an antenna to rotate includes an electromagnetic element and a rotating circuit. The rotating circuit is electrically coupled with the electromagnetic element. The rotating circuit controls the electromagnetic element to generate a magnetic force for controlling a rotation of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD.
    Inventor: Shun-Hsing Yeh
  • Patent number: 10849712
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an image processing device, an image processing method, a surgery system, and a surgical thread capable of further improving visibility of the thread. The image processing device is provided with an image obtaining unit which obtains a first image imaged under an illumination condition in which the surgical thread fluoresces and a second image imaged under an illumination condition including at least visible light as images of an operative site using the surgical thread which fluoresces, and a synthesis unit which generates a synthetic image obtained by synthesizing an area of the surgical thread of the first image and the second image. The present technology is applicable to, for example, a surgery system and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Sugie, Yasuaki Takahashi, Yukihiro Nakamura, Tomoyuki Hirayama, Kenta Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10852185
    Abstract: An optical head includes a first module that concentrates pump light and Stokes light on a first point; a second module that collects CARS light from the first point; and a third module that supports the first module and the second module. The first module includes: a high rigidity first frame; and a first optical system including a plurality of optical elements fixed to the first frame. The second module includes: a high rigidity second frame; and a second optical system including a plurality of optical elements fixed to the second frame. The third module includes a high rigidity third frame that fixes the first frame and the second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: ATONARP INC.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Ishimitsu
  • Patent number: 10791909
    Abstract: An image capturing assembly for use in an endoscope includes a manifold with a base and a casing extending outward from the base, a partially enclosed housing adapted to physically attach to the manifold, a foldable LED carrier substrate capable of carrying a plurality of LEDs, a flexible optical carrier substrate capable of carrying a plurality of camera sensors, and a tip cover adapted to cover the manifold, housing, LED carrier substrate, and optical carrier substrate. The manifold includes at least one continuous channel extending throughout its length. The foldable LED carrier substrate includes a central, forward facing portion, adapted to carry at least one illuminator for a front viewing element, and a pair of arms extending proximally from the central portion. Each arm includes at least one foldable protrusion adapted to carry an illuminator for a side viewing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Endochoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Avi Levy, Moshiko Levi, Golan Salman, Amram Aizenfeld, Stephan Wieth, Jeruham Avron, Robby Dascalo, Mark Gilreath, Leonid Krivopisk, Yaniv Kirma, Victor Levin
  • Patent number: 10791935
    Abstract: A method for dynamically adjusting fluorescent imaging is provided. The method is used in a device and includes the following steps: emitting, by a light emitting diode, light to illuminate teeth in an oral cavity, wherein the light is used to generate fluorescence from the teeth; filtering, by an optical filter, the fluorescence; receiving, by an image sensor, a signal and adjusting a gain value of an analog-to-digital converter according to the signal; converting, by the analog-to-digital converter, the filtered fluorescence into a digital signal and adjusting the digital signal according to the gain value; and generating, by a processor, an output image signal that corresponds to the gain value from the digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Kai-Ju Cheng, Hsin-Lun Hsieh, Chin-Yuan Ting, Tsung-Hsin Lu
  • Patent number: 10779713
    Abstract: The instant disclosure provides for medical imaging systems that may be used in conjunction with an intraoperative medical device, such as an endoscope. Generally, the disclosed medical imaging systems include an illumination source configured to generate illuminating photons for illuminating a biological sample. An optical signal modulator is configured to separate one or more of the illuminating photons and photons that have interacted with the biological sample into a first optical signal having first multi-passband wavelengths and a second optical signal having second multi-passband wavelengths. At least one detector is configured to detect one or more of the first optical signal and the second optical signal and generate at least one image data set. A processor is configured to analyze the at least one image data set. In some embodiments, the processor is configured to differentiate between structures of the biological sample, such as between an ureter and surrounding tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: CHEMIMAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick Treado, Matthew Nelson, Shona Stewart
  • Patent number: 10709310
    Abstract: An endoscope system 10 includes an image acquiring unit 54 that acquires a first image and a second image, the first image being obtained by using first illumination light, the second image being obtained by using second illumination light at a different timing from the first image; a halation-region detecting unit 74 that detects a halation region; a calculated-image generating unit 73 that performs calculation by using the first image and the second image and that generates a calculated image; a display-image generating unit 77 that generates a display image in which a tone reflects the calculated image; and a tone changing unit 75 that changes the tone of the halation region in the display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10646187
