View Field Altering Means Patents (Class 600/173)
  • Patent number: 10674048
    Abstract: The present application relates to a panorama stitching camera, including: a base provided with a fixing plate; a main shaft passing vertically through the fixing plate; and a plurality of lenses disposed at one end of the main shaft, wherein, a limiting protrusion and a shaft end retaining ring that abut respectively against two opposite sides of the fixing plate are disposed at the other end of the main shaft. When the angle of view of the panorama stitching camera is being adjusted, the plurality of lenses can rotate around the axis of the main shaft simply by rotation of the main shaft. Thus, the adjustment of the angle of view of the lens along the circumferential direction of the main shaft is achieved, and the operation of adjusting the angle of view of the panorama stitching camera is greatly simplified. Thus, the problem that the angle of view of an existing panorama stitching camera cannot be adjusted readily during use is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hongjie Guan, Zhan Ye, Caisheng Yan
  • Patent number: 10593233
    Abstract: A laparoscopic trainer platform assembly includes: a training platform; a base, configured to accommodate at least one target array; the target array including a planar surface upon which are disposed a plurality of protruding targets oriented at various angles on the base; a left side support for supporting the training platform on the base; and a right side support for supporting the training platform on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: VTI Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo Tortola
  • Patent number: 10506919
    Abstract: An operation switching mechanism includes a wire, a reciprocating movement member, a first biasing member, a second biasing member, switching members configured to switch states in which the first biasing member and the second biasing member perform biasing, and an operation member configured to operate the switching members according to operation from an outside and move the reciprocating movement member to a first movement position or a second movement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuto Yoshinaga, Kazuhiko Hino
  • Patent number: 10092167
    Abstract: An optical assembly adapted to be positioned within an endoscope tip and having three modular camera units, comprising: a front modular camera unit defined by a front central axis and a first and second side modular camera units defined by first and second side central axes that are substantially parallel to one another and substantially perpendicular to the front central axis. Each modular camera unit further comprises a holder for housing an associated optical element and an image sensor in data communication with a corresponding printed circuit board. The front, first side and second side modular camera units are respectively positioned in first, second and third compartments of an assembly holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaniv Kirma, Golan Salman, Amram Aizenfeld, Leonid Krivopisk, Moshiko Levi, Stephan Wieth, Jeruham Avron, Robby Dascalo, Avi Levy, Mark Gilreath, Victor Levin
  • Patent number: 10007104
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an outer shaft with a distal end whose surface is configured by a cylindrical mantle surface and a curved front surface, such that the distal end of the outer shaft includes a mantle component and a curved front component that is joined to the mantle component. A distance of an interface between the mantle component and the front component from an edge between the mantle surface and the curved front surface is no greater than a wall thickness of the mantle component or no greater than a wall thickness of the front component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andre Buerk, Peter Eisenkolb
  • Patent number: 9877638
    Abstract: An endoscope with a viewing angle that can be adjusted within a predetermined angular range includes a movable light-diverting device on the distal end of the endoscope on whose orientation the viewing angle of the endoscope depends, and a jointed device to movably hold the light-diverting device. The jointed device is configured for a movement of the light-diverting device that includes more than only a pivoting about a single pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andre Buerk
  • Patent number: 9763563
    Abstract: A variable direction of view endoscope system including an endoscope having an image receiver with a variable direction of view adjustable over a viewing range bound by a first limit and a second limit and a single button for adjusting the variable direction of view of the image receiver, wherein actuation of the single button advances the variable direction of view sequentially through the viewing range. When the image receiver is at the second limit of the viewing range, actuation of the single button adjusts the image receiver back to the first limit of the viewing range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans David Hoeg, William S. Schnorr
  • Patent number: 9706903
    Abstract: An optical assembly adapted to be positioned within an endoscope tip and having three modular camera units, comprising: a front modular camera unit defined by a front central axis and a first and second side modular camera units defined by first and second side central axes that are substantially parallel to one another and substantially perpendicular to the front central axis. Each modular camera unit further comprises a holder for housing an associated optical element and an image sensor in data communication with a corresponding printed circuit board. The front, first side and second side modular camera units are respectively positioned in first, second and third compartments of an assembly holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaniv Kirma, Golan Salman, Amram Aizenfeld, Leonid Krivopisk, Moshiko Levi, Stephan Wieth, Jeruham Avron, Robby Dascalo, Avi Levy, Mark Gilreath, Victor Levin