    Abstract: Aspects of stone identification methods and systems are described. According to one aspect, an exemplary method comprises: transmitting to a processing unit, with an imaging element mounted on a distal end of a scope, image data about a stone object inside a body cavity; generating from the image data, with the processing unit, a visual representation of the stone object and the body cavity; establishing from a user input, with the processing unit, a scale for the visual representation; determining from the visual representation, with the processing unit, a size of the stone object on the scale; comparing, with the processing unit, the size of the stone object with a predetermined maximum size to determine a removal status; and augmenting, with the processing unit, the visual representation to include an indicator responsive to the removal status. Associated systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Pereira, Michael S. H. Chu, Elizabeth Stokley, David Salto, Candace Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10638916
    Abstract: In an endoscope device, a control unit brings an imaging device into an operation in a first read-out mode. In the first read-out mode, the imaging device reads out pixel signals from a plurality of pixels in a first time. After an instruction for the measurement of a subject is generated, the control unit brings the imaging device into an operation in a second read-out mode. In the second read-out mode, the imaging device reads out the pixel signals from the plurality of pixels in a second time. The second time is shorter than the first time. The control unit causes an imaging condition switching unit to switch imaging conditions on the basis of an operation of the imaging device in the second read-out mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sakai
  • Patent number: 10610104
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to gastrointestinal (GI) tract detection methods, devices and systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Progenity, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pak, John Mitchell McLean, Paul Timothy Smith, Mitchell Lawrence Jones, Christopher Loren Wahl
  • Patent number: 10602918
    Abstract: Still image display of a recent video image of tissue as a reference still image prior to a switch in the mode of illumination of the tissue. The still image is displayed concurrently with live video of the tissue under a different mode of illumination, to facilitate discrimination between healthy and diseased tissue. When a practitioner switches a light source from a “first light” to a “second light”, the second light video may be frozen/captured and displayed as a reference still image as a PIP, and the second light live video is displayed concurrently. The second light can be infrared and/or near infrared light. The second light can include structured light to project a structured light pattern to facilitate structure measurements. The second light source is configured with a numerical aperture greater than the first light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy King, Klaus-Martin Irion, Werner Goebel
  • Patent number: 10595708
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes an imaging unit having an image sensor to image a subject, a light source emitting illumination light for illuminating the subject, and a laser treatment instrument which can emit laser light for treating the subject during emission of the illumination light. A control device for the endoscope system includes a determination unit which determines a state of use of the laser treatment instrument, and a brightness adjustment circuit which adjusts at least one of exposure time in imaging by the imaging unit and the amount of emitted light of the light source based on the result of determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Kojima
  • Patent number: 10593040
    Abstract: Provided herein are digital-implemented methods for performing simultaneous analyses on an object on the skin of an animal body, for example, a human, to classify the object as a skin cancer, an ulcer or neither. The analyses are performed simultaneously on a hand-held imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: University of Houston System
    Inventor: George Zouridakis
  • Patent number: 10588711
    Abstract: Selective reflection of light by ureters and by tissue around the ureters is used to safely and efficiently image the ureters. In one aspect, a plurality of surgical site scenes is captured. Each of the plurality of surgical site scenes is captured from reflected light having a different light spectrum. The plurality of captured surgical site scenes is analyzed to identify ureter tissue in the captured surgical site scenes. A surgical site scene is displayed on a display device. The displayed surgical site scene has ureter tissue artificially highlighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. DiCarlo, Ian E. McDowall, Jonathan M. Sorger
  • Patent number: 10580130
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an imaging device determines color information for a portion of organic tissue from one or more captured color images of the tissue. The imaging device identifies one or more optical properties of the portion of tissue based on the determined color information. The imaging device adjusts fluorescence data captured via one or more fluorescence images of the portion of organic tissue. The imaging device provides the adjusted fluorescence data to an electronic display for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Curadel, LLC
    Inventor: John V. Frangioni
  • Patent number: 10571407
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining information for defects on a wafer are provided. One system includes an illumination subsystem configured to direct light having one or more illumination wavelengths to a wafer. The one or more illumination wavelengths are selected to cause fluorescence from one or more materials on the wafer without causing fluorescence from one or more other materials on the wafer. The system also includes a detection subsystem configured to detect only the fluorescence from the one or more materials or to detect non-fluorescent light from the wafer without detecting the fluorescence from the one or more materials. In addition, the system includes a computer subsystem configured to determine information for defects on the wafer using output generated by the detection subsystem responsive to the detected fluorescence or the detected non-fluorescent light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corp.