  • Patent number: 9655679
    Abstract: A steerable probe having high-power-density actuators positioned at joints along the length of the probe. The actuators are moveable about and between a straight position and a curved position in response to selective actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: University of Maryland
    Inventors: Jaydev P. Desai, Elif Ayvali
  • Patent number: 9606350
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a scanning system includes optical elements and a movement system. The optical elements include an optical fiber and a gradient-index (GRIN) lens. The optical fiber has a fiber axis that extends to an imaginary fiber axis, and is configured to transmit a light ray. The GRIN lens has a GRIN perimeter and a GRIN lens optical axis, and is configured to refract the light ray. The movement system moves a first optical element relative to a second optical element in a closed path such that the GRIN lens optical axis substantially aligns with the imaginary fiber axis at at least one point of the path and the GRIN perimeter intersects the imaginary fiber axis at at least two points of the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Dean Y. Lin, Kambiz Parto, Edouard G. Schmidtlin, Barry L. Wheatley
  • Patent number: 9474437
    Abstract: An endoscope including: a shaft tube; a fibre tube disposed within the shaft tube; an image guide having a distal objective, the image guide being disposed within the shaft tube; and an optical fibre bundle disposed in a free cross-section between the fibre tube and the shaft tube. Wherein the fibre tube has an elongate cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Wieters, Philipp Abel
  • Patent number: 9427141
    Abstract: An endoscope pipe with a central, elongated observation window on the distal end, whereby several light outlet openings for fiberoptic end surfaces are positioned close to the observation window for illuminating the angle area observed through the observation window and the light outlet openings are positioned asymmetrically in relation to the longitudinal extension of the observation window and/or the fiberoptic end surfaces are held in the light outlet openings in such a way that light is beamed from the fiberoptic end surfaces into the angle area in various directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Fang Lei, Ulrich Weiger
  • Patent number: 9392930
    Abstract: An endoscope with adjustable viewing angle includes one of a number of light outlet devices on the distal end of the endoscope, such that the light outlet devices are configured and positioned to conduct illuminating light emerging from different light outlet devices into at least partly different solid angles, several lightwave conductors to conduct illuminating light to the light outlet devices and a light splitting device for controllably switching illuminating light into one or more of the number of lightwave conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Fang Lei, Ulrich Weiger
  • Patent number: 9323049
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a scanning system comprises optical elements and a movement system. The optical elements comprise an optical fiber and a focusing element. The optical fiber transmits a light ray and has a fiber axis that extends to an imaginary fiber axis. The focusing element refracts the light ray and has a focusing element optical axis that is substantially aligned with the imaginary fiber axis. The movement system rotates the focusing element about the focusing element optical axis to scan the light ray. In other embodiments, a scanning system comprises optical elements and a movement system. The optical elements comprise an optical fiber, a focusing element, and a prism. The prism has a prism optical axis and receives the light ray from the focusing element. The movement system rotates the prism about the prism optical axis to scan the light ray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Tammo Hereen, Mauricio Jochinsen, Dean Y. Lin, Michael J. Papac, Kambiz Parto, Edouard G. Schmidtlin, Barry L. Wheatley, Lingfeng Yu
  • Patent number: 9320418
    Abstract: An endoscope having an adjustable illumination direction includes a reflective surface reflecting illumination light for the illumination of an object observed by means of the endoscope, the reflective surface being moveable in order to adjust the illumination direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Weiger
  • Patent number: 9320419
    Abstract: There is provided herein a tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section comprising: a fluid channeling component for a tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the fluid channeling component comprising one or more fluid channels configured for flowing for insufflation and/or irrigation fluid, and one or more support elements adapted to receive, support and/or secure a flexible electronic circuit board and/or one or more of a front camera, a side camera, an optical assembly, and a light source attached thereto; and a folded flexible electronic circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: EndoChoice Innovation Center Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaniv Kirma, Avi Levy, Golan Salman, Amram Aizenfeld
  • Patent number: 9319842
    Abstract: A mobile device is configured as a point and shoot type weapon for gaming, training, or the like. Utilizing the mobile device based weapon, such as a smart phone for example, a user thereof can simply aim the mobile device at a target and shoot. Shooting may be accomplished by tapping the mobile device, activating a button or soft key on the mobile device, making a gesture (e.g., moving a finger as if a trigger is being pulled), providing an audible command (e.g., “shoot”), or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Hall
  • Patent number: 9307892
    Abstract: An endoscope with an adjustable viewing direction includes a shaft, an image transmission device for transmitting an image from a distal end of the endoscope to a proximal end of the endoscope, a hermetically tight sheath around the image transmission device, with a light admission window at the distal end of the endoscope, a manipulating device at the proximal end of the endoscope, a swivel actuation device on the manipulating device for manual adjustment of an angle between the viewing direction and a longitudinal axis of the shaft, a magnetic coupling device for magnetically transmitting a force, parallel to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, between the swivel actuation device and a force transmission device inside the hermetically tight sheath, and a rotation actuation device on the manipulating device for manually rotating the viewing direction about the longitudinal axis of the shaft relative to the manipulating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Karl Storz, GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jan Dahmen
  • Patent number: 9295391
    Abstract: A spectrally encoded endoscopic probe having high resolution and small diameter comprising at least one flexible optical fiber; an energy source; a grating through which said energy is transmitted such that the energy spectrum is dispersed; a lens for focusing the dispersed energy spectrum onto a sample such that the impingement spot for each wavelength is a separate position on the sample, the wavelength spectrum defining a wavelength encoded axis; means for mechanically scanning the sample with focused energy in a direction perpendicular to the wavelength encoded axis; a means for receiving energy reflected from the sample; and, a means for detecting the received reflected energy. The probe grating and lens delivers a beam of multi-spectral light having spectral components extending in one dimension across a target region and which is moved to scan in another direction. The reflected spectrum is measured to provide two dimensional imaging of the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Guillermo J. Tearney, Brett Eugene Bouma, Milen Stefanov Shishkov, Jonathan Jay Rosen
  • Patent number: 9295379
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved interface between the surgeon and an endoscope system for laparoscopic surgery, holding a laparoscopic camera and/or controlling an automated endoscope assistant including at least one wireless transmitter with at least one operating key, at least one wireless receiver, at least one conventional laparoscopy computerized system loaded with conventional surgical instrument spatial location software, and conventional automated assistant maneuvering software, software loaded onto the conventional laparoscopy system that enables a visual response to the depression of at least one key on the wireless transmitter as well as an interface with the conventional automated assistant maneuvering software so as to achieve movement of the endoscope, and at least one video screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: M.S.T. MEDICAL SURGERY TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Mordehai Sholev
  • Patent number: 9218053
    Abstract: A surgical assistant system includes: an operation unit configured to give an input; an arm unit on which a treatment tool is mounted; an operation imaging unit configured to acquire an operation image that is an image including the operation unit; an endoscope configured to acquire an internal-body image; a mode control unit having a plurality of operation modes and configured to enable one of the plurality of operation modes to be set as a setting operation mode; a driving unit configured to enable the arm unit to be operated based on the input given by the operation unit and the setting operation mode; a synthetic image creation unit configured to synthesize images using at least the operation image to create a synthetic image based on the setting operation mode; and a display unit configured to display the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Komuro, Masatoshi Iida
  • Patent number: 9198559
    Abstract: An endoscope comprises an elongate shaft assembly, a window, a viewing angle adjustment assembly, and an indicator feature. The window is located at the distal end of the shaft assembly. The shaft assembly is configured to transmit a view acquired through the window. The viewing angle adjustment assembly is operable to selectively change a viewing angle associated with the window. The indicator feature is positioned to be visible within a view acquired through the window. The indicator feature is configured to indicate the viewing angle associated with the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy J. Kesten, John W. White
  • Patent number: 9164270