    Inventors: Stefano Palomba, Pavel Kolchin, Mikhail Haurylau, Robert M. Danen, David W. Shortt
  • Patent number: 10542874
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a lens group configured to collect incident light, a prism configured to reflect the light collected by the lens group, and an image sensor having a light receiving unit configured to receive the light reflected by the prism and to perform photoelectric conversion on the received light to generate an electrical signal. The prism is mounted on the light receiving unit, and the lens group is directly mounted on a surface of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriyuki Fujimori
  • Patent number: 10539777
    Abstract: Provided are an optical unit and an endoscope that can enhance the airtightness between a holding tube and a cover glass without a joining member flowing into a distal end surface of an optical lens while maintaining the attachment accuracy of the cover glass. A spacer is disposed between a cover glass position restricting part of a holding tube of an optical unit and a cover glass. The position of the cover glass in an optical axis is restricted by the cover glass position restricting part via a spacer. An external diameter of a first end surface of the spacer is smaller than an internal diameter of a cover glass fixing part of the holding tube. A solder pool part is provided in a region, which is surrounded by a side surface of the spacer, the cover glass fixing part, and the cover glass position restricting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hideyuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 10533837
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are presented for multichannel optical coherence tomography. Light from a wavelength tuneable or steppable optical source is separated into one or more sample beams and one or more reference beams, and the one or more sample beams directed onto a sample to form one or more interaction regions. A plurality of returning probe beams are collected and mixed with the one or more reference beams to form an interference pattern comprising a plurality of interferograms having at least two distinct carrier frequencies. The multichannel optical apparatus can be provided with polarisation discrimination by mixing the returning probe beams with two orthogonally polarised reference beams to form one or more interference patterns each comprising a plurality of interferograms having at least two distinct carrier frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Steven James Frisken
  • Patent number: 10517468
    Abstract: A capsule medical device configured to be introduced into a subject to acquire information about the subject is provided. The capsule medical device includes: a capsule-shaped casing including: a first casing including a hemispherical portion and a cylindrical portion; and a second casing that is a cylindrical casing where an opening edge portion having an opening is positioned at one end, the cylindrical portion of the first casing being fitted on an outer peripheral surface of the second casing on a side of the opening to incorporate an information acquisition member for acquiring information about the subject; and a positioning member including: a first abutment surface configured to abut on an end surface of the second casing on the side of the opening; and a second abutment surface configured to abut on the information acquisition member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidetake Segawa
  • Patent number: 10488647
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring a scanning pattern of an optical scanning apparatus can easily reduce the effect of stray light and improve the measurement accuracy of the scanning pattern. An apparatus for measuring a scanning pattern of an optical scanning apparatus (100), which scans an object being illuminated with illumination light and generates a display image of the object being illuminated, includes a screen (11) scanned by the illumination light and an optical position detector (12) that detects the position of an irradiation spot of the illumination light on the screen (11). The apparatus for measuring a scanning pattern sequentially detects a position of the irradiation spot at predetermined time points with the optical position detector (12) during scanning of the screen (11) to measure the scanning pattern of the illumination light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuru Namiki