    Abstract: An endoscope having a viewing direction which can be pivoted relative to the endoscope includes an illumination beam path for transmitting illumination light and a plurality of reflective surfaces for reflecting illumination light, the reflective surfaces being arranged at least partially next to one another in the illumination beam path relative to the intended light propagation direction of illumination light in the illumination beam path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Peter Eisenkolb, Stefan Heseler
  • Patent number: 9158373
    Abstract: A surgical assistant system includes: an operation unit configured to give an input; an arm unit on which a treatment tool is mounted; an operation imaging unit configured to acquire an operation image that is an image including the operation unit; an endoscope configured to acquire an internal-body image; a mode control unit having a plurality of operation modes and configured to enable one of the plurality of operation modes to be set as a setting operation mode; a driving unit configured to enable the arm unit to be operated based on the input given by the operation unit and the setting operation mode; a synthetic image creation unit configured to synthesize images using at least the operation image to create a synthetic image based on the setting operation mode; and a display unit configured to display the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Komuro, Masatoshi Iida
  • Patent number: 9125554
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a jaw portion and a shaft portion that is pivotably coupled to the jaw portion. The shaft portion defines an interior space having first and second openings on respective radially-opposite sides of the shaft portion. A camera assembly is coupled to the shaft portion and is moveable between a first position, in which the camera assembly is positioned within the interior space of the shaft portion, and, for example, second and third positions, in which the camera assembly extends through a respective one of the first and second radially-opposite openings of the shaft portion. In this manner, the camera assembly may be positionable on, and may provide imaging data of, either side of the surgical device, irrespective of which lateral side the jaw portion is articulated relative to the shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael P. Whitman, Donald Malinouskas
  • Patent number: 9060678
    Abstract: The distal end of a surgical instrument is movable in all six Cartesian degrees of freedom independently of other components of a telemanipulated surgical system. The surgical instrument extends trough a guide tube. The distal end is moved by actuators that are telemanipulatively controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: David Q. Larkin, Thomas G. Cooper, Catherine J. Mohr, David J. Rosa
  • Publication number: 20150148610
    Abstract: The invention is an endoscopic method for viewing a target portion of a patient's anatomy with access through the oral or nasal cavity. The method includes adjusting a variable direction of view endoscope to a direction of view of between about 0 degrees and 20 degrees relative to a longitudinal axis of the endoscope and a shaft orientation pointing toward the target portion of the patient's anatomy. The endoscope is then introduced straight into the oral or nasal cavity of a patient until the endoscope is positioned in the back of the cavity. The direction of view is adjusted to view the target portion of the patient's anatomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Eric A. Goldfarb, Thomas R. Jenkins, John Y. Chang, Joshua Makower
  • Patent number: 9033871
    Abstract: An endoscope having a longitudinal axis, a view vector angularly offset from said longitudinal axis, an accelerometer, and an image rotator effectively responsive to said accelerometer, wherein said accelerometer is arranged for measuring rotations about a measurement axis which is generally parallel to said view vector. Through the use of this apparatus, an image is maintained in an upright orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Jon Schara, Hans David Hoeg, Eric Lawrence Hale
  • Patent number: 9028400
    Abstract: An endoprobe for ophthalmic microsurgical procedures including a hand-piece including a motor, a cannula assembly coupled to the hand-piece, and a transmission system coupling the motor to the cannula assembly is provided. The cannula assembly having an outer tube and an inner tube concentric with the outer tube, each able to rotate about the longitudinal axis and having a proximal end and a distal end. The transmission system rotates the outer tube in a first direction and the inner tube in a second, opposing direction about the longitudinal axis. A method for scanning a light beam along a linear trajectory using a cannula assembly as above is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Michael J. Yadlowsky, Michael James Papac, John Christopher Huculak
  • Patent number: 9028399
    Abstract: The invention relates to an intracorporeal probe (10), for example preferably for examining hollow organs or natural or artificially created body cavities in the human or animal body, the probe (10) being designed in the form of a capsule that can be introduced into the body without external connecting elements, comprising an elongate housing (16) and an image pickup unit (26) inside the housing (16) that is designed for optically recording a region (pickup region) outside the probe (10). The image pickup unit (26) is held in a fashion capable of moving inside the housing (16) in order to vary the pickup region by means of such a movement (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus M. Irion, Fritz Hensler, Christine Harendt, Heinz-Gerhard Graf, Robert Puers, David Turgis, Bert Lenaerts, Alberto Arena, Arianna Menciassi, Vassilis Kodogiannis