  • Patent number: 10481095
    Abstract: Multispectral imaging of samples, in particular of biological tissues. A method for acquisition of fluorescence and reflectance images of an object including alternatingly illuminating the object with at least a first light having several spectral regions of high intensity, wherein the first light has at least one region of low intensity that is of longer wavelength to a region of high intensity, and at least a second light having at least one spectral region of high intensity, recording a first image of the object during illumination of the object with the first light and a second image of the object during illumination of the object with the second light using a common sensor array, wherein the light recorded by the sensor array is attenuated in at least one of the spectral regions in which the first light has high intensities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Universität Heidelberg
    Inventors: Nikolas Dimitriadis, Nikolaos Deliolanis
  • Patent number: 10478047
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method to move a magnetic capsule linearly both horizontally and linearly in a very controllable fashion, wherein the direction of a combined external magnetic field, the force experienced by the magnetic capsule, the movement direction of the capsule and magnetic direction of the magnetic capsule can be all aligned in parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ankon Medical Technologies (Shanghai) Co., LTD
    Inventors: Xiaodong Duan, Shaobang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10473911
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a fiber optic cable with a proximal end and a distal end opposite the proximal end. The endoscope apparatus also includes a light source optically coupled to the proximal end of the fiber optic cable to emit visible light and excitation light into the fiber optic cable for output from the distal end. The light source is configured to emit both the visible light and the excitation light simultaneously, and a wavelength of the excitation light is outside a wavelength spectrum of the visible light. An image sensor is configured to receive a reflection of the visible light as reflected visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Vidya Ganapati, Eden Rephaeli, Daniele Piponi
  • Patent number: 10410372
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for utilizing radial distortion to estimate a pose configuration are disclosed. According to one aspect, the method includes receiving, from each of a plurality of camera devices, an input pixel row of a radially distorted image and conducting a row comparison between each of the input pixel rows and a respectively associated synthesized pixel row. The method further includes approximating, for each row comparison, a span of a curve in an image space with a plurality of segments and computing, for each of the plurality of segments, a constraint. The method also includes utilizing the constraints to estimate a pose configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Inventors: Akash Abhijit Bapat, James True Price, Jan-Michael Frahm
  • Patent number: 10398297
    Abstract: An antifogging device includes: an optical system having one or a plurality of optical members including at least an objective lens; a hollow casing in which the optical system is stored; a heater configured to generate heat according to supplied power to heat a hollow space in the casing; a temperature sensor configured to detect temperature of the hollow space; a temperature controller configured to estimate temperature difference between the temperature detected by the temperature sensor and temperature of the optical member, based on a power value of the supplied power; and an overall controller configured to control the heater based on the temperature difference estimated by the temperature controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Ide, Yuta Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10396453
    Abstract: A rotating unit for controlling an antenna to rotate includes an electromagnetic element and a rotating circuit. The rotating circuit is electrically coupled with the electromagnetic element. The rotating circuit controls the electromagnetic element to generate a magnetic force for controlling a rotation of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AMBIT MICROSYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD.