  • Patent number: 9011321
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ingestible capsule and method for in vivo imaging and/or treatment of one or more diseased areas of interest within the gastrointestinal tract of an animal or human being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Michael Harald Kuhn, Thomas Zaengel, Nijs Cornelis Van Der Vaart
  • Patent number: 8992423
    Abstract: An endoscope with a wide angle lens that comprises an optical axis that is angularly offset from a longitudinal axis of the endoscope such that the optical axis resides at an angle greater than zero degrees to the longitudinal axis. The wide angle lens system simultaneously gathers an endoscopic image field, the endoscopic image field at least spanning the longitudinal axis and an angle greater than ninety degrees to the longitudinal axis. The endoscope includes a transmission system with a lens system having f-sin(theta) distortion or substantially f-sin(theta) distortion that distributes the angle of incidence of the light rays gathered from the endoscopic field of view on to the image surface area in order to even out the information density across the surface area of the imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Hale, Hans David Hoeg, George E. Duckett, III, Nathan Jon Schara
  • Patent number: 8968345
    Abstract: A surgical introducer including a body portion, a shaft and a sensor is disclosed. The body portion includes a reference indicator. The shaft defines a longitudinal axis and is positionable adjacent the body portion. The shaft is rotatable with respect to the body portion and includes a longitudinal indicator and a circumferential indicator. The sensor is disposed in mechanical cooperation with a distal portion of the shaft and is adapted to provide physiological data pertaining to a surgical worksite. At least a portion of the sensor is substantially aligned with the circumferential indicator. Rotation of the shaft with respect to the body portion causes displacement between the circumferential indicator and the reference indicator. Longitudinal movement of the shaft with respect to the body portion causes displacement between the longitudinal indicator and the reference indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Arnold V. DeCarlo
  • Patent number: 8936546
    Abstract: An endoscopic image pickup unit includes: a first fixed lens frame which holds a first objective lens group; a second fixed lens frame which, being fitted over the first fixed lens frame, holds a second objective lens group; a movable lens frame which, being installed in the second fixed lens frame so as to be able to move forward and backward along a photographic optical axis, holds a movable lens; and a deformation preventing member which, being interposed between a distal end body and the second fixed lens frame, prevents the second fixed lens frame from being deformed by fixing force of the fixing member when the endoscopic image pickup unit is fixed to the distal end body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Toru Kuchimaru
  • Patent number: 8932209
    Abstract: A scanning endoscopic device includes an optical fiber allowing irradiation light guided from a proximal side fiber portion to a distal side fiber portion to exit from a distal end thereof, and an actuator section placed to a distal direction side of the proximal fiber portion. The scanning endoscopic device includes a light absorbing section absorbing beam light having directivity in one direction, and the light absorbing section includes a black filling member filling a space between the proximal side fiber portion and an outer envelope tube in radial directions. The device further includes a light scattering section provided between the proximal side fiber portion and the outer envelope tube in the radial directions to scatter the beam of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Akui, Yuji Sakai
  • Patent number: 8894565
    Abstract: An insertion device includes a channel defining portion extended through an inside of an insertion section up to a base portion toward a distal direction and defining a channel that is open to an outside of the insertion section in an opening of an outer peripheral portion of the base portion, and a driving unit extended through an inside of the channel with a driving axis being an axial center and being rotatable in directions around the driving axis when driven. The insertion device includes a driving force receiving portion connected to a gear portion in the opening of the channel, and a support unit supporting the driving unit so that the driving axis is parallel to the longitudinal axis in the gear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Kimihiko Naito
  • Patent number: 8882658
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes: an endoscope that has a light guiding member that guides an illuminating light, an optical system that irradiates the illuminating light onto an object, and a drive portion that rocks the light guiding member so that the illuminating light is irradiated along a predetermined scanning pattern; a coordinate information acquisition portion that can identify an irradiation position; a storage portion in which information regarding chromatic aberration of magnification caused by the optical system, is previously stored a correction information acquisition portion that, upon detecting that light of the predetermined wavelength band is irradiated onto a position corresponding to a predetermined image height, detects an aberration amount of the light of the other wavelength band and outputs image correction information that corrects chromatic aberration of magnification based on the aberration amount; and an image processing portion that performs image correction processing based on the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Yuji Sakai, Tsutomu Uzawa, Katsumi Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 8870758