    Inventor: Shun-Hsing Yeh
  • Patent number: 10386627
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a fiber optic cable with a proximal end and a distal end opposite the proximal end. The endoscope apparatus also includes a light source optically coupled to the proximal end of the fiber optic cable to emit visible light and excitation light into the fiber optic cable for output from the distal end. The light source is configured to emit both the visible light and the excitation light simultaneously, and a wavelength of the excitation light is outside a wavelength spectrum of the visible light. An image sensor coupled to the distal end of the fiber optic cable and positioned to receive a reflection of the visible light as reflected visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Vidya Ganapati, Eden Rephaeli, Daniele Piponi
  • Patent number: 10368820
    Abstract: Aspects of stone identification methods and systems are described. According to one aspect, an exemplary method comprises: transmitting to a processing unit, with an imaging element mounted on a distal end of a scope, image data about a stone object inside a body cavity; generating from the image data, with the processing unit, a visual representation of the stone object and the body cavity; establishing from a user input, with the processing unit, a scale for the visual representation; determining from the visual representation, with the processing unit, a size of the stone object on the scale; comparing, with the processing unit, the size of the stone object with a predetermined maximum size to determine a removal status; and augmenting, with the processing unit, the visual representation to include an indicator responsive to the removal status. Associated systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. Pereira, Michael S. H. Chu, Elizabeth Stokley, David Salto, Candace Rhodes
  • Patent number: 10346978
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for estimating or measuring a physical area or physical volume of an object of interest in one or more images captured using an endoscope are disclosed. According to the present method, an object of interest in an image or images is determined. Also, distance information associated with the object of interest with respect to an image sensor of the endoscope is received. The physical area size or physical volume size of the object of interest is then determined based on the image or images, and the distance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CapsoVision Inc.
    Inventors: Kang-Huai Wang, Mark Hadley, Chenyu Wu
  • Patent number: 10307048
    Abstract: An otoscope device is disclosed comprising a portion configured to be introduced in an ear canal of a patient's outer ear; and an electronic imaging unit configured for capturing at least one image of the patient's outer ear, especially of the eardrum. The otoscope device further comprises electronic and/or optic means configured for determining spectral information, especially with respect to wavelengths shorter than 550 nm; and is configured for identifying and/or locating objects shown in the at least one image, especially the eardrum, in dependence on a specific amount of blue components and/or UV components of the image or of radiation reflected from the object. Further, a method is disclosed for identifying and/or locating objects in a subject's ear or to a method of identifying an eardrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Albrecht Lepple-Wienhues
  • Patent number: 10300259
    Abstract: A remotely activatable capsule. The capsule includes a housing that can be swallowed by a subject, an electrical energy reservoir having a first terminal and a second terminal positioned in the housing, a remotely activatable switch positioned in the housing and configured to be remotely activated, and a function-specific mechanism positioned in the housing and electrically coupled to the remotely activatable switch and to the electrical energy reservoir and configured to perform a function when the remotely activatable switch is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Babak Ziaie, Rahim Rahimi, Wuyang Yu
  • Patent number: 10244210
    Abstract: A camera device for use in a storage unit includes a case configured to be detachably installable inside the storage unit to a holder unit configured to hold the case inside the storage unit, an image capturing element provided inside the case and configured to capture an image inside the storage unit where the case is installed, an image capture window provided on a first surface portion of the case and configured for capturing the image inside the storage unit by the image capturing element, and a preventing element configured to prevent the case from being attached to the holder unit in an orientation other than a predetermined orientation. The image capture window is configured for capturing image inside the storage unit by the image capturing element. The holder unit holds the case inside the storage unit. The image capturing element captures the image inside the storage unit with the case being installed in the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Izawa, Kazuhiro Furuta, Yuuki Marutani, Kota Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10188277
    Abstract: An otoscope device is disclosed comprising a portion configured to be introduced in an ear canal of a patient's outer ear; and an electronic imaging unit configured for capturing at least one image of the patient's outer ear, especially of the eardrum. The otoscope device further comprises electronic and/or optic means configured for determining spectral information, especially with respect to wavelengths shorter than 550 nm; and is configured for identifying and/or locating objects shown in the at least one image, especially the eardrum, in dependence on a specific amount of blue components and/or UV components of the image or of radiation reflected from the object. Further, a method is disclosed for identifying and/or locating objects in a subject's ear or to a method of identifying an eardrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Albrecht Lepple-Wienhues