    Abstract: An endoscope with adjustable viewing angle includes a light outlet device on the distal end of the endoscope to radiate illuminating light at an angle of illumination and a light conductor to transmit illuminating light to the light outlet device such that the light outlet device can be moved to adjust the angle of illumination in relation to the endoscope and such that a flexible portion of the light conductor is configured and positioned in order to be elastically reshaped when the light outlet surface is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jan Dahmen, Fang Lei
  • Patent number: 8864652
    Abstract: A medical robotic system includes an entry guide with surgical tools and a camera extending out of its distal end. To supplement the view provided by an image captured by the camera, an auxiliary view including articulatable arms of the surgical tools and/or camera is generated from sensed or otherwise determined information about their positions and orientations and displayed on a display screen from the perspective of a specified viewing point. Intuitive control is provided to an operator with respect to the auxiliary view while the operator controls the positioning and orienting of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicola Diolaiti, David Q. Larkin, Daniel Gomez, Tabish Mustafa, Paul W. Mohr, Paul Lilagan
  • Patent number: 8852086
    Abstract: Provided is an endoscope with a handle, an endoscope shaft connected to the handle, and imaging optics arranged in the endoscope shaft. An object can be located in the direction of view of the imaging optics in front of the endoscope shaft. The endoscope may also include a swivellably housed deflecting element that sets the desired direction of view. The deflecting element can be positioned at the distal end of the endoscope shaft facing away from the handle. An actuating element can be attached to the handle, which is mechanically connected to the deflecting element, and with which the swivel position of the deflecting element can be changed in order to set a desired direction of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Henke-Sass, Wolf GmbH
    Inventors: Sabine Pauli, Oliver Rehe
  • Patent number: 8852087
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a handle and a shaft connected thereto. Imaging optics are arranged in the shaft that image an object located in the direction of view of the imaging optics in front of the shaft as an image and which to set the desired direction of view. The imaging optics comprise a swivellably housed deflecting unit positioned at the distal end of the shaft facing away from the handle. The possible swivel range of the imaging optics has a first and a second limit, as well as an actuating element, which is attached to the handle and which is mechanically connected to the deflecting unit. Thereby the swivel position of the deflecting unit within the swivel range can be changed in order to set a desired direction of view. A first mechanical stop is provided against which the deflecting unit lies when the first limit is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Henke-Sass, Wolf GmbH
    Inventors: Andrea Meyer, Norbert Haeckl
  • Patent number: 8834358
    Abstract: A cannula assembly includes a tubular element forming a lumen, a deployable element of a subassembly, and an electronic component mounted to the deployable element. The tubular element has a proximal end and a distal end adapted to be inserted into a body cavity. The deployable element is coupled through the subassembly to the tubular element, and is adapted to transition between a closed position and an open position. The electronic component has at least one imaging device and at least one illumination source. The subassembly, including the deployable element and the electronic component, are releasable from the tubular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: EndoSphere Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur C. Mckinley, Jesse R. Plouffe, Melvin B. Prenovitz, Stephen J. Herman, Vivek Sikri
  • Patent number: 8814782
    Abstract: An endoscope with a wide angle lens that comprises an optical axis that is angularly offset from a longitudinal axis of the endoscope such that the optical axis resides at an angle greater than zero degrees to the longitudinal axis. The wide angle lens system simultaneously gathers an endoscopic image field at least spanning the longitudinal axis and an angle greater than ninety degrees to the longitudinal axis. The endoscope further includes an imager comprising an imaging surface area that receives at least a portion of endoscopic image transmitted by the wide angle lens system and produces output signals corresponding to the endoscopic image field and image forming circuitry that receives the output signal and produces an image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Hale, Hans David Hoeg, Nathan Jon Schara, George E. Duckett, III
  • Patent number: 8801606
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a condition within a patient's body includes locating a scanned beam imaging unit at an imaging location for a period of time to observe and characterize a portion of the patient's anatomy over at least a portion of the period of time. The scanned beam imaging unit is located at the imaging location using a locating instrument. The locating instrument is removed from the patient's body with the scanned beam imaging unit remaining at the imaging location. With the scanned beam imaging unit at the imaging location, a beam of light is scanned across the portion of the anatomy and light is received from the portion of the anatomy. A video image of the portion of the anatomy is produced from imaging data generated using detected light received from the portion of the anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane A. Sheetz, Jere J. Brophy, David C. Youmans, Paul G. Ritchie
  • Patent number: 8790252
    Abstract: Provided is an endoscope with a handle, an endoscope shaft connected to the handle, and imaging optics arranged in the endoscope shaft. An object can be located in the direction of view of the imaging optics in front of the endoscope shaft. The endoscope may also include a swivellably housed deflecting element that sets the desired direction of view. The deflecting element can be positioned at the distal end of the endoscope shaft facing away from the handle. An actuating element can be attached to the handle, which is mechanically connected to the deflecting element, and with which the swivel position of the deflecting element can be changed in order to set a desired direction of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Henke-Sass, Wolf GmbH
    Inventors: Sabine Pauli, Oliver Rehe
  • Patent number: 8771177
    Abstract: A flexible endoscope having a wide-angle lens that has an optical axis that is angularly offset from a longitudinal axis of the endoscope, such that the optical axis resides at an angle greater than zero degrees to the longitudinal axis. The wide-angle lens system simultaneously gathers an endoscopic image field at least spanning the longitudinal axis and an angle greater than ninety degrees to the longitudinal axis. The endoscope includes an imager comprising an imaging surface area that receives at least a portion of endoscopic image transmitted by the wide-angle lens system and produces output signals corresponding to the endoscopic image field and image forming circuitry that receives the output signal and produces an image signal. The wide-angle lens endoscope has a flexible distal end or tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Hale, Nathan Jon Schara, Hans David Hoeg, George E. Duckett, III
  • Patent number: 8771176
    Abstract: The application relates to an ingestible capsule and method for in vivo imaging and/or treatment of one or more diseased areas of interest within the gastrointestinal tract of an animal or human being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Michael Harald Kuhn, Thomas Zaengel, Nijs Cornelis Van Der Vaart
  • Patent number: 8771169
    Abstract: A surgical device includes a jaw portion and a shaft portion that is pivotably coupled to the jaw portion. The shaft portion defines an interior space having first and second openings on respective radially-opposite sides of the shaft portion. A camera assembly is coupled to the shaft portion and is moveable between a first position, in which the camera assembly is positioned within the interior space of the shaft portion, and, for example, second and third positions, in which the camera assembly extends through a respective one of the first and second radially-opposite openings of the shaft portion. In this manner, the camera assembly may be positionable on, and may provide imaging data of, either side of the surgical device, irrespective of which lateral side the jaw portion is articulated relative to the shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael P. Whitman, Donald Malinouskas
  • Patent number: 8758234
    Abstract: An endoscope with a wide angle lens that comprises an optical axis that is angularly offset from a longitudinal axis of the endoscope such that the optical axis resides at an angle greater than zero degrees to the longitudinal axis. The wide angle lens system simultaneously gathers an endoscopic image field, the endoscopic image field at least spanning the longitudinal axis and an angle greater than ninety degrees to the longitudinal axis. The endoscope includes a transmission system with a lens system having f-sin(theta) distortion or substantially f-sin(theta) distortion that distributes the angle of incidence of the light rays gathered from the endoscopic field of view on to the image surface area in order to even out the information density across the surface area of the imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Hale, Hans David Hoeg, George E. Duckett, III, Nathan Jon Schara
  • Patent number: 8743118
    Abstract: A medical image display device provided with storage means for storing a sliced image of an object to be examined obtained by a medical image diagnostic apparatus, extraction means for extracting a center line passing through the region of a hollow organ of the object and the center thereof from the sliced image stored by the storage means, and 3-dimensional image generation means for generating a virtual 3-dimensional image of the inner wall of the hollow organ seen from a viewpoint while sequentially moving the viewpoint from one end to the other end of the center line is provided, with means for changing the direction in which the virtual 3-dimensional image seen from the viewpoint is generated to the direction of bending curvature of the hollow organ according to the bending curvature thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Shirahata