  • Patent number: 10175171
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multi UV-LED probe system for detection of a characteristic of a sample, the system including a device comprising a probe head, the probe head including a plurality of UV-LEDs, an optic fiber bundle, an optional heating surface, an optional cooling surface and a light directing means adapted to transfer UV from the plurality of UV-LEDs to a region of the sample and further adapted to receive fluorescent light from the region to focus it into the optic fiber bundle and a power source adapted to provide electrical energy to the plurality of UV-LEDs, a spectrophotometer configured to receive the fluorescent light from the optic fiber bundle and a processor adapted to receive signals associated with the fluorescent light and to process the signals to provide the detection of the characteristic of the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Aron Vecht
  • Patent number: 10165972
    Abstract: A device for observing a sentinel lymph node (SLN) in a human body. More particularly, the present invention relates to a device for observing an SLN by detecting near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence caused by a fluorescent material such as indocyanine green (ICG) at the SLN and a method for detecting NIR fluorescence at an SLN. Particularly, in the implementation of a composite image obtained by reproducing a fluorescent material such as ICG and NIR fluorescence emitted by excitation light together with a visible light image, it is possible to detect an SLN with high accuracy through a color contrast method and/or a temporal modulation method using an NIR fluorescence image signal and a visible reflection light image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTHESMART CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Uk Kang, Ilhyung Shin
  • Patent number: 10141158
    Abstract: A wafer and DUT inspection apparatus and a wafer and DUT inspection method using thereof are provided. The apparatus includes a vacuum chamber, a stage, an electron gun, a lens system, an optical mirror and a detector. In the vacuum chamber, the stage is disposed near a first end, and the electron gun is disposed near a second end opposite to the first end. The lens system disposed between the stage and the electron gun is a total reflective achromatic lens system including a first lens and a second lens. The second lens having a second aperture is disposed between the electron gun and the first lens having a first aperture aligned with the second aperture. The optical mirror is disposed between the lens system and the electron gun. The detector is horizontally aligned with the optical mirror and configured to detect cathodoluminescence reflected from the optical mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bao-Hua Niu, Jung-Hsiang Chuang, David Hung-I Su
  • Patent number: 10092163
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: a camera head configured to examine an interior of a subject and output a result of the examination; and a control apparatus electrically connected to the camera head and configured for the examination result to be inputted thereto from the camera head and to control operation of the camera head. The camera head includes a plurality of devices, and a CPU configured to perform initialization of at least one of the plurality of devices. The endoscope apparatus makes it possible to shorten start-up time of the entire endoscope apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Ichiro Masui, Takahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10034600
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: a light source section configured to generate first light emitted to a subject having hemoglobin and second light; an image pickup section configured to receive light from the subject irradiated with the light from the light source section to generate an image pickup signal; an image generation section configured to generate an observation image of the subject from a first image pickup signal generated by receiving light from the subject irradiated with the first light and a second image pickup signal generated by receiving light from the subject irradiated with the second light; and a control section configured to control a spectral product of at least one of the first light and the second light such that a spectral product in the wavelength band of the first light falls within 50% to 150% of a spectral product in the wavelength band of the second light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makoto Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10009526
    Abstract: An exemplary device includes, on a longitudinal axis, an illumination-light source, an axicon (conic) mirror, an image sensor, and a tilted optical element. The light source provides illumination light propagating forwardly on the axis. The axicon mirror reflects the illumination light radially outward, relative to the axis, to the interior surface of a tube to produce reflected light propagating, from the illuminated interior surface, as imaging light back to the axicon, which reflects the imaging light rearwardly. The image sensor receives at least a portion of the imaging light rearwardly reflected by the axicon mirror. The tilted optical element, situated between the axicon mirror and the interior surface, moves a selected first portion of the imaging light away from being incident on the image sensor, while allowing a second portion of the imaging light to be incident on the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Roger A. Kisner, Timothy J. McIntyre, Vincent C. Paquit